The world of cannabis books is actually pretty expansive – from the counterculture fiction of the ’60s to the medicinal guides of today, those looking for a little cannabis among their pages should have no problem finding it. Check out just a few of our favorite cannabis books below!
Hemp: Lifeline to the Future: The Unexpected Answer for Our Environmental and Economic Recovery by Chris Conrad
If you’re in the medical cannabis world in any way, shape, or form, you’ve probably benefited from Chris Conrad’s tireless cannabis activism. Among other things, Conrad coordinated signature gathering for the Proposition 215 volunteer effort. Prop 215, of course, is the one that legalized the medical use of cannabis, thereby making California the first state to do so!
Hemp: Lifeline to the Future is an easy-to-read, comprehensive tome on the use, history, and politics of cannabis, detailing the industrial uses of cannabis hemp to medical uses of flowers and everything in between.
Chris Conrad fans, by the way, should be aware that he will be at a rally for Prop 64 at Medithrive, during which he will be signing copies of his latest book, as well: The Newbies Guide to Cannabis and the Industry, co-written with Jeremy Daw!
Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana by Michael Backes
The #1 Best Seller in Pain Medicine Pharmacology on Amazon promises to be a highly informative choice among cannabis books. Author Michael Backes is a respected expert in the field, and this book explores not only how cannabis works with the body’s own endocannabinoid system, but also 27 of the most popular strains, including differences between them and the medical conditions that patients have reported that they treat most effectively.
The Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine by Jessica Catalano
Medithrive carries a full line of edibles – everything from granola to white cheddar popcorn – but it’s only natural for patients with culinary leanings to be curious about how to make their own edibles. Author Jessica Catalano puts her own spin on cannabis cuisine by pairing each recipe with a flavor-complementing strain. Among cannabis books, this one will not only teach you about how to enhance flavors and effects with the right pairings, but also 11 unique methods of extraction!
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Of course, some of the most well-known cannabis books come out of the ’60s, depicting the freewheeling atmosphere of the growing counterculture. Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is one such nonfiction book, detailing the experience of author and countercultural figure Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters as they traveled across America in a brightly painted school bus they called “Further.” Kesey and the Pranksters gained infamy for their use of LSD, though you can be sure that cannabis was always around! In fact, the group absconded to Mexico to run from marijuana possession charges. Along the way, an impressive cast of cultural characters pop up as well, including the Hells Angels and the Grateful Dead – making for an exciting read indeed!
Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me by Richard Fariña
Cult classics are huge within the world of cannabis books, and this novel by folk singer Richard Fariña is an excellent one. First published in 1966, the book is a work of fiction, but it’s largely based on Fariña’s college experiences and travels. From the American West to Cuba during the Cuban Revolution to New York, the book follows protagonist Gnossos Pappadopoulis on many adventures as he smokes cannabis at frat parties, chases young women, and rejects authority figures every step of the way.
Whether educational or entertaining, cannabis books have plenty to offer curious readers. If you’ve been looking for something new to read about a subject you love, now you have a few ideas. Sit back with your favorite strain and enjoy the reading ride!