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"The world of cannabis concentrates is expanding, and if you have any interest in exploring this new frontier, we've got a reading recommendation for you.... [Beyond Buds] treads where no book has tread before."—Leafly.com

"Beyond Buds is the authority on the burgeoning concentrate industry. From the rise of herbal vaporizers to the advancement of CO2 and butane-based extractions, Ed Rosenthal covers every nook and cranny of the science of dabs. We are thrilled to support this authoritative text." Mark Richardson, VaporNation.com

"If we could we'd smoke every photo in this book. Be careful. Touch this book and you might get a contact high. This is the best book about concentrates we've ever reviewed."—StuffStonersLike.com

"Beyond Buds is the most functional book you will buy this year.... Ed gives comprehensive treatment to what are often complex and difficult methods and concepts, but presents them in a way useful for everyone, from the novice to the expert.... There is a smokeless cannabis revolution upon us, and Ed Rosenthal’s Beyond Buds is the handbook.—OC WEED REVIEW

"Every time a new chapter opens in the story of cannabis, Ed Rosenthal will have scouted ahead and written a guide for those of us following along. Beyond Buds carries on Ed’s lifetime of service to the plant... The beautiful photography throughout the book continues another of Ed’s traditions.... Don’t wander around lost in our re-legalized future when a guide book this good is right at hand. Beyond Buds will make you an informed citizen in our exciting tomorrow."—HailMaryJane.com

"Rosenthal's latest project is remarkably expansive.... The level of detail to which Beyond Buds delves is incredible, as Rosenthal cuts no corners... Whether you are starting out in the cannabis extract world or an experienced player, Beyond Buds has something to offer everyone."—illegallyhealed.com

"[I was] extremely impressed with the detail and clarity. I can see how valuable this book is and truly want everyone in the industry to read it.... Thank you for helping expand my knowledge!"—Justin Kandler, The Hemp Solution

"Beyond Buds looks into the development of these new products and includes both how-to directions and eye-candy photos. It's a must-read for any cannasseur."—Alex Bradley, CULTURE

"It's truly an honor and a privilege to not only work with Ed Rosenthal, but to help folks find that perfect vaporizer, or make the cleanest, safest extracts in the history of cannabis."—David Downs, Coauthor of Beyond Buds; Editor, Smell the Truth on SFGate.com; Columnist, East Bay Express

Praise for the previous edition:
"Ed shows the reader how to produce high-grade pot products from a bag full of leaves and trim.... As with all of Ed's books, the instructions are clear and concise.... Ed's book provides an excellent guide for anyone wondering what to do with their extra trim!"—Cannabis Culture

"This has got to be one of Ed's better books... [I]t's easy to read, has some great information, and tells you what you really need to know."—Weed World

Praise for Ed Rosenthal:
"Mr. Rosenthal is the pothead's answer to Ann Landers, Judge Judy, Martha Stewart and the Burpee Garden Wizard all in one."—The New York Times

"Ed Rosenthal holds the distinction of turning more people on to pot than Cheech and Chong."—Tommy Chong

About the Author

Ed Rosenthal is a researcher, writer, author, political activist, and consultant. He has written many books about marijuana cultivation and culture, including Marijuana Grower’s Handbook, Marijuana Pest and Disease Control, Why Marijuana Should Be Legal, The Big Book of Buds series, and more, which have sold over two million copies combined. He lives in Oakland, CA.

Freelance journalist David Downs has covered the arts, technology, and criminal justice for publications including WIRED, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and many more. He has received and shared numerous professional honors, including a 2010 Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism. Downs launched the "Legalization Nation" syndicated column in 2009, cofounded the prescient Marijuana Business Report in 2010, and has edited the San Francisco Chronicle blog "Smell the Truth" since 2012. He lives in San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Quick American Archives; Revised Edition edition (October 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936807238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936807239
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I’m a book editor, and I’ve spent years improving book manuscripts for print. “Beyond Buds” has been copyedited and laid out by people who know what they’re doing, but it needed a strong content editor, someone who knows what they’re doing when checking the layout, and a less commercial (less greedy) approach. The material is badly organized and the information is full of holes. It’s an overview book, not a methods book, meaning this is not a good source of information for someone seeking to learn DIY techniques. On top of that, this book is clearly a money-making opportunity for the author/co-author/publisher. It fails to meet the needs of the reader/consumer. As an editor, my job is to make sure the author has delivered the content to the reader in a clear, accurate, and valuable manner. With this as the criteria for rating the book, this book only deserves 2 stars.

Ed Rosenthal may have written the introduction and a few of the segments he knows something about, but for the most part this book seems to be a compilation of company-sponsored text and contributing writers with Rosenthal as the writer in name only. Even then, Rosenthal is probably here for name-recognition only, with the real writer being the co-author David Downs. I say this because there are contradictions within the chapters, and this happens when multiple writers are contributing content. This is also backed up by the list of names in the acknowledgments, which isn’t just a list of individual’s names, but a list of company names.

The sections of this book that are most helpful are on topics that address the traditional methods such as making kief, cannabutter, edibles, caps, and tinctures. However, much of this information is easily available from books and internet sites.
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Even on the 8" HDX this book is illegible. You won't be able to enlarge the type, search, or rotate. Might be a decent read, but the publisher put absolutely no thought into developing a Kindle version.
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Beyond Buds is a comprehensive introduction to cannabis essential oils, processing, and alternative delivery methods.

This book offers a definitive overview of cannabis concentrates and their current state within the cannabis industry and emerging markets, providing and wide audience of readers with both a compelling resource, as well as a source of inspiration for iterations and continued development.

For the newer processor, consumer, and medical patient, Beyond Buds answers questions that you would spend years trying to track down on forums/google/publications or figure our through trial and error.

For the industry veteran and die-hard wook, Beyond Buds serves as a brief yet invaluable reference, index, and basis for research for cannabis concentrates.

Beyond Buds sheds positive light on a largely mis-understood culture, striking a fine balance between readability and mass distribution, and acceptance by a sometimes brutally critical following and community.

Contrary to some criticisms, I am of the opinion that referencing online mediums is beneficial in this case, particularly if the book is treated as a foundation, because the greater cannabis knowledge base is now expanding so rapidly. For example, a book published on the topic in 2013 would seem incomplete and out-of-date already.

Beyond buds will stand the test of time as the go-to handbook for cannabis essential oils.
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Some background. I live in a legal state, and have been in the industry. I also have a science background. This book is interesting. It is more of an introduction to extracts for people without much prior knowledge on cannabis. Unfortunately, there were several claims that just aren't supported by science and it would have been nice for to add citations. (Marijuana is a great medicine, but exaggerating claims hurts its potential. for ex: not acknowledging side effects).

In addition, there are multiple advertisements, which is unfortunate as it can limit the writer's objectivity.

In conclusion: I'm not sure how to recommend this book as I think it hurts to tell people incorrect information, but on the other hand, there was a significant amount of good information--especially for beginners--in this book.
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I just got an updated version for my kindle app yesterday (08/03/2015) and it works perfectly now, I highly suggest you buy and download this Most AWESOME book :)

I finally opened up this publication on my tablet's kindle app, as I finally found the time to get to study it, and I wish I could read this on my device. The formatting is all messed up, it shows double pages and unable to enlarge the text or the screen to peruse the photos. I hold Mr. Rosenthal in very high esteem and I'm truly ashamed to give it only one star. However, I'm doing this only because of the formatting issue, I wish I could give it the full five stars I want to. I will be buying a physical paperback copy soon and cannot wait to read it. Whoever was responsible for digitizing Mr. Rosenthal's book needs to redo it so it can be available for updates.
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The book is alright if you are looking for basics of hash making and an overview of the process. I totally agree with one of the reviewer's in the statement that this book is a product catalog. Not much insight or thought on the actual process of modern extraction at all which is why I am returning this book. The how to's are all based upon the products listed in the book, so if you have no interest in using the products in the book then the How to demonstrations may not help you out. All the information is very rudimentary and basic, also there is an entire section dedicated to just dabbing gear. I thought this was going to be a book about the processes of manufacturing modern day hash oil and maybe somewhat delving into some of the older methods of creating hash. Also, the book is a lot smaller than I anticipated, I was looking for something similar to Ed Rosenthal's Marijuana Grower's Handbook in terms of clarity and depth of information, and I was disappointed.
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