If you’re looking for books about cannabis, the number of books on the topic is increasing rapidly as legalization spreads and mainstream publishers are jumping on the cultural shift.

Depending on what you’re interested in reading about, there is most likely a book addressing that topic currently available or about to be published.

Here’s a list of some of the books out there broken down by category.

History of Cannabis

“Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational and Scientific”

Martin A. Lee. Scribner, $19.99

The author, Lee, is also co-founder the The CBD Project striving to publish more accurate information about CBD. His book starts from ancient times when cannabis was a revered plant to prohibition and the War on Drugs. “Smoke Signals” won the American Botanical Council’s James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award for 2012.

“Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America”

Emily Dufton. Basic, $28

A closer look at more recent cannabis history, Dufton covers the ‘60s up to the 21st century and the grassroots activism that has shifted policy. If you’re interested in the politics of cannabis legality, this is the book for you.


“Higher Etiquette: A Guide to the World of Cannabis, from Dispensaries to Dinner Parties”

Lizzie Post. Ten Speed, $18.99

Written by the great-great-granddaughter of the etiquette expert, Emily Post, Higher Etiquette covers everything from discreet consumption to how to handle yourself at an infused dinner party.

“Brave New Weed: Adventures Into the Uncharted World of Cannabis”

Joe Dolce. Harper Wave, $25.99

A blend of travel, pop culture, journalism, and diary, Dolce’s book covers the gamut of ways cannabis is being used, both recreationally and medicinally.


“The Cannabis Grow Bible: The Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana for

Recreational and Medical Use”

Greg Green. Green Candy Press, $19.95

Even though this book was published in 2009, it is still considered a must-read for anyone looking to grow cannabis. Learn about cannabis botany and the practical aspects of growing the plant, from selecting based on plant genetics, the differences between growing in soil and hydroponically, and dealing with pests and predators.

“Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Cannabis”

Liz Crain et al. Tin House, $26.95

While this book does provide growing tips on humidity, light, airflow, social composition, pests, and flowering cycles, it isn’t just about growing cannabis. Included are instructions for making hash, rosin and tinctures and helpful information about consumption.


“Bong Appétit: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Weed”

Editors of “Munchies.” Ten Speed, $30

Enjoy preparing 65 recipes from the editors of the Vice TV’s and Munchies series, “Bong Appétit” featuring Ry Prichard and infused chocolate maker, Vanessa Lavorato. The recipes come from various cookbook authors and chefs and include infusions beverages, appetizers, salads, pastas, and meat.

“Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine”

Jessica Catalano. Green Candy Press, $37.95

Written by former High Times cooking columnist, Jessica Catalano, this cookbook pioneers the technique of “Strain Specific Cannabis Cuisine,” pairing strains with the right dishes to enhance flavor. Includes 11 extraction methods, a dietary lifestyle chart, and a dosage system for creating meals that suit your needs.

Health and Wellness

“Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana”

Michael Backes. Black Dog & Leventhal, $18.95

A revised and updated version of this book is available, and it provides information on how to use cannabis to address specific health symptoms. Covers the basics from delivery to dosages.

“The ABCs of CBD: The Essential Guide for Parents (and regular folks too): Why Pot Is NOT What We Were Taught”

Shira Adler. ValPoSa Books, $12.40

This book addresses the use of CBD, a cannabinoid contained in cannabis, and its potential use to address conditions and ailments including ADHD, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, autism, cancer, chronic pain and colitis.

Look for more cannabis books cropping up in the next year including “The New Chardonnay” by Heather Cabot and

“Cannabis and CBD for Health and Wellness” by the author of this column with Dr. Junella Chin.

Aliza Sherman lives in Anchorage and has been involved in the cannabis industry since early 2016. She is the co-founder of Ellementa, an international network for women interested in cannabis for wellness. She is the author of the upcoming book, “The Essential Guide to Cannabis and CBD: Optimizing Your Health With Nature’s Medicine” (Ten Speed Press, June 2019). http://ellementa.com/cannabisbook

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