The Rebels Apothecary

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Written By Roy Stevens


As the hype around cannabis, CBD, and medicinal mushrooms grows, so does the need for a practical, science-based guide to using these powerful plants and fungi. The Rebel’s Apothecary, written by health coach and wellness blogger Jenny Sansouci, fills that need, providing readers with all the information they need to harness the ancient healing powers of cannabis and mushrooms safely and effectively.

At the heart of The Rebels Apothecary is Sansouci’s own personal journey with her father’s diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which led her to dive into the world of alternative therapies. Through extensive research and experimentation, she discovered the incredible healing properties of cannabis and medicinal mushrooms, not just for managing the side effects of chemotherapy, but for addressing a range of everyday wellness concerns as well.

The book is divided into two parts: Part One provides a comprehensive introduction to the history, science, and culture of cannabis and mushrooms, with a focus on their wellness benefits. Sansouci debunks myths and misconceptions, de-stigmatizes these powerful plants and fungi, and explains the latest research on CBD, THC, medicinal mushrooms, and psilocybin. She also offers practical advice on creating a cutting-edge home apothecary and using plant-based medicines safely and responsibly.

In Part Two, Sansouci presents specific protocols and dosage guides for using cannabis and mushrooms for wellbeing, along with everyday wellness routines and delicious, easy-to-make recipes for cannabis and mushroom-infused smoothies, coffee drinks, teas, elixirs, gummies, and broths. She also includes contributions from chefs and wellness experts such as Dr. Andrew Weil, Kris Carr, Seamus Mullen, Marco Canora, and more.

One of the strengths of The Rebels Apothecary is Sansouci’s ability to present complex information in an accessible and engaging way. She writes with authority and expertise, yet the tone is never intimidating or judgmental. It’s clear that Sansouci is passionate about these plants and fungi, but she’s also careful to emphasize the importance of informed consent, responsible use, and working with qualified healthcare professionals when necessary.

Another strength of the book is its emphasis on holistic wellness. Sansouci understands that using cannabis and mushrooms for wellbeing is not a quick fix or a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, she encourages readers to approach plant-based medicines as part of a larger lifestyle shift that includes healthy eating, exercise, mindfulness, and other holistic practices.

I appreciated the way that Sansouci makes a clear distinction between using cannabis and mushrooms for wellness versus using them recreationally. While she acknowledges that many people do use these plants and fungi for recreational purposes, her focus in this book is squarely on their wellness benefits, and she provides practical guidance on how to achieve those benefits safely and without an unwanted high.

Overall, The Rebel’s Apothecary is an excellent resource for anyone interested in using cannabis and mushrooms for wellbeing. Sansouci is a knowledgeable and compassionate guide, and her personal story adds an extra layer of depth and authenticity to the book. Whether you’re facing a health challenge, looking to enhance your everyday wellness, or just curious about the healing magic of these powerful plants and fungi, The Rebel’s Apothecary is an essential read.

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