Gretchen Lidicker is the health editor of the hugely popular wellness site mindbodygreen and the author of the new book CBD Oil, Everyday Secrets: A Lifestyle Guide to Hemp-Derived Health and Wellness. She has worked on the academic and clinical side of integrative medicine for many years. Originally from Sedona, Arizona, she has a B.S. in biology and earned her master's degree in physiology with a concentration in complementary and alternative medicine from Georgetown University.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  • The key differences between cannabis, marijuana, hemp, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabidiol (CBD).

  • The potential benefits of CBD, including its implications for autoimmunity, anxiety, cancer, and pain.

  • The ubiquitous endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the role it plays in your health.

  • Why you might want to give CBD a try even if you, like me, have never enjoyed the high from marijuana.

  • What to look out for when buying CBD-infused products, including specific brands to check out—along with an official dosing guide.

  • And much more!

This podcast is sponsored by my friends at Four Sigmatic (check out my interview with founder Tero Isokauppila in episode 12), who make a wide range of coffees, elixirs, and teas using mushrooms like chaga, reishi, lion's mane, and more. Go to to save 15 percent off of everything!

Resources from this episode:

CBD Oil, Everyday Secrets: A Lifestyle Guide to Hemp-Derived Health and Wellness by Gretchen Lidicker


Gretchen's website

Gretchen at Instagram

What's The Real Difference Between CBD & THC? Here Are All Your Cannabinoid Questions, Answered by Gretchen Lidicker, mindbodygreen

Hemp vs. Marijuana: What Makes Hemp Different from Marijuana?, Ministry of Hemp

What's the Difference Between CBD Isolate and Full Spectrum CBD? by Aaron Cadena, Medium

4 Things to Look for When Buying CBD Medical Hemp Oil by Maryam Henein, Honey Colony

CBD Products Are Everywhere, but Is CBD Legal? Not Exactly by Cole Kazdin, Vice

Drug Scheduling, United States Drug Enforcement Agency

The Genius Life 26: Fixing Anxiety and Depression With Food | Drew Ramsey, MD

How Your Genes Influence Your Response to Cannabis, Weedmaps

Have You Heard Of The Endocannabinoid System? It Rules Your Anxiety, Headaches & Pain by Gretchen Lidicker, mindbodygreen

The Science of the Endocannabinoid System: How THC Affects the Brain and the Body, Scholastic

7 Things You Probably Didn't Know about the Endocannabinoid System by Tyler Strause, Medium

Unlocking the Secrets of the Microbiome by Jane E. Brody, The New York Times

Why the U.S. Made Marijuana Illegal by Becky Little, History

Scientists Genetically Engineer a Form of Gluten-Free Wheat by Yasemin Saplakoglu, Scientific American

3 Supplements mbg's Health Editor Keeps on Hand to Fight Inflammation by Gretchen Lidicker, mindbodygreen

The Surprising Way CBD Affects Your Brain Health by Gretchen Lidicker, mindbodygreen

Short Answers to Hard Questions About the Opioid Crisis by Josh Katz, The New York Times

Studies on CBD and Cancer, Project CBD

Understanding CBD: The Calming and Sleep Promoting Benefits of Cannabidiol by Michael J. Breus, The Sleep Doctor

Challenges and Barriers in Conducting Cannabis Research, The National Academy of Sciences

Coca-Cola Is Eyeing the Cannabis Market by Jen Skerritt and Craig Giammona, Forbes

PTSD and Pot: The Fight to Get Veterans Some Weed by Thor Benson, Rolling Stone

Dr. Kerklaan CBD Topicals

CW Hemp: Charlotte's Web Hemp Extract CBD Oil

Lord Jones

2Rise Naturals

7 Science-Based Benefits of MCT Oil by Sharon O' Brien, Healthline

Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life by Max Lugavere and Paul Grewal M.D.

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