When God created the earth, He created all living things, including plants. He created hemp, and Genesis tells us that when God finished creating and looked at all of his handiwork, He pronounced it “good.” Here are 10 fun facts about hemp and CBD as it has been cultivated and used throughout history.
Scientific evidence suggests hemp, the source plant for CBD oil, was one of the first crops planted by early man.
Hemp was widely cultivated for its value as a useful for textiles and strong rope millennia before it became notorious as the plant that gets you high. Remnants of hemp cloth from the ancient Mesopotamian period have been found in Iran and Iraq. In 150 B.C., the Chinese used hemp to make the first paper. Hemp cultivation reached Europe approximately 1200 BC, and hemp came with explorers to the New World. They soon discovered it was already there. French explorer Jacques Cartier made note of hemp growing wild in North America during his explorations.
Renowned American scientist Carl Sagan was an avid supporter and researcher of hemp.
Carl Sagan, perhaps America’s best-known scientist in the 1970s and 1980s, famously said, “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.” Sagan focused his life’s work on making science accessible to ordinary people and is especially noted for his contributions to space exploration—and his belief in extraterrestrial life. Sagan also advocated legalizing marijuana and contributed to the explorations regarding the origins of hemp.
At different times in history, it was illegal not to grow hemp.
King Henry VIII of Britain considered hemp so important that he made it illegal not to grow the fiber crop. Records from 1533 indicate that one-third of an acre out of every sixty acres of land had to be set aside to grow hemp. In 1619, the Virginia colony Jamestown enacted the first law in the New World regarding the cultivation of crops. All settlers were required to grow Indian hemp.
Both the Puritans and George Washington grew hemp.
Virginians weren’t the only ones to grow hemp for fiber. The Puritans also brought it with them to New England. The first U.S. president, George Washington, wanted to grow hemp as a cash crop. Even though that didn’t work, he continued to grow it to make rope, thread sturdy enough to stitch canvas, and to repair the nets used at his fisheries.
During Prohibition, alcohol was illegal but marijuana use was legally okay. In fact, it wasn’t banned nationally until 1937.
One may speculate that the ban resulted at least in part to the often-spoofed propaganda film Reefer Madness, released in 1936. The film’s obvious racism and exaggerated claims make it almost comical to watch today, as shown by the 2005 musical parody. Compare Reefer Madness to the 2013 CNN documentary which followed the case of a girl suffering from severe epileptic seizures, and the amazing strides she made with the help of CBD oil.
Studies show CBD oil not only interacts with the human endocannabinoid system, but also may benefit animals with issues such as anxiety and pain.
People are excited about the possibilities of CBD oil for their pets. Cornell University published positive findings after a study on the efficacy of CBD oil in the treatment of arthritis in dogs. Also, dog behaviorist Cesar Milan rose to national prominence during his nine-year tenure as the “Dog Whisperer” (first broadcast on the National Geographic Channel). Today, Milan has teamed up with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson to create CBD pet treats. If your furry friends suffer from ailments similar to yours, you might want to check them out.
The human body produces CBD oils naturally.
CBD is only one of more than 100 identified cannabinoids. In fact, cannabinoids are found in both plants (phytocannabinoids) and in humans and animals (endocannabinoids.) “Phyto” in a prefix refers to something pertaining to plants. “Endo” simply implies within, or containing. When someone takes a phytocannabinoid, they are only supplementing a substance already placed in their bodies by God.
CBD oil can be taken in more than one way.
There are five basic ways CBD oil enters the bloodstream:
- Ingestion: The user swallows a capsule a capsule filled with CBD oil, which reaches the body by metabolizing in the liver.
- Sublingual: The user holds drops of CBD oil under the tongue for up to ninety seconds before swallowing. The interaction inside the mouth increases the speed of delivery to the bloodstream.
- Topical application of salves and lotions alleviates skin and pain issues without entering the bloodstream.
- Inhalation: CBD oil is added to a vaporizer to inhale it into the lungs without going through the liver.
- Spray: CBD oil spray is applied either topically on the skin or sprayed into the cheeks for ingestion.
CBD oil can be used in both sweet and savory cooking.
For those interested in eating their CBD oil, imagination is the limit on how to incorporate CBD oil in cooking and baking, both savory and sweet. CBD oil can be used as any other oil is used, although caution is needed. Because of the bitter taste, the cook will probably have to experiment to achieve the desired taste. A fairly low temperature for burning (200 degrees) also means there is a learning curve. However, the abundance of recipes on hand can provide a wide variety of edibles that are both delicious and offer the benefits of CBD oil.
CBD oil is a gift from God.
According to the book of Genesis, God gave people all plants for our benefit, including hemp, from which CBD oil is derived. While medical studies are still being done and more information is needed, CBD seems to work with human bodies’ systems to activate natural healing. By relieving or reducing pain, stress, and anxiety, CBD may make it easier to think clearly and accomplish more. It is a gift to find under God’s healing tree.