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Book List: 10 Cannabis Reads to Enjoy While Social Distancing

  • by Alfonso Colasuonno

Since its emergence in Wuhan, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc across the globe. 

China was brought to a standstill. Italy and Iran are in the midst of mass outbreaks. Cases in Spain, Germany, and France are soaring. Within the U.S., confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in all fifty states.

Vulnerable populations are at severe risk of death. Large gatherings have been banned. Hospitals and nursing homes are not admitting visitors. Only essential personnel are reporting to physical work locations.

Unfortunately, this is the new normal. 

To flatten COVID-19's curve, public health experts recommend we all practice social distancing. 

Hopefully, you and your loved ones will not contract coronavirus, and boredom will be among the biggest challenges you'll have to face during this pandemic.

With engaging in outdoor activities an extremely ill-advised idea, now is a perfect time to catch up on your reading. We've compiled a list of ten of our favorite cannabis-related books if you need some respite from the current dystopic conditions.

10 Enjoyable Cannabis-Related Books

 How to smoke pot

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

Hilarious and informative read on the history of cannabis’ transformation from “demon weed” to its currently rapid mainstreaming within American society.

The Savage

The Savage Detectives by Robert Bolaño

An assortment of avant-garde poets/wanderers travel across Mexico in a ‘75 Impala and fund Lee Harvey Oswald, their literary magazine, by selling cannabis to students and fellow artists.


Growgirl: The Blossoming of an Unlikely Outlaw by Heather Donahue

The captivating story of how the star of The Blair Witch Project left the glitz of Hollywood behind to begin her new life as a grower in the pioneering years after California legalized medicinal cannabis.

Chronic City

Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem

Chase Insteadman, an ex-child actor engaged to an astronaut suffering from cancer, has his world upturned after a chance meeting with Perkus Tooth, a former Rolling Stone reporter with a penchant for top-shelf cannabis, and Oona Laszlo, a sarcastic ghostwriter.

Higher Etiquette

Higher Etiquette: A Guide to the World of Cannabis, from Dispensaries to Dinner Parties by Lizzie Post

What better person to teach you how to be a respectful, thoughtful, and responsible consumer of cannabis than the great-great granddaughter of renowned etiquette expert Emily Post?

Budding Prospects

Budding Prospects: A Pastoral by T.C. Boyle

Felix Nasmyth and his buddies are set to earn 500,000 tax-free dollars in exchange for harvesting just a single crop of Cannabis sativa; however, their path to riches backfires amidst a series of unforeseen errors in this novel by award-winning author T.C. Boyle.

Marijuana Logues

The Marijuana-logues: Everything About Pot That We Could Remember by Doug Benson, Arj Barker, & Tony Camin

If you haven’t caught The Marijuana-Logues live, then reading this hilarious book of off-color cannabis humor is the next best thing.

Heads you lose

Heads You Lose by Lisa Lutz & David Hayward

Find out what happens when two siblings who run a clandestine cannabis operation discover a corpse on their property in this razor-sharp cowritten murder mystery novel.

King Suckerman

King Suckerman: A Novel by George Pelecanos

When a low-level cannabis dealer and his aimless friend find a bag filled with cash from a drug deal gone awry, they become targeted by an assortment of unsavory characters in this ode to 1970s blaxploitation flicks.

The Little Book of Marijuana

The Little Book of Marijuana: Mind-Blowing Facts, History, Trivia, and Recipes by Spruce

Complete with recipes, history, facts, and trivia, this light-hearted book has a little something for everyone who enjoys cannabis.

Have you resolved to make a firmer commitment to your health after the coronavirus pandemic is contained? Then check out our recommendations for the best books on cannabis and wellness.

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