During the first couple decades of his career, #Marijuana cultivation was highly illegal and brought with it severe legal punishment, but he rose to the forefront of marijuana cultivation advocacy efforts during the prohibition-heavy era of "The War on Drugs".
His relationship to the #Cannabis plant began during the 1970s, as he experimented with illegal, guerilla grow operations in the mountains outside of Santa Barbara, CA, as well as indoor grows in Portland.
His contribution to the #Canna-Space has been gigantic, as he informed entire generations about cannabis horticulture and techniques through his books, compiling the first known work dedicated to indoor gardening. Without him, the skill surrounding cannabis growth would be in a very different state of affairs.
The Paragon OF The Cannabis Community / Jorge Cervantes
As a lad, he delivered the local newspaper, "The Argus Observer" and later went on to work in the press room where he learned about photography, printing, and publicity.
Saving his money, bilingual Cervantes was able to pay for his university education, first at the "University of Valencia", Spain then followed later by study at the "University of the Americas in Puebla", Mexico. It was during these early years in Mexico that he developed his passion for cannabis.
It is a passion he took with him when he moved to Portland, Oregon in 1976 to be closer to his parents after his father became unwell. Cervantes went on to graduate from Portland University in 1977. He uses cannabis for enjoyment and medicinally for a chronic lower back problem and related insomnia.
Cervantes / The Most Trusted Name In Marijuana Cultivation
After graduation, he moved to Santa Barbara in California. Choosing to do what he loved, Cervantes became a gardener and established a landscaping business with a friend. At this time, he began illegally growing sinsemilla cannabis in the Los Padres National Forest.
After selling the landscaping business in 1979, he went on a year long trip through the heartlands of Mexico, Central America, and South America.Following his travels, he married Estella Cervantes in 1981 in Portland and soon established another landscaping business while growing cannabis indoors.
Frustrated by the lack of credible and often downright erroneous information on cannabis cultivation, Jorge Cervantes wrote the book “Indoor Marijuana Horticulture” after extensive research, experimentation, and analysis.
At this time he realizing the increasing popularity of indoor growing, he developed a range of "High-Intensity Discharge Light Systems". He designed and sold his own HID lighting systems, eventually inventing reflective hoods and set the foundations for the modern hydroponics store and culture, starting his own shop called and contributing to the technological advancements of indoor cultivation equipment.
in 1989, his store "Jorge Cervantes’s Indoor Garden Store", along with 40 others nationwide, was closed down as part of the DEA’s Operation Green Merchant. To circumvent legal issues after this investigation, he rewrote Indoor Marijuana Horticulture and republished the book in 1995 as Gardening Indoors with Soil & Hydroponics.
He got the "Lester Grinspoon Lifetime Achievement Award" from High Times in 2012 due to his passion and advocacy for marijuana cultivation, and published his latest and most comprehensive book in 2015, titled "The Cannabis Encyclopedia !"
Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor / Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible
Cervantes, as you see is one of the most appreciable names in cannabis cultivation, his well known book "Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor / Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible" can be found on the bookshelves of "Cannabis Horticulturists" the world over.
It is a very thorough book on the topic of marijuana growing. It covers the full spectrum of growing set ups, from small space to commercial size outdoor operations. This is pure, raw knowledge that contains a multitude of graphs and data to help you determine your needs, and what results you could get.
There are certainly other books that can cover growing in a much more simple, how-to guide style, cutting out a lot of what some would consider unnecessary information. If you are the type that loves curling up with some non-fiction, informational text, this is it.
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