High on Books: 24 Reads about Weed

High on Books: 24 Reads about Weed

Earlier this year, my state (Ohio) legalized medical marijuana, so it probably won’t be long until recreational marijuana is legalized too. And since I’ve always got books on the brain anyway, it got me thinking about books about weed.

The legalization of cannabis is trending around the country and corners of pop culture is changing to “pot culture.” And what better way to celebrate than by picking up a book that’s all about the weed. Educational, informational, and statistical… there’s a book that’s sure to grab your attention, as well as some you might not have expected.

Start with a little history of pot, throw in a book about the benefits of cannabis for your health, and then finish off with a book about growing your own marijuana. And what about edibles? There’s a cookbook for that. And they’ve got more than brownie recipes.

Once you’ve worked your way through the books that educate you, head back to the fiction for some light-hearted entertainment. No matter what you’re interested in or whether you use cannabis yourself, there’s a book on the list that will make you smarter when it comes to the cannabis culture.

[image description: An infographic with this following text… [Section 1] Educational Cannabis Research. Marihuana Reconsidered. Publish date: 1971. Author(s): Dr. Lester Grinspoon. Genre: Nonfiction. About: Covers the scientific, medical & popular literature on the effects of marijuana and its place in society. Why you should read: Responsible for launching the legalization movement. The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis. Publish date: 2010. Author(s): Julie Holland, M.D. Genre: Health, Science. About: Focuses on marijuana's physiological and psychological effects, medicinal uses, politics and culture. Why you should read: Broad spectrum of marijuana knowledge from stoner customs to scientific research. Marijuana Gateway to Health. Publish date: 2011. Author(s): Clint Werner. Genre: Nonfiction, Science. About: Through scientific studies, Werner makes a powerful case that cannabis is effective for treatment, disease prevention and overall healing and wellness. Why you should read: Dismantles years of propaganda established by the government and big pharma. Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana. Publish date: 2017. Author(s): Michael Backes. Genre: Science. About: Backes focuses on understanding the endocannabinoid system and how cannabis works with the body as a form of treatment. Why you should read: A go-to for tips on cannabis consumption to disorders the plant aids with. [Section 2] Cannabis Culture and Politics. High in America: The True Story behind NORML and the Politics of Marijuana. Publish date: 1981. Author(s): Patrick Anderson. Genre: History. About: The story of prominent cannabis activist, Keith Stroup and the founding of NORML. Why you should read: Learn about the history of the largest grassroots organization in the world dedicated to marijuana legalization. The Emperor Wears No Clothes. Publish date: 1985. Author(s): Jack Herer, Leslie Cabarga. Genre: History, Nonfiction. About: An authoritative history of hemp's myriad uses and Nixon’s War on Drugs. Why you should read: Written by the legendary cannabis activist, Jack Herer. Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational and Scientific. Publish date: 2012. Author(s): Martin Lee. Genre: History, Nonfiction. About: Trace the dramatic social history of marijuana from origins to its emergence in the 1960s as a defining force in a culture war. Why you should read: A fascinating read for anyone wondering how the illicit marijuana subculture overcame government opposition. The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness. Publish date: 2017. Author(s): Steve DeAngelo. Genre: Nonfiction. About: A call to action and a radical vision of humans' relationship with this healing but controversial plant. Why you should read: Equates to the Declaration of Independence for Cannabis. [Section 3] History of Cannabis. Marihuana: The First Twelve Thousand Years. Publish date: 1980. Author(s): Ernest Abel. Genre: History. About: An insightful and detailed investigation into historical marijuana practices across the world. Why you should read: Learn the beginnings of cannabis and its role dating back to the Stone Age. Reefer Madness: The History of Marijuana in America. Publish date: 1979. Author(s): Larry Sloman, Michael Simmons, William S. Burroughs. Genre: History, Nonfiction. About: Reefer Madness is the popular social history of marijuana use in America. Why you should read: A classic in the tales of hemp literature. Cannabis: A History. Publish date: 2005. Author(s): Martin Booth. Genre: History, Nonfiction. About: A chronicle of the process through which cannabis became outlawed throughout the Western world. Why you should read: Learn how anti-cannabis legislation has had an effect on the global economy. Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America. Publish date: 2017. Author(s): Emily Dufton. Genre: History. About: Historian Emily Dufton tells the story of marijuana's path from acceptance to demonization and back again. Why you should read: Learn about the thousands of activists who made changing marijuana laws their life's work. [Section 4] Best Reads While High. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Publish date: 1971. Author(s): Hunter S. Thompson. Genre: Fiction. About: This quintessential book of the ‘70s follows a journalist and a lawyer on assignment as their work intentions turn to drugs, alcohol and gambling in Sin City. Why you should read: A cult classic of gonzo journalism and American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever taken. The Dharma Bums. Publish date: 1958. Author(s): Jack Kerouac. Genre: Fiction, Classic. About: Two young men search for truth and zen through wine-drinking bouts, poetry jam sessions, marijuana and solitude in nature. Why you should read: Captures the quest for inner peace and call to freedom that many of us seek. The Beach. Publish date: 1996. Author(s): Alex Garland. Genre: Fiction. About: When a group of backpackers set off to find a secret beach paradise in Thailand, they stumble upon a cannabis plantation and a whole lot of weird. Why you should read: Captured the late-90s zeitgeist, angst and search for Eden. Telegraph Avenue. Publish date: 2013. Author(s): Michael Chabon. Genre: Fiction. About: This novel is a homage to life on the boulevard in Oakland, California about paternal failings, filial duty, African American vinyl and blaxploitation. Why you should read: A thought provoking read on the inevitability of change and surrendering to it. [Section 5] Cannabis and Cooking. The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook. Publish date: 2012. Author(s): Elise McDonough. Genre: Cookbook. About: A guide to cannabis-infusion and gourmet recipes that have changed the way we think about cannabis and food. Why you should read: Learn to expanded cannabis cuisine beyond “the brownie”. The Vegan Stoner Cookbook: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes to Munch. Publish date: 2013. Author(s): Sarah Conrique and Graham I. Haynes. Genre: Cookbook. About: A collection of vegan, munchie recipes so simple to make that even a stoner could prepare them. Why you should read: The perfect gateway cookbook for anyone who wants to eat fewer animal products. Bong Appétit: Master the Art of Cooking With Weed. Publish date: 2018. Author(s): Editors of MUNCHIES magazine. Genre: Cookbook. About: A sophisticated guide to cannabis-infused cooking for those interested in making serious, gourmet bites. Why you should read: Breaks down the science of infusing (oils, butters, milks, alcohol, and more) with cannabis. Edibles: Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen. Publish date: 2018. Author(s): Stephanie Hua and Coreen Carroll. Genre: Cookbook. About: This collection offers up 30 bite-sized, low-dose cannabis recipes for those with a sophisticated palate. Why you should read: Learn to satisfy your munchies with next-level cannabis cooking. [Section 6] Growing and Horticulture. Marijuana Horticulture. Publish date: 1983. Author(s): Jorge Cervantes. Genre: Gardening. About: The ultimate guide to all forms of marijuana growing including information on grow rooms, greenhouses and outdoor growing, with over 1,000 photos that illustrate the details. Why you should read: Learn how responsibly use of herbicides and pesticides to grow organic. Marijuana Grower's Handbook: The Indoor High Yield Guide. Publish date: 1998. Author(s): Ed Rosenthal. Genre: Gardening. About: A beginners guide to growing marijuana indoors, complete with tips on light, temperature, water seed selection and growing problems.. Why you should read: An essential handbook for anyone looking to get into the business of growing. The Cannabis Grow Bible: The Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana for Recreational and Medical Use. Publish date: 2009. Author(s): Greg Green and S.T. Oner. Genre: Gardening. About: As the name suggests, the Cannabis Grow Bible is the definitive guide to maintaining a cannabis garden and enjoying a successful harvest. Why you should read: Great for growers who want to maximize yield and potency with fewer plants. True Living Organics: The Ultimate Guide to Growing All-Natural Marijuana Indoors. Publish date: 2012. Author(s): The Rev. Genre: Gardening. About: True Living Organics skips the basics of cannabis growing and gets straight to process of creating organic plants from a high quality medium. Why you should read: The only organics grow guide that focuses on creating an all-natural, synthetic-free, cannabis cultivation space.

[image description: An infographic with this following text… [Section 1] Educational Cannabis Research. Marihuana Reconsidered. Publish date: 1971. Author(s): Dr. Lester Grinspoon. Genre: Nonfiction. About: Covers the scientific, medical & popular literature on the effects of marijuana and its place in society. Why you should read: Responsible for launching the legalization movement. The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis. Publish date: 2010. Author(s): Julie Holland, M.D. Genre: Health, Science. About: Focuses on marijuana's physiological and psychological effects, medicinal uses, politics and culture. Why you should read: Broad spectrum of marijuana knowledge from stoner customs to scientific research. Marijuana Gateway to Health. Publish date: 2011. Author(s): Clint Werner. Genre: Nonfiction, Science. About: Through scientific studies, Werner makes a powerful case that cannabis is effective for treatment, disease prevention and overall healing and wellness. Why you should read: Dismantles years of propaganda established by the government and big pharma. Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana. Publish date: 2017. Author(s): Michael Backes. Genre: Science. About: Backes focuses on understanding the endocannabinoid system and how cannabis works with the body as a form of treatment. Why you should read: A go-to for tips on cannabis consumption to disorders the plant aids with. [Section 2] Cannabis Culture and Politics. High in America: The True Story behind NORML and the Politics of Marijuana. Publish date: 1981. Author(s): Patrick Anderson. Genre: History. About: The story of prominent cannabis activist, Keith Stroup and the founding of NORML. Why you should read: Learn about the history of the largest grassroots organization in the world dedicated to marijuana legalization. The Emperor Wears No Clothes. Publish date: 1985. Author(s): Jack Herer, Leslie Cabarga. Genre: History, Nonfiction. About: An authoritative history of hemp's myriad uses and Nixon’s War on Drugs. Why you should read: Written by the legendary cannabis activist, Jack Herer. Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational and Scientific. Publish date: 2012. Author(s): Martin Lee. Genre: History, Nonfiction. About: Trace the dramatic social history of marijuana from origins to its emergence in the 1960s as a defining force in a culture war. Why you should read: A fascinating read for anyone wondering how the illicit marijuana subculture overcame government opposition. The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness. Publish date: 2017. Author(s): Steve DeAngelo. Genre: Nonfiction. About: A call to action and a radical vision of humans' relationship with this healing but controversial plant. Why you should read: Equates to the Declaration of Independence for Cannabis. [Section 3] History of Cannabis. Marihuana: The First Twelve Thousand Years. Publish date: 1980. Author(s): Ernest Abel. Genre: History. About: An insightful and detailed investigation into historical marijuana practices across the world. Why you should read: Learn the beginnings of cannabis and its role dating back to the Stone Age. Reefer Madness: The History of Marijuana in America. Publish date: 1979. Author(s): Larry Sloman, Michael Simmons, William S. Burroughs. Genre: History, Nonfiction. About: Reefer Madness is the popular social history of marijuana use in America. Why you should read: A classic in the tales of hemp literature. Cannabis: A History. Publish date: 2005. Author(s): Martin Booth. Genre: History, Nonfiction. About: A chronicle of the process through which cannabis became outlawed throughout the Western world. Why you should read: Learn how anti-cannabis legislation has had an effect on the global economy. Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America. Publish date: 2017. Author(s): Emily Dufton. Genre: History. About: Historian Emily Dufton tells the story of marijuana's path from acceptance to demonization and back again. Why you should read: Learn about the thousands of activists who made changing marijuana laws their life's work. [Section 4] Best Reads While High. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Publish date: 1971. Author(s): Hunter S. Thompson. Genre: Fiction. About: This quintessential book of the ‘70s follows a journalist and a lawyer on assignment as their work intentions turn to drugs, alcohol and gambling in Sin City. Why you should read: A cult classic of gonzo journalism and American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever taken. The Dharma Bums. Publish date: 1958. Author(s): Jack Kerouac. Genre: Fiction, Classic. About: Two young men search for truth and zen through wine-drinking bouts, poetry jam sessions, marijuana and solitude in nature. Why you should read: Captures the quest for inner peace and call to freedom that many of us seek. The Beach. Publish date: 1996. Author(s): Alex Garland. Genre: Fiction. About: When a group of backpackers set off to find a secret beach paradise in Thailand, they stumble upon a cannabis plantation and a whole lot of weird. Why you should read: Captured the late-90s zeitgeist, angst and search for Eden. Telegraph Avenue. Publish date: 2013. Author(s): Michael Chabon. Genre: Fiction. About: This novel is a homage to life on the boulevard in Oakland, California about paternal failings, filial duty, African American vinyl and blaxploitation. Why you should read: A thought provoking read on the inevitability of change and surrendering to it. [Section 5] Cannabis and Cooking. The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook. Publish date: 2012. Author(s): Elise McDonough. Genre: Cookbook. About: A guide to cannabis-infusion and gourmet recipes that have changed the way we think about cannabis and food. Why you should read: Learn to expanded cannabis cuisine beyond “the brownie”. The Vegan Stoner Cookbook: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes to Munch. Publish date: 2013. Author(s): Sarah Conrique and Graham I. Haynes. Genre: Cookbook. About: A collection of vegan, munchie recipes so simple to make that even a stoner could prepare them. Why you should read: The perfect gateway cookbook for anyone who wants to eat fewer animal products. Bong Appétit: Master the Art of Cooking With Weed. Publish date: 2018. Author(s): Editors of MUNCHIES magazine. Genre: Cookbook. About: A sophisticated guide to cannabis-infused cooking for those interested in making serious, gourmet bites. Why you should read: Breaks down the science of infusing (oils, butters, milks, alcohol, and more) with cannabis. Edibles: Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen. Publish date: 2018. Author(s): Stephanie Hua and Coreen Carroll. Genre: Cookbook. About: This collection offers up 30 bite-sized, low-dose cannabis recipes for those with a sophisticated palate. Why you should read: Learn to satisfy your munchies with next-level cannabis cooking. [Section 6] Growing and Horticulture. Marijuana Horticulture. Publish date: 1983. Author(s): Jorge Cervantes. Genre: Gardening. About: The ultimate guide to all forms of marijuana growing including information on grow rooms, greenhouses and outdoor growing, with over 1,000 photos that illustrate the details. Why you should read: Learn how responsibly use of herbicides and pesticides to grow organic. Marijuana Grower's Handbook: The Indoor High Yield Guide. Publish date: 1998. Author(s): Ed Rosenthal. Genre: Gardening. About: A beginners guide to growing marijuana indoors, complete with tips on light, temperature, water seed selection and growing problems.. Why you should read: An essential handbook for anyone looking to get into the business of growing. The Cannabis Grow Bible: The Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana for Recreational and Medical Use. Publish date: 2009. Author(s): Greg Green and S.T. Oner. Genre: Gardening. About: As the name suggests, the Cannabis Grow Bible is the definitive guide to maintaining a cannabis garden and enjoying a successful harvest. Why you should read: Great for growers who want to maximize yield and potency with fewer plants. True Living Organics: The Ultimate Guide to Growing All-Natural Marijuana Indoors. Publish date: 2012. Author(s): The Rev. Genre: Gardening. About: True Living Organics skips the basics of cannabis growing and gets straight to process of creating organic plants from a high quality medium. Why you should read: The only organics grow guide that focuses on creating an all-natural, synthetic-free, cannabis cultivation space.

What Silent Book Club is Reading This Month: April 2019

What Silent Book Club is Reading This Month: April 2019

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