The story of hemp and CBD spans thousands of years, and reaches every part of the world. In order to fully understand and appreciate the value of Cannabidiol (CBD) we should know the tedious adventure it took to get here.
What started as functional necessity to eat and survive has evolved into a revolutionary tale of modern medicine. Let’s jump into the history of cannabis and see how CBD stepped into the spotlight in recent years.
CBD History “Before Christ” (Year 6000 B.C. – 1 A.D.)
The intertwining story of humans and hemp has been changing since the early dawn of civilization… So let’s start there.
Here are some of the first records and indications of people using cannabis way, way, wayyy back then.
6,000 BC | Cannabis and hemp seeds are used for food in Asia
Survivalism steered people to discover, explore and utilize any plants or resources immediately available. Historical experts recognize hemps seeds as one of the critical pieces in early human diets.
4,000 BC | Hemp and cannabis are used as materials for textiles in China and Turkestan.
Awhile after discover the edible use of hemp seeds and cannabis, people began using the plant for material. Textiles started to flourish as a basic human need. Hemp and cannabis plants provided a sustainable and durable material to use.
CBD History “After Death” (Year 1 AD – 1900 AD)
Hemp and cannabis continued to be an integral part of life for thousands of years. As geographic cultures began to emerge; different types of people used cannabis for different types of things. Here are some of the ways people started utilizing hemp or CBD.
850 AD | Nordic Vikings transport Hemp materials and seeds to Iceland and other areas of the world
As Vikings focused more energy and effort on exploration, they used hemp as an important tool for function and survival. Viking explorers kept large stocks of hemp rope and hemp seeds wherever they went. This gave them a reliable strategy to plant more hemp and survive in nearly any area.
900 AD | Arab cultures use hemp and cannabis to make paper materials and products
Hemp and cannabis products started to appear in Arab marketplaces and trade routes. Early versions of hemp paper became some of the most popular products of its time.
1000 AD | Italian sailors use hemp rope and hemp material for their ships and sails
Hemp materials and specifically hemp ropes surge in popularity among sailors and dock workers. Large sails made of hemp materials were in high demand because they we’re stronger and less costly to produce.
1563 AD | Portuguese physician, Garcia da Orta, begins reporting the medicinal benefits of cannabis/hemp/CBD
The first official reports of medical benefits emerged and changed the direction of focus regarding cannabis and hemp. People started exploring medicinal/internal uses of hemp and CBD rather than functional/external use.
1565 AD | Chinese physician, Li Shih-Chen, documents the antibiotic and anti-nausea effects of cannabis and CBD
After Orta’s intriguing reports, another man from China looked into the medical benefits of CBD. This was the first report of Cannabidiol (CBD) in relation to antibiotic and anti-nausea effects.
1850 AD | Cannabis is added to The U.S. Pharmacopoeia list of Medicines and Dietary Supplements
As more people discover and support the medical benefits of CBD and hemp, cannabis was added to the United States Pharmacopoeia list. This was a huge step forward in recognizing the medicinal value at hand.
Modern CBD History (1900 to Present)
Unfortunately, things started to get really political and dramatic in the world of cannabis/hemp/CBD. Commercial corporations started recognizing the threat of cannabis eating away from their profits. Politicians and lawmakers used cannabis as a tool for injustice and systemic racism. This era has been pretty crazy, but thankfully things have been turning towards a more positive light.
1911 | States begin restricting or banning the sale of “Indian Hemp” and “Marihuana”
The first stages of branding cannabis in a negative light begun with language and semantics. Using names with a more negative connotation helped to change the public perception of hemp/cannabis for the worse.
1937 | The Marihuana Tax Law restricts usage of cannabis, hemp, and CBD products
Legal and financial restrictions started to make cannabis and CBD products difficult to produce, obtain, and sell. Businesses and companies started to avoid the plant in fear of government or regulatory action.
1940 | Illinois University research team isolates CBD and reports its lack of psychoactive properties
Dr. Roger Adams lead a team that discovered Cannabidiol in isolated form. However, he doesn’t know the significance of his discovery until a later date.
1964 | Dr. Raphael Mechoulam discovers and reports the chemical structure of Cannabidiol (CBD)
The specific chemical structure of Cannabidiol is discovered and initiates interest to research cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system.
1970 | Cannabis tinctures emerge as a medicinal product
British and American cannabis/CBD tinctures emerged as an all-natural remedy for a wide variety of problems and concerns. The British Pharmacopoeia licensed a CBD full-spectrum oil.
1996 | California is the first state to legalize medical marijuana and medicinal cannabis products
After enduring through the turmoil of the ineffective “War on Drugs”, California set precedent by being the first state to legalize medical marijuana. Cannabis and CBD products were now legal to use for medical benefits.
2003 | The US Govmt claims the patent for Cannabidiol (CBD) as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.
In one of the most hypocritical moves of the century; the United States government claims the patent to use CBD as neuroprotectant. At this exact same moment in time, Cannabis is classified a federally illegal Schedule 1 substance with “No medicinal value.”
2012 | Colorado and Washington are the first states to legalize recreational usage of cannabis products.
The initial stages of the “Green Rush” begin as two states make history becoming the first to legalize recreational marijuana. Cannabis and CBD products starts to flourish and become more commonly accepted.
2013 | Young child, Charlotte Figi, uses CBD to reduce 300+ seizures/wk to virtually none
The inspirational story behind the “Charlotte’s Web” CBD strain made international headlines. To date, Charlotte’s story has been one of the most powerful catalysts to help legalize CBD strains and products.
2014 | 11 States legalize Cannabidiol (CBD)
Shortly after Charlotte’s story, hundreds of others came forward sharing their stories and support for Cannabidiol. With strong public support, 11 states legalized the use of CBD and determined it should be excluded from traditional cannabis/marijuana restrictions.
2017 | The FDA initiates first steps towards official recognition and approval of Cannabidiol (CBD)
After decades of research and relentless public support, the United States Food and Drug Administration is finally considering recognizing Cannabidiol (CBD). Currently, there are strict restrictions around the production, sale, and even language of CBD. FDA approval is one of the final hurdles remaining in the task of bringing CBD to everyone in the world.
As legal regulations restrict the true potential of CBD from being unlocked; there are still armies of supporters like you and me helping us move forward. Cannabis and CBD products have a bright future ahead. Are you going to be a part of it?