By Joan Eberhardt
Summertime might be the only time a lot of us have to sit outside and read a good book. Plus, beach vacations, camping trips or nice days in the park all make for long opportunities to sit outside, doing nothing but reading something by your favorite author, while enjoying a cannabis strain that keeps you lifted through the final chapter. Authors have been using marijuana for inspiration, concentration, recreation or – frankly – a whole host of other reasons since as far back as anyone cares to admit. Pack up your vaporizer, your next book, one of these complementary strains, go outside and get your head stuck in a book.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland paired with Alice in Wonderland
If you, like most of us, have only seen the 1951 film Alice In Wonderland, you’ll be delighted to know the book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and it’s sequel Through the Looking-Glass, are trippy and strange adventures. The books are perennial favorites of adults and children since they were first published in the mid-19th century. Initially, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland received overwhelmingly negative reviews. One critic said the story was “too extravagantly absurd to produce more diversion than disappointment and irritation.” By the time Looking-Glass was published six years later, it had found its audience.
Pick up a little Alice In Wonderland from your local dispensary for a relaxed, creative and euphoric reading experience.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy paired with Alien Asshat
The HItchhiker’s Guide the Galaxy, for the uninitiated, is a book that contains the actual meaning of life, and important lessons in towel utility. Originally broadcast as a radio comedy in 1978, the Hitchhiker’s Guide follows the haphazard adventures of the last man alive as he flings himself through space after the planet Earth is demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass.
Along the way he meets enough rude alien lifeforms that you may want to pair this reading experience with the absurdly high THC strain, Alien Asshat.
Murder on the Orient Express paired with Magnum PI
Murder on the Orient Express, is one of those classic Agatha Christie novels with a story you never get enough of. This novel, first published in the United Kingdom in 1934, follows Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who appeared in over 30 of Christie’s novels, and whose eccentricities and waxy mustache have been engaging fans for decades. Murder on the Orient Express is considered a prime example of the detective novel genre to such an extent that another movie version is being released later this year, so if you read the book now you’ll be able to be that guy who points out all the way the book was better.
Pair this novel with Magnum PI to feel uplifted and focused as you try to determine who the culprit is.
The Emperor Wears No Clothes paired with Jack Herer
Jack Herer, sometimes known as “The Hemperor” was one of the early pro-cannabis activists and his landmark book The Emperor Wears No Clothes has been repeatedly published since it was first printed in 1985. He spoke and wrote widely in support of cannabis decriminalization and legalization, and in support of the industrial possibilities of hemp as a crop. This book continues to be cited in support of decriminalization and legalization efforts, as its information is just as relevant today as it was 30 years ago.
In honor of Herer’s work, a strain has been named in his honor. Jack Herer, a sativa-dominant strain, has won numerous awards, including the 7th annual Cannabis Cup award.
Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology paired with Thor’s Hammer
It’s no secret to readers that Neil Gaiman leans heavily on mythology for inspiration, and he’s done beautiful work with it. American Gods leans on the concept of diethood in only the way that only Gaiman could describe it. Gaiman’s newest book Norse Mythology goes back to the original source material – namely the myths of Norse Gods – to retell these same stories in his own voice. You can choose to read the print version, if you like, but the audiobook is probably the way to go since his voice sounds just so good.
Pair this book with Thor’s Hammer for a euphoric, tingly and uplifted feeling.
What books are you reading this summer?