Learn About Marijuana’s Origin


This seems to be a foreign word, many of us who did not grow up in the world of drugs only knew the meaning of this word because of films and television shows on crime investigation. But marijuana is actually one of the more widely used drug these days. The more we know about it, the more chances would you have of avoiding it. Marijuana is considered as a common street term of cannabis, which refers to dried flowers of the plant Cannabis sativa L. In custom growing marijuana plants are often called weed.

Now that we have learned what marijuana really is, let us dig into its history and how it has been evolved over the course of time. 

A brief background of marijuana is that it was originated in Central Asia but later spread to the United States, Western Europe, and now throughout much of the world. It can be traced back to Chinese emperor 2727 B.C.. The use during the 19th century increased not only as a recreational drug but also for medical purposes.

Marijuana was introduced to the United States during the early twentieth century and later spread following World War II.

Weed, grass or pot is decorated with leaves and seeds of this plant. The term marijuana comes from Mexican slang marihuana, which itself derives from Marigheana Spanish (Mary Jane) Cannabis Indica. It is also referred by other names such as Mary Warner, ganga among others.

Interestingly enough the drug cannabis is made from a variety of plant that grows in temperate regions throughout the world. The plant has been cultivated for several thousand years and has many different uses. Marijuana is usually smoked as a cigarette (joint) or a pipe but it can also be eaten in food.

The most active ingredient in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC that acts on cannabinoid receptors, which are widely distributed throughout the brain and body of humans. When smoked, the effects are experienced within minutes with users reporting feelings of relaxation, pleasure, increased sociability and awareness of sensory experience.

While under the influence of marijuana, a user’s short-term memory is also impaired. They can have trouble retaining information and this makes them forgetful when carrying out complex tasks. In addition, THC impairs hand eye coordination, reaction times and tracking ability with increased heart rate being associated with using it.

In spite of the negative side effects that are associated with marijuana, there is some evidence that suggests its use can provide benefits for medical conditions. According to current research, the active ingredient of cannabis helps prevent epileptic seizures and relieves chronic pain. Others include protecting the brain after a stroke (reducing infarct size) as well as increasing appetite in chemotherapy patients.

The history of marijuana is still very unclear and recent. Only more research will help us determine the full extent of its effects on human health.