A Timeline of Cannabis aka CBD

It may seem like cannabis (CBD) is a new discovery, but cannabis has a long history dating as far back as a millenia ago and in that time it has had thousands of uses. Cannabis has more than 60,000 uses and equally as many names. Looking back through history, you’ll find the hemp plant has been widely used and largely misunderstood. In this article, we will show you how cannabis first came to the United States and why this miracle plant is such a big industry. Scroll through a timeline history of hemp in the world, find out how it ended up in the United States, learn why CBD seems to be a new discovery, and what all the fuss is about this miraculous plant.

Marijuana First Discovered

When was marijuana first discovered? The short answer is, we don’t know. Marijuana’s history is older than human records, which we’ve only had for 5,000 years. Artifacts with traces of hemp, like ropes and bandages however, date back as far as 29,000 years ago. No one knows the exact date and or place of hemp’s discovery. Written records suggest, Marijuana’s origins might possibly come from Eastern Asia as early as 8000 BC. But again, traces in plants and artifacts have been found all over the world throughout time. For more information on Hemp’s Eastern history click here.

The Timeline of Hemp

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How did Cannabis Come to America?

During the age of exploration, Europe expanded west. The colonizing people came across the sea from Britain, Spain, and Portugal. In the course of the great push, Hemp and Marijuana were prevalent in Europe. History has generally accepted, these countries introduced cannabis to North and South America. There are even records that report explorers, such as Sir Walter Raleigh who had prospects of farming hemp in America around 1585 AD. 

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The US’s first president, George Washington, made reference to Hemp more than once.

“Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.”

“Began to separate the Male from the Female hemp at Do. &—rather too late.”

George Washington diary 1732-1799

Jamestown, Virginia, established in 1607, had hopes, based on rumors of a world of plenty, the new world would bring wealth. However, the people starved, fell ill, and nearly all died. The colonists would have perished if it weren’t for the Indigenous people of America. The settlers’ dreams of riches were dashed in five short years. Ordered to grow Hemp alongside Tobacco, around 1611, helped save the colonies, and they began to thrive. Believe it or not, cannabis played a major role in the United States. article. 

Reborn, Hemp After the Prohibition

Restrictions on Cannabis began before it even spread to the entire world. A king in Arabia banned the substance first around 1300 AD. Cannabis has trickled in and out of legal discussions ever since. In the United States, leaders have proved to be fair-weather supporters of the versatile plant. 

Historically, cannabis bounced back and forth across the legal line. First, by order it saved colonists. Then after WWI, the government banned it because of psychoactive symptoms. But to boost the economy and save soldiers during WWII, they promoted it. 


Hemp For Victory

A short documentary produced by the United States Department of Agriculture during World War II.  

Again, after WWII it was banned, and that ban stuck through 2014 AD. The Farm Bill of 2014 finally overturned CBD’s stigma. However, during the United States occupation in Japan after WWII, our US Government banned it in Japan as well—a detriment to their culture. As cannabis was a part of Japanese culture as far back as 10,000 years ago.

Science Saved CBD’s Reputation

Ironically, the Endocannabinoid System was discovered, in the late 70s-early 80s in a government-run lab. Since then, scientists have reopened study for its potential uses. Only time will tell which side of the line Cannabis will fall in the future. Today, thankfully hemp is at the top of research topics. Hopefully, with science and proof behind this miraculous plant its many medicinal properties and uses will stay on the legal side of the law.

What’s all the Fuss About?

If you’ve ever been on social media, you’ve heard of CBD as a health and wellness supplement. If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, you probably remember marijuana as pot or an illegal substance. The laws dictate how people think of Cannabis. Presently it is the end-all-be-all homeopathic supplement for nutrition and wellness. But what does the future hold for Hemp? Given Hemp’s variety of uses throughout history from cloth to medicine, there’s no telling the direction this miraculous plant will take. Recent research discovered CBD compounds CBDa and CBGA help fight off Covid 19. But did you know this prolific plant is also a supplement for plastics


The nickname “weed” for hemp is no coincidence. Hemp is literally a weed and takes over an area where it is cultivated. It is one of the most resilient plants; it reduces pests, grows with ease, and doesn’t strip the soil of nutrients. Read more on its uses as cloth.

As a nutritional supplement, CBD is best known to help relieve symptoms of pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, seizures, and a whole host of other chronic problems currently being researched. While education is spreading, some people still believe the ugly roomers and misinformation caused by the prohibition. In case you didn’t know, CBD and THC come from the same plant, but CBD is not psychoactive, meaning you won’t get high. THC is psychoactive, but don’t rule it out just yet. THC offers a world of relief from chronic pain because of its psychoactive cooperation with the body’s central nervous system. For more information on the benefits CBD and THC have to offer, click here.

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