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Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup[ HEART OF DANKNESS: UNDERGROUND BOTANISTS, OUTLAW FARMERS, AND THE RACE FOR THE CANNABIS CUP ] By Smith, Mark Haskell ( Author )Apr-03-2012 Paperback [Paperback]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting to the Heart of Dankness April 16 2012
By Aldo C. - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping travel writing June 25 2012
By Tiffany Hawk - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and humorous July 20 2013
By S. Dolk - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed, I cried, I got high Sept. 22 2013
By sj - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Dank Book! May 23 2013
By MTB Ninja - Published on Amazon.com
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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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