American History of CBD

American History of CBD

CBD is derived from Hemp and it’s one of the oldest plants to be used in the world. It dates back to over 10,000 years ago. Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp plants on their farms. It wasn’t until the last 100 years that the hemp plant was classified as a controlled substance. This is a brief American history of CBD, and it’s importance in shaping this country. 

History of CBD in Colonial Days

In the early colonial days of America hemp was grown to make rope, canvas, and other materials. The word “canvas” comes from the word “Cannabis” where CBD comes from. The government and even presidents would grow hemp in order to make materials since hemp proved to be sturdy. Hemp was used as medicine by ancient civilizations that predates the Americas. States were commissioned to grow hemp in order to supply the colonies during the American Revolution. With all these advancements what went wrong? In 1937 Marihuana Tax Act was introduced.

The Marihuana Tax Act

The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 did not ban the sale of Marijuana or Hemp products but it was the start in regulating the plant. Under this Act it was unlawful for anyone who does not register with the government to be in possession of Marijuana or Hemp. A person needed to register and pay a special tax in order to obtain Marijuana. The government couldn’t legally ban Marijuana or Hemp so it imposed high taxes to discourage usage. It then became illegal to be in possession of any Marijuana or Hemp without paying the special tax. This was found unconstitutional so the The Controlled Substance Act was introduced in 1970.

The Controlled Substance Act

Under president Nixon hemp extracts, and cannabinoids were classified under Schedule 1 Controlled Substance. This meant that it had a high potential for abuse, and had no current accepted medical use. This of course made it impossible for any CBD to be produced at the time and sold legally. It wasn’t until the Farm Bill of 2018 was introduced that hemp was removed as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance. 

Creating A New History For CBD

Under The Farm Bill of 2018 it made it legal for any farms to produce Hemp and distribute. The legal limit for THC in Hemp under this law is 0.03%. This means that the CBD the hemp produces is not meant to get you high. This law made it possible for companies like Savage CBD to legally sell CBD online to any state. Individual states were passing laws legalizing both Marijuana and Hemp before the Farm Bill was introduced. This made it legal under state law to sell CBD but illegal under Federal Laws. So the Federal government decided to grant any state the ability to produce, sell, or consume CBD as long it derives from a Hemp plant.


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