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"This well-written work will be useful for freshmen through seniors in higher educations. Researchers and teachers will also find it extremely helpful, and it will intrigue even casual readers."
(L Swatzell CHOICE Magazine 2014-03-01)

"A valuable reference."
(Quentin Groom Plant Ecology and Evolution 2014-03-23)

"Sure to entertain any cannabis fan."
 
(Mitch Earleywine High Times 2014-04-01)

"Clarke and Merlin have crafted a volume in which each chapter can easily stand alone and will be accessible to a wide range of readers."
(The AAG Review OF BOOKS 2014-05-14)

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"The authors boldly demonstrate their capacity to survey both the biological evolution and widely varied human cultures' uses of cannabis. In doing so, they have produced a work that is thorough, globally ambitious, and carefully constructed. The extraordinary power and range of their cross-cultural perspectives are likely to elicit fresh consideration of familiar studies." —Richard Tucker, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

"Cannabis is one of the best, if not the best history of the extraordinary plant Cannabis sativa that I have read. It is encyclopedic in its scope, painstakingly documented, and well written. A must for libraries, cannabis scholars and the growing number of readers who are interested in this remarkable plant." —Lester Grinspoon, Emeritus Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of Marihuana Reconsidered and Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine

"This is a unique and valuable work. It aptly summarizes the voluminous literature on cannabis to bring the reader a better understanding of its origins and uses, as well as the relationship with man, its chief employer and manipulator. The authors' experience in the subject makes them uniquely qualified to synthesize and interpret the material in a coherent manner." —Ethan Russo, President of the International Cannabinoid Research Society
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520270487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520270480
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Backes on August 25, 2013
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"Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany" is completely comprehensive in its treatment of the topic. I have read dozens and dozens of books about cannabis, but none come close to matching this book's scope. What makes the book truly great is that it provides so much material that will be of interest to anyone intrigued by this multipurpose plant.

The book's authors, Robert Connell Clarke and Mark Merlin, bring decades of experience to this magnum opus. Because Clarke and Merlin have spent considerable time as field researchers, their experience with the plant on every continent informs their writing with "ground truth". And that's why I consider the work to be seminal.

I met Mark Merlin eighteen months ago and asked if he and Robert Clarke would consider letting me read this book as they prepared it for publication. They consented. Lucky me. This is a superb book and I simply loved reading it. I've actually read it a few times, because there is so much interesting and detailed material within.

Nearly every single aspect of how human beings use the cannabis plant is covered within: from discreet hemp cultivation in Japan to be woven into ritual garments for the Imperial Family to breeding of contemporary drug cultivars in the Netherlands and California. Each chapter introduces fascinating and compelling scholarship, illustrated by excellent photographs from Clarke's collection and very informative maps. One of the book's most interesting features is the examination of how cannabis has evolved into fiber and drug plants over the millennia. Clarke and Merlin propose a very persuasive and well-supported taxonomy for the plant.

As massive as the book is, I truly wish there was more, and that's my highest praise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By yujin on February 15, 2014
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I bought this after meeting Robert Clarke. It was probably one of those things I would have never bought if I hadn't met the guy. I'm really glad I got to meet this guy. Because this has got to be one of the most interesting books I've read in years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sean r. on December 29, 2013
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The textbook on Cannabis. If you want to be informed, read this book. You'd be hard pressed to find a better treatment of the subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Reilly on August 25, 2014
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College text book quality content & presentation, very clear and consise, a must have for any student of Cannabis
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryce Decker on October 14, 2014
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This is the definitive aource; 5 stars for content and scholarly worth. The book production, however, wemt through a digital wringer that blurred the photos and shrank text..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LAMB on March 5, 2015
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The print is too small & too dense for me to read. Is it available in e-form?
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Zario Zolo on February 2, 2014
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I have zero interest in marihuana, ellipses. Per se. I read
to learn; to be informed. And reading Cannabis...does that,
ad infinitum. Inform. It's a magnum opus of a book because
it thoroughly covers every aspect of the vaunted weed from
the mundane and industrial to the medicinal and the spiritual.

Cannabis is a serious scholarly work that can be appreciated
by a somber reader, if not by a pothead, who will lose his/her
place in its massive content, if not in its ways to cultivate the
weed.

And it's a must-read for anyone who would like to evolve from
wherever one is concerning cannabis to everywhere a connoisseur
would like to be, which I'll finish reading when I have the
bucks to buy this book, which is overpriced.

But thanks to Amazon for the ample free sample because the cost
of the Kindle version is absurd, albeit minuscule compared to
the double cost of the hardcover book, which is obscene.

Therefore no kudos to its publisher, but lots of kudos to
Clarke & Merlin (any relation to that Merlin--of yore?), both
of whom have been around the block, er, world, obviously, in
order to write Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany, a five
star book.

Zario Zolo
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