CBD’s meteoric rise in popularity makes people believe that it is a newly-discovered supplement. But in fact CBD has been used by many different cultures throughout human history. Hemp is believed to be the first crop cultivated by human beings. The Chinese have been using hemp tea in their ancient medicinal practices for thousands of years. Undoubtedly, these cultures were enjoying the benefits of CBD without actually knowing it.
There is a difference between ancient medicine and modern science. In the 1960’s an Israeli man named Raphael Mechoulam is credited with discovering the chemical structure of CBD. He also was the first to conduct CBD experiments using primates. Through his research, he was able to distinguish the difference between THC and CBD. He learned that while both compounds were cannabinoids, THC is psychoactive while CBD is not.
Dr. Mechoulam’s discovery about the difference between THC and CBD is what ultimately lead to the legalization of CBD, or hemp extract. Although it took many more years, the 2018 Farm Bill finally legalized CBD in all 50 states in America. Dr. Mechoulam’s research laid the groundwork for CBD legalization throughout the world.
The difference between Marijuana and CBD
The difference between marijuana and CBD is as simple as THC. Hemp is a cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% THC. It is widely grown for CBD extraction, building materials, textiles, paper, and many other applications. Marijuana is a cannabis plant that contains more than 0.3% THC and is grown mainly for the psychoactive properties of its flower or “bud.”
The 2018 Farm Bill highlighted the difference between marijuana and CBD by removing hemp and CBD from the list of “scheduled” outlawed drugs. Hemp was made legal because it contains less than 0.3% THC and will not get you “high” like marijuana.
In states where marijuana is legal, you can sell psychoactive CBD supplements, so it is important that you understand what you are consuming if you are only looking for CBD. Hemp extract, the CBD that is legal in all 50 states, will only contain less than 0.3% THC and will not get you “high.”
Most CBD is sold in two forms, full-spectrum and broad-spectrum. Full-spectrum is thought to be the most beneficial form of CBD because it is the least-processed and contains all the beneficial cannabinoids found in the hemp plant including THC. People who prefer that their CBD contains no THC should use broad-spectrum CBD supplements. In broad-spectrum CBD supplements, the THC has been completely processed out.
CBD in all of its forms has benefitted human beings for thousands of years and it will continue to do so thanks to legalization and future scientific research.