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Cannabis Culture: A Journey through Disputed Territory

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Over the last 30 years, millions of people have come in contact with cannabis, but there is surprisingly little information available that examines the drug as a whole—its medicinal properties, its function as a commodity traded on a global scale, its role in religion, the many ways it can be cultivated, and its effect on body and mind. In Cannabis Culture, journalist Patrick Matthews finds that researchers have unraveled the complexities of the plant, uncovering in the process much of the chemistry of our minds ...

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Overview

Over the last 30 years, millions of people have come in contact with cannabis, but there is surprisingly little information available that examines the drug as a whole—its medicinal properties, its function as a commodity traded on a global scale, its role in religion, the many ways it can be cultivated, and its effect on body and mind. In Cannabis Culture, journalist Patrick Matthews finds that researchers have unraveled the complexities of the plant, uncovering in the process much of the chemistry of our minds and emotions. In addition to scientists, Matthews meets a colorful mix of characters—connoisseurs, criminals, and cultivators—who together make up the new cannabis culture.

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Library Journal
This is neither a glorify-the-weed article from High Times nor an antipolemic from a neo-Nancy Reaganite. Matthews (The Wild Bunch), an award-winning British writer on wines, presents a straightforward account of what he sees as the culture of cannabis (a culture as discernible as that of wine), including its history, horticulture, politics, and place in society. Let's face it, though, the stuff is illegal in most of the world, and it's hard to write dispassionately about such a subject. So, even before the postscript, the reader knows that the author, while conceding such positions as the possibility that marijuana is a gateway to the harder stuff, is not about to advocate spraying cannabis fields with paraquat. A bit too technical in places for lay readers, a bit too British for others, this will still be a good buy for academic and larger public libraries.--Jim Burns, Ottumwa P.L., IA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Legalize It: a provocative yet crisply readable and soberly researched examination of the international pro-marijuana scene, originally published in England, but well-suited to clear the smoke of American drug hysteria.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780747542810
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.11 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2003 Edition ix
Acknowledgements x
1 Wine of Haydar 1
2 Mugglesborough 19
3 'Medi-Pot' 44
4 The Hard Science 62
5 Arouser of Thought 79
6 Objects Tilt to the Left 99
7 The Religion of Hemp 115
8 Strains and Stresses 130
9 Cup Fever 155
10 Pot of Gold 172
11 Conspiracies 186
12 Luck of the Draw 202
Postscript 220
Afterword: A Potted Sequel 223
Appendix Further reading and web-sites 255
Notes and References 261
Index 271
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