CBD, or cannabidiol, it’s not a modern phenomenon, but it’s actually been around for a long time. This naturally occurring substance, it’s been a component part of a family of plants that have existed for thousands of years. But, as we know, human society has been slow to understand some of its properties. With millions of people having used CBD around the globe, evidently that understanding is growing.

The period of big growth can be traced back through the millennia, where we can find many records suggesting that hemp is one of the first plants cultivated by humanity. In different cultures across the world there are clear details relating to the use of cannabis and hemp. Let’s see together where this journey of CBD began.

How was hemp used in the past?

The cannabis family is wide and multifaceted. It has hundreds of different strains and colours, smells and potencies, and this is a product of human experimentation. The beginnings of human interaction with cannabis (and therefore CBD) has simpler roots than that.

The cannabis plant is native to central Asia, more particularly to the Indian subcontinent (although its use extends further afield). Archaeological records suggest that its cultivation dates back to the end of the first ice age; with the birth of agriculture about 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. Being a fibrous and strong material, hemp was probably the first plant cultivated to obtain textile fiber.

However, there is a difference between hemp plants and the use of CBD, but even the use of CBD was recorded thousands of years ago. It's hard enough to say accurately the first time that cannabis would have been used for anything other than textiles, but we have the first documented use of cannabis-derived drugs in 2737 BC. C. by the Chinese emperor Sheng Nung. Who instead of CBD oils, drank cannabis-infused tea.

Already in the most modern era, hemp was considered an essential crop until very recently. In fact, King Henry VIII fined farmers for not growing industrial hemp in 1533. Even nearly a hundred years later (in 1619) Virginia settlers declared it illegal not to grow hemp. It is difficult today to imagine how much this plant was integrated into the daily life of the many societies of the past.

How and when was CBD discovered?

Although hemp has been cultivated and used in various ways for a long time, we didn't really understand its properties until the last 100 years or so. With the advancement of science in general, today we are poised to break down the molecular makeup of the cannabis plant, including CBD.

In 1940 Roger Adams discovered CBD. CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, and it was isolated along with another cannabinoid called CBN (cannabinol) from the hemp plant. And also he formulated a hypothesis about the existence of the psychoactive chemical THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). But it wasn't until 1964 that Raphael Mechoulam, a leading man in cannabis science, was really able to isolate THC.

Through Mechoulam's work, the stereochemistry (the 3-D molecular form) and the properties of CBD and THC were identified. What's interesting is that since THC is often associated with the high you get from ingesting cannabis, CBD was identified earlier! Clearly, CBD has always been a very important molecule.

What is the future of CBD?

Since CBD could be isolated in 1940, it has not been usefully used until this part of the millennium. Currently, CBD is still under investigation and because of this, MHRA classifies it as a food product. As a consequence of this status, no medical claims can be made about CBD.

However, there has been a recent boom, and now you can find various CBD-based products: oils, balms, e-liquids, and just about any other product. This allows us to ask ourselves a good question: what does that mean for the future of the CBD market?

At Cannabis Legal we have conducted surveys to our users about:

- What they look for in CBD products
- The Ways They Use CBD Most Often

The responses have been interesting. Because, increasingly, seeing that users are proactive in the use of CBD for situations that we had not initially considered; This fact shows how versatile CBD is.

For this reason, we have created different ranges of products that target the uses for which our audience was already taking CBD.

Our prediction for the future? That we will see more and more niche ranges that take advantage of cannabidiol as the main ingredient. This really is the future.