Cannabidiol Oil: The Benefits & Controversy with guest Dr. Patricia P. Selassie

Season 2 of my podcast, TARA MARIE LIVE, kicked off last week with a fantastic Facebook LIVE event! As we pre-recorded the episode, we simulcast it on Facebook LIVE. We will be doing this for most episodes, and I will notify you each time so you can be sure to take part in these fun and interactive events. For email notification of these and other events, sign up for my Mailing List.

My Season 2 Premier featured a guest who is a listener favorite, Dr. Patricia Pimentel Selassie. She is a Naturopathic Physician who is always on the cutting edge of natural medicine.

We talked about a topic that, in most circles, is considered new and perhaps even controversial: CBD oil, or cannabidiol oil.

The controversy and confusion stems from the fact that people think that anything that comes from the cannabis plant must be pot, weed, marijuana, Mary Jane, or whatever name you use.

Marijuana comes from the cannabis family, and it is grown to have high levels of THC, which is a chemical compound that has both medicinal and psychoactive properties and will get someone high. This is the source of both recreational and medicinal marijuana.

Conversely, CBD oil is sourced from hemp, which also comes from the cannabis family, but CBD is not psychoactive. CBD has medicinal properties. Farmers are now growing strains of cannabis plants with very high CBD and virtually no THC.

To summarize, THC has psychoactive properties, is pain-relieving, can stimulate the appetite, and can stop nausea. Its side effects are anxiety and paranoia.

CBD is not psychoactive. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a plant medicine like echinacea, goldenseal, dandelion, or olive leaf. It is pain-relieving, anticonvulsant, antipsychotic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory,  neuroprotective, and has immunomodulatory effects. It has no side effects.

The most fascinating thing that I learned on this show is that we humans have an endocannabinoid system. This system contains neurotransmitters that we make from fat that bind to cannabinoid receptors, just as we have estrogens that bind to estrogen receptors or serotonin that binds to serotonin receptors. This system plays a role in the health of your brain, and reproductive, endocrine, and immune systems.

Cannabinoids support homeostasis. Homeostasis is a state of equilibrium that is constantly maintained by a self-regulating system. In other words, the human body always seeks balance, and the endocannabinoid system helps it do this. If there is a deficit in the endocannbinoid system, the body will have a hard time adapting.

Your body can have a deficiency of the neurotransmitters that bind to the cannabinoid receptors. If we take CBD from a supplement (meaning, an exogenous source of CBD) then the endocannabinoid system can be repaired, and you can restore proper homeostasis.

It is important to note that there are many strains of cannabis, and they are not all equal. If you want to use CBD oil, make sure it is purchased through a reputable and lab-tested company. Be sure you are buying a high quality CBD oil to ensure its health benefits and limited side effects. Also, DO NOT USE CBD oil except under the care of a licensed professional who can advise you about possible over-the-counter and/or prescription drug interactions, other contraindications, and of course dosing, which can be tricky.

Dr. Selassie generously offered two gifts to TARA MARIE LIVE listeners:

1) If you are interested in using CBD oil but have concerns as to whether or not it is right for you, she is offering a free 15 minute phone consultation to help guide you.

2) In the next few months, she is launching her own brand of CBD oil, and she is offering 10% off your first purchase.

To avail yourself of either or both of these gifts, email her at and tell her that you heard the show and want your stuff!

This is information that I want people to understand, as the research done on cannabidiols and its clinical applications is very exciting.

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Cannabidiol Oil: The Benefits & Controversy with guest Dr. Patricia P. Selassie

Naturopathic Physician and Certified Nutrition Specialist, Dr. Patricia P. Selassie, joins me to discuss a controversial topic: cannabidiol oil, or CBD oil. Known as a safe, effective, natural treatment for diseases like chronic pain, inflammation, multiple sclerosis, neurodegenerative disorders, epilepsy, glaucoma, osteoporosis, schizophrenia, cardiovascular disorders, cancer, obesity, metabolic diseases, stress and anxiety, skin disorders, and more, CBD oil may be the therapeutic answer you need to heal. Tune in and learn about the endocannabinoid system in the human body and why a deficit in this system could be the root cause of your chronic illness.

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