How To Read While High

By Maria Loreto, The Fresh Toast on

Published in Cannabis Daily

Reading while high is a habit that needs to be cultivated in order to be wholly understood. Here are some tips that can help you get started.

Weed is one of the most malleable substances out there. It can be used for a variety of activities, from watching movies, to going to parties, to working out better. Reading is probably one of the toughest activities you can do while high, asking some engagement from your brain that, if some factors are off, might be too difficult to achieve.

Similar to doing any other activity while high, what you really need to do in order to succeed is to practice. Marijuana can add a lot of layers to reading, making the experience more enjoyable or even helping you reconnect with it if you’ve been having a hard time reading full books.

Just like listening to music and reading, getting high and reading can help craft a better reading mood. Once you hit that stride you’ll see that you’re more relaxed and engaged with the story and that the weed is helping you get in the right zone. Here are some tips that’ll help you read while high:

Choose the right book

If you’re just starting out pairing weed and books, you don’t want to kick it off with dense literary novels. Try to read something that feels easy to read for you, going back to something you used to read when you were young or a genre that’s simple and compulsive, like romance or horror. Good reading ideas are the Harry Potter books or something by Stephen King. A graphic novel can also make for a really good starting place.

Let go of the “right way to read”

Reading lends itself to very ritualistic behaviors. Some people prefer to read paper books and can only read when they’re surrounded by total silence. While there’s no judgment, you’ll have more success if you’re able to read while in a variety of situations. Train yourself to read in different places, even if it’s only for 5 or 10 minutes at a time. When high, try your best to read and enjoy yourself, avoiding stress if your mind can’t hold on to all of the words that are on the page.


Pay attention to the strain

The strain you’re smoking will have an impact on your reading experience as a whole. Try to avoid sleepy strains, since they’ll make a relaxing activity even more relaxing and you’ll fall asleep, which is great but doesn’t really serve the purpose of this article. Choose a strain that’s cerebral yet contained, something that will help you feel creative but also grounded. Ask your budtender for a light indica or a sativa that doesn’t produce too much anxiety.

Watch your dosage

When starting on your weed reading journey, watch your dosage, taking a couple of puffs to see how your body takes to this new experience. You can always smoke later if you need more, but it helps to start off slow. Happy reading!

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