So, what is the history of CBD and why is it so special? The simple answer is that CBD has many miraculous benefits for human beings. But there are several other factors that make it so special. Hence, we shall be exploring some of those other factors as well. That being said, below are some quick facts on the history of CBD and how it came to be:
It is important to note that the CBD history predates the CBD medical marijuana revolution. Indeed, CBD has been around since at least ancient Greece. Some historical accounts describe CBD as an herbal supplement used by members of the Eleusinian Order, an ancient religious order whose members pricked their fingers on a piece of garlic to get its beneficial properties. The historical accounts provide no details on how the garlic was prepared or whether it had any medicinal value. However, this evidence lends some credence to the belief that CBD may have some healing powers.
In late 2021, the National Hemp Initiative got out of the gate with the help of millions of Americans who believe that it is time to legalize medical marijuana. If you will recall, California legalized medical marijuana in August of 1996. At that time, the California legislature was divided on the issue of legalizing medical marijuana. Ultimately, although voters rejected the proposition to legalize medical marijuana, the California legislature did pass legislation to legalize recreational marijuana. The same divided legislature later passed a bill to legalize CBD for adults.
The second way in which CBD came to be legally recognized in various countries is through “compassionate use.” Some countries such as the Netherlands and Portugal legalized medical marijuana and also the use of CBD for a number of ailments. However, even in these countries, CBD must be obtained through a licensed dealer and must not be smoked. This is done because in the case of a smoker obtaining an illegal supply of CBD, it would not be legal, whereas in the case of a patient in need of therapeutic treatment, CBD may be prescribed by a doctor and then distributed by the nurse to the patient.
The third way in which CBD came to be legally recognized is through “backgrow” laws. In other words, in the United States and other countries, CBD is considered to be a Schedule II substance. Schedule II substances are considered to be controlled substances under federal law. On top of this, unlike other Schedule I substances, there is a statute that states that anyone who possesses a plant that has been classified as Schedule II is guilty of trafficking in Schedule II substances. In addition, since cannabinoids are similar to psychoactive substances such as LSD, cocaine and methamphetamines, there is a likelihood of jail time associated with possession of these plants.
While in some areas of the United States cannabis use is prohibited outright, in many areas it is legalized and regulated. This means that for example, in California a registered patient can possess an amount of cannabis in their home and grow it themselves, without restrictions or taxation. In spite of this relaxed atmosphere, a number of people still do not trust cannabis. In fact, in many places across the United States and the world, cannabis is viewed as dangerous and has been linked to a number of different disorders and diseases including cancer. While the medical community continues to research various potential medical applications for CBD, it is important to understand that the medicinal benefits from CBD may be further extensive than what has so far been reported. It is likely that new information will be added to the record on a regular basis as researchers delve further into the benefits of this little known plant.