5 Great Reads About Weed


There’s plenty of reads available for the cannabis enthusiast who likes to get down with a good book. Here are five of our favorite books about weed, that we’re pretty sure will capture your interest and keep you turning the pages. 

5 of the Best Books About Weed

1. Budding Prospects/TC Boyle

If you’ve never read TC Boyle and you love cannabis, Budding Prospects is a great book to start with. In this 1984 fictional tale, Boyle touches on the sometimes hilarious, often-frustrating act of growing illegal weed. Set in Northern California, three men embark on a journey to make a “quick” half million tax-free dollars. Dedicated to Boyle’s “horticulture friends”, anyone who’s ever grown illegal weed, thought about growing illegal weed, or smoked illegal weed, will undoubtedly add this to their collection of books to read time and time again.

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

Undoubtedly a classic in cannabis culture, The Emperor Wears No Clothes explores the war on weed like no other book to date. Herer takes a deep look at the petrochemical industry’s scheme to keep cannabis outlawed in more ways than one. Definitely a must-read for anyone interested in conspiracy, cannabis, and the real reasons why cannabis is kept from the American public.

3. Breaking the Grass Ceiling/Biographical Collection

This newly released book is all about women who own and operate businesses in the cannabis industry. Breaking the Grass Ceiling features 21 boss ladies who have unquestionably taken the business of marijuana to a higher level. Each woman featured in this collection shares her own story, including the good, the bad, and everything in between. All proceeds from sales will be donated to the California Grower Association’s Fire Relief.

4. Grass Roots: A History of Cannabis in the American West/Nick Johnson

I recently met Nick Johnson at a book signing in Colorado Springs. In his book, Grass Roots: A History of Cannabis in the American West, he takes a different approach to looking at marijuana in American history. A detailed look is given to the agricultural origin of the plant, beginning with Mexican laborers working in beet fields all the way up to the modern, monsterous grow warehouses that can be found today. He also highlights the agricultural ruin that has resulted from years of cannabis crops.

5. The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis/Julie Holland, MD

The Pot Book offers some of the most comprehensive, up-to-date information available on the wide, wide world of cannabis. Touching upon medicinal uses, the role of marijuana in medicine, the psychological effects of cannabis, politics, pot and parenting, and more, this is THE book for anyone interested in learning everything they ever wanted to know about weed. From stoner customs to scientific research, The Pot Book seriously has something of interest to everyone.