The Origin of Cannabidiol

October 14, 2019

The Origin of Cannabidiol

Since cannabidiol (CBD) was first introduced into mainstream markets, there has been debate surrounding its legality. This resistance to legalize CBD stems from the misconception that it is a psychoactive compound like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound in marijuana that produces intoxicating effects. 

Though CBD is an active ingredient found in marijuana, it is non-psychoactive and derives from the hemp plant, also known as Cannabis sativa. Within the Cannabis family is the Cannabis indica plant, which is more widely known as marijuana.

Cannabis Sativa

The Cannabis sativa plant has many parts, including the stem, leaves, and flowers. CBD derives from the stem and leaves. In order to isolate CBD, the compound must be extracted and undergo several chemical processes. It is through these processes that THC and other cannabinoids may be filtered out.


Though the use of Cannabis-derived medicine dates back to 2737 B.C., there were no major studies regarding CBD until the 1940’s. 

Dr. Roger Adams from the University of Illinois was the first to successfully extract CBD from the Cannabis sativa plant. Dr. Adams’ research ultimately led to many other ground-breaking discoveries in Cannabis research.

For decades, scientists knew very little about the structure of cannabinoids. With their limited knowledge, scientists were unable to determine the effects of individual cannabinoids. 

It wasn’t until the 1960’s that Dr. Raphael Mechoulam discovered the chemical makeup of both CBD and THC. Dr. Mechoulam ultimately determined that unlike THC, CBD had no intoxicating effects.

Though there is still limited research, scientists now have a much better understanding of CBD and its potential benefits.

At Arolistic Naturals, it is our mission to educate our community and consumers on the potential benefits of CBD. We offer a variety of hemp-derived CBD products, ranging from tinctures to cosmetic products. For more information, contact us directly.


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