The Three Best Books About Cannabis

Looking to further expand your cannabis knowledge? We want you to be “the informed friend”, so the JADEO team has picked three books that we love and we think you need to read too!


by Susan Boyd
Amazing visuals plus a ton of facts about the history of CANADIAN prohibition. Busted is an illustrated history of Canadian drug prohibition that provides insights on the resistance to that prohibition.

“Reproducing over 170 archival and contemporary drawings, paintings, photographs, film stills and official documents from the 1700s to the present, Susan Boyd shows how Canada’s drug prohibition policies evolved and were shaped by race, class and gender discrimination.”

Her beautifully designed book demonstrates, through a look into the history, how prohibition and criminalization produces harm rather than benefits. The book acknowledges the arrest of thousands of Canadians each year for cannabis-related offences. “Busted is a book that should be read by all those who wish to understand our convoluted drug policy.

Combining historic and modern graphics with scientific facts, the book allows readers to grasp the insanity of drug laws.” -Senator Larry Campbell

Brave New Weed: Adventures into the Uncharted World of Cannabis

by Joe Dolce
This book contains the answers to every single cannabis question that you didn’t even know you had. In Brave New Weed, former editor-in-chief of Details and Star, and author Joe Dolce, go to Amsterdam, Israel, California, and Colorado. Joe “skillfully unfolds the odd, shocking, and wildly funny history of this complex plant.” As he travels the globe, he "tears down the cannabis closet" in an attempt to demystify this new frontier.

Looking back at the war on cannabis which has been waged in the United States since the early years of the twentieth century, society has undergone a massive shift in perspective since legalization has begun to catch fire, that is allowing us all to reconsider our beliefs. Dolce traces cannabis' history and possible future as he investigates the social, medical, legal, and cultural ramifications of this surprisingly versatile plant. As a result he paints “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."

The Cannabis Manifesto

by Steve DeAngelo
Cannabis for wellness? Tell us more! Steve DeAngelo, the founder of Harborside Health Center, the world's largest medical-cannabis dispensary, presents a compelling case for cannabis as a wellness catalyst that must become broadly legalized.

In The Cannabis Manifesto, he shares his view that there is no such thing as recreational cannabis use, challenging readers to rethink everything they thought they knew about cannabis.

A compelling overview of the state of cannabis today, DeAngelo explains how “prohibition has warped our most precious institutions—from the family, to the workplace, to the doctor’s office and the courtroom.” His book answers essential questions about the plant, using extensive research to fuel a thoughtful discussion about cannabis science and law, as well as its biological, mental, and spiritual effects on human beings.