History of Cannabinoids

The use of cannabis is believed to stretch back 4,000 years. It has been used as a medicine globally, including India, China, and the Middle East. In China, it was used to treat malaria, constipation, and rheumatism. There are even theories that cannabis use appears in the Old Testament of the Bible.

In the middle of the nineteenth century, doctors began to take an interest in it as a medicine, and it was a popular choice. Even Queen Victoria of England was given it by her doctor to relieve period pain. But in the early 20th century, cannabis began to be made illegal around the world, and North America and Europe were no exception.

The recreational use of cannabis has continued through today, but scientists and doctors have seriously studied the plant for its medicinal benefits as well. The first country to federally legalize cannabis for medicinal use was Canada in 2000. The first state was California in 1996. 18 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical cannabis in the United States and additional states are considering doing so as well.