Updated: Dec 24, 2020
There is no definitive date that humans started cultivating cannabis but it was in excess of 10,000 years ago. Regardless; demonized 'devil weed' is just now recovering from the political condemnation of one of the most useful products in our history! It was a preferred paper and fabric source in the early 1900s for all the right reasons - cheaper, quicker, and easier to grow than wood or cotton and stronger because of the longer fibers. In the 1950s, punishments for cannabis possession and use at the federal level reached their peak. Texas put a law in place that carried the death penalty. Yikes!
Ironically it took four more decades to begin to understand the intricacies of CBD and how it would benefit the body's endocannabinoid system to promote homeostasis and balance and much better health.
It took small groups of activists working in cities around the country to educate people about cannabis and to patiently change the laws. The AIDS crisis helped to convince the nation that cannabis could be used as a medicine. Some of the first peer-reviewed studies on human usage came out, and the stories of people being helped by cannabis reported in the national news helped convince the public even more. It would be slow, but over the two more decades mainstream citizens started to embrace it and develop products and new applications besides just health and wellness.
This resurgence of cannabis helped spark people's curiosity about the other cannabinoids. When the original 2014 Farm Bill passed, it included a pilot program to allow the planting of hemp and the sale of hemp-derived products. A few companies had already been selling CBD, but with the new legal cover, the industry exploded. Now, as the CBD marketplace matures with companies forming industrial groups like the U.S. Hemp RoundTable to set standards, and with the 2018 Farm Bill's clear legalization of agricultural hemp.
This old molecule is poised to change the world!