The History of CBD
Thursday, 13 January, 2022

The History of CBD

Whilst lots of noise has been made about cannabidiol (CBD) in recent years, it has actually been used in a variety of ways for decades. CBD is a naturally occurring extract that is derived from the cannabis plant, and despite the negative associations of cannabis, CBD is regarded to provide an array of potential health benefits.

More people are becoming interested in CBD and its potential health benefits, with over 6 million people in the UK claiming to have used CBD in the past year. Whilst CBD has been at the centre of many recent scientific studies, its plant of origin has been around for thousands of years.

How has CBD been used historically?

CBD itself was only discovered as an extract in the 1940s, the cannabis plant that it is derived from has been used for thousands of years, with studies and records suggesting its cultivation first happened between 10,000 and 12,000 years ago!

CBD is extracted from the hemp strain of the cannabis plant family, and whilst there is a difference between CBD extract and hemp plants, there has been an interest in the plant and its effects when ingested for a significant time.

As mentioned, CBD was originally discovered in 1940 by Roger Adams – and following advancements in technology and scientific study, it was eventually found that CBD could be separated from the psychoactive chemical THC. The method of separating THC from CBD has allowed scientists to study the natural effects of CBD, without any of the psychoactive side effects.


Modern day usage of CBD

Although more research needs to be done on CBD and no medical claims can be named, people have become more interested in the potential health benefits of the extract. With the growth in popularity, there has been an increased demand for CBD-infused products such as oil drops and skin creams.

Whilst there isn’t yet enough conclusive data, CBD has been associated with helping to raise mood levels, tackle sleeping problems, alleviate pain, and soothe sore muscles. Of course, it’s worth talking to your GP if you suffer severely from any of these problems, but some people have reported that CBD-infused products have helped with problems such as the ones listed.

An introduction to PharmaHemp


When choosing a particular CBD product, most people want to buy from a respected and trustworthy source. PharmaHemp has been a family-run business since 1965 and is one of the largest CBD distributors in Europe. With a presence in over 60 countries and an ever-growing loyal consumer base, we provide superior oil, extract, isolate and water-soluble CBD, as branded and white label products.

In addition to the superior quality of our products, PharmaHemp are also committed to sustainable and responsible manufacturing. We use organic farming methods to grow our certified hemp in the Pannonian planes of Croatia and Slovenia, where the climate and low temperatures result in naturally low THC content within the hemp plant. The careful choice of fields and organic farming methods ensure that the hemp is free of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, heavy metals, and other environmental pollutants.

There are a variety of reasons why you may want to try CBD and there may be a certain type of product that suits your needs. It’s worth checking the entire PharmaHemp range, as there are different types of CBD products to suit everyone!

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