The History of Cannabis – and your role in its future.

Your history is also still in the making, always avoid driving high.

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Have you ever wondered when marijuana was first used in a “recreational” way? How about who discovered Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)? Here are a few fast facts about the colorful history of cannabis, marijuana, hemp or pot — whatever you choose to call it.

  • While differing opinions abound, the most popular is that cannabis was first used as an herbal medicine in Asia starting around 500 B.C.
  • Marijuana wasn’t widely used for recreational purposes until the early 1900s.
  • THC, the active and impairing compound in cannabis, was discovered in 1964 by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam
  • Colorado was the first state to legalize cannabis for recreational use in 2012.

Your history is also still in the making, always avoid driving high. Any level of active Delta-9 THC in your system can put you at risk of a DUI. An analysis of 60 studies concluded that cannabis causes impairment in every performance area that can reasonably be connected with safe driving of a vehicle, such as tracking, motor coordination and reaction time, visual functions, and particularly complex tasks that require multitasking.
Commit today to never drive impaired and continue your story, safely. More is still to come. Plan a ride, every time.
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A portion of the content in this article is adapted from The History Channel.