A History Of The Power Of Organic CBD Hemp Oil Benefits (Part II)

Posted on May 31, 2018
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CBD oil may have been perfected by Diamond CBD, but products like Unflavored Hemp Oil and CBD Full Spectrum have a long and storied history throughout the ages. As noted in Diamond CBD’s History of Hemp Part I, throughout history, the best reasons to cultivate hemp have been for its healing powers. Whether it was early man, or people in more contemporary times, cultures across the world have used hemp for its amazing healing properties.

So grab some CBD Full Spectrum MCT Oil, or some Chong's Choice Vape Additive CBD, or any of your favorite Diamond CBD oils and let’s take a look at hemp throughout the ages in part two of our series on the history of hemp.

Hemp Medicine In the West

By the sixteenth century, hemp was being cultivated across Europe. Hemp was one of the staple crops grown in England. In fact, hemp was so valuable to society, that in 1533, Henry VIII commanded farmers to grow hemp or face a fine. Physicians of the time such as Garcia de Orta and Li Shih-Chen were touting hemp’s use as an appetite stimulant and antibiotic.

Hemp made its way to North America in the 17th century, particularly in the Jamestown settlement and other colonies where it was cultivated for its vast variety of uses. In 1619, the Virginia Assembly passed laws mandating that farmers grow hemp. Similar laws were eventually passed in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The plant was even considered legal tender in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy, a popular medical text of the time, notes hemp’s ability to treat mental health disorders. Then, in the eighteenth century, hemp’s many medicinal properties were extolled in two additional pharmacopeias, The New England Dispensatory and Edinburgh New Dispensatory, the latter of which listed it as a remedy for coughs.  

In the 1800s, a surgeon named W.B. O’Shaughnessy began to popularize hemp remedies in the West. He was a professor at the Medical College of Calcutta where he conducted experiments with using cannabis oils on animals, children, and adults with rheumatic diseases, cholera, tetanus, and hydrophobia. He noted in particular hemp’s ability to relieve pain and relax spastic muscles.

The third edition of the U.S. Pharmacopeia lists hemp extract as a pain reliever and sleep aid and recommends its use in treating everything from convulsions to depression.

Hemp Medicine In Modern Times

By the end of the nineteenth century, Dr. J.R. Reynolds was conducting research into hemp’s ability to reduce tics, mitigate migraines, and treat asthma. However, in the early 20th century, physicians began to develop medicines such as opioids, and the use of hemp as a pain reliever began to decline. There were medications such as Chlorodyne developed which combined cannabis and morphine for the treatment of stomach issues. At that time many folk remedies and “snake oil” cures included cannabis extracts.

The war on drugs began in the early part of the 20th century. By 1937 the use of hemp in medicine had become a crime. About four decades later, in 1970, hemp cultivation was banned under the Controlled Substances Act. It was listed as a Schedule I drug with no medicinal benefits and a high risk of dependence. As the 1970s progressed, however, hemp extracts once again were considered for their healing properties. But it wasn’t until 1996, a quarter of a century later, that California legalized the use of cannabis for medical conditions.

The last couple decades have seen an explosion of research on hemp extract and its main active compound cannabidiol or CBD. The majority of Americans now live in a state where medical cannabis is legal. Some of those states only allow the use of CBD oil. And there have been scores of research studies into CBD’s effects on a myriad of conditions from epilepsy to Alzheimer’s, autism, PTSD, and much more.

Things began to look up for hemp extracts and CBD in 2014 when President Obama signed the Farm Bill which restored hemp as a legal crop in the U.S. under strict circumstances. Since that time, research has ramped up substantially and the number of companies producing hemp CBD oil and the number of patients using it has exploded. In fact, CBD oil sales are expected to surpass $1 billion by 2020.

Today CBD oil can be easily purchased online in a variety of medicinal forms including oils, tinctures, capsules, edibles, vaporizers, atomizers and more, giving patients much needed access to this amazing compound which has been used as medicine for likely hundreds of thousands of years of human history.

From early man’s experiments with hemp seeds to Diamond CBD’s amazing new Relax Hemp Infused E-stick —Forbidden Berry flavor! —the history of hemp oil and its uses is fascinating. And don’t forget to check out Part I of Diamond CBD’s History Of The Power Of Organic Hemp Oil Benefits.