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Marijuana has been used as an agent for achieving euphoria since ancient times; it was described in a Chinese medical compendium traditionally considered to date from 2737 BC It also has a long history of use as a medicinal herb. Its use spread from China to India and then to N Africa and reached Europe at least as early as AD 500. A major crop in colonial North America, marijuana (hemp) was grown as a source of fiber. It was extensively cultivated during World War II, when Asian sources of hemp were cut off.
The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classified marijuana along with heroin and LSD as a Schedule I drug, i.e., having the relatively highest abuse potential and no accepted medical use. Most marijuana at that time came from Mexico, but in 1975 the Mexican government agreed to eradicate the crop by spraying it with the herbicide paraquat, raising fears of toxic side effects. Colombia then became the main supplier. The “zero tolerance” climate of the Reagan and Bush administrations (1981–93) resulted in passage of strict laws and mandatory sentences for possession of marijuana and in heightened vigilance against smuggling at the southern borders. The “war on drugs” thus brought with it a shift from reliance on imported supplies to domestic cultivation (particularly in Hawaii and California). Beginning in 1982 the Drug Enforcement Administration turned increased attention to marijuana farms in the United States, and there was a shift to the indoor growing of plants specially developed for small size and high yield. After over a decade of decreasing use, marijuana smoking began an upward trend once more in the early 1990s, especially among teenagers, but by the end of the decade this upswing had leveled off well below former peaks of use.
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Marijuana lowers testosterone levels and sperm counts in men and raises testosterone levels in women. In pregnant women it affects the fetus and results in developmental difficulties in the child. There is evidence that marijuana affects normal maturation of preadolescent and adolescent users and that it affects short-term memory and comprehension. Heavy smokers often sustain lung damage from the smoke and contaminants. Regular use can result in dependence.
marijuana or marihuana, drug obtained from the flowering tops, stems, and leaves of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa (see hemp) or C. indica; the latter species can withstand colder climates. It is one of the most commonly used drugs in the world, following only caffeine, nicotine, and alcoholic beverages in popularity. In the United States, where it is usually smoked, it also has been called weed, grass, pot, or reefer.
Controversy surrounds the medical use of marijuana, with proponents saying it is useful for treating pain and the nausea and vomiting that are side effects of cancer chemotherapy and for restoring the appetite in people with AIDS. Its active ingredient, THC, was synthesized in 1966 and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1985; synthetic THC is available by prescription in pill form as dronabinol (Marinol) and nabilone (Cesamet). Proponents of medical marijuana say it is not as effective as the herb and is more expensive. In addition to THC, another cannibis derivative (or cannabinoid), cannabidiol (CDB), is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and also moderates THC’s psychoactive effects.
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Aside from the detailed instructions, there are also over 200 images in the book to illustrate every topic that The Rev talks about. In fact, The Rev even gives invaluable information about making your own organic fertilizers, pesticides and more.
The Handbook is another publication that has stood the test of time, with its first edition appearing in the mid-80s and a revised edition released in 1989. Since then, there have been several new editions, ensuring that all content is up-to-date and relevant in the rapidly-evolving world of cannabis cultivation.
As a breeder, DJ Short has extensive advice on selection, pollination and stabilization of strains for the purpose of creating strong, true-breeding new varieties. As well as this, there is a strong emphasis on organic cultivation, and plenty of advice on how to fine-tune your set-up so that resources such as electricity and nutrients are not wasted. Each main aspect of growing is explained in a simple yet effective manner, with gorgeous photographs of Short’s strains as illustration.
Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive! We think these are some of the greatest cannabis books out there, but there might have been a couple that we miss. If you’ve got a favourite cannabis book that we haven’t mentioned, let us know in the comments!
The list simply wouldn’t be complete without a book that outlines, in great detail, what’s involved in having an organic marijuana garden. When The Rev decided to convert his synthetic-fertilized hydroponic growing system into an organic indoor system, he also chose to write this book about it.
The Cannabis Grow Bible is targeted at a wide range of skill levels, with detailed information of every aspect of growing from basic to very advanced. However, beginners may find it easy to get bogged down in the details, as the breadth and depth of the topics covered is staggering.
Twelve years later, and this landmark book was the first notable publication to thoroughly describe another revolutionary technique, the now-ubiquitous Screen of Green (SoG) — in which plants are pruned and trained to produce an even canopy, so that light penetration and yield are maximized.
Excellent layout and formatting makes it easy to navigate around the numerous sections; each chapter is broken down into subsections and thoroughly indexed, and for such an encyclopaedic work, Cervantes’ writing style makes finding answers to your questions surprisingly enjoyable and interesting.
Both indoor and outdoor cultivation are covered in detail, and a range of budgets are catered for, with suggested equipment and materials ranging from high-end and expensive to low-cost and even DIY. Overall, this is a comprehensive and no-nonsense guide to cannabis cultivation, with particularly good layout and formatting making it well-presented and easy on the eye.
A fine, well-rounded collection of books is essential to any novice or experienced grower. We’ve rounded up six books that belong in your cannabis library.
Marijuana has been used as an agent for achieving euphoria since ancient times; it was described in a Chinese medical compendium traditionally considered
Educational books about cannabis
Here are some of our favorite books about everything from growing marijuana, to treating medical conditions with cannabis, to cooking with infused oils, to starting a cannabis business in the legal industry.
The Cannabis Health Index: Combining the Science of Medical Marijuana with Mindfulness Techniques To Heal 100 Chronic Symptoms and Diseases
Medical marijuana, Cannabis Research, Pharmacology, Clinical Use
What’s Growing in Grandma’s Garden
Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America
Legalization, Marijuana Politics, Cannabis history
Too High To Fail
Cannabis Business, Economics
Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution
industrial hemp, cannabis prohibition, cannabis history
Edibles: Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen
by Coreen Carroll, Stephanie Hua
Cooking With Cannabis
The Emporer Wears No Clothes
Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America
Legalization, Marijuana politics
A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis: Using Marijuana to Feel Better, Look Better, Sleep Better–and Get High Like a Lady
Cannabis Culture, Medical Marijuana, Consumer Products, Cooking With cannabis
Handbook of Psychotropic Herbs: A Scientific Analysis of Herbal Remedies for Psychiatric Conditions
by Ethan Russo, Virginia Tyler
Strains, Medical marijuana, pharmacology, cannabis history
Medical Marijuana: A Clinical Handbook
by Samoon Ahmad, MD and Kevin P. Hill, MD, MHS
CBD Hemp Oil and Medical Cannabis: A practical guide to better health and relief from pain and anxiety
medical cannabis, hemp, cbd oil, cannabis history
It’s Just A Plant: A Children’s Story About Marijuana
The Analytical Chemistry of Cannabis
by Brian Thomas, Mahmoud ElSohly
Pharmacology, medical marijuana, strains
Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, and Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations
Cooking With Cannabis, Cannabis culture
Pot Culture: A-Z Guide to Stoner Language & Life
by Shirley Halperin, Steve Bloom
Cannabis Culture, Legalization
The Handbook of Cannabis Therapeutics: From Bench to Bedside (Haworth Series in Integrative Healing)
by Ethan Russo, Franjo Grotenhermen
Cannabis history, pharmacology, strains, medical marijuana
Craft Weed: Family Farming and the Future of the Marijuana Industry
Legalization, Marijuana Politics, Cultivation
High Minded Souls: Essays on the New World of Legal Cannabis for Health and Wellness
True Living Organics: The Ultimate Guide to Growing All-Natural Marijuana Indoors
Cultivation, Organic, Photography
The Easy Cannabis Cookbook: 60+ Medical Marijuana Recipes
Cooking With Cannabis, Medical Marijuana
Higher Etiquette: A Guide to the World of Cannabis, from Dispensaries to Dinner Parties
Cannabis Culture, Etiquette
Brave New Weed: Adventures into the Uncharted World of Cannabis
Cannabis history, medical marijuana, recreational marijuana, cannabis politics, cannabis history, legalization
Hemp Oil and CBD: The Beginner’s Guide to Using CBD and Hemp Oil to Reduce Anxiety, Relieve Pain, and Ensure a Happier, Healthier Body
hemp, cbd oil, medical cannabis
Big Book of Buds Greatest Hits: Marijuana Varieties from the World’s Best Breeders
Strains, Cultivation, Photographs
Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know
by Jonathan P. Caulkins, Beau Kilmer, Mark A. R. Kleiman
Big Weed: An Entrepreneur’s High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business
by Christian Hageseth, Joseph D’Agnese
Legalization, marijuana business, cannabis industry
Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis
by Melissa Parks, Laurie Wolf
Cooking with cannabis, marijuana history, strains
Marijuana Chemistry: Genetics, Processing, Potency
Cannabis research, growing cannabis, strains, legalization
Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America
Legalization, cannabis industry, marijuana history
Marijuana Grower’s Handbook: Your Complete Guide for Medical and Personal Marijuana Cultivation
Marijuana cultivation, growing cannabis, strains,
Marijuana Business: How to Open and Successfully Run a Marijuana Dispensary and Grow Facility
Marijuana business, cannabis industry, growing marijuana
The Pot Book: A Complete Guide To Cannabis
Medical Marijuana, Marijuana Politics
Marijuana: Growing Marijuana, A QuickStart Indoor And Outdoor Grower’s Guide For Medical And Personal Marijuana
by G. Keller & R. Moore
marijuana cultivation, growing cannabis, strains
The Medical Marijuana Dispensary: Understanding, Medicating, and Cooking with Cannabis
by Laurie Wolf, Mary Wolf
Cooking with cannabis, marijuana information, medical marijuana, cannabis history, strains
Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific
Cannabis history, cannabis politics, legalization, cannabis research, cannabis culture
DIY CBD Rich Hemp Oil Skin, Body & Beauty Care Products: Learn to Make Soap, Shampoo, Body Butter, Lotion & So Much More
hemp, hemp oil, skin and body care, hemp recipes
Breaking the Grass Ceiling: Women, Weed and Business
Marijuana Business, Cannabis History
Cannabis: A Beginner’s Guide To Growing Marijuana
Cultivation, Strains, General Information
Cannabis Revealed: How the World’s Most Misunderstood Plant Is Healing Everything from Chronic Pain to Epilepsy
by Bonnie Goldstein, MD
Pharmacology, Medical Marijuana,
The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Cannabis: Concentrated Advice From 25 Industry Leaders
Cannabis business, legalization, entrepreneurship
How To Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High
by David Bienenstock
Cannabis Culture, Cannabis History, Medical Marijuana
Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana, legalization, marijuana information, cannabis history, strains,
Small Spaces, Big Yields: A Quick-Start Guide to Yielding 12 or More Ounces Indoors
Growing cannabis, strains, cannabis research
The Cannabis Spa At Home: How to Make Marijuana-Infused Lotions, Massage Oils, Ointments, Bath Salts, Spa Nosh, and More
Medical Marijuana, Cannabis Culture, Cooking With Cannabis, Skin and Body Care
Cannabis Therapeutics in HIV/AIDS
Medical marijuana, marijuana politics,
Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier
Cannabis culture, legalization
The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness
Medical marijuana, pharmacology, cannabis politics
The Little Book of Cannabis: How Marijuana Can Improve Your Life
Cannabis Culture, Medical Marijuana, Consumer Products
Cannabis: A History
Legalization, Marijuana Politics
Bong Appétit: Mastering the Art of Cooking With Weed
by Editors of MUNCHIES
Cooking With Cannabis, Cannabis Culture
The Little Black Book of Marijuana: The Essential Guide to the World of Cannabis
Cannabis history, legalization, cultivation, medical marijuana, cooking with cannabis, strains, marijuana culture
The Green Elephant
by Matthew Fogel, FNP; Elizabeth Fogel, FNP; & Jean-Paul Dedam, MD
Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible
Growing cannabis, cultivation, medical marijuana
Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutic Potential
by Ethan Russo, Franjo Grotenhermen
Medical marijuana, cannabis history, marijuana information, pharmacology, clinical use, toxicology
The Cannabis Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to Cultivation & Consumption of Medical Marijuana
Growing cannabis, cultivation, general information, cannabis history, cooking with cannabis
Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana
Cultivation, general information, cannabis history, strains
Joint Tenancies: Property Leasing in Cannabis Commerce
by Michael N. Widener
Real Estate, Finance
Cannabis: From Pariah to Prescription
Medical marijuana, pharmacology, cannabis research
Cannabis For Chronic Pain
Medical Marijuana, Pharmacology
Beyond Buds: Marijuana Extracts—Hash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles and Medicines
Legalization, consumer products, strains
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Books for cannabis industry professionals and entrepreneurs. Here are some of our picks for the best educational books about cannabis.