An in-depth, insightful, accessible and entertaining study of the world's most controversial weed - and, after tobacco, alcohol and aspirin, the world's most widely taken drug.
To some it's anathema, to others it provides relief from crippling pain: to others still, it is a legal anomaly and should be decriminalized. Whatever the viewpoint, and by whatever name it is known, cannabis- or marijuana, hashish, dope, kif, weed, dagga, grass, ganga- incites debate at every level and its impact on the world's cultures and economies is undeniable. Dating back to the Neolithic period, the history of cannabis is a tale of medical advance, religious enlightenment, political subterfuge and human rights; of law enforcement and customs officers, cunning smugglers, street pushers, gang warfare, writers, artists, musicians and happy- go- lucky hippies and pot- heads.
“Booth tells this story with admirable restraint...this book should be on the shelf of anyone interested in human freedoms and bad laws.”
“So good no one will need to do another for at least fifty years...mesmerizing detail, fantastical digressions, lots of jokes and wry asides.”
James Delingpole, Literary Review
“A testament to the late Booth that he could make such a boring subject so interesting.”
“A colourful tale ... Chronicles the remarkable and often mystifying process through which cannabis became outlawed throughout the Western world, and the devastating effect such legislation has had on the global economy.”
“After two puffs on a marijuana cigarette, I was turned into a bat.”
Dr James Munch, pharmacologist
“'Amazingly informative...fascinating stuff'”
“Enlightening...a very engaging history.”