Our Fav Ganja Books


What does a nerdy stoner like more than Netflix documentaries? Books, no doubt! We’re seeing a major influx of marijuana-related reading lately and it’s got us making good use of that Amazon Prime membership. Here are seven of our favorite books about everything from growing marijuana, to treating medical conditions with cannabis, to starting a business in the industry. Some are considered essential reading by cannabis lifers, and the rest are new, fresh, and full of information for the modern enthusiast.


1. The Cannabis Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to Cultivation & Consumption of Medical Marijuana

The top-rated book on Amazon is also one of the mightiest. Author, Jorge Cervantes, has amassed so much knowledge about growing and using cannabis that he’s compared to the wine industry’s own Robert Parker.


2. The Emperor Wears No Clothes: Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy

Recognize the name, Jack Herer from somewhere? This book came out in 1985 and has since earned its place on many bookshelves, from cannabis growers to activists. Herer spent years collecting and compiling data about marijuana’s history and the politics behind the people’s plant.


3. The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness

Steve DeAngelo is a renowned activist, educator, and founder of the Harborside Health Center. In this book, he explores how cannabis prohibition brings us back around to cannabis acceptance and makes some stops along the way to enlighten readers about the plant’s physical, spiritual, and psychological effects. DeAngelo crowbars the mind wide open with this one.


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

VICE weed columnist and former High Times editor David Bienenstock enlightens us on how to operate in a post-prohibition world. It’s entertaining and funny, full of pot etiquette and advice from some of the world’s most famous stoners—Willie Nelson, Dave Chapelle, and Melissa Ethridge among them.


5. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Cannabis: Concentrated Advice From 25 Industry Leaders

The cannabis industry is an entrepreneurial dream for some intrepid dreamers. It’s not called the “green rush” for nothing. But how does one go about setting up a legal business, or investing in the industry? Take some advice from 25 industry leaders who have been around for a while. Learn from Steve D’Angelo, Ethan Nadelmann,  Scott Reach, Betty Aldworth, and Leafly’s Cy Scott.


6. The Little Black Book of Marijuana: The Essential Guide to the World of Cannabis

It says it right there in the title. This “essential” book covers everything you have ever wanted to know about cannabis, from Herodotus to the hippies, and everything between and beyond. It’s easy to read and meticulously accurate. If you get only one book on cannabis, make it this one.


7. The Cannabis Grow Bible: The Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana for Recreational and Medical Use

Whether you grow indoors or outdoors, under lights or the sun, this bible will show you how to maximize your yield. Backed by science and bolstered with photographs, charts, and tables, growers agree that the “Screen of Green” technique outlined has the power to make masters out of hobby gardeners.

August 11, 2017

by Alana Armstrong

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Alana seeks to see cannabis from the perspective of politicians, advocates, entrepreneurs, and consumers. She got her start with a byline in the arts and culture section and crossed over into cannabis after using it medicinally. Current projects include investigations into cannabis and wellness; entrepreneurs of the Green Rush; cannabis for athletes; and the evolution of cannabis laws and culture in Canada.


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