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Cannabidiol—CBD for short—is taking the world by storm. But why? With how stigmatized marijuana is in the United States, it seems surprising that so many people are latching onto it. CBD is only one of 120 compounds called “cannabinoids” found in cannabis. Like its famous cousin, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD offers numerous health benefits—but it does not induce a high. As such, people are turning to CBD products to alleviate symptoms from physical ailments like pain and inflammation as well as mental ones like anxiety and depression. Due to its relationship with marijuana, though, CBD is still not entirely accepted. Hopefully, this will change in the near future, because CBD’s popularity is only growing.
A History of CBD: Where Does it Come From? People have reaped the health benefits of cannabis for thousands of years, even if they didn’t understand where its properties originated from. According to CBD Origin, the first documented instance of someone using cannabis for medical purposes is Chinese Emperor Sheng Nung in 2737 BCE when he drank a cannabis-infused tea to treat an assortment of maladies. While people continued to use cannabis throughout the following centuries, modern medicine did not begin to take the plant seriously—at least, in documented cases in the US and Europe—until an Irish researcher in 1839 named William B. O’Shaughnessy published a highly controversial study that delved into cannabis’s health benefits.