Mankind has used the Cannabis plant for over 5,000 years, valuing it for its flexible applications in clothing, food and medicines.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the 113 identified naturally occurring cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. It elicits no psychotropic effects and is completely legal.
The psychotropic effects caused by THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) led to a rise in Cannabis’s popularity as a recreational product. Subsequently, global legislation and controls were imposed and by the mid 20th century Cannabis - and by association hemp cultivation - was illegal in most countries.
Cannabis’s medicinal properties began to attract renewed attention in the 1970’s and 80’s, due to its use by AIDS patients to combat the side effects of the disease. The 1990’s saw the loosening of restrictions in several jurisdictions for certain medical applications, however cultivation and use of Cannabis with even modest levels of THC remains illegal in most countries.
Use of CBD based products: oils, supplements, high concentration extracts and CBD infused skincare can be used to help treat certain ailments.