Whether you are a dedicated member of the wake and bake club or just an avid bookworm, there are countless books where cannabis plays an important part. Here are five of our favourites, from non-fictional to biographical, there is something for everyone.
The Beach – Alex Garland
If you came of age in the 90s it’s unlikely that you managed to escape the film adaptation of Alex Garland’s book featuring Leonardo DiCaprio. The story follows Richard, an intrepid traveller who sets off on a search for paradise and stumbles upon a giant weed plantation. An acerbic look at the Western desire for paradise that’s perfect reading material as we emerge out of lockdown.
Mr Nice – Howard Marks
Whether you’re a hardcore stoner or just cannabis curious, the story of Mr Nice is as captivating as it is hilarious. Aside from the hash smuggling, Marks lived an exciting life and recalls it with a wit and charm like no other. Did he really work as an MI6 spy? Read the book and make up your own mind.
Inherent Vice – Thomas Pynchon
Thomas Pynchon marries pulp fiction with mystery and nostalgia, all under a hazy cloud of cannabis consumption. The story follows a bumbling Private Investigator and will have you laughing out loud as you turn page after page, some times amused, sometimes confused.
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas – Hunter S Thompson
It would be impossible to compile a list of literature associated with intoxication without mentioning Dr Gonzo himself. Drugs aside, Thompson was a revolutionary of the written word, and his (almost) true recollection of this infamous lost weekend paints a psychedelic picture so vivid you can almost feel the walls start to breathe. Fun fact: If it wasn’t for Thompson, it’s unlikely leafie would exist.
Dope Girls – Marek Kohn
Tabloid sensationalism and inherent racism were the driving factors behind the drug prohibition laws we know in Britain today. No book does a better job of accounting for the history of our countries relationship with drugs than Marek Kohn’s. If you want a deeper understanding of why our national press vilifies cannabis so much, this fascinating book has it all.