Growing Elite Marijuana – Book Review

gore March 24, 2012 19
Growing Elite Marijuana – Book Review

Growing Elite Marijuana by Ryan Riley, is best described as an amalgamation of cannabis knowledge drawn from what appears to be every known source. Riley offers incredible in-depth information into every facet of marijuana industry. Growing Elite Marijuana opens with an introduction describing it as the fruit of 18 years of “intensive research, trials and experimentation”. Riley later states that Growing Elite Marijuana can serve as an A to Z guide for the beginner, I admit I was sceptical, but after having reviewed it’s pages… I think he may be right.

Riley starts at the absolute beginning of the cannabis story, introducing use of cannabis through the ages. This sample was taken from page 18 of Growing Elite Marijuana.

“Mentioned in Chinese herbal documents dating from 2700 BC, marijuana long has been considered valuable as an analgesic, an anesthetic, an antidepressant, an antibiotic, and a sedative. Although it was usually used externally(e.g., as a balm or smoked), in the 19th century its tips where sometimes administered internally to treat gonorrhea and angina pectoris.”

The book goes on to outline marijuana basics in great detail including; tips on strain selection, cannabis variety selection, and even offers a guide to seed purchases. Later Riley offers an incredible section on marijuana sexing and stages of growth. One of the things that really has me impressed is Riley’s huge image library used throughout this book. Many authors of marijuana literature depend too heavily on illustrations to demonstrate their points but Riley uses a nice balance.

Riley clearly has done some homework, and his ability to disseminate complex technical ideas is demonstrated on page 699. This excerpt taken from a paragraph explaining photosynthesis.

“Think of stomata as microscopic pores in your plant’s skin. When a plant needs more carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, it opens its stomata. When the leaves get too hot an want to release water during transpiration, the plant once again uses its stomata, this time to let something out.”

Because of Growing Elite Marijuana’s massive size (over 700 pages), incredible detail, and thorough index of topics I must admit that Riley’s work may be referred to as the new “Growers Bible”. Riley does make several slips, whether they are simple typos or minor oversights is unclear. I have read several reviews of Growing Elite Marijuana and RIley’s critics are brutal and quick to discredit the entire work over a few errors. I must say that the good outweighs the bad, and like the Bible, Growing Elite Marijuana on occasion, contradicts itself.

There is one catch, Growing Elite Marijuana is not a printed book, it is only available as an Ebook available for download as a PDF file. Riley has reduced the price of Growing Elite Marijuana from  $219 to a mere $57 and as a bonus has packaged it with 9 additional Ebooks.  In addition to all 10 books, your purchase also entitles you to lifetime updates that are sure to come.

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Rating: 2.4/5 (16 votes cast)

Growing Elite Marijuana – Book Review, 2.4 out of 5 based on 16 ratings


  1. the american bud April 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Good review.
    I have put off buying this book because it is an e book. I like my books in print. It would be great to see the book out in print some day soon

    • ocjenn October 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      I would buy the book if it wasn’t ebook too

      • Rambo October 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm - Reply

        I wasn’t a huge fan of E books to start with. But they take up a lot less space and that not necessarily the kind of book you want sitting out when your mother in law is visiting so they have begun to grow on me.

  2. agfinder June 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this review. I’m on their PayPal page now and was looking for opinions. Compared to equipment costs this is not a huge investment and with such a glut of information I’m bound to learn something ;).

  3. Gore June 25, 2012 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    @the american bud

    I agree, it would be good to see in in print, but you have to realize how large it is, At over 700 pages and with so many full color images it would be outrageously expensive to print.

  4. John June 28, 2012 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    A friend of mine has this book and let me read it on his iPad. You know, I would love to say I really like this book. It has a lot of information in it and IMO is pretty well written. He even has a fair amount of botany in it. I just cant get past all of the marketing and adverstizing. I have a really hard time paying for anything that is crammed down my throat. Personally, I am not sure there is anything particularly new in it that I can think of off the top of my head. The $57.00 price tag is a total joke. If you already have other reputable books, I say pass on this one. Nothing super exciting.

  5. bobmarley September 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Decent book. for a 1st or 2nd read, you will learn alot. but if you’ve already read 3-4 or more growing books, you might not need to buy it (diminished returns).

    Price tag is quite high for an ebook

  6. Nebula November 29, 2012 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Agreed that the price tag is pretty high, especially for an eBook, though as someone else said, I bet it would be ungodly expensive to print a 700 page book with so many huge full-color pictures. Would make a great coffee table book though. If you do get the eBook, I definitely recommend reading this on an iPad, tablet, or Kindle, as it’s just not as fun to read a book pictures on a computer or tiny smartphone screen.

    Now, there is a lot of great info in this eBook. If you read it front to back, even an experienced grower will learn something, and probably a lot of things.

    Marijuana plants are quite a bit more complex than a regular houseplant, but learning how to grow isn’t as crazy complicated as a lot of growers make it seem. Still, you need to learn their language if you want to grow real chronic buds and get great yields. To get consistent outstanding results, it’s important to become well-versed in a lot of info from real growers, as each one has their own biases and grow styles. You want to tune into your personal grow style.

    In the growing forums, it sucks to always be second-guessing about whether this or that person in the forums actually knows what he’s talking about, and it’s a total pain to sift through so many junk posts by new growers. That’s why investing in growing books will pay off in the long run (if you read them haha).

    I’ve read several marijuana books over the last decade, and learned a lot from all of them. In addition to the Ryan Riley eBook, Jorge Cervantes, Logan Edwards, J. C. Stitch, and Ed Rosenthal all have great books with great growing information. Each book I’ve read has leveled up my growing skills.

    In addition to learning from online and books alone, make friends with real growers! Start making regular visits to your local hydroponics shop (for those who live near one) so you can start making friends with the people who work there. Especially in states with legal marijuana, many of the people who work at these places are actually growers themselves. Information from books is great, but there’s something really awesome about talking with real growers in person about this stuff.

    All in all, I’m glad I paid for this eBook, and I definitely have gotten my money’s worth out of it via increased yields and saved time/frustration. If $57 is going to kill your growing budget, than you may have a tough time growing anyway. ;)

    If you’re just looking to grow a tiny amount of buds for parties a few times a year, then maybe don’t invest in this book.

    But if you’re a daily smoker like me and are dedicated to growing a constant supply of chronic buds for as cheap and easy as possible, you’ll be glad you invested in this eBook.

    • Rambo November 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm - Reply

      Thank you for the great comment. I could not have said it better myself.

  7. lawrence walker April 28, 2013 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Ryan Riley earlier this month i ordered growing elite marijuana,at he time my e-mail address was incorrectly entered by me.I do need the e-book right away as i have just started sprouting.things are correct now so could you please download it at my e-mail sitgh or e-mail e-mail address is contact me at your earliest conviance,lAWRENCE WALKER

    • Rambo May 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm - Reply

      We do not sell Ryan Riley’s e-book. We simply provide a link to his web page for those who want to purchase it. You need to take this issue up with those who run his site. We have zero to do with any of it.

  8. walter flowers October 3, 2013 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    dont wont this at all

    • Rambo October 6, 2013 at 10:00 am - Reply

      Then don’t purchase it as all.

  9. allen November 9, 2013 at 1:27 am - Reply

    How can i buy ryan’s book with a money order? Who do i send it to?

  10. January 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Hey ryan I made sure tk buy your books so you got paid but ypu wont repond to my emails about please send my books to me please dont rip me off if you can send mw what I ordered it would be great

  11. Billy Evans January 27, 2014 at 7:14 pm - Reply


    THANK YOU for your book – MAbee I can grow something That I can fineley smoke

    looking foreword to the day
    got a toke haaw haaw///

  12. January 28, 2014 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Ryan your A really good dude you keep your word And your books are a collage degree worth of knoladge and you update your customers for real thanks and thanks again you gave me a great carrier

  13. January 28, 2014 at 12:05 am - Reply

    If anyone is skeptical about the book it aint like gorge cervatace grow bible its literly everything you need to know about weed dont be dumb buy the collection ryan is a great teacher he covers it all for real thanks bro

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