Cannabis Culture by Patrick Matthews
A Journey Through Disputed Territory

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Over the last 30 years, millions of people have come in contact with cannabis, but there is surprisingly little information available that examines the drug as a whole—its medicinal properties, its function as a commodity traded on a global scale, its role in religion, the many ways it can be cultivated, and its effect on body and mind. In Cannabis Culture, journalist Patrick Matthews finds that researchers have unraveled the complexities of the plant, uncovering in the process much of the chemistry of our minds and emotions. In addition to scientists, Matthews meets a colorful mix of characters—connoisseurs, criminals, and cultivators—who together make up the new cannabis culture.

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Published July 1, 1999 by Bloomsbury UK. 254 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Self Help. Non-fiction

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He explores this multifaceted culture in leisurely, often humorous fashion, with such detours as the High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam (a smoke-choked collision of hyped American hedonism with the social nature of European enthusiasts);

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instead of taking an unyieldingly tough line on social issues, ""showing a little heart would do the party good."" He recognizes that at times the party can seem ""absurd"" and ""pigheaded"" without discarding his belief in its central principles, especially standing for ""traditional morality.""...

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