Mel Thomas’ Cannabis Cultivation: A Complete Grower's Guide

Novice Rating: ★ (1 star) - When I first picked up the 2nd edition, I was overwhelmed and didn’t have enough background to make use of it.  The 3rd edition is more of the same.

Veteran Rating: ★★★ (4 stars) - Great updated information and a good solid reference for an experienced grower.  Very detailed.  Those details overwhelm new growers, but those details are what veterans need to clarify steps and processes.

I’ve read and owned the previous editions but read them very early on (he was a favorite of my mentor’s) before gathering up all of these other references

My opinion of the book was that it was too technical and I was too much of a novice at the time to understand it all.  Mel Thomas has always been a name in the industry, and this third edition review gives me an opportunity to re-read it with new eyes.

Man, am I glad I did!  Now that I have had a lot more experience and have read so many Cannabis/Marijuana books, I can see how chalk full of information this book really is, particularly in the 3rd Edition with full color photographs.  (As a former book reseller/collector and technical trainer, the additional color photos and more of them, improves the book greatly.)

While it covers all the bases that other books do, here are some highlights in this book that make this different from the rest here on the site.

Page 166 provides a section for “Grit Weed”.  These are adulterants that are added to cannabis by the black market to increase the weight of the harvested/dried/cured bud.

Page 201 talks about Gibberellic Acid to produce produce male flowers on female plants, an advanced method for breeding.  More ideal for passing along or stabalizing genetic traits for breeding and seed production.

Expanding beyond simple horticulture, Mel Thomas talks about medicinal uses of cannabis including a list of ailments and how cannabis affects or treats that ailment, something missing from most grow books.  Mel also has a large questions and answer section useful to clarify specific points over the last two editions.

Overall, very complete and deserves a spot in your library.

Also see Mel Thomas’ co-authoring of Jeff Ditchfield and Mel Thomas’s, The Medical Cannabis Guidebook: The Definitive Guide To Using and Growing Medicinal Marijuana

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