The 8 books below are the best books on cannabis growing today, by sales and positive reviews. The best books for growing marijuana, helpful for growers just starting, breeders, and even experienced cultivators. I personally recommend reading True Living Organics by the Rev; it’s an easy reading guide for treating organic soils right to maximize yields and plant health naturally. I hope you read it and have a nice day! 😉
Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible
This book is a base requirement for anyone studying the field of marijuana. It explains everything from the start all the way to drying and curing. I have read this book back-to-back many times. There’s a reason why it is so popular—get your sticky fingers on it!
Filled with 512 full-color pages and 1,120 full-color photographs and illustrations, Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible is one of the most complete cultivation books ever. This is the fifth edition of this book—the Indoor Bible was originally published in 1983 when it instantly became a top seller. Over 500,000 copies of the Indoor Bible are in print in Dutch, English, French, German, and Spanish. Now updated with greenhouse and outdoor chapters, make this a book both indoor and outdoor growers will keep under thumb. The other 15 chapters (17 total) are all up-to-date with the most current information, completely rewritten and expanded. Dr. John McPartland contributed an all-new medical section. The book’s credits have more than 300 contributors, all top figures in the cannabis culture world.
True Living Organics: The Ultimate Guide to Growing All-Natural Marijuana Indoors
The Rev has more knowledge about organic growing than 90 percent of other so-called “organic” growers. In this book, you will learn about how delicate soil microbes are (adding the wrong thing to your soil can throw your micro-life out of wack and your yields) and how to optimize your garden to produce and perform like a finely-tuned professional hydro setup—organically. One can not say enough good things about this guy, the author also being a skilled guerrilla grower and rare sativa connoisseur.
This true organics grow guide is also the only book that shows how to change an existing grow room to an all-natural, synthetic-free, living, breathing cannabis cultivation space. Written in the enjoyable easy-to-read manner that has won The Rev a large fan base, True Living Organics cuts through the BS surrounding organic marijuana growing, getting straight to the heart of the matter: living soil. This book shows you several different ways to create a high-quality living medium for marijuana plants. Dispensing with the basics of how to grow pot, this guide instead gives the reader a new education on what cannabis plants really need and the best way to give it to them. With over 200 color photos illustrating every topic, this book is essential for anyone who has given a thought to growing marijuana organically.
The Cannabis Breeder’s Bible: The Definitive Guide to Marijuana Genetics, Cannabis Botany and Creating Strains for the Seed Market
If you are interested in breeding marijuana strains, this is the book you should already have. Truly insightful on modern breeding practices and the science of our beloved cannabis plant. The Cannabis Breeder’s Bible contains valuable information on the cannabis strain market, basic breeding, selecting donor parents, reversing the sex of a plant—all broken down scientifically in an easy reading format for the common reader. Highly recommended for anyone looking to create a quality marijuana strain of their own. I fooled around with breeding for a long time before I read this book. I wish I had read it sooner because it explains a lot of the science in layman’s terms. But it’s still not the easiest read… the back of the book is a bit daunting; however, a great reference to have.
The Cannabis Breeder’s Bible delves deeper into topics such as advanced pollination, seed collection and storage, feminizing plants, increasing potency, and enhancing calyx development. You will discover more about primordial cannabis, landrace and lost strains, breeding compatibility, growth hormones, cannabinoids, plant cells, common mutations, and advanced floral traits. The wealth of technical insights shared in The Cannabis Breeder’s Bible is also stuffed with beautiful photographs, instructive illustrations, and interviews with marijuana breeders and seed bank pros.
Marijuana Garden Saver: Handbook for Healthy Plants
This book is worth so much more than its measly price—Marijuana Garden Saver: Handbook for Healthy Plants could seriously save your ass, or garden, as it has mine. Detailed, full-sized color photos and pages help you easily identify any possible problem your plants could be facing in an easy-to-read, field guide format.
Marijuana Garden Saver is divided into five sections by problem type: Pests, Diseases, Environmental Stresses, Nutrient Deficiencies, and Controls. Problems are alphabetized within each section and identified in full-color photographs. A quick overview of the problem and likely causes is followed by the author’s recommended fast and easy solution.
It surprised me even to find information relating to problems with airflow and lighting. It truly covers all aspects of possible problems growing marijuana. Even well-experienced growers will benefit from keeping this book on the shelf, a must-have for everyone who is growing or will be growing cannabis: Marijuana Garden Saver book, one of the best books for cannabis growers.
Marijuana Grower’s Handbook: Your Complete Guide for Medical and Personal Marijuana Cultivation
Ed Rosenthol has been a huge figure in marijuana culture for a long time, surely a man worth listening to. You could easily start from knowing nothing about growing marijuana to producing top-quality harvest using only the information contained in this book. It details every aspect of growing cannabis. The Marijuana Grower’s Handbook has more updated information on outdoor cannabis growing, too. A top choice best pick cannabis growing book. What stood out to me was a picture of plants stunted by continuous removal of fan leaves—something my friends are always doing that I have been trying to convince them to stop.
With 500 pages of full-color photos and illustrations, the book delivers all the basics that a beginner grower needs. There’s even scientific research for the experienced gardener as well. The full spectrum of cultivation is covered, from the selection of varieties, setting up of your garden, and through each stage of plant growth all the way until harvesting. You can link to Ed’s research for further information, photos, and equipment updates. Full-color photographs throughout show clear instructions. Highly recommended.
The Little Black Book of Marijuana: The Essential Guide to the World of Cannabis
While not exclusive to marijuana growers, The Little Black Book of Marijuana will fill your mind with the history of marijuana culture, cultivation, medical use, and issues, all with solid facts and references in an easy-read format.
The Little Black Book of Marijuana will entertain you delving into pot culture and history, from Herodotus to the hippies and beyond. It also covers key points of using, cultivating, and cooking with weed, identifying pot varieties, and understanding legal and health issues. Handy and to the point, this book gives you “the dope” on pot, from possible side effects and risks to medical uses and more. Learn about cannabis history and the issues around its legalization. Includes full-color photos of marijuana varieties
Quite an enjoyable read, The Little Black Book always gets lent out to friends. It’s perfect for people who like to discuss marijuana and issues concerning it and want to be able to back up their discussions with well-researched information. A nice low price tag seals the deal.
The Cannabis Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to Cultivation & Consumption of Medical Marijuana
The Cannabis Encyclopedia is possibly Jorge Cervantes’ (George Van Patten) greatest publication to date. Literally an encyclopedia, the volume fully covers all aspects surrounding cannabis. This book begins with a chapter on the history of medical use with background info for patients, then moves on into meticulously detailed cultivation and gardening aspects, with even the author’s personal history. I’m sure you know who he is—an authority figure in the ganja world.
Step-by-step instructions illustrated with over 2,000 stunning full-color images in this large 8.5 x 11-inch, 596-page book. You won’t miss out on anything that could be related to marijuana… it’s got everything. Particularly interesting are the case-study chapters—four studies feature two indoor gardens, one with LED and HPS lamps, Jorge´s backyard garden, and a big garden in Humboldt County, CA. Information on making tinctures and concentrates and on cooking with cannabis sets this book apart from the rest. The Cannabis Encyclopedia is packed with high-definition color photographs and illustrations, a beauty to open up and read.
If there is only one book you are going to buy, this is it! The best all-around book for growing cannabis. A remarkable piece of work with an amazing amount of information.
Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis
You may be wondering why a cookbook is included in a list of books for marijuana growing, but sit tight for a minute. This is the perfect coffee table book. When guests come over and look through it, they might just get motivated to cook up some stoney food to share with you. An ideal situation, indeed.
Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis is big and filled with 100 or so delicious recipes suited for everyone: gluten-free, vegans, meataholics, and dessert lovers too. It has also got a great section on dosage, quite informative and helpful in getting the effects you desire. Chefs Melissa Parks and Laurie Wolf have come up with recipes that complement and help soften the taste of the ganja so that every appetizer, entrée, and dessert will be enjoyed to the fullest. No special culinary equipment is needed; home cooks can simply prepare an “extraction”―an infusion of cannabis into a medium such as oil or butter―then proceed as normal with the recipe. Covers a wide range of recipes in this publication. Get this book and eat well!
I hope you found something good to read! As you can see, most of these books above are focused on the art of growing cannabis and cover all aspects of the process, from picking the right seeds to curing your bud nice and dank. Here are a few common topics present in the literature:
- Cannabis indica
- Cannabis sativa
- Cannabis ruderalis
- Cannabis afghanica
- Picking the right strain
- Hybrid strains
- Landrace and IBL strains
- Growing marijuana outdoors
- Growing marijuana indoors
- Organic fertilization
- Non-organic fertilization
- Soil mix creation
- Grow room building
- HPS lighting
- LED lighting
- Vegetative growth cycle
- Flowering cycle
- Marijuana pests
- Molds and mildews
- Bud fertilization
- Harvest and trim
- Dry and cure
- Concentrates, wax, bubble hash, etc.
- Cooking with marijuana
- Medical marijuana and CBD
Books are a good source of information in many ways. Publishing a book about cannabis growing and having it become successful takes some real skill, and its success relies heavily on what people are looking for in a weed guide—knowledge.
The cannabis community is exciting! The future of the cannabis industry rests in the hands of us all, and some folk is really going hard, expanding the medical marijuana sciences and fighting against prosecution for all cannabis users.
Everyone’s a bro scientist in the cannabis growing community—and more power to them for that. We should acquire as much information as possible and work towards further developing our field in a fun-loving, red-eyed manner.
“Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future.” —Brian Tracy