Lit Literature: Seven cannabis books you need on your bookshelf right now

We’re living in a Golden Age of information about cannabis, and one of the best ways to expand your knowledge on this singular plant is making a trip to your local library — or a visit to Amazon for those of you in more conservative parts of the country and world.

Whether you enjoy cooking with cannabis or learning about the legal and historical side of the industry — or perhaps you’re interested in cultivating your own plants or you’re a novice and just want someplace to start these seven books are great reads for any cannabis enthusiast.

Brave New Weed

Author: Joe Dolce

Publisher: Harper Wave

If you’re going to read any book off of this list, this should be the one. Dolce brings an informative, entertaining and thought-provoking look at cannabis and the differences between stoners and cannabists. If you are a parent or guardian who wants to have honest and informed conversations about cannabis with your children, this will act as a helpful place to start. Dolce is an advocate for well-researched approaches to cannabis and it shows.

The Cannabis Health Index: Combining the Science of Medical Marijuana with Mindfulness Techniques To Heal 100 Chronic Symptoms and Diseases

Author: Dr. Uwe Blesching

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

The CHI is among the most highly recommended books for anyone interested in cannabis and a healthy mind-body connection. Although this book may act and look like a textbook, it will certainly give you a thorough understanding of the plant. Dr. Blesching highlights the healing methods of traditional cultures where mindfulness, gratitude and guidance play a role in the overall healing process of chronic disease. Even if you don’t suffer from a chronic disease, Dr. Blesching writes an easy and digestible take on helpful and practical uses of medical cannabis, as well as other complementary healing remedies that address the root of illnesses.

The 420 Gourmet

Author: Jeff The 420 Chef

Publisher: Harper Wave

If you’ve always been curious about making edibles — but maybe you’ve been too afraid or nervous to really dig into that first cannabutter recipe — this is a great cookbook for you. Whether you’re a novice, an enthusiast or a professional, you’ll find a fun-loving approach to understanding dosage, effects and recreational benefits in Jeff The 420 Chef’s love letter to the plant. Now, get baking!

The Cannabis Spa at Home: How to Make Marijuana-Infused Lotions, Massage Oils, Ointments, Bath Salts, Spa Nosh and More

Author: Sandra Hinchliffe

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing

Some people find relief and comfort in cannabis through edibles, vaporizing or smoking, but those methods of ingestion are only the beginning of the benefits cannabis can bring to your life. Author Sandra Hinchliffe provides more than 75 cannabis spa recipes here with no preservatives or major allergens. You’ll learn the basics, and by the end of the book you’ll be making your own topical creations that suit your personal needs.

Cannabis: A History

Author: Martin Booth

Publisher: Picador

If you consider yourself a history buff, Cannabis: A History should be high on your list. Writer Martin Booth details the historical and religious context of the plant’s tumultuous past as well as medicinal uses dating back thousands of years. You’ll learn all about how cannabis was used as a tool of institutional racism, going back as far as the British Colonies. Whatever your opinion is about the plant, this read will provide a comprehensive look at how cannabis affects the economy and legislation around the world.

Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution

Author: Doug Fine

Publisher: Penguin

If you’re interested in exploring the ins and outs of cannabis entrepreneurship, understanding the current cannabis economy is essential. Writer Doug Fine follows one plant from seed-to-sale in a fully-legalized cannabis system as he examines the complexity of cannabis farming regulations. Fine profiles a range of issues that current lawmakers and citizens are having to address, including how the War on Drugs is stifling some serious economic potential.

Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America

Author: Bruce Barcott

Publisher: Time

Journalist Bruce Barcott takes his readers on a journey to the future, asking new questions for our social communities as they learn to coexist with legal cannabis. Is it O.K. to bring cannabis to your next Super Bowl party? What is the new social etiquette surrounding the legal cannabis culture? And the inevitable conversations between parents and children, getting to the heart of what this cannabis experiment actually means, also provide a compelling perspective.


Author: Rachel Lipkin

Rachel LipkinRachel grew up in New Jersey where she completed her Masters in library and information sciences. A few years later she moved to California and discovered the joys and healing powers of cannabis. She now spends her time educating herself about the industry. She also enjoys baking and sharing her experiences on her website.

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