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Cannabis: A History

by Martin Booth

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Marijuana, pot, joint,leaf, ganja, cannabis sativa. Very polarizing stuff. Either it's seen as a gateway drug, leading the user toward harder and more dangerous drugs; or it's a harmless relaxant, a social lubricant less dangerous than cigarettes or alcohol. It's either a crime that gets you arrested; or a medicinal godsend capable of easing incredible physical pain.

This book provides a detailed look at cannabis, it's place in history; uses; growth and harvesting; political and law enforcement developments; medicinal uses; religious uses; use as an artistic enhancement and much more. The book takes a reasoned approach that will educate all but the most closed minds.

Did you know-In Marco Polo's writings, a group of guards of an Arab leaders stronghold after being given the task of killing a hated rival were stirred into a murderous rage by the use of hashish. They became the 'Hashsahshins' later to be known as assassins?

Cannabis is the most widely used drug on earth, it's non addictive, easy to grow and harvest, has myriad other uses (hemp,etc.) and never been proven to promote aggressive or criminal behaviors. So why is it regulated against, the target of such a campaign of misinformation and fear mongering? It's a pretty amazing tale!

Did you know- Special rolling papers called Ez-Widers, were a salute to the movie Easy Rider? And one brand even included a thin metal strip in the paper so when the joint was smoked down to the end you had a built in handle? ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312424949, Paperback)

To some it's the classic "gateway drug," to others it is a harmless way to relax, or provide relief from pain. Some fear it is dangerous and addictive, while others feel it should be decriminalized. Whatever the viewpoint, cannabis incites debate at every level, and the effect it has on every corner of the globe is undeniable.

In this comprehensive study, Martin Booth crafts a tale of medical advance and religious enlightenment; of political subterfuge and law enforcement; of cunning smugglers, street pushers, gang warfare, writers, artists, and musicians. And above all, Booth chronicles the fascinating process through which cannabis became outlawed throughout the Western world, and the effect such legislation has had on the global economy.

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To some it's the classic "gateway drug," to others it is a harmless way to relax, or provide relief from pain. Some fear it is dangerous and addictive, while others feel it should be decriminalized. Whatever the viewpoint, cannabis incites debate at every level, and the effect it has on every corner of the globe is undeniable. In this comprehensive study, Martin Booth crafts a tale of medical advance and religious enlightenment; of political subterfuge and law enforcement; of cunning smugglers, street pushers, gang warfare, writers, artists, and musicians. And above all, Booth chronicles the fascinating process through which cannabis became outlawed throughout the Western world, and the effect such legislation has had on the global economy.… (more)

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