If you have been smoking marijuana for a while now, you must be familiar with the concept of strains. It is a particular variety of flower that has been bioengineered through the genetic selection of marijuana plants to create the perfect blend for desired effects. Strains are created through the controlled cross-breeding of Sativa and Indica plants. The main goal is to achieve the desired proportion of different cannabinoids. Depending on the target audience, a perfect combination of THC and CBD is created through multiple generations of cross-pollination and testing.
If all of this sounds complicated, don’t worry. We intended it that way. This is because the topic is vast and fairly scientific. Sure, you can still enjoy your marijuana without necessarily knowing where it came from or how it was engineered. However, if you are planning to take up growing as a hobby or a business venture, this knowledge is a must. Presenting it as anything less than something that requires real effort will be doing a disservice to all the time that smart growers have put into this science over the years. The crux of the matter is that you should take this seriously if you are planning on planting your own garden and there is no other way to learn this without dedicating some time towards that goal.
So today we are going to list the best books that contain the best information on the topic of marijuana strains from the perspective of someone who is looking to grow their own.
This cannabis strains book contains the information of over 500 strains such as who bred them, where they came from and what they are crosses of. It is great as an encyclopedia of strains that you can look up anytime someone brings up their favorite strain in a conversation. However, it is not helpful for much else. If you are a grower looking for scientific information on the science on growing, then it is not going to be of much. Still, it is an amazing compendium of almost every known strain. Knowing the rate of progress in the marijuana industry, this book might get outdated in a few years. It is still great to keep around though.
This is a photography book that would be great as a coffee table book. You can lay back and browse through the amazing photographs as you light one up at the end of the day. The pictures will definitely come alive after a smoke session. The book claims to highlight every plant’s beautiful strands, strings, and balls of earthly delight. We couldn’t agree more. It has an amazing review score from over 30 reviews. The work of the photographer who took the amazing pictures, spans half a century, and he has won numerous awards in creative design, animation, and photography. He was nominated for an Emmy for Fire Mountain (a news documentary detailing the eruption of Mt. St. Helen and the Pacific Ring of Fire). This is a great investment that we whole heartedly recommend.
This is a more scientific guide for those looking to not just understand the science behind the strains, but also put that knowledge into use in their own experimentations. The book might require some base knowledge of botany. If you are picking this one up as a encyclopedia for your own indoor plantation, make sure you meet the prerequisites of knowledge required before going into it. It contains information about new age cultivars, trendy cannabis hybrids, and how to develop them for the lucrative international seed market.
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. Readers will discover more about primordial cannabis, landrace and lost strains, breeding compatibility, growth hormones, cannabinoids, plant cells, common mutations, and advanced floral traits. All of this is supplemented with amazing photographs. A must have for anyone who wants to play Mendel in their backyard.(If you don’t know who Mendel is, you are not the right audience for this book)
Though this one is not a technical book and covers a lot more topics than just strains, its section on “buds” describes the variations of lineage, flavor, and mental or physical high that define 170 exceptional strains. It is a great overall book that you buy with an aim to understand more about marijuana, not just for its data on strains. The author, Dan Michaels is the founder of SinseMedia, a cannabis research and insight group.
This one focuses the conversation on the medicinal strengths of marijuana. This book is great if you are looking for something to throw at the next marijuana denier that you come across. This book specifically maps the effects of different strains on different ailments. You will be surprised at the amount of nuance that exists in nature. This book lists over 120 conditions cross-referenced with over 500 different strains. Whether you have arthritis, migraines, hyperhidrosis, cancer (and all the problems with chemotherapy), PTSD or any one of the over 120 conditions listed (Including over 60 strains for sexual arousal alone), this book has an answer for you.
So that was our list of the best books for learning about marijuana strains. We hope you picked up a thing or two. A lot of the information in these books is usually not common knowledge. Sure, people will have opinions on their favorite brand of marijuana strain but it takes a truly dedicated person to understand the science behind it. We hope these books provide you that information and give you a leg up in this race.