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CBD products are everywhere, and their popularity is growing. Stores and brands are advertising the plant compound’s various uses. The list of benefits   is growing as fast as the number of hemp-infused products.

It’s understandable if all the hype makes you skeptical about the benefits of our Innovative CBD oil and other infused products. It’s essential to understand that hemp extracts and use may seem new, but that’s not accurate. People have been using the ancient plant for thousands of years.



Hemp is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. Its first known use was as an agricultural crop in Asia over 10,000 years ago to condition the soil for other vegetation to grow with its high nutrient level. The plant quickly became    a staple. Historical records show civilizations using it for fiber to make clothing and other textiles.

The first mention of its use in written documents is in the Pen-ts’ao ching, the world’s oldest pharmacopeia, an official medicinal drug  publication.  This ancient text suggests people in Asian culture regularly used the plant as a natural wellness remedy.

Oral history reports that Hua T’o, the founder of Chinese surgery, utilized hemp compounds with wine to make the first known tinctures. He used them during procedures. The references show the Chinese used the flowers, seeds, leaves, and roots to mix various folk remedies for everything from aches and pains to sleep aids.

Hemp cultivation spread throughout the world over the past 10,000 years. Historical references to the plant have been found in the Middle East, India,   and even in Greece around 200 BCE.

We  know that hemp was a required crop in the new world when the British  came to America. The plant made its way to the UK by 1500. In fact, King Henry VIII first instituted the laws for growing hemp in 1535. The royal proclamation threatened fines to landowners that didn’t cultivate the useful crop.

Hemp’s popularity would spread throughout North American in the 1600s and continue to be a staple crop in the colonies and the U.S. until cannabis propaganda vilified the extremely beneficial plant. Although the two plants share many of the same compounds, hemp doesn’t produce the high associated with cannabis.

Despite available research, hysteria won, and the U.S. banned hemp culti- vation, sales, and use in 1937. Follow- ing America’s lead, the remaining countries around the world  would also ban most hemp production.


It would take 81 years to change the course of hemp in America and throughout the world. We owe  a great deal of appreciation to Dr. Ra- phael Mechoulam. He is  considered by many the father of modern canna- bis research. 

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, was the first compound isolated from the hemp plant. A Harvard chemist,  Roger Adams, extracted CBD in 1940. A little more than two decades later, Dr. Mechoulam used Adams’ work to breakdown the compound’s structure in 1963. In fact, he verified CBD before THC, which wasn’t identified until 1964.

The professor and top cannabinoid scientist and pioneer recently turned 90 and is still a formidable expert in CBD, THC, and the endocannabinoid system. 


The plant contains more than the cannabinoids CBD and THC. It has at least 545 compounds. At least 140 of the phytochemicals are cannabinoids with similar characteristics to CBD.

The remaining compounds include terpenes, which produce the different plant fragrances, flavonoids that give hemp its unique tastes, and a blend of minerals and other essential phytochemicals. The complex group of plant chemicals works together to produce a variety of wellness responses.

Scientists are still studying all the plant’s compounds to learn more about how they interact with the body and their different advantages. The majority of the compounds are cannabinoids like CBD and THC.


1. Cannabinoid Acids

The final CBD oil or infused product you purchase doesn’t start its life cycle as a cannabinoid. Instead, they begin as simple acids. All cannabinoids in hemp form from cannabigerolic acid or CBGa. Scientists often call CBGa the mother of all cannabinoids because of where it is in the pecking order.

CBGa is the first to form. It changes to either THCa, CBCa, or CBDa. Without CBGa, there wouldn’t be CBDa or CBD. Each phytocannabinoid has a precursor or a different chemical composition before going through the decarboxylation process.

While not an exhaustive list, here are some of the known cannabinoid acids:

Cannabidiolic acid (CBDa) Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid A (THCa) Cannabigerolic acid (CBGa) Cannabichromenic acid (CBCa) Cannabinolic acid (CBNa) Cannabigerovarinic acid (CBGVa)

2. Decarboxylated Cannabinoids

These are the compounds most consumers know. CBD and THC are decarboxylated. The decarboxylation process is a long phrase that means you’re heating the cannabinoids to activate them. Both compounds have benefits as an acid and after the heating process. But there is one significant difference between THCa and THC—the acidic form is NOT psychoactive.

Again, this isn’t the entire list. But here are a few of the identified cannabinoids following decarboxylated cannabinoids:

Cannabidiol (CBD) Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) Cannabigerol (CBG) Cannabichromene (CBC)  

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