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Episode 69: All Things CBD with Brendan Ruh

podcast Nov 10, 2020

To watch this episode, please visit Rachel’s YouTube channel.

Listeners can find Brendan Ruh at his website and on Instagram @santacruzmedicinals and @santacruzpaleo_.


Brendan Ruh is the founder of Santa Cruz Medicinals and Santa Cruz Paleo. While studying Medical Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz, he came across ancestral health and wellness and started to eat a Paleo/Keto diet. He then got into the cannabis industry working in a lab at one of the top cannabis extraction companies. While working in the lab, he started to research CBD and the studies on CBD and other cannabinoids. He realized that CBD works wonders but only in effective doses. 

While researching CBD brands to use, he found that no brands offered the doses needed at an affordable cost. This led him to create Santa Cruz Medicinals to provide a high-quality, direct to consumer solution for CBD. After founding Santa Cruz Medicinals he is taking the same business principles of high quality products and an ingredient first mentality into Santa Cruz Paleo to provide amazing keto and paleo snacks, functional foods, and supplements.

If you want to check out any of the Santa Cruz Medicinals Products you can use the code METFLEXLIFE for 15% off your order at

In this episode, we dive into all the basics surrounding CBD, understanding how to start with CBD products, how to find quality CBD, the difference between CBD and THC, using CBD to help with anxiety, sleep, stress, and more!

Top Takeaways:

  • How to find quality CBD
  • A quick equation to use to figure out CBD dosage for yourself
  • Facts and myths behind sativa and indica strains
  • Two risky elements to look out for in CBD
  • Benefits of adding CBD to your coffee 

Today’s Questions:

  • What is CBD?
  • What is the difference between CBD and THC?
  • What do you look for if you're looking for quality CBD products? What types are best?
  • Does the dosing differ from person to person?
  • If you don't feel anything, is it still working?
  • Can you explain what the endocannabinoid system is?
  • Does CBD have anti-inflammatory properties?
  • Will it show up on a job drug screening test?
  • Can you take too much CBD?
  • Vitamins, minerals, and/or herbal supplements known to improve CBD function? 
  • I've read that CBD helps with IBS. Is this true?
  • Is it good to cycle CBD?
  • Have you heard about anyone getting really bad headaches from taking CBD?

Show Notes:

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Rachel Gregory (@rachelgregory.cns) is a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Author of the best-selling book, 21-Day Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss Challenge. She received her Master’s Degree in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology from James Madison University and Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Miami.

Rachel helps her clients transform their lives by starting with the physical (body), realizing the power of the mental (mindset), and ultimately gaining massive confidence that bleeds into every aspect of their lives (family, relationships, work, etc.).


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