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The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis Paperback – Requires 386, September 23, 2010
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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)
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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.
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Her background is quite fascinating...
Great read!! Thanks, Julie!!
I have to say, after reading the book, I can't find any logical reason that cannabis prohibition exists in this country. I, unfortunately, live in a state where I do not have medical access to this plant, so I won't be able to see if CBD or other components will help my condition. I'm hoping some day the regulatory environment will change and ALL adults who want to see if they can better their lives with cannabis will be give the opportunity to do so. The "stoner" stigma needs to go away. Those who have a financial agenda to keep prohibition alive and well in this country need to be exposed for who they are and stop hiding behind PACC's and lobbyists. Dr. Holland points out the hypocrisy of the DEA having cannabis on Schedule I while owning a patent on the benefit of CBD in healing and stoping trauma to nerves. How can that be? The federal government says there is no medical use for cannabis, but it has a patent on a medical use of cannabis??? Huh?
Stop locking people up for using a harmless plant. Give patients access to their medicine. Stop demonizing something that no one has ever overdosed on. Alcohol and cigarettes have killed more people and ruined more lives than any other drugs in our culture, yet you don't see any politicians railing against those drugs.
This is a wonderfully compiled book by Dr. Holland, and no matter where you are on the use of cannabis in the world you should read this book to educate yourself either way.