MedicateOH Writers’ Workshop graduate Andrea Chaillet wrote about Courage in Cannabis, an anthology book project that includes stories written by doctors, patients, activists, lawyers, and caregivers regarding their unique experiences with cannabis.
Dr. Bridget Cole Williams’ New Book
Courage in Cannabis Volume 2: The Triumphant Stories is a recently-released anthology book that is a project of the GHH Community Foundation, a nonprofit 501c(3) organization. It includes stories written by doctors, patients, activists, lawyers, and caregivers regarding their unique experiences with cannabis. Dr. Bridget is the creator of Courage in Cannabis, a family physician, an empowerment coach, an educator, an author, and the CEO of Embody.
On June 13, 2023 I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Bridget Cole Williams about the book she is trailblazing as part of her nonprofit. We discussed the mission of the book, how readers can get involved, and what will be next for Dr. Bridget and the other Courage in Cannabis authors.
What Types of Stories to Expect
When embarking on creating a second volume of Courage in Cannabis, Dr. Bridget’s mission was for “…everyone to be able to find and be able to see themselves in those stories. I knew there were so many stories that we had not even touched upon yet. Volume 2 was about getting some different stories and different approaches, more legacy aspects, more [medical conditions] even like PTSD, and more unique women’s perspectives that we didn’t get a chance to touch on in the first book.” Not only is the experience beneficial for the readers to read about someone who has been in a similar situation, but Dr. Williams says it is “therapeutic and empowering” for the writers.
Who Has the Courage?
Courage in Cannabis Volume 2: The Triumphant Stories includes 39 authors from 17 states. The forward was written by Adam Wilkes, CEO of Tyson 2.0, and Kevin Greene, VP of the Cleveland School of Cannabis. Other authors include Ed Rosenthal, the late Robert C. Randall, Mike Tyson, Danielle Simone Brand, and more. Many of the authors are from Ohio. This includes:
- Mary Jane Borden
- Axaviar Burrows
- Andrea Chaillet
- Tonica Spicer Combs
- Jamie Dodd
- Julie Doran
- Mary Johnson
- Dionne Lacey
- Gerald Moore Jr.
- Michelle Nary
- Bronwen Scarberry
- Rebecca Stanforth
- Dr. Bridget Cole Williams
How to Acquire the Book
Paperbacks of Courage in Cannabis Volume 2: The Triumphant Stories will be available for sale online through Amazon, Walmart, and Barnes & Noble. A e-book is available through Amazon as well. There will be other distributors of the book, including through some of the authors directly and through independent bookstores. Dr. Bridget says, “We also connect with the distributors of almost every small bookstore in America. I believe in some supporting small book sources as well. If you go to the online catalog of most small bookstores, you will be able to find the book.”
Dr. Bridget describes the reading experience as, “an opportunity for every unique story to connect to people in a very personal way.” Readers can connect with the authors by visiting courageincannabis.com. Each author has a page with their biography, contact information, and social media links. There is also information about the book’s generous sponsors and how to reach them.
What Is Next for Dr. Bridget and the Authors?
The upcoming book launch isn’t where it ends for Dr. Bridget and her co-authors. “There are so many ways that we can connect with communities and areas, and this isn’t just a one woman show. This is a collective and a community that we create through Courage in Cannabis.” Look out for information about book signings and event appearances from various authors. Dr. Bridget, by creating the book as a project of her GHH Community Foundation non-profit, has found another way to give back to the cannabis community. The sales of Courage in Cannabis Volume 2: The Triumphant Stories go back to the GHH Community Foundation so that more people can afford to participate as authors in future volumes.
To learn more about Courage in Cannabis Volume 2: The Triumphant Stories, visit https://www.courageincannabis.com/ and connect with book’s TikTok, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages. To learn more about Dr. Bridget Cole Williams, visit her website https://www.drbridgetmd.com/.