Q & A with the Guru of Ganja: Ed Rosenthal
Ed Rosenthal, you have held the title for close to 40 years as America’s Guru of Ganja; what would you like to say to NUG Magazine readers about your book, Happy Buds?
Beyond being an expert in growing marijuana, I’m also an expert in consuming it. Happy Buds is really the culmination of a lifetime spent smoking as much marijuana as possible. If you are a marijuana lover, you need this book; otherwise, you may find yourself smoking the wrong bud, which would be a huge disaster.
What can you tell us about your co-authors Anna Foster and Mamakind?
Anna and Mamakind are dedicated stoners without whom this book would never have been written. I should also point out that Mamakind has a new book that has just hit bookstores, Sex Pot: The Marijuana Lovers Guide to Gettin It On. I highly recommend it for all my sexually active readers, including those who only engage in sex with themselves.
The book talks about a research team; do you care to elaborate more on the background of this research team?
A loyal and hardworking group of ridiculously high people.
Of all the strains listed in this book, which strains have you found that always make their way into your steady rotation of medical cannabis?
I enjoy all strains, so it’s hard to pick, but Jack Herer and Lemon Haze always seem to be around.
Page 101 lists your personal Guru of Ganja coffee brew you start the day with; just curious, which coffee company do you typically buy your grounds from?
Trader Joes. Of course, caffeine is an extremely addictive substance and I strongly urge all readers to use caution when experimenting with it.
Tell me about your relation and connection with Cheba Hut?
Cheba Hut is my favorite marijuana-friendly fast food outlet. They make great salads and sandwiches and I expect that they will expand rapidly in the future , I just wish there was one in the Bay Area where I live!
Do you have any plans for more volumes of Happy Buds in the future?
Of course! If the book is as popular as I expect it to be, I’ll absolutely write new volumes. After all, new strains of marijuana are being developed every day, so there are always new varieties to try out.
Anything you would like to say about the seed companies or other companies featured in your book?
Seed breeders, both professional and amateur, are accomplishing amazing things these days. The future is bright for marijuana.
Anything you would like to say about Quick American Publishing?
Long ago, I tried to get my first marijuana cultivation book published, but couldn’t find a publisher willing to take it on because they were either too scared or didn’t think there was a market. So, I formed Quick to publish my own books and here we are 30 or so books later. Quick is the premier publishing company when it comes to marijuana-related books and there are a number of younger, great authors who are also writing cultivation books that Quick publishes, like Subcool and SeeMoreBuds.
We know you are active in writing your Ask Ed column in West Coast Cannabis and Soft Secrets as well as your coursework with Oaksterdam University; do you have any other projects or writing that you would like us to call attention to?
The latest edition of Marijuana Growers Handbook is a must-read for anyone who is interested in cultivation. Even if you are an experienced grower who thinks you know it all, I guarantee you that you will learn new techniques and concepts if you read it. Additionally, the Big Book of Buds series, which I also authored, is a great set for all marijuana enthusiasts. If people are interested in the struggle to legalize medical marijuana (as anyone reading this magazine presumably is), they should check out www.green-aid.com, which is a nonprofit I started that helps to pay the legal defense costs of defendants in high-profile medical marijuana cases.
About Ed Rosenthal:
In the preface to Ed Rosenthal’s Marijuana Grower’s Handbook, R. Keith Stroup, Esq., NORML Founder and Legal Counsel, was quoted saying that Ed Rosenthal is the best-known cultivation expert in America. He has written more than a dozen books on the topic; he is politically active and testifies as an expert in state and federal criminal cases. He was the recipient of the 2007 NORML Lifetime Achievement Award for advancing the cause of legal marijuana.