May 25, 2022

Hit These: 9 Books About Weed, Hemp & CBD For A Well-Rounded Cannabis Education

Cannabinoids. Extraction methods. Industrial hemp. The endocannabinoid system. These are just a few picks from the growing curriculum of cannabis subjects you’ll encounter these days.

It’s safe to say that cannabis has come a long way since we were D.A.R.E.’d to stay away from weed. With new cannabis products, changing laws, and more availability than ever — there’s a lot to keep up with if you want a comprehensive higher education.

To help you fill in the gaps, we rounded up the best books about weed, CBD, and hemp that every modern stoner, CBD enthusiast, and canna-curious individual should know. By the time you have these nine reads ticked off your list, you’ll be a certified cannabis expert! (Diploma not included.)

Let’s hit the books!

#1 American Hemp: How Growing Our Newest Cash Crop Can Improve Our Health, Clean Our Environment & Slow Climate Change

It’s no secret that hemp once flourished throughout the US. And it’s no secret the government eventually vilified the crop, creating laws that kept the environmental, economic, and health benefits out of reach.

In American Hemp, Jen Hobbs explores what’s behind the doors the 2018 Farm Bill opened when its passage legalized hemp as an agricultural product. Inspired by her work co-authoring Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto, Hobbs gives you clarity on the big-picture potential of hemp and CBD. This is a well-rounded hemp reference, containing everything from the facts about hemp-derived CBD and health to the thousands of products hemp can improve across industries.

#2 Cannabis: The Illegalization Of Weed In America

The racial factors behind the illegalization of cannabis are brought to life in this nonfiction graphic novel by Brian “Box” Brown.

Starting in the 1500s, Brown illustrates the sequence of events that brought cannabis from Mexico to the US immigrant labor workforce and the racially-fueled political and social moves that followed. You won’t find a more entertaining way to learn about the historic ties that bind racism and cannabis criminalization.

#3 The CBD Kitchen: Over 50 Plant-Based Recipes For Tonics, Easy Meals, Treats & Skincare Made With The Goodness Extracted From Hemp

In The CBD Kitchen, Culinary Nutritionist Leah Venderveldt serves up 50 ways to infuse your meals and skin care routine with hemp-based benefits without the high. For the uninitiated, the introduction offers an overview of the properties and uses for CBD, including Vanderveldt’s personal experience using it to reduce her anxiety.

One clear bonus of this book is the combo of edible recipes and DIY CBD skin care under one cover. The next thing you’ll notice is the simplicity of the recipes. Vanderveldt focuses on everyday dishes with fuss-free, wholesome ingredients. You’ll also find CBD recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks — plus moisturizers, face masks, and more in the skin care section.

#4 Bong Appétit: Mastering The Art Of Cooking With Weed [A Cookbook]

If you want something a little more heady than a CBD-infused meal, look no further than Bong Appétit, authored by the editors of MUNCHIES. Not only do the recipes call for marijuana, some of the dishes are also elevated with cooking techniques fit for fine dining — think weed butter-basted chicken, weed chimichurri, and top-shelf cannabis cocktails.

But there’s no need to be intimidated if you’re not an accomplished home cook or chef — this book pulls its weight as an educational resource, instructing on tools and techniques as much as the star ingredient.

#5 The Leafly Guide To Cannabis: A Handbook For The Modern Consumer

If nerding on dense scientific research isn’t your speed but you want to up your cannabis smarts, check out The Leafly Guide to Cannabis: A Handbook for the Modern Consumer.

Leafy is a go-to resource for legal cannabis retailers and products, both locally and online. This guide extends its reputation, schooling consumers on laws, regulations, strains, types of products, and scientific facts about cannabis in a snoozeless format. Long-time and new cannabis users alike will learn a thing or two about shopping for and using cannabis.

#6 Green: A Field Guide To Marijuana

Picture books aren’t just for kids. Green: A Field Guide To Marijuanaby Dan Michaels features full-page glossy photos of cannabis by Erik Christiansen, giving you that in-the-growing-field level of plant detail.

It’s not all eye candy, either — 170 prominent cannabis strains and their characteristics are featured inside, along with facts about cannabis culture and botany. This is one for the cannabis user or budtender on your gift list, or a prestigious spot on your coffee table for page-turning post-toke entertainment.

#7 Brave New Weed: Adventures Into The Uncharted World of Cannabis

Written by former Details and Star editor-in-chief Joe Dolce, Brave New Weed will have even the most well-read cannabis connoisseurs and adversaries rethinking the past, present, and future of cannabis. Dolce traveled to hemp hotspots such as Amsterdam, Israel, and California to trace cannabis’s colorful history through prohibition in the US to the politics, attitudes, and science-spurred shifts we know today.

Ultimately, what this book offers is an entertaining education that helps one understand how to navigate the state of cannabis right now, which is something any human alive today could use a hit of. 

#8 Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide To Medical Marijuana

Hailed as “a well-designed and illustrated and easy-to-use resource” by Booklist, Cannabis Pharmacy by Michael Backes helps those who are considering or curious about medical marijuana to fully understand this plant-based option. Expect digestible breakdowns on how cannabis works with the body, health challenges cannabis may be used for, and the types of products available and how to safely use them.

#9 CBD For Pets: A Guide To Pet Wellness With CBD

Don’t think we’d forget your furry friends! Although THC is toxic to cats and dogs, the cannabis compound CBD is becoming a favorite holistic therapy for pets with anxiety, arthritis, inflammation, and more.

Inside CBD For Pets: A Guide to Pet Wellness with CBD, author Dean Killingbeck reveals real-world examples of how CBD is helping pets live longer, healthier lives more comfortably, the dos and don’ts of pet CBD shopping, and thorough explanations on how CBD works in dogs and cats. Whether you’re a pet parent or veterinary professional, the pet CBD success stories offer a snapshot of what CBD oil can offer our dearest, furriest friends.

A Higher Cannabis Education

The world of cannabis doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Stay at the top of your class by reading all you can about cannabis laws, scientific research, and product innovations in books, the media, and here on the Pure Craft blog.

Don’t discount the importance of real-world learning, either — sometimes you simply have to try out some CBD and delta-8 to find your favorites!


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