Friday Book Club: It's Just A Plant

It’s Just a Plant: A Children’s Story about Marijuanaby Ricardo Cortes

For many parents, this topic is a looming monster that needs to be slain but is too often hidden from.

Talking to kids about Cannabis use is scary but having books like “It’s Just a Plant” can make that conversation far less anxiety-inducing as it helps the parents to be more prepared for that heavy discussion.


If you’re a parent or might be one then you can prepare yourself by diving into this book a bit. Dig in and arm yourself against the misinformation on cannabis with this book.

-Topic Focus-

As we see a growing level of acceptance for cannabis in modern society we must still combat the remaining dredges of social stigma as we face having those particular conversations with our children regarding the truth about marijuana use.

“It’s Just a Plant” contributes to diffusing this stigma by telling a simple story that is relatable for kids while also conveying information to children in a digestible fashion.

The story consists of the tale of a young girl named Jackie that meets farmers and doctors who proceed to give her a unique perspective on marijuana and how they use it to positively impact the lives of others.

About the Author

Are you familiar with the best seller “Go the F*ck to Sleep”? Author of “It’s Just a Plant” Ricardo Cortes is the illustrator behind that wonderful book as well as being the writer behind the book we are discussing here today.

Author Ricardo Cortes has also written books and is passionate about topics such as marijuana use, jury duty, coffee, coca-cola, and more.

If you’re interested in exploring the various projects by Ricardo Cortes you can explore his content at:

-Reading Experience-

You can quickly tell that this book was written with children in mind by someone who genuinely cares about helping to further destroy the stigma against marijuana through education as opposed to indoctrination.

An adult reader has much to glean from the book in regards to how one can address this conversation with their kids in a comfortable fashion.

The writing level is clearly intended for kids which works just fine for it’s intended purpose. The balance between enjoyable telling a story and solid information on the topic is well done.


Again, this book is more than just a nice story. This bok is a tool for parents to use as a comfortable path to begin educating their kids regarding cannabis use. This book would be ideal for teachers and educators who might have to face this conversation as well.

Jackie’s story does a great job of humanizing people involved in the world of Cannabis as more than just stereotypical caricatures, which is much needed in the marijuana community.

Prepare yourself for this conversation by getting your copy of “It’s  Just a Plant: A Children’s Story about Marijuana” at the link below:

Noemi Gonzales

Noemi and her partner Joe are a dynamic duo that tackles a wide variety of business endeavors together and has a special place in their hearts for the Cannabis Industry. Years of experience in journalism, covering cannabis events, interviewing fascinating people in the cannabis industry, and hard research helps to keep us on our toes when it comes to reporting on the Cannabis industry

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