The History of CBD
Where does it come from?
While – like many other natural remedies – the use of CBD and medical marijuana is rumored to have been a part of ancient societies since, well, forever, the first recorded use case occurred around 2727 BC, when Emperor Sheng Neng of China used a cannabis-based tea to help with a variety of health ailments that included poor memory, malaria, and even gout. From here, its use spread, but the documentation of this use is less-than-readily available.
…CBD started to gain more traction for pain-relieving qualities that were independent of the negative effects…
Then, in 1940, a team from Illinois University isolated CBD for the first time, bringing to life the fact that there were active compounds in the cannabis plant that did not contain the psychoactive qualities commonly associated with the plant.
In the 1970’s, following the War on Drugs and the passage of the Controlled Substances Act, marijuana became difficult for scientists, doctors, and any other persons to obtain. The Act established various “schedules” that drugs and substances were placed in, varying according to potential benefits, potential for abuse and more, with Schedule 1 as the most restrictive. Marijuana fell into this, perhaps because of a perceived danger, but, more likely, due to pushback from the growing pharmaceutical industry, that saw the potential for competition from this natural alternative to standard treatments.
Then, time seemingly stood still until the 1980’s and 90’s, when CBD started to gain more traction for pain-relieving qualities that were independent of the negative effects associated and documented with THC usage. In 1998, a British pharmaceutical group, GW Pharmaceuticals, began official medical trials to better understand the capabilities of CBD. This early research led to international studies conducted by numerous medical societies around the world.
Through these studies, various benefits began to arise, including lowered pain levels, fewer seizures in epileptic patients and even lower levels of anxiety in those prone to it. Cultivation on a small scale of low-THC, high-CBD crops and products began.
As technology increased the spread of information, interest in the potential for CBD use in the medical setting continued to grow, as families across the US began to push for the right to treat chronic conditions and pain – especially in terminal conditions. One example is Mike Hyde, who attempted to treat his 20-month son, Cash’s inoperable brain tumor with marijuana. The tumor shrunk. While Cash did pass away 2 and a half years after his initial treatment, legislation began to change.
Following the Hyde family, was the Figi family, whose daughter, Charlotte, suffered upwards of 300 seizures a week. Numerous traditional treatments fell short, leading her family to contact a testing center in California, for options. Charlotte’s seizures decreased by 99% and a national TV special brought CBD to the American mainstream.
Since this time, studies on CBD’s medicinal benefits have continued to increase, and numerous new health effects have come to light. Learn more about the effects and benefits of CBD today.
As a nature/natural-living enthusiast and professional writer/researcher, Laura enjoys learning about and sharing the benefits of healthy-alternatives to traditional medicines and options that more mainstream outlets often fail to highlight.