All of us are aware of CBD and its extracts that we use on a daily basis. CBD, or cannabidiol has been beneficial in treating problems like pain, anxiety, acne, etc. Also, it stimulates appetite, treats different types of seizures, and helps in cancer treatment. But do you know how this oil was discovered, originated, and got its present form?
The history of CBD is pretty interesting. Due to the prohibition of Cannabis for more than a decade, we often consider it as a product that arrived recently, but this is not true. There are several theories regarding the first use of CBD. The oldest one relates to Chinese Emperor Sheng Nung of 2737 BC, where he used cannabis-infused tea to treat malaria and memory problems (Obviously, it wasn’t called CBD then). It is also believed that Queen Victoria used it.
The Initial Discovery of CBD
Cannabis always proved to be a favorable medicine but wasn’t given much attention. Proper research on CBD and its medicinal value accelerated after the 1940s. It was the first individual discovery in this field made by British chemist Robert S. Cahn. Dr. Cahn reported a partial structure named Cannabinol (CBN). However, it was Roger Adams, an American Chemist who fully isolated CBN. And therefore, we got CBD.
Do you want to know a fun fact here? Adams didn’t even realize what he had discovered. As he wasn’t aware of the value of this discovery, it remained unnoticed. After a few years, the research about the same compound started again, and the benefits of CBD began coming to light.
During this phase, the scientists had only partial knowledge about the CBD structure, so it wasn’t easy to understand its use and benefits. A proper insight was given by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam when he identified the three-dimensional structure of CBD and gave its stereochemistry. This discovery dissociated CBD from Marijuana or a mind-altering compound. Therefore, Dr. Mechoulam is credited as the discoverer of CBD.
The Existence of CBD today
The scientists having secured relevant information about CBD, therefore continued the research. British pharmacologists first declared that CBD oil could be used for therapeutic purposes. A bill was passed by New Mexico, named ‘the Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Act, which legally accepted the medicinal value of Cannabis. In the 1980s, Dr. Mechoulam conducted a study that showed CBD’s role in the treatment of epilepsy. Also, he proved that CBD is equally helpful in treating seizures.
Around the year 2000, several US states made medical marijuana legal; this opened the path of Cannabis. People got more exposure to Cannabis, and therefore its benefit caught attention. Initially, people opposed it, but as more stories stating the relief caused by CBD got popular, people’s mindset changed drastically. While still millions of people don’t know about it, the demand for CBD is increasing day by day.