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Lively up your shelf: Books to pair with cannabis

“Cannabis reading” can mean several things: Books about cannabis, its history and its future, the politics of marijuana and drug enforcement, and books that will be fun to read while you’re high. Here are a few of each:

Fiction to Read While Stoned (or Not)

  • Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me by Richard Fariña
  • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junoz Diaz
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Budding Prospects: A Pastoral by T. C. Boyle
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  • Pale Fire by Vladmir Nabokov
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
  • Anything by Dr. Seuss

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Non-Fiction Cannabis Resources & Political Information

  • Weed the People by Bruce Barcott (Time)
  • How to Smoke Pot (Properly) by David Bienenstock and Graham Halstead (Plume)
  • The Pot Book: The Complete Guide to Cannabis edited by Julie Holland MD (Park Street Press)
  • Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible by Jorge Cervantes (Van Patten Publishing)
  • The Emperor Wears No Clothes by the one and only Jack Herer (AH HA Publishing)
  • The Little Black Book of Marijuana by Steve Elliot (Peter Pauper Press)
  • The Cannabis Health Index: Combining the Science of Medical Marijuana with Mindfulness Techniques to Heal 100 Chronic Symptoms and Diseases by Uwe Blesching (North Atlantic Books)

Just Yummy

  • You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson & Jessica Williams (Plume)
  • Sweet Mary: 75 Infused Cannabis-Infused High-End Desserts by Jane Karin Lazarus (Avery)
  • The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook: More than 50 Irresistible Recipes that Will Get You High by Elise McDonough & The Editors of High Times (Chronicle Books)
  • Ganja Yoga: A Practical Guide to Conscious Relaxation, Soothing Pain Relief,  and Enlightened Self-Discovery by Dee Dussault and Georgia Bardi (HarperOne)

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