A Brief History of CBD
While medical cannabis has been used for millennia, CBD was only discovered and isolated from the cannabis plant in 1940. With the vast information gained on the many health benefits of cannabinoids, we didn’t know exactly how or why cannabinoids had such a profound therapeutic effect on mammals.
Not until 1990, did research begin to uncover the mysteries of the body’s endocannabinoid system and its role in regulating many of the body’s physical and cognitive functions. Since then, scientists have been studying the complex network of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and central nervous system and additional information on the ECS continues to emerge.
CBD enters the spolight
A CNN program in 2013 brought increased attention to the use of CBD in the treatment of seizures. Then the 2014 Farm Bill legalized the sale of hemp grown within certain states participating in a Hemp Pilot Program. Medical reviews published in 2017 and 2018 concluded that CBD is an effective treatment for certain types of childhood epilepsy and in June 2018, the CBD drug Epidiolex was approved by the FDA for treatment of epilepsy disorders. With more and more states passing medical cannabis laws leading to more mainstream acceptance, the popularity of CBD is also exploding.
The 2018 Farm Bill
With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, further regulation has been introduced to recognize the importance, diversity, and opportunity of the hemp plant and the products that are derived from it.
While the 2018 Farm Bill is a big step forward for hemp farmers and research institutions, we feel the biggest winners are the consumers. The bill does not mean that ALL CBD products are legal moving forward. There will be further scrutiny to ensure that hemp is produced in a manner consistent with the Farm Bill. All other cannabinoids produced in a manner not adhering to the regulations will remain a Schedule I substance under federal law and are thus illegal.
Tessera Naturals is committed to work under the guidelines of the 2018 Farm Bill. The hemp farm we partner with is registered with the Colorado State Department of Agriculture and grown in accordance with federal law. The CSDA regularly tests hemp plants on the farms to ensure compliance with all state and federal regulations. We provide independent 3rd party lab tests to ensure content, quality and safety for all our products, with certificates of analysis (COA) and potency reports available for review.
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