CBD, A Brief History of Who, What, and Why

CBD, A Brief History of Who, What, and Why

Oct 05 , 2021

Courtney Oarr

If you are here, there is a high likelihood that you probably already know what CBD is, but chances are you jumped aboard the fad like the rest of us, in the wake of the celebrity craze, or gave in to targeted advertisements from niche wellness brands marketing both holistic, and creative solutions to navigating a healthy lifestyle. 


CBD abbreviated for Cannabidiol, was discovered in Asia as far back as 1,000 years and was mainly infused into tea, however, the earliest use of it here in the United States- as we know it today- was not discovered until 1940 by a Harvard chemist. Despite growing awareness, CBD has only recently expanded into the commercial consumer market in the form of tinctures, oils, edibles, beverages, and supplements. 


CBD is also the second most prevalent ingredient found in cannabis and is derived from the hemp plant. It does not cause a high given the small isolated trace amounts of THC (the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis) which is never included in the extraction of CBD. For this reason, it has achieved popularity as a safe and legal option offering therapeutic solutions to common maladies such as anxiety, chronic pain, and insomnia.