The stereotypes associated with cannabis are starting to fade away. Now that medical marijuana is legal in many states across the U.S., cannabis for medicinal use is becoming increasingly accepted. As people’s opinions change, as well as policies, children will become more exposed to the idea of cannabis as a medicine, especially considering that there are many children who use medical marijuana to treat various ailments.
Parents often find it difficult to talk to their children about drugs and alcohol but since medical marijuana is different than using marijuana recreationally, it is important that kids learn the differences in order to understand how it is used.
For parents who may be a bit hesitant to teach their child about medical marijuana, educational children’s books are an excellent resource for parents to help their kids learn more about medical cannabis and safety precautions. Here is a list of 5 children’s books that provide a great starting point for parents who wish to educate their children about medical cannabis.
1. “It’s Just A Plant”
In this educational children’s story, author Ricardo Cortés tells the story of Jackie, a little girl whose mother is a medical cannabis patient. One day she sees her mother smoking a joint and of course questions her about it. Her mother tells her it is a joint, made of cannabis. Naturally, Jackie is confused but her mother makes it a priority to educate her on the medicinal value of the plant.
2. “If A Peacock Finds A Pot Leaf”
In this magical journey, author Morgan Carman, a medical patient herself, tells the exciting story about Peter the Peacock. Peter, who suffers from depression, stumbles upon a pot leaf one day and shows his friends. Along the way, beavers, owls, spiders, camels and other animals each reveal their personal use of the cannabis plant. The animals suffer from a variety of ailments, such as pain, cancer, and insomnia.
3. “If A Peacock Discovers Hemp Island”
This story, by Morgan Carman is a sequel to her first book, “If A Peacock Finds A Pot Leaf” and is less about using cannabis for medical purposes. The story is about Peter the Peacock who embarks on a new journey with his friends to Jamaica to learn about Jamaican culture and the use of hemp. Peter and his friends take a tour on “Hemp Island” and learn about how hemp can be used to create all sorts of things.
4. “Mommy’s Funny Medicine”
Authors Russell Barth and Christine Lowe wrote this adorable little book, which happens to be the first written children’s book about medical marijuana. The story is told from the point of view of a young girl who watches her mother battle an illness and uses medical marijuana successfully to cope with the disease.
5. “Stinky Steve Explains Medical Marijuana”
This fun story written by Maggie Volpo is about a skunk named Stinky Steve who informs children on cannabis and everything they need to know about cannabis safety. The book is aimed at educating children of all ages, focusing on medical cannabis for young patients and their siblings. Stinky Steve answers all of the questions that children may have about marijuana.
By teaching children at a young age about marijuana in a positive light, they will be able to learn early on that medical cannabis can be just as effective as westernized medicines that are being prescribed every day.
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