Our Reading List

Stack of 4 books.

Our field scientist, Shara Ross, knows a lot about growing cannabis. She’s been working in the field for almost 6 years. What makes Shara different from a grower who’s been growing for years? The fact that she’s been in hundreds of cultivation facilities. She’s seen it all. And she’s had to fix it all.

Here are the best books about growing cannabis.

Hemp Diseases and Pests by JM McPartland, RC Clarke and DP Watson

  • This book provides a comprehensive review of the diseases and pests that affect hemp. The majority of these diseases and pests also affect cannabis.
  • Best part of this book? The photos. If you’ve ever tried to figure out what’s eating or ailing your plants, you already know it can be almost impossible without photos.


Plant Physiology by Taiz and Zeiger

  • This textbook is for everyone who failed AP Biology. You should have rudimentary knowledge of botany or biology. This book will level up that working knowledge.
  • This textbook starts with the basics.
  • Best part of this book? Quizzes so you can test your new knowledge.


Hydroponics: A Practical Guide for the Soilless Grower by JB Jones

  • This book looks really dated, we know. It’s an oldie but a goodie.
  • Our field scientist uses it as a reference. And she knows what she’s talking about.


Marijuana Botany: An Advanced Study: The Propagation and Breeding of Distinctive Cannabis by RC Clarke

  • This is our field scientist’s pick for propagation and breeding. If you’ve ever been curious about how growers develop new strains, this is the book for you.
  • Best part of this text? You can learn how to create your own strain. We highlyrecommend naming it after us.


Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany by RC Clarke and MD Merlin

  • Okay, so this one is less of a “how to” guide and more of a historical presentation.
  • This one is exclusively for people (nerds) who like history and ethnobotany. Our field scientist describes this as “a great read!”


Teeming with Microbes/ Teeming with Nutrients by Jeff Lowenfels

  • These books are perfect for soil growers. If you’re growing hydroponically, you might want to skip these.
  • Why we recommend them? The books detail microbial interactions and nutrient uptake concepts.