Lit Literature: 10 Essential Books on the Evolution of Cannabis Culture

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Lit Literature: The 10 Best Cannabis Books

Spend a little time reading about pot culture and you’ll discover that there’s so much more to it than slacker-stoners with the munchies. Whether you’re new to cannabis or an experienced toker, here are 10 of the best cannabis books out there to give you a broader understanding of how pot culture has evolved.

Our 10 Best Cannabis Books

1. The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer

One of the best cannabis books happens to be available online for free, per the late Herer’s wishes, a freedom of access that embodies the communal spirit of pot culture. The Emperor Wears No Clothes covers the social and political history of why marijuana is still a taboo substance in America.

2. The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook by Elise McDonough

Modern cannabis food culture has evolved way past the quintessential pan of special brownies. The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook is a solid collection of recipes to keep your adventures with cannabutter tasty and interesting.

3. Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley by Timothy White

Catch a Fire is one of the best cannabis books out there, giving life to the musician who became a pot culture icon.

4. The Road to Woodstock by Michael Lang

Written by one of the organizers of the legendary Woodstock, The Road to Woodstock gives readers a behind-the-scenes account of the festival that embodied how pot subculture began to infiltrate pop culture.

5. The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers by Gilbert Shelton

The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers predates Cheech and Chong. This satirical and political underground comic follows three stoner “freaks” through their doped up days.

6. Rolling Words by Snoop Dogg

Count yourself a lucky pot culture collector if you can get your hands on Rolling Words, a limited edition book of Snoop’s lyrics — printed with non-toxic ink on rolling papers, with a spine you can strike a match on. Originally released in 2012, it was re-released at last year’s Coachella.

7. So Many Roads by David Browne

So Many Roads pays homage to the past and present influence of The Grateful Dead on pot culture as a stoner subculture of community and good times.

8. Marijuana: A Short History by John Hudak

Marijuana: A Short History, compactly covers everything a cannabis aficionado should know about the social and cultural history of marijuana, helping to give context to why pot culture is the way it is.

9. How to Smoke Pot (Properly) by David Bienenstock

Written by a former reporter for High Times, How to Smoke Pot (Properly) is much more than just a guidebook for how to roll the ultimate joint. Bienenstock explains to Vanity Fair his fascination with pot and sums up what you’ll learn about in his book: “[Marijuana] as a subject is so fascinating, not just because I love to smoke weed — which, spoiler alert, I do — but because it intersects with all these other subjects that I also find fascinating, like botany, chemistry, medicine, criminal justice, politics, creativity: everything that’s covered in the book and more.”

10. Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women by Cheri Sicard

Mary Jane is a feminine complement to pop pot culture that can sometimes seem unapproachable masculine. Even though it focuses on the qualities of weed that can be uniquely beneficial for women, it’s one of the best pot reads out there for anyone.

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