While decades of cannabis prohibition and legislation may lead some to assume that the therapeutic benefits of Cannabidiol (CBD) is a recent discovery, that is however far from the truth.
The use of cannabis was first documented for its medicinal properties as far back as 2737 BC when Chinese Emperor Sheng Nung used a cannabis-infused tea to aid with a variety of ailments including memory, malaria, rheumatism, and gout.
Throughout history, cannabis had served as a valuable therapeutic resource; however, during the rise of synthetic modern medicine, it was not recognized by most in the medical community due to a lack of period scientific studies or evidence.
It was only in 1839, when Irish physician and medical researcher, William B. O’Shaughnessy, published a study which investigated the plant’s medicinal effects, that researchers began to consider the medical applications of Cannabis. In his study, which was controversial at the time, O’Shaughnessy explored the effects of Cannabis and thoroughly described its potential medical applications.
While the Irish researcher may have not realized it then, he had just opened the door towards the discovery of the compounds that would take the better part of a century for modern society to use the Cannabis plant to effectively extract , process and isolate a compound which is commonly now known as Cannabidoid CBD.