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Sacramento, CA – In the heart of California’ capital lies a small grass park surrounded by a perimeter of massive green trees. Cesar Chavez Park in downtown Sacramento was the landing spot for an inaugural music festival with some of hip-hop/R&B’s most talented stars. Sol Blume was said to be “a place where like-minded individuals can gather to celebrate art, culture, love, social diversity, and good vibes.”

The festival opened its gates for the first time at noon on Saturday, April 28th. It had two stages: the slightly smaller Aloha Stage and, to its right, the Ohana Gardens Stage. No two acts would ever perform at once allowing festival-goers the chance to catch the full lineup of amazing artists performing. With its unique alternating stage set up and headlining acts like Jhené Aiko, Goldlink, and The Internet, Sol Blume showed promise from the day it was announced.

It was billed as a boutique festival, and it felt organic but never too small. Alongside attendees from across the nation, Sacramento’s diversity came out in force for the lineup of soul and R&B music. For over 10 hours, Sol Blume filled downtown Sacramento with incredible music from acts based throughout the country. The festival was intimate, uplifting, and left a sky-high potential for future growth. The first year was filled with an authentic positivity that radiated from the artists, vendors, volunteers, attendees, and everyone else at the park. Each person was seemingly happy to be a part of something that was special for everyone involved.

The acts’ performances went something like this:

Rexx Life Raj was the first vocalist to take the stage. He isn’t a “local” act, but the Bay Area singer/rapper immediately set the tone for the rest of the day. His set was one of the most upbeat, and he quickly brought any wanderers to party at the Aloha Stage. The energy was brought out with the performance of his track “Boomin,” in which he seemed to enjoy the most. It was evident that there were fans there specifically to see Raj; when the instrumental for “Handheld GPS” dropped, the crowd screamed at each other for the first time of the day.

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“I was the opening set. Watch where I’m at next year, I will not be the opening set,” Raj said with confidence before performing “Fiji” from his Father Figure 2: Flourish album. He ended Sol Blume’s first live performance in the crowd to play arguably his biggest song, “Moxie Java.”

Next was underrated R&B artist Arin Ray, who was performing at the first festival of his career. He flexed his incredible vocals and shared with the crowd that, when he has spare time, he makes covers of different songs. He began his 30-minute set with a slow vibe but, after a couple songs, he seemed to get more and more comfortable. He loosened up and got into a groove when he played “We Ain’t Homies,” which he called one of his personal favorites. He worked the stage well for the rest of his set and had remarkable vocals that could have gone acapella. He showed his appreciation for everyone that came out and did all the right things in his first festival appearance.

Singer Berhana was next up. He came out from backstage with a positive energy and brought with him a smooth, head-nodding R&B vibe. As he went through his discography, he stopped to tell the attendees that the next song was a favorite of his. After saying this, he broke into an awesome cover of Cage the Elephant’s “Whole Wide World.” Berhana’s smile was stuck to his face throughout his performance as he radiated a positivity that was already becoming typical of Sol Blume.

As the crowd made a 90-degree shift, Kalin White was the first performer to take the Ohana Gardens Stage. The young singer danced and worked the stage like a veteran. Along with his drummer and keyboardist, he brought a unique Chris Brown-esq R&B vibe to the festival. There was no shortage of high-pitched screams as he hit every dance move, but his passion for his performance was evident to each member of the crowd. While I can’t say I’m a huge fan, his mature and upbeat style held its own amongst some of music’s most impressive performers.

Xavier Omär was not what I expected; he was much better. His energy was higher and stage presence more prominent than I could have ever imagined.

“I know y’all came to vibe, but who’s ready to party?”

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He introduced his band and delivered a performance that had a little bit of everything: there were energetic moments and soothing, more intimate ones. As the “Blind Man” was blasted over the speakers, he said it’d be his last song. Omar then hopped into the photo pit to deliver an emotional performance of his biggest song to date.

For me, Smino was the highlight of Sol Blume. He exploded onto the front of the Ohana Gardens Stage with an intensity second to none. His performance was filled with smiles and plenty of weed smoke in the air. The festival-goers stole his energy and doubled it, screaming the lyrics to many of the songs in his 30-minute set. As the audience drew silent after a song, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds for the first time of the day.

“Make some noise because the sun is out,” Smino said to the roaring crowd.

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He continued with his performance that at times brought out soft vocals, and at times meaningful, more poignant raps. He performed a song from his upcoming mixtape and continually kept the crowd engaged. To say the St. Louis rapper killed it would be an understatement.

Next up was Nao and, admittedly, I didn’t know much about her music. She loosened the crowd up with her positivity but was hypnotizing with her funky R&B style. Her high-pitched vocals lead the way in a performance that was soulful, rich, and authentic. She delivered some of the day’s most impressive melodies and shared her bubbly, lovable personality with all of the fans. She announced she was going to put out her first single from her new album in two weeks.

Grammy-nominated rap star Goldlink wasn’t supposed to have the next set, but no one was complaining when he stepped out on stage. He made it clear that he was there to party, and the entirety of his set followed that theme. He brought out the excitement in the crowd and hyped up everyone around him. To show that he was there to have a good time and keep everyone involved, he played some of Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar’s biggest hits. After he had performed his Grammy-nominated hit “Crew” and his high-energy set was coming to a close, he posed a question to the thousands of attendees.

“Do y’all mind if I do ‘Crew’ one more time?” Goldlink said. “Here’s the thing. Y’all [got to go] crazy.”

And crazy they went.

Continuing to promote the uplifting energy in the park was Noodles’ dynamic DJ set. After having just landed in America after an Australian tour with Kehlani, Noodles played plenty of today’s hits with, of course, a focus on Bay Area music.

As Sol Blume’s second-to-last act came out, the sun began to settle behind the trees and buildings of downtown Sacramento. By the time The Internet hit their second song of the night, “Special Affair,” they had found their groove. Each of the band members’ faces were overtaken with large smiles, and they continually made the focus on the audience. Singer Syd told the crowd that “Just Sayin” was probably about both of her exes, and she told everyone to scream the lyrics “you fucked up” as if she was each person’s ex. In the middle of their impressive performance, guitar player Steve Lacy spit a three-bar freestyle to lighten the mood and entertain the attendees. They played their newest song, “Roll(Burbank Funk)” to a sea of clapping hands. Syd proceeded to promise everyone that a “new album is coming soon.” They kept the vibes uplifting and mellow, as they went through cuts off of both of their most recent albums. The Internet made sure that everyone knew that this was their “last show for a minute,” but that they were going to continue to drop new music.

“Remember our faces. We’re The Internet,” were the last words that came from Syd’s mouth as they exited the Ohana Gardens Stage.

Jhené Aiko was last – and for good reason. She delivered a performance packed with raw emotion and unmatched passion. She told a story with every song, making every lyric relatable to each pair of eyes fixated on her. Her approach to live music was different than anyone’s I have heard before.

“It’s not about perfection, it’s about connection,” she said in the beginning of her hour-long appearance.

She used her captivating stage presence to hold this connection through every minute she was on stage. She preached positivity as she went through her most popular songs; “Bed Peace” and “The Worst” brought yells from the audience. She asked everyone if they were feeling good and, amidst screams, said that was how it’s supposed to be. She then broke into her part of Omarion’s platinum-selling hit “Post To Be.” She hit the home stretch of Sol Blume with a potent enthusiasm as she continued to play her features with 2 Chainz’ “It’s A Vibe.” She ended her stunning performance by bringing fans on stage for her last song, “OLLA (Only Lovers Left Alive).” Jhené was the concluding paragraph on a successful essay; she brought together the day’s energy into one special, extended moment.

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Ohana Gardens’ spotlight on ABC10 “DOZENS ADVERTISED BUT ONLY ONE LEGAL MARIJUANA DELIVERY SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO”

Dozens advertised but there is only one legal marijuana delivery service in Sacramento.

A lot of businesses are trying to cash in with recreational marijuana, but as we dug deeper only one is operating legally within Sacramento.

Ohana Gardens is the only one with a state license for a non-storefront.

They have company vehicles equipped with cameras surrounding each car and coolers to carry products.

“After we did our checks and balances storefronts are getting a lot of community pushback and we didn’t want to battle the community,” said Nasser Azimi with Ohana Gardens.

It took a year for Ohana to go through all the permitting with the state.

Dozens of companies advertise marijuana deliveries however according to Sacramento only Ohana is legal.

“It’s competition for us and we’re puzzled by that particular scenario,” Azimi said. “A lot of those underground operators most likely are not testing their products. Not licensed to essentially do their taxing responsibilities. We are a bit concerned about that.”

Azimi wants to see Sacramento and other localities collaborate to take action to shut down operators.

Cannabis Variety 101

Cannabis Variety 101- Indica vs Sativa

When you medicate with cannabis, you will have to choose which type of cannabis will be best for your specific needs. Cannabis plants have two main medical species which are Indica and Sativa. Indica and Sativa are both marijuana, but they’re different plants which have completely diverse effects. There are a lot of criteria people use to differentiate between Indicas and Sativas. Here are some of the specific characteristics that differentiate the two.

Sativa

Sativa strains are usually more stimulating. A relaxed feeling  and uplift is often associated with Sativas, making them ideal for social situations. The high from sativa strains is energizing, cerebral and well suited for daytime use. Sativas are known to bring out the creativity in people, make music sound better and give you that daytime jolt to get up and go.

Indica

Indica strains, on the other hand, have an opposite effect. They provide a “couch-lock” heavy, sedative body high that is well suited for nights when you just want to wind     down and be in your own head. Indicas are often used to relieve stress and help with sleep and pain management.

Medical Benefits

Sativa

Sativas have a high CBD:THC ratio, while indicas have a high THC:CBD ratio. Naturally, both have their own medicinal benefits.

Due to its high CBD content, sativas have a stimulating effect that improves alertness and optimism. So, patients may prefer to medicate with sativa during the day.

Sativa is commonly used to treat mental and behavioral issues such as depression and ADHD. Because it is so stimulating, sativa may also help encourage hunger in           

patients who suffer from anorexia or certain types of cancer.

Benefits of Sativa:
1. Feelings of well-being and at-ease
2. Up-lifting and cerebral thoughts
3. Stimulates and energizes
4. Increases focus and creativity
5. Fights depression

Indica

The higher levels of THC give Indica strains sedative properties, making them ideal for medicating during the evening.

Indica is commonly used to treat insomnia, chronic pain, muscle spasms and nausea. Indica may also be useful for fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis or lupus.

Benefits of Indica:
1. Relieves body pain
2. Relaxes muscles
3. Relieves spasms, reduces seizures
4. Relieves headaches and migraines
5. Relieves anxiety or stress

Comparison chart

Cannabis Indica versus Cannabis Sativa comparison chart

Cannabis Indica Cannabis Sativa
 
Popularly known as Indica Sativa
Origin Afghanistan, India, Pakistan South America, Thailand
Leaf shape Wide, compact clusters. Thin leaves spread apart.
Medical uses Relaxes muscles, relieves pain, schizophrenia. Energy, fighting depression and anxiety, appetite stimulant.
Psychotropic effect Physical relaxation, sedation, pain relief, hunger Uplifting, Cerebral high, bringing out creativity and energy. Happy.
Commonly used during Nighttime Daytime
THC content Low ratio to cannabidiol High ratio to cannabidiol
Maturity 6-8 weeks 10-16 weeks
Popular strain Purple Kush Hawaiian
Plant appearance Stout and bushy Tall
Average plant height 5 feet 15 – 20 feet

So it all depends on your certain health problems to choose the right products that will improve your quality of life. Whether that is an Indica or Sativa product we are confident that you will find on our shelves and improve the quality of your life.

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NIDA Research on the Therapeutic Benefits of Cannabis and Cannabinoids

Currently there is considerable interest in the possible therapeutic uses of marijuana (see our fact sheet, “Is Marijuana Medicine?”). As of January 31, 2014, there were 28 active grants related to this topic, funded by NIDA, in 6 different disease categories (see table, below). Therapeutic research is defined here as projects that include (as at least one of their specific aims) investigation of the potential medical benefit of the marijuana plant (Cannabis sativa) or its constituentcannabinoid chemicals in human or animal models of disease.

Most of these research projects are examining the medical benefits of individual cannabinoid chemicals derived from or related to those in the marijuana plant, not the plant itself, although a few use unprocessed plant material. Individual cannabinoid chemicals may be isolated and purified from the marijuana plant or synthesized in the laboratory, or they may be naturally occurring (endogenous) cannabinoids found in the body and modified using other, non-cannabinoid chemicals.

Specifically, cannabinoids are classified here as:

  • Plant  – plant leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds collected from the Cannabis sativa plant and ingested in some form (cigarettes, vapor); also known as phytocannabinoids.
  • Endogenous – cannabinoids made by the body: N-arachidonoylethanolamine or anandamide (AE) or 2-arachidonoylglycerol ( 2-AG).  AE and 2-AG activity is manipulated by inhibiting their corresponding hydrolases FAAH or MAGL, preventing their degradation.
  • Purified – naturally occurring cannabinoids purified from plant sources:  Cannabidiol (CBD), D9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and Sativex (mixture of THC and CBD).
  • Synthetic –cannabinoids synthesized in a laboratory: CB1 agonists (CPP-55, ACPA), CB2 agonists (JWH-133, NMP7, AM1241), CB1/CB2 nonselective agonist (CP55,940), Ajulemic Acid (AJA), Nabilone, Dronabinol, and several other proprietary chemicals in development as potential cannabinoid agonists and antagonists for therapeutic use.

How the Portfolio Analysis Was Conducted:

  • An internal NIH database (QVR) was searched on January 31, 2014 using the following:  TEXT word string “cannabinoid OR cannabis OR marijuana”; active grants
  • 317 grants were manually screened to identify studies in which at least one specific aim included a therapeutic focus.
  • 28 projects were identified (25 projects + 3 supplements) and are listed in the table below.

In the table, projects are divided into six disease categories:autoimmune diseases, inflammation, pain, psychiatric disorders, seizures, and substance use disorders (SUDs). Clicking on individual project titles leads to their descriptions in NIH RePorter. Also listed are the cannabinoid substances being examined and, except in cases when the whole plant was used, whether the studied chemicals are purified from the plant, synthetic, or endogenous; and whether the project uses human or animal subjects.

Autoimmune disease
Project Title Cannabinoid Study Model
TRANSDERMAL DELIVERY OF 2-ARACHIDONOYL GLYCEROL (2-AG) FOR THE TREATMENT OF ARTHR Endogenous (2-AG) Animal
Inflammation
Project Title Cannabinoid Study Model
CANNABINOID EPIGENOMIC AND MIRNA MECHANISMS IMPACT HIV/SIV DISEASE PROGRESSION Purified (THC) Animal
CANNABINOID MODULATION OF MICROGLIAL RESPONSE TO THE HIV PROTEIN TAT Purified and Synthetic (THC and CP55940) Cell culture and animal models
Pain
Project Title Cannabinoid Study Model
BEHAVIORAL ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA USE IN HIV+ PATIENTS Plant (cannabis cigarettes) Human
CANNABINOID MODULATION OF HYPERALGESIA Endogenous (AE and 2-AG via URB597 FAAH inhibitor and JZL184 MAGL inhibitor) Animal
CANNABINOID RECEPTOR AGONISTS FOR TREATMENT OF CHRONIC PAIN Synthetic (CB2 agonist, proprietary) Animal
OPTIMIZING ANALGESIA BY EXPLOITING CB2 AGONIST FUNCTIONAL SELECTIVITY Synthetic (CB2 agonists, proprietary) Animal
PERIPHERAL FAAH AS A TARGET FOR NOVEL ANALGESICS Endogenous (AE via FAAH inhibitor (URB937)) Animal
THE EFFECT OF VAPORIZED CANNABIS ON NEUROPATHIC PAIN IN SPINAL CORD INJURY Plant (cannabis, vaporized) Human
Psychiatric Disorder
Project Title Cannabinoid Study Model
CANNABIDIOL MODULATION OF ???-9-THC???S PSYCHOTOMIMETIC EFFECTS IN HEALTHY HUMANS Purified (Cannabidiol) Human
CANNABIS, SCHIZOPHRENIA AND REWARD: SELF-MEDICATION AND AGONIST TREATMENT? Synthetic and Plant (Dronabinol & cannabis cigarettes) Human
Seizures
Project Title Cannabinoid Study Model
NEW DRUGS TO ENHANCE ENDOCANNABINOID RESPONSES FOR TREATING EXCITOTOXICITY, PHASE Endogenous (AE via FAAH inhibitors) Animal
SUD, Withdrawal, and Dependence
Project Title Cannabinoid Study Model
CANNABINERGIC MEDICATIONS FOR METHAMPHETAMINE ADDICTION Synthetic (CB1 agonists and antagonists, proprietary) Animal
EFFICACY AND SAFETY OF DRONABINOL (ORAL THC) FOR TREATING CANNABIS DEPENDENCE Synthetic (Dronabinol) Human
EVALUATION OF NOVEL PHARMACOTHERAPIES FOR THE TREATMENT OF OPIOID DEPENDENCE Synthetic (Dronabinol, Nabilone) Human
FAAH-INHIBITOR FOR CANNABIS DEPENDENCE Endogenous (AE via PF-04457845 FAAH inhibitor) Human
MARIJUANA RELAPSE: INFLUENCE OF TOBACCO CESSATION AND VARENICLINE Sythetic (Dronabinol )+/- the noncannabinoid varenicline Human
MEDICATIONS DEVELOPMENT FOR CANNABIS-USE DISORDERS: CLINICAL STUDIES Purified (THC) and non-cannabinoids: Gabapentin & Tiagabine Human
MONOACYLGLYCEROL LIPASE INHIBITORS FOR TREATING OPIOID USE DISORDERS + supplement Endogenous (2-AG via JZL184 MAGL inhibitor) Animal
NABILONE FOR CANNABIS DEPENDENCE: IMAGING AND NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL PERFORMANCE + supplement Synthetic (Nabilone) Human
NOVEL MEDICATION APPROACHES FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE Synthetic (Dronabinol, Project 4)+noncannabinoid lofexidine Human
NOVEL MEDICATIONS FOR CANNABIS DEPENDENCE Synthetic (Modify THC and nabilone to create new cannabinoids) Animal
SATIVEX ASSOCIATED WITH BEHAVIOURAL-PREVENTION RELAPSE STRATEGY AS TREATMENT FOR + supplement Purified (Sativex) +/- behavioral therapy Human
STRESS-INDUCED MARIJUANA SELF-ADMINISTRATION: ROLE OF SEX AND OXYTOCIN Plant (cannabis cigarettes) Human
TREATMENT OF CANNABINOID WITHDRAWAL IN RHESUS MONKEYS Purified (THC) and Endogenous (via AEA via FAAH inhibitors) Animal

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About the History of Marijuana

What do Bill Clinton, Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, Justin Bieber, Maya Angelou and well over 100 million Americans all have in common? They’ve all smoked pot. Throughout its history, marijuana has attracted plenty of unexpected users and proponents. And much of the history of greenery is now familiar to us—thanks to CNN and History Channel specials, the burgeoning legalization movement and the popularity of anti-pot propaganda films like Reefer Madness. But even if you’re intimately familiar with the plant in all its forms, we’re willing to wager that some of these facts will surprise you.

1. The first known potheads lived in ancient China, circa 2,727 BC. Emperor Shen Nung helpfully compiled an encyclopedic list of drugs and their uses, which includes “ma,” or cannabis. But ancient Chinese weed consumption is indicated by more than just written records: Six years ago, archaeologists on a dig in the Gobi Desert found the world’s oldest pot stash in the grave of a shaman of the Gushi tribe. The purpose of the cannabis was easily identified because the male plant parts, which are less psychoactive, had been removed.

The Chinese certainly weren’t the only ancient culture to enjoy toking. The Greeks and Romans used marijuana, as did the citizens of the Islamic empires. In 1545, Spanish conquistadors introduced it to the New World when they began planting cannabis seed in Chile to be used for fiber.

 

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2. You probably heard that a bunch of the Founding Fathers grew weed, but did you know the details? Technically, you can’t really classify them as pot farmers because they were growing hemp, which is not the same cannabis variety that you’ll find in a joint. Hemp and pot are the same species—cannabis sativa—but the hemp variety has a lower THC content and was useful instead as a source of fiber for those distinguished dudes’ duds.

But debate continues about whether the Founding Fathers actually smoked cannabis in addition to growing it. While many traditional sourcessay there’s no evidence of it, other, less buttoned-down ones—including, predictably, High Times—contend that there is.

One factor that muddies the water and the Internet is an oft-repeated Thomas Jefferson “quote” that experts agree is not legit. Although he was a hemp farmer, Thomas Jefferson never said: “Some of my finest hours have been spent sitting on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.”

Admittedly, that’s a pretty difficult image to forget.

 

3. Hashish, which is a compressed or purified form of pot resin, became faddish in the mid-1800s, as a result of its prominence in popular novels of the era, including two classics: The Count of Monte Cristo and Arabian Nights, an early English translation of One Thousand and One Nights.

In one scene fit to make any DARE instructor shudder, the Count of Monte Cristo virtually coerces another character into a mind-bending hashish adventure, urging, “Taste the hashish, guest, taste the hashish!”

Arabian Nights meanwhile contains multiple references to hashish, including the story “The Tale of the Hashish Eater.” Both Monte Cristoand Arabian Nights found wide audiences due to their exotic settings, foreign cultures and adventure plots that heightened the allure of the drug described on the pages. Contemporary readers who would never had the opportunity to to Persia could at least cop a little bit of Persia off seafaring vessels from foreign ports.

 

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4. Pot’s reputation began to go south when the first English-language newspaper started in Mexico in the 1890s.Sensationalized stories of marijuana-induced violence gave the drug a bad rap, although pot didn’t really hit the US until after the Mexican Revolution in 1910, when a flood of Mexican immigrants moved north, bringing their favorite weed.

US groups began spreading stories of violence induced by the drug, playing on anti-immigrant sentiment, and referring to the drug by the Mexican-sounding name “marijuana.” This highly racialized propaganda led to widespread fear of the drug, which grew into a panic in the early 1930s when government research “determined” that marijuana-induced criminal acts were “primarily committed by ‘racially inferior’ or underclass communities.”

Interestingly, some of the accounts of violence and crime may not have been entirely fabricated. Just as the myth of the unicorn may have been based on early and inaccurate descriptions of the rhinoceros, the tales may have partly been the result of some confusion regarding plant names. Some media stories of the era conflated marijuana with locoweed, a type of poisonous plant. So it’s just possible that some of the horror stories held a grain of truth—relating to a completely different plant.

 

5. There is no consensus about where the word “marijuana” came from. The word sounds like a Spanish language cognate, but some etymologists trace its origins to China or India. The plant itself originated in Central Asia, and China and India were the first two regions to begin cultivating it.

One theory is that Chinese immigrants brought the phrase ma ren hua—which translates more or less as “hemp seed flowers”—to Mexico, where it became Spanishized into “marijuana.” Another theory is that Angolan slaves brought the Bantu word for cannabis—ma’kaña—to the Americas via Brazil and Spanish-speakers later adapted it. Yet another theory traces the word back to the Semitic rootmrr.

Whatever its origins, there is some agreement that the first recorded use of a similar term was in a feature called “The American Congo” published in Scribner’s Magazine in 1894. In the article, author John G. Burke used the word “mariguan” to refer to a species of plant included in his description of the flora on the banks of the Rio Grande River between Texas and Mexico.

 

6.  But we do know that the term “pot” entered the lexicon in the 1930s as a shortened form of the Spanish potiguaya, an alcoholic drink in which cannabis buds have been steeped. A literal translation of potiguaya or potacion de guaya is “the drink of grief.”

Other terms are also far easier than “marijuana” to trace. “Ganja,” for example, likely entered the English lexicon in the 1800s when it was borrowed from a similar Hindi word. While words like pot and ganja endured, other terms for cannabis—such as “gage” (17th-century word for a pipe)  and “muggles” (used in the 1920s by the New Orleans jazz crowd)—have sadly fallen by the wayside.

 

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7. Henry Ford experimented with the invention of a car that was possibly partially made of hemp. Some pro-pot sites claim that Ford actually developed a hemp-based automobile, but the evidence suggests that they are blowing smoke.

In the early 1940s, Ford developed a plastic car intended to be a lighter, stronger and more affordable alternative to traditional metal vehicles.Newspaper articles stated that the new car was a combination of resin binder and cellulose fiber supposedly drawn from pine fiber, hemp, soybean and ramie. However, The Henry Ford, a museum in Michigan, says that the exact ingredients for the car’s recipe have been lost, so they can’t confirm that hemp was in the mix.

Whether or not Ford’s car contained hemp, current scientists have apparently drawn inspiration from the concept as they work to develop cars made of plant fibers such as hemp and elephant grass.

 

8. Marijuana was initially criminalized by the federal government in an indirect, de facto way: a 1937 tax act. The act set suchhigh taxes on the purchase of weed that it discouraged people from going through the proper legal channels. And because arrest was the penalty for non-compliance, the tax act essentially criminalized marijuana possession.

In 1969, the act was ruled unconstitutional because paying the federal tax required admitting to the possession of something already made illegal by some state laws—and thus violated the right against self-incrimination spelled out in the Fifth Amendment. The following year the law was repealed and replaced with a measure that fully criminalized marijuana. Prior to the federal bans, though, many states had adopted the Uniform Narcotics Drug Act in the early 1930s, which made pot and other drugs illegal under state law.

Today, in a reversal of that situation, marijuana remains illegal on a federal level but two states—Colorado and Washington—legalized recreational use in 2012. More are likely to follow soon.

 

9. Popular urban legend has it that the term “420” is a reference to a 1970s police code, but in fact a group of high school kidscoined the term. In 1971, five California high school students heard about a plot of pot plants whose owner could no longer tend them. Eager to find the green, sticky treasure, the students agreed to meet outside the school at 4:20 pm to look for the plants until they found them. They never did, even after weeks of hunting.

But their fruitless search would be immortalized. Because their school was in Marin County, a counterculture hotspot, and because the treasure hunters had an indirect contact with Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh, the term 420 gradually became a part of drug culture throughout California and then the country.

 

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10. Alaska effectively legalized marijuana 39 years ago. You might have thought otherwise—especially considering the viral video of Alaskan reporter Charlo Greene quitting on-air last month in order to campaign for marijuana legalization. And policy wonks would insist that pot is technically decriminalized, rather than legalized, in the state. But marijuana in Alaska occupies an interesting legal gray area.

In 1975, the Alaska Supreme Court decided that the state’s constitutional right to privacy protects the right of adults to use and possess small amounts of marijuana in their own homes. However, Alaskan criminal law currently bans the possession of even small amounts of pot. As a result, Alaskans can be charged with possession for having pot in their homes—but technically courts should throw out the charges for amounts under four ounces.

This confusing state of affairs may be cleared up very soon, though: Next month, Alaskans go to the polls to vote on an initiative to officially legalize marijuana for recreational use.

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