From user’s guides to big-picture histories, publishers are capitalizing on the cannabis craze

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and if this season’s marijuana-related books are any indication, the topic of weed—once alternative, now increasingly mainstream—is burning up. Forthcoming titles include user’s guides, cocktail recipe books, takes on the global legalization debate, and more, all of which aim to help readers enjoy, or at least contemplate, our new, greener times. The trend is all the more notable because large publishers are doing as much as their smaller counterparts to light up interest in the subject.

First Hit

As with any topic making its way from the margins to the mainstream, marijuana requires some introduction. Several recent and forthcoming titles take as their subject the very basics of cannabis—what it is, where it comes from, how it works, and how to use it.

One such book is the recently released How to Smoke Pot Properly (Plume) by David Bienenstock, a contributor to Vice

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