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Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana Hardcover – May 19, 2015
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"Finally! A highly specific, rainbow-free encyclopedia of marijuana! Written by Dan Michaels with photos from Erik Christiansen, Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana is rigorous in it's coverage of everything from bud biology to paraphernalia, with entries on how to roll, smoking etiquette (don't hit and run, brah!), and 75 words on whatever the hell QWISO is. Plus it's got more than 150 high resolution pictures of the stinkiest, gnarliest, hold-me-I'm-loosing-it strains of ganja you've ever laid eyes upon."
About the Author
Dan Michaels is the founder of SinseMedia, a cannabis research and insight group. Alongside his savvy branding and marketing background, he brings his experience and connoisseurship in cannabis culture to his work as a consultant and strategist for the emerging legal marijuana industry. He lives in Connecticut.
Erik Christiansen uses specialized macro photography and color correction techniques to capture the true essence of the marijuana flower with unparalleled detail. Erik founded and currently runs Nugshots.com, a photography blog dedicated to showcasing the varied beauty of the cannabis flower. He lives in California.
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I came across this book at B&N and I'm glad I saw it in person, because this book's value lies in the absolutely amazing photos.
The information is basic and sparse, but serves as a starting point. Each strain is listed with info on:
- Type (Sativa/Indica/Hybrid)
- Lineage (Names parents)
- Smell/Taste (Your typical and repetitive adjectives, but that's a limitation of language more than anything)
- Common Effects (Again, typical and repetitive but with room for expansion here...)
- Top Medicinal Uses ("Stress" is listed on almost every strain...but there is some variation typically correlated with the S:I ratio)
- Similar Strains (This is pretty cool! Though I wish they said what made each similar rather than leaving it so open ended)
What the author was going for here was a really clean, easy to reference, quick guide on cannabis strains. They wanted a single format to use for every entry - left page of info and right page photo. What this created was a beautiful, scientific feeling field guide which serves well for quick comparisons and "name checks" as well as a great book to flip through.
I like to look at any herb that makes it out this way with a name attached, search the strain in this convenient alphabetical and relatively comprehensive field guide, and try to tell if the herb really is what they claim it to be. Obviously, there are many phenotypes within each strain, and with only one photo of each strain, it is impossible to include them all. But nonetheless, there are undoubtedly some unmistakeable traits and there have been plenty of times when I can compare a flower or photo of past flowers and confirm that the name very likely was accurate.
If you want an in-depth review of specific strains with all sorts of tangential information, consider Ed Rosenthal's "Buds" Volumes 1-4. I have a couple of these books (#1+#4) and feel both have their place on my bookshelf. Ed's books are less formulaic but more informative. This book has the highest quality photos I have ever seen in a book.
It's everything you'd expect a guidebook to be. Look at the sample pages and decide if this is for you.
Content-wise, it is basically a guide to many, many different strains of cannabis, with lots of information about lineage and effects in kind of an outline format (no long paragraphs to search through for the pertinent information), alongside stunning photos of representative buds. A delight to thumb through. More of a cannabis-lover's eye-candy book than an instruction manual or textbook.
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