What may surprise many is that cannabis is not a recent discovery at all. Cannabis was used for the first time as a medicine in China back in 2737BC, used as a medicine for the treatment of gout, malaria, and rheumatism.
It is reported that Queen Victoria used CBD to alleviate menstrual pain and discomfort. Queen Victoria’s reign was from June 1837 to January 1901.
Robert Cahn of Great Britain first discovered cannabinoids; he reported the first partial structure of a cannabinol. He identified the fully formed cannabinol in 1940. Roger Adams made a real difference to the cannabis industry in 1942 when he isolated the first cannabinoid, now commonly known as cannabidiol or CBD. Although Adams isolated the first cannabinol, Israeli scientist Dr. Raphael Mechoulam was the first to identify CBD’s chemical structure in 1963.
After discovering CBD as a chemical structure, which propelled the idea of the plant being used for medicinal purposes, this was evident in mid-1970’s, in Great Britain, where the British Pharmacopoeia even releasing a licensed tincture for therapeutic use, that contained CBD. The first state in the United States to recognize cannabis for its medicinal purposes was New Mexico in 1978.
After years of extensive testing, California became the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use. The first medical marijuana dispensary to open was Fairfax Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana. The opening of this facility revolutionized the marijuana industry, as other states followed suit and legalized marijuana. Firstly Alaska, Oregon, and Washington in 1998, Maine in 1999 and Colorado, Nevada, and Hawaii in 2000.
In 2013, CBD shot to stardom, the touching story of Charlotte Figi and her struggle with epilepsy. After numerous attempts to treat her rare epilepsy, a shot in the dark with a CBD based medicinal marijuana had an unexpected effect. The epileptic seizures all but disappeared completely. This extraordinary result changed the way CBD
was viewed, and it became legal in the USA in 2014, several states recognized its medicinal benefits.