The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis

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Julie Holland
Simon and Schuster, Sep 23, 2010 - Social Science - 576 pages
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 parenting, its role in creativity, business, and spirituality, and much more

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. Also included are interviews with Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, M.D., and Tommy Chong as well as a pot dealer and a farmer who grows for the U.S. Government.

Encompassing the broad spectrum of marijuana 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 in a society full of marijuana myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes.
 

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Contents

Cover Image
Kirkpatrick and Carl L Hart Ph D
EarlyAncient History Chris Bennett
Recent History David MalmoLevine
Gardner
APPLICATIONS
The Endocannabinoid System Gregory L Gerdeman
THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
Cannabinoids and Psychiatry Julie Holland M D
Cannabinoids and Neuroprotection Sunil
CONCLUSION
ADHERENCE TO DRUG THERAPY
Multiple Sclerosis and Spasticity Denis J Petro M D
Pain Management Mark S Wallace M D and
CONCLUSION
Cannabis Culture

THE ENDOCANNABINOIDS
On Ending Prohibition Ethan Nadelmann J D Ph D
Introduction to Part
Pulmonary Harm and Vaporizers Mitch Earleywine
CONCLUSION
CONCLUSION
Mental Health Risks Associated with Cannabis Use
CAN CANNABIS LEAD TO ANXIETY?
How Real Is the Risk of Addiction? Ryan Vandrey
Driving Under the Influence Paul Armentano
Arrest Statistics and Racism Harry G Levine Ph D
The Collateral Consequences of Cannabis Convictions
CHRONIC HARMS
CONCLUSION
Interview with Andrew Weil M D Julie Holland M D
An Interview with
MAPS and the Federal Obstruction of Medical
Pot Parenting and Outing Myself Neal Pollack
Cannabis Doug Rushkoff
An Interview
Steps in the Right Direction
Prescribing Cannabis in California Jeffrey
AUTOIMMUNE AND RHEUMATIC DISEASE
Canadian Compassion Clubs N Rielle Capler M H
Dutch Drug Policy Mario
A CostBenefit Analysis of Legalizing Marijuana
The Marijuana Policy Project Bruce Mirken
An Interview
Resources
Footnotes
Contributors
About the Author
Copyright

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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.

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