Cannabidiol (CBD) has been the subject of countless newspaper articles, magazine stories, and local TV segments, yet many people still know little about it, aside from the fact that it’s connected somehow with cannabis (but doesn’t get you high). If you’re interested in using CBD to reduce your anxiety, relieve your pain, or anything else, these surface-level introductions are a good place to start — but if you’re ready to deepen your understanding of CBD and what it can do, your best bet is a book.
The range of books on CBD has grown considerably in recent years. Today you can find general introductions to the concepts behind CBD medicine, more instructional works on using CBD to treat specific medical conditions, CBD cookbooks, and even guides to using it for your pets. Search long enough and you’ll find books on CBD and spirituality, CBD and sports, and well, you get the picture.
As with many things CBD-related, however, sometimes the amount of choices can seem overwhelming, especially when you’re not entirely sure what you should be looking for in the first place. With that in mind, here’s a quick roundup of the best books for CBD enthusiasts of all backgrounds and levels of expertise:
Cannabis and CBD for Health and Wellness: An Essential Guide by Aliza Sherman and Dr. Junella Chin ($11.59)
This is a good place to start if you’re an absolute beginner when it comes to CBD. The book gives a concise introduction to cannabis-based medicine and the latest research, then dives into the finer points of different ways to use CBD (like vaping, edibles, and topicals) and the compound’s effects on everything from anxiety to pain to sexual arousal.
The ABCs of CBD: The Essential Guide for Parents (and regular folks too) by Shira Adler ($14.99)
Perfect for parents of toddlers, teenagers, and all manner of youth in between, this book from parenting expert Shira Adler (who describes herself as a “recovering formerly anti-pot parent”) debunks many of the common misconceptions caused by CBD’s relationship to cannabis, and explains how moms and dads can use the popular cannabinoid to help both themselves and their families.
CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis — Healing Without the High by Leonard Leinow and Juliana Birnbaum ($16.26)
This book is highly informative — and useful – for anyone seeking to use CBD to manage a medical condition, from arthritis to seizures. It contains detailed information on the best delivery mechanisms (such as tinctures, capsules, and concentrated extracts) along with a thorough-but-accessible explanation of why certain methods are more effective for different purposes. You’ll also find case studies, testimonials, dosage guides, and more.
Cannabis and CBD Science for Dogs: Natural Supplements to Support Healthy Living and Graceful Aging by Dr. Caroline Coile ($11.57)
CBD for pets has become such a popular trend that even Martha Stewart has jumped on board, but few people are aware of what it can (and can’t) actually do for dogs. In this book, Dr. Coile — the bestselling author of “Barron’s Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds — shares the lessons of 30 years of clinical research on cannabis and animals, and provides a guide to the huge array of new CBD pet products on the market.
The CBD Kitchen by Leah Vanderveldt ($14.22)
Packed with over 50 recipes for CBD-infused smoothies, snacks, and savory treats, this cookbook from the food editor at MindBodyGreen is an introduction to plant-based cooking with CBD. Readers will find easy, detailed recipes for everything from CBD avocado toast to CBD sea salt and cacao nib chocolate bark.
Depending on who you ask, the CBD industry could be worth tens of billions of dollars (or more) by the middle of the next decade (or sooner). It’s been compared to the tech boom, the cryptocurrency boom, and just about every other boom in recent memory — and if you want a piece of the action, this book can provide everything you need to get started, from information on state regulations to a step-by-step guide to applying for a license.
This is one for the DIY beauty lovers out there. If concocting your own skin care and makeup sounds like your idea of a good time, this could be the book for you. Inside, you’ll find 17 recipes for just about every product you can rub on your face or massage into your scalp. It also comes with a shopper’s guide to help readers avoid the (unfortunately common) scams of the CBD beauty world.
CBD Oil: Everyday Secrets: A Lifestyle Guide to Hemp-Derived Health and Wellness by Gretchen Lidicker ($10.37)
For people who aren’t necessarily focused on using CBD to treat diagnosed medical conditions but rather want to incorporate it into their daily lifestyles for general wellness benefits, Lidicker has written a CBD lifestyle guide that’s packed with helpful information, ideas, and inspiration. She’s included thirty recipes, from CBD-infused popcorn to a skin-brightening probiotic face mask, and uses the latest science to back them up.