Marijuana

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marijuana

History and Effects of
Marijuana
Marijuana is the common name for the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. Hemp grows in tropical
and in warm temperate climates. Dried up grounded leaves and stems have been known for a
long period of time to be used as a drug. Through out many different regions in the world
and for centuries has been used. Other uses as in medical to relieve symptoms of illness .
Throughout its long history, parts of the plant have been smoked, chewed, eaten, and even
brewed for it effects on the human biochemistry. Marijuana, having over 400 chemicals and
the main chemical, Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC was noted to be found in the mid-1960s.
Marijuana a Spanish name has many other names such as weed, pot, grass, reefer, Mary Jane,
and ganja.

The history of marijuana appeared in the early 2700 B.C. in a Chinese manuscript.
Explorers to the new world first observed it in 1545. It was considered to be a very
useful crop and that the Jamestown settlers in 1607 began its cultivation. Later,
Virginia, farmers were actually fined for not growing this plant. From the 17th to the mid
20th century marijuana was considered a household drug used from treating headaches,
menstrual cramps, and toothaches. Between the years 1919-1938 a stronger plant was born by
American drug companies it was called Cannabis Americana. Marijuana now being a, drug soon
became popular among musicians who maintained that smoking gave them the inspiration they
needed to play there music. Others began to get addicted to marijuana, it spread world
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