The Origins Of CBD

The Origins Of CBD

Many people believe CBD is a relatively new groundbreaking discovery since they were bombarded with CBD products about three years ago. However, CBD can be traced back to 2737 B.C. The mysterious Emperor Shen Neng of China used marijuana tea to treat illnesses such as gout, rheumatism, malaria, and even memory loss. CBD has existed for thousands of years, and it has an intriguing story. To comprehend the history of CBD, we must first discuss what it is.

 

 

 

What is CBD?

 

You must be wondering, is cannabidiol (CBD) the same as marijuana? Here's the interesting thing, while CBD is the second dominant compound of the active components of cannabis and is a quintessential element of medical marijuana, it is actually procured from the hemp plant, a close relative of the marijuana plant.

 

CBD is found in every type of cannabis plant including types like indica and ruderalis, however, the levels of THC differ based on how the plant is grown and bred. Hemp has high amounts of CBD and low levels of THC, less than 0.2 % to be specific which is why it is used for medical marijuana.

 

Given its relation to marijuana, CBD is often confused with marijuana and the high feeling users experience, but they are different compounds with different effects. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a chemical that has psychoactive properties and is responsible for the high feeling users experience. CBD is a different chemical compound that is not addictive and has numerous benefits.

Origin of CBD: Modern Beginnings

 

From the beginning of time, cannabis has been used as food. W. B. O'Shaughnessy, an Irish practitioner, in 1839 published a study on the potential impact of marijuana on general health. His subsequent research focused on using marijuana as an anesthetic.

 

Although he had no idea how valuable his research was at the time of the experiments, years later his controversial experiments prompted medical professionals to take a second look at the properties of cannabis which ultimately led to the discovery of cannabinoids.

The Discovery Of Cannabinoids

 

Almost 100 years had passed since O’Shaughnessy's findings were released, fortunately, the growth of scientific research and new technology led to the discovery of compounds of the cannabis plant.

 

Initially, the first cannabinol, CBN, was discovered by the British chemist Robert S. Chan who reported a single cannabinoid structure in the 1930s. A few short years later, Roger Adams isolated the first cannabinoid cannabidiol, CBD, in the 1940s. Adams also discovered the chemical compound Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC. From then on scientists slowly became interested in the properties of cannabis.

Modern Cannabis Research

 

Throughout the initial stages of cannabis research, scientists lacked knowledge of the cannabinoid's structure and the biological components found in the plant because the research was very limited. Due to this, researchers were unable to distinguish which compound was causing psychoactive effects.

 

A few years later, in 1963, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam made the first quantum leap in understanding the consequences of specific cannabinoids when he recognised the three-dimensional stereochemistry of CBD. This discovery exposed the relationship to the high feeling connected to marijuana use as well as declassified CBD as a psychoactive element.

 

 

Despite the knowledge from this study and several other scientific research studies looking at the effects of CBD, cannabis remained prohibited for decades because of the negative attitudes toward it. Luckily the work of the early cannabis researchers did not fall by the wayside.

CBD Gains Recognition

 

Today, CBD is taking the world by storm, the stigma around CBD is quickly losing steam as more and more countries legalise its use. The empirical evidence of the benefits CBD offers is growing stronger with each year that passes.

 

The prevalence of CBD has soared in the wellness industry since many individuals have made CBD a regular part of their daily routine. More people are also turning to CBD as a natural way to maintain homeostasis and support their general health and wellbeing.

Take Away

Here’s the bottom line, although CBD has not always gotten the recognition it deserves it has now taken over the world. With more and more studies being done to truly understand the effects of CBD, more and more benefits will be unlocked.

 

Disclaimer:

The assertions made with respect to CBD products have not been evaluated by any governmental agencies. These products are not meant to identify, cure, treat, or prevent any illnesses. The information presented in this article is not intended to be a replacement for medical advice from health care providers. Kindly seek counsel from your general practitioner to assess the risks and benefits before using any CBD products. 

 

References:

https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/w-b-o-shaughnessy-and-the-introduction-of-cannabis-to-modern-western-medicine

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