Plants have been used as medicines for thousands of years. “The oldest written evidence of medicinal plant usage for preparation of drugs was found on a Sumerian clay slab from Nagpur, approximately 5000 years old. It comprised 12 recipes for drug preparation referring to over 250 various plants, some of them alkaloid such as poppy, henbane, and mandrake.” There are many other references to ancient plant use throughout history, for instance the Chinese book on roots and grasses ‘Pen T’Sao,’ from 2500 BC lists dried parts of medicinal plants that were used as medicine. The Vedas, the Ebers Papyrus, the Bible, Homer’s Illiad, and other historic texts mention botanical and herbal medicines.  It is very likely that humans have used plants as medicine for as long as we have existed.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is harvested from both the cannabis and hemp plants. It is known largely for anxiety and pain relief as well as muscle relaxing properties. As an isolate without the THC component, CBD becomes a non-psychoactive compound, producing zero to .03 percent THC.
Both the cannabis and hemp plant cannabinoids have been vastly researched and reported as being beneficial for a number of medical needs. Pain, sleep, gastrointestinal illnesses, mood and behavior disorders, neurological disorders and more. The illustration below provides a guide for the major cannabinoids and how they may help with a variety of medical conditions.
- Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCA)
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
- Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA)
- Cannabidiol (CBD)
- Cannabinol (CBN)
- Cannabigerol (CBG)
- Cannabichromene (CBC)
- Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)