The Cannabis Encyclopedia: the Definitive Guide to Cultivation and Consumption of Medical Marijuana is shipping now! The first review was posted today on amazon here.
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The Cannabis Encyclopedia took much longer to complete than I had anticipated. I really thought I would have it completed 6 months earlier, but, the editing, photos, drawings and layout got to be super complex and packed with details. Putting together a 596-page book that is cohesive and well-cross-referenced is a bigger job than meets the eye. This 596-page book contains more than 330,000 words. A feature article has 2,500 words. Therefore, a 330,000-word book is equivalent to 132, 2,500-word articles. Writing articles is much different because they are short and require no cross referencing or integration with other text.
The editors, artists, photographers, and other contributors deserve much credit for this book. Their input and work helped make this the absolute best book possible. They shared their perspective from all parts of the world. But geography made organization and communications difficult many times because of difference in time zones, seasons, travel schedules and language differences.
Mel Frank (Marijuana Grower´s Guide) took more than 100 of the images. His close-up insect and disease images are second to none. Mel also added a historical touch with his images of varieties from the 1960s-80s. Mel´s breeding, male and female flower images are perfect!
Left Foot shoots many covers for High Times magazine and much of the inside of the magazine too. He also shot more than 100 images in the Cannabis Encyclopedia. Left Foot´s fotos are outstanding! The lighting is perfect and every image tells a story! I love Left Foot´s work!
Toni13, who is a seasoned member of our site, shot the cover image, Citral Kush from Cannabiogen in Spain. The flower turned out just like it is on the cover with no color or lighting changes. Toni13 also made “Case Study #2” using HPS and LED lamps. Toni13´s images are also salted throughout the book.
Valdudes, my favorite videographer, photographer and artist shot some of the outstanding images too. In fact, he pulled some of the images from the videos we shot.
Alex (Gato), Nomaad, DoobieDuck, Hugo Martinez, Todd McCormick, Chimera, Joop Dumay, Maria Gracia, Ocanabis, and others that I don´t remember right now provided photos for the book. I loved DoobieDucks hummingbird shot in the organic outdoor garden. I shot the rest of the 2,000+ color photos.
Valdudes, my main artist, is amazing! He is a grower and he knows plants and he is hung up with minute details! Plus he has true talent; I mean talent that translates an idea into a finished detailed botanically correct cannabis plant drawings. I´m very fortunate to be able to work with Valdudes! Emiliano Villiani from Argentina also provided excellent artwork.
The editors made my work look great! The main technical editor spent 30 years as a greenhouse grower after graduating from university. The last 10 years he has been working in the hydroponic industry. Working with Ralph B. was a pleasure. He has an intricate knowledge of biology and chemistry plus he is very literate. Ralph is the best technical editor I could find. I love working with him!
Theo Tekstra from Gavita Holland edited the Light chapter. Theo is well educated in science, electricity and luminaires. I also toured the manufacturing facility he manages. We also toured test gardens that demonstrate different luminaries.
Samantha Miller from Pure Analytics Labs wrote chapter two, Measuring Medical Cannabis. She is a career scientist and marijuana grower. After university she went to work for a scientific testing company. For the next 10 years she worked in every capacity from research to sales. She has tested thousands of cannabis samples.
Fred Gardner, the editor of O’Shaughnessy’s magazine, the best medical cannabis magazine available, wrote chapter one, Medical Cannabis. Hit Fred´s sites, www.beyondthc.com and www.projectcbd.org to see what I mean. Dr. John McPartland, author of Hemp Diseases and Pests, helped Fred write the chapter.
Linda Meyer, the professional copy editor, is not a gardener. She spent months combing over the text making revisions for readability and proper grammar. Her help was essential to ensure the work was properly organized and had cross references.
Ricki Jaeckel, the layout and design artist is amazing. She was able to keep the page count down and the layout very tight so we have no blank pages in the book! Her design is simple consistent and very easy on the eyes. Each page is a masterpiece of simplicity. I love working with Ricki!
The book took 6 years of writing, researching, photographing, editing and organizing. I also did much research before I started writing, but I count the time for writing the book only. I traveled to Western Europe, Canada, USA, Mexico, Japan and Australia to secure information for The Cannabis Encyclopedia. I also collaborated with hundreds of growers, scientists, writers, smokers, etc. to gather information for the book. The names of the known contributors are listed on pages 578-580.
The Cannabis Encyclopedia is truly my opus and last book. It may get updates in the future. This book was very demanding to write and compile. I spent months in gardens interviewing growers, countless hours alone in front of the computer e-mailing, researching, writing, rewriting. The last 6 months I worked 12-hour days 7 days a week to finish all the details. I´m just happy it is completed and looks so good!
I sincerely hope The Cannabis Encyclopedia helps you grow a bigger and better medical cannabis garden!