The Dispensary Dish Summer Reading List + GIVEAWAY!

 In Cannabis Education, Edibles, Health, Hemp, International News, Lifestyle, Medical Marijuana, MMJ, Plant Science, Research

Summer is a busy time – which is why it’s that much more important to take some time out to put your feet up and enjoy a great book in the shade. There are so many new books about cannabis coming out lately that it can be hard to “see the forest for the trees.” So we compiled a list of the 10 books on our reading list this summer – the ones we keep coming back to for reference, for fun, for inspiration, or simply because they’re beautiful.

Even better, we’re giving away the top book on our reading list to two lucky patients! The Cannabis Health Index is a great resource for learning how to enhance the therapeutic benefits of cannabis using other alternative healing modalities. To enter the giveaway, just visit one of our dispensaries during the month of August (we’ll be drawing the two winner’s names at the end of the month).


The Cannabis Health Index: Combining the Science of Medical Marijuana with Mindfulness Techniques To Heal 100 Chronic Symptoms and Diseases by Uwe Blesching

This in-depth reference combines evidence-based insights from more than 1,000 cannabinoid and consciousness studies to present a convincing case for the powerful healing effects of medical marijuana. Written by a former paramedic with a PhD in alternative healthcare, the book shows that the subtle shifts in awareness commonly observed in cannabis-using patients vastly contribute to these compounds’ therapeutic potential. Organized by condition with eye-catching ratings of cannabis efficacy for each symptom along with recommendations for use, and sidebars that suggest related mindfulness-based practices that enhance the body’s own ability to heal, the Index brings clarity to the process of making informed decisions about cannabis as a treatment in an informative, user-friendly, and practical format.


Cannabis: Evolution & Ethnobotany by Robert Clarke and Mark Merlin

A comprehensive, interdisciplinary exploration of the natural origins and early evolution of cannabis, highlighting its historic role in the development of human societies. Cannabis has long been prized for the strong and durable fiber in its stalks, its edible and oil-rich seeds, and the psychoactive and medicinal compounds produced by its female flowers. The culturally valuable and often irreplaceable goods derived from cannabis deeply influenced the commercial, medical, ritual, and religious practices of cultures throughout the ages, and human desire for these commodities directed the evolution of the plant toward its contemporary varieties. As interest in cannabis grows and public debate over its many uses rises, this book will help us understand why humanity continues to rely on this plant and adapts it to suit our needs.



The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded: Over 800 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and Safe Home and Work Environments by Valerie Ann Worwood

Explore the multitude of benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy: expert Valerie Ann Worwood provides tools to address a variety of health issues, including specific advice for children, women, men, and seniors. This aromatherapy book also covers self-defense against microbes and contaminants, emotional challenges, and care for the home and workplace. Worwood also offers us her expertise in the use of essential oils in beauty and spa treatments, plus profiles of 125 essential oils, 37 carrier oils, and more. Since the publication of the first edition of this book 25 years ago, the positive impact of essential oil use has become increasingly recognized, as scientific researchers throughout the world have explored essential oils for their unique properties.


Cannabis for Chronic Pain: A Proven Prescription for Using Marijuana to Relieve Your Pain & Heal Your Life by Dr. Rav Ivker

The first authoritative and comprehensive guide for treating chronic pain with medical marijuana, from a holistic family physician who has treated more than six thousand chronic pain patients with cannabis. Dr. Rav explains the potential of marijuana for healing anyone afflicted with chronic pain as a safe, non-addictive alternative to dangerous opiate pain pills. Along with sharing his own story of using medical marijuana to heal from a severe case of shingles, Dr. Rav guides you through the cannabis and holistic treatment for your specific chronic pain condition. If you are suffering from arthritis, back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, anxiety, depression, or pain from cancer or its treatment, this may be the book for you.



Beyond Buds Next Generation: Marijuana Concentrates & Cannabis Infusions by Ed Rosenthal & Greg Zeman

‘Guru of Ganja’ Ed Rosenthal, author of the much-loved Marijuana Grower’s Handbook & Greg Zeman, Assistant Editor at Cannabis Now walk you step-by-step through the most cutting-edge methods of cannabis consumption. Beyond Buds, Next Generation is designed to help you discover the benefits of CBD and other healing cannabinoids, understand different extraction methods, stay up to date on the latest developments in dabbing gear and culture, and decide which vape is right for you. In addition, the book reveals the latest trends in spa products and cannabis services, plus how to easily turn your extra trim into hash, salves and more.



The Leafly Guide to Cannabis by The Leafly Team

A savvy connoisseur’s guide from the editors of the world’s most popular cannabis platform.

Consumers can now experience not only different flavor profiles, but also different cerebral and body effects; they can consume using different methods, from vaporization to combustion to topical application; and they can pick and choose between an ever-growing number of different strains and products. The Leafly Guide to Cannabis provides all the best tips to navigating this growing market in a definitive guide that will enhance every user’s enjoyment.




The Cannabis Spa at Home: How to Make Marijuana-Infused Lotions, Massage Oils, Ointments, Bath Salts, Spa Nosh, and More by Sarah Hinchliffe

More than seventy-five cannabis spa recipes free of preservatives and major allergens that can be prepared in the home kitchen or professional spa with wholesome herbal ingredients. Cannabis has been used for thousands of years for external use in the traditional health practices of Eastern cultures. In locations where cannabis has renewed legal status today, cannabis topicals such as lotions, salves, poultices, scrubs, and baths are being rediscovered as a healthy alternative for managing pain, soothing irritated skin, and enhancing relaxation.



The Medical Marijuana Dispensary: Understanding, Medicating and Cooking with Cannabis by Laurie Wolf & Mary Wolf

“The Martha Stewart of Marijuana Edibles.” – The New Yorker magazine

Part reference guide, part cannabis cookbook, The Medical Marijuana Dispensary will provide you with knowledgeable guidance from medical marijuana experts Laurie Wolf and Mary Wolf, owners of the award-winning cannabis company Laurie & MaryJane. Supported by evidence-based research and information from the medical community and NORML, the book provides essential information for incorporating cannabis use into your life such as safety guidelines, different cannabis strain profiles, and real patient testimonials as well as individual chapters for cannabis recipes and remedies including both sweet and savory edibles.



Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Line of the Next Agricultural Revolution by Doug Fine

Its fibers are among the planet’s strongest, its seed oil the most nutritious, and its potential as an energy source is vast and untapped. For nearly a century, it’s been illegal to grow industrial cannabis in the United States–even though Thomas Jefferson composed the Declaration of Independence on it. But as the prohibition on hemp’s psychoactive cousin winds down, hemp is about to be reincorporated into the American economy. Bestselling author Doug Fine embarks on a humorous yet rigorous journey to meet the men and women who are testing, researching, and pioneering hemp’s applications for the twenty-first century, from a hemp-powered limo in Denver to carbon-negative hempcrete-insulated houses in to Asheville, NC. Fine’s journey will not only leave you wondering why we ever stopped cultivating this miracle crop, it will fire you up to sow a field of it for yourself, for the nation’s economy, and for the planet.



Brave New Weed: Adventures into the Uncharted World of Cannabis by Joe Dolce

Former magazine editor Joe Dolce adventures into the fascinating “brave new world” of cannabis, tracing its history and possible future as he investigates the social, medical, legal, and cultural ramifications of this versatile plant. Our collective understanding of this surprising plant has been muddled by politics and morality; what we think we know about it isn’t the real story. Dolce travels the globe to de-mystify this new frontier, seeking answers to the questions we didn’t know we should ask. From Israel to Colorado Dolce skillfully unfolds the odd, shocking, and wildly funny history of this complex plant, painting a fresh and much-needed portrait of cannabis, our changing attitudes toward it, and the brave new direction science and cultural acceptance are leading us. Enlightening, entertaining, and thought-provoking, Brave New Weed is a compelling read that will surprise and educate anyone with an interest in cannabis.

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