Sometimes when you smoke or otherwise consume cannabis you don’t want to veg out in front of the TV. When a good read is just what the relaxation Doctor ordered, pick up one of these thought-provoking and/or funny books. No word on whether these authors actually did toke during their writing process – but we’d like to think they might have – or at least had us in mind.
The Curious Incident in the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Ever consume cannabis and feel like you understand people just a *little* bit better? Next time, try this mystery novel on for (empha)size. It’s fictional, but based on and from the perspective of an autistic boy who is determined to figure out who killed his neighbour’s dog. Haddon obviously did a ton of research, and it helps you understand how protagonist Christopher John Francis Boone thinks and sees the world. Plus, it’s funny, engaging and sweet. Don’t forget to consume some cannabis before you watch the new play with the same name based on the book – it’s showing now in Toronto!
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
This insane book-turned-blockbuster movie is about just that – insanity. Randle Patrick McMurphy is a notorious troublemaker who winds up in a mental health facility – or, as it was known back then – an insane asylum. Narrated from the perspective of patient Chief Bromden, it follows McMurphy as he tortures notoriously maniacal Nurse Rached. In turn, she tortures him back, with electroshock therapy and worse. We won’t give it away, but the ending is pretty crazy…what a trip.
Though she’s mostly messed up on other stuff, there are some mentions of marijuana in this hilarious-yet-kinda-heartbreaking autobiography. New York’s ‘enfant terrible’ Marnell was a Beauty Editor at several high-profile magazines before her addiction to Adderall (and tons of other stuff) leads her to commit career suicide. Enter this book – equal parts funny and effed up – and THE best PSA to convince teens to stick to pot!
Weed, The User’s Guide, by David Schmader
Because we had to…but don’t worry. The User’s Guide isn’t some silly stoner novel. While it is super-funny, it definitely isn’t dumb, and has hard facts and education mixed in with the lighter lessons. How to smoke out of an apple would be a good example of one of those. Feel free to read after consuming cannabis, because if you ‘get so paranoid you think your dog’s staring at you,’ Schmader’s book has got you covered.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Burgess claims he wrote A Clockwork Orange in three weeks flat. With all of the intelligent-yet-effed up themes in it, that’s hard to believe. Cannabis-motivated creativity, perhaps? It’s dystopian, and centres around Alex as he narrates he and his friends’ super bad-boy behaviour, the ‘ultra-violence’. Their senseless acts of hatred and violence get intense quick. Then things get really weird when Alex is sent to prison for murder and is subjected to a treatment known as ‘The Ludovico Technique’ – we’ll let you discover just what that is.