New Children’s Book Seeks to Teach Kids About Marijuana

A new book introducing cannabis to children aims to normalize conversations about cannabis as one of the plants in a home garden. Written by Susan Soares, the sweetly illustrated book, “What’s Growing in Grandma’s Garden,” takes on the voice of a boy gardening with his grandmother, eating the vegetables they grow and talking about the cannabis also growing in grandma’s garden.

It was a garden that turned Soares onto medical marijuana. A busy single mother of three,  Soares was active in the LDS church when she got sidelined 30 years ago with a head injury.

“I had a migraine headache for two years afterwards,” she says.

Soares then got hooked on doctor-prescribed Vicodin but still found no relief, until she asked her neighbor about the lovely green plant growing in her neighbor’s garden.

After cannabis cured her migraine, Soares began to rethink her past assumptions about the plant. She has since become an activist, bringing her enthusiasm and organizing skills to the cannabis movement in the Los Angeles area, including planning yearly State of Cannabis events in Long Beach.

When a talk show host asked her on the air, “How did you talk to your kids about cannabis?” her answer was, “I didn’t.”

“His question bothered me,” Soares says. “I started asking people inside and outside of the industry and I found out nobody is talking to their kids about cannabis.”

So Soares, now a grandmother, decided to write and publish, “What’s Growing in Grandma’s Garden: A Book to Help Grownups Have a Conversation With Children About Cannabis.”

The story is told in the voice of a boy learning about gardening from his grandmother.

“She says that she has two green thumbs,” says the grandson. “They look normal to me!”

In the book, the grandmother explains that most of the plants are for eating or for medicines, but there are some “extra special to her” cannabis plants locked in her greenhouse.

“She says that I can look, but not touch because it is just for grownups,” the boy says.

When the boy asks why some things are just for grownups, he explains his grandma “drew a brain for me… She said that my brain is still growing just like the plants in the garden and I need to feed it only things that will help it grow. I want my brain to be as strong and fast as it can be just like a super computer!”

Grandma’s knee hurts “after so much sidewalk chalk art” and she “puts medicine on her knee while I play with her train set. My knees don’t hurt. I guess there are some good things about not being a grown up!” the boy says.

At the Sunday family barbeque that serves as the story’s finale, “the grownups do grownup things while the kids play hide and seek.”

Simple and charming, “Grandma’s Garden” shows how not hiding cannabis from children, but rather setting appropriate boundaries around it, is an effective way to be both a cannabis lover and a good parent (or grandparent).

“Grandma is pictured downwind and 25 feet away from the kids, but she’s not hiding behind the garage,” Soares says of the book. “We’ve legalized cannabis in California and elsewhere, and it’s time for us as industry and consumers that love cannabis to own it, and talk to our kids. We can tell them, ‘We enjoy it and you may see us smoking a joint or eating an edible. Any questions?’”

Response to the book has been positive, Soares reports.

“I know people who have been growing for over a decade, and their kids didn’t know,” she says. “They’re happy to have this somewhat mainstream tool to use to talk to their kids.”

TELL US, have you talked to your kids or grandkids about cannabis?

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4 CBD-Centric Books for Your Alternative Reading List

Although THC usually takes center stage when it comes to conversations about cannabis, CBD has been steadily gaining popularity over the last few years. The cannabinoid’s ability to help treat various symptoms without the high typically associated with consuming marijuana has given the compound an opportunity to become a go-to alternative treatment for people seeking relief for a variety of ailments.

Strains like AC/DC, Cannatonic, Harlequin and Charlotte’s Web have been lauded by their proponents for their ability to alleviate pain, decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression, reduce inflammation, ease nausea, and even treat epilepsy. CBD has also been shown to be helpful for treating pets like cats and dogs that suffer from similar issues.

Doing research and learning more about how to incorporate CBD into your lifestyle can be helpful, especially if you’re struggling with health problems and looking for an alternative to prescription medication. If you’re feeling like you need to brush up on your CBD knowledge or learn about it for the first time, these books will set you in the right direction. These reads might also be a good resource for someone in your life who could use some schooling on how you’re choosing to treat your condition and why.

The ABCs of CBD: The Essential Guide for Parents (and Regular Folks Too)

Author Shira Adler used to be vehemently against the use of cannabis and even goes as far to describe herself as “a recovering formerly anti-pot parent.” But of course, Adler says things have changed now that she has grown to understand the healing power of CBD. This book is an educational look at all things CBD, from pop culture and politics to PTSD and ADHD. Though it’s written with parents in mind — it even includes a part about how to talk to your kids about CBD — this book is useful for anyone interested in a deeper understanding of the cannabinoid.

Healing with CBD: How Cannabidiol Can Transform Your Health without the High

For those interested in a medically focused perspective on CBD, Eileen Konieczny lends her years of experience as a registered nurse and the expertise she gained therein to offer insight into CBD, alongside scientific studies, research and patient anecdotes. The book is an easy-to-understand guide that aims to give readers the confidence to make an informed decision on whether or not CBD is right for them.

CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis — Healing without the High

If you’re into case studies and interviews with doctors, this practical guide to treating a variety of conditions will be useful. In this book, the authors delve into the differences between CBD products derived from industrial hemp or in a lab versus those made from using the whole plant. The book also gives readers an in-depth look at the endocannabinoid system and its many functions, including appetite, mood, immunity and pain response. It also offers insight into the many different forms CBD can be utilized in, from flower to oil to tincture.

Pain Nation: Sick, Stressed, and All F*cked Up: Is CBD the Cure?

In the United States, more than 115 people die every day after overdosing on drugs like fentanyl, heroin or oxycodone and in this book, author Klee Irwin posits that CBD could be the solution to this opioid epidemic. This book is a good read for people who are interested in deepening their understanding of the modern medical industry and how it can begin to reshape its treatment practices. It’s also a good resource for people who are looking for ways to articulate why they are beginning to step away from prescription pills, or why they stepped away from pharmaceuticals in the past and embraced the benefits of cannabis instead.

TELL US, what resources do you utilize for learning about cannabinoids?

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Snoop Dogg’s Cookbook Provides Recipes For When You’re Already High

Since the beginning of his career in the early ’90s, when he arrived on the West Coast music scene as a smooth-talking gangsta-rap standout, Snoop Dogg has been more than open about how much he loves smoking weed.

From that “bubonic chronic” he bragged about on ‘Gin and Juice’ to his numerous successful forays into today’s legal cannabis industry, almost 25 years later, the D-O-double-G and marijuana are practically synonymous. That’s why we were initially a little disappointed when we found out Snoop’s first cookbook, “From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen,” wouldn’t include any recipes that incorporate cannabis.

It’s not as if cookbooks that combine marijuana and cooking are remotely taboo anymore — see “Bong Appetit” and “Edibles: Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen” for two examples from late 2018 alone. And it seems unusual that one of the titular stars of “Mac & Devin Go to High School” would shy away from a chance to include pot in… anything. But, for whatever reason, “From Cook to Crook” declines to teach its readers how to dose their home-cooked munchies.

That’s not to say the plant is entirely absent in “From Crook to Cook,” either. The text is full of cheeky, wink-wink references to smoking pot. Snoop talks about “OG munchies” in three different sections interspersed throughout the book, where he ranks his favorite cereal, chips and candy. He tells readers to “go get baked!” in the introduction for a brownie sundae recipe. And one of the recipes, dubbed “The Lunch Briz-eak,” is literally just a plate of fruit with honey and peanut butter on it that you’re supposed to eat while you get high at work — though, for the record, it sounds tasty.

All we’re saying is, it’s kind of a weird branding choice to not even have a cannabutter recipe in the Snoop Dogg cookbook.

But enough about what “From Crook to Cook”doesn’t have, because at the end of the day, this cookbook is tons of fun, provided you’re a fan of Mr. Doggy Dogg and comprehensive recipes for some truly decadent home-cooked meals. It is undeniably engaging to read. Its pages are colorful, Snoop cracks jokes throughout the copy and there are beautiful photographs of many of the dishes described therein — plus, a great shot of Snoop smirking while he holds a lobster.

The whole thing starts off with a bite-sized opener from his TV co-host Martha Stewart, an introduction from Snoop and a visually delightful tour of Snoop’s cabinet and fridge, photographs absolutely included. From there, the book breaks down into chapters on breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, drinks (again, booze but not pot? C’mon!) and parties.

In total, this book boasts dozens of different recipes. You could conceivably cook Thanksgiving dinner using “From Crook to Cook” alone, which is genuinely impressive. And there are lots of extras tucked away among the recipes, too. The last chapter, for instance, includes playlists to listen to while cooking. Snoop’s “Game Day Playlist” includes “Eye of the Tiger” and “Black & Yellow,” which we simply cannot argue with.

Sure, these recipes are not for those among us looking to count calories or exclude goodies like meat, dairy or gluten from our dietary intake. Biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls, fried bologna sandwiches, chicken and waffles, lobster thermidor, chocolate chip cookies and s’mores pie all make appearances in Snoop’s cooking repertoire, for good reason — they’re all delicious. This is a cookbook for people who have tried putting chocolate on pizza at least once, just in case it’s actually really good. Even though this food doesn’t get you high, “From Crook to Cook” is tailor-made for indulging your cravings once you’ve done the hard work of getting yourself high without edible assistance.

In the spirit of accuracy, we tried one of Snoop’s dinner recipes, and overall, we approve. The Last Meal Shrimp Alfredo, apparently inspired by Snoop’s love of the Godfather (gangsta sh*t is another big motif in this cookbook), was intense and required a fair amount of prep and cleanup. But the recipe was easy to follow, the alfredo sauce was thick and creamy and it tasted even better a few hours later, eaten in bed while watching the newest season of the “Great British Baking Show,” if you catch our drift.

TELL US, what’s your favorite cannabis cookbook?

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10 Cannabis Books To Stock In Your Highbrary

No other plant has garnered quite so much attention as the humble weed plant.

Throughout history it has been celebrated — even deified — for its curative and euphoric properties. But, especially in recent decades, it has also been vilified, wrongly categorized and cast into the center of raging controversy.

From “Reefer Madness” in the 1930s, to planting “Hemp for Victory” during WWII, to our current status — knocking at the door of legalization nationwide after decades of strict prohibition gave way to a gradual policy thaw — cannabis has been a ubiquitous feature of the American experience.

Cannabis is again taking center stage. So it’s fitting that we take a look back at the most influential recent writing on marijuana and celebrate the books that have highlighted the subject and the triumphant march toward freeing this useful plant.


1) “The Big Book of Buds Greatest Hits” By Ed Rosenthal

This compilation highlights strains that have withstood the test of time and crossed into the glistening light of the new era of legalized cannabis. It’s culled from cannabis legend Ed Rosenthal’s iconic “Big Book of Buds” series.

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2) “How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High” By David Bienenstock

VICE and High Times reporter David Bienenstock’s breezy, smart paperback for weed fans and allies covers standard “Weed 101” reference material. Topics include flying high and travel, how to throw weed-infused dinner parties and what to do when you’re “too high” in public.

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3) “The Newbies Guide to Cannabis & The Industry” By Chris Conrad and Jeremy Daw

The authors of this book teamed up to produce a detailed work about the nuts and bolts of the cannabis industry in response to the onslaught of newcomers entering the legal green rush. A great entry point for consumers, entrepreneurs and financiers looking for entry into the new marijuana economy.

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4) “The Medical Marijuana Guide Book” By David Downs

A comprehensive work detailing the nuances of safe medical marijuana use and access in the U.S. It covers topics ranging from how to obtain a doctor’s recommendation, to which states cannabis is legal in, to medical uses and plant varietals.

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5) “Three A Light” By Joshua Haupt

This book breaks down the methods employed to attain the Holy Grail of weed cultivation – three pounds of killer cannabis grown under one sodium light. Growing procedures are straightforward and concise, and the book itself is a work of art.

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6) “Tokin’ Women” By Nola Evangelista

A collection of intriguing profiles about women and cannabis, accompanied by images and quotes from each source. The book highlights a broad spectrum of diversity in age, era, ethnicity, social status and profession, giving us a rich blend of perspectives.

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7) “Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana” By David Casarett, M.D.

A physician’s journey as he searches for the answers to the question of cannabis use and its value in medicine. Casarett describes his personal experimentation and encounters with a wide array of cannabis users, including a couple treating their two-year-old child with the plant.

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8) “Medical Marijuana in America: Memoir of a Pioneer” By Alice O’Leary-Randall

With a highly-readable and entertaining narrative style, this book recounts how the author’s husband, Robert Randall, was able to become the only legal pot smoker in America through a federal Investigational New Drug program.

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9) “Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana” By Dan Michaels and Erik Christiansen

While the bulk of the book focuses on stunning photos of high-quality bud, it also includes an adept chronicling of major and minor active cannabinoids, plant anatomy and phenotype as well as many of the terpenoid compounds present in cannabis.

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10) “Thai Stick: Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana TradeBy Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter 

Told in an entertaining and scholarly manner, the authors relate the fascinating true tale about the history of smuggling Thai-weed during the ‘60s and ‘70s. Interviews with the pioneers of the first legendary weed trade make this a must-read.

TELL US, what is your favorite book about cannabis?

Originally published in Issue 24 of Cannabis Now. LEARN MORE

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Book Review: ‘Weed: Everything You Want To Know But Are Always Too Stoned To Ask’ Is Instructive Fun

A lot of people labor under the impression that
when something is cute, that thing is not worthy of serious regard. Terming
art, literature or even people ‘cute’ can be a roundabout form of dismissal, a
qualifier meant to soften some later blow: “Yes, it’s cute, but…” 

Michelle Lhooq’s non-fiction book, titled “Weed: Everything You Want to Know But Are Always Too Stoned To Ask,” is undeniably cute. Its kelly green cover, decorated with pink and white doodles by illustrator Thu Tran, is a reliable indicator of the book’s tone and content in the best way possible. But just because Lhooq’s debut book is cute doesn’t mean it lacks substance. In fact, it’s veritably overflowing with information. 

“Weed: Everything You Want to Know…” is
divided into six sections: How It Works, How to Smoke, How to Make, How to
Grow, How to Be and How to Score. Each of these sections contains a variety of
inserts and asides, from straight how-tos like recipes and joint-rolling
instructions to dispensary reviews, jokey illustrated lists and annotated
diagrams explaining things like the inner workings of pipes and bongs.

Lhooq is a seasoned party journalist (yes, it’s a thing, and yes, it’s as cool as it sounds) who’s hosted “weed raves” on both coasts, and her bona fides as a writer and as a genuine head shine through in all 159 pages of this book. She’s a sharp, entertaining writer who manages to avoid condescending to her pool of presumably greener potheads-to-be. Although I found myself skimming some of the more basic sections, like the earlier ones describing various terpenes and cannabinoids, I found this book very readable — even as someone with an above-average cannabis knowledge base.

One of the things that really sets this book apart from potential peers is the steady stream of interviews — with figures both central and tangential to the modern world of weed — peppered throughout its various sections. Lhooq is a skillful interviewer and selected interesting people from all over the cannabis industry, from a recent Oaksterdam graduate to a “cannasexual” sex educator to a weed sommelier. These additional voices add depth and dimension to the book’s overall arch and neatly illustrate one of its primary theses: Enjoying cannabis should be a collective and collaborative experience.

While I wouldn’t necessarily give this book to a
seasoned weed smoker or everyday dabber, I think it would make a great gift,
especially for a friend who is looking to gain a hearty background on the
modern weed scene but who’s less interested in the nitty gritty of cannabis,
especially when it comes to global and national cannabis policy or the inner
workings of cannabusiness. Not that those subjects feel like omissions —
instead, they’d probably make the book feel flimsy and, soon, dated. 

Instead, it’s got an “of-the-moment” vibe and a
Cool Older Sister voice, both of which make it the kind of book I would have
devoured as a teenager — right alongside other Urban-Outfitters-approved guides
to fashion and pop culture. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. 

TELL US, what’s your favorite cannabis book?

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Learn To Marijuana Like a Pro While You’re on Virus Lockdown

If you are reading this, chances are you are hunkered down somewhere, like the rest of America, just wondering when or if civil society will rise above this gnarly virus and get back to normal. But after taking in just 30 seconds of the daily press conferences held by the White House, it is plain to see there isn’t much hope that day is coming anytime soon. Although President Donald Trump claims there isn’t a need for a national lockdown, and he’s even mentioned that he might let the country ditch all of this social distancing stuff to keep economies from tanking, many states have still instituted “stay at home” orders to keep the population at home.

It means that millions of people, just like you, are hanging around the house, bored out of their skulls. At first, it was sort of like an extended vacation, but now that you’ve cleaned all of your bongs, built a couple of new ones, and possibly even engineered a new cannabis strain called “Corona-B-Gone,” there isn’t much else to do until the government allows you to go back outside. We can sympathize. We are desperate for something, anything to keep us from going insane.

It’s like Nietzsche said, “a subject for a great poet would be God’s boredom after the seventh day of creation.” Only, it’s not quite like that at all, seeing as we must use the listlessness of the times as a way to rise about the crud once science quits messing around and squashes this bug once and for all. The only way to achieve that is through education, reflection and a little bit of fun. So, in the spirit of all that, we highly recommend the following reading material. Who knows, it may help you emerge on the seventh day (or 70th) a little wiser. You’ll definitely be more stoned.

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“Cannabis: A Beginner’s Guide To Growing Marijuana”

 Longtime High Times magazine cultivation editor Danny Danko has penned an “easy-to-use” cultivation guide for the person serious about growing weed. This 144-page document touches on the many facets of the cultivation process, from setting up a grow room to harvesting. 

“Marijuana Grower’s Handbook”

Let legendary cultivation expert Ed Rosenthal show you how to grow weed. In this book, Ed, with his more than 30 years of experience, teaches both beginner and advanced methods for producing healthy, potent plants in an indoor and outdoor situation. Commercial cultivation is also covered. This 500-page document, complete with color photos and illustrations, is one of the highest-rated in the field of cannabis cultivation, and probably one of the best introductions to growing weed on the market. 

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“Bong Appetit” 

There isn’t much else to do during these apocalyptic times but get high and eat. This book by the folks at Munchies allows you to do both, going way beyond just whipping up a batch of pot brownies using a store bought mix. It’s an elevated journey into the art of cannabis cooking, providing the reader with all they need to know about making cannabis cooking oil and butter. It includes 65 “high-end” recipes from infused dinners to desserts. 

“The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook” 

One of the first books written on the subject of cannabis cooking is this one by Elise McDonough. It’s an old school guide to the cannabis infusion scene that comes with easy to follow recipes for appetizers, entrees and desserts. It’s hard to go wrong with the classics, folks. 

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“Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, & Tonics”

Drinking is also a welcomed activity during these dark days. This book by Warren Bobrow takes the cocktail up a notch by showing the reader a ton of recipes for combining cannabis and booze. It covers everything from the decarboxylation process (activating THC) to creating a variety of refreshing beverages. 

TELL US, what are you doing to pass the time?

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Under the Humboldt Sun

The cannabis farms of California’s Emerald Triangle are often cloaked in mystery, but a new book is giving a glimpse into the world of cannabis farmers deep in the Humboldt hills. The book, “Sustainable Sun-Grown Cannabis,” is a celebration of outdoor cultivation from the photographer Justin McIvor, better known as Justin Cannabis.

Thanks to McIvor’s photos and emphasis on sustainable cultivation, the book is a visual guide to regenerative growing techniques like soil building, polyculture, solar panels and rainwater catchment.

“Ultimately I made this book to shine a light on a few amazing cannabis cultivators in Southern Humboldt who are dedicated to protecting our valuable resources while producing premium quality cannabis products,” McIvor said in regards to Humboldt’s Finest Farms, the collective of farmers he spent time documenting in the heart of the Emerald Triangle.

Through showing
the benefits of biodiversity, raising awareness about the importance of healthy
soil, and highlighting cannabis plants that have been sun-ripened to perfection
and lovingly nurtured to reach their fullest potential, McIvor is hoping his
book can introduce people to the beauty and variety that environmentally
responsible practices can bring to the garden.

The book is an artistic celebration of stacking functions — a term used in permaculture to describe a system where every element in a design provides more than one function. For example, polyculture plays an important role in creating a diverse network of roots under the soil as well as making the landscape above ground more aesthetically pleasing and attractive to pollinators.

Full-page color photographs show thriving gardens full of bright orange marigolds, bold red zinnias and yellow sunflowers that provide vibrant pops of color against a sea of green. In one image titled “Conserving Water,” the gorgeous deep turquoise of a rainwater-filled pond in the foreground leads the eye up to a row of emerald green grapevines, rolling golden hills and an elegant Japanese-style handcrafted greenhouse.

In another
photo, a stocky cola unexpectedly shoots up from the hood of a rusty old farm
truck, glowing soft and golden in the late afternoon light. Another picture
shows long, stringy clusters of yellow corn and purple amaranth standing tall
next to an expanse of pointy spears backlit by the sun.

McIvor said he
fell in love with photography because it helped him capture and engage with the
beauty around him. After graduating from the Brooks Institute of Photography
and working as a lab technician taking pictures of DNA blots, he followed his
passion for skateboarding and landed a job as a photographer for Santa Cruz
Skateboards, helping to elevate their magazine ads and catalogs. He
transitioned from skateboarding to cannabis and, after many years as a cover
photographer for High Times and other publications, he’s once again coming back
to skateboard photography and is now focusing on the connection between the two

With family in Humboldt who’d been growing cannabis since the ’80s, McIvor said he had a natural connection to the Emerald Triangle and a familiarity with the scene before starting the book. His captions provide important context about what sets sungrown craft cannabis apart from the rest — most importantly, the awesome power of the sun.

“Energy usage in the indoor cannabis
industry is growing at an alarming rate and giant warehouse producers are using
a tremendous amount of power for their grows,” he says. “Those who grow in the
sun know it’s the best way moving forward.”

For those who’ve only seen cannabis grown as a monoculture crop in a warehouse under artificial lights, this book provides a visually striking introduction to a whole new paradigm. It’s a tribute to the legendary Humboldt craft farmers who are continuing to show the world that by increasing biodiversity on your farm and working with the forces of nature, you can produce cannabis that is truly of the highest quality.

TELL US, do you value sungrown cannabis?

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An Actually-Helpful Guide to Using Cannabis

If you’ve been looking for a book on the basics of cannabis and CBD, there are almost too many options to choose from. It can be overwhelming to sort through the volumes of books, blogs and websites dedicated to educating consumers about this important topic.

Still, not all cannabis educational material is helpful, or even accurate. As a cannabis consultant who helps new patients, I’m always curious to check out these books and see for myself whether they are worth recommending to my clients. It’s sad to see how much of the material out there just isn’t worth the read.

So, I was pleasantly surprised reading through the new natural medicine guide “Cannabis & CBD for Health & Wellness” by Aliza Sherman and Dr. Junella Chin. While similar in kind to many of the 101 guides on cannabis, their approach blends the scientific and practical aspects of cannabis use into a book that is both approachable and grounded in objective data.

The 167-page book begins like many others, with a brief explanation of cannabis’s history, science and medical potential, before launching into the practical details of using cannabis. The descriptions are written for the everyday reader and the book guides consumers through many essential pieces of information that are important to know when using cannabis.

On top of that, there are also a few places where this guide sets itself apart from the crowd.

For one thing, this guide has medical bona fides that many others don’t — it was co-written by a doctor who actually specializes in cannabis.

“Writing the book with a doctor was a no-brainer, since I’m a journalist and author, but not a medical professional,” co-author Aliza Sherman explained. “I had already spent two years researching cannabis as real medicine and having a doctor as my co-author meant that I could finally understand all of the research I was finding.”

To Sherman’s point, a lot of the information found online lacks the insight of a trained medical professional, and misinterpretations of scientific data can lead to a lot of misconceptions about how to use cannabis effectively.

Another place where this guide differs from most is in the section that deals with the treatment of specific medical conditions with cannabis. While most guides discuss a given condition, go over the science behind it and offer recommendations, the authors of this book instead use a real patient’s story for each ailment or symptom they discuss. The book describes a patient’s situation, treatment plan and what actually worked before making broader suggestions based on the data. This provides information that I haven’t seen in many other beginner cannabis guides which could really help patients understand how to most effectively treat their conditions.

Throughout the book, I found clear and easy-to-follow writing coupled with interesting medical insights. It is clear why a seasoned reporter/researcher and a respected doctor make such a dynamic duo of cannabis writers.

While informative and well-researched, this book is far from a scientific textbook on cannabis. Though it does have a large bibliography at the end, there are few references within the text to the scientific literature, and no footnotes or direct citations to support the claims being made. This could be a positive or negative, depending on what you are looking for. If you are one of those patients (like me) who likes to track down the research being referenced as you go, this book could be a little bit frustrating. But if you are just looking for an accessible, thorough and readable guide to using cannabis, “Cannabis & CBD for Health & Wellness” is a great pick.

TELL US, how do you use cannabis?

Originally published in Issue 40 of Cannabis Now. LEARN MORE

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Mind Your Marijuana Manners

The ultimate guide for minding your marijuana manners has
just arrived from America’s most respected etiquette brand: The Emily Post Institute. “Higher
Etiquette,” written by Emily Post’s great-great-granddaughter Lizzie Post,
focuses on the cannabis etiquette that has developed in post-prohibition
landscapes. The guide provides a light-hearted and thoughtful look at the many
customs that cannabis consumers have developed to be considerate to others in
just about every situation where cannabis comes up.

From well-known rules for smoke sessions, like “puff, puff, pass” or not bogarting a joint, to more subtle etiquette situations, like how to approach playdates as a cannabis-using parents or come to agreements with roommates about smoking in shared spaces, this book is full of realistic cannabis scenarios and advice for how to navigate them with consideration and respect. And hey, it also teaches you how to throw an amazing cannabis dinner party!

Post, a cannabis consumer herself, says she had the book idea for a while, but it became a reality after interest from its publisher, Ten Speed Press. “I had a woman reach out and say, ‘Hey, I know of someone looking to do a book on this topic. I didn’t think it was right for you, but thought it might be right for someone you know.’” Post recounted laughing. “I literally did raise my hand, alone in my office, to no one and was like, ‘Right here. I’ll write that book!’”

From there, Post started her research phase. “It was
honestly the best research of my career,” she said. “Go book a ticket and visit
legalized states. Buy weed and hang out with people who enjoy it.”

Still, it wasn’t just the great cannabis that Post
enjoyed during her research. Post says etiquette can be a really negative
space, because “everyone is complaining about something.”

But in the cannabis sector, things were different. She
says the etiquette was more focused on consideration, respect, generosity and
sharing. “I think those are things that we really need now, as a country,” she
explained. “I was very excited to work in this space for a while.”

While no one expected the Emily Post Institute to take on the topic of cannabis, Post explains that the project actually fits right into the institute’s values. “We have seen how based the cannabis community is on sharing, on respect, on being aware of the people around you,” she said. “It just falls so in line with the Emily Post principles of consideration, respect and honesty. That is something that I find really inspiring.”

This spirit of consideration and generosity is reflected throughout “Higher Etiquette.” While readers might think of an etiquette book as a big list of rules and judgments about what they are doing wrong, in this book, the conversation is more focused on considerations for how to make everyone feel comfortable, respected and understood. Far from a list of rules, “Higher Etiquette” leaves room for personal style and preferences. Instead of telling people what to do, it simply describes situations that might arise and offers helpful tips on being kind and thoughtful to everyone involved.

When asked to give just a single piece of cannabis etiquette advice, Post’s was this: “No judgments.” Post said that people use this incredible plant in such a wide variety of ways, “the biggest takeaway is we really need to try to not judge each other.”

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Originally published in Issue 39 of Cannabis Now. LEARN MORE

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