CBD in Ancient History

CBD in Ancient History

Many people think that using CBD Oil is a fairly modern way to treat certain medical conditions, especially as pain management. As people explore their options for treatment, they may come across CBD oils or it may be presented to them as an option. However, contrary to what many people may believe, the positive effects of CBD are not a modern discovery. Dating back thousands of years, people have identified ways to treat ailments with the plant from which CBD oil is harvested.

Cannabidiol (CBD), is one of the compounds found in the plant species Cannabis Sativa. This flowering plant grows natively across most of the world. The areas it can grow naturally include mountainous, tropical, and humid areas. The Cannabis plant has been used throughout human history, and was most likely the first plant that was harvested and used as a cloth.

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CBD Oil History in Ancient Mongolia and Siberia

CBD use can be traced back thousands of years. People in Mongolia and Siberia were growing and harvesting Cannabis dating back to 12,000 BCE. Archeologists believe that Cannabis Sativa was one of the first plants to be grown and harvested during the birth of agriculture. Evidence has shown that the agriculture of the plant was an important part of the development of early civilization. It was used in almost all areas of life, building, clothing, religiously and medically.

Archeologists have discovered evidence that seeds and oil from Cannabis plants were used as a food source in China dating back to 6000 BCE. While the Chinese used the plants for a variety of purposes, its main use became medicine. The positive effects it had on people suffering from a wide variety of ailments was noted and expanded upon.

Emperor Shen-Neng is documented as being the first known person in history to use Cannabis as a medicine dating back to 2737 BCE. The CBD found in the plant successfully treated pains the emperor was experiencing relating to both rheumatism and gout. As its benefits were identified, the majority of remedies in ancient China began to involve the Cannabis plant.

Ancient records explained how different parts of the plant could be used to heal or relieve different medical issues. For example, ground roots could heal clots and infections, while another part of the plant could treat stomach pain and even prevent hair loss. Shu King, a Chinese book that dates back to 2300 BCE, describes using Cannabis medicinally to treat a wide variety of painful ailments including menstrual cramps.

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CBD Oil Research in Ancient Asia

The Chinese continued their research on the positive effects medically that could be received from the Cannabis plant. By the year 140 AD, the Chinese had developed a way to mix Cannabis with wine and use it as an anesthetic before surgeries. However, Chinese farmers had already taken the plant to Korea around 2000 BCE, where it’s use as a medicine and cultivation continued to spread throughout Asia and into Europe. From there its uses continued to develop throughout Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa.

CBD Oil Uses in Ancient India

In India, beginning between 2000 and 1000 BCE, people used the Cannabis plant in both religious ceremonies and annual celebrations. It was used as a main ingredient in Soma, a drink used in religious ceremonies, as well as Bhang, another drink used during celebrations. Realizing its healing properties, Bhang was also used to treat a variety of medical issues. These ranged from headaches to stomach ailments.

CBD Oil History in Ancient Egypt

CBD Oil History in Ancient Egypt

In ancient Egypt, Pharaoh Ramses II, who reigned 1279-1213 BCE, encouraged the use of Cannabis as medicine throughout his empire. He found Cannabis so useful that oils from the plant were buried with him and discovered in his tomb. The first known topical use of the plant was created by the Egyptians. They used this to relieve pain from inflammation as well as labor pains during birth. The Egyptians also recorded the success they had using Cannabis to treat sore eyes and cataracts. They additionally noted that it could be used as suppository to treat hemorrhoids. The Cannabis plant’s medical use was recorded on scrolls that were dated back to 2000 BCE.

CBD Oil Uses in Ancient Middle East

The Cannabis plant was introduced to other parts of the Middle East between 2000 and 1400 BCE. It was most likely cultivated and put to use by a nomadic Indo-European group of people known as the Scythians. The Scythians used the plant to treat many different medical ailments. They developed the first record of using Cannabis plants to successfully treat epilepsy over 1000 years ago. The Scythians also first introduced Cannabis to Europe by bringing the plant to Germany about 2800 years ago.

CBD Oil History in Ancient Greece

Soon after the Cannabis plant’s introduction in Greece around 200 BCE, it was again used medically to treat a wide variety of ailments. The conditions treated ranged from earaches to edema. While the Greeks noted the many positive effects different parts of the Cannabis plant had on humans, they used it to treat horses injured in battle as well. The roots of the plant were used to heal and provide burn relief. Leaves could be used as a remedy for sores on horses as well as to treat nosebleeds in humans. Seeds from the plant could be used successfully on patients suffering from tapeworms. Another use developed by the Greeks was that the seeds and leaves of Cannabis plants were steeped in water or wine. This drink was given both as a general pain relief, and also as a treatment for inflammation and constipation. The Greeks also used the plant in steam baths. These baths provided relief to soldiers after battle or those close to death.

CBD Oil Uses in Ancient Rome

Records made by the Romans showed that parts of the Cannabis plant were used to remove bugs from ears and also as a general pain relief dating back to 77 AD. They continued to use the plant and by the year 200 had identified how it could be used to treat many different ailments including stomach pains, headaches, and dehydration.

The people of the ancient world realized that there were many healing properties associated with the Cannabis plant. For thousands of years it was successfully used. Today, scientists have identified the healing chemical to be Cannabidiol, or CBD.


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