12 Benefits of CBD oils

Whether or not you live in a state where cannabis is legal, you have likely noticed that products with CBD oil are popping up all over the place. But what exactly is it?  Cannabidiol, also known as CBD is one of the many non-psychoactive compounds in cannabis with lots of healing properties. It is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound. It is beneficial to ingest or use topically. It’s great for achy joints, bug bites, eczema and even acne. That’s why it’s showing up in everything from food to beauty products.

cannibis plant


Will CBD oil get me high?

CBD is derived from hemp and marijuana plants, but unlike THC, it’s completely non-psychoactive i.e. it won’t make you high. When choosing CBD oil, choose an oil containing hemp oil that is organic, non-GMO, free of pesticides, and other chemicals.


What are the benefits of CBD oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a “smart” molecule, an adaptogen, a regulator, and a modulator. CBD acts in a comprehensive and dynamic fashion, depending on the situation and location in the brain or body. 

The primary action that CBD works on in our bodies is to help you maintain homeostasis. Homeostasis is the ability to maintain internal stability in our bodies to compensate for environmental changes. So, CBD helps us to maintain balance in the body despite the environment we live in. When the body is out of balance any number of the ailments listed can happen and cause you discomfort and pain.

2. Anxiety Relief and Stress Support
3. Regulates Pain
4. Reduce the number of Seizures in Epilepsy
5. Aide in Digestion by supporting fat loss & cleansing of your colon
6. Diabetes – High Blood Sugar
7. Reduces Inflammation
8. Neuro-protective properties for head injuries including preventing concussions
9. Depression
10. Supports Heart Health
11. Sleep
12. Migraines

The effects vary based upon the condition of the person taking CBD. Some people use it to alleviate more serious conditions such as seizures, while others use it for feelings of general wellness, such as sleeping better or lower stress levels. Each person is different and will have a unique response to the supplement. It is important for people to be objective in observing the effects in order to find the right individual dose and whether CBD can be helpful.

When CBD is used in beauty applications, it is believed to protect skin from free radicals such as UV rays, smoke, and environmental pollutants… and it may be a powerful antioxidant.


Can I take too much?

It is recommended to begin with a small amount and see how you feel.  Some people take too much and have an unpleasant experience. 

Please consult your physician with specific questions you may have. I hope you find this quick overview helpful.


If you’ve tried or are currently using CBD oils, share your comments how it has benefited you and/or a family member.







San Diego Gluten-Free and Allergen-Friendly Expo Wrap-Up

Gut health speaker (2)

I spent the weekend at the San Diego Gluten-Free and Allergen Friendly Expo in San Diego at the Del Mar Fairgrounds! The Gluten-Free and Allergen Friendly Expo is the largest in the U.S.  The next expo is in Atlanta, Georgia on April 2-3, 2016.  Be sure to visit the event if you live in the area!

I had such a great time learning about and tasting the latest gluten-free products on the market and I learned some health tips from some amazing speakers on How to Convert Your Recipes to Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free, Getting Gut Healthy Again Naturally with Aloe!, Why Paleo Might Just be the Perfect Diet, My Journey to Health by Understanding Food Allergies, Stop Poisoning Your Child at Home- How to Avoid Cross Contamination, and Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Desserts.

Here is a wrap up of the expo in photos.

I visited with several exhibitors who have products ranging from gluten-free, dairy-free, soy free, and/or even egg-free baked goods, nut butters, frozen pizza and other frozen entrees,  gluten-free beer, and snacks to organic skin care and massagers.

BFree – Be Wheat and Gluten Free

Alex of BFree was so nice to give me these samples of their products.  Their breads are delicious and healthy.  They are suitable for those with Celiac and those who are Vegans! The breads are made in Ireland and will soon be available in Ralphs. Website: https://us.bfreefoods.com/


Nuttzo Organic Nut and Seed Butter

These nut butters are delicious! I love the Chocolate nut and seed butter! Yummy! One of my faves! Visit their website at https://www.nuttzo.com/




Sauce Goddess

If you love spicy seasonings/spice rubs, you will love Sauce Goddess! Website: http://saucegoddess.com/

Sauce Goddess Products

Smart Flour Foods

Smart Flour Foods frozen pizza.  This is the Tuscan-Inspired two meat pizza. It comes with the following toppings: pepperoni, salami, and pepperocinis.  Smart Flour Foods pizzas are made with ancient grains (sorghum, amaranth, and teff.)

Their pizzas are available at Sprouts.

Visit http://www.smartflourfoods.com/


Potapas Potato Tortillas

These tortillas are delicious.  I sampled both the regular potato and sweet potato.  Potapas gave quesadillas samples. I made turkey tacos last night with the sweet potato tortillas! Yum! The tortillas are non-GMO verified. Garbanzo bean flour added for protein, and are dairy free, soy free, nut free, corn free.

They are available at Jimbo’s and Sprouts in San Diego and Mother’s Market in Orange County.


Asian Gluten-Free Frozen Entrees

Finally, gluten-free Asian frozen egg rolls and dumplings!  These are delicious and the boxes contain a packette of sauce.

Feel Good Foods

Garden Lites – premade foods with veggies!


Garden Lites Muffins 2

Wawona Frozen Foods- Sweet Gems


Coronado’s Gluten-Free Pantry

These sweet treats where made from the recipes in Amy Fothergill’s book, The Warm Kitchen.

Gluten Free Pantry Samples

Green Tea Oatmeal

Green Tea Oatmeal’s products have oatmeal with matcha.




Enjoy Life – Love their stuff!


Quinoa Snacks

Keenwah booth use

Health Warrior Chia Protein Bars

Are you a fitness guru?  Try these healthy chia protein bars before or after your next workout! Visit their website at http://www.healthwarrior.com/

Health Warrior Chia Bars

Aloe Life -Aloe Vera juice for gut health




Me at Aloe Life Booth 3

IG Bakery – Delicious bread!


Yum Butter – Almond Butter

be the yum

Taspens Organics

Taspens Organics is based in Conifer, Colorado.

I spent so much time having a good time sampling their products that I forgot to take some photos of the line of products. Skin care should be healthy enough for you to eat but as we know most contain chemicals.



Some of their popular items!

Lavender/Peppermint body butter – Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Raw Shea Butter, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Distilled Water, Pure Beeswax, Silver Sol, & Vitamin E, and Organic Lavender Essential Oil & Organic Peppermint Essential Oil

Eye Cream with Sweet Almond Oil* Infused with Calendula Flowers*,  Apricot Kernel Oil*, Coconut Oil*,  Mango Butter*, Aloe Vera*, Rose Hydrosol*, Spring Water, Jojoba Oil*, Tamanu Oil*, Argan Oil*, Rosehip Seed Oil*, Pomegranate Seed Oil*, Silver Sol, Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils Of: Geranium*, Frankincense*, Carrot Seed*,Fennel*,Rose Bulgaria*, Chamomile*, Vitamin E Oil. (*Organic)

Wrinkle Serum with Sweet Almond Oil,  Avocado Oil,  Apricot Kernel Oil,  Rose hip Seed Oil,  Pomegranate Seed Oil,  Tamanu Oil, Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil  Geranium Essential Oil, Frankincense Essential Oil,  Blue Yarrow Essential Oil,  Palma Rosa Essential Oil,  Clary Sage Essential Oil,  Fennel Essential Oil,  Carrot Seed Oil,  Borage Seed Oil,  Rose Bulgaria Essential Oil,  & Pure Vitamin E Oil.


Gluten-Free Beer

gluten free beer


Earth Balance


Thank you Amy Fothergill, Tiffany Hinton, Karen Masterson Koch, Freddi Pakier, CHC, AADP, Diana Benedek, PhD, and Alessandra Wall, Ph.D.



Tiffany and Me


gluten free mom

Expo exhibitors

Expo exhibitors

A big thank you to the awesome sponsors of the event.

Sponsors (2)

Blogger goodies we received:

Blogger Goodies

Some goodies from the exhibitors

Vendor goodies use

Baked chips

Cookbooks and more!

Paleo (2)


mags_bk (1)


GF cookbks

Awesome event!  Can’t wait until the next one!










Had an awesome time at San Diego Gluten-Free and Allergen-Friendly Expo

I stopped by the Artic Zero booth.  Artic Zero is known for their Fit Frozen Desserts. Their desserts taste great without the unhealthy additives. Artic Zero’s frozen desserts taste like ice cream or gelato.
Artic Zero has several flavors including orange dream, vanilla maple, and chocolate peanut butter.

The desserts are fat free, low glycemic, certified gluten-free, nut-free, lactose free, and GMO-free.  And their desserts are high in protein and fiber.

Visit their website at https://www.arcticzero.com/products for more information.Artic Zero pic