The Use of Cannabis

The use of cannabis, more commonly referred to as marijuana, is not new.  As early as 500 BC the plant was being employed for medicinal purposes in Asia, and records show recreational use as far back as 800 AD.  In the United States, early colonists used hemp in textiles, paper, and more, purposes for which it is still used today.

Eventually, Americans discovered what ancient cultures had known for centuries – cannabis could be used in a medicinal capacity.  The use of extracts for a variety of ailments grew in the U.S. and Europe throughout the 19th century, and so did recreational use.  It wasn’t until the 20th century, however, that recreational use became vilified and politicized, ultimately leading to criminalization, starting with the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.

Not quite a century later, we’re starting to see decriminalization of cannabis, opening the door for research and development, new medicinal breakthroughs, and even legal recreational use.  This research has produced a wealth of information, including insights into the many chemical compounds that make up cannabis.

One such compound is a cannabinoid known as CBD.  When isolated, this cannabinoid has been found to have remarkable properties and applications.  Although further research and development are needed, CBD studies have shown promise for all kinds of symptom management.

Even better, advocacy is opening the door for CBD usage throughout the U.S.  Several states have now legalized the used of cannabis for medical or recreational use (or both), but all 50 states now allow the use of hemp-derived CBD extract.

What is CBD?  What products are available and what could it do for you?  Here are a few things you should know about CBD.