Growers Network Staff

December 22, 2018 4 min read
December 22, 2018
4 min read

The Gift of Knowledge for Christmas

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Good morning Growers Network readers! Some of you may have trouble buying gifts for your marijuana-enthusiast friends. Well I’m here to offer the gift the keeps on giving… knowledge!

Not from me though. To get that knowledge, you’re going to have to keep reading Growers Spotlight on the regular. I can’t very well package up my knowledge and deliver it to you in a singular book could I? Well, I probably could, but there’s people who would do it better than me anyway.

So, if you’re looking to get a gift for the enthusiast in your life, or you just want to find something to occupy your time and learn about Cannabis in the process, here are a few books I picked out, and why you might like them if you haven’t already read them:


1. The Cannabis Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to Cultivation & Consumption of Medical Marijuana

by Jorge Cervantes

This one’s a classic. Jorge Cervantes is a very well-known author and cultivator in the Cannabis industry, and he’s passed his knowledge on in a simple, easy-to-read book. The book has numerous pictures and illustrations to accompany his descriptions, and if you’re not convinced… just check out how positive the reviews are. The book is a smooth 596 pages, arranged in a pretty logical fashion.

So regardless of what level you’re at in cultivating Cannabis, the Cannabis Encyclopedia should be able to help you. You’ll sometimes hear it referred to as the Grower’s Bible, but that’s an older version of the book, or sometimes an entirely different book.

Side Note: Jorge Cervantes is actually a pseudonym. His real name is George Van Patten.


2. The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook: More Than 50 Irresistible Recipes That Will Get You High

by High Times

We recently did an article on some Cannabis recipes for the holidays, but sometimes it just helps to have a cookbook handy with you in the kitchen. That’s where High Time’s cookbook can help you out. High Times magazine is well known for being one of the largest and oldest cannabis magazines in the industry, besides Sinsemilla Tips.

So why not present your friends or family with a cookbook they can confidently stroll into the kitchen with? And of course, don’t take our word for it. Check out the reviews.


3. Hydroponic Food Production: A Definitive Guidebook for the Advanced Home Gardener and the Commercial Hydroponic Grower, Seventh Edition

by Howard M. Resh

This one’s a little different from the other books we’ve already mentioned. This one is focused on general hydroponic agriculture — a skill valuable not only in cannabis, but other commercial agriculture industries. If you, your friend, or your family member is looking to get a Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) degree, this book will be a must-read during their coursework.

The knowledge this book contains can be practically put on your resume. Many Cannabis grows are looking for growers that know more than just a random person on the street, and this book can help you there.

As always, we recommend you read the reviews.


4. Making Plant Medicine

by Richo Cech and Sena Cech

This book is not focused specifically on Cannabis, instead focusing on the creation of tinctures and herbal medicines. For anybody in your family who is interested in helping people as a caregiver or wants to get into making medicinal extracts, this book can help them.

Additionally, the book highlights important steps in the Cannabis curing process, such as drying and curing. These steps are critical to making the most potent medicine you can. The book also covers the processes in making salves and creams, teas and ingestibles, and other medicinal products. Make sure to read the reviews!


5. Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America

by Bruce Barcott

This book focuses less on cultivation and medicine, and more on on the history and politics surrounding Cannabis. If you have a friend or family member who is big on political science, history, or just interested in the state of the world, this book may be the one for them.

If you want to know the history of Cannabis as it pertains to a modern environment, look no further. And of course, should you not want to take our word for it, check out the reviews!


If you or a loved one wants to learn more about the industry, it’s hard to go wrong with one of these books. That said, we’re always looking for more knowledge here at Growers Network. Is there a book we didn’t mention? Let us know in the survey below or on the forums!


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About the Author

Hunter Wilson is a community builder with Growers Network. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 2011 with a Masters in Teaching and in 2007 with a Bachelors in Biology.