CBD may be a new terminology for most of us, but it is not new to the world of medicine. It was used as a natural remedy in Ancient societies since 2727 B.C. Emperor Sheng Neng of China used Cannabis tea to treat his poor memory and malaria. However, the term CBD did not surface until the 20th Century. In 1940, scientists from Illinois university extracted CBD for the first time and found it as an active compound of the Cannabis Sativa plant. They also deduced that CBD did not possess any psychoactive qualities usually associated with marijuana.
Dr. Walter S. Loewe was the first person to test CBD on lab animals in 1946. He proved that CBD does not cause intoxication in the animals. Dr. Raphael Mechoulam was successful in figuring out the 3D structure of CBD.
In 1973, different States of the U.S. started decriminalizing the use of Cannabis for medical purposes. Before more research could have been carried out on the benefits of CBD, the war on drugs began, which took the use of marijuana by a storm, which is by there was no significant progress during this period.
In the early 1990s, CBD again started to gain attention due to its pain-relieving properties. However, CBD became more prominent when California legalized medical marijuana. This was when patients of different diseases in the USA started using CBD for quick relief. It was mainly for managing chronic pain and reducing the symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases. In 1998, for the first time in history, a British pharmaceutical company started official trials to seek CBD oil benefits.
The Story Charlotte Figi
Charlotte Figi was a 4-year girl living in Colorado and was suffering from chronic Epilepsy, which affects one in every 20000 infants. She experienced almost 300 seizures per week. After trying various modern medicine options, her parents started giving her CBD oil extracted from a Cannabis strain containing a high quantity of CBD, which eventually decreased the number of seizures to 2 to 3 per month. It also helped in reviving the normal functions of Charlotte’s body.
Extensive research is being carried out to find the benefits of CBD and its amazing therapeutic properties. Massive awareness campaigns are being carried out to highlight the benefits of CBD supplements. CBD and hemp oil were also made legal in the 2018 farm bill, which also allowed the cultivation of low THC containing strains of Cannabis.
After the legalization of CBD in most countries, CBD is becoming an inevitable option for several health issues such as pain relief, reducing symptoms of chronic disorders such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis and skin related problems. Scientists are working on how CBD can help treat autoimmune diseases such as Fibromyalgia, Chron’s disease and other illnesses such as diabetes and insomnia.