Ah, reading. With new titles released daily and all of the classics to work through, curling up with a book never loses its charm. Now that we’re in cozy season, a book and some tea (with your choice of weed) will keep you stimulated on the long winter nights.
You may not see a link between smoking weed and reading books. But the right strain and reading material will set you up for relaxation and inspiration. We asked around and compiled our list of some of the best books to read high.
Our Top 10 Books to Read High
1. The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim
“Do not fight your negative emotions. Observe and befriend them.” A guide to cultivating inner peace during relatable life experiences from a Buddhist monk.
2. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
In this detective story/intense dream, a Tokyo man searches for his wife’s missing cat. Instead, he finds a mysterious well, buried secrets, and a dark netherworld.
3. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
The last human alive reminisces as he journeys through a darkly funny, genetically altered post-apocalyptic world. He’s responsible for the green-eyed Children of Crake, though he has no idea why.
4. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Dr. Harari integrates history, biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics. He reconsiders our effects on the world and where we’re heading from fascinating new perspectives. We recommend the audiobook for this one as well.
5. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
A beautiful retelling of the story of Buddha, we follow the journey of Siddhartha as he leaves his privileged life behind and wanders India. Will he find the path to enlightenment?
6. New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver
Simple and perfectly crafted poems that, in one moment, praise the wondrous natural world. In the next, Oliver asks us fundamental questions about life and death.
7. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
This semi-fictional account of Kerouac’s years spent hitchhiking across America and Mexico mixes weed, wine, wild friends, jazz, love, loneliness, and a solid dose of self-discovery.
8. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Sedaris painfully recounts his experiences learning French, in Paris, at the age of 41. Humorous essays about the mundane details and strange encounters of everyday life.
9. The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins
Using experiment data, we’re challenged to open our minds to a breathtaking possibility — that plants can communicate directly with us and fulfill our desires.
10. The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
A pianist prepares for a major performance he can’t remember agreeing to but becomes sidetracked by endless tasks. As life accelerates beyond his control, you’ll be left wondering what’s real and what isn’t.
3 Tips For Reading While High
Select the right strain
Light up with a strain that encourages focus and clarity but will keep you relaxed enough to cozy up for the evening. A good hybrid like Dr. Afghan or Cherry Pie OG might strike the right balance for reading without getting too sleepy. Ask a budtender at your local dispensary what they recommend!
Choose a book that grabs your attention
You probably already know what genres you prefer to read (high or not). If you don’t feel drawn in after a few pages, pick something else! Trouble focusing? Grab a few poetry books and skip around, or try an audiobook while you bake some cookies.
Consider how stoned you want to get
You may find small doses of cannabis keep you alert while reading or that getting really high will engross you more in a book. Experiment to decide what dose you prefer. Some people report that large quantities of indica can make reading a sleepy endeavor.