Book Reviews

Greg Green’s, The Cannabis Breeder’s Bible

Novice Rating: ☐ (0 stars) - Seriously?  Get a couple of harvests under your belt first.

Veteran Rating: ★★★★ (4 stars) - This tome is referenced by the other great names in marijuana growing.  If you plan on developing your own strains, this is the book for you.


This book is frequently referred to by other marijuana growers and authors as the ultimate source for breeding and crossing cannabis varieties.

Expanding on the large breeding chapter in The Cannabis Grow Bible, Greg produces a very detailed book that can show you how to breed your own varieties and strains and stablize your own seeds.

Saved this book review until the end, as the only users of this book tend to be people with a few harvests under their belt already.  Same style and book size as The Cannabis Grow Bible for a good side-by-side companion.

Click on this link to do an ISBN search for this book at independent book sellers at Abebooks.com.  NOTE: The cover advertised with all the book sellers is different than the actual cover.  All books reviewed here are part of my personal collection and pictures below are direct scans of personally owned and read books.

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Sandy Moriarty’s, Aunt Sandy’s Medical Marijuana Cookbook

Novice Rating: ★★☆ (4 1/2 stars) - Good for novices and is another Oaksterdam University course book.

Veteran Rating: ★★★ (3 stars) - A good addition for your library well beyond the sweets.


Another Official Course Book from Oaksterdam University, similar to the Marijuana Chef Cookbook, it is way more than a sweets book.

This book contains the usual food items you’d expect but use of marijuana in savory dishes and good recipes that help inspire more use are also included.

Of particular note are the dosing guidelines and how to adjust dosages.

Of course, the book tells you how to make Aunt Sandy’s 10x Cannabutter, along with her recipes for Cannabis flour, oil, and tincture.

Click on this link to do an ISBN search for this book at independent book sellers at Abebooks.com

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Ed Rosenthal’s Closet Cultivator

Novice Rating: ★★ (3 stars) - Good budget book with good information for the novice.

Veteran Rating: ★ (1 star) - Not worthwhile if you are already a veteran grower.


Ed Rosenthal is a powerhouse name when it comes to growing marijuana, but his later flavor and voice in his books are very much in the line of teach/textbook form of learning.  It is likely why Ed’s book is used by Oaksterdam University.

But Ed wasn’t always the clean professor type that he is today.  He had the “Easy Marijuana Gardening” and this book the year previous, “Closet Cultivator”.

In this book, you get some of Ed’s best tricks and tips for growing in very confined spaces.  This book is often overlooked because it was published in 1999, but still worth it, particularly for the inexpensive price it can be found for.  Expert knowledge at under Five Bucks.

Click on this link to do an ISBN search for this book at independent book sellers at Abebooks.com

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Greg Green’s, The Cannabis Grow Bible

Novice Rating: ★★ (2 stars) - Very dense and not really recommended for a novice user. You can do much worse.  If you were to only have ONE book and to never need a second book or a library, this is that book.

Veteran Rating: ★★★★ (5 stars) - This tome is referenced by the other great names in marijuana growing.  Very dense but guaranteed to get you deeper into your hobby.


I have provided many good books to get you started in your marijuana cultivation knowledge and these books cover a great array of learning styles ranging from classroom instructionals to guerilla techniques and step-by-step how-to manuals.

Presented for the first time is a very dense, deep level book that is so packed with knowledge that it is very intimdating to new growers.  Besides the plethora of information you get out of the other books, this book has a few particularly interesting sections.

Breeding is a topic that is often overlooked by novice growers as that is something that takes a lot of time to do.  While other books may mention some of the larger points, this has an extensive section.  In fact, Greg Green is also the author of The Cannabis Breeder’s Bible (more on that later).

Another great section is the Hash chapter.  While other books stop at sieving and cold water extractions, this book gets into the “Supercritical Fluid Extraction”, the fancy term for Butane Hash Oil (BHO) extraction.

This book is packed full of information, but the layout and the density of content may be intimidating for beginning growers.  After getting some of the basics down and getting a first harvest under your belt, this book is something you will want to move into.  With a foundation and base knowledge, this book is more useful.

Click on this link to do an ISBN search for this book at independent book sellers at Abebooks.com.  NOTE: The cover advertised with all the book sellers is different than the actual cover.  All books reviewed here are part of my personal collection and pictures below are direct scans of personally owned and read books.

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Jeff Ditchfield’s Cannabis Cultivator, A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Marijuana

Novice Rating: ★★★☆ (4 1/2 stars) - A good first book for those novice users with no mentor or teacher to lean on.  The book assumes you have access to materials.

Veteran Rating: ★ (1 star) - If you already know what you are doing, this book is only good if you need material to mentor a novice.


While the other two basic how-to books presented thus far are mainly for stealth and ducking law enforcement surveillance, this book fairly well assumes that you can get all of the suggested items easily (and you can from HydroFarm or your local hydroponics shop).  Not a lot of guerilla gardening in this book.

With that said, it has some of the BEST photos of taking and trimming clones from a mother plant.  Short of having someone show you how it is done, this is the next best thing.

Also of note are instructions for ice water hash collection and a small section with cannabis recipes and medicated cannabis cream for topical dermal use.

A much less expensive alternative to Mediman’s Marijuana Made Simple and more up-to-date than Ed Rosenthal’s Easy Marijuana Gardening.  Presently available for under $10.

Jeff has a new book, Jeff Ditchfield and Mel Thomas’s, The Medical Cannabis Guidebook: The Definitive Guide To Using and Growing Medicinal Marijuana.  Check out that review.

Click on this link to do an ISBN search for this book at independent book sellers at Abebooks.com.  NOTE: The cover advertised with all the book sellers is different than the actual cover.  All books reviewed here are part of my personal collection and pictures below are direct scans of personally owned and read books.

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Ed Rosenthal’s Marijuana Pest & Disease Control

Novice Rating: ★★ (3 stars) - A good academic book for your collection covering pests and disease in cannabis cultivation.

Veteran Rating: ★★ (3 stars) - One of the few books on the subject, a good addition to any grower’s collection.


Similar to the Marijuana Garden Saver, this is a larger format and is more of a textbook (the flavor of most of Ed’s later work).

It has good details about pest and disease prevention, control, and elimination for those looking for the same scientific detail Ed is known for.

A good addition to deepen knowledge about Marijuana growing.  A strong companion book for all of Ed’s work.

Click on this link to do an ISBN search for this book at independent book sellers at Abebooks.com.

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Tommy McCarthy’s Growing Marijuana

Novice Rating: ★ (2 stars) - If this is the only book you can get as a novice, or you need to broach the subject with your spouse/partner, this is a soft introduction.  The information is factual, if not detailed.

Veteran Rating: ☐ (0 stars) - If you are a veteran grower, this book is utterly useless.


Of all the books provided thus far, this is the first hardcover book reviewed.

If you are going to make a soft introduction to marijuana growing to someone, say a friend or relative that asks you about medical marijuana, this is a book to get them. The book is particular strong if they are “straight” and are generally inexperienced with marijuana.

Not enough detail as compared to Ed Rosenthal’s Marijuana Grower’s Handbook and Jorge Cervantes’ Medical Grower’s Bible.

A good coffee table book and conversation starter with honest and real information, just not detailed enough for successful execution of your own garden, in my opinion.

Good nightstand book for those that want to dabble.

Click on this link to do an ISBN search for this book at independent book sellers at Abebooks.com.

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Tor: Anonymity Online

I realize that some people are very nervous about looking for marijuana information online.  In fact, there are serious privacy and safety concerns for many people outside of the United States where the laws are more draconian, if you can only imagine.

We introduce you to the Tor Network, to keep anonymity on the web.

What is Tor?

Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.

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HydroFarm - Hydroponics Wholesale, Grow Lights, Indoor Gardening, and Horticultural Products

Now that you have added a few books to your collection, I bet you are starting to want to get your hands dirty or wet.

HydroFarm is your one stop shop for ALL of the material mentioned in the growers’ books previously and subsequently referenced in this resources section.

“Now isn’t that dangerous and doesn’t that get you on the Fed watch list?”

Why, yes it does, and here is my recommendation.  There is very likely a hydroponic horticulture store in your city.  Go there and find the “Retail Guide” for HydroFarm.

Just like any good gardening center, your local friendly hydoponics retailer has a section in the front and very frequently, you can find such gems.

This will allow you to do all of your shopping and browsing “analogue” and not do that online.  Also a good way to price out what it is going to cost to do your own grow project.

If you do decide to do things online, be careful and use the Tor Network.

HydroFarm also has it’s own YouTube channel with great information to help you get started.

Download the HydroFarm Retail Guide 2013 (48MB PDF) or go to their catalogue download site.

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Jorge Cervantes’ Marijuana Grow Basics

Novice Rating: ★★★★ (4 stars) - If you are a novice and have already purchased Jorge Cervantes' other main book, this is a great companion for the novice grower.

Veteran Rating: ★★ (2 stars) - If you are a veteran grower, this is not really going to give you much more than you’ve already got but it is still pretty good.


Jorge’s expansive knowledge is beautifully written and published as the “Marijuana Horticulture, The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible”, reviewed earlier.

But for those that find it intimidating or simply overwhelming, Jorge created another masterful book with easy to follow instructions.

In fact, the same full color glossy layout is retained in a slimmer book of the same dimensions as the “bible” mentioned above.

Perfect side-by-side companions on your book shelf. Highly recommended if you already own and like Jorge Cervantes’ Grower’s Bible.  Provides practical information and good for building confidence in new marijuana growers.

Jorge has a new book coming out soon. " The Cannabis Encyclopedia"

Click on this link to do an ISBN search for this book at independent book sellers at Abebooks.com.

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S.T. Oner’s The Marijuana Chef Cookbook

Novice Rating: ★★★★ (4 stars) - A very good first cookbook.  Good basic recipes for your standard needs.  Shows you more than just the pot brownies.

Veteran Rating: ★★★★ (4 stars) - Head and shoulder above most cannabis/marijuana cookbooks.  Particularly good for the alcohol recipes.


I have yet to post an edibles book, so I am going to fix that oversight by posting one of my favorite cookbooks.

This is more than just a recipe book with loads of baked goods with copious amounts of Cannabis Butter (“green” butter), but also includes how-to instructions for creating Cannabis Coconut Oil, Cannabis Flour, and Cannabis Alcohol, with recipes to utilize and create some amazing food.

If you are using MMJ for body pain, this tells you how to do your own edibles at home.  Also explains the science behind how edibles differ from smoking marijuana (11-Hydroxy-THC metabolised from Delta-9-THC in the liver and is 15-20% stronger).

For more exceptional cannabis recipes, also consider Aunt Sandy’s Medical Marijuana Cookbook.

Click on this link to do an ISBN search for this book at independent book sellers at AbeBooks.com.

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Ed Rosenthal’s Easy Marijuana Gardening

Novice Rating: ★★☆ (3 1/2 stars) - A good first book for those novice users with no mentor or teacher to lean on.  Surefire tips from the master himself.

Veteran Rating: ★ (1 star) - Worthy for a veterna grower for Ed’s special hydroponic mix for his “Option 2” system.


Ed Rosenthal’s Easy Marijuana Gardening is a wonderful book showing you great basics and how-to manual for an easy, highly productive, and low maintenance garden.

One amazingly easy hydroponic system crosses what I have seen in many Ebb and Flow systems (flood and drain) and deep water cultures, using his special soil combination to ensure proper aeration and moisture for the roots.

Ed elaborates more on the harvesting, drying, trimming and curing in this book than he has in his later books.  Great information for only a few bucks from independent book stores.  A fine alternative for expensive books like Mediman’s Marijuana Made Simple.

This is a great companion for Ed’s later Oaksterdam University material and provides real solutions to common problems, the type of stuff lacking in the school style textbook.

Click on this link to do an ISBN search for this book at independent book sellers at AbeBooks.com.

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JC Stitch’s Marijuana Garden Saver

Novice Rating: ★★☆ (2 1/2 stars) - While you would think this is a good book for novices, it really isn’t.  It is only a good quick fix book if you do not have a bunch of imbalances.

Veteran Rating: ★★★☆ (3 1/2 stars) - A good reference for an expert for those rare times when things get bunched up.


JC Stitch’s Marijuana Garden Saver is an extremely easy to use garden manual PACKED FULL of photos for examples of what to look for and how to identify issues.

Made like a specialist book for roses or tomatoes, this book is broken down into color coded sections with straight forward “problem meet solution” ways to resolve the problem.

Edited by Ed Rosenthal with Ed’s pictures of the identified problems for a double backing of expert opinion.  A good companion for Ed Rosenthal’s Marijuana Grower’s Handbook.

Another good book for deeper understanding on the subject, I recommend the Marijuana Pest & Disease Control by Ed Rosenthal.

Click on this link to do an ISBN search for this book at independent book sellers at AbeBooks.com.

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Jeff Mowta’s Marijuana New School Indoor Cultivation

Novice Rating: ★★★ (3 stars) - A bit technical for a novice grower, but the guerilla growing and making your own equipment from the hardware store makes this valuable for those staying off the radar.

Veteran Rating: ★★★ (3 stars) - The same technical details that make this a bit much for the novice grower offers up some interesting options for the veteran for the same hardware store solutions.


This particular gem of a book is older than the books described thus far.  It still stands out because it is basically a build manual with several different options so you can pick and choose what you want.  Very strong cloning instructions, Very strong nutrient mixing and daily grow room maintenance instructions, and a small section on the basics of breeding.

One warning: the book reads very much like a technical manual, but this elaboration makes the information in other books stronger, in my opinion.  Maybe not your FIRST marijuana book, but definitely your third or fourth book as you make refinements to your own system, unless you have Aspergers or enjoy reading rules published for Star Fleet Battles.

Granted, if you follow the directions and builds in this book literally, you are going to be very successful.

Jeff Mowta also has the Marijuana New School Outdoor Cultivation with very much the same style as this book.

Click on this link to do an ISBN search for this book at independent book sellers at AbeBooks.com.

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Mediman’s Marijuana Made Simple

Novice Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars) - One of the best books for a novice that is unsure and does not have a mentor to guide them.

Veteran Rating: ★☆ (1 1/2 stars) - Except for good advice for teaching a novice, this book is not very useful for a veteran grower.


This is one book that has been very hard to locate and buy at a reasonable price.  If you dig deep, you can still find this book on the shelf at retail price of $18.  Good luck with that since most book sellers know the worth of this book and have priced it accordingly.  You can usually only find this book for between $100 to over $500.  Good alternatives would be “Cannabis Cultivator: A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Marijuana” by Jeff Ditchfield or “Easy Marijuana Gardening” by Ed Rosenthal.

While you can extrapolate most of these steps from the other books, this also has a very well detailed section on how to build and prepare the grow room.  Parts and components easily available from suppliers like HydroFarm.

Click on this link to do an ISBN search for this book at independent book sellers at AbeBooks.com.

Click on this link to do an ISBN serach for this book at independent book sellers at Alibris.com.

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Jorge Cervantes’ Marijuana Horticulture, The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible

Novice Rating: ★★★★ (4 stars) - An excellent first book, particularly if you have a teacher or mentor.

Veteran Rating: ★★★★ (4 stars) - An solid reference and troubleshooting guide.


The other big name in marijuana growing is Jorge Cervantes.  His knowledge is extremely broad and deep.  This is a good first book for those that are looking for a good starter book covering all the bases.

This book is short and squat but every page is in full color glossy print.  As a former book dealer, I am very curious to know where Jorge found the printer.  (Dimensions on the back cover image.)  Bravo!  Double Bravo! if this was a print on demand.

Especially good harvesting, trimming, and curing instructions.

Jorge also has his own companion book that simplifies this big book.  "Marijuana Grow Basics”. It is highly recommended for really great step-by-step instructions and builds practical procedures and can build confidence in first time growers.

Jorge has a new book coming out soon.  The Cannabis Encyclopedia

Click on this link to do an ISBN search for this book at independent book sellers.

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Ed Rosenthal’s Grower’s Handbook

Novice Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars) - A Perfect First book.  Recommended for anyone that wants to get with a good core book to anchor their library collection.

Veteran Rating: ★★★ (4 stars) - An excellent reference to keep around for the expert’s advice.


With Federal Prohibition of Marijuana in place, getting clear and honest information about the plant’s botany and care can be difficult.  With the advent of the Internet, while information is more abundant, it is not very deep.

Enter Ed Rosenthal and his Marijuana Grower’s Handbook.

Some of the most reliable information about marijuana botany, if you were going to start with a great basic book with reliable science information, this Oaksterdam University book is for you.

If you plan on starting your collection of marijuana books, this is one of the finest starts you can get.  Ed Rosental is a powerhouse name in marijuana knowledge.  You will find his name associated with many books in these resources.

J.C. Stitch’s Marijuana Garden Saver utilizes Ed’s photographs of the specific ailments and edits the volume.

Ed also did a wonderful early “How To” Marijuana manual in the Easy Marijuana Gardening book.

Ed also has a stand alone Marijuana Pest & Disease Control and Closet Cultivator.

Also, a new release by Ed is coming soon.  Beyond Buds: Marijuana Extracts—Hash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles and Medicines

Click on this link to do an ISBN search for this book at independent book sellers. NOTE: The cover advertised with all the book sellers is different than the actual cover.  All books reviewed here are part of my personal collection and pictures below are direct scans of personally owned and read books.

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