No herb has been so praised, demonized, politicized and talked about as marijuana. It’s finally being recognized (again) as a potent medicine for a wide range of illnesses and ailments. It’s been used as a medicine for thousands of years. The human body has built in cannabinoid receptors. More and more studies world-wide are proving the medicinal and curative qualities of marijuana, and millions of people use it recreationally to relax. Acceptance of cannabis and its healing powers is progressing at a rapid rate. Here are 50 books on nearly all aspects of the “miracle herb.”

#1 – Marijuana Grower’s Handbook: Your Complete Guide for Medical and Personal Marijuana Cultivation

Ed Rosenthal, Tommy Chong (Foreword)


Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran grower, whether you grow your crop indoors or outdoors, this book shares the most up-to-date knowledge and methods for growing top notch pot. Rosenthal, an expert in the field, explains efficient technology to save time, labor, and energy. From seeds to harvest, it’s all here.

#2 — Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible

Jorge Cervantes


Cervantes is the master of marijuana. This book dates back to 1983 and gained the pioneer international recognition in the field. Chapters are updated with new greenhouse and outdoor growing chapters. Dr. John McPartland contributed an all new medical section. This one is necessary in every serious marijuana grower’s library.

#3 – The Cannabis Grow Bible: The Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana for Recreational and Medical Use

Greg Green



The original Cannabis Grow Bible set a new standard for handbooks on cannabis horticulture. The second edition delivers even more, including a new section on organics. In addition to growing methods, Green gives practical growing tips and his “screen of green” technique that yields more crop using fewer plants.

#4 – Marijuana Medicine: A World Tour of the Healing and Visionary Powers of Cannabis

Christian Rätsch


Cannabis has been used in healing for thousands of years around the world. It’s still an important part of healing and visionary traditions in many parts of the world. Ratsch, a leading ethnopharmacologist, describes the uses in various societies. He provides recipes for use in treating specific conditions.

#5 – After Legalization: Understanding the Future of Marijuana Policy

Jon Walker


A growing majority of Americans support marijuana legalization. Walker takes a look at how legal pot will likely treated in the next 20 years. What are the political dynamics? He also looks at questions like user age limit, sales restrictions, freedom for private citizens to grow it. Oh, and there’s that little question of how states will use the billions of dollars in potential revenue.

#6 – Forty Years Stoned: A Journalist’s Romance

Tom Huth


Tom Huth’s memoir is an uplifting story about how marijuana helped both his Parkinson’s-stricken wife and him cope with the effects of the progressive and debilitating disease.  The book is funny, heart-felt and revelatory.  A must-read for anyone living the sometimes lonely and overwhelming life of caregiver.

#7 – Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific

Martin A. Lee


Marijuana proponents have fought for decades to overcome the government sanctioned propaganda wars against it. Today pot is a multi-billion dollar industry and growing. Lee traces the history of the hard-fought battle and the increasing number of breakthroughs showing the scores of the herb’s medical benefits.

#8 – The Medical Marijuana Patients’ Guide: How to Use Medicinal Marijuana as a Holistic Medicine to Treat, Prevent, Cure Disease and Manage Your Symptoms

Brian Stone


Travel with the author through thousands of years of marijuana use around the globe. Stop in the U.S. and gaze on the politics that made this herbal medicine illegal. Then look at the results of recent studies that have proven marijuana’s positive effects on our health. Learn the difference between indica, sativa and hybrids and what each can do for specific diseases. Read again the politics and understand how this country has been conned.

#9 – The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Cannabis: Concentrated Advice From 25 Industry Leaders

Michael Zaytsev


As marijuana becomes legal in more states, a lot of folks are investing in the burgeoning industry. Michael Zaytsev is a leadership and business coach. He interviewed a couple dozen of the cannabis industry’s successful leaders for their advice. This is the inside look on how to get in on the ground floor.

#10 – Growing Dank Weed: A Simple Guide to Producing Top Grade Marijuana

Elias van Rijn


Growing marijuana is the author’s full-time occupation. He said over the years he learned a lot of things the hard way. He shares his hard-won expertise to make cannabis cultivation easier for the those new to the field.

#11 – How to Grow Marijuana: The Ultimate Organic Guide

Anthony Franciosi


Cannabis is nature’s way gift of natural relaxation and healing a lot of ailments. So it’s just common sense that you would want to grow it organically without the chemicals and pesticides that are already wrecking our bodies and our planet. This is a step-by-step guide from germination to harvest.

#12- The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to the Risks and Benefits of Cannabis

Julie Holland M.D.


This book topples the top myths about marijuana and studies its role in creativity, business and spirituality. There’s also an important section on our brain’s cannabis-based neurochemistry that’s somehow been left out of the decades of anti-pot propaganda. Leading experts in the field contribute to this compendium.

#13 – How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High

David Bienenstock


Bienenstock is a VICE weed columnist and former High Times editor. He takes a look at the growth of legalization and what the world of creativity, medicine, food, industry and energy will look like when marijuana has achieved widespread legal acceptance.

#14 – Weed: The User’s Guide: A 21st Century Handbook for Enjoying Marijuana

David Schmader, Alex Despain (Illustrator)


Here’s what life looks like in a world of legal marijuana. It includes history, ways to enjoy pot, recipes (of course), safety tips and information about medical use. It’s for the beginner and the experienced user.

#15 – Marijuana for Everybody! : The Definitive Guide to Getting High, Feeling Good, and Having Fun

Elise McDonough


The experts at High Times magazine Marijuana contribute their intimate knowledge of weed, its uses and effects. Get to the basics on what pot is and how it works. The illustrated guide even includes activities and ways to amuse yourself in an herbal relaxed state.

#16 – CBD-Rich Hemp Oil: Cannabis Medicine is Back

Steven Leonard-Johnson RN PhD, Tina Rappaport BFA (Author, Editor)


Cannabis has been used a medicine for thousands of years. Finally, in 1992, researchers discovered our body’s widespread endocannabinoid system (ECS). Cannabinoids stimulate our ECS receptor sites located throughout our bodies. The sites help maintain balance in the body. This book explores the uses and benefits of hemp, cannabis and medical marijuana.

#17 – The Cannabis Oil Companion: A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide to Hemp and Marijuana Oils

Douglas McCort


Cannabis oils are becoming more and more of a legitimate option for folks to explore as an alternative or supplement to conventional treatments. This book takes you through the uses and variables involved in using cannabis oils for various therapies.

#18 – Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana

Dan Michaels


This guide contains information on marijuana culture and the botany that makes each strain unique. There is also information on lineage, flavors and the various highs offered by 170 different strains. It is also full of photos of the buds, making this a great guide to marijuana.

#19 – The Cannabis Breeder’s Bible: The Definitive Guide to Marijuana Genetics, Cannabis Botany and Creating Strains for the Seed Market

Greg Green


The Cannabis Breeder’s Bible gives you the tools you need to grow popular marijuana varieties and strains. It’s also a guide to expert breeding techniques and hybrids. It contains photos, illustrations, and interviews with marijuana experts.

#20 – Cannabis: A General Guide to Marijuana



This guide is you a broad understanding of cannabis, including its history, uses, benefits and dangers and the different strains of cannabis. It is, as the title says, a general guide, and a useful one at that.

#21 – Marijuana Botany: An Advanced Study: The Propagation and Breeding of Distinctive Cannabis

Robert Connell Clarke


Yes, there are marijuana strains that are vanishing. This book share the propagation techniques used to preserve these disappearing strains. Also included is information about cannabis genetics and breeding used to begin plant improvement programs.

#22 – The Cannabible

Jason King


The author spent four years traveling around North America, Hawaii and Eurpe to document the finest cannabis. He captured hundreds of strains on film and shares images of the best 200 varieties. He also includes descriptions of aromas flavors and effects. Yes, he sampled them to make sure the descriptions are accurate.

#23 – Cannabis Vs Cancer: How are people using Cannabis to combat their Cancers?

Keith Anderson


This medically useful book is summed up by its title. While cannabis’ curative effects on breast and brain cancers have been getting most of the attention, there’s research showing that the herb might be helpful in gastric and other types of cancer as well. Anderson shows how patients are treating cancer with cannabis.

#24 – Cannabis for Cancer & Other Common Illnesses

Dr. James Norte


As society members increasingly rely on pharmaceuticals, most don’t seem to know that many of the drugs are addictive and many simply hide symptoms of an illness. At the same time, more researchers and scientists are finding that cannabis is one of the safest and least addictive substances in nature. This book looks at diseases marijuana may potentially cure, conditions that can be treated with marijuana and its role in helping cure cancer.

#25 – Organic Marijuana: The Definitive Guide to All Natural Cannabis

Nishant Pal


As the public continues to learn more about the short and long term dangers of chemicals and pesticides, growing numbers of people are turning to organic produce. Some of the most knowledgeable organic growers are those who specialize in marijuana. This is a guidebook on organic growing methods in the ground and in containers.

#26 – Chronic Spirituality: The History Of Cannabis

David Pierce


Marijuana has been revered for thousands of years as a spiritual tool used to alter one’s state of consciousness, aid in self-discovery and looking at reality from different angles. It’s been praised by artists around the world. This book takes you on a journey of spirituality with marijuana at the forefront. Included is a section on meditation and marijuana.

#27 — Conversations with Peter McWilliams

David Jay Brown, Sherry Hall


Peter McWilliams was an American self-help author who advocated for the legalization of marijuana. He died in 2000. This book taps on interviews in which he discusses a variety of topics, including the inspiration for his writing, cannabis and creativity, his work with medical marijuana, and the political controversy surrounding it.

#28 – Cannabis: The Beginners Guide on How to Start Growing Marijuana Plants at Home

Charlie Graham


The step-by step-guide is divided in the 4 main stages of growing a plant: Preparation, Germination, Vegetation and Harvest. Graham talks about the materials you need and the most common mistakes to avoid. Included are images that help you understand the explanations and procedures, along with many tips to become a successful grower.

#29 – Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto

Jesse Ventura


Entertainer, politician and author Jesse Ventura lays out his philosophy on marijuana, and why he’s always been in favor of legalization. He argues that our country needs to see full legalization of medical/recreational marijuana and hemp. While marijuana is a medicinal plant in abundant supply, Ventura says it has wrongly been demonized. He wonders if Big Pharma is pressuring the government to continue to deny sick people access. If so, he says, it’s a crime and the public should demand legalization, and end the war on drugs.

#30 – DIY Cannabis Extracts: The Ultimate Guide to DIY Marijuana Extracts: Cannabis Oil, Dabs, Hash, Cannabutter, and Edibles

“Fat” Fred Rodgers

The growing popularity of marijuana over the past few decades has come with many changes in how the smoker consumes his/her marijuana. This is a comprehensive, illustrated, DIY book on making marijuana derivatives at home. Included are sections on: Making Cannabis Oil, Making Dabs, Cannabis Dabbing, Making Multiple Types of Hash, Making Cannabutter, and Edibles and Recipes.

#31 – The Cannabis Spa at Home: How to Make Marijuana-Infused Lotions, Massage Oils, Ointments, Bath Salts, Spa Nosh, and More

Sandra Hinchliffe


This book contains more than 75 cannabis spa recipes that can be made in your kitchen with herbal ingredients. Cannabis spa potions such as lotions, salves, poultices, scrubs, and baths are being rediscovered as a healthy alternative for managing pain, soothing irritated skin, and enhancing the spa experience. The author shows you how to make: refrigerated and shelf-stable cannabis lotions, creams, balms, and masks, Emulsions, cannabis base oils, cannabis herbal poultices, aromatherapy essence water, cannabis bath salts, and foot and hand soaks.

#32 – The Little Black Book of Marijuana: The Essential Guide to the World of Cannabis

Steve Elliott


This concise guide to cannabis delves into pot culture and history, from Herodotus to the hippies and beyond. Journalist Steve Elliott also covers the essentials of using, cultivating, and cooking with weed; identifying pot varieties; and understanding legal and health issues. It also covers side effects and risks, to medical uses.

#33 – Cure Yourself with Medical Marijuana: Discover the benefits of Medical Marijuana & How Cannabis can Improve Your Life Forever

Mark Richards


People who are in pain and tired of pharmaceutical medicines are turning to medical marijuana to help cure their problems. This book covers what you need to know about medical marijuana and what it can do to enhance your life. It outlines examples of how medical marijuana has improved the lives of millions of people in pain.

#34 – Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana

Michael Backes, Andrew Weil (Foreword)


Expert Michael Backes offers information on using cannabis to treat an array of ailments and conditions. He provides information on how cannabis works with the body’s own system, how best to prepare and administer it, and how to modify and control dosage. It also contains the latest information on the body’s encannabinoid system, which controls emotion, appetite, and memory, delivery and dosing of cannabis.

#35 – Beyond Buds: Marijuana Extracts—Hash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles and Medicines

Ed Rosenthal


Marijuana expert Ed Rosenthal and cannabis reporter David Downs guide you through the best new consumer products, and show how to make and use the safest, cleanest extracts. It details how artisans make hash and concentrates, including techniques using dry ice and CO2. It covers making kief, water hash, tinctures, topicals, edibles, and other extracts from cannabis leaves, trim, and bud bits. It also explores marijuana-infused products.

#36 – Marijuana Cultivation Reconsidered: The Science and Techniques for Huge Indoor Yields

Read Spear


The book reexamines the existing science on cannabis cultivation. It looks at plant physiology as it pertains to cannabis cultivation and delves into special topics that help the cultivator understand how to achieve the best yields. The author reviews basic plant physiology, creating your own grow room and building your own geo, hydro and hybrid growing systems.

#37 – Marijuana Horticulture: Big Buds, Growers guide to get the biggest yields from your plants

Jay Cheeba


Growing marijuana indoors has been rapidly growing in popularity. Indoor growing involves using artificial light instead of sunlight or using hydroponics which uses water, nutrients and air instead of soil. Growing indoors provides a measure of safety and you can grow it year around. Subjects covered include: Lighting; Manipulating Plant Structure; Using Nutrients; Temperature and Humidity; Drying and Curing Buds; How To Time the Harvest.

#38 – Cannabis Science: Grow Lights

Bunji Moska


Lighting is probably the most important part of growing cannabis indoors. It needs proper amounts of the correct lighting to thrive. Grow lights are used to create an indoor climate that’s conducive to maximizing cannabis growth during its vegetative and flowering stage while using energy efficiently and safely. This guide prepares you with the basics of indoor gardening, the most important foundations for operating grow light technology and understanding the science around it.

#39 – Big Weed: An Entrepreneur’s High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business

Christian Hageseth, Joseph D’Agnese


The founder and chairman of Green Man Cannabis, the fastest-growing marijuana company in the country, Hageseth gives us a tour through the wild frontier of marijuana cultivation, where police hardly know what laws to enforce, or parents what to tell their kids. He paints a colorful picture not only of how he got into the business, but of the big interests that are eager to do the same– Big Tobacco, Big Agra, and Big Pharma. Much like beer and coffee, he says, your brand of weed will be just one more reflection of your lifestyle.

#40 – The Marijuana Grow Bible

Robert Bergman


The Marijuana Grow Bible teaches the basics about growing marijuana for less than a dollar. Both indoors and outdoors, from seed to harvest and everything else around growing marijuana. It’s easy to grow huge buds if you know how. Even when you grow legally there are still some risks involved, such as theft. Pests or diseases can ruin your harvest. Other environmental factors can be a bad influence on your marijuana plants. This bible covers them all.

#41 – Marijuana: The Shocking Truth Revealed

William Maxwell


The author argues that marijuana has no dangerous side effects since everyone is born with natural receptors for marijuana. As a natural substance with miraculous healing properties and no dangerous side effects, marijuana poses a huge threat to the pharmaceutical drug industry, which now makes over $300 billion a year selling engineered drugs. This book covers facts about: The Spiritual and Health Benefits of Marijuana; Marijuana vs Prescription drugs; Marijuana vs Recreational drugs; Marijuana vs Cigarettes; Marijuana Compared to Alcohol; Marijuana and the Economy.

#42 – Marijuana:The Secret Benefits of Marijuana: (Weed, Hemp, Marijuana)

Hilary Gray


In this book, the author talks about the medical, psychological and spiritual benefits of marijuana. Used correctly, it offers benefits to everyone, Gray says. In the future, it will be able to be a force for good if the lawmakers let this plant be freely available. The book includes: Medical Benefits of Marijuana; The Psychological Benefits; Spiritual and Healing Traditions that Use Marijuana; Learning how to use the Proper Dose of Marijuana to Obtain Optimum Outcomes; Secret healing qualities for serious modern diseases, and more.

#43 – Cannabis 101: Everything You Need To Know About Safe Marijuana Use

Legal Cannabis Movement


This book argues that proper education is the key factor in deciding whether cannabis is right for you or not. Learn everything you need to know about cannabis, from discovery to its modern day uses. The book covers A History of Cannabis, including what it used for and why it’s illegal; Responsible Adult Use; Modern Medical Marijuana, including an in-depth look at the sativa, indica, and hybrid genuses; Edibles; The Differences Between Edibles and Smoking; Concentrates, or “dabs;” Smoking Methods; Hashish; Dosage; THC; and Golden Rules of Marijuana.

#44 – Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World’s Most Popular Weed

Kevin P. Hill


A nationally recognized clinical expert on marijuana, Hill provides a guide to understanding the herb. Through historical, scientific, and medical information, Hill helps dispel the myths and cut to the facts. Whether you’re a parent concerned about your child’s use, someone with an illness considering medical marijuana, or a user with questions about its effect on your health, this book provides unbiased information to help you make informed decisions about marijuana.

#45 – Cannabis in Medical Practice: A Legal, Historical and Pharmacological Overview of the Therapeutic Use of Marijuana

Mary Lynn Mathre R.N.


Because marijuana is a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, the therapeutic benefits of cannabis are not mentioned in the formal education of health care professionals. This book provides information on the therapeutic uses of cannabis by medical, legal and scientific professionals. It examines specific medical uses, including its application for sufferers of cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, and seizure disorders, and its potential use in psychiatry.

#46 – The Cannabis Health Index: Combining the Science of Medical Marijuana with Mindfulness Techniques To Heal 100 Chronic Symptoms and Diseases

Uwe Blesching


This comprehensive sourcebook uses insights from more than 1,000 studies from cannabinoid and consciousness research. It presents a convincing case for the powerful healing effects of medical marijuana on over 100 chronic symptoms and diseases. The book is organized into condition-specific chapters with ratings of cannabis efficacy for each symptom, along with recommendations for use. It is organized alphabetically from aging to wound care.

#47 – Marijuana: A Complete Guide for Everyone

J.D. Rockefeller


Although marijuana remains one of the most popular and controversial plants, a subject of myths and propaganda, it is rapidly being recognized for its numerous health benefits. Upon its legalization, there was a debate if it should be legalized or not. Often consumed for its physical and mental effects, it also has some side effects that users must be aware of. This is one of the reasons why there are laws and policies on how to use marijuana. This book gives you some important facts about marijuana to help understand why it was legalized.

#48 – The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness

Steve Deangelo, Willie L. Jr Brown (Foreword)


Deangelo is the founder and CEO of the world’s largest medical cannabis dispensary. He shares a concise history of cannabis as a medicine, details the unintended consequences of prohibition, and considers its future as a regulated consumer product. He presents a compelling call for the legalization of cannabis. He argues that there is no such thing as recreational cannabis and challenges readers to rethink everything they thought they knew about marijuana. There is also a lively, behind-the-scenes look at Harborside’s showdown with the federal government.

#49 – Travels with Mary Jane: Confessions of a 70-year-old stoner

The Old Head


From Moroccan hashish dens to the coffee shops of Amsterdam, the author takes readers along on his 50-year journey as a recreational drug user. Part travelogue, part memoir, this is the story of the birth of the drug culture and its aftermath as seen through the eyes and mind of an ordinary man who went along for the extraordinary ride. It’s a story of how drugs, particularly cannabis, can enrich one’s everyday experiences and open your mind to new realms of possibilities. And some downright amazing times.

#50 –The Cannabis Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to Cultivation & Consumption of Medical Marijuana

Jorge Cervantes


The award-winning Cannabis Encyclopedia is the definitive guide to medical marijuana cultivation and consumption. It explains all the essential techniques to grow indoors, outdoors and in greenhouses. All gardening practices are well-researched by the highly respected Cervantes and illustrated with examples and instructions. The nearly 600-page book includes more than 2,000 color images.

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