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A Who’s Who of Hemp & CBD

The use of hemp for a variety of purposes dates back thousands of years. So it’s no wonder that there are some pretty famous folks that have advocated its use.

From Thomas Jefferson in the late 1700s to Mitch McConnel in the 2000s, hemp has gotten attention. It is only recently, however, with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill which took hemp off of the Schedule 1 narcotics list, that its use in the form of CBD oil launched it into celebritydom.

Here is a breakdown of SOME of the who’s who of hemp and CBD. We say some because there are so many high-profile advocates that it would be impossible to create a full list.

Here goes.

Historic Who’s Who

Emperor Shen Neng of China: As early as 2737 B.C., the mystical emperor was prescribing cannabis tea for the treatment of gout, rheumatism, malaria, and poor memory.

King Henry VIII: In 1535, the king passed an act compelling all landowners to grow a minimum of 1/4 of an acre of hemp, or face being fined.

George Washington: The first American President grew hemp and encouraged all citizens to sow hemp widely.

Thomas Jefferson: This Founding Father and President bred improved hemp varieties, and invented a special tool for crushing the plant’s stems during fiber processing.

“Hemp … is abundantly productive and will grow forever on the same spot,” Jefferson wrote in a letter on December 29, 1815.

Hemp fiber was so important to the new American nation that farmers were compelled by patriotic duty to grow it. There were even allowed to pay taxes with it.

US Politicians Who’s Who

Mitch McConnell

Senator Mitch McConnell: Perhaps the most well-known supporter of hemp in the political arena is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Senator McConnell began advocating the legalization of hemp in 2013. The senator even called on the head of the DEA for a face-to-face meeting when it tried to shut down a pilot hemp-growing program he had helped set up in Kentucky.

“As the proud senior Senator from the Commonwealth of Kentucky who has served on the Agriculture Committee since my first day in the Senate, I know exactly how important this legislation is to agricultural communities,” Senator McConnell said upon the passage of the Farm Bill of 2018 which legalized the cultivation of hemp. “Kentuckians know as well as anyone just how important American agriculture is — and we understand as well as anyone all the unique challenges that it faces. That is why I proudly supported this bill, which will bolster programs supporting our producers.”

Kevin Cramer

Republican Kevin Cramer of North Dakota was part of the coalition that helped push through the 2018 Farm Bill. A representative at that time, he is now a U.S. senator. He has proven his ability to reach across the aisle to work with his fellow politicians to move the ball forward for the hemp industry and farmers.

Pat Roberts

Senator Pat Roberts is a republican from Kansas. He serves as Chairman of the Agriculture Committee. In July of this year he tweeted:


Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley

Oregon Democratic Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley were also part of the coalition that helped pass the 2018 Farm bill. In fact, the bill includes provisions from both Wyden and Merkley. 

They continue to push for progress in the hemp industry. Just this month, they sent a letter urging FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to ease regulations on hemp production to make it easier for farmers to grow and distribute the newly legalized crop. 

“Outdated regulations limit producers from taking full advantage of the industrial hemp market,” the lawmakers said in a letter to Gottlieb. They referenced a stipulation that prevents hemp-derived CBD products from being sold in interstate commerce.


Celebrity Who’s Who

In additional to leaders both past and present, high profile individuals have also spoken out publicly for hemp. 

Hemp has proven to be useful in the creation of textiles, bioplastics, rope, paper, and as a biofuel. But the truth is, today hemp is probably getting the most notice for its nutritional benefits and topical use. This brings it full circle to the days of Emperor Shen Neng of China. 

The chemical makeup of hemp which includes over 400 terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids has brought it to the attention of many health conscious celebrities. The most well known of these components is CBD. Here is what some celebrities have said about it.

Kim Kardashian Loves her CBD

Kim Kardashian loves her CBD so much that she had a CBD-themed baby shower before the birth of her son Psalm West. She offered everything from CBD-infused chocolate fountains and kombucha to CBD massages to her guests. 

“So, because I’m freaking out and the baby is coming in, like, two weeks, I thought ‘what better way to celebrate than to have a little CBD’,” she told her guests in a video posted to a fan Instagram account

In another video clip, Kim K can be heard explaining why she decided to have a CBD themed party for this child rather than a shower. 

“Let’s zen out on a Saturday,” she said. “I thought it was kind of ridiculous to have a fourth baby shower.”

Jennifer Aniston is “Impressed” with Cannabinoil Oil.

Jennifer Anniston, the former Friends star, told Us magazine in an interview that she found impressive results with CBD oil. 

“It has all the benefits of marijuana without the high,” she said.

Dakota Johnson Flies with CBD Oil

Actress Dakota Johnson, daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, did an interview with Elle magazine. Dakota has starred in big film productions like Fifty Shades and Suspiria. In her interview, she discussed her love of scents and oils. Among her favorite oils are CBD which she said she used when flying. 

“I try to knock myself out on planes,” she told Elle. “Otherwise my whole world falls apart.”

Busy Philips likes CBD Gummies

Actress Busy Phillipps generously shares her life’s triumphs and struggles on social media and in interviews. In a recent interview with Health magazine she talked about her struggle with anxiety. 

“I grew up in a family where mental health issues are…we’ve got ’em!” Busy told Us. “I’ve had that since I was a kid—racing thoughts, unable to get control of my thoughts, spinning out into paralysis of not being able to do anything and crying hysterically about it, or just feeling totally helpless.” 

Like many celebrities dealing with similar issues, Busy deals with the issue holistically. She works out daily, has done acupuncture, infrared sauna, and used CBD and THC gummies which she says she is a “very strong proponent of now.”

Emma Roberts Bathes with CBD

Emma Roberts, of American Horror Story fame, posted on Instagram in January that she genuinely loves her CBD-infused bath tonic. The tonic was created to make bathing more relaxing. She even used the hashtag #notanad” on the post.

Alessandra Ambrosio’s Sleeps Better with CBD Oil

Brazilian supermodel and Victoria’s Secret angel, Alessandra Ambrosio, told Well + Good that she uses CBD oil. 

“The most important thing to do [to prep for the Victoria’s Secret Show] is to sleep eight hours the night before,” she said. “It’s hard because the mind gets anxious, so I try CBD oil and I think it helps.” 

Ambrosio also said that to prepare for a show she doubles down on her workouts.

Olivia Wilde’s Feet Love CBD Lotion

Olivia Wilde told the New York Times some of her favorite tips for beauty and wellness. The actress revealed that she uses a body lotion with CBD to soothe body aches and relax tensed up muscles without resorting to over-the-counter painkillers. Olivia noted the relaxing properties of CBD and how it helped her after 6 exhausting months on Broadway “left her body wrecked.” 

Olivia’s feet are not the only celebrity feet to have CBD lotion rubbed on them. In January, The New York Times reported that Karla Welch, stylist to stars like Olivia Wilde, Ruth Negga and Katy Perry, applies CBD lotion to her clients’ feet before they walk in big events.


Who’s Who of Athletes

In 2016, NFL lineman, Eugene Monroe, became the first professional athlete to come out in support of CBD. Shortly after, he was joined by NFL Linebacker, Derrick Morgan. NFL players like Monroe and Morgan are concerned about the addictive nature of the industry-standard prescribed pain medications. 

Since 2016, many more athletes have come out in favor of the benefits of CBD. CBD’s impressive roster of athletic supporters includes: former NFL Defensive End Marvin Washington who has become a CBD ambassador; UFC Fighter Yair Rodriguez who touts that CBD oil has helped him recover between trainings; UFC Fighter Nate Diaz who created controversy when he publicly vaped CBD at a press conference; former NFL Quarterback Jake Plummer who thanks CBD for helping him; and former NFL Left Tackle Kyle Turley who has been quoted as saying, “CBD can save football.” 

Chris Carmichael, the CEO/Head Coach of CTS, an athletic training organization, recently wrote about CBD for athletes. In his article CBD for Athletes: What You Need to Know About Cannabidiol, Carnmichael explains how cannabinoids already exist in the body and discusses how CBD supports the body’s natural process and why athletes may want to use it.

CBD is an Individual Experience

With all of the folks including celebrities and athletes trying and talking about CBD, it is important to remember that everybody is different. What helps one person may not help another. Any and all positive experiences of the individuals mentioned in this article are their own and do not necessarily reflect normal expectations of CBD oil.


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