The Dawn of Modern CBD
While cannabis has been used both recreationally and medicinally for centuries, even as recently as being a main ingredient in old-time cough syrups, CBD is a slightly different beast. Because traditional cannabis has THC in it (the compound that produces the high associated with marijuana), as well as CBD. So, it’s the CBD that does things like reduce pain, swelling, anxiety, and other factors, while it’s the THC that gets users high.
And despite the long tradition of cannabis being used by people, it’s only been within the last few decades that we’ve developed the know-how to identify high-CBD strains, and to separate CBD from THC to create a product that produces many of the positive effects of cannabis use, but without worrying about the high that comes with introducing THC into the body.
As far as the origin of modern CBD products, though, we can trace it back to Great Britain in 1998.
According to Project CBD, that year the British government licensed a company called GW Pharmaceuticals to grow a consistent strain of cannabis for medical trials. The company’s goal was to focus on plants with a high CBD content, but minimal THC, with the intention of producing cannabis-based medicine with little-to-no side effects. The company was successful, and its findings were discussed at meetings of the International Association for Cannabis Medicine. This meant that as more was discovered about the effects of CBD on the human body, those results were being talked about in the broader community.
As the 2000s came along, scientists in medical marijuana states in the U.S. also joined in on CBD research. 2009 was when some of the first strains with more CBD than THC were developed, and according to The Kind Pen it was in 2010 that some of the first, major results of CBD use in medicine began to make waves in the mainstream press. From cancer treatments, to epilepsy, to brain tumors, there were some notable cases where treatments using CBD were showing real results.