Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a dried flower of the cannabis plant, which is used as a narcotic drug and for medicinal purposes. Often the whole plant is also called marijuana. It is one of the mildest and weakest intoxicants.
The earliest records of the use of cannabis date back to the third millennium BC, namely 2737 BC, during the reign of Chinese Emperor Shun Neng. In 2004, the United Nations estimated that cannabis consumption accounted for 4.0 percent of the world’s population (162 million people) and that about 0.6 percent (22.5 million) people use cannabis daily.
Since the early 20th century, cannabis has been legally restricted, and its possession, use, and sale are illegal in most countries. The question is why is it illegal? Learning how to use cannabis the right way is an understated life skill. However, it is not easy to reach.
Despite the persistent course toward legalization, about 87 percent of North American cannabis is bought on the black market, according to a 2016 study. This means that cannabis culture differs based on rules and regulations that apply across countries.
As with any legally ambivalent activity, it is important to understand current laws before potentially breaking them. The more you know, the safer you will be if something goes wrong.
Even states where cannabis is legal to have strict rules about where it is bought, sold, grown and consumed. In states where recreational cannabis use is not permitted, understanding the different patterns of law enforcement is crucial.
This is the main reason why Ci Ci Berardi decided to write this book call Cannabis 2020. It is about educating and importance of cannabis and its legalization.
Some of the medicinal properties of marijuana were discovered 27 centuries ago in China, where it is still considered one of the 50 most important medicinal plants. It was used as a medicine by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. Then marijuana spread through Europe until Pope Innocent VIII banned it in 1484.
Many countries have begun to advocate for the legalization of marijuana, and doctors are increasingly interested in its effect on health and in which medical fields they can use it.
In research, scientists focus most on components other than THC in cannabis. Unfortunately, stigma and rigid laws continue to prevent scientists from fully exploring the ‘cannabis’ to exploit its full potential. Therefore, the goal of this book is to break the misconceptions.