Looking to learn more about cannabis? Take your research offline and enjoy get comfortable in your local library or bookstore. Add these five cannabis books to your shelf and learn more about the history, uses and potential future about your favorite herb.

Cannabis: A History

This comprehensive book details the history of cannabis from a medical, social and cultural standpoint. Author Martin Booth examines cannabis through a medical and religious lens while bringing readers up to speed on the process by which cannabis was criminalized. Cannabis explores the economic impacts of outlawing cannabis and offers a look into the glocal cannabis economy and a hope for what the future may look like if cannabis is further decriminalized.

The Cannabible

Dedicated author Jason King spent four years researching strains of cannabis from across the world. This referential text includes detailed information on more than 1,500 strains of cannabis from North America to Europe and includes a compendium of film photographs taken by the author himself. Learn about popular cannabis strains and which varieties are best suited for creativity, relaxing, pain relief, and much more.  

It’s Just a Plant

This unique book children’s book can help adults tackle the topic of cannabis with kids. Meant to be read out loud, this book features illustrations by bestselling author, Ricardo Cortés, best known for his humorous bedtime book Go the Fuck to Sleep. The story follows a young girl as she learns about cannabis with the help of a diverse and informative cast of characters, including a doctor, farmer and police officer. The book has been translated into 13 languages and is currently in its 4th edition.

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

This witty, beautifully designed book offers a brief history on cannabis as well as practical tips for getting high with “expert” advice from well-known stoners and cannabis advocates.  Written by VICE weed columnist and former High Times editor David Bienenstock, this foundational book offers a perfect blend of information and pop cultural narrative. For the casual stoner or the cannabis newbie, this book offers insight on how to get the most out of your next smoking session.

The Cannabis Grow Bible

This starter book for the home grower offers an overview of cannabis cultivation as well as practical tips for starting your own indoor or outdoor garden. Enjoy full-color illustrations as well as the “Secret of Green,” a method which promises to produce higher-yielding plants. Author Greg Green gives advice on how to select the best plants, how to avoid common cannabis pests, how to deal with peeping neighbors and how to dive into hydroponics.

Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America

This forward-looking book by Leafly’s Deputy Editor, Bruce Barcott, offers insight on current cannabis laws and speculation on how they could change in the future. From fun hypotheticals about the etiquette of smoking to more practical matter like how zoning laws may discourage cannabusinesses, Weed the People is a comprehensive look at the changing future of cannabis legislation.

Posted by:Veronica An

Veronica enjoys good food, good company, and good music. She pens poems, short stories, op-ed articles, and non-fiction pieces. Her favorite place to write is under the California sunshine.

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