By DOMINIQUE BROWNINGNovember 30, 2017
Maybe the vibe was in the air, during the anniversary of a long-ago summer of love, when I planted several irresistibly eccentric beauties. A nodding hippie of a plant, Datisca cannabina is a woody perennial with vaguely cannabislike foliage; it sports pendulous, shaggy, fragrant wands of flowers that set chains of love-bead seeds. It occurred to me that if I were gardening one toke over the state line, in Massachusetts instead of Rhode Island, I could have been digging the real thing. And just in time to help the bud tenders among us comes a weirdly fascinating volume, THE LEAFLY GUIDE TO CANNABIS: A Handbook for the Modern Consumer (Twelve, $27).
It was just a matter of time before a new generation caught up with the renegades of my generation, many of whom started getting high on gardening by tucking their herb among innocuous houseplants, hiding it in sunny corners of backyards or growing it under basement lights. Leafly, based in Seattle, calls itself “the world’s largest cannabis information resource.” Millions visit its website and mobile apps every