Curricular Resources

A Minor Cannabis Literature/CASP-endorsed Curriculum

The following bibliography will evolve as a page and set of sub-pages with appropriate hyper-links. All of the texts below are “CASP-endorsed,” which really only means that Dr. Corva is familiar with and has found them useful in various educational settings.

We’ll start the page with books, and move categories into sub-pages as time resources permit. We are also starting with cannabis-focused books and move into broader categories in which cannabis figures prominently as a subject.


Big Picture, includes elements of all other categories (includes scientists and journalists broadly united as “Historical Geographers”

Cannabis Evolution and Ethnobotany, by Mark Merlin and Robert Clarke (2013).

Cannabis: a History, by Martin Booth (2005).

Smoke Signals: a Social History of Marijuana Medical, Recreational and Scientific, by Martin Lee (2013).

Reefer Madness: A History of Marijuana by Larry “Ratso” Sloman and William Burroughs (1998).

Marijuana Conviction: A History of Marijuana Prohibition in the United States, by Richard Bonnie, Charles Whitebread, and Dana Farnsworth (1999).

chronic freedom, assembled by Scott Holmquist (2010).

Evidence and Explanation (books by research scientists with Ph.D.s and M.D.s)

Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutic Potentialby Dr. Ethan Russo (2002).

The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis, collection edited by Julie Holland (2010).

Marijuana Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Jonathan Caulkins, Angela Hawken, Beau Kilmer, and Mark Kleiman (2012).

Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence, by Mitch Earlywine, M.D. (2005).

Marihuana: the Forbidden Medicine by Lester Grinspoon, M.D. and James Bakkalar, M.D. (1997).

Marihuana Reconsidered by Lester Grinspoon, M.D. [with Carl Sagan as “Mr. X”] (1994).

Marijuana Medical Handbook: Practical Guide to Therapeutic Uses of Marijuana Paperback by Gregory T. Carter M.D., Dale Gieringer Ph.D., and Ed Rosenthal (2008).

Marijuana Myths Marijuana Facts: A Review Of The Scientific Evidence by Lynn Zimmer and John P. Morgan (1997).

Memoir and Popular Interest (books by journalists and lay people)

Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution by Doug Fine (2013).

Weed the People: the Future of Legal Marijuana in America by Bruce Barcott (2015).

Big Weed: An Entrepreneur’s High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business Hardcover by Christian Hageseth and Joseph D’Agnese (2015).

Super-Charged: How Outlaws, Hippies, and Scientists Reinvented Marijuana Hardcover by Jim Rendon (2012).

Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup Paperback by Mark Haskell Smith (2012).

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