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Summary

The debate on the status and legality of cannabis continues to gain momentum. Here, personal anecdotes combined with academic and scientific reports combine to sharpen some of the fascinating philosophical issues associated with cannabis use. This book:

  • A frank, professionally informed, and playful discussion of cannabis usage in relation to philosophical inquiry
  • Considers the meaning of a high, the morality of smoking marijuana for pleasure, the slippery slope to more dangerous drugs, and the human drive to alter our consciousness
  • Not only incorporates contributions from philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, and legal, pharmacological, and medical experts, but also non-academics associated with the cultivation, distribution, and sale of cannabis
  • Brings together an international team of writers from the United States, Canada, UK, Finland, Switzerland, South Africa, and New Zealand

©2010 Dale Jacquette, Fritz Allhoff, and Rick Cusick (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jeremy
  • Malvern Wells, United Kingdom
  • 27-09-11

Edutainment for everyone...

This book is a series of short articles covering all aspects of cannabis, from the 100 or so names, to uses, neuro-pharmacology, psychotropic effects, taxonomy, plant anatomy, criminal status, history, politics, philosophy and above all, arguments for and against its legalisation.

As such, if you are looking to find out more about the topic, it is as comprehensive a survey as you will find anywhere. The readings are easy on the ear, and the book just thrums along happily. The standard of the writing is of course highly variable, being a compilation of essays by different people, however, there are some real quality gems in here.

Since the regretable sacking of Professor Nutt, from the DAC, for giving sensible advice, which the UK Government didn't want to hear, to the use of ever more dangerous "legal highs", to the drug wars raging in places like Columbia, Mexico and of course Afganistan, to the funding of terrorism and organised crime through the sale of illegal drugs, cannabis is an issue not just for pot heads, it concerns everyone.

Our policy on drugs has historically been drafted from ignorance, fear, prejudice and a refusal to acknowledge or address the huge problems caused by criminalising cannabis. I hope this book does something, in some small way, to redress that!

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I Expected more from this book, very dissapointed.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I don't honestly know who this book is aimed at. I've read several books on Cannabis and it's use in history and medicine but this book just relates to tales and stories from other writers. Seems poorly put together in parts and I gave up on it after listening to 11 chapters of the book.

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  • Stephen H.
  • 21-10-16

Useful for neophytes

Good book. Well written pertinent information in it's time. Being written in 2010, it's message is for the most part accurate however research statistics are woefully outdated

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  • Kevin S. Clarke
  • 20-05-15

Horrible Narration, Okay Story

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this audio book to a friend. I might recommend the book itself.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story was okay. Some interesting new thoughts and considerations. My complaints are mostly with the narrator.

What didn’t you like about Erik Davies’s performance?

I'm not sure if he thought he had to slow it down for stoners or what. I've heard him on other recordings and he was fine, but I could barely listen to him on this recording. It becomes bearable once I adjust the speed to 1.25, but with his tone I expected him to say, "Duuude" after every sentence.

Do you think Cannabis - Philosophy for Everyone needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. Though I'm interested in the topic, I don't think I'd buy a follow-up book by this author (and definitely not from this narrator).

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  • Tyler
  • 02-07-15

More of a documentary than I expected.

I don't know what I was expecting when I bought this book. I didn't really enjoy it. If you're into the whole legalization politics movement you might appreciate it more.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful