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Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists,…

Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for…

by Mark Haskell Smith

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This is a very enjoyable look at the world of artisinal marijuana growers and at the Cannabis Cup held each year in Amsterdam, to judge the best strains of the year. The narrative hook -- the search for the meaning of "dank" -- is perhaps a bit artificial, but the book is not. It is informative and funny and Mark Haskell Smith has a relaxed but insive reporter's eye.

I am very impressed with Smith's voice in this book, his first non-fiction book. I think he skillfully and seemlessly segues from third person informational reporting to tales of his own reporting to serving up the viewpoints, language and modes of thought of those he is interviewing. is person in the book is also usefully flexible: sometimes the knowledgable reporter, able to convince both the reader and his subjects of his bona fides, sometimes the naive stand-in for the reader, sometimes the comic foil of his later self who tells the tale. If I was not just dashing this off, I'd re-write all that, but the point is this book is an impressive achievement and Smith almost never lets his preference for sativa turn into scorn for those who prefer indica. And he seems equally fair in the great beer vs. wine debate as well. Cheers.
  Capybara_99 | Apr 28, 2012 |
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Reporting for the Los Angeles Times on the international blind tasting competition held annually in Amsterdam known as the Cannabis Cup, novelist Mark Haskell Smith sampled a variety of marijuana that was unlike anything he’d experienced.  It wasn’t anything like typical stoner weed, in fact it didn’t get you stoned.  This cannabis possessed an ephemeral quality known to aficionados as “dankness.”
Armed with a State of California Medical Marijuana recommendation, he begins a journey into the international underground where super-high-grade marijuana is developed and tracks down the rag-tag community of underground botanists, outlaw farmers, and renegade strain hunters who pursue excellence and diversity in marijuana, defying the law to find new flavors, tastes, and effects.  This unrelenting pursuit of dankness climaxes at the Cannabis Cup, which Haskell Smith vividly portrays as the Super Bowl/Mardi Gras of the world's largest cash crop.

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Enters the underground world of marijuana growers and looks at the international cultivation competition dubbed the Cannabis Cup.

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