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Want to Get Your Mom to Try Pot? Give Her This Book

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Before Nikki Furrer was a cannabis writer and professional, she had another dream job: owning an independent bookstore. While she says her business venture as a bookseller was ultimately untenable, it did open her eyes to how much she enjoys matching the reader to the exact book they’re craving.”

This zest for matchmaking is evident in her book A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis.’ As the title suggests, A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis’ is for women who are curious about cannabis. A more appropriate title, however, might have been a A Beginner’s Guide to Cannabis.’ Though Furrer touches on applications for the plant that are specific to women — relief of menstrual pain or beauty (though her belief that cannabis is a beauty product because it makes you appear more well-rested seems relevant to both men and women — much of the information in the book is relevant to anyone who is totally inexperienced with cannabis, apprehensive about trying it and needs a run down of the basics.

Furrer’s guide is quite comprehensive and helpful for beginners. And anyone with a parent or older family member who may benefit from using cannabis to replace things like alcohol or prescription medication should consider giving them this book. Concerns that may be common among people who grew up believing cannabis was a dangerous drug are compassionately allayed. She recounts anecdotes in which she assured customers that “[m]arijuana can prevent symptoms of dementia, even decades later.” (There is research to support that claim, so Furrer missed an opportunity to further legitimize the plant’s healing properties by simply citing those studies.)

Furrer also provides a brief survey of the history of medicinal cannabis use, and does an excellent job breaking down the many conditions that can be treated with cannabis: depression, anxiety, pain, inflammation and even weight loss. She also breaks down the difference between indica and sativa by way of a pretty infographic: sativas are for things like Crossfit, and indica is for Netflix. The healing properties of CBD, which may be totally foreign to someone who hasn’t dabbled with cannabis since the Vietnam war, are explained clearly and simply: while THC is the popular girl who decides how long the party will last,” CBD is the valedictorian” who is at home getting her work done.”

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