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Is CBD New?

The organic compound known as cannabidiol (CBD) has continued to gain popularity since its first discovery in 1940. However, it is believed that hemp, the plant CBD is extracted from, was one of the first plants ever to be grown for harvesting purposes. The cultivation of the hemp plant can be traced back as far as 5,000 years.

According to early records, large amounts of hemp were cultivated in ancient China. Chinese innovation with the plant led to its use in medicine, clothing, rope, and even the first forms of paper. Over time, hemp became a staple crop to cultures outside of China and by the 16th-century crops were being grown all over Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.

Knowledge of hemp’s long and extensive impact in world history is not widely known, but with over 25,000 different uses the plant has been integral throughout history.

There are suggestions that US laws prohibiting the growth of hemp in the 1930s were manifested by petroleum and synthetic textile companies. Some believe these industries wanted to limit domestic hemp availability, so their products had less direct competition. Unfortunately, the hemp crisis their laws created, also removed the availability for research on the plant’s medicinal purposes.

Since the legalization of cannabis in individual states, the scientific study of hemp’s medical purposes is being explored to a greater extent. Although CBD research is relatively new and there is still much more to learn, what has already been achieved tells us there could be many medicinal advantages.