The Art and Culture of Joints, Blunts, and Spliffs by Noah Rubin


Noah Rubin, illus. by Tasia Prince. Chronicle, $16.99 (162p) ISBN 978-1-79721-293-7

“Connection, exploration, and lightheartedness are the most necessary elements no matter what or anywhere you roll,” opines former rap producer Rubin in this spirited manual to obtaining one’s higher. Complemented by punchy graphics from Prince, the book provides palms-on tutorials for 20 different joint-rolling styles—complete with hilarious asides from Rubin—from the basic joint (“Everybody starts somewhere,” he muses. “Mozart did not usually engage in the piano”) or its “poetic” counterpart, the rose petal joint, to extra elaborate creations like the “Triple Braid.” Together the way, Rubin provides guidelines on smoking etiquette (“Wetter kisses aren’t often far better kisses”), teaches newbies how to discern if they are way too higher, and requires viewers on a vacation all around the environment, unwrapping his investigate on the culture of cannabis in various countries, like Egypt (enjoyable fact: elder Egyptians, Rubin shares, include hash to their hookahs “for a small added kick”). To assist skeptics open up their minds, he cites the gains of Mary Jane—from offering artistic boosts to supporting couples “overcome a variety of relatable relationship difficulties.” Professional tokers, in the meantime, will revel in his interviews with movie star cannabis connoisseurs, which includes Wiz Khalifa and Tommy Chong, who admits it was Cheech who rolled the joints when they ended up together. Eco-friendly and seasoned people who smoke alike will inhale this edgy endeavor. (Sept.)


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