- May 03, 2019
The History of CBD - A Quick Glance
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a cannabinoid that’s used for a wide variety of applications: pain relief, mood ehancing, and more. In our last article discussing “Why CBD?”, we gave a brief history of CBD. But let’s dig deeper and get into the finer details. After all, you can never have too much knowledge!
A Deeper History
CBD was first extracted in 1940 by scientist Roger Adams of Harvard University. Adams had no clue that he had extracted CBD, or what CBD meant for cannabis research, but in the following years, it would come to his attention that the compound was highly important—as was his part in the discovery.
Down the road, in 1946, Dr. Walter Loewe began testing on lab animals. These tests concluded that CBD did not, in fact, alter the minds of the test subjects. That was a major breakthrough because it shed more light on the newly discovered cannabinoid. The results showed that it could be used without affecting one’s mind, unlike THC, the more well-known compound of the cannabis plant. This discovery opened up many doors. Further testing would take place, and as the years progressed, more light was shed on CBD.
1946 also gave birth to the knowledge of CBD’s three-dimensional structure. The man behind this discovery was Dr. Raphael Mechoulam of Israel. Dr. Mechoulam is a fascinating man, and an entire article (or five) could be written on his life alone. The man survived a Nazi concentration camp before growing up to build the foundations of modern marijuana research. To say that he is an impressive and important figure in cannabis history is a massive understatement.
Regardless, this discovery of CBD’s 3D makeup led to a deeper understanding of the compound. The research that followed brought about interesting results, including those in the 1960s that taught us that CBD had great therapeutic applications.
CBD Research Today
The history of CBD is rich, but what does that mean for today’s world? For starters, it means that the research of the past has influenced the present and will continue to influence the future. Looking back at the tests done by Dr. Meschoulam, for example, teaches us that progress can be made if we dedicate enough time, research, and care to the study of cannabinoids, that progress can and will benefit not only individuals but society as more natural forms of medicine can be applied.
CBD is also being looked at for its mood-enhancing properties. This is huge because anti-anxiety medications—such as benzodiazepines—are some of the most abused drugs in the United States. Solving the addiction crisis would be a positive step forward, and CBD could potentially play a large part in that step. Research shows that it acts as a natural, safe sleep aid. Studies also concluded that CBD could potentially be used to treat many conditions that could benefit from the mood-enhancing benefits of CBD.
These results are a bright light in a dark tunnel that seems to be enveloping modern America. Our reliance on pharmaceuticals and corporations is astounding. Think of the reduction in broken families and lost lives due to benzo addiction that CBD could usher in. CBD holds the potential to help disrupt the rampant corporate influence in mood and pain treatment. Corporations and the federal government—chock full of ignorant and bought-out members—will more than likely be dispersing their overpriced lunches in their pants as CBD research drives forward. As always, expect resistance to any idea that can break down the big pharmaceutical agendas, but remember to keep a positive outlook, spread the word of CBD’s benefits, and, most importantly, vote.
CBD will change the face of America. Once more research is concluded and new natural medicines are offered, we will start our journey together towards healing.