Exploring the benefits of bringing cannabis to book club

Published May 25, 2023 09:00 a.m. ET
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In this modern fast-paced world, it’s important to take some time out of each week to sit still, relax and unwind – something that’s easy to do if you love reading. Book clubs are a fun way to connect with others and an opportunity to share your passion for literature through engaging discussions.

Have you ever considered adding cannabis to either experience? If not well maybe you should! This unique combination enhances the benefits of both reading and mingling at your local book club in more ways than one.

Reduce stress

Reading promotes relaxation by getting rid of worrisome thoughts and replacing them with wild fantasies, which has a calming effect on both the mind and body. Adding cannabis to reading intensifies those effects, making it easier to let go of the anxiety and stressors of day-to-day life. If you want to travel to a whole nother world and feel better about doing it, cannabis may help by facilitating a smoother transition from reality to the inner depths of your imagination.

Creative inspiration

Cannabis is notorious for its ability to put users more in touch with their creative side, which is why it’s such a wonderful tool for so many artists, writers, and designers, with effects that are all great for readers too. Stimulate your imagination with cannabis to make it easier to visualize any story in your mind's eye and see the world through a different lens with a renewed sense of inspiration and exciting ideas you may not have otherwise discovered.

Improve focus and concentration

It’s difficult to thoroughly enjoy and follow a good book when you’ve got distractions constantly breaking your focus and concentration, and that is especially true when you’re reading challenging or complex stories. Luckily, cannabis can help to keep you engaged by preventing your mind from wandering toward nagging thoughts, so you're able to focus, stay present in the moment and be fully immersed in the tale before you.

Be more engaged and social

Book clubs offer many wonderful benefits from connecting with others who love to read to giving you the motivation necessary to leave the house and steer clear of technology. Socialization is one of the primary reasons so many people attend these meetings but it’s not always easy to keep the conversation going. Cannabis may be the key, as it breaks down mental barriers, and facilitates conversation, making it easier to engage with the group and share your personal thoughts and feelings about a book, by helping you to feel more relaxed and comfortable.

A whole new level of enjoyment

Adding cannabis to reading and book club could be just the thing you need to take these experiences to an entirely new level. Improve your confidence, clear the mind, stimulate your creative side and enjoy the story by connecting with people and characters on a much deeper level than your ever thought possible. This combination is the key to a truly transformative experience, leading to greater self-awareness and personal growth that will continue to benefit your mind, body, and soul for many years to come.

Tips for the most enjoyable experience

Cannabis can be a powerful tool that can make attending book club meetings and reading more fulfilling. Still, it’s important to remember to partake in a safe and responsible manner. Otherwise, you may end up with side effects that hinder your ability to get the most out of these experiences.

Here you'll find 5 tips and tricks to successfully elevate your next good read or club meeting.


1. Choose the right strain

Each cultivar offers a unique range of effects, so it’s important to choose one that is going to enhance the experience. The best strains are likely to be those that promote relaxation, reduce stress, improve focus, and boost creativity.

2. Know your dose

Using the right cannabis strains in the wrong dose could leave you sleepy, and make it harder to follow along or engage with other members. So play it safe, by starting low, and increasing the amount slowly until you find the right dose for you.

3. Create a comfortable environment

Creating a relaxing comfortable environment is essential for reading, enjoying cannabis, and socializing. So don’t forget to set the mood with a few candles, comfy seating options, and soft lighting.

4. Stay hydrated and well nourished

Cannabis can make you feel hungry and it’s also known to leave consumers dehydrated with a side effect called cotton mouth, so it’s a good idea to keep water and healthy snacks on hand at all times, so you don’t end up distracted and uncomfortable.

5. Always be respectful of other members

It’s important to remember that not all book club members are going to feel comfortable around cannabis and many may not want to partake. Do not push these people's boundaries with peer pressure or forced exposure. Instead, focus on maintaining a safe and inclusive environment that everyone can enjoy.

Reading and socializing with cannabis can be a wonderful way to bring a story to life by alleviating stress, boosting creativity, stimulating imagination, increasing focus and concentration. Adding the plant to the equation may even make it easier to keep good conversations flowing.

As long as you have a safe and comfortable environment, ensure respect is a top priority, and follow a few tips along the way cannabis will elevate any tale and intensify your connection with others with a shared love for books and reading.

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