When God created the earth, He created all living things, including plants. He created the hemp, and Genesis tells us that when God finished creating and looked at all his work, he pronounced it "good." Here are 10 fun facts about hemp and CBD as it has been cultivated and used throughout history.
Scientific evidence suggests that hemp (Cannabis sativa), the source plant for CBD oil, was one of the first crops planted by primitive man.
Hemp was widely cultivated for its value as a useful for textiles and millennia of strong ropes before it became known as the plant that lifts you up. Remnants of hemp cloth from the ancient Mesopotamian period have been found in Iran and Iraq. In 150 a. C., the Chinese used hemp to make the first paper. Hemp cultivation reached Europe around 1200 BC. C., and the hemp arrived with explorers to the New World. They soon discovered that it was already there. French explorer Jacques Cartier noted that hemp grew wild in North America during his explorations.
Renowned American scientist Carl Sagan was an avid advocate and researcher of hemp.
Carl Sagan, perhaps the best-known scientist in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s, said: "We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which almost nobody knows anything about science and technology." Sagan focused his life's work on making science accessible to ordinary people and is especially noted for his contributions to space exploration and his belief in extraterrestrial life. Sagan also advocated for the legalization of marijuana and contributed to explorations on the origins of hemp.
At different times in history, it was illegal not to grow hemp.
King Henry VIII of Great Britain considered hemp so important that it made it illegal not to grow fiber. Records from 1533 indicate that one-third of an acre of every sixty acres of land had to be set aside to grow hemp. In 1619, the Virginia Jamestown colony enacted the first law in the New World regarding crop cultivation. All settlers were to grow Indian hemp.
Both the Puritans and George Washington grew hemp.
Virginians were not the only ones to grow hemp for fiber. The Puritans also brought him with them to New England. The first president of the United States, George Washington, wanted to grow hemp as a cash crop. Although that didn't work, he continued to cultivate it to make ropes, threads strong enough to stitch canvas and repair the nets used in his fisheries.
During Prohibition, alcohol was illegal, but marijuana use was legally okay.
In fact, it was not banned nationwide until 1937.
It can be speculated that the ban resulted, at least in part, in the often faked propaganda film Reefer Madness, released in 1936. Obvious racism and exaggerated claims make it almost comical to watch it today, as the musical parody of 2005. Compare Reefer Madness with the 2013 CNN documentary that followed the case of a girl suffering from severe epileptic seizures and the incredible advances she made with the help of CBD oil
Studies show that CBD oil not only interacts with the human endocannabinoid system, but can also benefit animals with problems like anxiety and pain
People are excited about the possibilities of CBD oil for their pets. Cornell University published positive findings after a study on the effectiveness of CBD oil in treating arthritis in dogs. Additionally, dog behaviorist Cesar Milan rose to national fame during his nine-year tenure as the "Dog Whisperer" (first broadcast on the National Geographic Channel). Today, Milan has partnered with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson to create CBD pet treats. If your furry friends suffer from ailments similar to yours, you may want to check them out.
The human body produces CBD oils naturally. CBD is just one of over 100 cannabinoids identified.
In fact, cannabinoids are found both in plants (phytocannabinoids) and in humans and animals (endocannabinoids). "Phyto" in a prefix refers to something related to plants. "Endo" simply implies within or contains. When someone takes a phytocannabinoid, they are only supplementing a substance already placed in their bodies by God. CBD oil can be taken in more than one way.
There are five basic ways CBD oil enters the bloodstream:
Ingestion: The user swallows one capsule, a capsule filled with CBD oil, which reaches the body by metabolizing itself in the liver.
Sublingual: The user holds drops of CBD oil under the tongue for up to ninety seconds before swallowing. Interaction within the mouth increases the speed of delivery to the bloodstream.
Topical application of ointments and lotions alleviates skin problems and pain without entering the bloodstream.
Inhalation: CBD oil is added by a vaporizer to inhale it into the lungs without going through the liver.
Spray: CBD oil spray is applied topically on the skin or sprayed on the cheeks for ingestion.
CBD oil can be used in both sweet and salty cooking.
For those interested in eating their CBD oil, the imagination is the limit on how to incorporate CBD oil in cooking and baking, both savory and sweet. CBD oil can be used like any other oil, although caution is needed. Due to the bitter taste, the cook will probably have to experiment to achieve the desired flavor. A low enough temperature to burn (200 degrees) also means there is a learning curve. However, the abundance of recipes available can provide a wide variety of foods that are delicious and offer the benefits of CBD oil.
CBD oil is a gift from God.
According to the book of Genesis, God gave people all the plants for our benefit, including hemp, from which CBD oil is derived. While medical studies are still underway and more information is needed, CBD appears to work with the human body's systems to activate natural healing. By alleviating or reducing pain, stress and anxiety, CBD can make it easier to think clearly and achieve more. It is a gift to find under the healing tree of God.
Darlene Franklin lives near her family in Oklahoma. He has published over 100 books and thousands of articles.