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Guides | 10.21.2021

Best Books To Read When You’re High

Put down the phone and crack open one of these books after a refreshing sesh.

What are your favorite things to do when stoned? Reading a book is about to become one of them. Who needs to overindulge in social media and up your anxiety when there are millions of books ready to tell you their individual and compelling stories?

Reading while high has many benefits, and it’s said to be an even more immersive experience than reading while sober. You might doze off a bit (depending on the strain you’re using), but we’re sure that the story you’re reading is about to become much more interesting.

Reading A Book While High

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We’re all aware that weed heightens any sensation or experience, and the same goes for reading a book or story. Your concentration is like no other when stoned, even when you’re on the comedown and want to fall asleep.

The age-old argument that books are better than movies is amplified when high, as you’re able to create such detailed scenarios in your mind that movies simply can’t recreate.

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The Alchemist - Paulo Coehlo

One of the most inspiring tales to read when stoned, this novel follows a young shepherd and his recurring dreams about treasures and pyramids that lead him on a journey full of life lessons. It empowers the reader to follow their dreams and realize their full potential.

The Book of Awakening - Mark Nepo

If you’re attempting to become more spiritual, this is the book for you. Mark Nepo delivers a new age and meditative journey to becoming the best possible version of yourself. Oprah loves it, and so should any stoner heading to bed and in need of some relaxing content.

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down - Haemin Sunim

Translated from Korean to Enligh, Haemin Sunmin, a well-respected Buddhist meditation teacher, offers a guide to mindfulness that takes readers on a path to clarity and inner peace. This goes hand in hand with your end-of-day sesh, helping you clear your mind and slow down a bit.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck - Mark Manson

Mark Manson helps readers who are against conventional self-help advice with his “embrace the negative” mentality to help readers say “no” more often. Mark Mason is direct and blunt, allowing the high reader to take away valuable and effective advice.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - J.R.R. Tolkien

Yes, it is a rather lengthy read, but one that will blow your mind, especially when stoned. Not only should every stoner own this series, but everyone with a brain. J.R.R. Tolkein has such a way with words that are sure to impact the reader, especially when high.

Cannabis: A History - Martin Booth

This book is perfect for our fellow pot lovers in states where weed is still illegal. In order to evoke change, one needs the knowledge to do so, and this read is perfect for educating yourself on the musical, religious, and legal history of marijuana.

The Secret Life of Plants - Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird

Experienced users can take away from this in-depth read; Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird go deep on how our plants communicate with us, how they fulfill our desires and their relation to extraterrestrials.

Brave New Weed - Joe Dolce

Joe Dolce brings readers into the brave new world of legalized cannabis and travels the globe to help navigate the drug’s future. From murder stories where marijuana was allegedly the cause to success stories about the plant’s benefits, readers are sure to hear each and every opinion.

Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America - Emily Dufton

In this powerful book, historian Emily Dufton takes readers through the cycles of history and how the fight for legalization isn’t quite over. It tells the tale of our country’s turbulent relationship with cannabis and touches on broader topics like America’s drug laws and reform.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness - Michelle Alexander

In order to learn more about the history of marijuana, it’s incredibly important to educate yourself on the war on drugs and how it affected Black and Brown Americans over time and still continues to today. Michelle Alexander hits us with ever-to-real statistics to demonstrate how reform is needed now more than ever.

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