How Legal CBD Came to Be

How Legal CBD Came to Be

By L. Englemoke

While CBD has recently become popularized in the United States as a potential treatment for mental and physical health issues, it has a deep and rich history in the medical community. As early as 1940, scientists at the University of Illinois documented the process of isolating CBD, proving the fact that there are active compounds in cannabis plants that do not cause the “paranoia and brain fog that can often come with [smoking] marijuana”.

Recently, Congressional lawmakers recognized the potential benefits of CBD for medical use and for the U.S. economy when they included its legalization in the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. This means that the use and sale of CBD is federally legal and allowed under most states’ laws. Since, massive resources and attention have been poured into the CBD industry with experts estimating the market will reach $22 billion by 2022.


CBD is now widely available for public consumption and is marketed by industry-leading beauty companies like Sephora and Neiman Marcus. It has also been approved by the FDA for usage in products like Epidolex, a medicine used to prevent seizures in children with epilepsy. It has also proven to be effective as a method of combatting anxiety and neurodegenerative diseases.


Despite the huge strides the United States has made in the social, legal and scientific acceptance of CBD, there is still much work to be done. CBD has countless untapped applications in modern medicine and will grow to be an important industry sector for the American economy.


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