Book Reviews

Jeff Ditchfield and Mel Thomas’s, The Medical Cannabis Guidebook: The Definitive Guide To Using and Growing Medicinal Marijuana

Novice Rating: ★★★☆ (4 1/2 stars) - As one of the first books on the scene specifically addressing the medical use and application of marijuana, it will be a wonderful primer for other books.

Veteran Rating: ★★★★ (4 stars) - While much of the details in the book may be information you already know, having the easy-to-find and cross-reference index and technical details will make this book one of your go-to books.

If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it; he is obligated to do so

— Thomas Jefferson

Being a staunch Jeffersonian, I find it interesting that a pair of UK authors are quoting an American Revolutionary.

Such ideals of personal liberty balanced with social responsibility are foundations of marijuana legalization from the beginning.  It is a travesty that it was and continues to be the country Jefferson helped found that has done the most damage to liberties in relation to the free use of Cannabis (as hemp or marijuana/sinsemilla).

The first three chapters of the book contain your usual context of history and usage of marijuana.  Chapter four is where you get into the new and interesting content not outlined in all the other cannabis books out there.

Chapter Four: Cannabis Cures, is something new and lists conditions that medical marijuana can help or treat.

Chapter Five: Making Cannabis Oil, is also something new.  Because Green Candy Press seems to be a more international company and much of the practices for making Cannabis Oil extracts are determined by what types of materials are available to you, this book talks about using Isopropyl and other solvents that are considered “unsafe”.  Based on the science and the care taken for oil extractions, many solvents can be used if purged properly.  This book gives you the boiling point for the types of solvent used around the world for this process.

I have found a friend that has used isopropyl 99.9% medical grade alcohol for making extractions and he has used 100 watt light bulbs to help evaporate the solvent.  Based on the cheap and available medical grade isopropyl alcohol, it would be one of the cheapest and easiest ways to make extractions, and still be safe if proper precautions are taken.

Chapter Six: Hemp Nutrition and Health, provides the health benefits of hemp seeds as a food source and dietary supplement.  Much of this is on the internet and any good researcher is going to be able to gain this same information, but having it compiled in an easily digestible form is a great way to ramp up your knowledge from a reliable source if this is a new area of cannabis knowledge for you.

Chapter Seven: Cannabis Kitchen, provides an excellent primer for extracting your own cannabis terpenes for edibles/ingestion.  Some basic recipes for infusing into baking and cooking staples are all here, but if you need actual full blown recipes, take a look at the other cannabis cookbook reviews on this site.

Chapter Eight: Medicinal Cannabis Growing are some of the basics for understanding the botany of cannabis and how to create medical grade sinsemilla, but one chapter when there are entire books dedicated to the details of such does not give you enough to be successful with this book alone.  It is an excellent primer for jumping off into any of the other books specific to cannabis botany and marijuana cultivation reviewed on this site (including books by both authors of this book).

All in all, all of the latest Green Candy Press releases have been hitting a particular sweet spot for me in their ability to provide excellent technical detail in an easily digestible format with great photography and step-by-step graphical instructions.  The collaboration of Jeff Ditchfield and Mel Thomas on this book is a perfect example of this melding.

One other distinction this book will have is the fact that it has lack of advertising and product placement, as portrayed by other books similarly published by Quick American Publishing.

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


© mmj-refugee 2015