The internet is an amazing place to find any piece of information imaginable, including info on cannabis cultivation. But not all growers learn best by browsing the web…
If you’re the type of person who gets more from flipping the pages of a book than you do from clicking through web pages, this post is for you. Here are our top choices of cannabis growing books for ACMPR growers in Canada.
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What Marijuana Growing Book is Right for You
Even if you’re a die-hard bookworm, there’s no need to invest in more than one or two informational books on growing weed. So how do you decide on the right one?
The first step is to consider your level of expertise. If you’re brand new to growing, you’ll want a book that caters to beginners who aren’t yet well-versed in concepts like pH, climate control, or ventilation systems.
Newbies should look for basic books on how to start growing weed. Experts, on the other hand, can take it to the next level with growing and harvesting cannabis books that contain advanced concepts on how to increase yields.
What to Look for in a Book on Marijuana Growing
Your expertise level is important when browsing books on growing cannabis, but it’s not the only consideration. You’ll want to choose one that is specific to your grow op – like whether you’re growing indoors vs outdoors or hydroponics vs soil.
Find a Book That’s Fun to Read
On top of that, you’ll want something that’s relatively entertaining. No matter how much of a weed fan you are, books on equipment for growing cannabis and hydroponic weed growing books can get a bit bland. Find something that you actually enjoy reading.
Sure, books on growing cannabis indoors aren’t likely to be page-turners, but they shouldn’t put you to sleep either. In many cases, it’s possible to read the first few pages online, so try to get a feel for the overall vibe before buying the entire book.
A Hard Copy Is a Must
The other suggestion is to always invest in a hard copy – no Kindle readers! Kindles are great for so many reasons, but having a hard copy will help for taking notes and finding quick references. Plus, there’s no place for small, non-waterproof electronics like a Kindle in the grow room.
Avoid Outdated Information
Lastly, try to avoid any super outdated books. Even though books from the 80s or 90s may have some helpful information, the cannabis growing industry is constantly evolving with new information and practices. If you do invest in an older book, find the most current edition.
Our Top Choice Overall for Book on Cannabis Growing
If you’re looking for a New York Times Bestseller on this list, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Books on growing weed aren’t for the masses – they cater to a very specific group of people. But out of all the indoor weed growing books, there’s one that we love most.
The Cannabis Encyclopedia by Jorge Cervantes
Our #1 Choice
According to High Times magazine, the author of The Cannabis Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to Consumption & Cultivation of Medical Marijuana is “the most trusted name in marijuana cultivation.” Who knows if Jorge Cervantes really is the most trusted name, but we trust High Times’ judgment.
This book is all about medical marijuana. It talks about everything from seeds and clones to greenhouse growing and hydroponics. In our honest opinion, this isn’t just a perfect book on growing weed indoors, but also on using medical marijuana.
Books for Beginners
The Cannabis Encyclopedia may be a bit over the heads of beginner growers. Someone who is brand new to growing weed will be better off with books for understanding growing cannabis.
There’s no need to buy an encyclopedia that contains every single piece of information on weed cultivation. For beginners, this will probably do more harm than good. Beginner-level books are easy to come by, but there’s one that we like most.
Cannabis: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Marijuana by Danny Danko
Danny Danko, the senior cultivation editor of High Times, knows good weed. Not only that, but he also knows how to perfectly explain cannabis cultivation, even to someone who has never done it before.
His book Cannabis: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Marijuana is by far the number one choice easy-to-use guide for growing marijuana available for novice growers. It covers the basics of setting up a grow room, genetics and seedlings, and it even talks about creating your own strain.
Books Growing Marijuana Indoors
There are so many perks to indoor growing, but it doesn’t come without challenges. Controlling indoor climates to create the ideal environment for your plants is easier said than done, but books on growing marijuana indoors can help.
Marijuana Horticulture by Jorge Cervantes
Perfect for Indoor Growing
Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible is another helpful complete cultivation book by Jorge Cervantes. Finding books on growing cannabis with LED lights vs HID bulbs isn’t easy, but this one covers all the bases – and not just when it comes to bulb selection.
Half a million copies of this Grow Bible have been sold, mainly because it covers both indoor and outdoor grow concepts. If you’re mainly focused on indoor growing, but curious about growing outdoors, this is a great reference to have on hand.
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Cannabis Books for Advanced Growers
Once you’ve graduated from the beginner growing books, it’s possible to take your grow op to the next level with your reading material. Most books for marijuana growing are geared towards beginner and intermediate growers, but there’s one that includes all growers – even the pros.
The Cannabis Grow Bible by Greg Green
The Cannabis Grow Bible: The Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana for Recreational and Medicinal Use has always been a favourite of ours at CGC. This is a wealth of knowledge, containing over 700 pages of helpful information for advanced-level growers.
The original version of The Cannabis Grow Bible was released a few years ago, but this 3rd edition is keeping growers updated on what’s new in the world of cannabis cultivation. It even covers cannabinoid extraction techniques in detail if you’re hoping to try out concentrates.
Great Book on Growing Medical Marijuana
ACMPR medical growers typically need more guidance than recreational, 4-plant-per-household growers. Even though The Cannabis Encyclopedia is one of the most sought-after growing medical cannabis books available, there’s another one that we’re loving just as much.
Marijuana Grower’s Handbook by Ed Rosenthal
Great for Medical Marijuana
Ed Rosenthal’s Marijuana Grower’s Handbook: Your Complete Guide for Medical and Personal Marijuana Cultivation is fairly basic, but that’s exactly what some medical growers are looking for.
Books on greenhouse weed growing and indoor hydroponics often get too in-depth, making things more complicated than they need to be. But this one provides only the most vital information for medical growers.
Out of these 5 books on growing cannabis, it’s hard to say which one is most indispensable. If we had to decide, we suggest that you add The Cannabis Encyclopedia to your grow room bookshelf. It’s informative, easy to understand, and actually fun to read for any cannabis-loving ACMPR grower in Canada.