Get Educated About Marijuana

marijuana education banner pictureThe Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) has reported that their daily sales have held steady around the 9,000 level, almost five times the amount made prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. OCS data shows more than one-third of all orders are classified as new OCS customers. No matter if you are new to cannabis or a regular consumer, using the substance for recreational or medical reasons, education on the topic is key.  Thunder Bay Public Library (TBPL) has resources so you can make informed decisions about marijuana.

cover of the Essential Cannabis BookAre you simply curious about marijuana and want to do some research? The Essential Cannabis Book: A Field Guide for the Curious is a great starting point for anyone interested in learning more about the plant. Similarly, The Wholistic Healing Guide to Cannabis: Understanding the Endocannabinoid System offers a wealth of valuable information to healthcare professionals, practitioners of the healing arts, dispensary workers, and medical cannabis users who want to understand the science of cannabis and its effects on the body.

Maybe a healthcare professional has recommended you try weed for medical purposes? TBPL has resources for you on this topic too. Cannabis Pharmacy offers information on how marijuana works with the body’s own system, how best to prepare and administer it, and how to modify and control dosage. This book contains the latest information on the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is understood to control emotion, appetite, and memory. Cannabis & CBD for Health and Wellness: An Essential Guide for Using Nature’s Medicine, offers information on cannabis forms (tinctures, topicals, edibles, flowers, concentrates), methods of ingestion, dosing and microdosing, and more.

cover of Cooking with Cannabis

DIY Autoflowering Cannabis: An Easy Way to Grow Your Own, offers tips, tricks and step-by-step illustrated instructions on growing marijuana. Or, try Growing Weed in the Garden. It’s filled with gorgeous photographs of beautiful gardens, as well as step-by-step photography that illustrates how to dry, cure, and store cannabis, make tinctures and oils, and more. This book provides all the information you need to grow cannabis.

TBPL also offers current resources to make edible products.  Cooking with Cannabis and Bong Appetit both offer pictures and recipes if you choose to incorporate cannabis into your diet.

As with every substance, supplement and intoxicant, knowledge is key.  TBPL has over thirty resources available for loan, so you can make informed decisions for yourself.

You can place these or other items on hold by calling the library at 345-8275 from Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. Items can also be placed on hold online at Apply for your free library card by emailing If you have a comment about today’s column, we would love to hear from you.

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