We’ve each developed some first-hand knowledge of the versatile cannabis plant. Yet, whatever we know has also been influenced by almost 100 years of prohibition. A sustained campaign of disinformation, waged by the U.S. government, has poisoned perceptions and expectations about cannabis. For generations.
Now, a new normal is emerging, as the cannabis legalization movement rolls through the U.S. and across the world. Scientific discovery has progressed. In the past 20 or so years, we’ve discovered that:
- Everything with a backbone has an endocannabinoid system, which governs sleep, mood, appetite and other essential functions.
- We produce cannabinoids endogenously.
- We can supplement our own cannabinoids with phyto-cannabinoids.
- There are legitimate medicinal applications for cannabis.
Maybe the most important thing we’ve learned: There’s a lot more to learn about cannabis! There are many ways to do this: You could watch documentaries; follow cannabis-knowledgeable people on Twitter; or find books by people who have done the research and packaged good information into well-written books. Whether on a Kindle or in actual print, we still like to pick up a good book; here are some of the top books about cannabis we've found.
Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction
We look to physicians to heal us and help us stay healthy. But what happens when a medical doctor becomes an addict?
It happened to Peter Grinspoon, M.D., and he examines the experience from several angles in the unflinching Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction.
The son of early cannabis advocate Lester Grinspoon, M.D., Peter navigates the tricky terrain of his fall from the privileged class, and the difficult struggle he faced to rescue his career, and his life.
Issues related to addiction touch us all. If you want a better understanding of how a compassionate, common-sense approach can help resolve these issues, pick up a copy of Free Refills.
The Essential Cannabis Book
As we uncover new knowledge about cannabis, there are a lot of questions about how it works as medicine, who might want to use and and so on. Rob Mejia tackles these questions and many more in The Essential Cannabis Book: A Field Guide for the Curious.
Part coffee-table book, part reference guide and part storybook, this field guide is the result of Mejia's experience in caring for his sister Theresa, who was suffering from cancer. When Mejia researched and discovered the powerful medicinal properties of cannabis, he soon developed an obsession with telling others.
First, he created Our Community Harvest, a business focused on cannabis knowledge, foods and health-related products. He then produced this highly readable book, published in October 2018. Packed with anecdotes and practical know-how on how to integrate cannabis as a health-enhancing supplement in your life, it's an eye-opening book for skeptics, and a useful work for those already convinced.
Whether you're looking for a gift for someone who needs to know the truth about cannabis, or you want to increase your own knowledge, The Essential Cannabis Book is an excellent choice.