“A humorous and informative trip through the drug’s various medicinal compounds, a timeline of the its history, and recipes that take you beyond the standard pot brownie—with pro tips from cannabis-friendly celebrities sprinkled throughout.”—Vanity Fair
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?
In two-color, with charts and illustrations throughout, How to Smoke Pot (Properly) is truly a modern guide to this most revered herb.
About the Author
DAVID BIENENSTOCK is the former West Coast editor of High Times magazine and has more recently grown a following as a journalist and video host/producer at VICE, where he writes the Weed Eater column and produces a video series called Bong Appetit. He’s appeared as a weed expert on NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, and HBO, and has been quoted in Salon, Fast Company, AdWeek, Playboy, and The Nation.
“Charming…a heartfelt plea to keep pot weird”
—The Los Angeles Times
BEST NONFICTION FOR SPRING 2016 – Bustle
"A humorous and informative trip through the drug’s various medicinal compounds, a timeline of the its history, and recipes that take you beyond the standard pot brownie—with pro tips from cannabis-friendly celebrities sprinkled throughout."
“It's refreshing, in the midst of our binge culture, to find a voice that clearly articulates the benefits and pitfalls of cannabis enthusiasm while strongly encouraging responsible consumption and cultivation. There is no better spokesperson for the cannabis-positive lifestyle in the post-prohibition era than David Bienenstock.”
—Ben Sinclair, co-creator and star of HBO original series High Maintenance
"David Bienenstock's writing skills and sense of humor are matched only by his intimate knowledge of marijuana customs, history, industry and etiquette. As cannabis moves from the underground to the mainstream, no book can better help you navigate the intricacies of this wonderful new era."
—Danny Danko, High Times Senior Cultivation Editor
"David Bienenstock is my official weed mentor, and as such has taught me many fascinating things about an innocent little plant that's shifted the tectonic plates of history time and time again. In How To Smoke Pot (Properly), he compiles these insights and many others to provide the most comprehensive guide to cannabis to date."
—Abdullah Saeed, author of VICE's Weediquette column and host of Bong Appetit
“This is much more than the ‘how-to’ book that the title implies. While the presentation is somewhat kaleidoscopic, How To Smoke Pot (Properly) provides, especially to novices, an excellent overview of cannabis and its extraordinary Western acculturation over the last four decades.”
—Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Associate Professor Emeritus at Harvard Medical School and author of Marihuana Reconsidered and Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine
"I read the shit out of this super funny and informative book, which includes a surprising answer to “Should I eat pot brownies before boarding an airplane?” David Bienenstock is like a really smart version of Ricky from Trailer Park Boys, who can form sentences that teach you stuff about weed—and also make you laugh hard as fuck."
—Mike Clattenburg, co-creator of Trailer Park Boys and Black Jesus
“Humans have been using cannabis and hemp for tens of thousands of years, but only recently have smart people begun again to think and write clearly about what pot really does and what it's really good for. David Bienenstock leads the pack in this newly liberated thinking. Free your mind and your grass will follow.”
—Julie Holland, M.D., author of Moody Bitches, Weekends at Bellevue, and The Pot Book
"In our rapidly evolving new age of marijuana appreciation and education, How to Smoke Pot (Properly) provides a thoughtful, historical and comprehensive account of all things cannabis. Filled with useful information that encompasses just about every situation imaginable, from rolling your first joint to properly passing one in a foreign land with new friends, David Bienenstock expresses his passion and commitment in a way only someone dedicated to keeping it weird possibly can."
—Alex Lifeson, guitarist of Rush
“How To Smoke Pot (Properly) is a delightful book proclaiming that marijuana smoking can be an exhilarating, creative experience. David Bienenstock sets the tone in his introduction when he says, ‘It’s no longer sufficient to talk about the harms of marijuana prohibition. We’ve got to start loudly and proudly celebrating the many serious benefits this plant brings into our lives and communities."
—Keith Stroup, NORML Founder and Legal Counsel
"It’s a healthy development that society has reached the point where it needed this book, and I’m glad someone of David Bienenstock’s eloquence and experience has written it."
—Doug Fine, author, Farewell, My Subaru, Too High to Fail, Hemp Bound
"A comprehensive look at all aspects of cannabis, penned by a master of prose...I love this book!"
—Jorge Cervantes, author of Marijuana Horticulture and The Cannabis Encyclopedia
“Incisive…Whether you're a weed rookie starting from scratch or a seasoned smoker who's gathered disparate strands of information about the plant over decades, How to Smoke Pot (Properly) presents everything in one place, at the right moment in time.”