Hemp and CBD: A Few Historical Facts

Hemp and CBD have played a significant role throughout much of human history. Hemp was thought to be one of the first plants cultivated by humans and has been used medicinally for 100’s of years. Here are a few historical facts that we think are worth mentioning.

Hemp Has Been Used Since 2900 BC

Hemp is thought to be among the first domestically-cultivated plants. Evidence of hemp fabric, dating to 8,000 years ago was found in Turkey (former-day Mesopotamia). The first reported medicinal use of hemp dates back to around 2900 bc in ancient China.

The Chinese emperor, Shen Yeng frequently drank tea made with hemp. He believed it had medicinal properties that could be used for a wide variety of ailments. One of the first medical texts that referred to the therapeutic powers of the cannabis plant was written by Yeng and is still used in Chinese medicine today.

Farmers Were Required to Grow Hemp

In the 1500s, all farmers in England and the developing American colonies were required to grow hemp and could be fined if they did not. Hemp was in high demand because it was used as a means of creating rope, clothing, and other materials.

Benjamin Franklin used hemp in his paper mill, and the first two copies of the Declaration of Independence were supposedly written on hemp paper.

CBD Was Discovered in the ’40s

Chemist Roger Adams identified and synthesized cannabidiol (CBD) in the early 1940s. He received a patent for his method of isolating CBD. Adams published 27 studies on cannabis in the American Journal of Chemistry during his career. He also developed the “Adams Scale” to measure the potency of cannabinoids; it is still used by researchers today.

There are Differences Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil

Hemp oil and cannabidiol (CBD) oil are often thought to be the same thing, but there is a difference. CBD oil is derived from the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant are used because they contain a higher concentration of CBD. Hemp seed oil is procured from Cannabis sativa plant seeds. These seeds have a rich profile of nutrients, fatty acids, and useful bioactive compounds, but do not contain the same levels of compounds as the plant itself.