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10 Profound Quotes to Ponder

We all need different things to help inspire us on the toughest days. While it can be challenging to work through hard times, there is plenty of inspiration that can help lead you to be more productive.

Uplift yourself with these profound quotes that can help you think in new ways.

 

“Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.” Edgar Allan Poe

 

“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.” – William Arthur Ward

 

“Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.” Rumi

“He who is untrue to his own cause cannot command the respect of others.” Albert Einstein

 

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”Maya Angelou

 

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”William James

 

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

 

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”Oprah Winfrey

 

“Limit your always and your nevers.”Amy Poehler

 

Inspire yourself with these profound quotes and follow our blog to discover more wellness tips to help fuel your days.

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How to Design the Perfect Morning Routine

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The idea of the perfect day is nothing new and as many self-help gurus and authors will tell you, it all starts with your morning. You’ve probably heard the saying, ‘Got out of bed on the wrong side today’, so there is some truth to the idea that the morning can help set you up for a good day. However, if mismanaged, it can also set you up for a bad day.

 

If you’re looking to give your routine a facelift, we recommend starting with small changes. Steve Corona, known for his 30-day self-experiments, recommends you build your routine with a number of habits. On his blog, he outlines his method by having readers choose four habits to make up their routine and start them the following day.

 

Corona says to pick four habits from the following list:

  • Wake up at 5AM
  • Drink a tall glass of water as soon as you get out of bed
  • Make your bed immediately
  • Do 20 pushups as soon as you get out of bed
  • Eat a protein and fat rich breakfast within 30 minutes of getting up
  • Run a mile every single morning
  • Take your multivitamins everyday
  • Floss after breakfast
  • Do Blue Light Therapy to wake yourself up
  • Take a bath in the morning
  • Take a cold shower in the morning (it sucks but you feel AWESOME after)
  • Write a blog post every single morning
  • Write down 10 ideas
  • Write a journal entry
  • Write 250-1000 words on any topic
  • Keep a daily gratitude journal
  • Plan your entire day in 15-60 minute increments
  • Lay out your clothes for the day
  • Dress your absolute best for the day (EVEN if you work from home)

 

From here, you should take these four habits and do them for 30 days straight, no matter what. If you forget or miss a day, do 31 days of the routine instead.

After this experiment, you’ll have a better idea of what your morning needs. Maybe you loved the exercise aspect, but you do your best writing in the afternoon. Pivot the routine so it makes sense for you and what you need out of your day.

 

Developing productive morning habits is easier than you think! For more lifestyle design tips follow our blog.

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4 Reasons to Learn a New Language

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Verbal communication is how we connect with each other. Being proficient in your native tongue can help you make local connections but knowing different languages can help you better engage with the rest of the world. Continue reading to learn how you can broaden your horizons by learning a new language.

Professional and Career Advantages

Learning additional languages can expand your access to job opportunities. In Canada, being bilingual in English and French makes you eligible for a variety of professional roles including federal job positions.

Having more than one language in your repertoire can also help you explore work in additional cities throughout the world.

Expanding Your Education Globally

Learning another language makes it easier to study abroad and earn a degree in another country. Depending on where you’re located, it may be more cost-effective to study outside of your home country.

Travelling to Foreign Countries

One of the main reasons to learn a new language is to smoothly navigate a foreign country when you visit. Being able to speak to and understand locals expands your social skills and can help you make some new friends. If you can speak the local language while travelling it can be easier to accomplish basic tasks such as ordering food at a restaurant, calling a cab, asking for directions, and reading street signs.

Only 20% of the world’s 7.5 billion people speak English and travelling overseas can easily cause a language barrier.

While travelling isn’t a priority right now because of COVID-related restrictions, having some extra time at home may give you an opportunity to pick up a new language before you travel to your next dream destination. Online language courses and apps, and travel dictionaries are a great place to start.

Discovering New Recipes

Being able to read another language will help you better understand recipe instructions and ingredients, helping you learn new dishes and add them to your cookbook.

There is delicious food from all around the world, so the more you understand, the better you’ll eat and appreciate food from different cultures! Check out this list of popular dishes from across the globe that you can try cooking at home while you wait to take your next travel adventure.

Try to pick up some new phrases using an app like Duolingo as a starting point for learning a new language, and follow our blog for more COVE™ Crafted articles.

 

 

 

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The Benefits of Meditation for Better Sleep

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Attaining a truly restful night of sleep may be harder than you think. When we settle down and prepare for bedtime, our wandering minds can make it difficult to drift off. Luckily, there are practices like sleep meditation that can help you get the rest you need.

What Is Sleep Meditation?

Sleep meditation is the state between being awake and asleep. Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness like the “going-to-sleep” stage but is typically induced by a guided meditation. During yogic sleep, your body is completely relaxed, but you remain mentally aware.

The practice has been gaining popularity lately thanks to contributions from influential figures such as Deepak Chopra.

Techniques

Guided sleep meditations include many different techniques you can practice. Retracing your day is a great way to start your bedtime meditation. Review your day in detail in your head, focusing on each important event for 20-30 seconds.

Gratitude meditation is another useful technique to try. It focuses on expressing gratitude for the things in your life, whether they are personal or spiritual. Retracing your day can also help you think of things to be grateful for.

Counting can help slow your mind down and filter out negative thoughts. Silently count your breaths down to ten and then start over again. Repeat until you are relaxed.

Visualizations can help shift your mental state, similar to hypnosis. With this technique, you choose something or someone as an object of focus instead of your breath. When your mind wanders just come back to the mental image.

Apps to Use

To effectively practice sleep meditation, there are a variety of apps to assist you.

Headspace is a great app for beginners that offers bedtime stories in addition to guided meditation courses.

Sleep Cycle is another handy tool you can use to track sleeping patterns and it also includes plenty of other insightful statistics.

Last but not least is Reflectly, which features a journal that can be used to help you remember ideas for gratitude meditation.

Getting a good night’s sleep is important for us all. Prepare your mind and body and achieve restfulness with meditation and follow our blog for more great content!

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The Interesting History of Jazz & Cannabis

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Until recently, the powers that be have demonized cannabis and persecuted smokers. Not immune to the stigma, musicians of many genres have looked to the plant for inspiration. It’s been a recurring reference in lyrics since long before legalization, leading us to want to learn more about how two seemingly unrelated topics have been intertwined throughout history.

During the 1920s and early 1930s, alcoholic beverage consumption was illegal in the United States. It was then that speakeasies and underground clubs gained popularity. Aside from drinking, something else was happening in these spaces far more special and it was the music.

In the New Orleans red-light district of the time, it was typical to find crowds drinking, smoking joints, and partying through the night to the sounds of a live band. These bands played until the place was empty, sometimes for eight hours straight. Their music of choice was jazz.

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Musicians in cities like Chicago and New York also consumed the substance and it wasn’t long before the genre started to become synonymous with smoking green. The emergence of jazz occurred during the same time cannabis came under scrutiny. In 1923
Iowa, Oregon, Washington, and Vermont placed bans on the substance. State after state made it an illegal drug and by 1933, twenty-nine states had criminalized cannabis.

One of the best-known critics of the time was Harry J. Anslinger, the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, who waged a war on cannabis with the help of propaganda film Reefer Madness. Artists were quite vocal in their opposition to his policies, such as Cab Calloway who expressed his love for weed on “Reefer Man.”

Chicago-born jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Mezz Mezzrow became the principal supplier of cannabis to Harlem in the 1930s. His autobiography, Really the Blues, included a long glossary of what cannabis was commonly called during that time including “grass,” “grefa,” “gunga,” “hay,” “hemp,” “muggles,” “muta,” “reefer,” “tea,” and the now popular “weed.” Mezzrow’s popularity grew and it wasn’t uncommon to hear the term “mezzrole” referring to a specific type of joint he rolled.

Legend Louis Armstrong, born and raised in New Orleans, made a name for himself playing at underground clubs. He said this about cannabis and the scene:

“We always looked at pot as a sort of medicine; a cheap drunk and with much better thoughts than one that’s full of liquor… We called ourselves ‘Vipers’, which could be anybody from all walks of life that smoked and respected ‘gage’; that was our cute little name for marijuana.”

In 1930 Armstrong was arrested for smoking cannabis outside the Cotton Club in Culver City, California with his drummer Vic Berton. He spent nine days in the Downtown Los Angeles City Jail and received a six-month suspended sentence. After the stint, he was back to performing and experienced a new camaraderie with fans and fellow Vipers who felt an affinity for the gage.

In 1954 his wife Lucille was also arrested for possession, this time of one cannabis cigarette and two half-smoked stubs. It was widely speculated that the stash belonged to Louis and the incident prompted him to write a lengthy letter to Joe Glaser, his manager, on the topic of cannabis. The letter outlined that he would require special permission to smoke his gage and if this wasn’t possible, he would halt performing music altogether. Eventually, Armstrong admitted he was forced to give it up, despite the perceived benefits.

These stories are just some of the many that show the correlations between jazz and cannabis consumption.

The music genre grew and became popular alongside the progression of cannabis regulation for many years. Musicians were impacted by the plant at a time when cannabis was still misunderstood. Some speculate this was due to cannabis usage that led to the imaginative and experimental music that captivated audiences and is still a hallmark of the jazz sound today.

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The COVE™ Guide to Stargazing

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Stargazing is a free and fulfilling hobby that constantly changes. It helps with inspiration and imagination and aids in the relief of stress.

It can be enjoyed by people of all ages in any part of the world and can strengthen your connection to nature.

With plenty of great celestial events coming up this summer, we’ve compiled the COVE™ Guide to Stargazing to help you take it all in.

Equipment Needed
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Although it doesn’t cost anything to stare up into the night sky, there is plenty of equipment available to make your experience even more enjoyable.

The most common piece of gear that people think of when it comes to stargazing is a telescope. Thankfully this doesn’t have to be a large expense anymore, with a variety of tabletop telescopes starting well below $100. As you gain experience you may want to upgrade to a more advanced model, but it certainly isn’t a necessity.

Most telescopes also come with low and high-power eyepieces. Become familiar with both before experimenting with filters or Barlow lenses.

You can’t truly explore the stars without a finderscope, but many telescopes come with one already. If you’re looking to take things to the next level, try upgrading to a red dot finder designed exclusively for astronomy.

Cell phones are also highly useful when it comes to stargazing providing plenty of astronomy apps such as SkyPortal and SkyView.

A red flashlight can be used to preserve your night vision during your stargazing session while a bright white one will make cleaning up far more simple. If you have a computerized telescope, most external power supplies have these flashlights built-in.

A good pair of binoculars can give you another great perspective on the cosmos and provide some added entertainment when you’re not looking through the eyepiece of your telescope.

Once you’ve got everything you need for your stargazing experience, grab friends and family and head outside to the yard or a local park and get set up! Don’t forget to bring some snacks and other sources of entertainment such as music if you’ve planned a lengthy session.

Eclipses
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Solar and lunar eclipses are frequently occurring astronomical events that most people are already familiar with. An eclipse is when the sun or moon is blocked from the viewpoint of an Earth observer.

The next lunar eclipse viewable in North America will occur at 11:07PM EST on July 4th and will last for almost three hours.

You can get a full list of upcoming eclipses here. Make sure not to look directly at a solar eclipse without proper protective eyewear.

Meteor Showers
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A meteor shower is when Earth encounters many meteoroids at once causing glowing streaks in the sky.

To observe one you don’t need a telescope or binoculars, but you may require an alarm clock to wake you up in the middle of the night.

The June Boötids are a meteor shower occurring every year between June 22nd and July 2nd, with its usual peak happening on June 27th.

Enjoy this cosmic event without any fancy equipment this Summer.

Constellations
constellations

A constellation is an area on the celestial sphere that forms a perceived pattern such as an animal, mythological character, or inanimate object.

Their origins go all the way back to prehistory, but the 12 constellations in the zodiac such as Libra, Virgo, Capricorn, and Aquarius will surely sound familiar.

Many people also know of the Big Dipper, which isn’t actually its own constellation, but seven bright stars of Ursa Major.

There are other interesting patterns in the sky as well, such as asterisms. One of the easiest to spot during June in the Northern Hemisphere is the famous Summer Triangle consisting of the stars Deneb, Vega, and Altair.

Much like meteor showers, many constellations can be observed with the naked eye if you know where to look, but they might be better enjoyed using a telescope or binoculars.

Lunar Phases
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As the moon orbits the earth there are eight distinct lunar phases in total. They’re ordered new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter, and waning crescent.

The cycle repeats itself once per month (every 29.5 days) and you can keep track of the phases using a lunar calendar or calculator.

You don’t need a telescope to see the different phases of the moon, but a closer look never hurts.

The night sky is filled with all the wonders of the cosmos. Feast your eyes on some wonderful night time scenery with these upcoming events and if you capture any photos share your favourite shots with us on Instagram @covecrafted.

 

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Declutter Your Life With Minimalism

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Life seems to be getting busier and busier, so we’ve decided to help you manage your crammed schedule and cluttered mind by exploring the art of minimalism.

Although many people perceive minimalism as simply getting rid of personal belongings and creating restrictions in your lifestyle, it can actually be used to achieve freedom and help you reach your goals without dropping every single thing you own off at a thrift store.

Benefits of Minimalism
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The benefits of minimalism are almost countless. It can drive improvement and simplicity across many aspects of your life, help with clarity of mind, reduce stress, and provide you with more free time, greater purpose, and self-confidence as well as some extra money and better relationships.

How to Get Started
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There’s nothing wrong with owning material possessions but assigning proper value to the items you own and getting rid of things that aren’t needed can help declutter both your mind and home.

Determine what areas of your life could use more organization and begin by tossing away old or damaged belongings, listing things of value you no longer have a use for on eBay or declutter, and donating unwanted clothing.

If you’re feeling hesitant or need some additional inspiration, check out Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix for some great tips and advice.

You can also read this 101 Items To Get Rid Of Without Regret list, which will help you figure out the most painless possessions to get rid of.

30 Day Challenge
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Taking part in a 30 day challenge is a great way to spend a month building minimalist habits, turning what can seem like a huge burden into a temporary or permanent routine.

Find a friend or family member to participate in the challenge with you. On day one, get rid of your first item, on day two get rid of two items, remove three on day three, etc. until you reach 30 items on day 30.

Anything can go including collectables, decorations, kitchenware, electronics, furniture, bedding, clothes, towels, tools, and anything else you wish to part with.

Whether you donate the items, sell them, or throw them away, they must be out of your house each day by midnight.

Whoever keeps going the longest wins, or you both win if you make it to the end of 30 days. Following through all the way to the end will result in 465 things being decluttered.

Use the hashtag #MinsGame to find other people playing the game.

Maintaining Minimalism
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Maintaining minimalist habits is an ongoing battle, so make sure to keep the right mindset by remembering what drew you to minimalism in the first place. It’s a way of removing unnecessary things to make way for what’s truly important.

Appreciate your freshly organized space and continue to edit your possessions on a regular basis.

If you’re looking for daily encouragement, connect with the minimalism community for more great ideas! Sites like Zen Habits and Mindful are good places to start.

Minimalism isn’t about empty houses or rules. It’s about being able to focus on your values and what really matters to you. The ultimate goal is to spend less time on what doesn’t bring you joy or fulfillment and more time on the things that do.

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Stay Fit At Home With The COVE™ Workout Guide 

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Your environment shapes your workout. It can be anywhere you see fit, including your home. Attending a gym during this time might not be possible, but bringing the gym to you is another option. With these tips, you can take control of your fitness goals at home.

Set a Schedule

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Working out is like keeping a job. To maintain balance, having a schedule can help. Using an online calendar can help organize your workouts and isolate different body parts to a specific day. Apps like Google Calendar are a great example of how you can organize workouts and set personal goals.

Track Your Progress
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Tracking your progress can help measure how successful you are in accomplishing your goals. There are ways to see how far you’ve progressed like using a whiteboard, which can help with tracking what you’ve accomplished.  If you own a smartwatch or smartphone, there are also apps like Google Fit, which are great for monitoring health activity and providing insights on your exercises.

Get the Equipment You Need
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Some might assume that the only way to work out is by using expensive equipment. There are a variety of affordable items to buy that can help you fit a solid exercise into every part of your day instead. Start by adding items like a push-up bar, dumbbells, or kettlebells into your home. A yoga mat or medicine ball is useful in a living room, or you can try setting up a small obstacle course in your backyard or garage. Websites like Amazon are great for getting all the basics to get you started.

Use an Online Personal Trainer
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We all need that extra push to motivate us during these times. If you’re struggling with getting out of bed and into your gym clothes, there are quite a few motivational online trainers. There are YouTube creators like The Body Coach that offer free weekly videos. There are also notable trainers on Instagram like Idalis Velazquez and Gideon Akande who teach innovative workouts that you can do anywhere in your home.  Workout DVDs are another great option if you’re looking to follow instructions on a TV instead of a laptop. Define yourself with videos like Piyo’s workout program or kick it up a notch with Shaun T’s Focus T25 training kit.

Workout Online with Friends
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One of the great things about fitness is there is always a community. People with many different aspirations come together, online or offline, and share experiences. Thanks to social networking, making friends is as easy as opening a smartphone. Join a community of people online with apps like the Nike Training Club or Jet Fit that help you stay connected with other fitness-minded individuals.

Have a Long-Distance Fitness Buddy
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Sharing your fitness journey with someone can help keep you accountable. Using a program like WhatsApp is great for communicating and planning workout sessions. You can also use video calling apps like Zoom and Skype, allowing you to work out together in real-time. One great way you and a friend can track your progress together is by using Google Docs so that all your schedules and workout plans match up.

We hope to inspire you with these helpful tips. Follow our blog for more updates and information on how you can stay fit and productive at home.

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Best Virtual Tours To Help Pass The Time

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The cold months are now behind us, but unfortunately, many people are still stuck inside during these uncertain times. To help alleviate some of the restlessness that those who are cooped up are undoubtedly feeling, we’ve compiled some of the best virtual tours to help pass the time.

Nature Tours
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Famous landmarks around the world are doing virtual tours and live streams including the Grand Canyon, Panama Canal, Machu Picchu, Eiffel Tower, and more.

Various aquariums and zoos are also offering exhibits from the comfort of your couch or computer desk.

Museum Tours
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If you can’t bear to see the great outdoors on the other side of your window, perhaps virtual museum tours sound more appealing.

The Louvre, Getty Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and many more galleries have put their exhibits on display via the internet. NASA has also opened up Virginia’s Langley Research Center and Ohio’s Glenn Research Center to those looking to learn from home.

As if that wasn’t enough, Google has listed more than 2500 museums you can experience remotely via their Arts & Culture directory.

Celebrity Homes
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Once you’ve completed your nature and museum tours you can explore where the rich and famous have been spending their time.

Whether you’re looking for décor inspiration, reminiscing about the classic show MTV Cribs, or just being nosey, now is a great time to indulge in the fascination we all have of the homes of our favourite celebrities.

Visit the world of Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, Pretty Little Liars actress Shay Mitchell, and tennis sensation Maria Sharapova with Architectural Digest’s Open House series or poke around the properties of comedian Dave Chappelle, the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger, or country music icon Keith Urban courtesy of virtualglobetrotting.com.

So there you have it, the Best Virtual Tours To Help You Pass The Time. For more relaxing content follow COVE™ on Instagram and make sure to let us know your favourite virtual tour!

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Expand Your Library With These Cannabis Books

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The nuances of cannabis consumption usually get overlooked. There is a lot to discover about this plant and your home library is a great place to start. With this collection of educational books, you can learn more about the plant.


Cannabis: A History

There is a lot to debate surrounding cannabis, but as legalization progresses, its role in modern society continues to grow. Martin Booth examines the history of prohibition in his book, Cannabis: A History.  The book covers the legalization process and its approval across North America.

Marijuana Chemistry: Genetics, Processing, Potency

Michael Stark’s book Marijuana Chemistry provides all the chemical information you need to know about cannabis. It contains facts about all the different variations of THC, along with an in-depth chemistry breakdown of a plant.

Brave New Weed: Adventures into the Uncharted World of Cannabis

Written by author Joe Dolce, this book travels across the globe to uncover the past and future of cannabis in different countries. From places like Amsterdam and Israel, Brave New Weed highlights the history, science, and potential economic future of cannabis.

Higher Etiquette: A Guide to the World of Cannabis, From Dispensaries to Dinner Parties

Higher Etiquette is a book that can guide you through a cannabis-friendly world. While legalization in many cities ends the stigma surrounding consumption, Lizzie Post informs consumers and non-consumers how to navigate social spaces with courtesy.

High Yoga: Enhance Yoga with Cannabis and CBD Treatments for Relaxation, Healing, and Bliss

High Yoga is a guide that will bring out your inner yogi. Yoga instructor, Darrin Zeer’s book leads you through a cannabis-influenced workout with pictures to assist you along the way.

Cooking with Cannabis: Delicious Recipes for Edibles and Everyday Favorites

Cooking with Cannabis is a cookbook that can soothe any appetite. Known as the Martha Stewart of edibles, Laurie Wolf’s book includes many different recipes along with directions on how to make infused oils, butter, and syrups.

Beyond Buds: Marijuana Extracts-Hash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles and Medicines

Ed Rosenthal and David Downs highlight all the newest consumer products in Beyond Buds: Marijuana Extracts. This book outlines many different consumption alternatives from hash to concentrates.

Your Cannabis Consumption Journal: The easy way to keep track of your cannabis consumption

Author and registered nurse, Lolita Korneagay produced this simple and beneficial tool for tracking your consumption. Your Cannabis Consumption Journal is great for logging how much you consume daily and the products you find suitable for you.

Cannabis Trips Travel Book – A Global Guide

Written by authors Bill Weinberg and Ed Rosenthal, this travel guide directs you to all the best events around the world that include cannabis. Cannabis Trips is not only a great read, but it’s also a good travel planning tool.

High Time: The Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada

Editors Andrew Potter and Daniel Weinstock highlight the comprehensive history of legalization in Canada in their book High Time. The book re-tells the history of the Canadian Cannabis Act through a collection of essays from scholars and policymakers.

Broaden your horizons as far as your library can reach. With this selection of books, you might find yourself growing into a true expert. Be sure to follow our blog for more updates and information about this plant and its hidden potential.

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