Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany

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Univ of California Press, Sep 1, 2013 - Science - 434 pages
Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary exploration of the natural origins and early evolution of this famous plant, highlighting its historic role in the development of human societies. Cannabis has long been prized for the strong and durable fiber in its stalks, its edible and oil-rich seeds, and the psychoactive and medicinal compounds produced by its female flowers. The culturally valuable and often irreplaceable goods derived from cannabis deeply influenced the commercial, medical, ritual, and religious practices of cultures throughout the ages, and human desire for these commodities directed the evolution of the plant toward its contemporary varieties. As interest in cannabis grows and public debate over its many uses rises, this book will help us understand why humanity continues to rely on this plant and adapts it to suit our needs.
 

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I love this book! I reference it often and recommend this to anyone who asks for a good cannabis education resource.

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A very good reasoned roundup of this human rights issue with authorities around the world denying access to a plant that nature has provided for all animals on the planet. Authorities that are displaying human insanity by making this plant a criminal. Plants have no criminal intent this is insane behaviour and should be considered so by any electorate. If these authorities deny you access to nature, fire them, because next week they could decide to deny you access to carrots or tomatoes or begonias or roses. Some governments are trying to pass legislation at this time to deny you access to your own seeds to grow your crops again next year. If they are corrupt enough to ban a plant that is arguably the most advantageous plant for humans on the planet in so many ways and continue this ban they need to be replaced with folks with common sense and decency.
It is, at the bottom line, a human rights issue, as is mentioned in this book, and people should think about it in those terms. There is a growing trend with governments to treat their adult population like children who can't be trusted to make their own judgement on how they want to live their lives. Get mad and vote in people, like the mentors in your communities, who you know have common sense, reason, common decency, intelligence, courage, integrity, vision and compassion. We all know folks in our communities like that. Convince them to represent your electorate as independents free from the edicts of a corrupt political party hierarchy , support them and elect them. Then this madness can end and we will be on our way to peace on earth.
This book should be read by everyone interested in seeing the issue of cannabis brought back to a sane assessment of the truth about this amazing piece of nature..
 

Contents

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The Cultural Diffusion of Cannabis
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Ethnobotanical History and Contemporary
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Nonpsychoactive Ritual Uses
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Classical and Molecular Taxonomy
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of Cannabis Biotypes
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Hypotheses Concerning
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CONTENTS IX
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Robert C. Clarke is Cannabis researcher and Projects Manager for the International Hemp Association in Amsterdam and the author of Marijuana Botany and Hashish!
Mark D. Merlin is Botany Professor at University of HawaiĠi at Manoa and author of On the Trail of the Ancient Opium Poppy.

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