Skip to content

What is the Best Cannabis Book to Read in 2023?

Are you interested in learning more about cannabis? There are tons of books out there that can help you. I should know. I have a cannabis book problem.

Whether you’re looking to nerd out on cannabis science, grow your own plants, or learn more about CBD, there’s something out there for everyone. But how do you know what is the best cannabis book? 

To make your search easier, I’ve compiled a list of the best marijuana books available in 2023.  

In my former life, I was a teacher-librarian. I loved it. I got to introduce kids to the wonderful world of reading, and it was literally in my job description to spend time with books. When I transitioned to the Cannabis Coaching Institute (CCI), I couldn’t leave my love of books behind, and now I get to share it with all of you!

In fact, I even convinced CCI’s founder to let me run a BOOK CLUB this year. We meet once a month to discuss some of the best books on the market, and the authors of each book are joining us live! Don’t miss out. Register here!

I could make this blog 100 books long, but I will share my top two picks in each category instead. These are all written by experts in the field and provide readers with valuable insights into the world of cannabis.

Affiliate Disclosure: We are grateful for the support that comes from purchases made through our affiliate links below. When you buy books using the links on this blog, you support us at no additional cost to you. Thank you for shopping with us!

Faculty Favorites: The Best Cannabis Books For Health

If I had to narrow it down to the two cannabis books I think every Cannabis Coaching Institute student would read, it would be these two. They both focus on how to use the plant medicinally. And though they can be more on the science-y side, the practical advice is the best out there.

Dr. Bonnie Goldstein’s book, Cannabis Is Medicine, is the perfect guide for healthcare professionals and laypeople who are trying to feel better. Through her concise explanations and real-world case studies, Dr. Goldstein breaks down cannabis use and its medicinal effects in a way that is easy to understand.

By providing readers with critical information ranging from science-based cannabis knowledge to practical advice on dosing, ingestion methods, and more, this cannabis book is my all-time number-one cannabis book recommendation.

Dr. Dustin Sulak is a cannabis doctor who works with patients daily and has written an excellent book entitled The Handbook of Cannabis for Clinicians. The book covers cannabis use for various conditions and dives deeper into practical home cannabis use based on his successes as a doctor.

This book is well-researched and easy to read, providing readers with the most current evidence-based cannabis information, making it an invaluable resource if you are interested in cannabis to improve your health.

If learning more about the healthy use of cannabis appeals to you, join us at the Cannabis Coaching Institute. In just three months, you can be certified as a Cannabis Educator so you can share your love of this plant with everyone!

The Best Cannabis Book For Beginners 

There are so many books out there, so where do you start if you’re brand new to the cannabis space? These are my top cannabis book picks for anyone considering this plant for the first time.

Niki Furer’s A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis is the perfect book for those looking to learn about cannabis for the first time. The tips, tricks, and stories within are indispensable resources for anyone wanting to safely explore the world of cannabis, even if you’re not a woman!

From shopping advice and delectable recipes to testimonies from women who found relief from products containing cannabis, there’s something for everyone in this wonderful book about weed. With an accessible and conversational style, Niki Furer makes an intimidating topic approachable.

For cannabis newcomers who may not be ready to experiment with THC, The CBD Bible is the perfect guide. It is written by Dr. Dani Gordon, an expert in cannabis and its uses. She explains what we actually know about CBD so you can bypass the hype and investigate its potential to help you and your family.

The CBD Bible is an excellent choice for understanding all about CBD and encourages readers to make informed decisions regarding their cannabis use.

The Best Marijuana Grow Books

Growing your own cannabis can be daunting if you don’t know what you’re doing, but there are plenty of resources available to help get you started on your journey! 

Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible by Jorge Cervantes is considered one of the best resources available for cultivating cannabis indoors or outdoors. It covers everything from setting up a grow room to harvesting buds and curing them after harvest time has passed. 

I have never met a serious grower who doesn’t have this book on their shelf. It’s full of over 1,000 pictures and illustrations, which is helpful when learning the art of growing medicine.

However, my dirty secret is I’m not a fan of that type of growing. I’m a bit too lazy to want to check on nutrients, light cycles, and humidity numbers, so my first pick in this category is Growing Weed in the Garden by Johanna Silver.

She shows you how simple and easy it is to grow this weed right in our own backyards without expensive equipment and so much fuss. Then she’ll guide you through the harvesting, trimming, and curing process to ensure you get the full benefit of your home-grown medicine!

The Best Cooking With Cannabis Books

Now that you’ve learned about cannabis as medicine, CBD, and how to grow this beautiful plant, it might be time to take your skills to the next level by cooking with cannabis.

First up is The 420 Gourmet by Jeff the 420 Chef. The book’s pages are filled with vibrant pictures, tempting readers to step out of their culinary comfort zone and into the kitchen. It’s hard not to be enticed by cannabis-infused dishes such as Freaky Fish Tacos, Forbidden Rice and Canna Caramel Corn!

Furthermore, Jeff has developed a unique technique of blanching cannabis before use to reduce some of the characteristic “herb-y” tastes associated with cannabis cooking. Whether you’re looking for healthy options or want to indulge in some serious sin, The 420 Gourmet cannabis cookbook truly has something for everyone!

Cooking with Herb is a cannabis cookbook written by Bob Marley’s daughter Cedella. It’s the perfect recipe book for cannabis lovers who also want to lead a healthy lifestyle. The book contains simple and easy-to-follow instructions and stunning visuals.

Featuring recipes like Marley Family Green Juice, Grilled Jerk Chicken, and Double Chocolate Brownie Truffles, this cannabis cookbook truly provides something for everyone, whether they are cannabis novices or experts searching for exciting new flavors. 

Get Reading and Join Us at Book Club!

Now that you know some of the best cannabis books for 2023, it’s time to get reading! And if you’re looking for even more book recommendations, be sure to sign up for the Cannabis Coaching Institute’s Winter Book Club. We’ll be reading and discussing a new cannabis-related book each month, and we would love to have you join us.

Or, take you’re super nerd status one step further and become a certified Cannabis Educator. We’ll give you the knowledge, skills, support, and confidence to get out there and share your love of this plant with the whole world while building your own business. Check it out here.

cannabis jobs

Please hit reply and tell me what YOUR favorite cannabis books are. After all, I can make a couple of empty spaces on my bookshelf!

With love,



Andrea Meharg

Andrea Meharg is a Certified Cannabis Coach and Educator and the founder and CEO of Reveal Cannabis, a cannabis coaching and education agency. Andrea holds a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish and a Bachelor of Education. She's the head Cannabis Science Educator at CCI and loves nerding out!View Author posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *