Hemp 101: The History of Hemp and the Gaia Difference

When evaluating the latest “hot” herb, it’s a good idea to look to the past for clues. After all, people all over the world have been using herbs to nurture health and well-being for millennia. While some natural ingredients skyrocket in popularity purely due to fad, others that become overnight sensations have been existing quietly in the background for ages. Hemp falls in the latter category.

A History of Hemp

Hemp is not new to herbalism. In fact, some archaeologists think Hemp may have been one of the earliest plants in the world to be cultivated by people. Its first use was likely for textiles, dating back as early as 8,000 BCE in Japan and Mesopotamia. Ancient Chinese and Indian people also used Hemp seeds as a nutritious food.1,2 The herb was used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to support overall wellness.*3 There was even a Chinese goddess of Hemp, Magu, who was portrayed as a beautiful woman holding Hemp stalks. So, it should be no surprise that Hemp still remains a popular herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine today as it’s thought to be neutral in energy (neither yin nor yang) and is believed to nourish the organs.*4

Why is Hemp so Popular?

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Why are products made from Hemp so popular right now? One thing that has changed is the recent passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (also known as the 2018 Farm Bill). This removed all parts of the Hemp plant from being categorized as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act in the United States (meaning a drug with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse).5

We view Hemp as an herb like any other. As a result of this change in Hemp’s legal status, the marketplace is rapidly filling with Hemp products. But these products are not all of the same quality. That’s why it’s important to choose carefully when shopping for Hemp. As a trusted leader in herbal products since 1987, we have long recognized the potential of Hemp as a beneficial herb. With its recent change in legal status, we introduced our line of full spectrum hemp products, including 10 mg and 20 mg Hemp liquid extracts, and our 15mg and 25mg Hemp Liquid Phyto-Caps®. 

Cannabinoids for your Endocannabinoid System

We use Hemp flowers to capture the full range of cannabinoids found naturally in the Hemp plant. These cannabinoids are received in the body through the endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoid receptors can be found throughout the body in the brain, nerves, skin, heart, and even our immune cells. According to UCLA research, "Endocannabinoids are arguably one of the most widespread and versatile signaling molecules known to man." 6

Hemp Done the Right Way — The Gaia Way

We approach Hemp the same way we approach every herb — with a focus on creating the highest quality plant-based supplements that deliver the full expression of nature. That means:

  • We are committed to full spectrum extracts. Our Hemp products offer the full range of constituents found in Hemp flowers—not just an isolated cannabinoid—so they work in synergy with each other.*
  • Our Hemp products are extracted from Hemp flowers, which are known to have the highest concentration of cannabinoids of any other part of the Hemp plant.
  • We use American-grown Hemp and donate a portion of the proceeds from our Hemp products to organizations that support American family farmers.
  • We put as much attention on the base as we do on the lead ingredient. That’s why our Hemp extracts are blended with a base of organic Hemp seed oil, which contains additional compounds from the Hemp plant, and organic Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) from coconut oil, for a clear consistency and protection against rancidity.
  • Our Hemp liquids have a pleasant floral aroma and deliver a satisfying flavor experience with no waxy texture or unpleasant aftertaste.
  • We focus on purity and consistency. Our Hemp products are thoroughly screened for impurities and toxins, with test results available on Meet Your Herbs®, the world’s first traceability platform.

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1 Russo EB. History of cannabis and its preparations in saga, science, and sobriquet. Chem Biodiverse. 2007 Aug;4(8):1614-48.
2 Cadena A. Hemp 101: Everything you need to know. Medium. 2018 Sep 16. https://medium.com/cbd-origin/so-what-is-hemp-everything-you-need-to-know-733b54162f88
3 Brand EJ and Zhao Z. Cannabis in Chinese medicine: Are some traditional indications referenced in ancient literature related to cannabinoids? Front Pharmacol. 2017 Mar 10;8:108.
4 Quian Z. Healing with hemp. Shanghai Daily. 2014 Feb 8. https://archive.shine.cn/feature/health-and-environment/Healing-with-hemp/s…
5 Drug scheduling. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. https://www.dea.gov/drug-scheduling
6 Human Endocannabinoid System. UCLA Health. https://www.uclahealth.org/cannabis/human-endocannabinoid-system