The problem with CBD is that there is SO much to learn, but finding reliable information online is tricky. For example, there are still websites that claim cannabidiol is entirely legal in all 50 American states. In reality, there are questions about CBD’s legality in states such as Nebraska and South Dakota.
While there is undoubtedly plenty of high-quality information (and we do our best to provide it), separating fact from fiction is tricky. We believe that knowledge is power, which is why today we provide you with four of the best CBD books on the market. Authors with stellar reputations wrote these texts, and each book is backed up with a ton of research.
The Best CBD Books
There are plenty of medical marijuana books on the market. E. L. Abel’s Marihuana – The First Twelve Thousand Years is an excellent summary on the history of the herb. The Emperor Wears No Clothes, by Jack Herer, provides some great facts about the plant.
Finding a good CBD book, on the other hand, isn’t quite as easy. At present, the only dedicated CBD bookstore is the Christian Bookstore Distributors… or at least it used to be. Apparently, the company changed its name because it got fed up receiving calls from prospective CBD customers!
The bottom line is, the industry is growing and the level of research is increasing. These facts make it easier to find good CBD books. However, we only recommend ones from well-respected authors who have thoroughly researched all their claims. Hopefully, this is apparent from our hand-picked selection below.
CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis
By Leonard Leinow, Juliana Birnbaum, and Michael H. Moskowitz
Published in October 2017, this book is a prime example of what happens when you find scientists that can write or writers that understand research! It is an excellent read for beginners and those who know a reasonable amount about CBD. A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis clearly outlines what THC and CBD do for us. It stays loyal to science but doesn’t do so in a stuffy, academic fashion.
Important sections include:
- Human chemistry and biology concerning marijuana, cannabinoids, and especially CBD.
- Guidelines on dosage and information on the different forms of consumption.
- How CBD works as a medicine, including suggested treatments for medical conditions such as PTSD, IBS, and diabetes.
- Details of how you can use CBD to combat female-specific health issues such as menopause.
- How you can use CBD to aid animals.
Although there are 352 pages in the paperback edition, much of it includes cited works and a full glossary of terms. Overall, the authors cite almost 500 works! The quality of the information in this book is such that physicians will benefit from it almost as much as patients!
As a bonus, the book outlines a list of high-CBD strains, including Harlequin, Charlotte’s Web, AC/DC, Cannatonic, and Remedy. It concludes by outlining the potential future of cannabis-based medicine, including a brief look at political trends. If you only read this book, you will know more about CBD than approximately 99% of the world’s population!
The only downside is that it was published in 2017, and a LOT has happened since then!
CBD: The Hemp Miracle: How One Miraculous Plant is Healing the Planet and Its People
By Carol Merlo
Published in March 2019, The Hemp Miracle is a faster read than A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis. At just 135 pages, including references, you can get through it in a couple of nights. Even so, there is a lot of information squeezed into this CBD novella.
Marketed as a practical guide to understanding industrial hemp and cannabidiol, The Hemp Miracle provides the following information in its ten chapters:
- An overview of hemp and its history.
- How cannabinoids work in our bodies.
- How hemp is a ‘superfood’.
- Using CBD oil, what to look for in a CBD product, and how it acts as a dietary supplement.
- Information on how hemp is changing the world.
Merlo does a fine job of breaking down elaborate chapters into a pocket-sized book. Whether you know nothing about our endocannabinoid system, or want to discover more about CBD’s effects, The Hemp Miracle has you covered.
If you are already well-acquainted with the hemp plant and CBD, you may not find much new information. For newbies, however, Merlo provides a treasure trove of information. If you are on the fence as to the capabilities of hemp, this book could completely change your mind.
CBD: What You Need to Know
By Gregory L. Smith, MD, MPH
Fresh from writing a popular book on Medical Cannabis in 2016, Gregory Smith followed up with CBD: What You Need to Know in September 2017. In this 200+ page book, Smith focuses on outlining the effects of CBD on the human body. In the beginning, he discusses the efficacy of cannabidiol, reviews the history of the cannabinoid, and writes about whether it is safe to use.
The next 18 chapters feature CBD’s potential effect on a specific condition. The list of medical conditions he covers includes:
- Chronic pain
- Seizures and epilepsy
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
In the final chapter, Smith briefly looks at CBD dosage and safety. Overall, it is an excellent option if you have a medical condition and want to learn more about how CBD can help. Throughout the text, Smith includes diagrams and handy explanations on how the cannabinoid interacts with the body to treat each condition. He also includes a few anecdotes from his practice.
Unfortunately, Smith peddles the same “CBD is legal in all 50 states” line that you still hear today. In his defense, this was a wide-scale assumption in 2017; but today, we know better.
CBD Every Day: How to Make Cannabis-Infused Massage Oils, Bath Bombs, Salves, Herbal Remedies, and Edibles
By Sandra Hinchcliffe and Stacey Kerr
Hinchcliffe is a ‘home herbalist’ who is gaining prominence as an expert on marijuana cuisine. In High Tea, she offers tea-time cannabis recipes, for example. CBD Every Day is her latest work and was released in March 2019. If you want to enjoy CBD in food or beverage form, this book has you covered!
Hinchcliffe provides readers with 60 recipes free from allergies and preservatives. She outlines how to choose, and work with, high-CBD strains with minimal THC, and prepare CBD flower, oil, and resin. Hinchcliffe divides the 176-page text into the following chapters:
- A definition of CBD, CBD to THC ratio, and a brief guide to dosing.
- How to extract CBD and CBDA, along with a few recipes.
- A section on how to create specific topicals and balms.
- Essential tinctures and several CBD smoothie recipes.
- CBD sweet and savory ideas.
There are lots of colorful photos throughout, and the book is elementary to read and apply. By the time you finish, you will be an expert CBD-chef!
Final Thoughts on the Best CBD Books
A few years ago, finding a good CBD book was a mighty struggle. These days, Amazon has become an excellent CBD bookshop with dozens of titles to choose from. If you like old-school reading, it is easy to find paperbacks. However, Kindle readers are also well catered for.
By all means, continue to perform research online. Many excellent websites provide up-to-date information on CBD studies. Alas, there are also a host of disreputable sites that continue to spread the same myths and falsehoods. We recommend reading at least one of the CBD books listed above.
If nothing else, you will learn a few new things about cannabidiol! Given the popularity of CBD, learning more about it may also ensure you become the ‘go-to’ person amongst your friends. Those genuinely interested in CBD will glean a lot of new data about it from educating themselves via one of the texts described above.