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Despite legalization, author says much still needs to be done to destigmatize cannabis

Last Updated Oct 24, 2018 at 9:58 am PDT

(Source: Greystone Books)

The Little Book of Cannabis details the therapeutic properties of weed, including claims it can also help your sex life

Cannabis is something we've used for 12,000 years," author Amanda Siebert points out, expects no swift cultural shift

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Recreational marijuana may now be legal in this country, but there is still a lot of work to do when it comes to dispelling some long-held myths about pot. That’s at least according to the author of a new book that aims to do just that.

In The Little Book of Cannabis, How Marijuana Can Improve Your Life, one of the myths Amanda Siebert tackles is the idea that weed is somehow a gateway to harder drugs.

“It’s easy for people to attach on this idea that if you use cannabis it’s going to make you use other substances,” she says. “[But] In my mind, I think the gateway drug is alcohol, but that’s another story.”

She argues that cannabis has therapeutic properties for everyone from chronic pain sufferers to cancer patients.

“Really, it can be used as an adjunct to other therapies like chemotherapy, radiation, and there are some, obviously, extreme instances where people have been able to use cannabis and stay cancer free.”

Siebert goes even further, detailing how pot can also improve your sex life. “Let’s just put this way, [there are] topical applications, creams, and lotions that can come in handy,” she explains. “You know, some people find that consuming a little bit of cannabis before engaging in…what have you, they find it makes them a little bit more relaxed.”

While she doesn’t expect a cultural shift towards cannabis overnight, Siebert does hope people will eventually come to look at weed much like they do having a drink after work.

“Cannabis is something we’ve used for 12,000 years as humans and so this is just a step in the next direction,” she says. “Really the last 100 years have been kind of the aberration, if you will.”

The Little Book of Cannabis is published by Greystone Books. A launch event is planned for tonight.