7 Best Books to Read High
Smoking weed and reading might be an unlikely pairing, but if you’re up for it, this unique combination can definitely be rewarding for those who want more out of their blazing experience and not be the robot that smoked weed all day. Now you may be wondering, can you read while high? Every stoner is different so the answer will vary depending on your tolerance and how experienced you are with pot. Some cannabis connoisseurs have reported that being faded makes it a little difficult to decipher words on a page while others find that lighting up actually elevates their reading abilities. Marijuana has long since beenintertwined with creative expression, with numerous studies and reports claiming it enhances the process of imagination. Reading while high can provide augmented imagery for cannabis aficionados, allowing them to better visualize vivid scenarios of what’s happening in their book which also helps focus their attention on the text.
The compilation below of the best stoner books are not your run-of-the-mill funny stoner stories that one would expect. If you’re searching for an enticing page-turner that will stimulate your mind as you puff on some ganja, you’ve come to the right place.
Things to Read While High
Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling (fantasy fiction)
Set in England, an orphaned boy named Harry Potter discovers he is a wizard. Following him on his exciting adventures, he and his two best friends attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry while simultaneously battling the evil Lord Voldemort and his wicked followers. This legendary series is easily absorbable and can be enjoyed by anyone no matter their age or background, making them good books for stoners. It is a pleasure to crack open anytime, but even more so while baked because of the way a dank smoke sesh can transport you out of reality straight into a whole other magical world – in this case, Harry Potter’s world.
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho (allegorical fiction)
This is the surreal tale of a young shepherd from Andalusia by the name of Santiago. His recurring dreams about treasures and pyramids lead him to embark on a search for them as he learns crucial life lessons along his journey. Not only is this stoner novel short and simple, but it also provides inspiring insight into the extreme importance of following one’s dreams as well as have the ability to invoke some seriously deep thoughts while high.
Crankseries, by Ellen Hopkins (young adult fiction)
This deeply moving and personal trilogy follows the addiction journey of a girl named Kristina, whose narrative was actually inspired by the author’s own daughter’s struggle with her meth demons. Told in brilliantly poetic yet easily digestible verses, these books will be sure to draw in stoned readers and leave them wanting more with the suspense that accumulates with each page turn.
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, by Don Miguel Ruiz (spirituality, self-help)
Presenting the spiritual teachings of ancient Toltec shamans in simple language, this brief book lays out elaborate themes that have the potential to change the trajectory of your entire life. The four easy-to-understand agreements that are highlighted within the pages beautifully encapsulates how to get on the right path to become your most authentic self and living the life you truly want to live. Reading this book while faded gives you even further wisdom and insight on how to better implement the practices that are preached, giving you a fresh new perspective. A good high would help you hone in on the little details that your normally busy mind would overlook so you can apply them into your everyday life.
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger (coming-of-age fiction)
This classic novel was a staple on probably every high school English class’ reading list. In a dramatic yet enlightening account, the main character, Holden Caulfield, narrates a wild tale of the events and interactions that followed after his expulsion from his private school. Oozing of teenage angst, the interesting recount from the perspective of a young man gradually coming to terms with growing up and his grapple against death will be hard to put down as well as leave stoned readers deep in thought. This stoner book is simple to follow, with Holden telling the story in his own words, basically thinking out loud so it feels almost as if he is speaking directly to you.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, by Mark Manson (self-help)
A worldwide bestseller, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck goes against conventional self-help advice by encouraging readers to embrace negative thinking, not try, and say “no” more often. The key is to give a f*ck about less and instead focus more on what is actually important. If you read this book while high, the mental stimulation provided from it will be sure to please your brain and offer wisdom and insight that someone else has to share.
The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm in a Busy World, by Haemin Sunim (spirituality, self-help)
“Is it the world that’s busy, or is it my mind?” Born in Korea and educated in the United States, the author is a well-respected Buddhist meditation teacher whose teachings emphasize the importance of being forgiving toward ourselves and forging a deeper connection with others. Translated from Korean to English, this mindfulness guide leads readers on a path to inner peace and clarity even amidst the formidable demands of everyday life. As cannabis aficionados, we completely understand the need to slow down, which is why this simple yet enlightening read is right up any stoned bookworm’s alley. The book is written in easy-to-consume verses and also includes beautiful graphics within the pages.
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Smoking weed and reading might be an unlikely pairing, but if you’re up for it, this unique combination can definitely be rewarding for those who want more out of their blazing experience and not be the robot that smoked weed all day. Now you may be wondering, can you read while high? Every stoner is different so the answer will vary depending on
9 Stoner Reads For You To Get Lost In On 4/20
If you are one of the 100 million Americans who have smoked weed before, then perhaps you’ll be joining in on the celebrations on April 20. The yearly stoner holiday gives smokers everywhere a day to relax and light up a joint, but this year in particular, potheads have reason to celebrate.
As of 2015, 23 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana in one or more forms, and one component of the “War on Drugs” as we’ve come to know it is coming to an end. Of course, only time вЂ” and the 2016 election вЂ” will tell where the fight against marijuana prohibition will go, but in the meantime, stoners can rejoice in the victories already under out belts.
Every year, pot-smokers find new and creative ways to celebrate 4/20. Thousands flock to the parks and fields, picnic blanket in hand, to soak up the rays under a cloud of smoke. For those more politically involved, there are dozens of rallies and protests across major cities where they can participate in the ongoing fight for legalization. There are festivals and rallies, from the well-known in Denver to the more under-the-radar in Amherst, where artists, musicians, and policy makers come together in conversation and celebration. For the less crowd-friendly stoners, there have been many a 4/20 spent baking magic brownies, lollipops, or even pizza infused with the ganja.
But this year, if you are looking to do something a little different for your own celebration, maybe something a little more intellectual, grab a blanket, roll a fat joint, and plant yourself somewhere comfy while you get lost in these 9 stoner novels:
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Hunter S. Thompson wastes no time at all in this book whose opening line is, “We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.” Filled with psychedelic trips, bottles of booze, and more than one joint, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a staple stoner read.
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Imagine yourself in a brightly colored bus named Further, riding shotgun to Allen Ginsberg while the Grateful Dead strum a few cords in the back. That is what reading this book is like, because that is what Tom Wolfe did while following Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters from coast to coast, and even to Mexico as they fled marijuana possession charges.
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
In this ultimate classic, an unnamed narrator brings us to his underground home where the weed is strong and the Louis Armstrong records are loud. In the scene, Ellison explores the relationship between the perception of time and smoking, so make sure to take your time reading through this one.
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
Fact and fiction get stirred up in Jack Kerouac’s semi-fictional account of his years traveling after On the Road. The account of Allen Ginsberg’s first legendary reading of Howl, while he was stoned, at the Six Gallery in New York, should be enough to get this on your reading list. But if not, than maybe Kerouac’s pseudonym Ray Smith, the book’s narrator, can convince you to join him on his trek to Mexico where there is “music is coming out of doors, girls, wine, weed, wild hats, viva!”
The Beach by Alex Garland
World travel and pot smoking often go hand-in-hand, and Alex Garland’s The Beach is further proof of that connection. When English traveler Richard sets off to find a secret beach paradise in Thailand, he instead stumbles upon a cannabis plantation and a whole lot of weird. Despite the dark tone of the book, the scenes of relaxation and celebration and the presence of marijuana throughout make it a suitable 4/20 read.
Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up to Me by Richard FariГ±a
Another cult classic of the 1960s counterculture, Cuban-American author Richard FariГ±a’s picaresque novel will make you feel like you’re in college again. The unlikely hero, Gnossus Pappadopoulis, like his women loose, his art loud, and his weed strong. Sit back, crack open Been Down So Long, and let yourself wander in and out of not-so-fictional smoke-filled frat parties.
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
The real Telegraph Avenue, the street from which Michael Chabon got his novel’s title, stretches from downtown Oakland all the way to Berkeley. It’s a diverse street where college students roam, $7 coffees in hand, artists set up shop, medical marijuana shops are ever-growing, and the homeless look for a place to rest. Michael Chabon flawlessly captures the realness of the neighborhood and in Mr. Nostalgia, proprietor of non-sports card and weed aficionado.
Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
If you are in the mood for mystery and mayhem, consider spending the holiday reading Thomas Pynchon’s recently adapted Inherent Vice . Detective Larry “Doc” Portello may be a total pothead, but his occasional smoke break leads to mishaps, intrigue, and a lot of humor for the reader.
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
As if you needed another reason to read Margaret Atwood’s stunning series, consider the fact that even in a post-apocalyptic world, stoners exist. Before the Snowman became the Snowman, he was just Jimmy, another high-schooler smoking skunky weed and looking at dirty pictures with his best friend. Ah, the good old days, before global pandemics.
Sellevision by Augusten Burroughs
If you are going to spend the holiday reading, make it something hilarious like Augusten Burrough’s only work of straight fiction, Sellevision . If the over-the-top characters and outrageous plot line aren’t enough to make you laugh through a cloud of smoke, just read the scene between sad Peggy’s husband John and Nikki, the 16-year-old neighbor, which involves joint-smoking, munchies, and a whole lot of sexual innuendos.
Ruby by Cynthia Bond
Reminisce with Cynthia Bond’s titular character Ruby about the good old days in the East Village, before she left New York for a very troubled south. Travel back to when people “crashed downtown ‘tea parties’ and smoked weed with artists who rambled for hours about abstract expressionism versus pop art”. actually, never mind. This is The Village we’re talking about, so that’s probably still happening.
If you are one of the 100 million Americans who have smoked weed before, then perhaps you’ll be joining in on the celebrations on April 20. The yearly stoner holiday gives smokers everywhere a day to relax and light up a joint, but this year inвЂ¦