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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press (September 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594773688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594773686
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I found The Pot Book extremely educational with many aha's. . . I commend Holland for putting together this extremely important book." (Irene Watson, Reader Views, October 2010)

"The Pot Book is perhaps the most exhaustive compendium to date regarding marijuana and the science, politics, and culture surrounding it.  Everyone needs to know the facts about cannabis, and just about everything one needs to know can be found within these pages."  (Mason Tvert, SAFERChoice.org, September 2010)

"...an essential new compendium of sensible thinking about marijuana..." (Arthur Magazine, November 2010)

“Truly, The Pot Book is a testament to how much information is available about pot today. Even for someone like myself, who sometimes might be deluded into thinking there is nothing more to learn about weed, I was sometimes surprised by a fresh nugget of wisdom, a previously unknown factoid or a new perspective. Overall, I give The Pot book a big thumbs up, for being incredibly comprehensive and easy to read at the same time.” (Reverend Damuzi, Cannabis Culture Magazine, December 2010)

“The latest scientific and social research comes from experts who debunk popular myths and offer a survey embracing the latest who debunk popular myths and offer a survey embracing the latest research across disciplines: perfect for general or college-level holdings.” (The Midwest Book Review, December 2010)

“Candid, timely and comprehensive, The Pot Book offers the necessary facts and authoritative opinions and is endorsed out the wazoo.” (Sir Read A Lot Reviews, December 2010)

“The nuance of the human-cannabis relationship, so subtle, is reflected in the political landscape; full of contradictions, half-laws and half truths. . . The Pot Book is an exposition of this complexity and as a collection it manages to shine through the mess and give cannabis a voice once more.” (The Psychedelic Press, UK, December 2010)

“Whatever your feelings about marijuana are, it is clear that times are changing and we need the best objective information possible. This book deals with the history of pot and all the safeguards one should know when using it, but it’s loaded, no pun intended, with interviews with many experts in many fields. . . I also found it useful to clear up the many myths around marijuana use.” (Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide, January 2011)

“Editor Holland has done an incredible job of thoroughly covering the subject from all perspectives. The resource list and bibliography alone are worth the price of the book. I highly recommend this one for customers interested in scientific research into the effects of the drug, its medical uses, its history, law enforcement issues, economic implications of legalizing the drug, and real information to help parents steer their children through the world of recreation drug use.” (Anna Jedrziewski, New Age Retailer, January 2011)

“Dr. Julie Holland has assembled a virtual dream team of cannabis experts for this marijuana magnum opus.” (Steve Bloom, publisher of CelebStoner.com, coauthor of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness, and for)

“This really is a complete guide to cannabis. Holland has compiled articles from top scholars around the world. The articles range from science to sociology, from medicine to myths and mythology. The recent history of marijuana has been a politically volatile one, but for thousands of years before that cannabis and especially hemp has been a huge part of human culture.” (BakedLife.com, February 2011)

The Pot Book blows away the myths and misconceptions associated with marijuana use and offers social and political solutions to what need not be an intractable problem.” (Nexus Magazine, December 2010)

The Pot Book proves you can have it all. Delving into the medical, political, scientific and cultural dimensions of marijuana, this hefty 551-page book covers a lot of territory that both stimulates cerebrally (check out Chater 4's “The Botany of Cannabis” or Chapter 16's “Arrest Statistics and Racism”) and takes time to prod at the the more light-hearted (but still serious) side of things, such as “Getting Busted is Not So Funny,” an interview with Tommy Chong by editor (and medical doctor) Julie Holland.” (Matt Tapia, Culture Magazine, March 2011)

The Pot Book is a virtual Encyclopedia Cannabinica, with contributions ranging from ancient history to cutting edge research. Stoner culture mavens will read about everything from primitive cannabis cults and ancient Chinese medicine to modern pot culture and politics, and they will be regaled by some of the country's leading experts on various aspects of the world of marijuana.” (StopTheDrugWar.org, March 2011)

“I enjoyed The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis and I highly recommend it to anyone. The book is an excellent source material for the activist. An overall great read for anyone interested in Cannabis and its role in Medicine, Politics, Science and Culture.” (Richard Martin JR, Director with Northern Wisconsin NORML, July 2011)

The Pot Book sets the stage for activism, introducing the players, the scene, and best of all, encouraging readers to become involved themselves.” (Karl Krause, Rain Taxi, January 2012)

“With marijuana legislation making headlines almost daily, The Pot Book’s timing is impeccable. It takes a candid look at all things cannabis from all angles:  history, scientific research, medicinal use, our nation’s drug policy, myths, and misconceptions. I recommend this book as a comprehensive must-have guide for any library.” (Andrew Weil, M.D., author of the bestselling 8 Weeks to Optimum Health and founder of the Arizona Ce)

“Dr. Holland’s brilliant compendium of marijuana facts and cultural insights from the best medical minds and scientific researchers, while acknowledging the potential for abuse, makes a compelling case for cannabis as the most ancient, benign, and uplifting inebriant/sacrament/medicine humanity has ever known. Just say Know.” (Alex and Allyson Grey, artists and cofounders of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM))

The Pot Book traces the secret history of marijuana, examines the disconnect between seventy years of prohibition and the American public’s personal attitudes toward pot, and offers a clear-eyed look at all the uses of cannabis, including the growing list of its widespread medicinal benefits. Consulting with the top experts in the field, Dr. Julie Holland presents the current science and makes a compelling case for the need for further research, unencumbered by anti-drug hysteria, as well as an immediate change to our nation’s puritanical drug laws.” (John Dioso, deputy managing editor of Rolling Stone)

“The most-up-to-date and reliable source of information on the exploding frontiers of cannabis science written by the top experts in the field. I highly recommend this book.” (Steven Hager, High Times creative director)

The Pot Book reveals the truth about cannabis in one timely, evenhanded volume. Dr. Julie Holland has brought together the top experts discussing every aspect of this persistently misunderstood plant. The Pot Book is now the best single source for information and insights on marijuana.” (Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D., author of Psychedelic Healing)

“Are you a lover or hater of the pot world? In either case this book is for you, if you want to be enlightened. I knew the book was a winner as soon as I held it and felt the good vibrations. Read it and tell your friends.” (Tommy Chong, comedian, actor, and cannabis activist)

"With controversy heating up, and propositions to legalize marijuana appearing all over the nation, a book which educates, dispels myths, and elucidates the issues associated with this plant could not be more timely. . . Organized in five section, the book offers important facts and expert opinions regarding marijuana's physiological, neurochemical, and psychological effects; its potential for medicinal uses; and its role in creativity, business, and spirituality . . . Throughout the book, research-based material is enhanced by interviews and stories, and the contributors' accounts of their personal experiences add a flavor of authenticity.  The Pot Book will appeal to a wide audience, and serves as a thorough reference for educators, clinicians, and families, as well as a training consultation manual.  This volume makes an excellent transducer to help transform the failing war on marijuana into something more positive and enriching." (Richard Skaff, Foreword Magainze, October 2010)

"As cannabis legalization and decriminalization approaches its tipping point in the US, it's refreshing that Dr. Julie Holland has published, The Pot Book, the most comprehensive overview available of cannabis, its medical uses and societal ramifications.  What makes The Pot Book truly significant is the depth of its coverage and the breath of its fifty contributors." (Michael Backes, Dangerous Minds, October 2010)

"The Pot Book is encyclopedic in breath, and provocative and engaging enough to stand out as both a reference and entertainment source.  Something for everyone, and everything for those willing to dig deep." (Mac Graham, Whole Life Times, October 2010)

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ENTHEOGENS / POPULAR CULTURE

“With marijuana legislation making headlines almost daily, The Pot Book’s timing is impeccable. It takes a candid look at all things cannabis from all angles:  history, scientific research, medicinal use, our nation’s drug policy, myths, and misconceptions. I recommend this book as a comprehensive must-have guide for any library.”
--Andrew Weil, M.D., author of the bestselling 8 Weeks to Optimum Health and founder of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

“Consulting with the top experts in the field, Dr. Julie Holland presents the current science and makes a compelling case for the need for further research, unencumbered by anti-drug hysteria, as well as an immediate change to our nation’s puritanical drug laws.”
--John Dioso, deputy managing editor of Rolling Stone

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, Ph.D. Also included are interviews with Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, M.D., and Tommy Chong as well as an ACLU lawyer and a forensic toxicologist growing cannabis for the U.S. government.

Encompassing the broad spectrum of cannabis 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 to a society steeped in marijuana myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes.

JULIE HOLLAND, M.D., is a psychiatrist who specializes in psychopharmacology and a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. An expert on street drugs and intoxication states, she was the attending psychiatrist in the Psych ER at Bellevue Hospital from 1996 to 2005 and regularly appears on the Today Show. The editor of Ecstasy: The Complete Guide and the author of the bestselling Weekends at Bellevue, she lives in the Hudson Valley.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will help fund therapeutic cannabis research.

More About the Author

Julie Holland, M.D., is a psychiatrist specializing in psychopharmacology. An assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, she spent her weekends running the psychiatric emergency room at Bellevue Hospital for nine years. She is the editor of Ecstasy: The Complete Guide-A Comprehensive Look at the Risks and Benefits of MDMA. She lectures widely and has been quoted in Time, Harper's, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Holland has appeared as a medical expert regarding mental illness and drug use on numerous television shows, including Today and Good Morning America. She runs a private practice in New York City and lives with her husband and two children in the Hudson Valley.

Customer Reviews

It is a serious book, well worth reading.
Margret V.
All proceeds of the book go toward medical cannabis research.
A better world
There is a lot of very good information in this book.
Kindred

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A better world on November 15, 2010
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I am 66, an RN, former psych nurse, didn't think I needed to know much about marijuana. Never used it before. With 3 chronic conditions, I've always looked for safer alternatives to pharmaceuticals. This book is eye-opening abt the twisted history of prohibition and the latest scientific research that can make life so much easier for those with autoimmune and neurological disorders, acute & chronic. The stigma that has been perpetuated by politicians, law enforcers - esp the DEA, the government are so easily refuted by science. Science continues to be hidden, but it is exploding.

Many people associate it with counter culture. It holds so much more promise beyond that. I am angry that I am this old and am in the field of medicine but only now am finding this information. I think of so many people who could have relief and better health. I am furious at the political machinations that have kept the truth from the public and apparently the president and people who make drug laws. There needs to be a paradigm shift where science reigns. Older people in particular have the most to benefit from its use because they are usually the ones with several chronic diseases and pain. I think AARP needs to make the information known to their members.

If you are a parent, you need to read this book to keep up and inform your kids, rather than having a knee jerk reaction. I've told my kids I wish I'd had this info when they were young. It is important to get perspective when our society is steeped in alcohol use that causes diseases and kills. All proceeds of the book go toward medical cannabis research.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By B. Johnston on December 4, 2010
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This book is AWESOME! I bought it because I heard the author plug it on the NORML show live, but I needed it for two papers I was writing. This book has almost EVERYTHING you could ever want to know about cannabis from most of the professionals and experts out there. It's a good source for learning more about the plant's pharmacology and how it interacts with your body. The chapters are pretty diverse, some are pretty scientific, while others are more casual and entertaining, like the Tommy Chong interview. Holland did a fantastic job at putting this all together. If you have to write a paper on cannabis, BUY THIS BOOK. It has so many sources to draw from, and they're all neatly formatted so if you need to do a works cited you can just copy the them from the back of the book. I got this for $11 and it was probably worth at least $30 in my opinion. Very pleased with the book and Holland, I think all the proceeds are going towards cannabis research too.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tom G on September 8, 2011
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This book isn't about becoming a weed farmer. I'd say the audience most likely to benefit is the potential medical marijuana patient who wants a better understanding of the herb and its medical benefits. This book is the antidote to both government propaganda and stoner stupidity. The discussion from various experts in the fields of medicine, psychiatry and law gives readers the facts on cannabis. Stripped away are the biases, untruths and wishful thinking. As most of us already know, cannabis is benign. It's not addictive and withdrawal is minimal or non-existent. There will always be a segment of the population though that will form a dependence on something be it for food, drugs or whatever. With cannabis, problems are unlikely for the responsible adult. The medical benefits are real for people with chronic pain, neuropathy and various auto-immune conditions. The punitive laws in America are also real. People with chronic pain should give it a try and see if it helps but be discrete.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By busybaba on September 20, 2012
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My compliments to the editor due to this book being put together quite well. It is well worth the time to read in its entirety. Hundreds of millions of Americans should have to read this book immediately regardless of their relationship to cannabis simply because everything is connected. Some books that I read are loaners. The Pot Book is not a loaner book because it is too valuable. I would certainly hope and expect this book to be visibly available in American airport bookstores and if it isn't why is that. Why isn't there any type of literature about cannabis to be found in airport bookstores? I found the resources and contributor sections to be very resourceful. I usually look upon in text citations as kind of a drag and breaking the flow. However, when the citations reach back into the early 1900s and beyond, they then take on a different meaning. They then become a treasure and assurance that some in-depth research has been done and that this is heavy duty information and you better be paying attention here. There are several great interviews and some chapters are interviews by doctor J which are not to miss. I believe there to be a fascinating theme throughout the book about how the United States Government (who ever owns them) continues to obstruct, ignore, argue against, etc., any type of progressive & beneficial approach to cannabis and these are your real criminals. In these times, a real indicator of light prevailing will be a complete stopping to this criminal activity. I wish it was mandatory reading for everybody in America benefiting from the drug war.
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