It’s the season to pair weed and books, and mentally escape to faraway lands much warmer than this.
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Whether you call it cuddle season, hibernation mode, or the countdown to Christmas, November is the time of year when curling up with a cup of weed tea and a good book feels right. As the days get shorter, these strains will help boot the anxiety that comes with having less light and boost the desire to spend the long nights learning something new or escaping the wet weather through the pages of a book.
Strain profile: This strain has all the stress-relieving medicinal qualities of cannabis, such as relief from stress and anxiety, with a very little risk of paranoia. Most often, this strain has THC levels of no more than 6 percent, while CBD hovers between 6 and 16 percent. After a little Harlequin, you’ll feel pleasantly relaxed with ample amounts of mental clarity, which is the perfect combination for delving into a good book.
Recommended read: The Birth House
At 17 Dora, who was born with a caul over her head, which in folklore, is a sign of a child born with magical abilities, is chosen to be an apprentice and successor to the local midwife, Miss Babineau, an old Acadian woman widely viewed as a witch. The Birth House travels through history, covering war, influenza, the Halifax Explosion, and the Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919.
Strain profile: Green Crack is healing and uplifting, and can often feel like wandering down a path of self-discovery and self-awareness. This strain relaxes the muscles and lifts the mood with a balanced head and body buzz.
Recommended read: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck
This book challenges the conventions of self-help by inviting the reader to become comfortable with being different and caring about something more important than the status quo. It’s hilariously written and will have you laughing out loud, and possibly changing your life.
Strain profile: Save this strain for a night where couch-lock is the goal. The high from this herb is extremely physical. Drowsy and heavy-lidded, this strain offers a strong body high can last up to a couple of hours. With a THC content of up to 22 percent, this herb has powerful sedative effects that will make the right kind of book all the dreamier.
Recommended read: The Alchemist
The Alchemist follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. Believing a recurring dream to be prophetic, he asks a Romani fortune teller in a nearby town about its meaning. The woman interprets the dream as a prophecy telling the boy that he will discover a treasure at the Egyptian pyramids. Life lessons ensue.
Strain profile: For individuals diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, this marijuana strain is almost always the go-to choice for dealing with the inability to maintain mental clarity or productivity. This strain is ideal if the book has you locked in and you’re in the mood to stay up past your typical bedtime. It’s also perfect for students needing to cram textbooks into their brain, as this charming flower has a way of inspiring a pleasant mood and making just about any activity a little more enjoyable.
Recommended read: A Short History of Nearly Everything
In a way that’s both humorous and approachable, this book explains everything we’ve learned about our world and the universe so far, including how they formed, how we learned to make sense of time, space and gravity, why it’s such a miracle that we’re alive and how much of our planet is still a complete mystery to us.
Strain profile: An upbeat and friendly strain all around, this beautiful hybrid with its dense purple buds and plenty of glistening trichomes, is one to break out when you’re hanging with friends (the perfect book club strain?) or in need in a serious de-stress session.
Recommended read: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Earthling Arthur Dent facing the bulldozing of his house. This is due to occur in order to create room for a motorway bypass. Arthur’s friend Ford Prefect comes along and tells Arthur three important things: 1) He, Ford, is an alien from Beetlegeuse; 2) He, Ford, is a writer for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and 3) The Earth is about to be destroyed. Ford helps Arthur to escape with him on a Vogon ship.