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9 Cannabis Subscription Boxes Worth the Price

You can find a subscription box for pretty much anything—beauty, fitness, food, pets, you name it and it most likely exists. If you’re unfamiliar with the practice, subscription boxes are delivered to your door each month chock-full of goodies and samples catering to a variety of tastes and markets.

So, what could be better than a cannabis subscription box? Though no flower or products containing THC are included in most of these subscriptions (unless you’re in California, in which case scroll down to the end of the article), they’re still bursting with other items of interest for canna-connoisseurs across the states.

Below, we take a look inside nine cannabis-friendly boxes worth subscribing to. Already subscribed to monthly canna-boxes? Tell us about them in the comments below!

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Hemper offers a few options when it comes to their subscription boxes—Bare Essentials Box, Glassentials Box, and the classic Hemper Box. Each comes with their own appeal for both beginners and long-time consumers.

Price Range: $12 to $30 per month

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SensiBox is unique in that it offers “His” and “Hers” subscriptions. Not only will you lift the lid to find cannabis-oriented products, you’ll also come across jewelry, socks, and other items from pro-cannabis businesses that don’t fall into the typical flower or glass realms.

Price Range: $12 to $27 per month

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Not only will you be indulging in some great product finds with the 420 Goody Box—including glass and papers with almost every order—you’ll also open your subscription to find some delicious eats to cure the munchies.

Price Range: $10 to $80 per month

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For one dollar (no, that’s not a typo) and up, you can receive a subscription box from Daily High Club (previously Dollar High Club) with everything from bare essentials (papers, hemp wicks) to top-shelf accessories. Their boxes range from “All-Natural” to “El Primo” depending on your level of consumption.

Price Range: $1 to $30 per month

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Hippie Butler caters to a wide variety of consumers: It’s up to you to choose what kind of products and smoking styles stand out to you most, and Hippie Butler will do the rest! Whether you’re most into flower, concentrates, or rolling, think of it as a personalized sampler pack delivered to you on the regular.

Price Range: $12 to $140 per month

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If you’d rather wrap your green than pack it, MonthlyStash is right up your alley. Each box contains rolling papers, lighters, and blunt wraps with the hope that customers will never run out of supplies. No more late night drives to the shop for last-minute wraps—sounds perfect to us!

Price Range: $20 per month

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PufferBox comes packed with a dependably awesome assortment of products and goodies—each month you’ll get a hefty mix of glass, munchies, papers, gadgets, and other accessories.

Price Range: $23 to $25 per month

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ClubM is steeped in luxury with each box containing premium supplies, including plenty of top-shelf flower. If you’re lucky enough to get in off the waiting list or are already subscribed (you must be invited first) be sure to hang on to this one, since an invitation isn’t guaranteed.

Price Range: $97 per month

Only available in California

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If you’re looking for the gold standard in subscription boxes, you’ve found it in AuBox. They offer a variety of subscriptions such as edibles boxes, pet boxes, and intimates boxes, and have more coming soon. Loaded with gorgeous cannabis products, you can trust us when we say the price tag is worth it.

Price Range: $99 to $140 per month

Only available in California


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Haute Box: 12 Luxury Cannabis Smoking Products and Accessories

One of the best things legalization has brought the style-minded set is an explosion of boutique cannabusinesses designing smoking accessories that actually fit into our lives.

With ever-growing collections of ceramic stoneware, limited-edition artist pieces, vintage lighters, and more, gone are the days of having to tuck your stash away in a shoebox. From rose gold pipes to black walnut rolling trays, use our list of splurge-worthy cannabis luxuries to take your standard smoking accoutrements up a notch. Love another product not included below? Share it in the comments!

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Ankh Clip, $60

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If joints are your method of choice, this delicate roach clip is dipped in 24-karat gold is classiest way to smoke one. A Sweetflag exclusive, each heirloom-inspired piece is handmade in Portland, Oregon by the High Society Collection.

Shop: sweetflag.club

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There’s no need to hide this stash box that’s as sleek as it is effective. The Cannador’s airtight design controls humidity at the perfect ratio for optimal freshness and taste while also protecting flower from damaging UV light. We prefer the four-strain size to store a variety of flower with a deep drawer for accessories—all under lock and key. Available in cherry or walnut veneer with a mahogany lining.

Shop: cannador.com

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Eunbi for Mister Green Ashtray, $100

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We would buy everything on this site (and in the just-opened brick & mortar shop in Los Angeles) if we could, but the must-have is an ashtray commissioned by founder Ariel Stark-Benz as part of a six-piece collection by the DTLA-based ceramic studio Eunbi.

Shop: green-mister.com

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As much a smoker status symbol as it is a fantastic vape, the latest Firefly edition is even hotter than the original. It’s much more compact and is now powered by touch sensors (compatible with the free Firefly app) to heat flower or concentrates in an instant.

Shop: thefirefly.com

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Two words: rose gold. This classic design from the lionized German pipe maker is handcrafted in two parts with a mixture of 24-karat gold and copper. The statement piece is virtually unbreakable and easy to clean with an optimal smoke pull.

Shop: greeshore-pipes.com

Jacquie Aiche Snake Skin Lighter Necklace, $120

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Among the latest pieces in the LA-based jewelry designer’s swoon-worthy Sweet Leaf collection of accessories, this is the chicest way to never lose a lighter again.
Shop: jacquieaiche.com

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This black walnut wood base with a contoured cutout corner for pouring ground flower is where your at-home ritual should always begin. A wooden scraper with built-in magnet is also included.

Shop: marleynaturalshop.com

Editor’s note: Marley Natural and Leafly are owned by the same parent company.

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The world’s first-ever 24-karat rolling paper is the perfect party trick on a night out on the town.

Shop: shinepapers.com

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Stella’s Stash Tool, $10

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Because even your all-in-one poker, dabber, and tamper should look good.

Shop: vanderpop.com

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When Fred Segal decides to start carrying its first-ever brand of bongs, you know they’re going to be highly designed. Handcrafted in San Francisco by artist and filmmaker Liam Devowski Kaczmar, the line of “original all-ceramic” water pipes ensure a conversation starter, clean hit, and airtight carb, every time.

Shop: welcometosummer.land

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Tetra Travel Kit, $90

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Ready, set, roll anywhere with Tetra’s handpicked set of essentials: private-label unbleached hemp rolling papers, a white bronze Fog Pin for packing and fine-tuning, a flameless Slide lighter, storage box and a jewel-like bottle of Japanese eye drops—all encased in a leather zip pouch by Baggu.

Shop: shop-tetra.com

Editor’s note: This item is currently sold out and will be restocked the week of May 15th.

Tokyo Smoke Grinder Card, $10

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The Toronto-based coffee-shop-meets-head-shop is the ultimate in cannabis cool, and its custom grinder card should be a staple in every smoker’s wallet.

Shop: tokyosmoke.com


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A Wedding Fit For a Cannabis Enthusiast

Shouldn’t a wedding reflect the personalities of those getting hitched? What if those personalities include a proclivity towards cannabis? Wedding planner Bec Koop believes the answer is a resounding yes.

Koop is co-owner of Irie Weddings & Events, a one-stop-shop for all wedding vendor needs. While Koop caters to plenty of traditional weddings, she also offers a plethora of fun ways to incorporate cannabis into an event—including everything from cannabis bouquets to party favors and bud bars. Her aim? To create a truly personalized experience. We sat down with Koop to learn how cannabis arrangements are influencing the wedding scene.

Leafly: How can someone include cannabis in their wedding?

Koop: Clients can do anything from a hemp silk wedding dress to CBD or hemp favors. They can have edibles, tinctures, joints, vaporizers, or bud bars. It can be in a party favor bag, or out-and-proud on display at the event.

Clients can also do a bachelorette party where it’s totally cannabis spa related. I am not a heel girl, and when I am in heels for a certain amount of time my feet just hate me. A lot of people at weddings aren’t used to being dolled up all the time. So that’s kind of a joke, ‘Hey, should we have a CBD foot soak for everyone who wants to kick off their heels and put their feet in?’

What’s the benefit of setting up a bud bar?

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When you set up a bud bar at an event, you have the opportunity to educate every single person who’s there about different cannabis strains, desired effects, sensations, and terpenes.

If the majority of the people consuming are going to be novices, we really push for the budtender, because we want the guests to have a positive experience.

Last summer alone we had 15 people who smoked for the first time ever as a result of the education and presentation that we provided at different weddings.

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Can clients pick any strain?

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We try to guide the experience for them. The strain selection will depend on the way that we are presenting it to the guests at the event.

If a client is going to be putting out cannabis for all of their guests and … some of the guests have never smoked cannabis, I’m not going to put something out for a novice user that’s a 30% THC strain.

If we have a bud bar, we like to have all ranges, from high CBD, low THC, to something that’s sativa, indica, and hybrid. Depending on what point in the evening it is, or depending on the level of consumption or tolerance, we will guide them towards what strain we think will be the most enjoyable for that part of their evening. The strain selection can be based on the timeline, or even on different parts of the meal.

Do you have a protocol for if a guest isn’t enjoying being high?

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Our big motto is educate, educate, educate … but then we also like to moderate. If we feel that someone has begun to get near a level of overconsumption, whether it’s with cannabis or it’s alcohol with cannabis, we’ll talk to the budtenders and bartenders to cut that person off.

We always try to prevent these circumstances with moderation and dosing, but if it goes a step farther and someone is starting to have a poor experience, we carry what we call an ‘oh shit kit’ with us. It has some different natural remedies that can help balance whatever uncomfortable feelings or sensations someone may be having.

We want it to be a positive experience and we’re going to do everything we can to make it positive. The second someone might start to go the other way, we are on a full-blown recovery mission to make that person feel as wonderful as possible.

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Why is education key to your bud bar service?

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If it’s a destination wedding, guests are from out of town, and many say, ‘It’s legal here, so why not try it and experience something we can’t somewhere else?’ Given that circumstance, the last thing we want is for them to have a poor cannabis experience, and leave saying, ‘Wow, I’ll never do that again!’

That would hurt the perception of cannabis. Making the opportunity for it to be a positive experience is good, but also, it’s good to break the barriers and open the conversation even with people who don’t smoke.You have to take some of the intimidation out of it, because for so long “reefer madness” really put false perceptions on this plant, and we are being granted an opportunity to teach people differently and to make sure that it is a positive experience.

What is your ultimate goal for these events?

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You’re dealing with people on some of the happiest days of their lives, and I want to be there to help guide those experiences so they are top notch and fun. I want to give a level of service where clients come away saying, ‘I can’t believe we got all of that, that person was amazing!’

Really, our goal is to blow people’s minds, to allow people to be themselves on their wedding day, and if they’re starting to have a stressful moment, we’re able to say, hey, take a puff of this joint or take some CBD, I guarantee it will mellow you out.


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Cannabis Florists Can Make the Bud Bouquet of Your Dreams

“I am blessed to be able to do what I do,” Bec Koop tells me, when speaking of her career. Koop is a florist in Colorado, but unlike the many traditional florists who abound, Koop offers a special twist: cannabis.

At thirty-two years old, Koop has been in the floral world for most of her life. She grew up playing with flowers in the shop her mother owned. However, it was more than her upbringing that brought her to a career in cannabis floristry. Originally, Koop craved a more physical, adrenaline-fueled job as a snow mobile tour guide, but after a life-changing snow mobile injury, she was led down a different path. The chronic pain caused by the accident pulled her closer to her relationship with cannabis, and at the same time, she fell back into her childhood love of flowers. Koop began working at a dispensary on the weekdays and opened her first floral business, Bec’s Blossoms, in 2011.

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Thus, Koop’s seemingly symbiotic relationship with cannabis and flowers was melded together. Since that day, Koop founded Buds & Blossoms in 2014, her first cannabis floristry business, and recently rebranded with her business partner, Madlyne Kelly, as Irie Weddings & Events.

To learn more about this fascinating art, Leafly spoke with Koop, who was as enthusiastic as she was passionate about not only making the perfect bouquet, but providing the perfect day for her clients.

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Leafly: How popular is cannabis floristry?

Koop: It’s grown exponentially since we started. Last summer we did 12 weddings, and this summer for 2017 we’re lined up for 18, but people are still booking and we’re already taking clients into 2020 right now. Our last date in the books is 4/20 of 2020.

What has the reaction of other florists who been to your cannabis bouquets?

Uh, mixed. There are some that are like, “Oh my god, how can you be so disgraceful!” Or, “That weed is so stinky,” or they just don’t think it’s the same level of class.

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The wedding industry as a whole, by nature, is a bit more on the conservative side. I’m coming in and throwing a big kink in the armor because they’re so used to people abiding by certain traditions and abiding by what’s considered acceptable. But why should your wedding day be less like your personality?

We get a blend of people who are having these more unique experiences, and we’re also starting to see some clients that are still having the big, awesome, traditional wedding, but with a bud bar or cannabis in their flowers, and it’s just a different experience.

How do you acquire or choose the cannabis?

From a legal aspect, our clients have to purchase their cannabis in advance and then they donate it to us, and we incorporate it into whichever service they’re looking for. It just has to be purchased in advance and we collect a copy of the receipt, and we will take it from there and incorporate it into your chosen method.

Do you use any traditional setting sprays on your bouquets?

We resource all of our flowers from local wholesalers. The majority of their product comes from local farms in Colorado. Sticking with that sustainability and working with other local resources is very important to us, and if we were to spray chemicals all over everything, we would ruin that cannabis. That’s definitely not what we’re looking for. Kind of a joke with the flowers is, if you have cannabis in your bouquet, you can take it straight from your bouquet to your bowl.

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How do you decide what flowers to pair with the strains?

From an aesthetic color palette point, the client can pull in some flowers that are purple to complement the purple strain nugs. Or, nugs that come out looking more lime green can be beautiful as an accent color when you’re working with pinks, oranges, and yellows.

Sometimes we will pair the flowers and buds on a scent terpene profile. So say [the client] really likes something that smells a bit more lavender-esque, and they’re using flowers that have a sweeter floral scent; then I probably wouldn’t get skunk weed. I’d go for something that has more of a floral terpene with that softer, sweet scent, so that one isn’t overpowering the other.

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I start the whole conversation by asking what cannabis flowers they would like and go based on what their personal preference is, because even if it’s the perfect color and the perfect terpene, if it’s a strain that they’re not going to smoke, it’s not practical.

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Do you offer bouquets, boutonnieres, and arrangements?

Absolutely. Rather than a boutonniere I call it a “budonniere.” We’ve also done flower arrangements that are set on every single table that has cannabis in it, or one super large stunning arrangement in a smoking lounge that’s loaded with a half ounce of weed. It will be on the table with a bunch of bowls and lighters, so guests can simply walk up, crack it out of the arrangement, put it in a bowl, enjoy it, and then go back to the party.

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Cannabis leaves sound like a beautiful touch. Do you use them often?

Actually, one thing that I’m trying to steer away from to some extent is using the leaves because it’s sad how much waste and spoilage there is once you start to clip clippings, and once they are in a bouquet they tend to die very fast. I’ve tried different things to strengthen them. It’s unbelievable how fast they wilt. It’s far easier working with dried, cured bud; it’s beautiful, functional, and you can smoke it.

Do you have a favorite bouquet that stands out in your memory?

I have one that’s coming up in September that I’m just so freaking excited for, because it’s going to be about 9-10 grams of much larger, big, fat, deep purple buds, going in with a bunch of succulents and some really deep purple flowers with gold accents. It’s going to be a stunning collaboration. [That’s] one I’m really looking forward to making.

The beauty is that since I’m working with unique clientele that is not attached to what they see in magazines, each one of my bouquets has been so dramatically different, and that’s something that I really value. I’m not doing the same, compact rose bouquet every single wedding, and there’s been some that have just been really cool for many different reasons.


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What’s That Smell? It’s ‘Cannabis Flower’ Perfume, Dahling

Here’s the rub with cannabis as a perfume note: you want to be able to smell it, but not too much. It has to smell distinctly cannabis – herby, fragrant and evocative – but it can never be that off-putting, rank burnt herb sometimes associated with the flower. And since perfumers in most states can’t sell commercial perfumes using actual cannabis oil – they rely on tricks of the trade to create accords mimicking the bud’s scent – creating a true cannabis perfume requires a truly complicated balancing act.

One perfumer describes the cannabis scent: ‘It’s like drinking lemonade with your pet skunk in the middle of a pinyon pine forest as newly baled hay cures in a neighboring field.’

“Cannabis is the most underused aromatic essence in the natural fragrance game,” said Christi Meshell, owner and perfumer of Seattle-based House of Matriarch perfumes. Meshell’s company employs cannabis notes in its Sex Magic and Forbidden perfumes. She has a precise way of describing its effects: “It’s like drinking lemonade with your pet skunk in the middle of a pinyon pine forest as newly baled hay cures in a neighboring field.”

Demeter Fragrances owner Mark Crames is a lawyer by training and a perfumer by practice and passion. While he’s not a Master Perfumer – attaining that position requires years of training at a traditional perfume school in France – he trained his nose during his 15 years working as a fragrance distributor. Eventually his distribution business acquired a manufacturing license, and he began developing commercial fragrances of his own.

“I’m always approaching a target trying to capture what the majority of people would recognize as the thing itself, but in an idealized version,” Crames said.

In 2002 he bought Demeter, which renowned perfume artist Christopher Brosius had launched 10 years earlier. Brosius had created a catalogue of an astonishing range of scents. He exhibited his scents at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum’s Triennial exhibition in 2003 – the first time that the design elements of perfume construction were acknowledged in such a setting.

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Crames possesses a photographic memory for the nose. He can recall scents years after he experiences them. For the past decade his nose has been the driving force behind Demeter’s fragrances, which continue to stretch the concept of what’s considered perfume.

Clean Skin, Paperback, New Baby, Laundromat, Snow, and, of course, Cannabis Flower. Reading the company’s list of perfumes is like sifting through a family album of olfaction.

‘Cannabis Flower’ is like a haughty supporting actress. There’s always the risk she might get too loud and steal the show.

Traditional perfumes are composed of top notes, middle notes, and base notes. The tops evaporate quickly, revealing the middle over time, and then the base several hours later. In that sense, cannabis can wear many hats in the perfuming world. Sometimes it acts like a sneaky top note; it can also move in and out like a middle note, or create a backdrop for other aromas like a base note.

“Any ‘big’ note presents challenges because it needs to be managed and tamed into wearability,” Crames said.

And so it is with Cannabis Flower. It’s like a haughty supporting actress – you need her to play along and do her thing, but there’s always the danger she might get too loud and steal the show.


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6 Drinks to Try While High

Cannabis is great, but most people are hit with an unfortunate side effect: dry mouth (also known as cotton mouth). Luckily, this side effect is completely manageable for all those afflicted – just have a beverage on hand.

In my opinion, these six drinks taste even more magically delicious after experiencing your favorite strain. Even if you have access to strains that don’t give you dry mouth, don’t shortchange your taste buds; instead, try drinking one of the following beverages the next time you get high.

Mamma Chia

Mama Chia drink

Mamma Chia is a great beverage with a lot going for it: seven great flavors, 6 grams of dietary fiber, and it’s even got some protein. For being a juice, its surprisingly good for you.

But it’s the chia seeds that bump this beverage up from great to an experience.The seeds soak up the juice and give the drink its incredibly pleasing gelatinous texture. You’ll love this drink if you like bubble tea or aloe vera drinks.

Alo

Alo drink

While the jury is still out on whether or not Alo is healthy, it sure tastes good. Like Mamma Chia it comes in a bunch of different flavors (I’m partial to their Fuji Apple + Crisp flavor, which legitimately tastes like Washington state Fuji apples) and comes with delightfully strange floating bits of plant matter like aloe vera pulp. If you like your morning orange juice with lots of pulp, this one’s for you.

Bubble Tea

Bubble tea

You might be noticing a theme here: I like drinks with weird things in them. Go to any college town in the nation and you’re sure to find at least one establishment that serves bubble tea.

What makes bubble tea a truly magical experience are the fruit jellies or tapioca balls that come in your drink, plus the ritual of shaking your drink vigorously before jabbing your jumbo-sized straw into the plastic seal lid. Most bubble tea places also have plenty of seating and board games. I recommend pairing bubble tea with a good giggly strain.

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Frozen Odwalla

Odwalla drinks

Odwalla is the finest nationwide purveyor of sugary but absolutely delectable real fruit smoothies. This beverage experience takes a little bit of prep time, but I assure you it’s worth it. Buy any Odwalla smoothie (I love Mango Tango and Strawberry Banana because they’re a bit thicker than most of their other smoothies) and put it in the freezer. In about 1-2 hours, you’ll have a fruit slush that can quench your thirst on a hot summer day like none other.

Slurpees

Slurpee

If you’re looking for something chilling that requires less prep time than frozen Odwalla (or you just like the taste of Coca-Cola better than fruit), look no further than your local 7-11, which carries the most classic of frozen beverages.

What makes slurpees an experience? Usually you get your choice of 4-8 wild and crazy flavors that you can mix and match to create beautiful slurpee art (but only if you can master dispensing it). Slurpees combined with cannabis will definitely bump all your favorite summer activities up by a notch or three.

Ramune

Ramune

Ramune makes the list thanks to the vintage marble and pressure-sealed codd-neck bottle that it comes in. Not only is it fun to open, it’s a product of Japan, which makes it super exotic and adventurous. If you’re worried about not being able to find this drink, don’t worry because it can be found at Asian food markets and Cost Plus World Market.

These are some of my favorite beverage experiences, but there must be more! Please share your favorite things to drink when you’re high in the comments below.

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Cannabis and Relationships: Reframing Limiting Beliefs

One of the many things about cannabis effects I find so useful is it helps open up my mind to new perspectives and allows me to problem solve from different angles, and this is especially true when reflecting on relationships. My current favorite strain for deep, contemplative personal work is Cherry AK-47. (Thanks to SPARC in SF for hooking me up!) Its sweet flavor makes it incredibly pleasant to smoke and the effects deliver a euphoric, energetic head space that is highly conducive to making previously unrealized connections.

Grab a notepad and pen, take a few hits of your favorite strain for focused introspection, and let’s jump into three of the most common relationship-limiting beliefs that people have shared with me over the past several years. I’ll offer reframes, but remember that like everything I suggest, this is a jumping off point, not intended to imply that my reframe is the only valid one. My hope is for this to be a meditation on what letting go of those views would look like in your life.

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Looking for That “Forever” Person

My friend Rabbit Darling wrote a piece for A Practical Wedding which included a line that punched me directly in the heart:

“Maybe forever shouldn’t be the explicit goal. Maybe the explicit goal should be in why we might want forever, and how to keep wanting it. What makes a relationship successful is not that it does not end—because hey. They all end, somehow. What makes a relationship successful is how much joy, delight, and victory you can wrestle from the jaws of a less-than-gentle world.”

I used to think that relationship commitment automatically equals security. I wanted to get married because then I could have something to rely on. Something I could point to and say, “Even if everything else goes to shit, I’ll still have this relationship because WE PROMISED.” We know from both statistics and experience that this isn’t always the case. What if we reframe our fixation on “forever” the way I try to get people to reframe their fixation on orgasm? Specifically that it’s awesome if it happens, but it requires luck, skill, and a host of variables that are not always under our control.

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“You’re Not Enough” or “You’re Too Much”

This is a limiting belief that so many people have and it’s incredibly toxic. It puts you in a mindset where everything you do revolves around justifying your worthiness to be loved. You tell yourself that if you were just attractive/wealthy/successful/charming/skilled enough then you would have the life and relationships you want. People spend years in therapy to unlearn this nonsense.

I’ve found cannabis hugely helpful when examining this belief system and trying to create a new one. Affirmations are useful when reprogramming your brain’s negative self talk, especially around worthiness. I highly recommend reading Brene Brown’s book, “Daring Greatly.” It’s not an exaggeration to say that book changed my life by radically upgrading my feelings about worthiness.

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“Communication is Unnecessary”

How often have you noticed discomfort and wanted something to change in a given situation, but you decided that the effort required to have the conversation was more taxing than simply tolerating the discomfort? Rabbit Darling points out, “Words are a last resort, rather than the actual lifeblood of a relationship (with attunement being the oxygen that blood carries).”

I see this happen all the time, from consent to conflict. During my workshops, I watch the skeptical expressions on attendees’ faces as I extol the virtues of scheduling both sex and date nights. I notice jaws clenching when I suggest setting rules for conflict and having regular “state of the relationship” check ins.

“Communicating boundaries is awkward and draining.”

“Asking first ruins the mood.”

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I hear these perspectives repeated over and over again, and I’m calling bullshit. Communication is everything. There may be such a thing as over-communicating and over-processing, but I’d strongly prefer that to the current state of things. The constant, anxiety-provoking wondering that we do. The game playing–“I can’t text them because what if I seem needy?” or “If I give feedback about a behavior, they might not change it and that will feel like rejection so I’ll just silently resent them instead.”

It’s toxic. It’s maladaptive. And most importantly, it’s not working. I have yet to meet someone who can honestly tell me that not communicating has made their relationship better. I get that it’s difficult. We’re not taught how to do this. If you’re interested in learning how to communicate better, I suggest going to some communication workshops, either online or in person.

Did any of those beliefs resonate for you? If so, don’t judge yourself for having limiting beliefs. Many people do, and a combination of socialization and life experiences reinforce those beliefs over time. It’s important to regularly spend time critically examining the ways in which your beliefs impact the way you move through the world.

The nice thing is, you get to choose. Keep the things that work, ditch the things that don’t. That’s not to say that the changes will come easily. They won’t. Change takes effort and time. Examining those patterns that are no longer serving you is a good first step. Let the herb guide you to new and more adaptive ways of thinking.

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5 Cannabis Strains for 5 Specific Types of Sex

“What’s the best flower strain for sex?” I get this question all the time. It’s a great query that only has one completely accurate answer: it depends. There are many factors to consider when pairing a strain with sexual activity:

  • What kind of sex are you going for? (Solo, partnered, slow lovemaking, frenzied lust, etc.)
  • How does your body react to different strains?
  • What method of consumption are you using? (I’ve found combusted flower affects me differently than vaped flower)

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Here are some strains I personally enjoy with certain sexual situations. These recommendations are general guidelines based on what has worked with my body chemistry and tolerance, so keep in mind that your experience may vary somewhat. Also, for the purposes of this overview, I’m smoking flower, not vaping.

For Sexy Solo Time: Girl Scout Cookies

Leafly Girl Scout Cookies hybrid cannabis strain tile

This gets top billing for two reasons: first, masturbation is awesome and legitimately good for you. Second, you can’t always have partnered sex due to factors beyond your control –time, distance, opportunity, etc. — but you can always make time for self-loving.

Girl Scout Cookies is great for solo sex because it’s creative and euphoric, which helps enrich fantasies to make them more vivid. A method I’ve found super effective is to take a few hits of GSC, pull out my phone and start reading erotica, and once I’m sufficiently turned on (which doesn’t take long with this strain), the phone goes away and my imagination takes over. Every detail in my imagined scenario is so vivid it’s almost tangible.

You may not always have time to orgasm, but that doesn’t need to be the goal. Instead, you can aim for simply pleasure, which can be enjoyed for as little as seconds at a time.

For Slow, Passionate Lovemaking: Bubblegum Kush

Leafly indica Bubblegum Kush cannabis strain tile

The first time I smoked with my lover B, we tried Bubblegum Kush in a pipe. Its heady high gave me a sensual buzz and increased my need for touch. As we laid down in bed together, I instantly noticed my body’s increased responsiveness to his touch. I’m extra sensitive to tactile stimulation when high, and as he massaged my body, I could feel myself getting much more aroused than usual. I’ll spare you the explicit details, but suffice to say it was incredibly intimate with a lot of eye gazing and loving epithets.

Bubblegum Kush also got me closer to a relaxed orgasm, as opposed to the tension-fueled, toe-curling orgasms that many people experience. Neither is better than the other, but the latter requires a lot of muscle clenching, which can cause cramping or fatigue. A relaxed orgasm is more of a peaceful experience where it just washes over you, and I found that with Bubblegum Kush, I didn’t experience as much tension.

For Frenzied, Lustful Sex: Sour Diesel

Leafly Sour Diesel sativa cannabis strain tile

I can’t leave Sour Diesel out of this list because it’s such a popular strain, and several of my partners love it for sex. For my own body chemistry, I’ve found that it can produce anxiety if I’m not careful.

That said, sex has become my lifehack for Sour Diesel. I get a rush of excited energy after smoking this strain, which can be mindfully directed into some seriously intense “keep-going-and-don’t-stop” sex. It’s the type of sex where you crave the other person with an almost insatiable desire, where you can feel your heart pounding and your skin getting flushed and every touch is electrified. It’s a great feeling, and a high-energy strain like Sour Diesel only serves to augment it.

For Morning Sex: Harlequin

Leafly Harlequin sativa cannabis strain tile

If you’re a person with a typical 9-5 job, you may not be able to get super baked before work. At the same time, lots of people love morning sex as a way to start the day off on a positive note. What to do if you want to combine them?

Enter Harlequin, a high CBD strain known for its relaxing, pain-relieving, and clear-headed effects. When I use this strain for morning sex, I feel present and grounded. It helps me focus on the experience I’m having and not the day’s to-do list. This combo is way better than coffee to get your day started.

For Creative, Kinky Sex: Jillybean

Leafly hybrid Jillybean cannabis strain tile

Jillybean is highly creative, uplifting, and euphoric, which makes it easier to incorporate new and interesting things into your sexual menu. You may be inspired to try new performances like roleplay or dirty talk. Or perhaps Jillybean gave you a confidence boost to try on that hot little red garment that’s been teasing you from the back of your closet. Maybe you’ve gotten a confidence boost to ask your partner to try something new. Whatever your kink, Jillybean is a good complement.

What are your favorite strains for these kinds of sex, or other types of sex that you enjoy? Share your recommendations in the comments!

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What’s the Significance of the Lion and Cannabis in Rastafarian Culture?

As both symbol and beast, the lion has proven to be a source of fascination for man, woman, and child. The timeless awe in which human culture holds this animal can perhaps best be seen in the Ardèche Valley of Southern France. Here, within the Chauvet Cave, are walls which reveal how Paleolithic man lived roughly 32,000 years ago, portraying the animals he both hunted and lived alongside. This famed archaeological site is decorated with intricate paintings of bison, horses, mammoths, but most predominantly, lions.

Yet, despite this remarkable legacy and symbolic grandeur, lions are suffering extinction across Africa and India. Their numbers have dropped to the point where the species needs to be placed on the endangered list. Here at Leafly, we want to spread the word and acknowledge the magnificence of the lion in our own way: by exploring the cultural significance between the Rasta lion and cannabis.

Rastafarian Culture and Marijuana

Rastafarian culture and marijuana

Rastafarians, or Rastas, those who follow the Rastafarian movement, are synonymous with marijuana (or, as they might refer to it, ganja) in popular culture. It’s what immediately comes to mind when you hear the phrase, probably closely followed by dreadlocks, Jamaica, and Bob Marley.

The very first branch of Rastafari is believed to have been established in Jamaica in 1935 by Leonard P. Howell. His work, The Promise Key, published that year, is a Rastafari tract and contains many of the articles of faith on which the movement is built.

In 1933, Howell had begun to preach that Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia was the Messiah and that Africans were the chosen people who would soon be repatriated to Ethiopia. He believed that all African people would gain the superiority over whites that had always been intended for them. Howell’s actions encouraged others to develop and spread the message of Rasta theology.

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Cannabis consumption has been culturally entrenched in the Rastafari movement since the 1930s but, despite what most might assume, the use of marijuana simply to get high is condemned by Rastafari. Actually, Rastafarians are opposed to drug use in general. They frequently avoid alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and will not use cocaine or heroin. These substances are viewed as poisons that defile the body.

Ganja, however, is seen as a gateway to understanding. The Rastas’ use of ganja stems back to the beginning of Rastafari in Jamaica. In 1941, Howell set up a Rasta community of 1,600 Rastas named Pinnacle. At Pinnacle, Howell grew marijuana as a cash crop. It was during this time that Rastafarians discovered the properties of marijuana that helped to improve their reasoning sessions.

Turning to the Bible, Rastafarians found reverence within certain passages towards the use of this sacred weed, believing that the “Tree of Life” mentioned in the Bible is the marijuana plant and that several passages promote its use:

  • “He causeth the grass for the cattle, and herb for the services of man” (Psalm 104:14)
  • “Thou shalt eat the herb of the field” (Genesis 3:18)
  • “Eat every herb of the land” (Exodus 10:12)
  • “The herb is the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2)

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Subsequently, marijuana became embedded within the Rastafari culture. Rastas commonly gather together and smoke ganja from a shared pipe called a chalice during ritual gatherings known as reasoning sessions. These group meetings involve meditation where ideas are freely shared among participants. For Rastas, communal smoking helps to emphasize the sense of community as well as producing visions of a religious and calming nature.

Now that you’re familiar with Rastafarian culture, how does the king of the jungle feature so prominently? The answer is simply and, most explicitly, on the flag.

The Rasta Lion

the Rasta Lion

The symbol of the lion is connected to Haile Selassie, an emperor of Ethiopia whom the Rastafarians worship as the Messiah. Rastafarians believe that Selassie’s lineage can be traced back to the Tribe of Judah, which itself used the lion as a symbol. Consequently, Rastafari refer to him as the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah. They believed that Haile Selassie, as the inheritor of the lineage of the House of Solomon, was the Second Coming, and that he could return to Africa members of the black community who were living in exile as the result of colonization and the slave trade.

Rastafari theology developed in Jamaica during the 1930s from the ideas of Marcus Garvey, a political activist who wanted to improve the status of fellow blacks. Although Garvey never actually followed Rastafari or believed in it, he is considered to be one of the religion’s prophets as it would be his ideologies that eventually grew into Rastafarianism.

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Garvey’s Pan-Africanism teachings of black self-empowerment are credited as being the sources behind the founding of the religion. He believed that all black people should return to their rightful homeland in Africa. Throughout the 1920s, Garvey would play a role in organizing the black nationalist movement in America. He taught people to be proud of their race, but he also offended other black leaders with his ideas of separatism within races.

His ability to perform powerful speeches would earn him millions of supporters. Indeed, many believe that what Garvey preached in 1920 became the statement upon which the foundation of the Rastafari movement would be laid:

“Look to Africa where a black king shall be crowned, he shall be your Redeemer”

However unlikely, this proclamation would be realized in 1930 when Ras Tafari Makonnen was crowned the new Emperor of Ethiopia to become known as Emperor Haile Selassie I.

Who (or What) is the Lion of Judah?

Who (or what) is the Lion of Judah?

The Lion of Judah was depicted on the flag of Ethiopia from 1897 to 1974. Due to its association with Selassie, it continues to be an important symbol among members of the Rastafari movement. The prophesy of the coming of Haile Selassie I as the Messiah is predicted according to some by biblical references.

In Christianity, the Lion of Judah epithet is typically used to refer to Jesus Christ, but that’s not where the meaning of this symbol ends. The Lion of Judah is an ancient symbol, representing the Israelite tribe of Judah throughout the Old Testament of the Torah. It also features on the emblem of Jerusalem, in recognition of the original tribe of the Biblical Judah. Traditionally, the tribe is represented by a lion. The symbol dates back to the tribe’s patriarch Jacob, in the blessing he gives to Judah in the Book of Genesis, referring to him as a “lion’s cub” (Genesis 49:9).

The Bible reveals Jesus’ bloodline dating back to Jacob, of the House of David. Judah was Jacob’s fourth son who would become father of the Twelves Tribes of Israel. King David, an ancestor of Jesus, was also from Judah’s lineage. According to Judges 1:2, God chose the Tribe of Judah to take the lead in conquering the nations who were living in the land promised to the Twelve Tribes.

In speaking of the Tribe of Judah, Jacob said:

“Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion’s whelp; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; and as a lion, who shall rouse him? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people” (Genesis 49:8-10)

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This prophecy claimed that in Israel the line of Kings would descend directly from Judah. When David succeeded the throne after the death of King Saul, the prophecy would be fulfilled. David’s descendants were the kings of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah until the time of the Babylonian captivity in 586 BC.

According to the Kebra Negast, a 13th century treatise that is used to legitimize the Ethiopian dynasty, the Queen of Sheba would travel to King Solomon and give birth to a child by him named Menelik I. As Solomon was of the tribe of Judah, his son Menelik I would continue the line which, according to Ethiopian history, was passed directly down from king to king until the successful heave against Emperor Haile Selassie I in 1974.

As said, the would-be emperor could claim to trace his line back to Menelik I. Originally named Tafari Makonnen, he was the only legitimate son of Ras Makonnen. Among his father’s allies was his cousin, Emperor Menelik II, who did not have a male heir to succeed him.

In 1916, Tafari took power from Iyasu V and imprisoned him for life. The following year Menelik II’s daughter, Zewditu, became empress, and Tafari was named regent, elevated himself to the rank of Ras, and became the apparent heir to the throne.

The progressive Ras Tafari (get it?) came to symbolize the hopes and dreams of Ethiopia’s younger population. In 1923 he led Ethiopia into the League of Nations, and the following year he traveled to Europe, becoming the first Ethiopian ruler to go abroad. In 1928 he appointed himself king, and two years later, after the death of Zewditu, he was made emperor and assumed the name Haile Selassie I.

What’s in a Rastafarian Flag?

The Rasta lion

Essentially, Rastafarianism is a young, Africa-centered religion which developed from the ideas of Marcus Garvey in Jamaica during the 1930s. Rastafarians hold the belief that the people of Africa are the descendants of the Tribe of Judah referred to in the Bible, one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel and God’s chosen people.

The movement began as a response in Jamaica to colonial control and slavery. Rastafarians focus on regaining the strength of the African people in order to fight what they call Babylonian control, and to return to the land of Zion, which they believe to be Ethiopia.

Understandably, the symbols and symbolic practices within the religion are a reflection of these beliefs. Nothing encapsulates the semiology associated with Rastafarianism more than its flag. Like all flags, the images and colors it’s emblazoned with are deeply symbolic. Everyone in the U.S. knows the significance of the “stars and stripes.” and the flag flown by Rastafarians is of no less importance to them.

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The current Rastafarian flag happens to be the old Imperial Ethiopian flag, used from 1897 to 1974, on which the symbol of the Lion of Judah proudly appears. This version of the Ethiopian flag is red, gold, green, and sometimes black, with the symbol of a crowned lion carrying a scepter to the fore:

  • The color red is representative of the blood spilt in the name of freedom throughout Jamaica, particularly of slaves brought over during the colonial period
  • Green stands for Jamaica, its vegetation, and hope for the eradication of suppression, which holds an important place in the practice of the religion
  • Gold symbolizes the wealth, minerals, and resources of Ethiopia, as well as hope and faith
  • Black, which is sometimes found on the flag, represents the color of African skin and is considered a color of holiness

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As for the lion itself, it is seen as the symbol of Rastafari and represents Haile Selassie I, who is referred to by Rastafari as the Conquering Lion of Judah, the man they view as the Messiah that will lead the peoples of Africa and the African diaspora to freedom.

In truth, Haile Selassie I never considered himself the Messiah, nor did he adhere to any Rastafari beliefs despite the regard in which Rastafarians held him. It does seem peculiar that a movement should worship a man as a deity, especially when that man denies this apparent divinity:

“I also met certain Rastafarians. I told them clearly that I am a man, that I am mortal, and that I will be replaced by the oncoming generation, and that they should never make a mistake in assuming or pretending that a human being is emanated from a deity” (Haile Selassie I)

But does that really matter? No more than the symbol of the lion, an anthropomorphized idea associated with courage, pride, and strength, none of which an animal lion has even the remotest conception of, Ras Tafari himself became a symbol for a group of people to gather around and to unite behind.

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Lion of Judah monument photo courtesy of David Stanley on Flickr; Rasta flag photo courtesy of Corie Bidgood on Flickr


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Build Your Own Cannabis Library with These Must-Read Books About Marijuana

With millions of books published each year, it can be quite challenging having to decide which books to add to your ever-growing list of must-reads. We asked Leafly staff what their favorite cannabis-related books were and their responses varied from educational resources to memoirs and even a few cookbooks.

Check out some of our favorite cannabis-themed books. Have you read any of them?

EDUCATIONAL

The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis

By Julie Holland, M.D.

The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis

Julie Holland, a physician at the NYU School of Medicine, covers marijuana’s physiological and psychological effects, the complex politics of cannabis law, and its role in creativity, business, and spirituality. All proceeds from the book go towards supporting medical marijuana research.

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

By Ed Rosenthal

Marijuana Grower's Handbook

Whether you’re just learning to grow cannabis or you’re a vet with decades of experience, the Marijuana Grower’s Handbook provides basic information that a new grower needs, as well as helpful hints and scientific research for the experienced cannabis horticulturalist. Cannabis icon Tommy Chong writes the foreword to this amazing resource containing over 500 pages of color photos and illustrations.

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

By Jorge Cervantes

Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible

This classic and #1 best seller in horticulture on Amazon is the most complete cultivation book available today, with well over 1,000 photographs and illustrations featured. Originally published in 1983, the book’s chapters have all been updated with the latest information and a couple new sections.

Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana

By Michael Backes

Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana

Author Michael Backes specializes in cannabis science and policy issues at a Southern California consultancy and is a fellow member of the American Herbal Products Association’s Cannabis Committee. This easy-to-read book provides evidence-based information on using cannabis for ailments and conditions. Backes outlines 29 ailments and illnesses for which doctors commonly recommend medical marijuana, and he provides readers the latest information on varietals, delivery, and dosing.

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

By Ed Rosenthal

Beyond Buds: Marijuana Extracts: Hash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles & Medicines

Beyond Buds details how award-winning artisans make hash and concentrates, and includes modern techniques utilizing dry ice and CO2. The book is a primer on making kief, water hash, tinctures, topicals, edibles, and other extracts from cannabis leaves, trim, and bud bits, and it goes on to explore and simplify the more exotic and trendy marijuana-infused products, such as butane hash oil (BHO), shatter, wax, and budder. Marijuana icon Ed Rosenthal and leading cannabis reporter David Downs guide readers through the best new consumer products, and demonstrate how to make and use the safest, cleanest extracts.

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

By Jorge Cervantes

The Cannabis Encyclopedia

Arguably the most comprehensive book on the market when it comes to cannabis, The Cannabis Encyclopedia explains all the essential techniques to grow indoors, outdoors, and in greenhouses. Cervantes has grown cannabis since the early 1980s and his expert advice and techniques have helped growers all over the world produce high-yield gardens.

The Emperor Wears No Clothes: Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy

By Jack Herer

The Emperor Wears No Clothes: Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy

Renowned marijuana activist and namesake to the popular strain, Jack Herer collected tons of data on cannabis and its medicinal uses. This classic begins with Herer taking the advice of his friend Captain Ed Adair and compiling tidbits of information about the cannabis plant and its numerous benefits. Herer covers marijuana prohibition to therapeutic uses of cannabis and the underlying racial implications associated with the plant.

Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America

By Bruce Barcott

Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America

Leafly’s Deputy Editor, Bruce Barcott, wrote Weed the People, taking readers a step into the future when it comes to the legalization of marijuana. The issues surrounding the legalization of cannabis vary from the trivial to the profound. There are new questions of social etiquette: Is one expected to offer a neighborly toke? If so, how? Is it cool to bring cannabis to a Super Bowl party? Yay or nay on the zoning permit for a marijuana shop two doors down from the Safeway? Plus, there are the inevitable conversations between parents and children over exactly what this adult experiment with cannabis means for them.

Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language and Life

By Shirley Halperin

Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language and Life

Pot Culture encapsulates the history, lifestyle, and language of a subculture that, with every generation, is constantly redefining itself. From exhaustive lists of stoner-friendly movies, music, and television shows to detailed explanations of various stoner tools, to celebrity-authored how-tos and an A-Z compendium of slang words and terms, it’s the ultimate encyclopedia of pot.

FICTION

Jesus Weed: The Misadventures of a Young Man in Search of the Perfect High

By Gerald Taylor

Jesus Weed: The Misadventures of a Young Man in Search of the Perfect High

A good-looking, adventurous young lad, Gerald is driven by a lust for adventure, a lust for women, and a lust for life. Launching himself onto the hippie trail, he travels to Thailand where he comes into contact with Jesus Weed for the first time. This is enough for him to come up with his own personal mission statement, dedicating himself to “the study and use of marijuana in all its myriad forms — how to grow and refine the sacred herb and, wherever possible, get shit-faced in the pot-growing strongholds of the planet.” From there his adventures spiral out of control.

Budding Prospects: A Pastoral

By T.C. Boyle

Budding Prospects: A Pastoral

Budding Prospects: A Pastoral depicts the misadventures of Felix Nasmyth and his buds Phil and Gesh as they embark on a get-rich-quick scheme. All they have to do is harvest a crop of marijuana and half a million dollars is theirs. But of course nothing goes as they planned, and the group encounters all kinds of problems throughout their journey.

MEMOIRS

Growgirl: The Blossoming of an Unlikely Outlaw

By Heather Donahue

Growgirl: The Blossoming of an Unlikely Outlaw

At age 34, Heather Donahue’s life went to pot. Literally. After starring in The Blair Witch Project, she became a household name. But once the afterglow of the movie faded, her acting career stalled. Determined to start a new life, Growgirl follows Donahue’s year living on a cannabis farm in Nuggettown, California, among “The Community” — a collection of growers, their “pot wives,” and the reason for it all: “The Girls.”

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

By Johann Hari

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

A New York Times bestseller by journalist Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream reveals his discoveries over three years from his discussions with people all over the world whose lives have been completely transformed by the War on Drugs. This book will challenge and change how you think about one of the most controversial–and consequential–questions of our time.

COOKBOOKS

Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis

By Chefs Laurie Wolf and Melissa Parks with the team at Herb

Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis

Chefs Melissa Parks and Laurie Wolf have developed recipes that specifically complement and downplay the taste of the herb so that each appetizer, entrée, and dessert will be enjoyed to the fullest. Seasoned chefs and cooking novices alike will revel in creating homemade cannabis-infused treats with over 200 delicious, reliable recipes from the Herb cookbook.

The Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine

By Jessica Catalano

The Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine

Professional culinary and medical marijuana advocate Jessica Catalano makes it easy for you to create your own top-class cannabis cuisine. Catalano pairs every recipe with a cannabis strain whose flavor complements that of the dish. Readers learn how to match specific types of cannabis with meals to enhance flavor and effects. Featuring 11 different extraction methods and recipes for every meal of the day, The Ganja Kitchen Revolution s is the only marijuana cookbook to harness the flavor and effects of individual cannabis strains to make healthy marijuana meals for patients, adult users, and budding canna-chefs.

Sweet Mary Jane: 75 Delicious Cannabis-Infused High-End Desserts

By Karin Lazarus

Sweet Mary Jane: 75 Delicious Cannabis-Infused High-End Desserts

Karin Lazarus, owner of the Sweet Mary Jane Bakery in Boulder, Colorado, made it her mission to bring flavor, passion, and innovation to a cuisine previously best known for pot brownies. Her cookbook includes 75 delectable cannabis-infused treats like Smashing Pumpkin White Chocolate Pumpkin Bars, Sweet Temptation Mango Sorbet, and Chocolate Almond Delights.

What are some of your favorite cannabis reads? Share your favorite books in the comments!

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