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

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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
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Paperback, 576 pages
Published September 23rd 2010 by Park Street Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Artiom Karsiuk
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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Rose
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sayon Camara
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book, it deepened my understanding of the plant and its medicinal properties.
Donna
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Johnny Midgey
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
"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.
Erica
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jessica
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Bracken
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
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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.
Amanda Enders
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an exceptional collection of articles covering an enormous amount of information. A must have resource.
Letizia
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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 ...more
D Steven Ledingham
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Dan
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jeremiah
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
JJ W
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
everything you want to know. the editor said I was crazy for reading the whole book.
Susana Pierce
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
A book of essays on the merits of cannabis: some are interesting, some are dry, some will make you roll your eyes.
Chris
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Some well thought out opinions from a variety of commentators. Good background reading for a cannabis campaigner from either side of the void.
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Dr. Julie Holland is a board-certified psychiatrist in New York City. From 1996 to 2005, Dr. Holland ran the psychiatric emergency room of Bellevue Hospital on Saturday and Sunday nights. A liaison to the hospital's medical emergency room and toxicology department, she is considered an expert on street drugs and
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