By Bretton Love
The misinformation about CBD is running rampant around the web. Thankfully, there’s plenty of research to help you understand exactly what CBD oil extract is and how it can help you. You just have to know where to look.
For a thorough, science-backed analysis of how CBD works, read an actual book. There are many books about CBD that enlighten users on the benefits and uses. Here are six books you’ll want to look into.
- Cannabis Revealed
The full name of this book is Cannabis Revealed: How the World’s Most Misunderstood Plant Is Healing Everything from Chronic Pain to Epilepsy. The very descriptive title does a great job of explaining exactly what’s in the book.
It was written by Bonni Goldstein, MD, and specialist in the medical cannabis field. Her background involved directing a clinical center that screens patients seeking healing through alternative medicine like cannabis.
Much of the focus of Dr. Goldstein’s book is THC and the many medicinal uses therein. However, given that we don’t have a great deal of literature on CBD alone as of yet, those interested in CBD will find it useful as well. It has many detailed sections on CBD and the potential healing power found within.
It also discusses your endocannabinoid system in great length, focusing on how cannabis can influence it. It shares patient case studies, conditions that could be treated with CBD, the potential risks, and more.
- Cannabis and CBD Science for Dogs
Pet owners should definitely read Cannabis and CBD for Dogs: Natural Supplements to Support Healthy Living and Graceful Aging before they give CBD to their pets. The author, D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D. has more than 30 years of research into cannabis’ effect on animals.
Her nonfiction book provides detailed information about things like animal endocannabinoid systems, the most effective pet CBD products, an overview of the hemp health industry for pets, case studies on dogs, and more information about how pets can benefit from CBD.
There’s a great deal of confusion out there regarding how CBD can affect dogs, and Dr. Coile’s book is a simple read that sheds important light on the subject.
- CBD: What You Need to Know
No list of must-read CBD books would be complete without CBD: What You Need to Know. This is probably the best-selling textbook on cannabis we have. It’s not a quick read, but it’s extremely comprehensive and provides some of the best information out there for CBD users.
It’s specifically written for patients who want to use CBD oils for their health and wellness. The information comes from author Gregory L. Smith, MD, MPH, who has worked in primary care for decades in California, Florida, and Georgia, where medical marijuana has been popular for years. He is a writer, speaker, scientific advisor, and nationally renowned expert on all things cannabis.
His book CBD: What You Need to Know offers a detailed guide for patients using CBD as an alternative medication. He shares stories from his own personal practice, history and legal issues that have impacted CBD, changing stigmas around the substance, advice on how CBD can be used for 17 chronic conditions, and even suggestions for patients using CBD to combat opioid addiction.
It’s a pretty simple read front to back, but it’s also split into clear sections, so you could use it as a reference guide as well.
- The CBD Oil Miracle
Laura Lagano, MS, RDN, CDN wrote the book The CBD Oil Miracle to give insight into what she calls “nature’s miracle pill.” She divulges detailed information about what CBD is, where it came from, and how it could work to help more than 30 common health conditions.
She also underscores some under-researched aspects of CBD like treating anxious pets and diminishing signs of aging. Her background in clinical nutrition and wellness treatments has given her a first-hand look into how CBD has influenced her patients, and she uses plenty of real-life examples and science-backed research to make her point.
For another look into the “miracle” aspects of CBD, consider The Hemp Miracle: How One Miraculous Plant Is Healing the Planet and Its People by Carol Merol. The book looks at hemp as a whole, detailing how cannabinoids impact the body and extra insights into CBD as a product and medicine.
- The Athlete’s Guide to CBD
Those who are using CBD to enhance athletic performance, boost recovery, or benefit other aspects of their fitness regimens should check out The Athlete’s Guide to CBD: Treat Pain and Inflammation, Maximize Recovery, and Sleep Better Naturally.
The book looks at the many benefits of CBD for various athletes and the sports they play. It talks about how CBD works and why so many professional athletes have started using it. It’s geared towards those wanting to use CBD as an aid for fitness-related conditions, but it has great information for anyone wanting to use CBD.
Scott Douglas wrote this book, and although he’s not a doctor, he is fully immersed in the fitness world. He wrote a popular write for Runner’s World, and he backs up every one of his sources to scientific evidence, so you can rest assured that it’s well-researched and relevant.
- Budding Prospects
When you get tired of reading nonfiction about CBD and its many uses, check out the popular stoner novel, Budding Prospects. Written by T.C. Boyle in 1984, the story follows main character Felix Nasmyth who decides to grow hemp on a large scale as a way to get rich quickly.
As you can imagine, a weed-growing business in the 1980’s was doomed to fail from the start, and it’s interesting to see the way this stubborn protagonist fights to prove he can accomplish something.
It’s also a little romance, and you can’t help but root for Felix as he goes through the difficulties of running an illegal business while trying to romance a girl.
CBD is not the main focus of this novel, but it does come up. It’s also good to see the war on drugs at its peak in Northern California in the 1980’s. It gives you detailed insights into what it was like to be in the cannabis business during this time.
Budding Prospects was also made into a television short in 2017. This 30-minute episode starred Natalie Morale, Joel David More, Adam Rose, and Brett Gelman, and did a very good job of copying the events of the book and bringing the characters to life.