Towards a Minor Cannabis Literature II

Martin Lee, author of Smoke Signals, at CASP-organized Seattle Hemposium 2015 panel CBD: Time for a Conversation

Photo by Steve Hyde

by Dr. Dominic Corva, Executive Director

My second installment in this series takes a very different approach: a broadly “first-cut” categorized bibliography with just books (no articles). This minor literature will soon be a page on our site, with specialized sub-pages. For now, enjoy this list without wordy explanations!

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).

Cash Crop: An American Dream, by Ray Raphael (1985).

Marijuana in the “Third World”: Appalachia, U.S.A (Studies on the Impact of the Illegal Drug Trade) by Richard Clayton (1995).

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).