This is the second part of the blog about the history of CBD. In the first one, we comprehended a little about the past of Cannabis, and also presented the beginning of research involving this plant.
Now, we will learn more about the recent history of the CBD!
The Initial Discoveries
About 1940, scientist Robert S. Cahn discovered the first individual cannabinoid, the cannabinol (CBN). At first, he found its partial structure, and a little after, the whole composition of CBN.
In 1942 it was possible to extract the non-psychoactive component (CBD) of cannabis. Whom did this was the scientist Roger Adams. Thus, proving that we could use CBD in medicine. Also, the battle to legalize the CBD began. From this research, it was also possible to discover the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Scientists at the time had little information about the structure of cannabinoids and the biological composition of the plant. Because of this, they could not determine which cannabinoid caused which effect.
It was only in 1963 that Dr. Raphael Mechoulam made the first discovery of how cannabinoids worked individually. His studies succeeded in identifying the stereochemistry of CBD.
One year after the previous research, Israeli doctor Raphael Mechoulam identified the stereochemistry of THC. With his research, the connection of THC to the sensation of euphoria became clear. This information discarded CBD as a component that changes the mental perception.
Less than a decade after Dr. Mechoulam’s studies, research on cannabis increased considerably.
The Increase Of Studies
Significant interest in the therapeutic application of Cannabis contributed to the identification of additional cannabinoids. Also, new research allowed a better understanding of the structure of cannabinoids as well as the discovery of the fantastic Endocannabinoid System.
In 1978, there was a historical milestone in medicine. New Mexico approved the Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Act. This law legally recognized the medicinal value of Cannabis.
Incentive continued during the 1980s. By then, Dr. Mechoulam and his team conducted a study on the potential application of CBD in treating patients with epilepsy. CBD would work as a “hypnotic”.
In this analysis, Mechoulam and his team applied doses of 300mg of CBD to observe a group of 8 patients. After four months of treatment, half of the patients stopped having seizures, while the other half had a significant decrease in the frequency of their seizures.
This was a huge step to improve the lives of people suffering from this condition. More than 50 million people with epilepsy could find an effective treatment. Unfortunately, this discovery was not published as effective, since there was an enormous negative stigma on Cannabis at the time.
With all these research and studies, the US became more interested in this plant and its healing abilities. Thus, the rise of Cannabis in the United States began.
In 1996, California was the first state to legalize medical Cannabis with Proposition 215. After that, seven more states joined the legalization: Oregon, Alaska, and Washington in 1998; Maine in 1999; Hawaii, Nevada, and Colorado in 2000.
With the legalization of medical Cannabis in these states, patients finally had legal access to the plant. Also, researchers started to expand their range of study about CBD and its potential. Mainly when they’re related to chronic pain, epilepsy, and many neurodegenerative diseases.
In spite of the legalization of Cannabis for medicinal use, the bad stigma surrounding it was still a problem. Although scientific research about CBD proved much distinction between this and other cannabinoids found in the plant, the people’s opinion was crucial for making laws. Unfortunately, many of these people didn’t understand the importance of CBD.
From 1998 to 2003, the Pew Research Center developed a study showing that more than two in three North Americans opposed Cannabis legalization. Mostly, the reason for this opposition was that “Cannabis is the gateway to other drugs.” So, more and more people believed that Cannabis was dangerous.
The stigma of the American population concerning Cannabis declined in 2006. In this year, a girl named Charlotte Figi was born with a rare condition called Dravet’s Syndrome, a kind of chronic epilepsy.
At the age of four, Charlotte had almost completely lost her speaking, walking, and eating skills. She had 300 seizures a week. When she turned 5, her parents saw that they would have to leave traditional medicine aside.
Hesitant, they resorted to alternative medicine and tried a small dose of CBD oil, extracted from a CBD-rich Cannabis plant. The results were incredible. Charlotte’s crises stopped immediately. Consequently, Charlotte went from 300 crises per week to 2 to 3 attacks per month. An extremely significant decrease.
To conclude the history of CBD, we must take into account that we have experienced very significant changes in society and medicine due to this cannabinoid. These changes took a long time to happen and are still in the process of evolution, especially when it comes to the taboo surrounding this subject.
However, with willpower and study, we seek to bring this information to more people, just as we seek to heal the world with quality and safety. With advances in technology and medicine, we can predict that more and more companies and researchers will be interested in investing in the CBD market, which is continuously evolving.
Our articles have the main purpose of bringing information to people about Cannabis. Moreover, we as a company aim to offer a quality of life and relief to people who suffer from conditions that traditional medicine can not cure.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate treatment for your medical condition.
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