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Noemi GonzalesNoemi GonzalesMay 15, 2020


“American Hemp Farmer: Adventures and Misadventures in the Cannabis Trade” by Doug Fine

The cat is out of the proverbial bag in the sense that the people know without a doubt that the hemp industry is incredibly lucrative and beneficial to humanity for a wide variety of reasons.

What most people don’t get to see is an inside look at the industry through the eyes of veteran on the frontlines of the ever-evolving hemp and cannabis industries. Bonus points to the author for referring to himself as a “Gonzo journalist” as a nod to HST.

Let’s take a peek into the world of “American Hemp Farmer” and see what author Doug Fine has to say about growing hemp, regenerative farming, and the hemp industry as a whole.


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This book takes a dive into the world of growing hemp, the industry surrounding it, and one journalist’s perspective from seed to flower, so to speak.

Here you will find awesome information on growing hemp, what kind of potential gear malfunctions to expect, information about genetics, and so much more.

The author also does a very adept job at painting a picture of a potential future where regenerative farming and hemp use contribute greatly to adding value to human lives while also being kinder to the planet.

-About the Author-

Doug Fine has an interesting mix of background experiences ranging from winning awards as a culture and climate correspondent for organizations such as The NewYork Times, Washington Post, and NPR, he has experience as a comedic journalist, and has cultivated high-quality cannabis in different states over the years.

His previous books “Hemp Bound”, “Too High to Fail”, “Farewell, My Subaru” (a Boston Globe bestseller), “Not Really an Alaskan Mountain Man”, and “First Legal Harvest” are all currently available for sale.

It is also worth noting that author Doug Fine refers to himself as a solar-powered goat herder. Take from that what you will.

You can find more of Doug Fine’s content at:
– @organiccowboy

-Reading Experience-

It comes as no surprise to learn that author Doug Fine is both a comedian and fan of Hunter S. Thompson as the writing style reflects a playfulness and a stylish use of adjectives.

The light tone in no way detracts from the quality of the information presented in “American Hemp Farmer”. It’s not a terrible notion to be able to learn from a book and also enjoy the reading experience.

There is a seamless blend of personal experience coupled with the depth of expertise that only comes from those who have immersed themselves into a complex topic for long periods.


If you’re looking to learn more about the hemp industry from an experienced perspective and also not be bored to death by the experience then “American Hemp Farmer: Adventures and Misadventures in the Cannabis Trade” deserves a spot on your bookshelf.

Author Doug Fine brings his vast level of knowledge on the subject to the table while also displaying a high level of writing skill coupled with a degree of playfullness that makes for very smooth reading.

You can’t borrow “American Hemp Farmer” from me so get your own copy here:

Noemi GonzalesNoemi GonzalesMay 8, 2020


“The Ultimate Guide to CBD: Explore the World of Cannabidiol” by Jamie Evans

There is so much buzz about CBD and it’s potential benefits but much of the reliable, useful information on the topic can be drowned out at times by scammers and snake oil salesmen so having a legitimate guide to CBD is refreshing to see.

Author Jamie Evans breaks down her extensive knowledge on the topic of ways to properly leverage CBD to live a healthier lifestyle.

“The Ultimate Guide to CBD” empowers the reader to take on that CBD knowledge and learn to understand CBD better, make their own CBD extracts, and much more.

Let’s get into it then!

Topic Focus-
Learning about how to cook with CBD, creating your own potables, recipes for self-care and more are topics all available to learn in “The Ultimate CBD Guide: Explore the World of Cannabidiol” by Jamie Evans.

Many supposed resources on the topic are little more than sales pages trying to get you to purchase questionable products so finding reliable sources of information on CBD will help us all to understand how to use CBD while also avoiding potentially harmful products.

I got pretty excited to learn about the many ways to make CBD infused beverages that seem refreshing and come with health benefits.

-About the Author- 

Jamie Evans is an author, educator, and host who has a special place in her heart for the various applications of CBD. She is the founder of Herb Somm, a contributor to MARY magazine, she has been featured on Forbes, LA Times, and more.

Jamie also has experience in producing high-end events, public relations, and is also the co-editor of GoldLeaf’s acclaimed Cooking Journal.

-Reading Experience-

First off, I must say how impressed I was with the physical copy of the book and packaging they sent it in. Very classy.

The table of contents is broken down as an effective guide should be and the topics listed in the table of contents are worth getting excited over. CBD facemasks? CBD drinks? CBD DIY projects? Yes to all the above!

Also respect to the photographer as the pictures in the “The Ultimate CBD” are clean, clear, and really add to the overall vibe of the book. The photos of CBD drinks are downright tempting.

You can refer back to this on time and time again to consult on recipes and directions so here is yet another fantastic addition to the bookshelf.


Words like “smooth” and “clean” don’t always come to mind when discussing reference guides but here are.

“The Ultimate Guide to CBD” does the wonderfully of being a reliable guide to CBD use while also managing to refrain from feeling boring or dry thanks to the light-hearted writing style coupled with the cheery photos used in the book.

If you’re interested in learning more about just what Cannabidiol (CBD) is, how to make CBD drinks, and so much more then there is no doubt that this book needs to be in your collection.

Get your CBD on by getting your copy here:

Noemi GonzalesNoemi GonzalesMay 1, 2020


Friday Book Club: “High Cookery: Your Guide to Cannabis Cooking and the Munchies” by Gilad Meiri 


It’s 2020 so of course, we have more and more awesome content hitting the market when it comes to fun and creative ways to ingest your THC. It’s an ever-evolving game that we the consumers are happy to be test subjects in.

“High Cookery” by Gilad Meiri is a fantastic book that brings gourmet quality recipes to the everyday cannabis consumer in a way that is fun to read and produces very tasty results.

If smoking your flower is no longer as exciting then it is time for you to venture into the realm of cannabis kitchen work.

This is a fun topic to get into.


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Not just another basic ganja cookbook, author Gilad Meiri brings incredibly accessible gourmet-level food options that are comfortable to put together while providing a unique edible experience beyond just that of the buzz from the marijuana.

Flavors, textures, myths surrounding the relationship between cannabis and food, and so much more are broken down in “High Cookery”.

Desserts and main dishes are present in this book alongside detailed instructions as to how to properly prepare these appealing consumables. Nothing here that you can’t handle.

-About the Author-

Author Gilad Meiri is an author and entrepreneur boasting a unique range of experiences that lend to his ability to produce such high-quality cannabis cooking content.

From founding 2 tech startups, investing over a decade in cannabis culinary research, serving in the military, publishing 2 outdoor cookbooks in Israel that each hit bestseller status, and enjoying backpacking across the globe with his family it seems that Gilad is an active spirit who possesses a powerful passion for cooking and infusing cannabis into his culinary creations.

Care to learn more about Gilad and “High Cookery”? Check out his personal site here:

-Reading Experience-

First off, the infused sundae depicted on the cover of “High Cookery” by Gilad Meiri is already tempting before even cracking the cover of this book and when you do crack the cover you are pleasantly surprised to see in the table of contents a nice breakdown of the interesting topics to be discussed.

Many other cannabis cookbooks focus on sweets and dessert items almost exclusively so it is refreshing to see recipe sections focused on healthier dishes, infusions, dips and dippers, unorthodox combinations, and much more.

You absolutely get the sense that the author has engaged in some serious trial and error when it comes to cannabis culinary creations and has condensed this experience into the book for our benefit.


Those who are new to creating consumables with marijuana will find “High Cookery” to be a great place to begin their own cannabis edibles adventures and the experienced hands out there will likely find some tidbit they had not previously known so this book has solid content for anyone who appreciates the multitude of benefits from cannabis consumption.

The recipes feel tried-and-true, are easy to follow, and produce reliable results. There are some fascinating combinations in there as well as some classic recipes done with a slight twist. Some of these recipes seem like excellent ways to entertain and impress the company with some killer edibles.

You can get a copy of “High Cookery” by Gilad Meiri either at his website linked above or via Amazon here:



Noemi GonzalesNoemi GonzalesApril 17, 2020


Friday Book Club: “The Emperor Wears No Clothes: A History of Cannabis/Hemp/Marijuana” by Jack Herer

Today we have the opportunity to discuss the modernized and updated version of “The Emperor Wears No Clothes: A History of Cannabis/Hemp/Marijuana” by one of the cannabis industry’s most prolific figures, Jack Herer.

I mean, the guy has a potent strain named after him. That’s serious credentials in the marijuana world.

Let’s take a moment to break down what is new to the book and the preexisting valuable content that new readers will absolutely benefit from learning.

Jack Herer has so much packed into this powerhouse of a book so let’s get to it then!

-Topic Focus-

Here you will find that legendary author Jack Herer has put together a powerful comprehensive guide to the history, societal implications, industrial/medical uses, and more when it comes to cannabis/hemp.

“The Emperor Wears No Clothes” has been updated for the modern times with updated scientific data, access to Herer’s original research, links to useful articles/videos, and much more by Bruce Michael Dietzen.

There are also sections dedicated to the history of legality surrounding cannabis, the dirty politics that lead to such policies, and just who exactly has profited from such laws.

-About the Author-

Very few people in the cannabis/hemp space do not know who Jack Herer was.

Jack was a solid ally for all cannabis proponents for over 30 years as he had dedicated much of his life to the cause. He started as a seller of glass pipes and ended up becoming a well-known activist and author in the marijuana culture. Many modern activists and cannabis proponents cite Herer as a key influence and inspiration.

Jack Herer was inducted into the “Counter Culture Hall of Fame”, was on the frontlines of the legalization battle, and has a potent sativa-dominant strain named in his honor.

It is also worth noting that this modernized version of “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” was updated by Bruce Michael Dietzen. Dietzen is an entrepreneur with a passion for introducing Carbon Negative Fiber hemp products as solutions to existing industries.

-Reading Experience-

There is a reason that many other prolific authors and activists in the cannabis world refer to “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer as “The Bible of Hemp” as many see this book as a must-have for anyone who has serious intentions to contribute and grow the marijuana movements.

This book is so potent with the amount of information available when it comes to cannabis so reviewing the table of contents helps to further break down and understand the volume of content available in this book.

From the history of cannabis, the various uses, medical information, economic data, available resources, and so much more this book continues to offer solid content from start to finish.

The language is very approachable and the tone conveys a degree of professionalism while not shying away from the author’s passion for the topic.


There absolutely is merit to the notion that this book should be considered the “Bible of Hemp”.

The range of information available is wide and has been updated over the years so this already amazing book has been upgraded even further with so much solid content.

One of the biggest threats to cannabis legalization can be a lack of solid information available and this book absolutely arms the reader with a wide array of facts to better fight the war against marijuana prohibition in these modern times.

“The Emperor Wears No Clothes” stays intriguing the whole way by gradually painting a larger picture and the 296 pages can serve as a field guide you may reference back to in the future.

If you would like to get your own updated copy of “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” there here you go:

Noemi GonzalesNoemi GonzalesApril 10, 2020


CBD Cocktails: Take the edge off with over 100 relaxing recipes” by Sailene Ossman

CBD: Cannabidiol – the non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana/cannabis that many health experts extol for its potential health benefits.

Getting the health benefits from CBD sounds wonderful but where does one begin to learn how to ingest CBD?

That’s where books like “CBD Cocktails: Take the edge off with over 100 relaxing recipes” by Sailene Ossman come into play to help guide us with proper CBD consumption methods.

Let’s dive in and see what author Sailene Ossman has to offer us on the topic at hand.

-Topic Focus-

In this book, you will find over 100 recipes for drinks that utilize CBD as the primary ingredient with the intent to relieve certain afflictions such as pain, anxiety, sleeplessness, and more.

There are many articles and resources online that tout the benefits of CBD use in terms of health but lack specific guidance as to how to achieve those effects with specific dosages and recipes for enjoyable potables. This is precisely what “CBD Cocktails: Take the edge off with over 100 relaxing recipes” brings to the table.

Even those new to CBD usage can create some tasty, healthy CBD-based concoctions with the thoroughly written recipes available in this book. The more experienced CBD veterans are likely to pick up a few nuggets of wisdom as well.

-About the Author-

Author Sailene Ossman is more than just the author of “CBD Cocktails: Take the edge off with over 100 relaxing recipes”. She is an entrepreneur, hostess, cannabis advocate, and author with a passion for our favorite flower that has led her into a variety of interesting directions.

Sailene’s various events and web series “Smoke in the kitchen with Mama Sailene” demonstrate her talent, dedication, and passion for cannabis culture. She also has experience supporting organizations such as California Cannabis Advocates, Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force, and many more.

You can learn more about Sailene Ossman and her projects at:

-Reading Experience-

Author Sailene Ossman gets right to work demonstrating her CBD cocktail expertise in her book.

The table of contents is well thought out in the sense that it breaks down by what you might want. Classic, simple concoctions are grouped together as are more complex drinks. You can also find a section for best CBD drinks for parties in “CBD Cocktails: Take the edge off with over 100 relaxing recipes” by Sailene Ossman as well as sections for the best drinks during certain seasons. Very cool!

The pictures are very clean, the font is playful and easy to read, and there is a section dedicated to CBD product resources, which will be particularly useful for those who are newer to CBD use.


This book is fun, useful, and pleasant to look at.

“CBD Cocktails: Take the edge off with over 100 relaxing recipes” by Sailene Ossman gives someone the ability to relieve various issues via CBD use while enjoying the process with tasty beverages. Very beginner friendly while bringing enough data to the table for even the more experienced to learn from.

The color scheme of the book, the fonts chosen, and the high-quality pictures used all make for a pleasant reading experience while learning how to mix up a variety of CBD drinks.

Get started making your own CBD Cocktails by getting your copy here:

Noemi GonzalesNoemi GonzalesApril 3, 2020


“Magic Mushrooms and Marijuana: a Great Trip to Know, Understand the Risks, Cultivate and use Cannabis and Psychedelic Mushrooms even for Medical Use. A High Trip to the Knowledge You Will Not Forget!” by Tommy Smith – Review

 Now here’s a dynamic duo of topics to discuss: cannabis and mushrooms.

Author Tommy Smith has put together a very solid compilation of data focused on helping the reader better understand the risks, how to cultivate, various uses, and other useful information when it comes to both cannabis and magic mushrooms. There is still much inaccurate information prevalent on these topics so the more genuine content we see circulating then all the better.

This book will teach you how to create an ideal environment to grow mushrooms in your home, decide whether or not to grow indoors or out, how to begin growing marijuana, how to identify various types of mushrooms and so much more.

Did you know that around 5,000 BC that the Chinese were among the first cultures to regularly cultivate and consume cannabis?

See? You’re learning already!

-Topic Focus-

So much good content packed into this book about both cannabis and mushrooms. Where to begin?

You will find this book useful if you:

  • Want to learn how to begin growing cannabis
  • Want to learn how to begin growing mushrooms
  • Want to learn about the medicinal benefits of both cannabis and mushrooms
  • Are interested in the history surrounding cannabis and mushrooms

About the Author

“Magic Mushrooms and Marijuana: a Great Trip to Know, Understand the Risks, cultivate and use cannabis and Psychedelic Mushrooms even for medical use. A high trip to the knowledge you will not forget!” author Tommy Smith quickly displays both expertise on these topics and a passion for them as you read this book.

You can tell that Tommy truly cares about sharing this information in the way that the book is written as well as the fact that so much useful content is shared for such a low price. Very generous.

-Reading Experience-

This book gets right to work with no fluff or hyperbole and dives right into the history and starts from the ground up with an introduction to what cannabis is, what THC is, and a brief history of it’s legalization status over the years. It felt like author Tommy Smith just couldn’t wait to start sharing his expertise with the reader.

There are many of us who struggle to learn tasks such as cultivation so having a guide that is simple to follow is an incredibly useful tool. The information presented is done so in a way that is easy to interpret and take action from.

Not only are the medicinal benefits of cannabis and mushroom use discussed here, but so are the potential risks that accompany such use. Many people involved in these industries tend to display consumption in a positive light without discussing potential risks so being willing to address the potential negatives of such consumption lends the writer a degree of credibility.


“Magic Mushrooms and Marijuana: a Great Trip to Know, Understand the Risks, cultivate and use cannabis and Psychedelic Mushrooms even for medical use. A high trip to the knowledge you will not forget!” by Tommy Smith is over 300 pages that get right to work teaching you useful content and is only $6.90 (at the time of writing) so you can’t really go wrong grabbing your copy.

The content is clearly written in a way that communicates how familiar the author is with these topics while also making cultivation feel all the more accessible. If you are not already an expert on cannabis then there is definitely much here for you to dive into. Even the more veteran among us can learn a thing or three from this useful book.

If you are ready to begin your own educational journey regarding cannabis and mushrooms then get your copy here:


Noemi GonzalesNoemi GonzalesFebruary 21, 2020


“High Heals: How Two Women Found Their Footing in the Medical Cannabis Industry” by Dr. Leslie Apgar and Gina Dubbe 

It’s always an interesting opportunity to see the world through the eyes of others and learn their stories as they face their own challenges and rise above them.

“High Heals: How Two Women Found Their Footing in the Medical Cannabis Industry” by Leslie Apgar and Gina Dubbe is their story of entering the marijuana industry, overcoming incredible challenges, and building an incredibly successful cannabis dispensary.


Let’s take a look into this insightful, interesting, and inspiring story of growth.

-Topic Focus-

The focus of this book is the personal stories of the two authors and their journey to open their cannabis dispensary. Keep up with the ups and downs of their adventure, learn more about the inner workings of the cannabis industry, and take their message of inspiration to other women looking to grow in the marijuana industry.

Dr. Apgar and Dubbe share an unflinching look at how women can be treated in the industry, their thoughts and feelings on it, and how they managed to overcome these obstacles in their path of achieving their dream in the marijuana industry.

There is also quite the amount of information regarding the medical marijuana industry and the community that surrounds it present in this book.

-About the Author-

Dr. Leslie Apgar has well over 17 years of direct patient experience and her level of expertise becomes clear as you read this book. Dr. Apgar graduated from the Honors Program at Washington State University with a BS in Zoology, then attended Penn State University for medical school. She is a serial entrepreneur who completed her residency at Penn State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

The other author, Gina Dubbe, brings her own unique expertise to the book as a long time serial entrepreneur, founder, and she is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) with a Master’s degree in Engineering from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University.

 In 2014 Gina was named as one of the Women Who Built Outstanding Companies by Forbes and TheraPearl made the Inc. 500 list of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the US for two consecutive years.

-Reading Experience-

You can almost feel the frustrations in their challenges and feel the excitement of their victories as this personal testimony does a fantastic job of drawing you in to walk briefly in their shoes. The 128-page tale seems to fly by as you move through their inspiring story of growth and you cannot help but admire these two bold women as they combine their own unique expertise.

I’m now curious to observe the growth of Greenhouse Wellness and the endeavors of these two intelligent and driven women as this book does a wonderful job of pulling you into their world.


There is much to gain from reading this short book. You get an inside look at the cannabis industry through the lens of two educated, strong women and plenty more.

It’s a powerful read full of laughs, inspiration, and a wide variety of emotions that flows smoothly and allows the reader to benefit from the clear expertise that these two awesome ladies have to share with the world.

The information presented regarding the marijuana industry is clearly presented in a professional fashion and further lends credence to the level of expertise that these two authors possess.

See for yourself how compelling this victorious story is and get your copy of “High Heals: How Two Women Found Their Footing in the Medical Cannabis Industry” by Leslie Apgar and Gina Dubbe here:




Noemi GonzalesNoemi GonzalesFebruary 7, 2020


“Weedopedia: An A to Z Guide to All Things Marijuana” by Adams Media

Not every book on the subject of cannabis and marijuana has to be so serious or academic. In fact, it can be downright refreshing to enjoy a book that focuses on our favorite flower with a lighter tone to the writing

First off, let’s all just acknowledge that the title is just fun to say; “Weedopedia”

Alright, now that that’s out of the way, let’s start reviewing “Weedopedia: An A to Z Guide to All Things Marijuana”

Here we go!

-Topic Focus-

This book is a fantastic opportunity for anyone to get up to speed on what’s what in the modern marijuana culture. Not everyone has been along for the ride all these years so having a resource to learn about the ins and outs of the impact cannabis has had on our society and in our hearts and minds.

In this book, you can learn about the difference between a bong and a bubbler, who Mitch Hedberg is, and much more. Consider this book to be a guide to the cultural side of cannabis.

-About the Author-

“Weedopedia: An A to Z Guide to All Things Marijuana” is produced by Adams Media.

Adams Media is a book publishing firm that produces useful and fascinating content on a wide variety of topics. Topics range from the paranormal to cooking, relationship content, humor, cannabis, and more.

Adams Media has content generated by experts in various fields, so you can trust that what you’re reading from them is solid information.

-Reading Experience-

The light tone and interesting cannabis-oriented content flows smoothly across this 239-page book and makes for a great read while taking a puff. You think you know all about the world of marijuana until you come across a new, fascinating tidbit that perks your ears and keeps you reading.

Learning more about past and modern cannabis slang is another fun aspect of this book that keeps the reading fun. You never what kind of terminology is being thrown around out there these days, right?

The section that covers great movies to watch while getting high is another fun addition to this awesome book. Take a moment to peruse that section and see what movie suggestions stand out to you.


It’s great to see another cannabis book on the market that does not take itself so seriously. The lighter tone and topics present make a smooth, entertaining read that sheds some light on the more fun aspects of marijuana consumption and the culture that surrounds it.

This one could be great to pass around during a session with friends for a good laugh and you just never know what you could learn from it. The references and slang terminology used over the years are quite amusing to read.

All in all, it is great to see a cannabis book hit the market that is not afraid to steer away from overly detached or professional on the topic. These days, too many marijuana-focused books strive to have that more professional tone, which can be appropriate at times.

Want to see for yourself? You can acquire your own copy of “Weedopedia: An A to Z Guide to All Things Marijuana” by Adams Media here at this link:

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