Once Upon a Time
Humankind has been looking for ways to feel better since the dawn of time. Five thousand years ago, a Chinese emperor named Shen Nung prescribed cannabis for beriberi, malaria, rheumatism, constipation, absent-mindedness, and menstrual cramps. In ancient India, cannabis was valued as a way to lower fevers and relieve dysentery. The drug was seen by some as a gift from the Gods. Little did the ancients know that it was the CBD contained in the plant that was working its magic.
It wasn’t until 1964 when the first cannabinoid was discovered by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D. at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. Three decades later, in 1992, Dr. Mechoulam made another important discovery. Mechoulam and his team identified anandamide, a naturally occurring human neurotransmitter. The development of the neurotransmitter anandamide led to the subsequent discovery of the endocannabinoid system. The endo-canna what?