Whether you are embarking on a new annual reading challenge at Goodreads, creating your own book bucket list for 2017 or you just want to learn more about cannabis, there is a plethora of books published about pot to choose from. While this list is by no means exhaustive, it’s a good starting point to get you better acquainted with cannabis this year through your reading habits.
The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis by Julie Holland, MD
When you just want to devour all of the news there is to know about cannabis, the drug’s history and the politics behind it, Holland’s book is a great place to start. It is jam packed with facts, figures, historical data and scientific research. Best of all, the book is pretty current, giving you a more accurate account of the history of cannabis than many outdated books.
A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition by Alyson Martin
Martin’s book is a contemporary one, written in 2014, and it’s fantastic for those who want to push for pot legalization wherever they live. Martin refers to the illegality of pot as prohibition, which is a much more accurate term than most media outlets give it, and she provides a deep look at locations that have dismantled prohibition in their areas, how it’s affected the War on Drugs overall and how each location managed to push for pot to become legal. Activists around the country are already crying for constant vigilance, forward thinking and work to keep or obtain rights and marijuana is no exception. Martin has some great insights that will help people on the ground work towards legalization.
Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know by Jonathan Caulkins, Angela Hawken, Beau Kilmer, & Mark Kleiman
Although a bit more dated than Martin’s book, 2012’s Marijuana Legalization takes it a step further, offering 150 most commonly asked questions about pot and their answers. It gives people a handy guide to share with naysayers as well as a single place to find all of the data and answers to questions like, “Would legalization increase marijuana use and dependence?”
The Hasheesh Eater: Being passages from the Life of a Pythagorean by Fitz Hugh Ludlow
A book written in 1857 may sound like a stuffy tome worthy of doorstop status alone, but Ludlow’s text is one of the most lauded books about weed to date. It’s been through many reprints and discusses the author’s autobiographical accounts of experimenting with Tilden’s Extract in New York. The best thing about its age is that you can also read it online for free.
Some readers particularly enjoy the vivid, detailed accounts of the visions that Ludlow writes about after taking the extract, and many cite the book for the popularity of the “hasheesh candies” sold in New York following publication.
Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible by Jorge Cervantes
Whether your state just made it legal to grow pot, you are a grower looking for tips or you are just interested in how pot is grown, Cervantes’ book is your best bet. Not only is it packed with over 500 pages of tips and growing information, making it one of the most complete books about cannabis cultivation ever written, but it also features over 1,000 photos and illustrations, which helps growers so much.