What’s one habit ultra-successful people have in common? They read. A lot. Now, the cannabis community wants to step up our game.
From must-reads to the history of cannabis to resources for budding entrepreneurs, here are the top books necessary to become the next cannabis connoisseur.
Cannabis Themed Books
The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer
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The Emperor Wears No Clothes is a cannabis classic. Jack Herer first published it in 1985. Throughout the book, Herer exposes the history of cannabis along with the lies surrounding it. He even goes on to show the numerous uses of cannabis and hemp as a world-saving natural resource, tearing down stereotypes.
The Emperor Wears No Clothes remains one of the most accurate and informative cannabis books to date. Before publishing, Herer spent years collecting and compiling data.
The Little Black Book of Marijuana by Steve Elliot
Get the inside scoop on one of the world’s most controversial plants. The Little Black Book of Marijuana details everything you have ever wanted to know about cannabis and then some. In addition, this concise guide to cannabis covers pot culture and history, from Herodotus to the hippies and beyond.
Furthermore, This handy guide is a quick but detailed breakdown of all things Mary Jane. Expect cannabis culture, history, recipes, medicinal applications, and more. Learn about cannabis history and the issues around its legalization.
Smoke Signals by Martin A. Lee
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An Award-winning investigative journalist examines this complex American story. Above all, see how legal ambiguity meets scientific breakthrough in a panoramic, character-driven book.
This is the great American cannabis story, a dramatic social exploration of a plant that sits at the forefront of political, legal, medical, and scientific discourse. From its ancient origins to its cutting-edge therapeutic benefits, to its role in a culture war and a dynamic, multibillion-dollar industry.
Non-Cannabis Themed Books
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Not only should everyone who loves weed have a copy of this epic trilogy, but every human on Earth should own it. The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring
In ancient times, the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages, it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.
You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
A hilarious and affecting essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from celebrated stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster Phoebe Robinson. Using her trademark wit alongside pop-culture references galore, Robinson explores everything from why Lisa Bonet is “Queen. Bae. Jesus,” to breaking down the terrible nature of casting calls.
Also, this is as personal as it is political, You Can’t Touch My Hair examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart, announcing Robinson as a writer on the rise.
The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo
Split into micro-chapters for each day of the year, The Book of Awakening is a calm and meditative journey inside yourself. Yes, it’s super New Age-y. This spiritual daybook is perfect to reclaim aliveness, liberate the self, take each day one at a time, and savor the beauty offered by life’s unfolding.
As a result, It’s best for reading when you’re ready to unwind or go to bed, paired with a hit of Northern Lights, to melt away the harshness of the day and experience sublime relaxation. In addition, each entry is accompanied by an exercise that will surprise and delight the reader in its mind-waking ability.