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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; First Edition edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307720543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307720542
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I like my nonfiction to be both entertaining and edifying, and Dankness delivers both....If you want to know how the contemporary cannabis industry operates, Heart of Dankness is the book for you. But beyond that, Dankness is a great book for anyone with an inclination towards connoisseurship....the book holds great appeal beyond the world of marijuana aficionados. Take it from a guy who hates reggae: I highly recommend picking up Heart of Dankness, whether you have a doctor’s recommendation or not." -- The Millions

“[A] globetrotting, journalistic trip through the nerdier echelons of marijuana development….an insightful and fascinating story” Los Angeles Review of Books

"Smith's quest is to discover the essence of 'dankness'. . . .a stoner's dream job."
--Publishers Weekly

“Witty, civilized and intelligent narcotourism.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Smith’s colorful and informative report will appeal not only to pot connoisseurs but also to anyone curious to learn why marijuana currently outstrips corn as the United States’ largest cash crop.” —Booklist

"A must-read for those who want to know more about how the best strains in the world came to be the best."  - The 420 Times

"Wickedly entertaining.  Mark Haskell Smith goes on a quest for the world's finest cannabis, and uncovers an obsessive global subculture of artisanal growers, seed botanists and connoisseurs — all of them chronically stoned and fiercely competitive, striving like winemakers to express the terroir of their product and achieve the ne plus ultra of 'dankness.'  Warning: this book may produce an uncontrollable urge to get high." —Richard Grant, author of God's Middle Finger and Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa
 
"A genially gonzo ride to the top of the cannabis world.  Haskell Smith's prose crackles with unputdownable verve and his affection and enthusiasm for his subject are infectious.  This book will change the way you look at the Cannabusiness." --Heather Donahue, author of Growgirl

About the Author

MARK HASKELL SMITH is the author of four novels, Moist, Delicious, Salty, and Baked, and has written for film and televsion.  A contributor to the Los Angeles Times and a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Review of Books, Smith is an assistant professor in the MFA program for Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert Graduate Center.

More About the Author

Mark Haskell Smith is the author of five novels, Moist, Delicious, Salty, Baked, and Raw: A Love Story. He has also written the non-fiction book Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup.

He is currently writing a non-fiction book about the history of nudism: Naked At Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist's Adventures in an Anti-Textile World for Grove/Atlantic.

His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Vulture. Smith is an assistant professor in the MFA program for Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert Graduate Center.

He lives in Los Angeles. He likes Mexican Food.

www.markhaskellsmith.com or www.heartofdankness.tumblr.com

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This is a very informative, and fun book to read!
MTB Ninja
In other words, I have done many of the things he writes about in this book.
Crunchy Groove
Heart of Dankness is up there with the best of the best of non-fiction.
Tiffany Hawk

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Aldo C. on April 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
I just received my copy of Heart of Dankness and I've devoured it. You have to read this book if you want to understand the future of medical and recreational cannabis. Heart of Dankness is much more than a stoners explorations and reflections about finding great pot, its the story about our evolving understanding of the real medical and aesthetic value of cannabis. Personally I liked Chapter 14 the best, the "He blinded me with Science" chapter that features the Cornerstone Research Collective. In the last paragraph of that chapter, Michael Backes, CRC's then-budtender, refers to the Holy Grail of pot as having "..an intensely clear effect. Just Perfect. You have the high-functioning buzz that took the edge off everything and a lingering tickle of joy. Its like a pre-pschedelic tickle. That's what I'm looking for, and I'll find it."...which he plans to do with a mix of science and Mother Terese like devotion to the "cause."...and I hope learn about it when he does find it ;-) BUY THIS BOOK...you'll be glad you did!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Hawk on June 25, 2012
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Heart of Dankness is up there with the best of the best of non-fiction. It's the kind of writing that grips you even if you start out with no interest in the topic (think Jon Krakauer on fundamentalist Mormons or Lauren Hillenbrand on horses). Right up front, I will admit that I have a bias - Mark Haskell Smith is a mentor of mine, and as a writer, I buy the books of people I know out of solidarity. But I'll also admit that I planned to drag my feet on reading this one (sorry Mark) because I have no inherent interest in using or reading about marijuana. I expected Heart of Dankness to be a niche book for stoners, but it turned out to be one of the best examples of travel writing that I've read in years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Dolk on July 20, 2013
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This book was full of useful information, and it will give readers a good understanding of the cannabis culture from the perspective of the people cultivating it for profit and glory. It gave me insight into the future of cannabis cultivation. The author investigates the different cannabis grow methods by spending time with cultivators that are from different walks of life and in different areas of the world, from the scientists to the family business farmers that have been growing for generations. He visits with people that have a similar goal and different approaches. It is written with much humor, and it might be my age, but I related well to all of it and got the education of the marijuana seed industry that I didn't have access to before. I really also appreciated the first hand investigation, and no hearsay. I am still searching for the perfect "dank' for me. Like Mark, I plan on enjoying the journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sj on September 22, 2013
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This story was everything a good story should be: funny, outrageous, intelligent, and charming with tendrils of dank emotions twirling throughout. Informative in an approachable way, a quick read that left me wanting more. So I called my guy, but unsurprisingly, tangerine dream is hard to come by..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MTB Ninja on May 23, 2013
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This is a very informative, and fun book to read! He discusses the topic accurately and efficiently and manages to put you into his mind set! Really great book to read, now I have to go find some dankness!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zippy on March 16, 2013
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This tome on quality cannabis is very well written, entertaining and informative. Mark Smith's extensive research shows on every page. I'm packing my bags for Amsterdam as I write.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate Abbott on March 1, 2013
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I originally bought Heart of Dankness because I know Mark Haskell Smith and I like him. But I'm so glad that I read it, because it's a really fascinating look at a world I hadn't seen before, as well as an entertaining exploration of places I haven't been. I'm also obsessed with plants in general and it was super interesting for the wannabe botanist in me. Plus ever since I read it I've been thinking about the "dankness" of various things I encounter, which is worth the read alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crunchy Groove on December 10, 2012
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I live in LA and have smoked for 40 years. I have been a Medical MM patient for the last five years after growing my own for 15 years. I went to Amsterdam for four days ten years ago (no, not for the Cup unfortunately) to check out the pot scene for myself. In other words, I have done many of the things he writes about in this book. It all pretty much hit it on the head, even though the quality of any given strain is so subjective it is difficult for me to understand how people can give awards. Last week I ended up going to the GGR dispensary he referenced in the early portion of the book and bought some "zeta", the strain he raves about. It was very good, another indication of the accuracy of the book. So if you are interested in cannabis and the entire subculture that surrounds it, then this book is for you.
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