Subscribe to Newsletter
Want to be notified when we release a new in-depth guide or product review? Sign up to our newsletter and receive updates when we publish new content.
With so much growing information freely available online, many growers may wonder if there is even a need for the trusty old paperback book anymore.
It’s a very good and valid question, with many cannabis growers of differing opinions.
Some cannabis growers will prefer to get their information online through open forums and cannabis blogs.
Whilst others may find out the majority of the info they need from other growers by word of mouth.
All are just as valid as the next.
But, in our honest opinion, there is still a need for paperback versions of cannabis growing guides, as they are so packed full of useful info whilst at the same time being very affordable.
Let’s not forget, there are many knowledgeable and experienced people from the cannabis industry/community that have released guides or books on the subject of growing cannabis.
To have all that experienced growing knowledge in the palm of your hand is an invaluable tool to possess.
And let’s be honest, you can never have too much knowledge when it comes to cannabis cultivation.
As easy as looking something up on your computer may be. Nothing beats having the very best cannabis grow book at your side at all times.
It offers the cultivator a quick goto resource that is always just an arms length away.
Remember, the more you know, the better cannabis grow!
That’s why we at The Highest Crop have scoured the market to find you some of the very best cannabis growing guides.
One of the most popular books on our list, The Cannabis Grow Bible by Greg Green is a good goto book for any beginner or experienced grower looking to find out a bit more info on cannabis cultivation overall.
Realizing not every grower will employ the same growing techniques, The Cannabis Grow Bible tries to encompass a wide range of topics and knowledge. Rather than be overly specific on one or two subject areas.
From the history of cannabis through to growing techniques as well as harvest, The Growers Bible is a fairly easy and info-packed read.
At 689 pages long, with many helpful pictures throughout, most growers should be okay with this book.
Even the more greenhorn of cannabis cultivators will have an easy time with this book.
Having traveled far and wide to learn everything he can about the plant; Cannabis.
Greg Green, the author of The Cannabis Grow Bible, is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced growing experts in the cannabis industry.
You can see why The Cannabis Bible is still one of the most recommended growing guides by cultivators from around the globe.
Highly rated & recommended among growers
Knowledgeable author educated in botany & plant horticulture
A fair proportion of outdated info
Structure could be better
Not the best for someone completely new to cannabis
Some incorrect information
Lacking info on some of the newer technologies
The Marijuana Growers Handbook is next on our list.
Written by Ed Rosenthal, one of the most popular and well thought of experts in the cannabis industry.
With 30 years of knowledge and experience, you would be hard pressed to find a more respected voice in the cannabis community.
At 510 pages long, The Marijuana Growers Handbook goes into enough detail to keep most growers happy.
Yes, it lacks detailed info on some of the newer techniques and equipment.
But were it falls short in that respect, it more than makes up for with the detailed growing information is does contain.
Packed full of useful info, from the anatomy of the cannabis plant to the plants growing environment, grow room setup and the different stages of growth. The Marijuana Growers Handbook has it all.
Respected author/voice in the growing community
Not overly long, short & insightful info
Highly popular & rated
Covers a wide range of topics
Easy to read & digest
Contribution by Tommy Chong
Some outdated info
Latest techniques & equipment is lacking
Can be thought of as basic to intermediate for the more experienced grower
The Marijuana Cultivation Reconsidered by Read Spear, takes a different approach to your standard cannabis grow book.
Instead of following the traditional format that we’ve seen so many times over the years. Spear, instead opts for a more scientific approach.
That’s not to say the average grower won’t take away anything from this book, as it covers a wide range of topics so will be an interesting read for all.
Just be aware it’s not your standard beginner grow book/guide.
If that’s what you’re looking for, then we suggest picking one of the other growing guides featured in today’s list.
The information it does contain would probably be more of an interest to your intermediate/professional grower with years of experience.
There are a couple of downsides to this book though, the main one being that it only comes in a Kindle edition.
So if you were hoping to add another grow guide to your collection, think again.
A bonus of the above, is that The Marijuana Cultivation Reconsidered is exceptionally well priced. Beating most other grow guides currently available.
Consistently rated 4 stars and above, and recommended by a multitude of growers worldwide, The Marijuana Cultivation Reconsidered grow book is well worth its place in our top 5 cannabis grow books.
Easy, informative read
Covers a wide range of topics
Only available on Kindle
Not the best for the very inexperienced growers
Next on our list, is the Homegrown Marijuana book by Joshua Sheets.
Focused mainly on hydroponic growing and its systems. This book probably isn’t the best option for anyone growing with soil or with an outdoor grow.
Saying that, if you are growing hydroponically, then you can do much worse than opt for this guide.
Clear, concise, and easy to read, the beginner grower will have no problem understanding the terminology or growing techniques provided in the Homegrown Marijuana grow book.
Affordably priced, highly rated and recommended by other hydroponic growers, the Homegrown Marijuana book is another great addition to the growing library of grow guides.
Covering topics such as nutrient solution, grow media, watering, all the way through to harvesting your crop. The Homegrown Marijuana grow book really is a steal at this price.
Covers hydroponic systems
Easy to understand and read
Written by an experienced horticulturist
Great for beginners growing hydroponically
Does Not cover other popular growing systems
Not as detailed as some other guides
Cannabis: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Marijuana is one of the more popular books/grow guides featured in today’s list.
With over 30 years experience, Mr Danko seems more than qualified to speak on this subject.
Cannabis: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Marijuana can be thought of as a basic but informative guide for anyone just entering the world of growing.
For the more experienced grower, you can probably give this one a miss. Unless of course, you’d like to add it to your collection.
It covers enough overall topics to get you started, with plenty of illustrations and pictures, but isn’t exactly groundbreaking and most of this basic information can be readily found online.
That being said, for the beginner, this is a useful guide to get you started and point you in the right direction.
It’s competitively priced and is consistently rated 5 stars. All in all, it’s another viable option for all the beginner growers out there.
Great for beginners
Easy to read
Paperback & Kindle edition available
Basic info for the more experienced growers
Basic illustrations that take up informational space
When deciding on what cannabis grow book to purchase, the choice is ultimately yours. I know, fairly obvious, but it’s true.
As you’re probably already aware, growers will very rarely setup their grow rooms exactly the same.
Equipment will differ, growing techniques will differ. Infact, almost everything will be different, right down to the nutrients you choose to use.
Cannabis cultivators will also have varying experience when it comes to growing.
There will be some things that are always true of growing, and most experienced authors will undoubtedly include these things within their growing guides.
But that’s not to say, every grower or potential cannabis grower should read the same books.
Some guides will certainly be aimed at the beginner grower, whilst other books will be aimed at the more experienced grower hoping to find that nugget of information that will turn their okay cannabis yield, into a great yield!
So do your research thoroughly before deciding on what book to buy, and ultimately what/whose advice you choose to follow.
There are a couple of things to consider before making that final purchase:
Topics: What are the topics/areas of interest/growing that the author will cover within their cannabis growing guide?
This is an important question, as some authors will really focus down on where their educational or growing expertise lies.
Whilst others may include a wide range of topics.
Terminology & Readability: How easy is the growing guide to read and understand?
If aimed at the more experienced grower, will you have trouble understanding the terminology and growing techniques?
Is the author easy to read overall, has he or she included a lot of extra fluff when they could have filled the pages with more instructional information.
Target Audience: Look at the title, read reviews, book insert etc. Try and find out who the author had in mind when writing his or her guide.
If you’re a beginner you don’t want something overly complicated, and vice versa.
If only a basic manual, as a cannabis cultivator of many years do you wish to top up your knowledge of the basics? Or will reading a basic guide just bore you to tears.
Very few experienced cannabis growers will want to reread the basics.
Authors experience & Trustability: Check out the author and their experience in the industry.
Look at their reputation in the growing community. Online forums are great for this kind of thing.
Affordability: Price is another important factor, if it’s only a short manual, does the books content warrant the price tag? If the answer is no, then stay clear.
Format: What format does the book come in? If you’re looking to add to your collection, then you’ll no doubt be after a paperback or hardcover edition to add to your library.
On the other hand, some growers won’t be too fussed about the format so will have no concern buying on Kindle or Ebook.
Infact, some guides have excellent starting prices and will only be available on Kindle in some instances anyway.
After much deliberation, our pick out of the top 5 featured today is…wait for it…Well, actually we’ve picked 2…
The first being Marijuana Cultivation Reconsidered, written by Read Spears.
Only available on Kindle and offered at a very good price, Read Spears delivered a cannabis grow book completely different to the many already out.
It may not be the best for beginners just entering the world of cannabis cultivation.
For the intermediate/experienced growers, it offers wonderful insight to the science behind growing. What more can you ask for!?
Our second choice for the growers that would like to add another valuable addition to their bookshelf is, The Cannabis Grow Bible, written by Greg Green.
Now in its 3rd edition, this ever popular growing guide covers a wide range of growing topics in an easy to read format.
Although lacking in terms of some of the newer growing equipment and systems now utilized by growers.
The Cannabis Grow Bible still sits comfortably near the top for many cultivators worldwide.
So there you have it, a comprehensive round-up review and guide on some of the best cannabis grow books currently available.
Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed today’s review. If so, let us know in the comment section below!
The Highest Crop Team.