5 cannabis-themed books to enjoy during the COVID-19 lockdown


Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

As a precautionary measure against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a large portion of the planet’s population are being forced to stay indoors and avoid social gatherings. While this may be a nice opportunity to spend time with loved ones, the “lockdown” that has been imposed in the hardest-hit countries will inevitably take its toll on people’s boredom after a while. Instead of turning to video games or alcohol for respite from the situation, why not bury your head in a cannabis-themed book? 

Reading can provide numerous benefits, including reduced stress, increased vocabulary and brain strengthening. You’re guaranteed to learn something when you unleash your inner bookworm. Start with reading this blog post, which will give you some inspiration for feeding your knowledge on a green plant that has been described as “essential business” in many U.S. states amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

5 cannabis books worth reading this year

If you can’t get lost on an outdoor adventure, why not get lost in a good book? Whether the COVID-19 crisis lasts for another month or even another year, you won’t regret adding the following books to your “green” library:

  1. The Cannabis Dictionary by Alex Halperi (2020) – Exploring every aspect of the cannabis plant, this brand new book features hundreds of entries about the ever-evolving cannabis revolution. Acclaimed cannabis journalist and founder/host of WeedWeek Alex Halperin ties everything together nicely with images and an A-Z layout.
  2. Grass Roots: A History of Cannabis in the American West by Nick Johnson (2017) – Ever wondered about the economic destruction that occurs from unregulated outdoor grows? This cannabis-inspired book delves deep into the history of cannabis cultivation; including farming in the American West and Mexican-American operations on sugar beet farms. The main focus of this book is the environmental degradation caused by high-powered illegal grows, but it also spotlights sustainable efforts in today’s developing market.
  3. Brave New Weed: Adventures Into the Uncharted World of Cannabis by Joe Dolce (2016) – Transport your imagination back to a time when the cannabis culture first started sprouting. In this fascinating book, you can enlighten yourself on moments in history that have truly shaped today’s landscape of legal weed. From medical cannabis success stories to tales of murder, plant culture and ever-changing attitudes towards its use, this must-read book will send you on a journey of discovery.
  4. The Cannabis Manifesto By Steve DeAngelo, (2015) – The author of this book is known as “the father of the legal cannabis industry,” and for good reason. DeAngelo – a national Congress activist, speaker, leader and advocate – is determined to change any skeptical person’s mind on the leafy green plant. In this cannabis-inspired book, you can read about the repercussions of prohibition, as well as predictions about cannabis becoming a consumer good. As the CEO and founder of Harborside – one of the first six licensed cannabis dispensaries in the U.S. – DeAngelo is a trusty source in the world of weed.
  5. Bong Appétit: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Weed: A Cookbook – Last but not least is this cannabis cookbook, which is sure to keep you occupied amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A selection of bud-infused edible and drink recipes have been bundled together by the editing team at Munchies, including weed-infused coconut milk, Dirty Martinis, sour cream and onion nachos, and “green” Mac and cheese.

Note: You need not worry about being able to visit a physical library while travel restrictions are in place, because the aforementioned cannabis-themed books can be downloaded in digital form on the Amazon book store and Kindle.