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7 Best Books to Read High

Smoking weed and reading might be an unlikely pairing, but if you’re up for it, this unique combination can definitely be rewarding for those who want more out of their blazing experience and not be the robot that smoked weed all day. Now you may be wondering, can you read while high? Every stoner is different so the answer will vary depending on your tolerance and how experienced you are with pot. Some cannabis connoisseurs have reported that being faded makes it a little difficult to decipher words on a page while others find that lighting up actually elevates their reading abilities. Marijuana has long since beenintertwined with creative expression, with numerous studies and reports claiming it enhances the process of imagination. Reading while high can provide augmented imagery for cannabis aficionados, allowing them to better visualize vivid scenarios of what’s happening in their book which also helps focus their attention on the text.

The compilation below of the best stoner books are not your run-of-the-mill funny stoner stories that one would expect. If you’re searching for an enticing page-turner that will stimulate your mind as you puff on some ganja, you’ve come to the right place.

Things to Read While High

Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling (fantasy fiction)

Set in England, an orphaned boy named Harry Potter discovers he is a wizard. Following him on his exciting adventures, he and his two best friends attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry while simultaneously battling the evil Lord Voldemort and his wicked followers. This legendary series is easily absorbable and can be enjoyed by anyone no matter their age or background, making them good books for stoners. It is a pleasure to crack open anytime, but even more so while baked because of the way a dank smoke sesh can transport you out of reality straight into a whole other magical world – in this case, Harry Potter’s world.

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho (allegorical fiction)

This is the surreal tale of a young shepherd from Andalusia by the name of Santiago. His recurring dreams about treasures and pyramids lead him to embark on a search for them as he learns crucial life lessons along his journey. Not only is this stoner novel short and simple, but it also provides inspiring insight into the extreme importance of following one’s dreams as well as have the ability to invoke some seriously deep thoughts while high.

Crankseries, by Ellen Hopkins (young adult fiction)

This deeply moving and personal trilogy follows the addiction journey of a girl named Kristina, whose narrative was actually inspired by the author’s own daughter’s struggle with her meth demons. Told in brilliantly poetic yet easily digestible verses, these books will be sure to draw in stoned readers and leave them wanting more with the suspense that accumulates with each page turn.

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, by Don Miguel Ruiz (spirituality, self-help)

Presenting the spiritual teachings of ancient Toltec shamans in simple language, this brief book lays out elaborate themes that have the potential to change the trajectory of your entire life. The four easy-to-understand agreements that are highlighted within the pages beautifully encapsulates how to get on the right path to become your most authentic self and living the life you truly want to live. Reading this book while faded gives you even further wisdom and insight on how to better implement the practices that are preached, giving you a fresh new perspective. A good high would help you hone in on the little details that your normally busy mind would overlook so you can apply them into your everyday life.

The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger (coming-of-age fiction)

This classic novel was a staple on probably every high school English class’ reading list. In a dramatic yet enlightening account, the main character, Holden Caulfield, narrates a wild tale of the events and interactions that followed after his expulsion from his private school. Oozing of teenage angst, the interesting recount from the perspective of a young man gradually coming to terms with growing up and his grapple against death will be hard to put down as well as leave stoned readers deep in thought. This stoner book is simple to follow, with Holden telling the story in his own words, basically thinking out loud so it feels almost as if he is speaking directly to you.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, by Mark Manson (self-help)

A worldwide bestseller, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck goes against conventional self-help advice by encouraging readers to embrace negative thinking, not try, and say “no” more often. The key is to give a f*ck about less and instead focus more on what is actually important. If you read this book while high, the mental stimulation provided from it will be sure to please your brain and offer wisdom and insight that someone else has to share.

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm in a Busy World, by Haemin Sunim (spirituality, self-help)

“Is it the world that’s busy, or is it my mind?” Born in Korea and educated in the United States, the author is a well-respected Buddhist meditation teacher whose teachings emphasize the importance of being forgiving toward ourselves and forging a deeper connection with others. Translated from Korean to English, this mindfulness guide leads readers on a path to inner peace and clarity even amidst the formidable demands of everyday life. As cannabis aficionados, we completely understand the need to slow down, which is why this simple yet enlightening read is right up any stoned bookworm’s alley. The book is written in easy-to-consume verses and also includes beautiful graphics within the pages.

What are your picks for the best books to read high? Let us know in the comments below!

Smoking weed and reading might be an unlikely pairing, but if you’re up for it, this unique combination can definitely be rewarding for those who want more out of their blazing experience and not be the robot that smoked weed all day. Now you may be wondering, can you read while high? Every stoner is different so the answer will vary depending on

Smoking cannabis every day ‘shrinks brain but increases its connectivity’

The study showed that after six to eight years of continually taking cannabis the increases in structural wiring declined. Photograph: Mykel Nicolaou/Rex Features

The study showed that after six to eight years of continually taking cannabis the increases in structural wiring declined. Photograph: Mykel Nicolaou/Rex Features

Last modified on Thu 30 Nov 2017 05.37 GMT

Regular cannabis use shrinks the brain but increases the complexity of its wiring, a study has found.

To some extent the loss of brain volume is balanced by larger numbers of connections between neurons, scientists discovered.

But they warn that those who take the drug for too long are likely to suffer damaging effects.

The brain scan study of cannabis users is one of the first to investigate the drug’s long-term neurological impact in living people.

Dr Sina Aslan, from the University of Texas at Dallas, US, who co-led the research, said: “What’s unique about this work is that it combines three different MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) techniques to evaluate different brain characteristics.

“The results suggest increases in connectivity, both structural and functional that may be compensating for grey matter losses. Eventually, however, the structural connectivity or ‘wiring’ of the brain starts degrading with prolonged marijuana use.”

The team studied 48 adult cannabis users aged about 20 to 36 who were compared with a group of matched non-users.

On average, the cannabis users took the drug three times a day.

Although tests showed that regular users had lower IQs than non-users, this did not appear to be related to brain abnormalities.

The scans revealed that smoking cannabis every day was associated with shrinkage in the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) region of the brain, which is involved in mental processing and decision making.

It also influences responses to rewards and adversity, and is strongly linked to empathy – the ability to sense other people’s feelings.

Neuroscientists believe damage to the orbitofrontal cortex may underpin some forms of psychopathy.

Earlier onset of cannabis use induced greater structural and functional connectivity, the research showed. The greatest connectivity increases occurred as an individual started taking the drug.

After six to eight years of continually taking cannabis the increases in structural wiring declined, but users continued to display higher connectivity than non-users.

This may explain why chronic, long-term cannabis users appeared to be “doing just fine” despite having smaller OFCs, said co-author Dr Francesca Filbey, also from the University of Texas.

She added: “To date, existing studies on the long-term effects of marijuana on brain structures have been largely inconclusive due to limitations in methodologies.

“While our study does not conclusively address whether any or all of the brain changes are a direct consequence of marijuana use, these effects do suggest that these changes are related to age of onset and duration of use.”

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that grey matter may be more vulnerable to the effects of THC, the main active ingredient in cannabis, than white matter.

Grey matter makes up the bodies of neurons, while white matter consists of the fibres, or axons, along which nerve signals pass.

Further work is needed to determine whether stopping cannabis use reverses the changes, and whether similar effects are seen in occasional users, say the scientists.

Study on drug’s long-term neurological impact suggests initial increases in brain wiring to compensate for loss of grey matter