Cannabis Book Club: The Best Books About Weed

By Liam Noonan - 10/31/22

Not all stoners are couched locked zombies glued to the TV or playing video games. The truth is, many people find reading while smoking cannabis a deeply rewarding experience. As long as you can focus enough, your heightened curiousity can make you that much more interested in the subject matter. Find the right strain, light up, and enjoy one of the titles on our list of the best books about weed.

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1. The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness

By: Steve DeAngelo

photo of the cannabis manifesto book

The Cannabis Manifesto is both a call to action and a radical vision of humans’ relationship with this healing but controversial plant. Steve DeAngelo, the founder of Harborside Health Center, the world’s largest medical-cannabis dispensary, presents a compelling case for cannabis as a wellness catalyst that must be legalized. His view that there is no such thing as recreational cannabis use challenges readers to rethink everything they thought they knew about marijuana.

Topics: Health & Wellness 

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

By: David Bienenstock

In How to Smoke Pot (Properly), VICE weed columnist and former High Times editor David Bienenstock charts the course for this bold, new, post-prohibition world. With plenty of stops along the way for “pro tips” from friends in high places, including cannabis celebrities and thought leaders of the marijuana movement, readers will learn everything from the basics of blazing, to how Mary Jane makes humans more creative and collaborative, nurtures empathy, catalyzes epiphanies, enhances life’s pleasures, promotes meaningful social bonds, and offers a far safer alternative to both alcohol and many pharmaceutical drugs.

Topics: How to Smoke, Cannabis Culture, and Pro Tips

3. Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution

By: Doug Fine

photo of a book about the future of hemp

In Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution, bestselling author Doug Fine embarks on a humorous yet rigorous journey to meet the men and women who are testing, researching, and pioneering hemp’s applications for the twenty-first century. 

Topics: Hemp and the New Agricultural Revolution

4. Bong Appétit: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Weed

By: The Editors of MUNCHIES

photo of the cover of a weed cooking book

Inspired by the popular MUNCHIES and Viceland television series, Bong Appétit is the Joy of Cooking for a new generation interested in making serious, sophisticated food–with weed. Bong Appétit breaks down the science of infusing (oils, butters, milks, alcohol, and more) with cannabis, and offers recipes ranging from weed butter-basted chicken to weed chimichurri to weed brownie sundaes. Along the way, the book hits on marijuana politics, dosage, and pairing strains and flavors, and has tips from MUNCHIES vast network of friends and experts, including “Bong Appétit” stars Ry Prichard and Vanessa Lavorato.

Topics: Food and Cooking

5. Growing Marijuana, A QuickStart Indoor And Outdoor Grower’s Guide For Medical And Personal Marijuana

By: G. Keller & R. Moore

 
photo of the cover of the book growing marijuana

Marijuana has faced prohibition in countries throughout the world, especially the United States. It has been criminalized many times, but we are finally taking all the necessary steps toward legalization. It is legalized for medical use in more than half of the states in the U.S., with some of them allowing you to grow your own for medical use. There are even a handful states where it is legal to grow and smoke recreationally.

The recent leniency and change in public attitude when it comes to marijuana use has made it quite the popular choice, especially for people wanting to test out their ‘green’ thumb. This book is going to teach you how to do just that!

Topics: Home Grow and gardening

6. Clinical Applications for Cannabis & Cannabinoids: A Review of the Recent Scientific Literature

By: Paul Armentano

photo of the cover of a book about cannabinoids

For patients and their physicians, let this report serve as a primer for those who are considering using or recommending medical cannabis. For others, let this report serve as an introduction to the broad range of therapeutic applications for cannabis and its various compounds.

Topics: Health & Wellness, Research, and Cannabinoids

 

7. Edibles: Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen 

By: Stephanie Hua

 
photo of the cover of a cannabis cookbook

Bring a new herb into your kitchen with this tasty unique collection of recipes for bite-sized, low-dose sweet and savory cannabis edibles. This cookbook ventures boldly beyond pot brownies with delicious and unique baked confections as well as innovative savory treats. 

Designed for bakers and cooks of all skill levels, Edibles: Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen includes simple recipes like spiced superfood truffles and roasted beet hummus, alongside more advanced recipes like artisanal marshmallows and Gruyére & green garlic gougéres—all brought to life with vibrant photography.

Topics: Cooking & Baking

 

8. Cannabis Revealed: How the world’s most misunderstood plant is healing everything from chronic pain to epilepsy

By: Bonnie Goldstein, M.D.

 

Bring a new herb into your kitchen with this tasty unique collection of recipes for bite-sized, low-dose sweet and savory cannabis edibles. This cookbook ventures boldly beyond pot brownies with delicious and unique baked confections as well as innovative savory treats. 

Designed for bakers and cooks of all skill levels, Edibles: Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen includes simple recipes like spiced superfood truffles and roasted beet hummus, alongside more advanced recipes like artisanal marshmallows and Gruyére & green garlic gougéres—all brought to life with vibrant photography.

Topics: Cooking & Baking

9. Big Weed: An Entrepreneur’s High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business

By: Christian Hageseth

photo of the cover of a book called big weed

Legal marijuana is the hottest story in the US today. In the United States, 25 states and the District of Columbia have authorized sales in some form; Denver has more legal marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks franchises. We are witnessing the dawn of a new industry. And like the early days of gourmet coffee chains, the rules and players are being established on the fly. Christian Hageseth is the face of the revolution–an entrepreneur and father of three who worked in the white-collar professional world for 20 years before opening his first dispensary.

 The founder and chairman of Green Man Cannabis, the fastest-growing marijuana company in the country, he’s the perfect tour guide through the wild frontier, where police hardly know what laws to enforce, or parents what to tell their kids. He paints a colorful picture not only of how he got into the business, but of the big interests that are eager to do the same–namely Big Tobacco, Big Agra, and Big Pharma.

Topics: Business of Cannabis

10. Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking With Cannabis

By: Laurie Wolfe & Melissa Parks

photo of the cover of the herb weed cooking book

Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis offers over 200 pages of gorgeously illustrated recipes that elevate the art and science of cooking with cannabis. Chefs Melissa Parks and Laurie Wolf have developed recipes that specifically complement and downplay the taste of the herb so that each appetizer, entrée, and dessert will be enjoyed to the fullest. No special culinary equipment is needed; home cooks can simply prepare an “extraction”―an infusion of cannabis into a medium such as oil or butter―then proceed as normal with the recipe.

Topics: Cooking & Baking

11. Weed the People: The Future of Legal Weed in America

By: Scott Barcott

cover of the red weed the people book cover

The legalization of marijuana is the next great reversal of history. Perhaps the most demonized substance in America, scientifically known as Cannabis sativa, simply a very fast growing herb, thrived underground as the nation’s most popular illegal drug. Now the tide has shifted: In 1996 California passed the nation’s first medical marijuana law, which allowed patients to grow it and use it with a doctor’s permission. By 2010, twenty states and the District of Columbia had adopted medical pot laws. In 2012 Colorado and Washington state passed ballot measures legalizing marijuana for adults age 21 and older. 

Topics: Business & Industry

12. Cannabis Drinks: Secrets to Crafting CBD and THC Beverages at Home

By: Jamie Evans

Maybe you’re curious about CBD or perhaps you’ve tried a store-bought sparkling cannabis drink already. Either way, you’re here because you’re ready to learn the ins and outs of making deliciously infused drinkables. This guide, written by Jamie Evans (author of The Ultimate Guide to CBD), will serve as the go-to resource for anyone interested in incorporating phytocannabinoids into a variety of recipes.

Topics: Food & Drink

Did We Miss a Book? 

Know of or own a book that you think should be on this list? Feel free to reach out to us at info@stonedroot.com to send us more information. You can also check out more cannabis related posts on the Stoned Journal Blog

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