The History of CBD- How To Take CBD Tinctures and Topicals

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Posted on March 17th, 2022 to Information

Have you ever wondered where exactly CBD came from and how its benefits were discovered? Have you been considering CBD or are you confused about how to use your CBD products to ensure you receive the full benefits? If so, then this guide is for you! Read on to find out more as we dive into the history of CBD and provide step-by-step instructions for using your CBD products. 

CBD is Derived From Hemp – Where Did Hemp Come From?

The Cannabis plant has its roots in the Indian subcontinent and according to research, it was first cultivated approximately 10,000 years ago. At that time, Hemp was used as fiber for textiles. Furthermore, the first time Hemp was used for something else was during the reign of the Chinese emperor Sheng Nung (2737 BC), who used cannabis infused tea for medicinal purposes. 

How Was CBD Discovered From Hemp?

People assume that CBD and its therapeutic properties were discovered recently. However, the discovery of CBD dates back to the 1900’s. The first person who extracted CBD from Hemp was Roger Adams, a chemist from Harvard university. In 1940, he was able to extract the compound however, he was not even aware of this. A few years later, other scientists realized this discovery and initiated research on the compound. In 1946, Dr. Walter S. Loewe tested CBD on animals and discovered that it does not cause a high. Thus, this motivated Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, who is considered to be the father of Cannabis research, to analyze the compound. He was able to demonstrate the 3D structure of CBD and this helped other scientists in making discoveries about the benefits of CBD. Dr. Mechoulam was also able to demonstrate that CBD could be helpful in treating epilepsy. 

After the structure of CBD was established, in 1985, Allyn Howlett discovered that humans and animals have what is now called the CB1 receptor. Then, with the discovery of the CB2 receptor in 1993, it became widely known that humans and animals have an Endocannabinoid system inside their bodies. Research showed that the body produces endocannabinoids (cannabinoids made within the body) that work on the CB1 and CB2 receptors to regulate pain perception, sleep and appetite. So, when there is an endocannabinoid imbalance, the intake of external cannabinoids (such as CBD) can activate the endocannabinoid receptors and provide us with therapeutic benefits to regulate sleep and appetite and provide pain relief.

The Journey of CBD in The United States

With all this emerging research on cannabinoids, many states began to decriminalize the compounds such as New Mexico and Oregon in 1973. Additionally, California legalized the use of medical cannabis in 1996. Then, In 1997, Oregon, Alaska and Washington did the same. In the following years, Maine, Colorado, Nevada, and Hawaii passed the same laws. 

Just a year later, Alaska, Washington, and Oregon followed the lead. Right after them was Maine, legalizing marijuana the following year. Colorado, Nevada, and Hawaii were up next, passing the law in the year 2000. Currently, 19 states allow the use of recreational cannabis.

Thus, this helped to legalize the use of CBD. In the 2014 Farm Bill, the United States defined hemp as cannabis THC levels below 0.3%.  Following this, the 2018 Farm Bill fully legalized hemp, and enabled the nationwide availability of hemp and CBD products.

What is CBD used for today?

Currently, CBD is being used for a wide variety of conditions. Some of them are listed below:

  • Pain relief
  • Sleep regulation
  • Appetite
  • Inflammation (internal and external)
  • Immune system support
  • Mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression
  • Stress
  • Neuroprotection
  • Heart health

Now that you know the history and background of CBD, it’s time to understand how to use your CBD products to ensure you are receiving the maximum benefits.


Below are visual guides for consuming our AM and PM tinctures as well as tinctures for your pets. These guides can be helpful for any CBD tinctures you may be using.


CBD AM Tincture


CBD PM Tincture



CBD Tincture for Pets

  • For acute conditions, you may repeat supplemental doses within 1 hour for maximum desired effect.
  • Can be taken every 6-8 hours as needed.
  • You may need a dose adjustment based on how your body responds.
  • You will see most results within 3-7 days.  


Below is a visual guide for using our CBD topicals. This guides can be helpful for any CBD topicals you may be using.


guide for using CBD topical

  • Target areas where skin layers are thinner for maximum absorption.
  • The product can be reapplied 3-4 times.
  • Relief from discomfort lasts 3-4 hours per use.

Taking CBD is simpler than it seems! If you have additional questions and concerns regarding administration methods, please contact us and we will be happy to help you. This guide for using CBD does not contain dosage charts as dosage depends on individual body needs. If you have questions about dosage, please consult our in-house licensed pharmacist, Dr. Peggy, for further instructions. 

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