If you’re one of the millions of Americans with more alone time on your hands this summer than you initially planned on, don’t let it go to waste! Instead of vegging out in front of a screen, we suggest you indulge a love of learning with our hand-picked list of cannabis books! Featuring tomes about our favorite plant, as well as those that pair with them, our list also includes cultivar recommendations to help you get more from your literary experience.
Cooking: Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, and Tonics, by Warren Bobrow
This comprehensive guide will get you excited about brewing up a cup of tea or shaking together an excellent concoction. With 75 recipes featuring beverages for different parts of your day, you can create a bevy of libations while learning how to make syrups, bitters, infusions, and more.
Cannabis Cultivar: Strawberry Banana, by Flow Kana
As explained in the book, the right cultivar will depend on the flavors you want your drink to have. However, we can’t imagine going wrong Strawberry Banana. Reminiscent of Runt’s banana candies in both aroma and taste, it can pack a punch in some… well, punch.
Nonfiction: Grass Roots, by Emily Dufton
Talk about cannabis books! In her barnstorming debut, historian Dufton traces the history of cannabis in the United States. Disturbingly, her research suggests that victory in the war over legalization may be further away than we hope. Along the way, you’ll be gripped by accounts of America’s broader War on Drugs and the many injustices committed along the way.
Cannabis Cultivar: True OG, by Farmer and the Felon
Pay homage to those who have paved the path for enjoying legal cannabis, and learn more about the Last Prisoner Project. True OG will allow you to relax and chill while contemplating the history of this amazing plant and those who cultivate it—including the farmer and the felon this brand is named for.
Novel: The Girl with the Louding Voice, by Abi Daré
This exciting debut has been burning up best-seller lists and book groups since hitting the shelves back in February. Powerful, emotional, and inspiring, the book follows the trials and travails of Adunni, a 14-year-old Nigerian girl who longs to escape a life of servitude by finding her own voice. Pick it up and you’ll understand why it was an instant best-seller!
Cannabis Cultivar: Kings Cake, by Kings Garden
Uplifting and creative, this hybrid cultivar greets you with an exotic nose of sweet basil and licorice, and a stunning display of flavorful trichomes in purple, green and yellow. While your head receives a gentle cerebral massage, your body will sink into a relaxing (but not somnolent) lull. Great for curling up on a comfy couch with a great cannabis book or three….
Nonfiction: You Never Forget Your First, by Alexis Coe
It’s only natural we’d share a book dedicated to committed hemp farmer George Washington (although rumors that he enjoyed its psychoactive cousin cannabis are, so far as we know, a bunch of smoke). Written with humor, insight, and wit, this portrait of America’s first President balances his myth with the sometimes uncomfortable realities of the man, including his upbringing by a single mother and his complicated military legacy and time in office.
Cannabis Cultivar: Dream Queen, by Flow Kana
Sustainably grown in the historic cannabis epicenter of Humboldt County, this sativa-dominant hybrid will leave you in a euphoric and dreamy—but not sedated—condition. In addition to melting away stress, anxiety, and pain, its inspiring perspective shift is perfect for examining history from an altogether new point of view.
Cooking: Smoke from the Pot, by Ashley Hill and Dennis Haynes
Get this awesome cookbook delivered with your next Juva order and then hit the kitchen.
With 40 mouth-watering recipes, Smoke from the Pot will help you expand your culinary repertoire and help you become the cannabis chef of your dreams (or, you know, at least a better cook). You’ll learn more about dosing and creating cannabutter and canna-oil that you can use to take your favorite recipes up a notch.
Cannabis Cultivar: KGB by Kings Garden
Great food and KGB are a match made in heaven. So imagine it in your food. You may have to remind yourself to stop! A cross between Burma and Afghani, KGB has a rich heritage. It’s known for its relaxing and euphoric properties, so prepare for a good night.