CBD, short for Cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis responsible for many medical benefits. It is an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.
Scientific and clinical research sponsored by the US government, acknowledge
CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis,
diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression,
antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere.
A Brief History
The roots of Cannabidiol (CBD) extend back thousands of years. Archaeological finds suggest that the source plant for the CBD compound, Cannabis Sativa, was likely one of the first agricultural crops planted by early man. Stories about the healing properties of hemp (cannabis) mention Greek philosophers, Herodotus, Napoleon and other legendary figures. The physician for Nero’s army, for example, included cannabis in his medical inventory. In 1563, the medicinal benefits of cannabis were discussed in a report by Portuguese physician Garcia da Orta. A few years later, China's Li Shih-Chen documented the antibiotic and anti-nausea effects of cannabis. Queen Victoria used CBD-rich cannabis for menstrual cramps in the 19th century. The influence of the plant seems to have been global with a long thread of cannabis applications for healing running through all eras of history.
In 1850, Cannabis was added to the list of The U.S.Pharmacopeia, a respected compendium of Medicines and Dietary Supplements. This lasted until about 1915. According to the North America Industrial Hemp Council (NAIHC), growing Cannabis Sativa, even for industrial hemp purposes, has been effectively prohibited in the United States since the 1950s.
Currently, the explosion of interest in Cannabidiol (CBD) from hemp, due to medicinal properties, motivated farmers and advocates across the U.S. to lobby for restoring the legal status of hemp as an agricultural crop in all 50 states. CBD products derived from hemp is now legally available in all 50 states.