Book Review: The ABCs of CBD By Shira Adler

By Tracey Henry

The ABC’s of CBD: The Essential Guide for Parents (And regular folks too), a new book by author, activist and devoted “Canna Mom” Shira Adler, is all about CBD but it just might change how you think about cannabis in general.

Written in clean, factual, and often humorous prose, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in the subject of CBD, medical marijuana, or alternative health solutions.  First thing we learn is that CBD, the “other” ingredient found in the cannabis plant or in hemp, will not get you “stoned.”

Research across the globe is beginning to show that CBD has the potential to benefit users in ways most of us might find unimaginable.  Ms. Adler explains the many ways CBD has brought life-changing improvements to patients with depression/anxiety, autism, childhood epilepsy, chronic pain, early onset dementia, arthritis, and much, much more.

In this extensive, always entertaining read, The ABC’s of CBD also explores the many questions most people might have surrounding CBD: Is it legal? Is it safe for my kids? Where does CBD come from? Why do we need it? Why now?  What exactly does it do?

The ABC’s of CBD also covers CBD’s history, its growing impact on alternative health care, and the possibilities it has to offer for real, quantifiable lifestyle enhancement.  These and plenty of other topics reside at the heart of Ms. Adler’s impressive and accessible work.

The ABC’s of CBD provides the most-up-to date information on CBD, how it is grown, sold, and packaged, and what to look  (and look out) for when buying or contemplating using CBD.  Included within the book are interviews from some of the brightest voices in the cannabis and CBD field.

Every day sees a growing number of the canna-curious, as we deal with our own health concerns and those of our children and aging parents. Disorders, addictions, and diseases like anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Alzheimer’s, Colitis, Chronic Pain, Cancer –  – this is our new reality. And as we realize that Western medicine alone doesn’t hold the answers, science is finally recognizing and examining the ancient healing properties of CBD. The ABC’s of CBD cuts through the stigma, fear, social injustice, and misinformation that have kept this medicine out of patients’ hands for far too long.


Book Release: “The Marijuana Smugglers Guide: Based On A True Story Volume 1”

NEW YORK: Vietnam vet Larry David, Sr.’s “The Marijuana Smugglers Guide: Based on a true story Volume 1” is one man’s personal account of an illicit but lucrative career smuggling cannabis from Mexico into the United States and Canada.  Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, the irreverent memoir sheds light on the mechanics of an illicit career that, while immensely profitable, came at a high personal cost.

As a Vietnam veteran trying to support a family and unable to get a job, the twenty-three year-old turned to marijuana smuggling. Looking back over the past forty-one years, he now realizes all the sacrifices he had to make to be a successful smuggler. The millions of dollars, buffets of women, and the lavish lifestyle it afforded him were not enough to cover up the regrets that linger with him to this day. He was a good financial provider for his family, but a lesser husband and father. Smuggling took up all of his time, and he was not able to be there for his family when they needed him. Worse, his contacts put his family in danger.

This story includes mountains of money, an abundance of sex, pounds of marijuana, and the many ways of getting the marijuana across the border. Larry has traveled the world, stayed in the most luxurious hotels, and owned extravagant homes, cars, boats and private airplanes. Smuggling marijuana was a very sexy, lucrative career for the author, and his book provides a first-hand look at how he achieved this success, along with the wild and crazy stories that came with it.

Top Medellin Cartel Drug Pilot Roger Reaves, Releases His Memoir “Smuggler.”

CALIFORNIA: Roger Reaves grew up a poor farm boy who went from making ‘Moonshine’ to becoming one of the most prolific smugglers of the 20th century.  He covered six continents; transporting 20 ton shiploads of hash, tons of cocaine, and completed more than one-hundred sorties across the US. Border with plane loads of marijuana.

Read more about how he escaped from prison on five separate occasions, was shot down in both Mexico and Colombia, and tortured in a Mexican prison.

His friends and associates spanned the globe, from Medellin Cartel kingpins Jorge Ochoa and Pablo Escobar, to “Mr. Nice,”Howard Marks, and Barry Seal who was Roger’s close friend and employee.

He hired ex-CIA agent Barry Seal, a friend of Bill Clinton to fly the Arkansas route of his operation. Reaves flew the southern Colombian end and liaised directly with Pablo Escobar and Jorge Ochoa.

  • Seal flew multi-ton loads of cocaine into Mena and departed loaded with CIA guns destined for Oliver North and the Nicaraguan Contras.
  • Seal was indicted and became an informant for the DEA.
  • During these events Reaves took his Family and fled to Brazil.
  • Seal was assassinated.

Reaves’ memoir rehashes a troubling period in American political history. His personal direct experiences recounted in his book, add weight to the vast amount of evidence already in existence that the highest levels of the US. Government were directly involved in the transport and distribution of hundreds of tons of cocaine to fund a war no one in the American Congress wanted.

Tom Cruise is playing the part of Barry Seal in “Mena,” a major motion picture to debut in January 2017…. after the election.

You can pick up a copy of his new book “Smuggler” on


Roger Roffman Chronicles Society’s Long Struggle With Pot In ‘Marijuana Nation’

WASHINGTON:  Roger Roffman is a UW professor emeritus of social work who has studied marijuana dependence interventions for 30 years, and was a sponsor of Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana in Washington. He answered a few questions about his new book, “Marijuana Nation: One Man’s Chronicle of America Getting High: From Vietnam to Legalization.”

Q: Your first experience with marijuana laws was during a court martial for a fellow soldier in Vietnam who was caught with the equivalent of 10 joints. How did that start your journey as a marijuana activist?

A: In 1967 I was a social work officer with the 9th Infantry Division. Doing that work, I began to have an inkling of what we’d much later recognize as the severe psychological injuries many soldiers experienced. Alcohol was the universal de-stressor, with shared drinking contributing to group cohesion and camaraderie. While illegal under the Code of Military Justice, shared pot smoking appeared to fulfill a similar purpose. When serving on the board that conducted that soldier’s court martial, I argued imprisonment would be excessive given the context. I was outvoted, he went to jail for four months, and the injustice of that penalty troubled me.

My Father The $6 Million Drug Baron

An NBC News writer has revealed how his father lead a secret life as a millionaire drug dealer before he blew it all – ending up a penniless sanitation worker.

Tony Dokoupil has told how his father Anthony ran one of the biggest marijuana operations in the last century with a lavish life that was straight of the gangster epic Scarface.

Anthony made the equivalent of $6 million during his career and but did not tell his young son who only found out the truth when he was 20.

Legalizing Marijuana May Help Save the US Economy, Reduce the Prison Population, and Stop the Drug War Death Toll

The following is an excerpt from “Too High to Fail” about one of the commercial Mendocino growers that Fine met who was more than willing to provide his real name:

For a little while, I grumbled to myself about missing my haircut. But until now I didn’t rat Courtenay out. [Read more…]