The Must Read Cannabis Book List

If you’ve made it this far, you, much like me, are probably a bit of a bookworm and most definitely a friend of Mary Jane. No judgement here. This is a safe place….a safe place for bookworms of every kind, but most especially the cannabis curious kind! In fact, you are about to be gifted with a comprehensive list of cannabis reading that will change your life forever! Ready to take those book smarts to the next level? Let’s get started!

The Emperor Wears No Clothes: Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy

by Jack Herer

Herer gives us an authoritative history of hemp that is eye opening and informative. It covers everything from the potential uses of hemp to its economic/ environmental impact to forces working to suppress the truth about cannabis .  The biggest asset this book offers is accuracy- poignant accuracy backed up with indisputable sources and facts. In fact, Herer is so confident in the facts he presents here, that he has issued a $100,000 reward to anyone who successfully proves him wrong.

The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness

by Steve DeAngelo

Steve DeAngelo, Author of Cannabis Book, The Cannabis Manifesto DeAngelo, founder of the world’s largest medical-marijuana dispensary, has written a beautiful call to action that advocates the use of cannabis as a catalyst to wellness. This book presents extensive research about the effects of marijuana biologically, mentally, and even spiritually on human beings in addition to calling for reform to national policy. If you’re looking for a book built to inspire discussion, this is the one to read.

The Cannabis Grow Bible: The Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana for Recreational and Medical Use

by Greg Green

The Cannabis Grow Bible provides practical, day-to-day advice to help you maintain a high-yield garden that provides maximum yield and potency. Green provides a thorough overview of the botany of marijuana and the full color illustrations complete this comprehensive guide to growing your very best cannabis crop.

Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana

by Michael Backes

Backes provides a clear, easy-to-use guide for medical marijuana that even the most inexperienced layperson can follow. Backes covers the history of medical cannabis in addition to reviewing needs for 29 known illnesses that doctors recommend medical marijuana to treat. This handy guide even explores identification and medical uses for 27 cannabis varieties.

The Little Black Book of Marijuana: The Essential Guide to the World of Cannabis

by Steve Elliott

This book offers a concise view into cannabis culture and history, cultivating and cooking with pot, medicinal uses for marijuana, and understanding the legal issues surrounding cannabis. This handy guide includes many full color photos to help illustrate the beauty of cannabis as well!

The Medical Marijuana Dispensary: Understanding, Medicating, and Cooking with Cannabis

by Laurie and Mary Wolf

This is the perfect primer for new medical marijuana patients. Not only does it offer a great overview of cannabis history and a wide range of easy-to-make edible recipes, but it’s packed with resources, such as an extensive glossary, medical cannabis guidelines, patient testimonials, and even tips for growing your own medical marijuana at home.

How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High

by David Bienenstock

Bienenstock, a VICE weed columnist and former High Times editor, presents us with a unique guide for navigating cannabis in a post-prohibition world. Loaded with “pro tips” from leaders in the marijuana movement and intriguing commentary about the cultural and social impacts of legal use, this book provides the reader with a lot to think about.

Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific

by Martin A. Lee

Described as the great American pot story, Smoke Signals explores cannabis as a political, legal, medical, and scientific force to be reckoned with. Lee is an award-winning investigative journalist who is not afraid to dig into the ambiguities and create a panoramic view of this rich, amazing plant.

The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis, Its Role in Medicine, Politics, Science, and Culture

by Julie Holland M.D.

TJulie Holland, Author of The Pot Book his book provides a powerhouse of leading experts speaking out about marijuana, with contributions from Andrew Weil, Michael Pollan, Lester Grinspoon, Allen St. Pierre, and Tommy Chong. The Pot Book does not shy away from diving head first into the role of cannabis in all aspects of society and presents a compendium of research on the subject.

Marijuana Smoker’s Guidebook: The Easy Way to Identify and Enjoy Marijuana Strains

by Matt Mernagh

Mernagh features 180 different commercially available strains from around the globe in this easy to use guidebook. While many strain guides feature rare and complex strains or are designed with professional breeders and connoisseurs in mind, this guide is written for the everyday smoker, featuring the most popular strains and designed to help a layperson identify the strain they are consuming.

High Times Presents Paul Krassner’s Pot Stories for the Soul

by Paul Krassner, Harlan Ellison

This one is just for fun and probably best consumed whilst high for maximum entertainment. It features a collection of stories from a myriad of stoners that are totally trippy and uncannily funny. Each story provides its own piece of the puzzle- bizarre, informational, shocking, humorous, and real. They all come together for a weird and wonderful look into the stoner subculture.

Cannabis: A History

by Martin Booth

This all encompassing book spans everything from medical advances and political chaos to spiritual enlightenment and a failing approach to criminal justice. Booth doesn’t back down from a debate and comes armed with a plethora of facts. If you are looking for an engaging and thought provoking examination of the modern day cannabis landscape, this is a must read.

Amber Faust

About the author: Amber Faust is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in natural lifestyle pieces and sociopolitical commentary. Amber is a lifelong activist for social justice and environmental issues. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, painting, drumming, meditation, and yoga.