The cure-all debate over the cannabis compound has distracted from the serious — and seriously odd — back story of how cannabidiol conquered the country. Long before CBD had become a trendy wellness elixir found in juice and moisturizer and ice cream and dog treats; before corporate chains like Walgreens and Sephora had decided to sell it; and way before Kim Kardashian West had thrown a CBD-themed baby shower , a ragtag crew of activists, doctors, writers and marijuana farmers met up on an early winter evening in 2011.

Source: A Hidden Origin Story of the CBD Craze