New Children’s Book Seeks to Teach Youngsters About Marijuana



A new book introducing cannabis to kids aims to normalize conversations about cannabis as 1 of the plants in a dwelling garden. Written by Susan Soares, the sweetly illustrated book, “What’s Increasing in Grandma’s Garden,” requires on the voice of a boy gardening with his grandmother, consuming the vegetables they develop and speaking about the cannabis also expanding in grandma’s garden.

It was a garden that turned Soares onto health-related marijuana. A busy single mother of 3,  Soares was active in the LDS church when she got sidelined 30 years ago with a head injury.

“I had a migraine headache for two years afterwards,” she says.

Soares then got hooked on medical professional-prescribed Vicodin but nevertheless discovered no relief, till she asked her neighbor about the beautiful green plant expanding in her neighbor’s garden.

Following cannabis cured her migraine, Soares started to rethink her previous assumptions about the plant. She has due to the fact grow to be an activist, bringing her enthusiasm and organizing expertise to the cannabis movement in the Los Angeles region, like preparing yearly State of Cannabis events in Lengthy Beach.

When a speak show host asked her on the air, “How did you speak to your children about cannabis?” her answer was, “I didn’t.”

“His query bothered me,” Soares says. “I began asking persons inside and outdoors of the business and I discovered out no one is speaking to their children about cannabis.”

So Soares, now a grandmother, decided to create and publish, “What’s Increasing in Grandma’s Garden: A Book to Aid Grownups Have a Conversation With Youngsters About Cannabis.”

The story is told in the voice of a boy mastering about gardening from his grandmother.

“She says that she has two green thumbs,” says the grandson. “They appear regular to me!”

In the book, the grandmother explains that most of the plants are for consuming or for medicines, but there are some “extra unique to her” cannabis plants locked in her greenhouse.

“She says that I can appear, but not touch for the reason that it is just for grownups,” the boy says.

When the boy asks why some points are just for grownups, he explains his grandma “drew a brain for me… She mentioned that my brain is nevertheless expanding just like the plants in the garden and I will need to feed it only points that will assistance it develop. I want my brain to be as sturdy and quick as it can be just like a super pc!”

Grandma’s knee hurts “after so significantly sidewalk chalk art” and she “puts medicine on her knee whilst I play with her train set. My knees do not hurt. I guess there are some very good points about not getting a grown up!” the boy says.

At the Sunday loved ones barbeque that serves as the story’s finale, “the grownups do grownup points whilst the children play hide and seek.”

Straightforward and charming, “Grandma’s Garden” shows how not hiding cannabis from kids, but rather setting proper boundaries about it, is an productive way to be each a cannabis lover and a very good parent (or grandparent).

“Grandma is pictured downwind and 25 feet away from the children, but she’s not hiding behind the garage,” Soares says of the book. “We’ve legalized cannabis in California and elsewhere, and it is time for us as business and shoppers that adore cannabis to personal it, and speak to our children. We can inform them, ‘We appreciate it and you may well see us smoking a joint or consuming an edible. Any queries?’”

Response to the book has been good, Soares reports.

“I know persons who have been expanding for more than a decade, and their children didn’t know,” she says. “They’re delighted to have this somewhat mainstream tool to use to speak to their children.”

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