If you love cannabis as much as we do, then you know the power it has to enhance almost any activity. But even when we have the intention of being active after a smoke session, it’s easy to end up zoned out on a random TV show. So if you’re the type that likes to curl up on the sofa while enjoying your favorite cannabis products, why not pick up a book?
Pairing cannabis with a really good fiction book is a great way to lose yourself for a while and dive entirely into another world. You can enjoy the story at your own pace, and let your mind paint its own images inspired by the words you read in your altered state. If this sounds like your cup of tea, then keep reading because we’ve got a few recommendations for the best books to read while high. Here are our three favorites.
Best Books to Read While High
On the Road
This classic novel by beatnik author Jack Kerouac was a driving force that helped shape the beginning of the cannabis culture. It’s a beautiful story that gives us insight into the 1950s post-war counterculture movement that pathed the way for the radical 1960s.
The book describes the travels of a group of penniless young people driving across the country. They’re in love with life, drugs, and mysticism and hate schedules, mortgages, and road maps. This classic is famous for inspiring an entire generation with its free-form rawness, truth, and poetry.
This is the kind of book that can sweep you away while enjoying your favorite strain, or in any state of mind. Because who doesn’t like traveling, sex, drugs, and jazz music? On the Road is an especially good choice for anyone who uses cannabis and wants to get a feel for the beatnik generation that helped bring the plant they love into mainstream culture.
The Lord of the Rings
If you appreciate the way a good smoke session can take you out of reality into a whole other world, then you will love reading The Lord of the Rings while stoned. This classic trilogy is the mother of all high-fantasy literature and set the stage for every fantasy story written since 1955, including Game of Thrones.
These books weave together an incredible story written with breathtaking language that describes landscapes, characters, and adventures that are indeed out of this world. The best part is they are approachable and can easily be enjoyed by anyone no matter your age or background.
This book is a hands-down must-read. Before DC published Watchmen in 1986, being into comic books was a guilty secret. But this graphic novel written by Alen Moore changed everything and paved the way for a modern cultural obsession with comic book characters.
The story begins in an alternate history during the 1940s-1960s, where superheroes emerged and changed history so that things like the Watergate break-in were never uncovered and the US won the Vietnam War. Fast forward to 1985, and we see a world where costumed vigilantes are outlawed, and former superheroes are all retired. But the investigation of the murder of a government-sponsored superhero forces the protagonists out of retirement. We see them struggle in a story that reflects a range of contemporary anxieties and satirizes the superhero concept.
The best part?
It is told with amazing illustrations with minimal text, which makes it all-the-more remarkable to read while high. Time magazine declared it as one of the best novels written since 1923, and it’s widely considered the greatest graphic novel ever published.
Seriously, read this book.
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