What do books and weed have in common?
They’re both loved by all different types of people. Now, not everyone smokes weed. And not everyone reads books. But we think its safe to say that more people than not both smoke weed and read books.
Some of the best books out there have been written by writers who like to indulge in a little cannabis from time to time. To the badass writers who smoke weed, we salute you.
With somewhat of a cult following, Tom Robbins is the author of classics like Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and Still Life with Woodpecker. His style is eclectic to say the least, and if you haven’t read him before do yourself a favor and go pick up a copy of literally any of his books.
He’s long-been associated with counterculture, hanging out with icons like Allen Ginsberg and Timothy Leary. He called his friend Terrance McKenna “the most brilliant man” he had ever met, even writing the introduction to McKenna’s book, The Archaic Revival.
Smoking weed isn’t likely the only thing Robbins has smoked. The famed author once said that the key to understanding his books is the Tibetan Buddhist concept of “crazy wisdom”, although magic mushrooms might also help.
Hunter S. Thompson
Author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson has never been shy about his love for cannabis.
“I’ve always loved marijuana,” Thompson once said. “It has been a source of joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still think of it as a basic staple of life, along with beer and ice and grapefruits, and millions of Americans agree with me.”
In a 1977 interview with High Times, the journalist inquired about Thompson doing cocaine with Jimmy Carter’s campaign. His response when describing those on Carter’s staff?
“We were talking about a few people from almost everybody’s staff. Across the board…no junkies or freaks, but people who are just as comfortable with drugs like weed, booze, or coke as we are…and we’re not weird, are we?”
Author of over 100 books, Stephen King is undoubtedly a badass in the world of writers. Aside from being open about his use of marijuana, King has also been open about his use of other drugs. In a 2014 Rolling Stone interview, King confessed to being a “heavy user” of cocaine for almost a decade starting in the mid-1970s.
“Misery is a book about cocaine,” King once commented. “Annie Wilkes is cocaine. She was my number one fan.”
King has also been quoted as saying that not only does he believe weed should be legal but also be made into a cottage industry.