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Books About Weed

Last Updated: May 31, 2024
Roy Stevens
Product Review by Roy Stevens

With so much growing information freely available online, many growers may wonder if there is even a need for the trusty old paperback weed 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 weed books, 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 a library of books about weed. They offer the cultivator a quick go-to resource that is always just an arms length away.

Remember, the more you know, the better cannabis grow!

Our Reviews
1

Marijuana Cultivation Reconsidered

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.

Pros

  • Excellent price
  • Rated highly
  • Scientific approach
  • Easy, informative read
  • Covers a wide range of topics

Cons

  • Only available on Kindle
  • Not the best for the very inexperienced growers
2

The Cannabis Grow Bible

One of the most popular books on our list, The Cannabis Grow Bible by Greg Green is a good go to 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.

Pros

  • Updated edition
  • Highly rated & recommended among growers
  • Knowledgeable author educated in botany & plant horticulture
  • Competitively priced

Cons

  • 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
3

Marijuana Grower's Handbook

The Marijuana Grower’s Handbook written by Ed Rosenthal, is 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 Grower’s 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.

Pros

  • Respected author/voice in the growing community
  • Not overly long, short & insightful info
  • Highly popular & rated
  • Competitively priced
  • Covers a wide range of topics
  • Easy to read & digest
  • Contribution by Tommy Chong

Cons

  • Some outdated info
  • Latest techniques & equipment is lacking
  • Can be thought of as basic to intermediate for the more experienced grower
4

Ask Ed: Marijuana Success

Have you ever wondered how the Guru of Ganja grows cannabis during any season?

Ed Rosenthal lays bare a lifelong culmination of tips, tricks, and knowledge of cultivating cannabis year-round in his latest book – Ask Ed: Marijuana Success.

Join us as we provide a first-look into Ask Ed: Marijuana Success. From the cannabis fields of Morocco to Ed’s Bay Area backyard – you’ll find a wealth of cannabis cultivation techniques that will keep your stash jars filled year-round.

Whether you’re preparing to grow cannabis for the first time or you’re a decorated grow master – Ask Ed: Marijuana Success offers entertainment and knowledge on each page.

Our Take on Ask Ed: Marijuana Success

Upon learning that I would have an exclusive opportunity to review Ed Rosenthal’s upcoming book Ask Ed: Marijuana Success – I couldn’t have been more thrilled.

Anyone that’s been in the cannabis industry over the last three decades is at least familiar with the name Ed Rosenthal. Part of the old-school cannabis scene, Ed Rosenthal finds himself helping the next generation of cannabis cultivators along with useful, albeit at times utterly scattered, tips on growing cannabis.

From the introduction to the conclusion, I was thoroughly pleased with the breadth of information that Ask Ed: Marijuana Success contains.

What We Liked

First and foremost, the selection of tips that Ed describes is spot on for any cannabis cultivator. Ed goes over a handful of techniques on topics such as cloning, pruning, irrigation, lighting, indoor growing, outdoor growing, strain selection, and maximizing yield.

Here are the notable characteristics that I enjoyed in Ed Rosenthal’s new book.

Ingenious Tips From Around The World

In Ask Ed: Marijuana Success, one of the most touched upon topics of the entire book is about cultivating cannabis during any season – indoors or outdoors.

Throughout his far-flung travels, Ed visits cannabis gardens in Jamaica, Morocco, Hawaii, and the United States to learn how local cannabis cultivators tend to their crops in the face of natural barriers.

For instance, Ed presents ingenious tips from Jamaican cannabis farmers, who, being located near the equator, grow cannabis year-round.

From his field notes and pictures, we can clearly understand how the dense planting of small cannabis plants can generate a bountiful harvest when you’re only left with short daylight hours during the winter months.

First, early flowering and close planting both discourage plants from branching out. Instead, the plants put their energy into growing a single straight stem. When they flower, all their energy goes into growing bud along it.”

Another instance was from his expedition to the cannabis paradise of Ketama, Morocco. Ketama is found on the hillsides of the Rif Mountains and is littered with marijuana fields that would make any cannabis enthusiast faint.

The method of dense planting with the sole intent of harvesting the main bud is the lesson learned from Ed’s adventure in Ketama, Morocco.

From Morocco, you’ll travel to the exotic cannabis fields of Molokai, Hawaii, where local cannabis cultivators harness HID or CFL lighting to extend the vegetation of their cannabis crops outdoors to increase the overall size of the plants.

By doing so, the Molokai cannabis fields overcome the short day lengths that promote flowering instead of vegetative growth. Ed brings this lesson full-circle by showing you how you can utilize supplemental lighting to vegetate your greenhouse crop during the fall and winter months.

A Clear Guide

Ed Rosenthal boils everything down in a way that anyone can understand. For me, this is a crucial element that shines throughout Ask Ed: Marijuana Success. There’s nothing worse than an author that over-complicates a subject – especially when that subject is on growing cannabis.

The vast majority of cannabis cultivators can agree on a simple principle – KISS (keep it simple, stupid). Although Ed doesn’t expressly mention this quote, he does keep his verbiage humble and to-the-point.

Whether describing his harvesting technique or how to build your own nylon wick irrigation system – Ed presents everything clearly in a step-by-step process with detailed pictures.

Although we’d love to describe each guide that Ed presents in Ask Ed: Marijuana Success – we’d have to write our own book to achieve this. Here are topics that contain easy-to-follow how-to’s:

  • How to Increase THC potency
  • Setting up automated irrigation systems
  • How to tell when your buds are ripe
  • Spotting deficiencies
  • Harvesting and Drying indoors and outdoors
  • Picking the right cannabis variety for you
  • And many more

An Honest Perspective

Furthermore, Ed isn’t afraid of being honest, as he displays in a quote regarding his winter harvest:

When I showed some of the buds to visitors, they were unimpressed. The buds were small, and although fragrant and heady, they weren’t very tight. However, I was more than satisfied because this was a winter crop started in February and harvested in April. I didn’t expect big buds, but I did produce a decent harvest using the winter sun.”

Most cannabis growers, especially those who’ve been in the “game” for a long time, would never admit to producing a lackluster cannabis crop. However, Ed dives headfirst and owns up to any shortcoming by presenting a well-hidden fact in the cannabis industry – that cannabis doesn’t always look like a High Times photoshoot.

This honesty is necessary for all cannabis growers to understand because it allows you to grow as a cannabis cultivator.

What We Didn’t Like

Although we have a lot of positive things to say about Ed’s Ask Ed: Marijuana Success – there is a single aspect that we didn’t enjoy.

Although Ed bestows us with seemingly limitless information and knowledge – the book is fairly scattered. Instead of presenting subjects in a linear manner, you’ll find yourself reading about “how to choose a cannabis strain” to suddenly “how to harvest” on the next page.

Although this aspect won’t decrease the amount of information you’ll learn – it does disrupt the natural flow of the book.

Overall, we rate Ask Ed: Marijuana Success with 4 out of 5 stars. The sheer amount of information regarding cannabis cultivation is extensive, which is indispensable for any cannabis grower.

The fact that Ed shows us that we can grow cannabis during any season is creative, useful, and outright ground breaking. By smashing down the barrier of seasonality, Ed shows cannabis growers that creativity prevails.

Ultimately, Ed Rosenthal shows us that, as cultivators, we have a profound connection with the plant itself, and that growing our own marijuana unlocks an important perspective.

Using the grass that you grew provides a pleasure that cannot be matched by a gift or purchased weed. It’s a connection to the wheel of life.”

If you’re ready to sit shotgun with the Guru of Ganja and learn everything there is to know about cannabis cultivation – then let Ask Ed: Marijuana Success be your guide.

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Pros

  • Kindle & Paperback Edition
  • Great Price
  • Established Author

Cons

  • Chapters Could Flow Better
5

Cannabis: A Beginner's Guide to Growing Marijuana

Cannabis: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Marijuana is one of the more popular books/grow guides featured in today’s list.

Written by Danny Danko, who, when not writing cannabis guides can be found writing for High Times Magazine, as well as judging in the Cannabis Cup.

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 ground breaking 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.

Pros

  • Great for beginners
  • Easy to read
  • Good price
  • Experienced author
  • Paperback & Kindle edition available

Cons

  • Basic info for the more experienced growers
  • Basic illustrations that take up informational space
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The Essential Cannabis Book: A Field Guide for the Curious

When it comes to marijuana — not everyone is a cannabis know-it-all.

From parents trying to understand what weed is to your on-the-fence friend — knowledge is the fine line between cannabis acceptance and reluctance.

The Essential Cannabis Book by Rob Mejia will fit perfectly on your new coffee table if you’re ready to fast-track your cannabis knowledge. Whether you use it as a conversation starter or the jump-off point for your new medical or recreational cannabis obsession, The Essential Cannabis Book has it all.

Join us as we review The Essential Cannabis Book by Rob Mejia. From the medical potential of cannabis to crafting delicious edibles – you’ll have the bare essentials of marijuana at your fingertips.

The Basics

From the moment I read The Essential Cannabis Book by Rob Mejia, I quickly realized that essential doesn’t mean in-depth. After mulling each chapter over, I realized that I missed the point.

The Essential Cannabis Book isn’t meant for cannabis experts and aficionados. Instead, it’s the perfect source for those in need of a guide. We all need to start somewhere, and for those that need an introduction into the world of cannabis, The Essential Cannabis Book does the trick.

The Essential Cannabis Book acts as a foundation that new cannabis enthusiasts can build their knowledge on. As you learn the lingo and enter a world filled with trichomes, you’ll be ready for anything.

The world is quickly changing its opinion about cannabis, and there’s no better time than now to breathe in easy-to-understand information.

Now, let’s take a look at what makes The Essential Cannabis Book a joy to read.

New Perspectives

In life, gaining a new perspective is essential for growth. As you learn how to look at a subject from a new angle, your opinion may change — for better or worse.

Page after page, I quickly noticed that Rob Mejia wants his readers to share the value of perspective. Mejia accomplishes this by interviewing a multitude of cannabis advocates, entrepreneurs, researchers, lawyers, and more.

It’s a breath of fresh air to read what drives other people in the cannabis industry. Whether it’s because of racial injustice or the realization that cannabis is medicine — Mejia interviews a wide range of individuals. These interludes serve a great purpose — to show a cannabis company’s face and the reasoning behind the product.

For most people, the perspective of the cannabis industry is a legal black market, where cannabis products are sold to users who want to get high. Instead, the words of nuns, advocates, and lawyers help put the ever-growing cannabis industry into perspective.

Everything You’ll Need To Get Started

The Essential Cannabis Book is the shotgun approach at its finest.

From the moment you open the book, you’ll find many cannabis topics at your fingertips. Here’s a list of what you can expect to see as you dive into The Essential Cannabis Book:

  • The History of Cannabis
  • Cannabis Science
  • Cannabis Varieties
  • Cultivation Methods
  • Medical Benefits of Cannabis and Hemp
  • Storing Cannabis
  • Consuming Cannabis
  • Cooking and Eating Cannabis

All of this within 160-pages? Yes.

Once again, this is not an in-depth guide. Instead, I view The Essential Cannabis Book as a tool that will get your foot in the door. There’s enough information to pique your interest at some point.

A Personal Connection

In his introduction, Mejia points out that his cannabis journey began while his sister was battling cancer. From this point on, cannabis was no longer a distant drug — it was a potentially therapeutic substance that can help those in need.

As I read The Essential Cannabis Book, Mejia’s voice never felt disingenuous. Instead, his charisma for medical and recreational cannabis elicited a definite feeling that I’m in an industry that cares. Overall, Mejia’s passion for cannabis is contagious, and I can only imagine how new cannabis enthusiasts will feel as they read The Essential Cannabis Book.

Recipes That Anyone Can Make

Another valuable aspect of The Essential Cannabis Book is that it provides easy-to-follow guides on producing cannabis oil or butter. Furthermore, the recipe list is extensive and features a wide variety of healthy options that users can whip up in a moment’s notice.

The Essential Cannabis Book Isn’t For Everyone

As I mentioned, The Essential Cannabis Book is ideal for those that are new to medical or recreational cannabis. If you already have a clear foundation of cannabis knowledge, you can skip over this book.

Additionally, if you’re interested in the interactions between cannabinoids, terpenes, and the endocannabinoid system, you won’t find them in The Essential Cannabis Book.

Lastly, The Essential Cannabis Book misses an entire niche of dabbers. As cannabis concentrate use continues to skyrocket, I can only hope that Mejia decides to include more information regarding extracts, such as shatter, live resin, and rosin.

Overall, The Essential Cannabis Book by Rob Mejia is an excellent primer for anyone that wishes to learn about cannabis. Although it doesn’t feature much in-depth information, The Essential Cannabis Book makes its mark as an ideal introductory guide.

Once readers finish The Essential Cannabis Book, they can move onto more specific arenas of cannabis, such as cultivation or cannabinoid science.

Ultimately, I believe that The Essential Cannabis Book by Rob Mejia is a surefire introduction into the exciting world of cannabis.

If you’re ready to learn more about cannabis — then you’re in the right place, as The Highest Crop has everything from cultivation tips to strain reviews and everything in between!

Pros

  • Great for beginners
  • Easy read
  • Insightful, yet not not overly long

Cons

  • Lacking Information on extracts, shatter, live resin, and rosin
7

Homegrown Marijuana

Homegrown Marijuana book by Joshua Sheets. Focuses 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.

Pros

  • Covers hydroponic systems
  • Reasonably priced
  • Easy to understand and read
  • Written by an experienced horticulturist
  • Great for beginners growing hydroponically

Cons

  • Does Not cover other popular growing systems
  • Not as detailed as some other guides
8

7 Steps To Grow Cannabis

7 Steps To Grow Cannabis: A Complete Beginner’s Guide To Growing Cannabis Indoors is an excellent resource for those looking to start their journey into indoor cannabis growing. Mr. Grow It, the author of the book, has taken a simple, straight-to-the-point approach to teaching his readers about indoor cannabis growing. With comprehensive information on the required equipment, walk-throughs for each growing stage of the plant’s life, plant training techniques, and in-depth descriptions and solutions to the top 12 plant problems, this book provides step-by-step instructions and examples on how to grow cannabis indoors with ease.

One of the things that make this book stand out is its focus on simplifying the indoor growing process. Mr. Grow It has omitted the history and science behind cannabis and instead focused solely on providing the necessary information to get started with indoor cannabis growing. The book provides detailed information on the optimal lighting, temperatures, and humidity levels for each growing stage, low-stress training, and more. This information can be applied by beginners to improve their yields and taste, as well as expand their knowledge of indoor cannabis growing.

The book offers tips, tricks, and techniques to help beginners improve their cannabis plants season after season. The information on soil and nutrients is sufficient for beginners, however, more experienced growers might need to look up additional information elsewhere. For example, there are other brands and types of soil and nutrients that might be more effective and easier to use. The section on Low Stress Training is basic and might need more comprehensive information. Beginners might need to look up more helpful information on Low Stress Training elsewhere. The section on topping and pruning is also mostly unhelpful, as are the photos. Additionally, the section on trimming is not very helpful in showing how to do a good job and providing strategies for enduring the long grind of trimming.

The section on curing is a bit controversial and contains some good and bad advice. Despite some of these shortcomings, 7 Steps To Grow Cannabis is an excellent book for beginners who want to get started growing without getting a degree in Botany and Horticulture. The book is concise and easy to follow with step-by-step instructions and examples. The book is well-organized and leaves out a lot of distractions that can make learning difficult.

One of the major strengths of the book is the author’s expertise and experience. Mr. Grow It is one of the fastest-growing cannabis influencers of this generation and is known for his simple, straight-to-the-point approach to teaching. His expertise and experience are evident in the book, and readers can rely on the information provided. Mr. Grow It has helped thousands of people become educated beginner growers through his daily informative cannabis content.

In conclusion, 7 Steps to Grow Cannabis is an excellent book for cannabis beginners who want to start growing quickly and with confidence. It provides comprehensive information on the required equipment, walk-throughs for each growing stage of the plant’s life, plant training techniques, and in-depth descriptions and solutions to the top 12 plant problems. While more experienced growers might need to look up additional information elsewhere, the book provides a solid foundation for beginners. With Mr. Grow It’s expert advice, readers will be able to start growing cannabis indoors with ease and confidence.

Pros

  • Well-known Grower
  • Good For Beginners
  • Simple & to the Point

Cons

  • Only for Beginners
9

The Emperor Wears No Clothes

The Emperor Wears No Clothes: A History of Cannabis/Hemp/Marijuana is an incredibly informative and eye-opening book about the history, uses, benefits, and prohibition of cannabis. Written by Jack Herer, this book has become the most popular book about cannabis/hemp in history for good reason. The 14th edition, which is the official edition from Herer Media & Publishing, is thoroughly researched, scrupulously annotated, and shockingly provocative. In this product review, I will provide an in-depth analysis of the book, detailing its strengths, weaknesses, and key takeaways.

At a high level, the book is broken down into several parts, each of which provides a unique perspective on cannabis. The opening section provides a comprehensive overview of the origins of cannabis prohibition in America and what that has meant for the country. Herer delves into the history of the anti-marijuana movement, which has been fueled by racism, greed, and misinformation. He also highlights how the criminalization of cannabis has led to a vast array of negative consequences, including mass incarceration, a black market, and countless missed opportunities for medical research and advancements.

Following this, the book discusses all the uses of hemp, which is perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects of this plant. Hemp has been used for thousands of years in a variety of ways, from medicine and food to fiber and paper. Herer provides numerous examples of how hemp has been used throughout history and the many ways in which it can be used today, particularly as a plastic replacement and eco-friendly source of fuel.

The next section of the book provides the straight dope on marijuana smoking and the effects on the human body. While it’s true that marijuana does have some negative side effects, particularly when smoked, Herer argues that the benefits far outweigh the risks. He cites numerous studies and real-world examples of how marijuana has helped people with various medical conditions, including chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and even cancer.

Perhaps the most shocking and enlightening section of the book is the one that discusses who profits from the prohibition and criminalization of cannabis. Herer highlights the various companies, organizations, and individuals who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo, despite overwhelming evidence that cannabis should be legalized and regulated. He also discusses the massive amounts of money that are spent each year on enforcing outdated and ineffective drug laws, rather than investing in education, healthcare, and social programs.

Finally, the book concludes with a section on what readers can do to speed up legalization and profit from the coming changes. Herer provides numerous tips, tricks, and resources for activism, entrepreneurship, and advocacy. Whether you’re someone who wants to get involved in the cannabis industry, or simply someone who wants to learn more about how to support legalization efforts, this section is an invaluable resource.

Overall, The Emperor Wears No Clothes is an incredibly insightful and thought-provoking book that should be required reading for anyone interested in cannabis and its many uses, benefits, and controversies. Herer’s research is meticulous, his arguments are persuasive, and his passion for this topic is infectious. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or a curious newcomer to the world of cannabis, this book will educate and inspire you to take action and be part of the movement to legalize and regulate this amazing plant.

Pros

  • Legend in the Cannabis Community
  • Highly Rated
  • An Insightful Read for Those New to Cannabis

Cons

  • None
10

Cannabis Is Medicine

Cannabis Is Medicine: How Medical Cannabis and CBD Are Healing Everything from Anxiety to Chronic Pain is an informative and detailed book written by renowned medical cannabis physician and owner of Canna-Centers Wellness & Education, Bonni Goldstein, MD. The book provides a comprehensive guide for patients seeking relief from chronic illnesses and conditions using medical cannabis treatment.

Dr. Goldstein’s extensive experience in treating patients suffering from chronic and difficult-to-treat conditions has enabled her to provide an insightful and informative guide for patients that helps them navigate the labyrinthine world of cannabis-based products. Through that, patients can learn about safe usage and determine which product they need for their particular condition.

The book goes beyond the basics of cannabis-based usage and provides an overview of how cannabis interacts with the human body to create balance and promote better health. Homeostasis is a key concept in medical cannabis treatment, and its effects on treatment and eventual recovery are vast.

The book focuses on the various compounds found in the cannabis plant and their therapeutic effects, giving the reader detailed information about CBD and CBG, two compounds that have been extensively researched and proven to have significant therapeutic effects on various conditions. The author emphasizes that cannabis works differently for different people. It is, therefore, best to customize a personalized cannabis regimen that aligns with an individual’s specific medical needs.

Dr. Goldstein covers 28 common conditions for which patients have found cannabis treatment to be effective, including cancer, insomnia, and gastrointestinal disorders. She also provides vital information about the differences between THC and CBD, the proper doses of each, and which products work best for which condition. Additionally, the book contains a glossary of cannabis terms that people may find useful when interacting with cannabis professionals.

Dr. Goldstein’s writing style is comprehensive, making it easy to read and understand, and she is always objective and factual. Her book is a valuable resource for people who are seeking an alternative to conventional pharmaceutical therapies. Unlike many other books that focus purely on personal experiences, Cannabis Is Medicine is a medical-based guide that focuses on the science behind the therapeutic effects of medical cannabis.

The book’s overall tone is one of intelligent knowledge, and this strong sense of knowledge is evident in the detailed information provided about the different cannabis-based products. The author’s goal in writing the book seems to be to empower patients with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed decisions about medical cannabis treatment. This book is especially beneficial for those who may not have access to credible information about medical cannabis treatment or are skeptical about medical cannabis use because of the many myths about cannabis that have circulated over the years.

An interesting aspect of Cannabis Is Medicine is the author’s discussion of the ongoing evolution of medical cannabis laws. She emphasizes the importance of understanding the benefits of this plant from an honest, medical perspective to help patients make informed decisions about their healthcare needs.

Finally, Cannabis Is Medicine is a well-researched and informative book that provides an insightful and objective resource for people seeking information about medical cannabis. It is a useful guide for patients who want to navigate the world of medical cannabis with safety and precision. Through this book, Dr. Goldstein has identified a critical need for patients seeking alternative treatment options and has provided them with a credible guide that demystifies the very confusing, and often conflicting, world of medical cannabis. Overall, I would definitely recommend Cannabis Is Medicine to anyone looking to learn more about the use of medical cannabis and its therapeutic effects.

Pros

  • Respected & Experienced Author & MD
  • Highly Rated
  • A Different Topic To The Many Cannabis Grow Books Out There

Cons

  • None
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Bong Appétit

Bong Appétit: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Weed is a cannabis cookbook that features 65 sweet and savory dishes as well as cocktails. This cookbook is inspired by the MUNCHIES and Viceland television series, Bong Appétit. The book starts by breaking down the science of infusing and offers recipes ranging from weed butter-basted chicken to weed chimichurri to weed brownie sundaes. Along the way, the book hits on marijuana politics, dosage, and pairing strains and flavors and has tips from MUNCHIES vast network of friends and experts, including “Bong Appétit” stars Ry Prichard and Vanessa Lavorato.

The book is divided into sections that cover appetizers, entrees, sides and salads, desserts, and cocktails. Each section has a wide range of recipes that are easy to follow, even for beginner cooks. The book also includes a glossary of terms that explains the different strains of cannabis, the different types of infusion methods and terminology related to cannabis cuisine.

One of the standout features of this book is the detailed information that it provides on the different methods of infusion. The authors explain how to infuse oils, butters, milks, and alcohol. They also provide tips on how to calculate the correct dosage of cannabis to use in each recipe.

The recipes in this book are incredibly creative and cover a wide range of flavor profiles. There is something for everyone in this book, whether you are looking for a sweet or savory dish or a cocktail. Some standout recipes include cannabis-leaf kimchi, infused pepperoni, and weed chimichurri.

The recipes are not only creative but also well-tested. The authors lab tested all of the recipes to ensure that they are accurate and will produce the desired effects. This is an important aspect of a cannabis cookbook as it can be tough to gauge the potency of edibles.

Another standout feature of this book is the notes and pro tips from Bong Appétit hosts Vanessa Lavorato and Ry Prichard. These seasoned experts provide a wealth of knowledge that is incredibly valuable when it comes to cooking with cannabis.

Overall, Bong Appétit: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Weed is an excellent cookbook for anyone interested in cooking with cannabis. The book provides detailed information on infusion methods and dosage, and the recipes are creative and well-tested. Whether you are a seasoned cannabis cook or a beginner, this book has something for everyone.

Pros

  • Highly rated
  • Well-known series
  • Great addition to anyone's collection

Cons

  • None
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The Cannabis Encyclopedia

The Cannabis Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to Cultivation & Consumption of Medical Marijuana is a comprehensive and detailed guide to all aspects of cannabis cultivation, harvesting, and processing. Written by world-renowned cannabis expert Jorge Cervantes, this award-winning book covers everything from gardening and landscaping to advanced growing techniques and organic practices. With over 2,000 color images, reader-friendly three-column pages, and easy step-by-step examples and instructions, this book is a must-have for all cannabis growers and patients.

One of the most impressive features of this book is its breadth of coverage. The Cannabis Encyclopedia covers every stage of plant growth in great detail, from seed to harvest. It provides numerous tips and techniques to improve yields, increase cannabinoid potency, and make eco-friendly decisions. The book also features comprehensive chapters on medical cannabis history, cannabinoid measurement, and medical varieties, making it an excellent resource for both medical patients and caregivers.

The book’s Medicinal Concentrates and Cooking with Medicinal Cannabis chapters offer many different methods to concentrate and consume cannabis, providing users with a variety of options to meet their needs. The chapter on post-harvest processing provides detailed instructions on how to properly preserve cannabinoids during the drying and curing process, ensuring that users get the most out of their plants.

The Cannabis Encyclopedia also covers a wide range of growing techniques, from indoor gardening to outdoor gardens and greenhouses. The book provides detailed information on garden room design, construction and maintenance, greenhouse construction and care, and even outdoor gardens from backyards to large remote fields. It includes step-by-step examples and instructions for each technique, making it easy for growers to get started on their own.

One of the most helpful features of this book is its Nutrient chapter, which includes individual drawings of 14 cannabis plants showing nutrient excess and deficiencies. This provides users with a clear understanding of what their plants need and how to identify problems with their plants. Additionally, the Breeding chapter covers methods, plant crosses, back crosses, true breeds, hybrids, and provides step-by-step illustrated instructions on starting your own home breeding program.

Overall, The Cannabis Encyclopedia is an incredibly valuable resource for all cannabis growers and patients. Its combination of comprehensive information, easy-to-read formatting, and extensive color images make it one of the most user-friendly and informative cannabis books available. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced grower, there is something in this book for everyone.

In conclusion, The Cannabis Encyclopedia is an essential resource for anyone interested in growing or using cannabis for medical purposes. Its breadth of coverage, easy-to-read formatting, and extensive color images make it one of the most informative and user-friendly cannabis books available. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced grower, there is something in this book for everyone, making it a must-have addition to any cannabis library.

Pros

  • Renowned Grower
  • Highly Rated
  • Covers A Wide Variety of Topics

Cons

  • None
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The Rebel's Apothecary

As the hype around cannabis, CBD, and medicinal mushrooms grows, so does the need for a practical, science-based guide to using these powerful plants and fungi. The Rebel’s Apothecary, written by health coach and wellness blogger Jenny Sansouci, fills that need, providing readers with all the information they need to harness the ancient healing powers of cannabis and mushrooms safely and effectively.

At the heart of The Rebel’s Apothecary is Sansouci’s own personal journey with her father’s diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which led her to dive into the world of alternative therapies. Through extensive research and experimentation, she discovered the incredible healing properties of cannabis and medicinal mushrooms, not just for managing the side effects of chemotherapy, but for addressing a range of everyday wellness concerns as well.

The book is divided into two parts: Part One provides a comprehensive introduction to the history, science, and culture of cannabis and mushrooms, with a focus on their wellness benefits. Sansouci debunks myths and misconceptions, de-stigmatizes these powerful plants and fungi, and explains the latest research on CBD, THC, medicinal mushrooms, and psilocybin. She also offers practical advice on creating a cutting-edge home apothecary and using plant-based medicines safely and responsibly.

In Part Two, Sansouci presents specific protocols and dosage guides for using cannabis and mushrooms for wellbeing, along with everyday wellness routines and delicious, easy-to-make recipes for cannabis and mushroom-infused smoothies, coffee drinks, teas, elixirs, gummies, and broths. She also includes contributions from chefs and wellness experts such as Dr. Andrew Weil, Kris Carr, Seamus Mullen, Marco Canora, and more.

One of the strengths of The Rebel’s Apothecary is Sansouci’s ability to present complex information in an accessible and engaging way. She writes with authority and expertise, yet the tone is never intimidating or judgmental. It’s clear that Sansouci is passionate about these plants and fungi, but she’s also careful to emphasize the importance of informed consent, responsible use, and working with qualified healthcare professionals when necessary.

Another strength of the book is its emphasis on holistic wellness. Sansouci understands that using cannabis and mushrooms for wellbeing is not a quick fix or a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, she encourages readers to approach plant-based medicines as part of a larger lifestyle shift that includes healthy eating, exercise, mindfulness, and other holistic practices.

I appreciated the way that Sansouci makes a clear distinction between using cannabis and mushrooms for wellness versus using them recreationally. While she acknowledges that many people do use these plants and fungi for recreational purposes, her focus in this book is squarely on their wellness benefits, and she provides practical guidance on how to achieve those benefits safely and without an unwanted high.

Overall, The Rebel’s Apothecary is an excellent resource for anyone interested in using cannabis and mushrooms for wellbeing. Sansouci is a knowledgeable and compassionate guide, and her personal story adds an extra layer of depth and authenticity to the book. Whether you’re facing a health challenge, looking to enhance your everyday wellness, or just curious about the healing magic of these powerful plants and fungi, The Rebel’s Apothecary is an essential read.

Pros

  • Highly Rated
  • Good Price
  • Heaps of Info

Cons

  • None

The Choice is Yours

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. In fact, 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.

What to Look out for When Looking for the Best Weed Book

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 & Trustworthiness: 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. In fact, some guides have excellent starting prices and will only be available on Kindle in some instances anyway.

Recap

After much deliberation, our top pick out of the cannabis books featured today is…wait for it…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 books about weed currently available.

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