Marijuana for Dopes an unabashed book about the use of cannabis by people and cultures as diverse as warrior women and trembling kings in outer Mongolia to auto mechanics and outlaw accountants at backyard barbecues in outer Des Moines.
This is a book about marijuana, pot, ganga, reefer. Anyone curious about the popular significance of marijuana -- which, in the United States alone, includes over 60 million people who have smoked marijuana at least once in the last five years -- will enjoy this book.
Marijuana for Dopes takes readers on an entertaining journey through such topics as
-- terminology -- the variety of terms for cannabis (including "cannabis") and their origins
-- cannabis in ancient history -- in which we learn that cannabis was likely the first plant cultivated by humans
-- marijuana in Europe and the West -- what happened when Napoleon's soldiers brought the hashish habit back from their world travels
-- marijuana in America -- the history of prohibition in the United States and a look at pot use in Mexico, Texas, New Orleans, and parts north, including material on the Jazz Era, the Beat cult, the Hippies, and the Yuppies.
-- religious and spiritual use -- the Ethiopian Coptic Church of Zion, Rastafarians, Himalayans, Wiccans, Scythians, ancient Hebrews and whirling dervishes are among the many religious users of marijuana.
-- medical pot -- the use of cannabis for treatment of depression, pain and mental conditions
-- industrial pot -- the importance of hemp as a crop and an industrial commodity -- and the possibility that big oil, big agriculture, and the garment industry played roles in the prohibition of pot.
-- cannabis culture now --tours to Amsterdam, Nepal, Toronto, and to a barbecue in Des Moines, showing that marijuana never loses its cool.