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Not so long ago, you didn’t have the luxury of hopping online and accessing a wealth of information on growing cannabis – you'd have to hunt down a book on the subject. If you were lucky, you’d get your hands on what is widely acknowledged to be the greatest book on marijuana horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Grower’s Bible by the acclaimed cultivator Jorge Cervantes. This one book set the bar for generations of growers and put them on the right path to producing top-quality cannabis. 

Fast forward some 40 years, and Seedsman has teamed up with the world-renowned author to offer We Grow Cannabis, Jorge’s latest e-book, absolutely free

We Grow Cannabis serves as a go-to guide for cannabis cultivation and a celebration of its art. The book is filled with over 270 beautiful photographs, images, and well-written descriptive text, giving you all you need to grow your own high-quality plants. We Grow Cannabis provides the beginner with an easy-to-follow, free to access collection of cultivation wisdom.  


Jorge Cervantes is the nom de plume of award-winning author and cannabis cultivator George Van Patten, whose reputation in cannabis circles began to soar in the 1980s. Van Patten took the name of Jorge Cervantes and donned a disguise of black dreadlocks and a beret to conceal his true identity, allowing him to enter various countries to build on his wealth of knowledge.  

Under the Cervantes alias, he started self-publishing books on cannabis cultivation, mainly because most publishers refused to work with him based on the content. Beginning with Indoor Marijuana Horticulture, which ultimately transformed into the more comprehensive Marijuana Horticulture, and went on to sell over a million copies worldwide. 

With over 1 million books sold, Jorge has cemented a reputation the best-selling author in the field of cannabis cultivation, having written a series of published works detailing his expertise in many aspects of cultivation including indoor, outdoor and greenhouse growing. His mission is to help growers around the world cultivate higher yields and better-quality cannabis via his celebrated books. 


Established in 2003, Seedsman stands proudly as one of the world’s most complete seed banks, offering some of the finest genetics available anywhere today. With a comprehensive range including their own genetics, Seedsman boasts a library of cannabis seeds including award-winning strains from some of the world’s best breeders. 

As the first seed banks to commercialize autoflowering and CBD genetics, Seedsman passionately innovates within the cannabis industry, bringing the best of old and new varieties to the market. Genetic diversity is a priority at Seedsman, offering more than 650 cultivars in an ever-expanding range of seeds that caters to the needs of every medical and adult user. 


Seedsman CEO Tom Raikes and Jorge Cervantes have enjoyed a friendship spanning many years. Given their respective statuses as leaders in the cannabis industry, it made sense that the time was right to collaborate. Combining their knowledge of cannabis cultivation and genetics, they, along with Seedsman Chief Scientific Officer Dr Gary Yates, put plans in place to provide cannabis cultivators with an easy to access, easy to follow guidebook to producing the best cannabis possible – something everyone can achieve with the right tools. 


We Grow Cannabis is the first in a series of planned collaborations between Seedsman and Jorge Cervantes, with more exciting projects lined up for 2023. In the meantime, you can download your free copy of We Grow Cannabis from Seedsman.com today. 

We Grow Cannabis is my comprehensive guide to cultivation that shares the traditional cannabis community’s best tips and practices,” said Cervantes. “It is an honour to collaborate with Seedsman, to inspire reader to discover the magic of cannabis by making this cultivation information as accessible as possible.”

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I was unsure of exactly what album I would be spotlighting this week. Then I heard that Jeff Beck died from bacterial meningitis at the age of 78. Truly a guitar god among mere mortals since the beginning of rock's heyday in the 60s, the Englishman had a unique style that was both expressive and tasteful. The dude could shred, but usually he demonstrated his talent and creativity with other approaches to the instrument that ranged from controlled chaos to resplendent elegance. Coupled with coaxing a multitude of sounds from the instrument, his majestic phrasing was often more evocative of a lead singer than an axeman.

If you're unfamiliar with Jeff Beck, a few notes may help put the virtuoso's place in music history into perspective:

  • Beck's time as guitarist in the Yardbirds was sandwiched between two guys by the names of Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page.
  • After Syd Barrett was fired for being an acid casualty, Pink Floyd wanted Beck as his replacement. Apparently, they were too nervous to even ask. 
  • Beck was in a group with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, both of whom went on to become legends in their own right. That band's name? The Jeff Beck Group. 
  • The drum intro on Stevie Wonder's "Superstitious" in one of the most recognizable in popular music. Beck came up with that beat when he sat down at the kit while the two were jamming. In fact, it inspired Stevie to write the rest of the song. (Beck actually recorded his own version, sans the catchy drum intro he created, and was supposed to have released it before Stevie did.)
  • The Rolling Stones wanted him to replace Mick Taylor in the mid 70s. Beck went in for a session, then declined the offer. 

His life as a guitarist always seemed to overlap with, and be in demand of, a who's who of A-list musicians. Yet, no matter who Beck played with, he did so in a way that displayed his unique skills without overpowering or hindering the other performers' abilities to shine. He could simultaneously be the seamster and a thread of the musical tapestry.

On that note, 1975's Blow by Blow is one of his most well-regarded albums, even reaching #4 on the Billboard charts, especially impressive since it is a jazz-fusion instrumental. (Side note #1: The producer? That would be Beatle-man George Martin. Yep, Beck pretty much had his choice of collaborators.) 

2008's Performing This Week... Live At Ronnie Scott's puts Beck's chops on full display and welcomes listeners into the environment in which he was at his best: live. (Side note #2: I had the pleasure of seeing him in 2003, and it's still on my shortlist for most impressive guitar displays. A force unto himself.) Live At Ronnie Scott's serves as something of a career-spanning retrospective while highlighting the various techniques, tones, and styles that made Jeff Beck a one of one. RIP.

Jeff Beck - Blow by Blow

Jeff Beck - Performing This Week... Live At Ronnie Scott's


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