Facts and Fallacies
Benjamin Bey of Soul D’licious Infused and guest host Bea Martinez of THC Production, LLC discuss fun facts and fallacies about cannabis. Apparently, there is a “fact” going around right now about ancient cannabis use, and it’s time to set the record straight. Additionally, Bea also discusses places where cannabis is legal and the facts and fallacies associated with legalization around the world.
Apparently, there is a rumor floating around the internet about cannabis use in China dating back to 2700 BCE. However, being the super nerd she is, Bea quickly began to poke holes in these fallacies. There seemed to be hole after hole in the story. Consequently, Bea began her hunt for the truth.
First of all, the Qin Dynasty existed only briefly from 221 to 206 B.C.E. That’s 500 years off from these rumors. Quite a stretch, right? Secondly, this apparent cannabis use was reported during the time of Emperor Shennong. However, there never was a Chinese Emperor named Shennong. In fact, Shennong is a mythological Chinese and Vietnamese diety. Frequently, he is credited at the first Chinese emperor, but this is not verifiable. Additionally, some stories attribute him as having created ancient Chinese medicine, the plow, and being born with the head of a bull. Sounds legit, right?
However, there’s a reason this rumor is floating around. It’s likely that this tale is being combined with the previous discovery of a stash of cannabis in an ancient tomb. Nearly two pounds of cannabis plant material was unearthed in the Gobi Desert in 2008., according to a paper in the latest issue of the Journal of Experimental Botany. The tomb likely belonged to a shaman. However, this factual finding has nothing to do with the tale floating around. This is the difference between facts and fallacies, and it’s important to sort out the truth from myth. Otherwise, things get all muddled and misinformation is spread.
Fun Fact #1 – Did you know that cannabis was legal in the United States for medical, recreational, and industrial purposes? It’s true! Originally, it was sold as a “patent medicine” and it wasn’t until the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 required accurate labeling. However, cannabis was not actually regulated until the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. And not for the reasons you might think. In fact, this was done to regulate and suppress the Hemp industry. Cannabis was not actually outlawed until 1970. However, the Marijuana Tax Act hindered the legal use of cannabis in the U.S., as the government refused to issue many stamps. Thereby, they made use and proliferation illegal by proxy.
Fun Fact #2 – Did you know that in 1914, the first issues of Federal Reserve Notes in the $10 denomination were printed on hemp paper? Hemp was such a huge industry that they chose to print the hemp notes. In fact, it was one of the three major crops in production at the time.
Fun Fact #3 – The first deal arranged by a computer network involved cannabis. This occurred in 1972. Of course, the transaction did not occur online.
Fun Fact #4 – In mature cannabis markets, dispensaries outnumber many chain restaurants. For example, In Denver, dispensaries outnumber Starbucks 2 to 1. Additionally, McDonald’s is outnumbered 5 to 1! In Portland, Starbucks is outnumbered 2 to 1, and McDonald’s is outnumbered 9 to 1!
And there’s so much more! Tune into this week’s podcast to learn all of Bea’s fun facts.
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