Lit reading list for cannabis bookworms

Published on July 29, 2022 by Aly K. Benson

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There are lots of great options for readers interested in learning more about cannabis.

With so much happening in the Canadian cannabis industry, it can be challenging to know what’s important and how to stay relevant. Summer is the perfect time to dive into our Canadian author Lit Reading list, covering a variety of cannabis niches. Take a look at these five recommendations to find something you love.

Basics for Beginners 

The Little Book of Cannabis by Amanda Seibert



In an illuminating book, renowned cannabis journalist Amanda Siebert educates readers with her in-depth research. Siebert reveals 10 evidence-based ways this potent little plant can improve your life and busts a few myths along the way. By speaking with experts in medical research fields, Siebert has created a great resource for new cannabis consumers. The Little Book of Cannabis is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide for how to enjoy the possibilities of cannabis, such as how to apply cannabis for insomnia, increasing libido, appetite control, and more.

Siebert is a Vancouver-based freelance cannabis writer, award-winning journalist, author, photographer, and public speaker passionate about cannabis and other plant medicines. She has been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Leafly, The Georgia Straight, and more.

Nerd Out with Terpenes

Terpene for Well-Being: A Comprehensive Guide to Terpenes for Emotional and Physical Care by Andrew Freedman


Terpenes for Well-Being offers a hands-on, DIY approach to terpene-infused topicals, foods, and beverages. The book provides readers with botanical breakdowns and a comprehensive guide to aromatherapy-related techniques for relaxation, natural stress relief, and anti-anxiety treatments. Andrew Freedman provides readers with an exciting peak into herbal self-care, supported by the distinct characteristics of different terpenes.

Freedman’s expertise in pairing cannabis, craft beer, cocktails, and wine creates a one-of-a-kind craft cannabis culinary experience. He has worked in the cannabis industry for over a decade and currently works in events, education, and consulting. Freedman is currently based out of Calgary, Alta.

For Cannabis Marketers

Writing for the Legal Cannabis Industry: Turning Passion for the Plant and The Written Word into Profit by Anne-Marie E. Fischer, M. ED.



Anne-Marie Fischer launched her book after the success of her online course “Writing for the Legal Cannabis Industry,” which launched in February 2020. Aimed at authors, marketers, and communicators who wish to begin or improve their writing in the cannabis industry, this how-to-guide takes the reader through the intricacies of writing in the cannabis industry.

Fischer has an extensive background in research and education and is located on B.C.’s Vancouver Island. Fischer’s passion for mobilized research, advocacy for minority groups, and social justice has driven her success in recent years. Currently, Fischer operates the platform Cannawrite and has bylines in Rolling Stone, The Dales Report, Herb, Sweet Jane, Emerald, and more.

Visual Learners & Historians

Dana Larsen Illustrated History of Cannabis in Cannabis (3 Volumes out of 9)



1. 1606-1895. The first volume is a variety of ‘unknown’ tales regarding the use and significance of cannabis, cannabis hemp, and cannabis remedies throughout early Canadian history.

2. 1800-1938. The second volume discusses the history of Canada’s cannabis prohibition, early anti-marijuana propaganda, and how alcohol and opium laws were connected to cannabis prohibition.

3. 1930-1971. The third volume examines the history of cannabis prohibition, demonization, and penalties. During the 1950s and 1960s, cannabis use and culture expanded in Canada, influencing groups like beatniks and hippies.

Dana Larsen is one of Canada’s most well-known politicians and advocates for cannabis reform and an end to the global war on drugs. Larsen served 10 years as editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine, owner of the Free Drugs Analytic Clinic getyourdrugstested.com, and is the former vice-president of the Canadian Association of Cannabis Dispensaries. He is also the founder and director of Sensible BC, Canada’s largest grassroots cannabis reform organization. Larsen currently operates the Coca Leaf Cafe in Vancouver.

Finances & Investing

Canadian Cannabis Stocks Simplified: A ‘How-To’ Guide for the Budding Investor by Corinne Doan



Canadian Cannabis Stocks Simplified is a brief overview of investing in Canada’s emerging cannabis sector. Author Corinne Doan has devoted her life to supporting the cannabis sector, and is also a contributing writer to the oz.

Doan has an MBA from Royal Roads University and a BA from Brandon University. She was previously a licensed investment advisor focusing on venture capital markets in Calgary, Alta.

About the Author

Aly K. Benson (AKB) is a biracial indigenous media personality, writer, and digital strategist in the Canadian cannabis industry based out of Abbotsford, BC.