A Brief History of CBD

A Brief History of CBD

​Posted by: Shaun Kush

For centuries alternative medicine has been in widespread use, as far back as we can date, evidence suggests that herbal remedies were an accepted treatment. Due to a stigma campaign and the global criminalization of cannabis, its medical benefits and previous research had been buried amidst

its medical benefits and previous research had been buried amidst its blemished reputation which was due to the better know cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the psychoactive compound that tends to deem the plant a drug.

Recent studies have eclipsed the negativity that has surrounded cannabis since the United States first launched its (successful) hate campaign which started in the 1930's and lead to the plant being globally outlawed. Not only do we understand why cannabis possess medical benefits, moreover as to why, since the discovery of our endocannabinoid system and its CB1 & CB2 receptors. During the mid 1990's, thanks to a flurry of legislation changes regarding cannabis, the second most common cannabinoid, CBD, received widespread attention and scientific research. With cannabis having a 6,000 year history, what did we know prior to this? Unfortunately, very little.

During the 1940's an organic chemist, Roger Adams successfully isolated CBD which later lead to prove that an abundant compound of cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD), was non-psychoactive. This was confirmed a decade later in Israel by Raphael Mechoulam who had managed to describe the CBD's chemical structure. Since California first legalized medical cannabis in the nineties, trials and research have declared CBD as an essential treatment for various ailments. Now touted as natures finest anti inflammatory, it's now a go to remedy for numerous ailments.

What is CBD currently used for ?

Pain relief
Reduces inflammation 
Inhibits cell growth in tumors 
Seizures and convulsions 

Despite limited research, the popularity surrounding medical cannabis has become mainstream. Since California first legalized medical cannabis during the 90's due to its evident treatment of glaucoma, the plant has been considered a marvel by many. With more than 150 discovered cannabinoids, further research is paramount. With the published benefits of THC and CBD, reports surrounding CBG and cannabis's further cannabinoids are a mouth watering prospect. 

Just the last decade alone the world has seen CBD legalized in all 50 of the United States, every EU country, excluding Slovakia, various parts of Asia and the majority of the Southern Hemisphere. With the passing of the “hemp farm bill” last year and WHO (The World Health Organization) declaring CBD as having therapeutic value, strongly suggests that the war against cannabis is coming to an end.

Have you tried CBD?

CBD products come in various forms; such as edibles, capsules, tinctures, vapes and water. The most popular of all is the raw flower which has swept through various countries such as Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and the United Kingdom

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