Cannabis Trivia Quiz
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Origin of cannabis
According to scientists, where did plants of the cannabis type first appear?
B) Between southern Mexico and Guatemala
C) In the area around Beirut, Lebanon
D) Near the Himalayan mountains
Marijuana vs. hemp
Marijuana and hemp are both forms of cannabis. Marijuana is known for its psychoactive and other biological effects and can be used as a drug either recreationally or medicinally; hemp is used for textiles and ropemaking. Officially speaking, what is the difference between the two?
B) Marijuana is the female, and hemp the male, form of Cannabis sativa
C) Marijuana needs warmth and moisture; otherwise, the plant grows as hemp
D) Only marijuana is Cannabis sativa; hemp is a different species, Cannabis ruderalis
In India, marijuana has been associated with religious ritual for thousands of years, particularly among Hindus, who have festivals that routinely include its ingestion. During the spring festival of Holi, marijuana is usually consumed as:
B) A lozenge moulded from cannabis oil, sugar and rennet, dissolved under the tongue
C) A solid substance, hashish, prepared from cannabis resin and typically smoked in a pipe
D) An edible preparation, bhang, made from grinding the leaves and flowers of the plant
In the United States during the 1930s, political and public opinion about marijuana became increasingly hostile. One result was an alarmist motion picture, Reefer Madness, which was initially released under a different title. Which one?
Sativa vs. indica
Recreational and medical cannabis users recognize two main cannabis variants: sativa, which grows taller, with narrow leaves; and indica, which is squatter and bushier. What other difference between the two types is often noted?
B) Sativa is better for indoor growing, while indica can be grown outdoors or indoors
C) Sativa is better for smoking, while indica is usually consumed in edible products
D) Sativa is commoner and cheaper than the hard-to-grow indica form
The THC and CBD in marijuana work by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and body. The existence of such receptors means that a similar molecule must occur naturally within us. In 1992, one such molecule, anandamide, was discovered. Where else are anandamides found?
C’est si bong
Cannabis can be ingested by inhalation, often by smoking in a hand-rolled cigarette (a joint), or by making use of the implement known in English by the Thai word bong. What actually is a bong?
B) A pipe with electric cooling coils that instantly chill the smoke going to the user
C) A unit in which marijuana is warmed enough to release the THC, but not burned
D) Any pipe or smoking device with multiple tubes for several simultaneous users
Take your medicine
A key figure in the history of medical cannabis was a brilliant Irish physician named Sir William Brooke O’Shaughnessy (1809-1889), whose many achievements included one of the following. Which was it?
B) Curing the Queen of Sweden of gout using a poultice made from cannabis
C) Isolating the brain areas and bodily tissues most affected by cannabis use
D) Promoting the therapeutic possibilities of cannabis for Western medicine
Leading the charge
Which country in recent times was the first to legalize both recreational and medicinal cannabis?
That other cannabinoid
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most abundant of the scores of related cannabinoid compounds that are found in the trichomes — the minute resin factories — of the female cannabis plant. The second most abundant is cannabidiol, or CBD. Unlike THC:
B) CBD is non-euphoric — it doesn’t get you high
C) CBD is responsible for the paranoid feelings some marijuana users experience
D) CBD is the primary source of the medical benefits of cannabis
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