Weed Reads: 10 Excellent Pot-Related Books

Weed Reads: 10 Excellent Pot-Related Books

Enjoy high times with these 10 cannabis-related books. Even if you have never smoked a joint, you will still want to read these excellent marijuana-related books.

1. Marijuana Flyboys by K. Hawkeye Gross

“This is the last volume in the trilogy of K. Hawkeye Gross’ 11-year career as a marijuana smuggler. In Reefer Warrior, he chronicled his journey from a decorated Air Force pilot in Vietnam to a ton-hauler of marijuana smuggled in from Colombia. In Tales from the Joint, he described his 18 months of incarceration in the Florida State Prison System. In Marijuana Flyboys, Hawkeye tells about life after prison.”

2. Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me by Richard Fariña

“Richard Fariña evokes the Sixties as precisely, wittily, and poignantly as F. Scott Fitzgerald captured the Jazz Age. The hero, Gnossus Pappadopoulis, weaves his way through the psychedelic landscape, encountering-among other things-mescaline, women, art, gluttony, falsehood, science, prayer, and, occasionally, truth.”

3. In the Weeds by Mark Ozeroff

“An absurdist tale of gas, grass, ass, and Vietnam. War has made Air Force pilot Slats Kisov an adrenaline junkie. Using his exceptional low-and-slow flying skills, he smuggles marijuana into Florida from the Bahamas. Will Slats’ former battles with the Viet Cong, hijackers, PTSD, and Mother Nature prepare him for his most perilous battle of all―the one he must wage against Chief Bobby Ray Pistle? Strap yourself in and get ready for a bumpy ride. And one spectacular landing!”

4. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon

“In Telegraph Avenue, Chabon lovingly creates a world grounded in pop culture—Kung Fu, ’70s Blaxploitation films, vinyl LPs, jazz and soul music—and delivers a bravura epic of friendship, race, and secret histories.”

5. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

“Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test ushered in an era of New Journalism, “An American classic” (Newsweek) that defined a generation. “An astonishing book” (The New York Times Book Review) and an unflinching portrait of Ken Kesey, his Merry Pranksters, LSD, and the 1960s.”

6. The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

“The critically acclaimed novelist and social critic Aldous Huxley, describes his personal experimentation with the drug mescaline and explores the nature of visionary experience. The title of this classic comes from William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: ‘If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern.'”

7. The Last Pirate by Tony Dokoubil

“A haunting and often hilarious memoir of growing up in 80s Miami as the son of Big Tony, a flawless model of the great American pot baron.”

8. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

“The Dharma Bums stands as one of Jack Kerouac’s most powerful and influential novels. The story focuses on two ebullient young Americans–mountaineer, poet, and Zen Buddhist Japhy Ryder, and Ray Smith, a zestful, innocent writer–whose quest for Truth leads them on a heroic odyssey, from marathon parties and poetry jam sessions in San Francisco’s Bohemia to solitude and mountain climbing in the High Sierras.”

9. Smugglers Blues by Richard Stratton

“Goodfellas meets Savages meets Catch Me If You Can in this true tale of high-stakes smuggling from pot’s outlaw years.”

10. The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis by Julie Holland M.D.

“Leading experts on the science, history, politics, medicine, and potential of America’s most popular recreational drug.”

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