The history of CBD.
Humans have used the cannabis plant for at least ten millennia, with the earliest evidence dating to the Oki Islands in modern-day Japan during the 8th millennium B.C.
Further archeological research shows that the cannabis plant had spread to modern-day north China in the 5th millennium B.C. where it was used to make clothing appeal and paper, and from there to the Indian subcontinent in the 1st millennium B.C. and eventually Mesopotamia and Dacia (modern-day south Iraq and east Romania respectively), before the end of antiquity.
Recreational use of the cannabis plant is known since at least 440 B.C. when the Greek scholar Herodotus noted the plant being smoked by the people of Scythia, a region encompassing the modern-day southwest Russia, east and central Ukraine, Transnistria, most of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, west Tajikistan, west Kyrgystan, north Uzbekistan, central Afghanistan, northwest India, and minor parts of China.
In the early 19th century, researchers started investigating the various active components of the various cannabis plants as efforts began to criminalize the plants began due to its usage as a drug that causes euphoria, an effect later discovered to be caused by the THC molecule.
CBD was eventually discovered in 1940, and efforts to cultivate plants of the Cannabis sativa variety with high CBD yet low THC levels – a breed is now known as hemp – began after its effects were determined, in order to continue the industrial and therapeutic usage of cannabis.
Article written by Oscar Öberg.
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