CBD oil and all CBD-related products are a growing industry globally. In the United States alone, CBD was a $500 million+ industry by 2018, and is expected to possibly be a multi-billion dollar industry in a few years.
Who invented CBD oil to begin with? Where did this stuff come from?
Obviously, the plants that it comes from - hemp and also marijuana - are not new at all; evidence of these plants being used for medicinal purposes predates...well, almost everything. Records indicating possible medicinal use of plants that contain CBD go back to Mesopotamian period.
But who invented the oil? Who had the idea to isolate it in the first place?
According to the British Journal of Pharmacology, the first time that cannabinoids were isolated in the laboratory setting occurred in 1940.
The initial work on determining the different compounds in the marijuana plant began in earnest in the early 1930s. R.S. Cahn discovered the structure of cannabinoid compounds as a whole by analyzing red oil extract of cannabis (hashish) prior to further research in the US, headed by Dr. Roger Adams at the University of Illinois, and in the UK by Lord Todd.
In 1940, Adams was able to isolate cannabidiol (CBD) from cannabis though its precise structure wasn't discovered until 1963, which occurred in the lab research of Dr. Raphael Mechoulam at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel.
In 1964, Dr. Mechoulam was able to synthesize CBD as well as delta-8 THC.
Pharmacological experimentation with cannabinoids, including CBD, first began in the 1940s and continued in the 1970s, when global marijuana policy became far more restrictive. However, these experiments were conducted in vitro, so the subjects (which were, at first, animals in laboratories) hardly taking CBD oil.
Therefore, we can say that Drs. Roger Adams and Raphael Mechoulam could be considered the researchers who discovered CBD, but were hardly the people who created CBD oil.
The truth is that nobody knows who initially invented CBD oil.
Possible therapeutic benefits of CBD oil and other forms were being discussed by the 1980s, and the first studies of possible pharmacological benefits for humans were conducted in the late 1990s in the UK.
CBD oil was always understood to be one of the ways a person could take it, but it was never known exactly who made it first.
And there's a good reason for that, because CBD oil is in and of itself a very old idea, just with a compound that's become more in vogue. For very good reasons, of course!
CBD oil is inherently what would be called either a tincture or an infusion, and in fact many companies throughout the industry refer to their product as a CBD tincture.
What IS a tincture - or for that matter, an infusion - anyway?
Both are the same idea. You take the extract of a plant and then dissolve it into a carrier compound for consumption. Strictly speaking, when the extract is dissolved into a solvent (most frequently ethanol, meaning basically vodka) it's a tincture, and if it's diffused into water or oil, it's an infusion.
Technically, a CBD tincture that uses oil isn't actually a tincture but people are going to keep calling it one anyway, so who cares?
Anyhow, tinctures, elixirs, infusions and so on with plant extracts have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The practice is very, very old. Somebody just did the same thing with CBD extracted from hemp or cannabis and voila - you have CBD oil.
Point being that we'll never know who really invented the first CBD oil. We know who first isolated the compound, realized its chemical structure and synthesized it, but who first made it? Probably a lab tech in a pharmaceutical study more than 40 years ago. The world may never know.
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