Book Review: ‘Marijuana Harvest’ Helps Cultivators Hone in on the Craft

New book from Ed Rosenthal and David Downs explores innovations in other agricultural industries and applies them to cannabis cultivation.

Master cannabis cultivator Ed Rosenthal is in a state of constant experimentation. Within his office there is a blue jar with an electronic top measuring the precise humidity levels inside. The Miron glass jar is a deep midnight blue, designed to eliminate most light from passing through, and has a note taped to the outside that reads “Test: Do not open.” The jar is just one of the many trials Rosenthal is conducting as a part of research for his newest book release “Marijuana Harvest,” and inside there is a tomato that he keeps for months to assess the freshness of the produce. It’s all part of the process to write the chapter on curing cannabis, a step that’s “essential to the taste and experience of the finished buds.”

“Like aged wines, well-cured buds are smooth and flavorful,” the book explains. “Uncured buds still ‘work’ but are not nearly as enjoyable or desirable. However, curing does not make buds more potent than they already are.”

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Book Review: “Idiot’s Guide: Growing Marijuana”

Big Lit makes a move on America’s new botanical sweetheart — cannabis.

It finally happened. One of the “Big Four” publishing firms, Penguin Random House, at last saw an opening and jumped into the cannabis game with the new release “Idiot’s Guide: Marijuana Growing.” Responsible for the launch of hit titles ranging from Ralph Ellison’s classic “The Invisible Man” to a host of Dr. Seuss staples to Ann Coulter’s recent “In Trump We Trust,” Penguin’s worldwide readership is decidedly vast and varied.

Just think, you’ll soon be able to openly read in public about the systematic manufacture of marijuana and attract little more than a “hmm” from the average passerby. Quite a change from the first, popular MJ title – most notably the seminal grow book “Marijuana Growers Guide Deluxe Edition,” written by Ed Rosenthal and Mel Frank in 1978. Clutching a copy of that title has always felt like an act of defiance throughout the cannabis prohibition years. Not quite on level with “The Anarchist Cookbook,” but close to it if you lived in a state where a loose joint could get you a couple years in a prison labor camp. In fact, “Marijuana Growers Guide” caught fire so swiftly across the nation in the ‘70s that it even garnered a book review by the New York Times.

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Book Review: ‘The Cannabis Health Index’

Book explores 100 different conditions and diseases that can be treated with cannabis.

There was a time when cannabis books were, few and far between. They consisted mainly of cultivation books (almost all of them authored by Ed Rosenthal), a few cooking with cannabis titles and autobiographies of drug dealers. Then came the period where medical cannabis books began to appear but they were so outrageously priced that no one could afford them. But times have changed. At the recent 11th National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics in Berkeley, California the conference bookstore was overflowing with titles on all aspects of cannabis and, in particular, medical cannabis.

Some authors, it seems, have seen the writing on the wall and anticipate the day when cannabis textbooks will be needed for budding (pardon the pun) cannabis clinicians. A handful of colleges have begun to teach students about the endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) and a smaller number are offering cannabis certification courses. Students need books and authors like Uwe Blesching are writing them.

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Exclusive Excerpts from ‘Smuggler’ by Roger Reaves

Roger Reaves grew up a poor farm boy in Georgia and went from making ‘moonshine’ to becoming one of the most prolific smugglers of the 20th century. He covered six continents, transporting 20 ton ship loads of hash, tons of cocaine, and completed more than 100 sorties across the US border with plane loads of marijuana.

From Medellin Cartel kingpins Jorge Ochoa and Pablo Escobar to “Mr Nice” Howard Marks and the infamous Barry Seal, who was Rogers close friend and employee, his friends and associates spanned the globe. 

He escaped from prison on five separate occasions; was shot down in both Mexico and Colombia; and tortured almost to death in a Mexican prison. Recently, he has been featured in National Geographic’s TV series, Australia’s Hardest Prison: Lockdown Oz, where he speaks of his current stay at the maximum-security Casuarina Prison.

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Book Review: ‘Cannabis and Spirituality’

New book explores the role of marijuana in sacred practice.

It was just two years ago that then-Indiana Governor Mike Pence passed the highly controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act that, in part, helped Bill Levin to legally birth The First Church of Cannabis. At the time, the church was widely reported on and was viewed with both awe and contention. Many were shocked and scandalized, but most people were extremely skeptical of using cannabis as a holy sacrament or part of a religious practice. “Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally” is a book that highlights this reality with the respect it deserves.

Award-winning author and pharmacologist Julie Holland, who edited the seminal academic collection of essays in “The Pot Book,” writes the foreword which provides a great foundation for the tone of the book. While lauding the therapeutic effects of medicinal cannabis, she notes that there’s been less of a focus on its spiritual effects across cultures and eras throughout history. Thankfully, this book continues to bridge the gap between our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

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Book Review: Ed Rosenthal’s ‘Big Book of Buds Greatest Hits’

Cultivation icon Ed Rosenthal’s new “Big Book of Buds Greatest Hits” distills 400 strains into 95 essentials for any type of gardener.

The “Big Book of Buds Greatest Hits” pulls the strains that have withstood the test of time into the glistening light of the new era of legalized cannabis.

Out in September worldwide, the newest edition to cultivation icon Ed Rosenthal’s “Big Book of Buds” series stands as a guide to the origins, effects and ideal growing conditions for the 95 strains featured, interspersed with informational tidbits from breeders and experts in the growing field, pun intended.

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