CBD History

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Cannabis has been used throughout history for medicinal purposes. There are documented uses for cannabis plant for 1000’s of years. Queen Victoria used it for menstrual cramps and there are other published articles indicating that it had other medicinal properties and could treat rheumatism, epilepsy, other ailments and pain.

  • Scientists believe the Sativa species dates back some 10,000 years and was likely one of the first crops planted by early man.
  • 2800 BCE hemp was published in the oldest pharmacopia in China. Shen Nung the founder of Chinese medicine wrote about it as being the “Superior Elixirs of Immortality. He also explained the difference between “hemp” and “marijuana”
2727 BCE first recorded use as a medicine
  • 70 BCE Dioscorides records the medical properties of cannabis
  • 640 The Quran of Islam forbids alcohol but tolerates the use of cannabis.
  • 1000 “Hempe” first listed in an English dictionary
  • 1160 Hildegard of Bingen writes about the medical use of cannabis.
  • 1533 Henry VIII passes an act that all farmers must cultivate 1/4 acre of hemp or face fines.
  • 1564 King Phillip orders hemp to be grown throughout the Spanish Empire.
  • 1606 Hemp was first planted in Canada. The government offered bonuses to hemp planters and distributes free seeds.
  • 1619 Virginia becomes the first colony to mandate the growing of hemp.
  • 1700 prevalent use as medicine in Africa
  • 1753 Swedish botanist and inventor of the modern classification system of species classifies the hemp plant as Cannabis sativa L.
  • 1800 medical use is common and Queen Victoria used it for menstrual cramps and there are other published articles indicating that it had other medicinal properties and could treat rheumatism, epilepsy and other ailments and pain.
  • 1800’s The Narrow-leaf Drug Cannabis indica becomes a common ingredient in popular medicines.
  • 1841 William O’Shaughnessy first learns of the medical benefits of cannabis. His discovery started the modern scientific study of cannabis.
  • 1845 Dr. Jacquews-Joseph Moreau publishes Hashish and Mental Illness and becomes the first doctor to publish a work about cannabis and the nervous system.
  • 1860 The Ohio Medical Society writes the first governmental study of cannabis use on human health.
  • 1870 Cannabis is listed in the US Pharmacopeia for various ailments .
  • 1910 “La Cucaracha” a song about smoking marijuana becomes popular during the Mexican Revolution. This revolution forced many Mexicans to migrate to the US. The first laws against use and possession follow.
  • African Americans using “reefer” reported in New Orleans and the city becomes the first source of the Reefer Madness.
  • 1910 during Mexican revolution criminal recreational use was introduced to the US and started the criminalization of marijuana .
  • 1912 The control of cannabis is discussed at the first International Opium Conference.
  • 1924 The second International Opium Convention in Geneva declares cannabis a narcotic and recommends strict controls.
  • 1930 The Federal Bureau of Narcotics is formed . Harry Anslinger begins a campaign against jazz musicians using cannabis. Louis Armstrong is arrested for possession.
  • 1937 Despite strong opposition from the American Medical Association, the Marijuana Tax Act passes into law and effectively prohibits hemp production.
  • 1940 CBD & THC compounds were identified
  • 1941 Cannabis is dropped from the American Pharmacopoeia. Anslinger creates the Uniform State Narcotic Drug Act and convinces many states to pass it into their laws.
  • 1945 Newsweek reports their are 100,000 marijuana smokers in the US
  • LaGuardia the mayor of New York receives a report form the marijuana commission stating that cannabis causes no violence. Anslinger responds by threatening prison sentences for any researchers studying marijuana.
  • 1956 The Narcotics Control Act brings the punishment for cannabis possession to its highest level of 2-10 years for possession and a fine up to $20,000.
  • 1961 The Single Convention of Narcotics Drugs is passed the the United Nations. It limits drug possession and sales for medical and scientific uses only.
  • 1963 Structure of CBD is captured.
  • 1980 President Regan poured $ to study how marijuana (THC) damages the brain and the endocannabidoil system was recognized.
  • 1988 the endocannabidoil system was discovered. Drs. Howlett and Devane discover the CB1 receptor.
  • 1992 The International Cannabinoid Research Society holds their first meeting in Colorado.
  • 1996 Proposition 215 (the Compassionate Use Act) passes in California which allowed the use of medical marijuana.
  • 2012 Colorado and Washington become the first states to legalize recreational use of cannabis.
  • Since it’s discovery much research has been done and the endocannabidoil system is recognized as the 12th system in our bodies.

Studies and Projects

Currently there are numerous studies and research projects being conducted to further understand this system and how it interacts with the other 11 systems in our bodies.