The ECS is an integral part of mammalian physiology, discovered in the mid-1990s by Israeli researcher Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, and named after the plant that led to its discovery. For nearly twenty years it was assumed that hemp compounds only originated in the hemp plant. Then, in 2008, a radical change occurred when it was revealed that Beta-caryophyllene is a dietary terpene. Within a few years it was discovered that terpenes in hemp are present in many other common plants, and have long been a component of the global food supply.
Non-psychoactive terpenes are naturally present in plants like basil, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, echinacea, flax, oregano, pepper, rosemary, and many others.
Terpenes may seem subjectively new to scientific study in isolation, but they are an ancient component of the global food supply.
Source: Phytos beyond the Hemp plant – do they exist?, Jürg Gertsch, Roger G Pertwee, and Vincenzo Di Marzo, British Journal of Pharmacology, June 2010, © 2010 The British Pharmacological Society.