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by DGO Staff

Must-Read Cannabis Books for the New Year

As we embark on a new year, it’s the perfect time to expand your cannabis knowledge and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of cannabis culture, history, and science. Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or a curious newcomer, our curated list of must-read cannabis books for the new year has something for everyone. From captivating fiction to enlightening non-fiction and educational reads, these books offer a diverse exploration of the green world.

“The Botany of Desire” by Michael Pollan
Genre: Non-Fiction
Michael Pollan takes readers on a mesmerizing journey in “The Botany of Desire.” This non-fiction masterpiece explores the co-evolution of humans and plants, with a captivating section dedicated to cannabis. Delve into the plant’s intriguing history, from its role in ancient civilizations to the modern-day cannabis revolution.

“Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana” by Dan Michaels, Erik Christian-sen, and THC Design
Genre: Coffee Table Book
For a visually stunning exploration of cannabis, “Green” is a coffee table book that stands out. With breathtaking photography and insightful commentary, this book showcases the diverse strains and the artistry behind cannabis cultivation, making it a perfect gift for enthusiasts and a beautiful addition to any cannabis lover’s library.

“Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational, and Scientific” by Martin A. Lee
Genre: Non-Fiction
Martin A. Lee’s “Smoke Signals” provides a comprehensive look at the social history of marijuana. Covering medicinal, recreational, and scientific aspects, this book is a compelling read that dives into the cultural and political forces that have shaped the cannabis landscape throughout the years.

“The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer
Genre: Non-Fiction
Jack Herer’s iconic book, “The Emperor Wears No Clothes,” is a must-read for anyone passionate about cannabis activism and history. Herer’s work played a pivotal role in the hemp movement, and this book explores the suppression of hemp and marijuana throughout history, shedding light on the plant’s incredible versatility.

“Cannabis: A History” by Martin Booth
Genre: Non-Fiction
Martin Booth’s “Cannabis: A History” takes readers on a global journey through the ages, tracing the cultural, social, and political history of cannabis. This meticulously researched book provides a nuanced perspective on the plant, dispelling myths and highlighting its impact on societies around the world.

“The Little Black Book of Marijuana: The Essential Guide to the World of Cannabis” by Steve Elliott
Genre: Educational
For those looking for a practical guide, Steve Elliott’s “The Little Black Book of Marijuana” is a concise and informative read. Covering everything from cannabis basics to cultivation techniques and consumption methods, this book is an essential companion for both beginners and experienced users.

“Inherent Vice” by Thomas Pynchon
Genre: Fiction
Dive into the realm of cannabis-infused fiction with Thomas Pynchon’s “Inher-
ent Vice.” Set in 1970s California, this detective novel follows Doc Sportello as he navigates a haze of marijuana smoke to unravel a complex mystery. Pynchon’s writing captures the counterculture
spirit of the era, making it a unique and entertaining addition to your cannabis bookshelf.

“The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness” by Steve DeAngelo
Genre: Non-Fiction
Steve DeAngelo, a prominent cannabis activist and entrepreneur, presents a compelling manifesto in this book, advocating for the plant’s holistic potential. “The Cannabis Manifesto” covers
the medicinal benefits of cannabis, social justice issues, and the path toward a more enlightened and responsible approach to its use.

DGO December 2023 Page 07 Image 0001“Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible” by Jorge Cervantes
Genre: Educational
For those with a green thumb or aspiring cannabis cultivators, Jorge Cervantes’ “Marijuana Horticulture” is the ultimate guide. This comprehensive book covers the A to Z of cannabis cultivation, offering practical tips, techniques, and insights for both indoor and outdoor growers.

“Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution” by Doug Fine
Genre: Non-Fiction
Doug Fine explores the potential of hemp in “Hemp Bound,” offering a captivating look at the plant’s versatility and its potential to revolutionize agriculture. With a mix of investigative journalism and personal anecdotes, Fine makes
a compelling case for the widespread adoption of hemp as a sustainable and profitable crop.

“Stoner” by John Williams
Genre: Fiction
While not directly cannabis-focused, John Williams’ “Stoner” is a literary gem that explores the complexities of an academic’s life, including his relationship with substances. The novel is a beautifully written meditation on the human experience, making it a thought-provoking addition to any cannabis enthusiast’s reading list.

“Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana” by Michael Backes
Genre: Educational
Michael Backes provides a practical guide to medical marijuana in “Cannabis Pharmacy,” offering valuable insights into the science behind the plant’s medicinal properties. This book is an excellent resource for those interested in understanding how different strains and cannabinoids can address specific health concerns.

“Baked: A Marijuana Cookbook” by Yzabetta Sativa
Genre: Cookbook
For the culinary enthusiasts, “Baked” by Yzabetta Sativa is a delightful cookbook that explores the intersection of cannabis and cuisine. From sweet to savory, this book offers a range of recipes that incorporate cannabis, providing a delicious and alternative way to enjoy the plant.

“The 420 Gourmet: The Elevated Art of Can-nabis Cuisine” by Jeff-The420Chef
Genre: Cookbook
JeffThe420Chef takes cannabis cuisine to the next level in “The 420 Gourmet.” This cookbook not only provides mouth-watering recipes but also educates readers on dosing, flavor profiles, and the art of cooking with cannabis, making it a must-have for anyone interested in elevating their culinary cannabis experience.

As you embrace the new year, let these captivating reads transport you into the fascinating world of cannabis. Whether you’re seeking historical insights, practical knowledge, or simply a good story, these books offer a well-rounded exploration of the plant that has captivated human curiosity for centuries. Happy reading!


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