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The Origins of Cannabidiol

The Origins of Cannabidiol

You will find CBD products in every health store or cannabis dispensaries around the world. Even doctors have started prescribing CBD for their patients as complementary or an alternative treatment. But did you know where CBD came from? Who discovered it and who made it famous?

Here are some historical facts:

The first recorded therapeutic use of cannabis plants goes back to ancient China in 2737 BC.

Emperor Cheng Neng first brewed cannabis as tea.

Cannabis plant was used to treat gout, malaria and rheumatoid. It was also believed that people back then used cannabis to improve memory and brain function.

It was also rumored that Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom also used cannabis to alleviate menstrual cramps because of the belief that cannabis has analgesic properties.

Unfortunately, with the giant leaps of science and medicine and conflicts around that world, the importance of cannabis faded.

In 1839, cannabis gained some attention again as William O'Shaughnessy published research on the possibility of therapeutic properties of cannabis plants.

During prohibition in the United States since the 1940s cannabis was prohibited.

In 1978 in New Mexico, cannabis was included in the 1978 Controlled Substances Research Act allowing research in cannabis for medical purposes which kept the interest in cannabis alive.

In 1973 Orgegon was the first state to decriminalize cannabis.

In 1996 California was the first state to legalize medical cannabis. By the year 2000 another 7 states followed.

In 2021, 18 states have legalized cannabis for recreational use.

The People That Discovered CBD

In 1940, Roger Adams and his team of researchers from University of Illinois identified and synthesized CBD and CBN.

In 1942 he was given patent for his method of isolating CBD.

He was also the first to discover THC. Adams and his team was able to study the cannabis plant and made a discovery for parts that were not psychoactive.

At that time Adams were not able to describe the chemical makeup of CBD just because the technology needed was not available then.

Roger Adams published 27 studies about cannabis in the American Journal of Chemistry.

Roger Adams is recognised as a leading organic chemist in the United States and won many awards and recognition.

Another important figure is Dr. Raphael Mechoulam took the study of CBD even further and was known as "Godfather of Cannabis Research."

He was also the first person to isolate THC.

Through the extensive research Dr. Raphael Mechoulam found that THC has mentally stimulating effects while CBD has therapeutic agents. CBD does still have its effects on the brain as it can fight against anxiety and help treat insomnia.

In 1985 Allyn Howlett discovered the CB1 receptor and in 1993 he discovered the CB2 receptor. Which proves that cannabinoids from cannabis plants can interact with the cannabinoid receptors in our body to promote better physical and mental health. We call this the Endocannabinoid System.

The Endocannabinoid System are a network of receptions that are responsible for regulating mood, memory, learning skills, appetite, sleep or pain.

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Written by

Vivek Roachthavilit

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Zebra CBD


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