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Leading experts on the science, history, politics, medicine, and potential of America's most popular recreational drug - With contributions by Andrew Weil, Michael Pollan, Lester Grinspoon, Allen St. Pierre (NORML), Tommy Chong, and others - Covers marijuana's physiological and psychological effects, its medicinal uses, the complex politics of cannabis law, pot and parenti Leading experts on the science, history, politics, medicine, and potential of America's most popular recreational drug - With contributions by Andrew Weil, Michael Pollan, Lester Grinspoon, Allen St. Pierre (NORML), Tommy Chong, and others - Covers marijuana's physiological and psychological effects, its medicinal uses, the complex politics of cannabis law, pot and parenting, its role in creativity, business, and spirituality, and much more Exploring the role of cannabis in medicine, politics, history, and society, The Pot Book offers a compendium of the most up-to-date information and scientific research on marijuana from leading experts, including Lester Grinspoon, M.D., Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Allen St. Pierre (NORML), and Raphael Mechoulam. Also included are interviews with Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, M.D., and Tommy Chong as well as a pot dealer and a farmer who grows for the U.S. Government. Encompassing the broad spectrum of marijuana knowledge from stoner customs to scientific research, this book investigates the top ten myths of marijuana; its physiological and psychological effects; its risks; why joints are better than water pipes and other harm-reduction tips for users; how humanity and cannabis have co-evolved for millennia; the brain's cannabis-based neurochemistry; the complex politics of cannabis law; its potential medicinal uses for cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and other illnesses; its role in creativity, business, and spirituality; and the complicated world of pot and parenting. As legalization becomes a reality, this book candidly offers necessary facts and authoritative opinions in a society full of marijuana myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes.


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Leading experts on the science, history, politics, medicine, and potential of America's most popular recreational drug - With contributions by Andrew Weil, Michael Pollan, Lester Grinspoon, Allen St. Pierre (NORML), Tommy Chong, and others - Covers marijuana's physiological and psychological effects, its medicinal uses, the complex politics of cannabis law, pot and parenti Leading experts on the science, history, politics, medicine, and potential of America's most popular recreational drug - With contributions by Andrew Weil, Michael Pollan, Lester Grinspoon, Allen St. Pierre (NORML), Tommy Chong, and others - Covers marijuana's physiological and psychological effects, its medicinal uses, the complex politics of cannabis law, pot and parenting, its role in creativity, business, and spirituality, and much more Exploring the role of cannabis in medicine, politics, history, and society, The Pot Book offers a compendium of the most up-to-date information and scientific research on marijuana from leading experts, including Lester Grinspoon, M.D., Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Allen St. Pierre (NORML), and Raphael Mechoulam. Also included are interviews with Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, M.D., and Tommy Chong as well as a pot dealer and a farmer who grows for the U.S. Government. Encompassing the broad spectrum of marijuana knowledge from stoner customs to scientific research, this book investigates the top ten myths of marijuana; its physiological and psychological effects; its risks; why joints are better than water pipes and other harm-reduction tips for users; how humanity and cannabis have co-evolved for millennia; the brain's cannabis-based neurochemistry; the complex politics of cannabis law; its potential medicinal uses for cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and other illnesses; its role in creativity, business, and spirituality; and the complicated world of pot and parenting. As legalization becomes a reality, this book candidly offers necessary facts and authoritative opinions in a society full of marijuana myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes.

30 review for The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis: Its Role in Medicine, Politics, Science, and Culture

  1. 4 out of 5

    Artiom Karsiuk

    First, I wanted to finish reading this book on April 20th for the sake of 420 symbolism, but then I though "Fuck it", because everyone is gonna be stoned that day, anyway. So here we are a day later... Several years ago I read, what's probably considered the stoner Bible, The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herrer. It was an excellent book that any person who wants to educate himself on marijuana/cannabis should read. Sometimes I compare reading that book to taking the red pill from the palm of First, I wanted to finish reading this book on April 20th for the sake of 420 symbolism, but then I though "Fuck it", because everyone is gonna be stoned that day, anyway. So here we are a day later... Several years ago I read, what's probably considered the stoner Bible, The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herrer. It was an excellent book that any person who wants to educate himself on marijuana/cannabis should read. Sometimes I compare reading that book to taking the red pill from the palm of Morpheus, because it will shatter your blissful ignorance and you will realize that all this time you've been lied to by the numerous corrupt parties that made and keep cannabis illegal (Big Pharma, Oil, Tobacco, Alcohol & Co.). I consider this book by Julie Holland to be a step further - it fleshes out the scientific and medical argument for legalizing cannabis. Never before have I read a book co-authored by more medical doctors and professors than this one. The amount of data, studies, literature, references and sources presented in this book is overwhelming. And all of these highly educated people, all of the data is pointing to the simple fact that cannabis should be legal. Personally, I've been interested in psychedelics and cannabis in particular for, give or take, 10 years. I have smoked, drank and eaten my share of weed. Still, every year I continue to learn new things about this plant and The Pot Book cleared up a few misconceptions I had: 1. Holding "a hit" from a joint, contrary to popular belief, doesn't do anything to absorb THC (the active chemical) better. It only does more harm to your lungs with no upside. 2. Smoking cannabis mixed with tobacco (a joint - very popular in Lithuania) does more damage to your health than smoking cannabis or even tobacco separately. One thing that I found interesting is that this book was published in 2010 - not so long ago by most standards. But cannabis activism and decriminalization/legalization movement has gained so much momentum in recent years that reading this book in 2015 already felt dated. For example, at the moment of publishing, not a single state in the U.S. had legalized cannabis - today, there is a cool quartet of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington plus the District of Columbia. Why should this matter to me, living in Lithuania? Because as far as I can remember, Lithuania has been playing "follow the leader" in the way it tries to please and emulate America. So if one day weed becomes legal on a federal level in The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, then my home-country will be sure to follow suit. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    This book is an excellent read. I am very impressed at the scope and subject material of this book and I would recommend it to anyone that would give it the time of day. Some parts of the book are a bit tedious and difficult to get through, but for the most part, the information is captivating and fascinating. When the author subtitles the book "A Complete Guide to Cannabis," she isn't exaggerating much if at all. The book covers historical roots, botany, neuroscience, health, law, medicine, crimi This book is an excellent read. I am very impressed at the scope and subject material of this book and I would recommend it to anyone that would give it the time of day. Some parts of the book are a bit tedious and difficult to get through, but for the most part, the information is captivating and fascinating. When the author subtitles the book "A Complete Guide to Cannabis," she isn't exaggerating much if at all. The book covers historical roots, botany, neuroscience, health, law, medicine, criminal justice, economics, and politics surrounding cannabis. There are interviews with doctors, scientists, and organizational leaders who work with and study cannabis, and the author uses a great deal of scientific references to support the information given. I think that this book would be a good one for anyone to read who is interested in learning more about cannabis and how it impacts and influences our culture. It offers many different perspectives and ways of viewing this plant, and I think that for the most part it is written in a way that is interesting and easy to understand.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I read this book to determine whether or not working for a medical marijuana dispensary or grow operation would be a good career choice. This book is a collection of essays and interviews mostly written by MDs about its role in medicine, research and its suppression. To a lesser degree it also talks about its role in our popular culture. Most of the book is really about the biochemical and medical aspects of marijuana. It covers what diseases and conditions are helped by marijuana and those it d I read this book to determine whether or not working for a medical marijuana dispensary or grow operation would be a good career choice. This book is a collection of essays and interviews mostly written by MDs about its role in medicine, research and its suppression. To a lesser degree it also talks about its role in our popular culture. Most of the book is really about the biochemical and medical aspects of marijuana. It covers what diseases and conditions are helped by marijuana and those it doesn't help. In a way this is a techie doctor book with biochemistry and medical discussions that I don't always understand. The book is a great reference for factual information and to learn some details of its suppression via the Drug War. After reading the book I decided an MMJ job is not for me right now. This decision was based on uncertainties and unsettled issues in Colorado law that I have read from other sources. Based on what I learned I would not hesitate to get my card to obtain MMJ if I had certain medical conditions, but for now I will continue to abstain from cannabis use.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sayon Camara

    Great book, it deepened my understanding of the plant and its medicinal properties.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Johnny Midgey

    "Konopí nezpůsobuje fyzickou závislost a nikdo se jí ještě nikdy nepředávkoval." Naučná literatura se obecně těžko hodnotí, když čtenář není zároveň vědcem. Nicméně čtivost byla dobrá - že droga, kterou berete, je vlastně celkem zdravá, se čte fakt dobře - a kniha byla skutečně obsáhlá, což ovšem přináší jistou dávku opakování se. Doporučuji všem, co hulí a chtějí mít solidní argumenty na svou obranu. "Konopí nezpůsobuje fyzickou závislost a nikdo se jí ještě nikdy nepředávkoval." Naučná literatura se obecně těžko hodnotí, když čtenář není zároveň vědcem. Nicméně čtivost byla dobrá - že droga, kterou berete, je vlastně celkem zdravá, se čte fakt dobře - a kniha byla skutečně obsáhlá, což ovšem přináší jistou dávku opakování se. Doporučuji všem, co hulí a chtějí mít solidní argumenty na svou obranu.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    I've seen Julie Holland on TV several times and she is so well-spoken. In this book, she's put together an amazing grouping of experts to speak about the many, many benefits of cannabis and its role in history, politics, and even parenting. And all the proceeds go toward funding more medical cannabis research! I've seen Julie Holland on TV several times and she is so well-spoken. In this book, she's put together an amazing grouping of experts to speak about the many, many benefits of cannabis and its role in history, politics, and even parenting. And all the proceeds go toward funding more medical cannabis research!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is the perfect book to read if you are wanting to learn about cannabis. After reading this I have learned quite a few things that I didn't know. I have used some of this info from this book for lectures and seminars which taught others new things too. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to know some of the ins and outs of cannabis. This is the perfect book to read if you are wanting to learn about cannabis. After reading this I have learned quite a few things that I didn't know. I have used some of this info from this book for lectures and seminars which taught others new things too. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to know some of the ins and outs of cannabis.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bracken

    Dated and very filled with pro-legalization opinion. There were a few of the chapters about the science of cannabis receptors that were insightful, but most of the book was propoganda for legalization and very biased.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Enders

    This is an exceptional collection of articles covering an enormous amount of information. A must have resource.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paige More

    Contains valuable information if you are not well-versed in the subject. Some chapters made me question the credibility of the information being given, mainly because the book doesn’t age well.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    There is a LOT of science in this book, some of which I admit I skimmed over. But overall I found the content to be enlightening and interesting.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kibonsoro

    The best book on dope. How interest groups brainwashed people about cannabis and made it illegal despite its usefulness,I would recommend anyone wants to know the truth about this drug.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dee Brown

    This book is full of information. I love it—so much truth.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Letizia

    Overall, the author made a great compilation of information from different community members who have/are contributing to the continuous research about medical cannabis. Some of the community members Dr. Holland interviewed were: doctors, lawyers, activist, nurses...What I do wish was that she had one teacher interviewed for one chapter (from a state where medical cannabis is legal) to give us a broad idea on how the state government is taking place in education on this matter. The author does p Overall, the author made a great compilation of information from different community members who have/are contributing to the continuous research about medical cannabis. Some of the community members Dr. Holland interviewed were: doctors, lawyers, activist, nurses...What I do wish was that she had one teacher interviewed for one chapter (from a state where medical cannabis is legal) to give us a broad idea on how the state government is taking place in education on this matter. The author does provides websites from non-profit organizations that have educational programs for children and youth that can be used in the classroom and at home (i.e.: Safety First). Once again, I highly recommend this book to all who want to learn more about the whole process of medical cannabis in USA. I recommend this book to university students in all fields!! because the topic is hot, and will be hot for more years to come. I recommend this book to all foreign students in USA to take it with you because your country may be the next one on the issue, and if you educate yourself before hand then you will make greater contributions and hopefully a less harmful process. GRACIAS DR. HOLLAND for this GREAT book!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    D Steven Ledingham

    I have finished reading this book and am very impressed. It is an extremely well written at a professional level. I find the details this book provides as to opposition on the federal level to recognizing an overwhelming amount of scientific information supporting the benefits of medical marijuana to be appalling. This book, for me, consistently supports the hypothesis that both marijuana and Cannabis prohibition has never been based on any scientific studies of these plants at any time and inst I have finished reading this book and am very impressed. It is an extremely well written at a professional level. I find the details this book provides as to opposition on the federal level to recognizing an overwhelming amount of scientific information supporting the benefits of medical marijuana to be appalling. This book, for me, consistently supports the hypothesis that both marijuana and Cannabis prohibition has never been based on any scientific studies of these plants at any time and instead, on religious, social and moral grounds, in some ways similar to those of the temperance movement to restrict access to alcoholic beverages. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants facts based on science rather than propaganda and myths generated out if thin air to support some form of legislated morality or "smoke and mirrors" political agenda. Highly recommended for people interested in getting facts about cannabis instead of propaganda.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Thorough, interesting, and thought provoking. An excellent insight into the history, chemistry, culture, law, medicine, philosophy, and politics surrounding cannabis. An added bonus is that the proceeds from the book's sale go to fund research. Something that has been (shamefully) lacking in policy decisions. Thorough, interesting, and thought provoking. An excellent insight into the history, chemistry, culture, law, medicine, philosophy, and politics surrounding cannabis. An added bonus is that the proceeds from the book's sale go to fund research. Something that has been (shamefully) lacking in policy decisions.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeremiah

    This is a well researched and coordinated book. I found many insights inside its pages. I disliked the incorporation of dialogues from interviews in the book, as it hurt the flow, and may be considered lazy writing. This is a good book if you want to learn a lot, and read it cover to cover, or if you want to review a specific topic. For the most part, it is accessibly written.

  18. 5 out of 5

    JJ W

    everything you want to know. the editor said I was crazy for reading the whole book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susana Pierce

    A book of essays on the merits of cannabis: some are interesting, some are dry, some will make you roll your eyes.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Some well thought out opinions from a variety of commentators. Good background reading for a cannabis campaigner from either side of the void.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Graham

    Written in 2010 it needs updating as many states have legalized or decriminalized Cannabis. From a historical perspective the book made an excellent case for legalization. A really interesting book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Syed Ibrahim

  24. 4 out of 5

    No Prablem

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katelynn

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lady

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ppenna

  28. 5 out of 5

    Madena Burman

  29. 5 out of 5

    Wade Armstrong

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maria Jose Ortega

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