Book Reviews

Jorge Cervantes’, The Cannabis Encyclopedia

Novice Rating: ★★★ (3 stars) - Like all of the new books coming out now, they are more than just cannabis cultivation.  This is the same here, but the title of “Encyclopedia” is accurate.  It is great info but not presented in a way for a novice grower to get the most out of it.  Recommend Jorge Cervantes’ Marijuana Horticulture, The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible for a novice.

Veteran Rating: ★★★★ (5 stars) - A true “encyclopedia” that dwarfs other recent works. Great solid reference for an experienced grower.  Very detailed with expert contributions.

Jorge Cervantes (George VanPatten) has been providing cannabis cultivation information and about indoor growing from his background in hydroponics.

His two core Marijuana Horticulture, The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible and companion Marijuana Grow Basics books are recommended if you are wanting a “learn how to grow cannabis” book.

The title of Encyclopedia is properly named as this book covers a GREAT span of information.  Jorge Cervantes has incorporated specific sections authored by experts he has met over the years.  Medical and scientific experts provide a level of detail and authority that could not come from a single voice.

With that said, the abrupt tone of voice and writing styles break up the flow of this book, isolating it more as the über reference that it is intended to be.  This is one reason I recommend Jorge’s other books dedicated specifically to cannabis cultivation if you are learning.  The single voice and step-by-step instructions are harder to pick out in this book because of all the other information.


Besides the normal cannabis cultivation information, Jorge Cervantes has always done Case Studies, illustrating and documenting the growing process in detail, even in his earlier books.  He has realized that this was something unique and expanded on it in this new big book.  Several case studies are provided for a variety of situations.

The other very useful bits of information are the EXTENSIVE use of charts and diagrams.  Example: He does a direct comparison of lighting types and even compares output of various bulbs/tubes.  This type of detail is necessary for planning power consumption and finding the best output of that energy to be best used by the plants.

Like all books of this type, the sections are very detailed (but look for the excellent charts).  The sections of this book you cannot find in other places include a very detailed rundown of nutrients and again, amazing comparisons.  The section on “Additives” (hormones, bacteria, fungi, enzymes, amino acids, carbohydrates/sugars, vitamins, etc.) is something that you cannot find in other books.

If there is a single book that covers ALL of the bases and has the LATEST information, this is the book for you.  Even experienced growers will want to have this book.

If you want to order this book too, you can do so from Amazon.  You can also get this book from independent book sellers at


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