Happy New Year Everyone!
Today I have a hell of a surprise for you. I’ve read a lot of books, magazines, web forums, etc. in regards to Cannabis cultivation. I’ve done this for over a decade now as I’ve always been interested in cultivation of top shelf meds. Most books currently on the market follow a ‘bible’ type of format where they go over and cover every intricacy of cannabis cultivation. This is good and bad for a number of reasons. Basically:
- We learn everything there is to know about the plant, problems, deficiencies, growing methodology etc.
- We get analysis paralysis and don’t know where the hell to start or what to do to go about this as simply as possible to get what we we care about – maximum quality and maximum yields.
Examples of books I have digested over the years have been:
The Cannabis Grow Bible – Greg Green (great comprehensive book, currently revision 4)
Cannabis Pharmacy – The practical guide to Medical Marijuana (excellent book with a more pharmaceutical approach)
Marijuana Horticulture – Jorge Cervantes (Classic, great info)
Marijuana Grower’s Handbook – Ed Rosenthal (another solid ‘bible’)
Cannabis Indica volumes 1-3 along with Cannabis Sativa strain volumes (Wonderful modern strain books on the latest and greatest)
Marijuana Success Indoors – Ed Rosenthal
The Big book of Buds – Ed Rosenthal (awesome resource for the time)
The Cannabibles 1-3 – Jason King (Dude is kind of a pot snob, but some solid pics and decent info)
Let’s Grow a Pound – SeeMoreBuds
Marijuana – Buds for Less: Grow 8 oz of bud for less than $100 – SeeMoreBuds (Fantastic book for the beginner as it is step-by-step process with a page for every new day of the process, however it was written in 2007 – So it’s about a decade old now and tech/nutrients/growing methodology and cameras have gotten MUCH better. SeeMoreBuds also made some video’s which I watched and they were defiantly educational. This guy several years ago put some solid innovation into the Cultivation scene so shout out to dude for that and picking up the scene a notch or two.
I’ve also watched the Green House Seeds videos where they take you from start to finish in soil and hydro for growing their various strains a single plants under a 600w HPS. I’ve also watched every episode of Strain Hunters (pretty cool series on YouTube in HD). Another great video seminar was put out by Nathan Green a few years back titled
The Greene Method: How to Grow Marijuana 4-Hour DVD Seminar. You can check that out over here: http://greenemethod.com. This video series helped me step up my hydro game (deep water culture) and training methods.
The last few years Master Gardener’s Medical Cannabis Secrets – Bodhi Moon is by far the best book I have read geared toward outdoor cultivation bar none. This book an show the novice how to grow 10 pounds plants outside in the pacific northwest where people have been doing that for ages.
The best book on indoor cultivation (up until a few weeks ago) that gets straight to the point in a succinct and professional fashion is written by a man named Read Spear who also owns his own soil company (and has owned several hydroponic stores. His book is called Small Spaces, Big Yields: A Quick-Start Guide to yielding 12 or more Ounces Indoors. This book is highly recommended for all audiences and is an absolute steal at $3.49
If you want to get super nerdy he covers environmental and pest variables more in his more comprehensive Marijuana Cultivation Reconsidered – Read Spear
Read’s first book (the one i’d recommend for most new to intermediate cultivators is literally $3.49 on Amazon or free if you have Kindle Unlimited and it is BY FAR the best value out of any current book on the market if you are looking for quality buds and maximum yields – with the exception of the new contender on the market…
I’ve spoke with both Read Spear and Josh of the brand new Three a Light – which I feel is the best book on Indoor Cannabis Cultivation ever written. When I say ever written, I am completely serious. Josh is my age – late 20’s and has dedicated his life to the cultivation of medical marijuana. Just like me he has a medical condition that cannabis helps. (Josh is an epileptic, I suffer from Ulcerative Colitis). Both are painful afflictions that require the sick folk to find their own way to peace and healing. It isn’t always easy and ask anyone with a disease or chronic affliction about their battle and they may have soda wounds, but they come out stronger. So immediately we had that in common.
Josh got so damn good at growing as he grew up in a MMP state and now legal for that matter, Colorado. Josh leveraged the experience of an older hippy cultivator who has about 30 years in the craft. Quite simply Josh has succeeded with blinding success because he is able to leverage his vast knowledge of cultivation (gleaned from a subject matter expert of 30 years) and distill it down to the essence of cultivation so even the layman can be extremely successful. Josh knew if he could help his friends achieve these results time and time again this is information he should be sharing with the world.
If this all sounds too good to be true, the only caveat is the price point which is $500. The reason for this is that every single page has high quality DSLR photography of the plants in their various stages and Josh covers the intricacies of all aspects of cultivation that other books don’t. When you pick the book up it feels like a $500 deluxe hardcover that just begs to show it’s elegance on the coffee table. In fact, I had yet to see any of my aquaintances/friends even if they aren’t into medicinal cannabis pick up the book, take a long hard look and just go “wow.” This is a premium, glossy hardcover masterpiece meant to be shared with folks who are concerned with growing the finest quality meds possible with the best yields (not always an easy endeavor).
Josh spent over $100,000 getting the top notch media aspects (Highly skilled photographers with the best Canon/Nikon equipment) and post-processing effects down pat. I’m talking close ups of cloning, hand by hand harvest, drying, curing, measuring, training methodology etc. It would be my advice if you have even the slightest interest in cannabis cultivation to purchase Read’s book and if you are serious go ahead and move forward with Josh’s incredible Three a Light. It is called Three a Light because quite simply if you follow his directions with solid genetics (not even crazy fat yielders) you can pull 3 dry pounds per light. If you think this is bullshit, let me hit you with a couple of quick facts of how this is not only possible but just the beginning. Josh and his crew have achieved 4+ pounds per Gavita/Nanolux 1000watt fixture utilizing this method. Here are a couple facts of how this is even possible:
- New DE bulbs on overdrive settings like the Nanolux DE 1000 can pull 1200watts from the wall and are incredibly bright. So much so, you better have 10 foot ceilings or taller or you are going to fry your plants. Don’t forget the spread on these things is incredible (Around 5×5 instead of 4×4) so multiple lights mean that a plant isn’t just getting the 1200w from one light but being hit by multiple sources, thereby upping PAR values across the entire canopy and ensuring lush and dense cola development.
- Nutrient lines have really been dialed and there are some solid products out there which really simplify the cultivation process (Such as Josh’s Success line, House and Garden, Ionic, Heavy 16, Current Culture – Cultured Solutions etc.)
- CO2 Supplementation has been found to increase yields dramatically. Most would agree around 30%
- Training methods have gotten more creative and efficient over the years to utilize all available light indoors. Outdoors this isn’t as big as an issue, but indoors getting every last ounce of PAR (photosynthetically active radiation) from our grow lights is very important because we don’t have a free huge burning gas sphere of hot plasma (AKA the sun)
- More people grow medical cannabis in the U.S. than ever before and folks are talking to and learning from each other faster than ever before due to catalysts like the WWW and social media
The Gram per Watt Standard
Most growers aim for the common goal of getting 1 gram of dried meds per watt of HID lighting. A pound is 448 grams. Three pounds is 1,344 grams – or 1.12 grams per watt. This is extremely reasonable to pull three pounds per light if one is utilizing a fully dialed environment, solid soil or soiless medium/hydroponics and starting with solid genetic material. We really aren’t talking anything crazy here, imagine flowering for 9 full weeks a solid commercial strain such as Blue Dream, Sour Diesel, Green Crack, Grand Daddy Purple, Northern Lights, AK47, Skunk, Cheese, Gorilla Glue #4 etc. With an evenly trained canopy, strong veg times under the best dual ended bulbs in the world – you can make this happen.
It’s a new year – if you are in a medical state and wish to grow, now is the time to pursue your dreams.
I know we are coming off of the holidays with Christmas in full swing and News Years resolutions galore. If you are even slightly interested in this subject, why don’t you allow Josh to help guide you in growing top shelf AAA meds with stunning yields. In fact, we teamed up and I have a special offer for Green Diet readers. If you use the discount code “GreenDiet420” at the Three a Light checkout, you can get this beautiful hardcover book for just $420 to the domestic United States. Check out some of the videos below off of Josh’s site and my video review. This book can literally change your life and be the catalyst to healing in your personal life, for your dispensary or collective. Now as per my disclaimer on my homepage, please only grow if you are legally allowed to and approved in your state. Stay within your plant counts and possession limits per your state. If you are unaware of the legalities in your state, please check out the National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana laws at www.Norml.org. They have great and succinct information on a state by state basis about the latest news and legalities of medicinal cannabis.
So what do I think about all this?
Quite simply, I think that Josh Haupt is an incredible man of passion, dedication and to a certain extent perfectionist. I have read his book now over and over about 5-10 times and quickly realized that my best yields in the past are when I have utilized the methods mentioned in the book. Josh took a 21st century approach to covering indoor cannabis cultivation in a way that has never been done before. Many people have consulted, written books and coached others along the way so others can shorten their learning curve and be successful indoor growers in short time. Josh genuinely took an Apple style approach in the simplification of what can be a complex process and dumbed it down so that anyone with a basic reading level and an ounce of motivation can be successful in what they do. The photography is genuinely stunning on every single page I am a nerd at heart and have researched this topic for a decade, be it via books, tv shows, internet forums (remember overgrow.com?) and from mentors who have personal experience and right from the get go I could tell Josh does what he loves for a living and goes after it with a passion that few folks walking this earth have. In our numerous hours long conversations on the phone Josh basically said it all comes down to a simple philosophy has and that is “To fill the world with top shelf medical grade cannabis.” His goal is a noble one indeed as we all know the mantra of “Give a man a fish you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
I feel very comfortable teaming up with Josh and having the honor to offer Green Diet readers an exclusive $420 deal which is the book delivered to hour home address with no shipping cost. The discount code is simple “GreenDiet420” and enter that at checkout to get your discount. Every once in a while a product comes out that changes some paradigms about the cannabis world. If I could name 3 off the top of my head that I feel good about in the last five years it would be the Pax vaporizers (especially the second). The magical butter revisions and now this book Three a Light. So if you aren’t sold yet, please feel free to hear me blab on for 20 minutes and explain why I am so passionate about this book and know it is going to turn people into killer growers overnight.
So thanks again everyone for checking out some of the latest stuff in our industry. If you have any particular questions about the book or would like to setup a consulting relationship – please use the section at the top of my webpage to get in contact with me – I’ll be right back with you.
P.S. I’d also like to mention that my eBook packages will be out very soon. Id like to get some T-shirts and consulting options alongside of the eBook launch as I know folks are going to want to delve further into certain subjects 1on1. A lot of people have asked me about diet as of late and my book delves deeply into diet, exercise, medicinal cannabis and navigating today’s stressful environment so that we can not just live healthy but THRIVE. Again, happy new year and we wish you the best success over here at Green Diet in 2016!