The internet can be a great source of information on issues related to marijuana, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a wide variety of books to choose from. From tips on growing your own medical marijuana, to discussions of the health benefits of cannabis, to tackling the politics and controversy over medical marijuana and its growth and illegal trafficking: There are plenty of books that are both entertaining and equally informative. Here are some of the top “weed reads”!
Jack Herer’s “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” is one of the authoritative books about marijuana.
Herer explores a history of marijuana use throughout the ages and in many cultures. He describes the benefits of pot usage and how the plant can actually be a source of renewable paper, energy, food, textiles, and medicine.
Herer also contextualizes the government’s “war on drugs” from a historical perspective in an attempt to effectively analyze why weed is illegal.
This book uses facts and common sense to explain the history of cannabis and its uses, and is a must for any library.
“Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine” by Dr. Lester Grinspoon is another excellent source. Dr. Grinspoon explains the medical benefits of marijuana usage and argues for its full legalization for both medicinal and recreational use.
First published in 1993, this book has been expanded and updated to include new examples of conditions which medical marijuana can help to soothe – everything from depression to multiple sclerosis and even AIDS. Grinspoon uses testimonials from real people in this book who share their stories of how marijuana has helped them recover from illness while backing up their stories with his years of medical experience.
“The Forbidden Medicine” is a great tool for anyone interested in medical marijuana, and can even be shared with friends and family members who may be skeptical about your usage of the “miracle plant.”
Dr. Grinspoon is also the author of “Marijuana Reconsidered”, which focuses specifically on the prohibition of marijuana and the drug administration’s attempts to suppress research on the plant. This eye-opening book will definitely raise some questions in both sides of the marijuana debate.
For those interested in learning about how to grow their own marijuana plants, “Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible” by Jorge Cervantes is the most complete cultivation book available.
Cervantes is a world-renowned expert on cannabis cultivation of all kinds, whether indoors, outdoors, or in a greenhouse. In this invaluable book he shares some of his simple tips and tricks for growing the best cannabis and getting the largest yield possible.
Along with step-by-step instructions, Cervantes has filled his book with detailed diagrams and color photos to show you exactly how your setup should look.
Many marijuana growers have cited this book as the best resource available.
These are just a small number of the many informative books available. Hopefully they will entertain and educate you, and even offer you some helpful hints along the way.