Updated: Jul 18
I've been a reader since I was a small kid and there are literally piles of books threatening to topple at any moment all over my house. So you can imagine that when I began to get interested in cannabis, I started searching for great resources right away. It turns out, there are a BUTT TON of books that have been written about this magical plant... and some of them are truly terrible. So, allow me to save you some time and money while I present my absolute favourite books about weed.
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1. Cannabis Revealed by Dr. Bonnie Goldstein.
I know what you're thinking, but I promise I didn't name my business after this amazing book...but I could have. No really, this book is that good. It was required reading in my Cannabis Coaching course and it literally blew my mind. The author was a family doctor who knew nothing about cannabis (and didn't care to) until she was convinced by her patients to give it a chance. This book is currently sitting on my desk, dog-eared, coffee-stained and full of post-it notes. It's easy to follow, explains things incredibly well, and has several reference charts at the back that are very helpful on things like dosing, cannabinoids and ingestion methods. She goes through several diseases and conditions and explains how cannabis can be used to help treat it. It's a few years old now, but no worries, she has a new one coming out in September 2020 called Cannabis Is Medicine. Drop them both in your cart, you won't be disappointed.
2. A Woman's Guide to Cannabis by Nikki Furrer
If I was going to write a book about weed for women, I'd want it to be this book. Which would suck, because then I'd be accused of plagiarism. So, let's avoid that problem, and have you just grab this excellent book instead. This is written for the lay-woman. Even if you've never SEEN pot before, this book will still leave you feeling like a cannabis expert. She explains how cannabis works and has a whole section on who to buy it in dispensaries. My favourite part is all the fantastic recipes, especially for your skin. Her face serum and pain relief salve are ahhhhhmazing.
3. CBD: A Patient's Guide to Medical Cannabis by Leonard Leinow and Juliana Birnbaum
CBD is all the rage these days and for good reason. It is known to help with pain, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, skin conditions, inflammatory diseases and so much more. This book delves into the non-intoxicating molecule and discusses how it can be used to help individual conditions like autism, cancer, addiction, ADHD and more. There is also a great chapter on individual cannabis strains and what they may be good for as well as sample dosing charts which are very helpful if you're just starting out. There's even a section on using CBD with your pets.
4. Cannabis Pharmacy by Michael Backes
I'm going to need a new copy of this book soon because mine is on its last legs from so much use. Written with the layperson in mind, you'll find in-depth information on specific conditions and diseases and what the research says about using cannabis and CBD to treat them. There are extensive strain reviews and sections on how to shop for and consume cannabis. You won't be disappointed if you pick this one up.
5. Healing with CBD by Eileen Konieczny and Lauren Wilson
I know I already have a CBD-centric book on this list, but this one needs to be on my Top 7 List as well. Like most of the other books, you'll find strain reviews and information on how CBD can be used to treat a variety of conditions and diseases. Where this particular book stands out is in the sections on how to figure out dosing and how to read lab testing results. The authors break down both of these topics extremely well.
6. The Little Book of Cannabis by Amanda Siebert
Written by a Canadian (go Canada!), this book dedicates a chapter each to topics like cannabis for stress, weight management and improving your sex life. She pairs stories of individuals who have used the plant to treat a variety of issues with the science to back up the claims. My favourite chapter is the section on using cannabis to ease the ageing process. There is so much interesting research being done on this topic and the author manages to pack in all the good stuff in this little book.
7. The Leafly Guide To Cannabis by the team at www.leafly.com
Leafly is a US-based company that is HUGE in the cannabis world. You can check out their website for strain reviews and so much excellent cannabis education. This beautiful book is focused on the consumption of cannabis, rather than the science. There is a chapter written on all the different consumption methods as well as how to differentiate between all the crazy cannabis products on the market (wax, shatter, dabs etc). I really love all the pictures in this book, which are great if you're a visual learner. I can see this being a great gift for the new cannabis consumer in your life.
Runner up: Vitamin Weed by Michelle Ross
This book is NOT for the faint of heart... it is dense. But, if you're interested in learning about the endocannabinoid system in-depth, there isn't a better book out there. Her focus is actually teaching you how to keep your ECS in tip-top shape through diet, exercise and of course, cannabis supplementation. You'll learn about endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome, how it may be linked to conditions like migraines, fibromyalgia, IBS and more, and what you can do to fix it. This is a book for a real cannabis nerd. If that's you, grab it now!
It's your turn now! Tell me about your favourite cannabis book. Why do you love it? And what about the crap books? Let us know about those too in the comments, so we can avoid them!