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The Pot Book


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Table of Contents

Foreword by Lester Grinspoon, M.D.


Part One
An Overview of Cannabis

Introduction to Part One

1 The Subjective Effects of Cannabis
Matthew G. Kirkpatrick and Carl L. Hart, Ph.D.

2 Early/Ancient History
Chris Bennett

3 Recent History
David Malmo-Levine

4 The Botany of Cannabis
Lyle E. Craker, Ph.D., and Zoe Gardner

5 Cannabis Grow Revolution
Danny Danko

6 The Endocannabinoid System
Gregory L. Gerdeman, Ph.D., and Jason B. Schechter, Ph.D.

7 Anandamide and More
Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D., and Lumir Hanus

8 Cannabis Laws in the United States
Allen St. Pierre

9 On Ending Prohibition
Ethan Nadelmann, J.D., Ph.D.

Part Two
Risks of Use and Harm Reduction

Introduction to Part Two

10 Medical Risks and Toxicology
William Holubek, M.D.

11 Pulmonary Harm and Vaporizers
Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D.

12 Cannabis and Cognition
Caroline B. Marvin and Carl L. Hart, Ph.D.

13 Mental Health Risks Associated with Cannabis Use
Cheryl Corcoran, M.D.

14 How Real Is the Risk of Addiction?
Ryan Vandrey, Ph.D., and Margaret Haney, Ph.D.

15 Driving Under the Influence
Paul Armentano

16 Arrest Statistics and Racism
Harry G. Levine, Ph.D.

17 Getting Busted Is Not So Funny
An Interview with Tommy Chong
Julie Holland, M.D.

18 The Collateral Consequences of Cannabis Convictions
Richard Glen Boire, J.D.

19 Harm Reduction Psychotherapy
Andrew Tatarsky, Ph.D.

Part Three
The Clinical Use of Cannabis

Introduction to Part Three

20 The Clinical Applications of Medical Marijuana
An Interview with Andrew Weil, M.D.
Julie Holland, M.D.

21 Medical Marijuana Research
An Interview with Donald Abrams, M.D.
Julie Holland, M.D.

22 MAPS and the Federal Obstruction of
Medical Marijuana Research
Rick Doblin, Ph.D.

23 The Government's Pot Farm
An Interview with Mahmoud A. ElSohly, Ph.D.
Julie Holland, M.D.

24 Cannabinoids and Psychiatry
Julie Holland, M.D.

25 Cannabinoids and Neuroprotection
Sunil K. Aggarwal, M.D., Ph.D., and Gregory T. Carter, M.D.

26 Cannabis and HIV/AIDS
Mark A. Ware, M.D., and Lynne Belle-Isle

27 Multiple Sclerosis and Spasticity
Denis J. Petro, M.D.

28 Pain Management
Mark S. Wallace, M.D., and Ben Platt, M.D.

29 Sativex
William Notcutt, M.D., F.R.C.A., F.F.P.M.R.C.A.

Part Four
Cannabis Culture

Introduction to Part Four

30 What to Tell the Children
Marsha Rosenbaum, Ph.D.

31 Pot, Parenting, and Outing Myself
Neal Pollack

32 Cannabis: Stealth Goddess
Doug Rushkoff

33 Gardener's Rights, Forgetting, and Co-Evolution
An Interview with Michael Pollan
Julie Holland, M.D.

34 Cannabis, Business, and Philanthropy
An Interview with Peter Lewis
Julie Holland, M.D.

35 Thots on Pot
Jeremy Wolff

Part Five
Steps in the Right Direction

Introduction to Part Five

36 Patients Out of Time
An Interview with Al Byrne, L.CDR. (retired), and Mary Lynn Mathre, R.N., C.A.R.N.
Julie Holland, M.D.

37 Prescribing Cannabis in California
Jeffrey Hergenrather, M.D.

38 Canadian Compassion Clubs
N. Rielle Capler, M.H.A.

39 Dutch Drug Policy
Mario Lap

40 A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Legalizing Marijuana
Jeffrey Miron, Ph.D.

41 The Marijuana Policy Project
Bruce Mirken

42 The ACLU and Cannabis Drug Policy
An Interview with Graham Boyd, J.D.
Julie Holland, M.D.





About the Author

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.


"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 *
"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 *
"Dr. Julie Holland has assembled a virtual dream team of cannabis experts for this marijuana magnum opus." * Steve Bloom, publisher of, coauthor of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness, and for *
"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 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 *
"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,, September 2010 *
" 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 *
"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." *, 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." *, 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 *
"This wonderful book is filled to the brim with sound research, copious notes and resources. I highly recommend this book to anyone battling health issues and to all who wish to be free from the 'nanny-state' mentality that dictates what a healthy adult can or cannot do with a naturally occurring plant. Although illegal, interest in cannabis remains very strong, more so since the debate over its medicinal use continues to make headlines." * New Dawn *

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