How To Smoke Pot (Properly)

David Bienenstock

Plume, April 12, 2016

"This is much more than a "how-to-do-it" book as the title implies. While the presentation is somewhat kaleidoscopic, it provides, especially to people who are new to the subject, an excellent overview of what has become known about cannabis and its extraordinary Western acculturation over the last four decades. Marijuana, unlike most other drugs, is one that requires some learning on the part of newcomers; this book is also a first rate primer." --Dr. Lester Grinspoon, bestselling author and Professor Emeritus at Harvard Medical School

About the Book

Once literally demonized as “the Devil's lettuce,” and linked to all manner of deviant behavior by the establishment's shameless anti-marijuana propaganda campaigns, cannabis sativa has lately been enjoying a long-overdue Renaissance. So now that the squares at long last seem ready to rethink pot's place in polite society, how, exactly, can members of this vibrant, innovative, life-affirming
culture proudly and properly emerge from the underground—without forgetting our roots, or losing our cool?

In How to Smoke Pot (Properly), VICE weed columnist and former High Times editor David Bienenstock charts the course for this bold, new, post-prohibition world. With plenty of stops along the way for "pro tips" from friends in high places, including cannabis celebrities and thought leaders of the marijuana movement, readers will learn everything from the basics of blazing, to how Mary Jane makes humans more creative and collaborative, nurtures empathy, catalyzes epiphanies, enhances life's pleasures, promotes meaningful social bonds, facilitates cross-cultural understanding, and offers a far safer alternative to both alcohol and many pharmaceutical drugs.

You'll follow the herb's natural lifecycle from farm to pipe, explore cannabis customs, culture and travel, and discover how to best utilize and appreciate a plant that's at once a lifesaving medicine, an incredibly nutritious food, an amazingly useful industrial crop, and a truly renewable energy source. You'll even get funny and informative answers to burning questions ranging from: How can I land a legal pot job? to Should I eat a weed cookie before boarding the plane?

Remember, marijuana has the potential to help us live more meaningful, satisfying and authentic lives, and create safer, happier, more harmonious communities, but first we must learn to consume this miracle plant properly.

About the Author

David Bienenstock is the VICE Magazine weed columnist and a former High Times editor.  He lives in California.