An early classic, Kayo’s The Sinsemilla Technique is aimed at beginner to mid-level growers, and maintains a readable, conversational and low-on-jargon tone throughout. In the early ‘90s, the now-ubiquitous method of separating the male and female plants to avoid pollination was unknown to many growers in the Western world.
In this book, The Rev goes through the exact process of having an organic indoor marijuana garden. He also outlines the kinds of things you have to do to convert an already-existing indoor setup into an organic one.
As the technique started to become established, it enabled growers to reduce the size of their plots while increasing the quantity and potency of the cannabis they produced. As the book explains, decreasing the size of grows and switching to indoor cultivation became necessary as law enforcement grew increasingly vigilant and well-equipped.
Both indoor and outdoor cultivation are covered in detail, and a range of budgets are catered for, with suggested equipment and materials ranging from high-end and expensive to low-cost and even DIY. Overall, this is a comprehensive and no-nonsense guide to cannabis cultivation, with particularly good layout and formatting making it well-presented and easy on the eye.
As a breeder, DJ Short has extensive advice on selection, pollination and stabilization of strains for the purpose of creating strong, true-breeding new varieties. As well as this, there is a strong emphasis on organic cultivation, and plenty of advice on how to fine-tune your set-up so that resources such as electricity and nutrients are not wasted. Each main aspect of growing is explained in a simple yet effective manner, with gorgeous photographs of Short’s strains as illustration.
Aside from the detailed instructions, there are also over 200 images in the book to illustrate every topic that The Rev talks about. In fact, The Rev even gives invaluable information about making your own organic fertilizers, pesticides and more.
Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive! We think these are some of the greatest cannabis books out there, but there might have been a couple that we miss. If you’ve got a favourite cannabis book that we haven’t mentioned, let us know in the comments!
Jorge Cervantes’ Grower’s Bible is perhaps the most comprehensive and exhaustive book on cultivating cannabis that has ever been published. A weighty, inch-thick brick of text, diagrams, charts and photographs, the Grower’s Bible offers simple, easily-understandable directions on every aspect of growing you can think of, along with another hundred you hadn’t!
The list simply wouldn’t be complete without a book that outlines, in great detail, what’s involved in having an organic marijuana garden. When The Rev decided to convert his synthetic-fertilized hydroponic growing system into an organic indoor system, he also chose to write this book about it.
A fine, well-rounded collection of books is essential to any novice or experienced grower. We’ve rounded up six books that belong in your cannabis library.
One day I called my cousin to thank him for launching me on this great adventure. He was already nurturing his second harvest, which he estimated would yield the equivalent of a few months’ rent for a small city apartment.
Before diving in, I decided to establish some ground rules for myself: No stupid smoking myself silly. Be open about what I’m doing with everyone to help tear down the cannabis closet. Avoid politics, as laws were changing too rapidly to keep pace with. And keep my focus on the ways adults could use this plant to their benefit. For too long now, the conversation has been hijacked by those who steer it to the harmful effects of drugs on children. I don’t believe children should use substances, but experience has demonstrated that ignorance is more dangerous than intoxication and that they should be educated about the harms and benefits of alcohol, pharmaceuticals, and consciousness-altering plants.
Pot. Weed. Grass. Mary Jane. We all think we know what cannabis is and what we use it for. But do we? Our collective understanding of this surprising plant has been muddled by politics and morality; what we think we know isn’t the real story.
My timing was auspicious. My great sixteen-year relationship had just ended. We had tried spackling over the problems, addressing, therapizing, ignoring them, whatever it is two people do when they sense things falling, inevitably and irretrievably, apart. We tried because we loved and respected each other, but ultimately we called it quits. It was the same with my career as a magazine editor. For years, I had been pretending to be excited by a profession that once brought me torrents of pleasure; but now it just seemed like work, with all of the drudgery and deadlines and none of the creative charge. I was, for the first time in two decades, adrift, primed for change, ready to dance, drink champagne, recharge my sex life, and reinvent the way I worked. My entire life was in need of a rethink, my vices included.
Titillated by all this fresh information, I decided to do something new and different—even if it meant reacquainting myself with something old and familiar: to submerge myself in this brave new—and yet at the same time, ancient—world. Events were unfolding at breakneck speed—the residents of Washington and Colorado voted to legalize and tax recreational cannabis. Dr. Sanjay Gupta aired his cannabis apologia, Weed, on CNN and started a national conversation about the medical relevance of the plant. The Obama administration softened its antipot rhetoric, and then–attorney general Eric Holder issued the Cole memo, indicating that the Feds would not be storming the Rockies to stop legalization from going forward. And it wasn’t only America that was changing its tune. Uruguay and Spain legalized and Jamaica followed suit. Would, as prohibitionists had claimed for almost a century, the fabric of these societies fray? Would their citizens smoke themselves into stupors and crowd into emergency rooms, or would society adapt more gracefully? What would the world look like once this plant became as accepted as beer?
The ancient Chinese considered this wild grass one of the fifty fundamental herbs and were the first to write about the medical and spiritual benefits of it, over 4,700 years ago. The father of Chinese medicine, Shen-Nung, used ma to treat a dazzling array of illnesses including gout, rheumatism, malaria, constipation, and absentmindedness. Of the two thousand medicinal plants known in the vast field of Ayurvedic Indian medicine, cannabis is the most important among them.² While members of all these cultures occasionally inhaled cannabis as smoke—presumably to get closer to God—it was most commonly used as a tincture or eaten. The Egyptians used it in suppositories and to relieve eye pain; they buried kings and royalty with pounds of pot, presumably to be presented as a housewarming gift to God once they had moved on to the next life. And the Greeks made wine steeped with cannabis, which they used to treat inflammation and ear problems.
A war on cannabis has been waged in the United States since the early years of the twentieth century, yet in the past decade, society has undergone a massive shift in perspective that has allowed us to reconsider our beliefs. In Brave New Weed, Joe Dolce travels the globe to “tear down the cannabis closet” and de-mystify this new frontier, seeking answers to the questions we didn’t know we should ask.
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According to biologists, botanists, and anthropologists, the cannabis plant, a relative of hops, debuted in the Caucasus Mountains, most likely in current-day Kazakhstan (ancestral home of Borat), some ten thousand years ago. The harsh landscape and climate forced the plant to be hearty and, to a certain extent, inventive if it was to survive. It had to grow quickly, before the short summer season ended. Animals and birds loved the seeds (cannabis seeds are still allowed in bird feed, the only cannabis product to escape the US federal ban), and they gobbled them up and then pooped them out while migrating. This is one way the plant used the feet and wings of other species to proliferate.
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