Your Get-Smart Guide to CBD & Chinese Herbs
In this Episode of The Human Upgrade™...
…you’ll learn about all things CBD, hemp and THC: what current research says, why quality matters, and how to get real results. Paired with particular Chinese herbs, the benefits to you increase even more.
In the last few years, CBD was a trend, then the market got saturated, and then people said: “I tried CBD and nothing happened.” That’s unfortunate, because experts like acupuncturist, herbalist and Chinese Medicine practitioner Dr. Chloe Weber know exactly what works—and how.
There are four main ways hemp supports the mind and body, and this conversation gets into the mechanisms of them all: Anxiety and stress, GI support, immune support, and pain management/inflammatory disorders.
You’ll also find out:
- The differences between full spectrum (with 0.3% THC) vs. isolate vs. pharmaceutical cannabis.
- How your body’s endocannabinoid system works and why it’s your master regulator.
- What endocannabinoid deficiency means for your body.
- How to take CBD and how long it takes to experience its effects.
- How pairing CBD with Chinese herbs can benefit your body and brain, and power your performance.
- How to look for high-quality hemp products that actually work.
- How to maneuver through cannabis strains and THC potencies.
- How to decide between CBD oils, capsules, topicals for your particular health needs.
- Common misconceptions about and censorship of CBD.
- What new cannabinoids are coming onto the scene, like CBG and CBN.
“Cannabis is the umbrella term for the plant family. Marijuana is cannabis that's bred to have high levels of THC. Hemp is bred to have high levels of CBD and low levels of THC.”
Chloe founded Radical Roots Herbs, a company that offers full-spectrum hemp product and also combines CBD with Chinese herbs to boost the power of both.
“By calming the nervous system and supporting our endocannabinoid system,” Chloe says, “we’re actually able accept, absorb and process the Chinese herbs in a more dynamic way.’
Her background in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Colorado University-Boulder led her to understand how diseases evolve and the deep connection between humans and our environment.
She was drawn to Chinese medicine as a way to address public health issues and went on to earn a master’s of Oriental Medicine. She also studied at Heilongjiang University Hospital in Harbin, China. She now holds a DAOM, Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
“The wisdom of Chinese herbal medicine is that we’re using as much of the plant as we possibly can,” Chloe explains. “And we have to remember that this is a medical tradition that’s 5,000 years old, it’s evidence based, and we’ve had millions of doctors that have added to this body of knowledge. It’s really robust, it’s really profound, it’s really safe and effective, and herbal medicine is so incredibly versatile.”
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- I had gotten a rare tropical disease when I was a teen and it led me into looking into evolutionary biology and public health. – 3:37
- What evidence do you have that adding a CBD oil with or without THC, that it actually helps Chinese herbs work better? – 6:57
- We have endogenous cannabinoids that we make within our bodies. So those are anandamide and this other one named 2-AG. – 9:19
- They’re receptors for CBD or endocannabinoid receptors on all of the immune cells. So CBD helps regulate the immune system. – 13:36
- THC is an interesting thing. So it can be really helpful for certain people, certain people it doesn’t go so well. – 15:51
- CBG is actually the parent of THC and CBD. So it’s a different cannabinoid, but it actually activates the CB1 receptors, but it has no psychotropic effects. So it’s really, really interesting. – 21:12
- When we’re looking at whole spectrum CBD versus THC, versus delivery method? Like What’s the story with good for the brain, bad for the brain? – 22:48
- When you’re looking at the whole plant, each of these one things can be isolated and used as a supplement, or we can use the wisdom of this plant that we’ve literally evolved with and grown with for thousands and thousands of years. – 27:35
- What do you know about CBD and BDNF and brain healing? – 30:32
- Most people find that their REM goes really high when they’re taking CBD. – 35:02
- Hemp CBD versus cannabis CBD. What’s the difference and which one are you using at Radical Roots? – 40:57
- There are so many aspects of CBD that really help with gut function, which I think is super interesting and really important part of the plant that most people don’t realize. – 47:09
- Do you normally get more deep or more REM sleep if you’re using Rest and Relax? – 5024