The first partial structure of CBN (cannabinol) was discovered in the 1930s by British chemist Robert S. Cahn , leading to the full identification in 1940. Following that, in 1942 American chemist, Roger Adams, successfully identified and isolated CBD and soon after, THC. However, at this point there was no understanding of which molecules were causing which effects and more importantly, why.
What we do know is that:
So, where does CBD come in?
In short, it should hopefully lead to better quality products through tighter regulations and analysis of products available to buy. This is a good thing, as currently the CBD market is highly unregulated and many CBD products contain no CBD at all, THC levels higher than the legal limit as well as heavy metals and chemicals you do not want to be putting into your body.
It’s only in the last century that there has been any kind of prohibition against the use and cultivation of hemp (cannabis sativa) and even high-THC marijuana for that matter. Bizarrely, thanks to the evolution of scientific know-how, this has been during a time when we have begun to understand the relationship between cannabis and the human body and the medicinal potential it holds beyond anecdotal evidence.
At the same time as the media uproar and propaganda against the growth and use of hemp and marijuana, huge breakthrough findings were taking place behind the scenes.
CBD is starting to gain popularity within the UK, and as more of CBD’s potential benefits are starting to come to light, the number of Brits incorporating CBD into their daily lifestyle is growing at a fast rate.
As of February 2020, new CBD food/drink products require a Novel Food Application. Any food or drink containing CBD are considered novel foods. They require premarket authorisation, any CBD manufacturer wanting to produce CBD food or drink is required to apply.
CBD Explained? (A quick explanation)
If you want to find out more about what CBD is, and other topics surrounding CBD, read these:
This has led to people believing they can grow their own cannabis/hemp for CBD use. It’s actually illegal to grow your own cannabis/hemp in the UK and there are a few strict regulations:
CBD is still a new topic for a lot of people and it can be often overlooked. CBD is from the cannabis plant and is often wrongly associated with its brother THC, which is illegal in the UK and the part of the plant that gets you ‘high’. With a bit of clarification around the topic you will understand more about CBD and its laws in the UK.