Interested in opening up a recreational marijuana dispensary? How about growing your own stash or even creating cannabis-infused cuisines? Knowledge is key when it comes to success in the cannabis industry. If you want to make a positive impact in this space, embracing the plant’s history is vital. Building a strong educational foundation will help you flourish. Curious where to start first? Just check-out these 10 highly rated cannabis books.
#1 The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness
Whether you plan to enter the industry as a budtender or business owner, this is one of the best cannabis books around. Steve DeAngelo, the founder of the world’s largest medical cannabis dispensary (Harborside Health Center), proposes a radical new vision for the future of cannabis. In the Cannabis Manifesto, DeAngelo asks readers to reconsider everything they thought they knew about marijuana. Examining the cultural, political, and institutional impact of cannabis – DeAngelo shows how multi-faceted our relationship with this plant is.
#2 The Emperor Wears No Clothes: Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy
First published in 1985, Jack Herer’s The Emperor Wears No Clothes explores the history of hemp along with future implications. The book contains over a dozen years of historical data. Updated in 2000, the book continues to be cited in policy reform. An allusion to The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Anderson, Herer uses the fairytale as an allegory to the current state of cannabis. Showcasing the simple truth and powers of the cannabis plant, The Emperor Wears No Clothes is an incredible read. In fact, it remains one of the most widely appreciated cannabis books across the planet.
#3 The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Cannabis: Concentrated Advice From 25 Industry Leaders
Considering entering the medical or recreational marijuana industry? If so, this book should be on your reading list. Michael Zaystev is a renowned leadership and business coach. In The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Cannabis, Zaystev interviews 25 of the cannabis industry’s most successful leaders. Budding entrepreneurs can learn from the best and brightest in this quick and informative read. From what it takes to start a cannabis business to how to run one successfully, this book is a great resource.
#4 Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany
Exploring the origins and evolution of the cannabis plant, Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany is a 452-page guide. Remarkably comprehensive, this detailed text is designed to help you understand the history of cannabis in addition to its importance for humanity. Written by Robert C. Clarke, cannabis researcher and Projects Manager for the International Hemp Association in Amsterdam, along with Botany Professor at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Mark D. Merlin, this guide is thorough, to say the least. If you’re searching for reliable and trusted text, this book will not disappoint.
#5 Marijuana Medicine: A World Tour of the Healing and Visionary Powers of Cannabis
Did you know that cannabis has accompanied the development of human history throughout time? From Africa to Asia, the cannabis plant was praised for its therapeutic qualities. Marijuana Medicine is considered to be a comprehensive survey of the therapeutic, cultural, and historical uses of marijuana around the world. Author and one of the world’s foremost ethnopharmacologists, Christian Ratsch explores these concepts in depth in this riveting text.
#6 Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution
In Too High to Fail, Doug Fine follows one plant from seed to patient in the first American county to fully legalize and regulate cannabis cultivation. Showing how cannabis can change the United State’s political, cultural, and economic climate – this book offers an insider’s perspective into the emerging cannabis scene. Profiling ganjapreneurs through the high times and the low times, Too High to Fail takes you into the world of the legal cannabis industry in the United States.
#7 The Cannabis Grow Bible: The Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana for Recreational and Medical Use
Interested in growing marijuana? The Cannabis Grow Bible examines the art and science of growing high-grade cannabis. Author Greg Green provides both a thorough understanding of marijuana botany along with practical advice. The book is ideal for indoor or outdoor cultivation. This book even teaches readers the “Screen of Green” for producing a higher yield using fewer plants. Whether interested in growing for a recreational marijuana business or personal consumption, The Cannabis Grow Bible is well worth the read.
#8 Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana
It is estimated that there are currently over 4 million cannabis patients in the United States alone. In Cannabis Pharmacy, author, and researcher Michael Backes provides practical information on the use and benefits of medical cannabis. The book even features a guide to 29 ailments and illnesses that can be treated with cannabis. From dosage to storage, Backes explores in detail a practical approach to using cannabis for maximum wellness.
#9 The Cannabis Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to Cultivation & Consumption of Medical Marijuana
Looking for a comprehensive cannabis grow guide? The award-winning Cannabis Encyclopedia is the complete guide to marijuana cultivation and consumption. In fact, it’s one of the most highly rated cannabis books around. Featuring more than 2,000 color illustrations, this 596-page book is an essential for any cannabis cultivator or enthusiast. Explaining gardening techniques for indoors, outdoors, and even greenhouse grows – The Cannabis Encyclopedia is one of the most comprehensive cannabis books on cultivating marijuana in the world. A simple and stunning layout makes this book an excellent resource.
#10 A Budding Success: The Ultimate Guide to Planning, Launching and Managing a Lucrative Legal Marijuana Business
The “Green Rush” is no-doubt a highly lucrative market. However, even small mistakes in this emerging market can be costly. Expert author, entrepreneur, and business consultant Charles Restivo, alongside marijuana mastermind and dispensary operator Cory Cervantes show you what it takes to succeed in the blossoming cannabis industry. From how to protect your business to building a budding operation, A Budding Success is a detailed guide to launching and managing a successful marijuana business.