The 7 Best CBD Books You Should Be Reading Right Now

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They say, well, you should never judge a book by a cover, and while we held ourselves back from doing so, we were so impressed by the challenging and inviting books available to read for our visitors.

CBD (cannabidiol) seemingly emerged overnight and has taken the wellness industry by storm. The content circulating the internet is vast. While some of it is useful, much of it is misleading. By reading some of the best CBD books available, you can bypass the fake news and get right to the facts. These books were written by industry professionals, aimed at giving the whole truth – and nothing but the truth – about CBD.

1. Cannabis Revealed

Cannabis Revealed, published in 2008 prior to the CBD-boom, is a deeply insightful guide into what the author, Dr. Bonni Goldstein, calls “the world’s most misunderstood plant.” Goldstein, a California-based physician who specializes in cannabinoid therapy, brings much of what she has experienced in her practice to these impressively informative pages.

Dr. Goldstein discusses the ins-and-outs of CBD, providing the reader with an understanding of the cannabis plant and all of its variations (commonly referred to as strains). She also sheds light on the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which contains our built-in “cannabis receptors”. The description on the ECS is not bogged down with scientific jargon and reinforces her claims with a comprehensive list of research-based evidence.

The book also gives insight into the power of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Though CBD-derived hemp contains, by definition, less than 0.3% high-inducing THC, it’s worth being educated on the power of all (known) cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds of the cannabis plant but also occur naturally in the human body, and these compounds can interact with the ECS to initiate certain physiological effects. The cannabis plant as a whole has impressive properties to offer and understanding all of their abilities makes you more of an informed consumer.

2. CBD Oil: Everyday Secrets

CBD Oil: Everyday Secrets has something for the novice and the expert. The author, Gretchen Lidicker, describes how her disgust with pot-smokers transformed through the years, ultimately becoming a nurse and providing CBD advice to her patients.

Now, in her handy book, she explains why CBD isn’t just for, what she calls, “crunchy granola people” and what you should know before trying CBD for the very first time. She also provides a helpful guide on how you can incorporate CBD into your everyday life. Lidicker also includes 30 recipes involving CBD, including a face mask, an after-dinner drink, and a hot chocolate, thereby demonstrating the versatility of CBD as an ingredient.

3. Edibles: Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen

Move over, Martha Stewart – there’s a new cookbook in town. For those who are interested in different opportunities for cooking with cannabis, Edibles is sure to be your delicious guide. This cannabis cookbook is intended for bakers of every skill level and offers innovative ways to incorporate cannabis into your desserts.

Tired of overdosing those homemade “pot” brownies? Or perhaps you’ve never considered that CBD could be added to a dessert. Whatever your style, there is sure to be an intriguing recipe you can try in this highly-rated book, and each of the 30 recipes only contains 5 milligrams per serving, which is considered to be low dosage. By learning how to make cannabis oil and magical butter, you’ll be able to gain expertise in basic recipes but also be enabled to experiment on your own.

Additionally, the author, Stephanie Hua, has a culinary arts degree from San Francisco Cooking School as well as a degree from Brown University. With easy and fun recipes like small sweets and brunch-worthy bakes, this is a great cookbook to get started or refresh some new cannabis dishes.

4. The ABCs of CBD: The Essential Guide for Parents

Normally, parents aren’t granted a guidebook to teach their children about cannabis. Now that it’s become a health store commodity, it’s more accessible to all – including kids.

Though cannabis is usually never mixed in with the topic of children, that is beginning to change with a better understanding of CBD. The latest spike in CBD popularity was due largely in part to a child who needed it most. As with any supplement, there are some need-to-know bits of information to consider before you or a loved little one tries CBD and this book can help.

The ABCs of CBD: The Essential Guide for Parents was written for anyone who’s “canna-curious.” Author Shira Adler offers a humorous approach to tackling the hard questions surrounding the rising cannabis industry. From its uses in ancient history to pop culture, this book is an entertaining insight into the most talked-about industry of today.

5. CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis

The subtitle of this book presents an accurate synopsis of what’s inside: Healing Without the High. CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis is likely best for persons who have a basic knowledge of CBD but want to get down to the nitty-gritty.

In this book, author Leonard Leinow explains how to find high-quality CBD oil and also how to distinguish high quality products from low-quality ones. He walks you through the different strains of hemp and helps explain the role of CBD concentration for products.

With science-backed answers to questions like what’s the right dosage and how long will it take to work, this guide is the CBD-users best friend for getting the most out of your products.

6. The Cannabis Manifesto

The Cannabis Manifesto brings together the the reasoning behind why cannabis should be the new wellness paradigm. Instead of creating a book in defense of marijuana for therapy, he makes the case against cannabis in a recreational frame whatsoever.

Though the stance that cannabis has no recreational place in society is contested and somewhat controversial, the book presents a good case. It is successful at contributing a spiritual and biological scope to the cannabis conversation, and while this may not represent the views of everyone, we value the opportunity for multiple perspectives.

With research-backed evidence, The Cannabis Manifesto is a primer for conversation and a refreshing discussion for those who think they know all there is to know about cannabis.

7. Cannabis Pharmacy

Cannabis Pharmacy is one of the more critically-acclaimed books on CBD. This practical guide to medical marijuana was written by cannabis industry expert, Michael Backes. As part of several international Cannabis committees and conferences, Backes has been a long time advocate of cannabis for medicinal use.

While this book was published in 2014 when cannabis and CBD weren’t as prevalent as it is today, the revised edition introduces the latest research including into the endocannabinoid system and ailments for which cannabis might be useful.

Closing Thoughts

Reading these books can be one of the best ways to gain a solid understanding of CBD and learn how it can be used in your life. The internet is inundated with information – some good, some bad – but the rigorous editing a book goes through before it goes to print is the closest to fool-proof information that you’ll get on a given topic.