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The ABCs of CBD, by Shira Adler.

According to the author, the purview of her quirky alternative mom book is, “Succinctly, humorously, and comprehensively covering the full spectrum of all things CBD, cannabis, hemp, and more, from ancient history to pop culture, trends in industry/commerce, the endocannabinoid system, social justice, what science is proving, and why politicians posture.” There is also a section for parents who want to know how to talk to their kids about CBD.

Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzzworthy Libations, by Warren Bobrow.

This book is perfect for the aspiring mixologist on everyone’s list. Even professional bartenders will pick up a few tips and tricks from Bobrow, the Cocktail Whisperer. Learn how to create cannabis-infused cocktails, then progress to creating shrubs, bitters, tonics, syrups, and other infusions to include in any beverage, just in time to be the perfect mixmaster at holiday parties.

Cannabis Oil: What’s the Fuss About Cannabis Oil and CBD, by James Pedersen.

Cannabis Oil is an interesting, easy to read and extensively referenced little book. It contains informative, entry-level information, but it is still useful for qualified medical herbalists. It will help you learn how to use cannabis oil, with healthy recipes.

For a more straightforward book on the same topic, try Cannabis Oil: Quick Start Guide – The Simplified Beginner’s Guide to Cannabis Oil.

CBD-Rich Hemp Oil: Cannabis Medicine is Back, 1st Edition, by Steven Leonard-Johnson and Tina Rappaport.

The author, Leonard-Johnson, is a current member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA). The discovery of the body’s comprehensive endocannabinoid system (ECS), in 1992, has thrust cannabis back into the spotlight as a viable medicine. Exploring the health benefits of cannabidiol from natural hemp oil is this book’s primary focus. It elucidates the similarities, differences, uses, and advantages of hemp, cannabis, and medical marijuana, along with the interplay of THC and CBD. Their 480 other components are also discussed, such as terpenoids, flavonoids, enzymes, and vitamins.

Cooking with Herb, by Cedella Marley.

Ms. Marley’s cookbook is highly recommended for the budding cannabis chef. Marley provides an introduction to the Jamaican “Ital” lifestyle of healthy, natural, fresh food preparation. Along with the basics for making your own infused oils (Take a shortcut and save the mess by using a Levo oil infuser), she shares cannabis-enhanced recipes, brimming with Caribbean flavors.

Craft Weed: Family Farming and the Future of the Marijuana Industry, by Ryan Stoa.

In Craft Weed, Ryan Stoa makes the case that the future of the marijuana industry should be powered by small farms, such as DS & Fitz, rather than marijuana Monsantos or canna-corps, such as Canopy Growth. Arguably, the marijuana business model should be artisanal, as this method is proven effective for revitalizing local economies.

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Marijuana (But Were Too Stoned To Ask), by Tim Pilcher.

This all encompassing title encapsulates the origin of the bong, to countries where marijuana use is entirely legal. The book also covers how marijuana works on the human brain, and its uses in religious ceremonies around the world. Pilcher, author of The Cannabis Cookbook, guides readers through a fascinating world of marijuana-related myth, medicine, madness, and munchies.

Grower’s Market: A Novel of Free Enterprise in Marijuana Country, by Michael Baughman.

A darkly, bizarre novel about five cannabis cultivating combat veterans in the Pacific Northwest, named Shadow, Shrimp, Stones, Toon, and Shakespeare. While each dreams of unique ways to spend his marijuana money, they are forced to put their dreams on hold, when rival growers come to town. Get ready to rumble in the marijuana jungle.

High Tea: Gracious Cannabis Tea-Time Recipes for Every Occasion, by Sandra Hinchliffe.

Hinchliffe, author of The Cannabis Spa at Home: How to Make Marijuana-Infused Lotions, Massage Oils, Ointments, Bath Salts, Spa Nosh, and More, is back again, with another beautiful book, for lovely ladies who lunch. Hinchliffe (of Humboldt) covers the gamut of teas, tisanes, and broths. High Tea delves into the art of cannabis tea. It includes recommendations for elegant ways to infuse marijuana for medicine or pleasure, as well as a selection of fresh and sleek fare to pair with your teatime. Learn how to delight your guests by serving cannabis chai that is especially appropriate for a holiday or celebration. Silver tea service for twelve is not included.

Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto: How Lies, Corruption and Propaganda Kept Cannabis Illegal, by Jesse Ventura with Jen Hobbs.

Jesse Ventura is quite a character. His eclectic resume includes former independent Governor of Minnesota, visiting fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, former US Navy Seal, professional wrestler, and actor. His 5th book has everything you could hope for in a manifesto. It covers pertinent topics, such as why and how the DEA is rigging the drug war, the truth about Big Pharma, and inside the prison-industrial complex. His book will make a conspiracy theorist out of anyone and validates the beliefs of American cannabis activists.

Let’s Talk About Medical Cannabis: One of the Earliest Medical Communities Seen Through the Eyes of it’s Youngest Advocate, by Alexis Bortell.

The community of medical cannabis is introduced through the eyes of a then 11-year-old epilepsy patient, Alexis Bortell, Bortell’s book tells the story of how her life drastically changed through a four-year search for an effective treatment for her affliction. Her pediatrician in Texas recommended treating her with marijuana, so her entire family packed up and moved to Colorado, as “medical refugees.” Since relocating to a state where medical marijuana was legal, Alexis has now been seizure-free for years, using whole-plant medical cannabis. Her incredible journey doesn’t end in her book. Bortell was recently a plaintiff in the landmark Washington V. Sessions case, suing the federal government for the right to travel with her medicine.

The Marijuana Grower’s Handbook, by Tom McCarthy.

Written by an off-the-grid outdoorsman under a pseudonym, this book is a practical growing guide for those who are curious about learning the art and science of cannabis cultivation. Cultivation enthusiasts who are not as knowledgeable as Danny Danko and do not own a Seedo will find this handbook helpful.

Marijuana: Patient Guide to Illness and Pain Management, 3rd Edition, by Mary Solomon.

This comprehensive book regarding the use of medical marijuana could potentially answer all of a newcomer’s questions. It explains what illnesses marijuana may treat, how to administer it, its side effects, and more. It is an excellent read for anyone who’s interested in using marijuana medically, and it is a necessary book for anyone who is apprehensive about marijuana. Soloman puts the misconceptions about marijuana to rest. It is an honest, unbiased and educational book.

The Medicinal Power of Cannabis, by John Hicks, MD.

Dr. Hicks’ book delves into the theory that inflammation is the root cause of myriad illnesses. Cannabidiol (CBD) is proven effective for reducing inflammation and subsequently the illnesses that inflammation provokes (e.g., Huntington’s Disease). While CBD and THC are both derived from the Cannabis plant, CBD is non-intoxicating and may also help to reduce anxiety, seizures and pain.

The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook: More Than 50 Irresistible Recipes That Will Get You High, by Elise McDonough.

Ms. McDonough’s enduring, classic cookbook is always an appropriate gift. The book’s highlight is its chapter on holiday fare, featuring a THC turkey, injected with a “magic marinade” that, in conjunction with tryptophan, could mellow out the harshest of dysfunctional family holiday get-togethers. The High Times Cannabis Cookbook is not to be confused with Tim Pilcher’s The Cannabis Cookbook, both of which make pithy, perfect gifts for cooking enthusiasts who already own plenty of traditional cookbooks.