Cannabis has a long and fascinating history. It has created a thriving industry and has also been used as a political tool. Learn the history of cannabis, its usage, and the science — facts that will increase your appreciation for this storied plant.
Beer and Cannabis are Related?
Ever noticed that certain beers and cannabis sometimes taste or smell similar? That’s because they are, indeed, related. The organic compounds responsible for the various flavors and fragrances are called terpenes. In cannabis, this compound gives it its citrusy, skunky, and earthy quality — such as limonene, myrcene, and pinene. That taste is also found in those fancy IPAs served at your neighborhood brewery!
California Was the First to Ban — and to Legalize!
Believe it or not, the state synonymous with cannabis culture was also the first U.S. state to prohibit its usage! In 1913, California added marijuana to an existing ban on the sale or use of cocaine or opiates, such as opium and morphine, without a prescription. Coming full circle, in 1996, California eventually became the first state to legalize medicinal marijuana.
Sativa, Indica, and...Ruderalis?
Most people focus on sativa and indica when purchasing cannabis, but there’s also a third type, called cannabis ruderalis. It’s often forgotten because of its low THC content, which makes ruderalis a hemp plant. Though it lacks THC, ruderalis can grow in extremely harsh conditions, with little sunlight and using autoflower seeds. Making a crossbreed with sativa or indica is possible, and it could enhance those strains with ruderalis’s hardy traits.
In the early 1900s, cannabis opponents chose the Spanish term “marijuana” to describe weed. Cannabis use was often associated with minorities, which tied the drug to anti-immigrant and racist views in America. Harry J. Anslinger, the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, used the term to make irrational and racist claims that tapped into racial stereotypes and fears of the time.