Here’s a quick list of some of my favorite Marijuana related books. I’ll add to this from time to time as I read more (if I can find the time!).
Brave New Weed by Joe Dolce – This journalist explores the current world of marijuana and how it’s evolving, its history, the social impact of its legalization in some states, the entrepreneurs, and its medicinal uses. Brave New Weed is an entertaining and educational book with a dollop of humor. I like the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson he uses in the beginning: “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”
Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari – This New York Times Bestseller is a phenomenal book. Over three years he researched the history of the “War on Drugs” in the United States and the massive impact it has had on our country’s attitudes toward marijuana and other drugs. In a nutshell, one man and his burning desire to rid the U.S. of drugs was responsible for decades of untold misery and expense in his personal war on drugs. This is a real page-turner of a book and Toking Granny highly recommends it.
Cannabis Pharmacy by Michael Backes and Dr. Andrew Weil – In Cannabis Pharmacy, expert Michael Backes offers evidence-based information on using cannabis to address symptoms associated with an array of ailments and conditions. He provides information on how cannabis works with the body’s own endocannabinoid system, how best to prepare and administer it, and how to modify and control dosage. This newly revised edition is now completely up-to-date with the latest information on delivery and dosing of cannabis, including e-cigarette designs, additional cannabis varieties, and a new system for their classification, as well as 21 additional ailments and conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. There are currently more than 4.2 million medical cannabis patients in the United States, and there are 29 states plus the District of Columbia where medical cannabis is legal. (Today Toking Granny was lazy and just copied this synopsis of the book from Amazon. Please don’t tell on me. :^) It really is a good book.)
A Child’s Garden of Grass by Richard Clorfene and Jack S Margolis – This is the updated version of the original A Child’s Garden of Grass by Margolis. In the 70s we loved the first book and read it over and over again. There’s a lot of humor in this classic book and above all it’s entertaining. Here’s a quote from Time Magazine about the book: “A wealth of off-beat tips for many readers – especially non-users – the greater value lies in the pleasant, almost grass-like aura that the authors produce. Their low key approach and refusal to take grass too seriously help support their main contention: that grass should be no big deal.”