Ah, good ol’ marijuana. Weed, pot, Mary Jane, grass, herb, ganja, cannabis, bud – a simple plant that goes by many names, causes much debate, and also much happiness.
Though it’s been frowned upon by some over the years, weed has a long history of practical use. Many ancient cultures used herb as medicine to help relieve stomach pain and nausea, and to promote hunger and decrease pain. Experts continue to make strides in the medical marijuana field today, helping to fight against symptoms like vomiting caused by chemotherapy, and loss of appetite in AIDS patients. In terms of recreational use, people have been getting their high on in the Middle East and Asia since the beginning of time. The people of the U.S. joined the recreational pot bandwagon in the early 1900s, and we’ve been holding on tight ever since, with it now being legal in the states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.
The point of the history lesson is that, for most people, it’s okay to reap the benefits of weed every now and then, as long as you’re going about it responsibly.
Whether you’re using it for health reasons, to relax, or to reach a deeper understanding of the universe, we’ve got books for you. The list below is perfect for all levels of pothead: the rookies, the occasional hitters, and even the pros. They are high-ly (ahem) recommended. Be sure to check them out, and enjoy all that they have to offer.
75 Recipes for the Marley Natural Lifestyle
Cedella Marley with Raquel Pelzel
More than just a cookbook, Cooking with Herb is a lifestyle guide written by the legend Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella. Herb was used in Cedella’s household all the time when she was growing up – the smell was as common as the aroma of her mother’s homemade stew. It continues to be a part of her daily wellness routine, whether it’s in her hemp-based moisturizer or in a soothing morning tea. Every page is filled with Cedella’s wisdom on how to safely enjoy the pleasures of cannabis and achieve the natural “Marley high” in every facet of life.
A Cannabis Grower's Visual Guide to Easy Diagnosis and Organic Remedies
David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth
This book is a must-have for all growers, home or commercial, and aspiring growers. Because it is still considered illegal in many places, testing for the quality and safety of weed is not standardized. Labs that have performed tests have found that contaminants such as pesticides and heavy metals are frequently present in marijuana plants. Here’s a simple step-by-step diagnostic guide, written by botanists and plant pathologists, to help you grow the healthiest marijuana plants possible in a safe, organic way.
Coloring for High-Minded Adults
Created by Jared Hoffman
This coloring book is specifically designed for “high-minded adults” who want to channel their inner child and find their Zen. With more than forty unique illustrations from the minds of nine artists, The Stoner’s Coloring Book is a necessity for every marijuana fan looking to take their imagination and creativity to new heights. Push your worries aside, breathe deeply, and let your artistry soar.
100 Easy Vegan Recipes to Munch
Sarah Conrique and Graham I. Haynes
Vegan stoners lead a hard life. After all, have you ever heard a group of high-flying folks ask for vegan-only food when the munchies hit at midnight? Finally, vegans have a solution: this cookbook. From the creators of The Vegan Stoner blog, this collection contains vegan recipes that are both fun and easy to make – easy enough so that even a stoner mid-toke could prepare them and stay on budget too.
35 Mini Marijuana Cakes to Bake and Decorate
Chris Stone and Carol Ann
Cannabis Cupcakes is, surprisingly, the first cookbook of its kind. It’s ingenious really – cupcakes that taste good, and make you feel high as a kite. Not only will these thirty-five pot-infused cupcakes satisfy all your munchies cravings, but they’re also fun to make and decorate. They’ll be a “hit” at the next party you go to, and so will you.
Securely and Legally
If you’re looking to start growing weed at home, you need to pick up a copy of this beginner’s guide. Filled with helpful instructions and step-by-step illustrations, this guide contains straightforward advice for designing both indoor and outdoor marijuana gardens. It’ll help to clear up confusion when choosing and obtaining seed varieties, buying the right equipment, and setting up your grow room. Growing Medical Marijuana even contains recipes and dosage instructions to provide a delicious alternative to smoking your healing herb – what more could you want?
A Pot Enthusiast's Guide to Growing Marijuana
Seed to Weed is a complete guide to weed that covers all the need-to-know bases: hardware, lighting, hydroponics, organics, cloning, pests and diseases, harvesting, curing, and more. This book strays away from the usual seriousness of informative books with its humorous tone, and is far from intimidating with easy-to-follow step-by-step sequences. Seed to Weed will have readers growing great ganja in no time.
75 Delicious Cannabis-Infused High-End Desserts
Got a sweet tooth, and a love for high-end dessert? If so, this beautifully photographed, gourmet marijuana baking book is just right for you. Called the “Martha Stewart of weed baking” by New York magazine, this cookbook is all about using wholesome ingredients to create delectable desserts. Brought to you by Karin Lazarus, owner of Sweet Mary Jane bakery in Boulder, Colorado, this book features seventy-five infused recipes from Colorado’s most beloved bakery – recipes that can be made with or without the infusion of marijuana.
Combining the Science of Medical Marijuana with Mindfulness Techniques To Heal 100 Chronic Symptoms and Diseases
Often in modern medicine, the usefulness of marijuana is overlooked in the treatment of illness. This informative book sheds light on alternative medicine methods and looks at cannabis as a valid healthcare option. Written by a former paramedic with a PhD in alternative healthcare, this reference book is no joke. It combines evidence-based insights from more than 1,000 studies to make the case for the powerful healing effects of medical marijuana on 100-plus chronic symptoms and diseases. If you or a loved one is suffering from a debilitating disease, this book might be a game-changer for managing symptoms and healing the body naturally.
A Patient's Guide to Medicinal Cannabis--Healing without the High
Leonard Leinow and Juliana Birnbaum
CBD (cannabidiol) is a component of cannabis that has been shown to provide relief for conditions such as seizures, pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, arthritis, and a number of other issues. This book features several types of medication derived from CBD-rich cannabis, such as oil infusions, alcohol-based tinctures, capsules, and CO2 concentrated extracts. Additionally, the authors of this guide discuss the future of medical marijuana, and how it’ll help to change the lives of patients worldwide.