You don’t have to wait for Toke of the Town editor Steve Elliott’s upcoming hardcover book on marijuana to be printed in August before you read it reported THC Indicastries.
The Little Black Book of Marijuana: The Essential Guide to the World of Cannabis is now available in electronic form as an e-book for just $3.95.
The concise, small-format guide to cannabis delves into pot culture and history, from Herodotus to the hippies and beyond. It also covers the essentials of using, cultivating, and cooking with weed; identifying pot varieties; and understanding legal and health issues.
Handy and to-the-point, The Little Black Book of Marijuana is your quick reference for cannabis history, issues around legalization, and where to go from here.
“When Peter Pauper Press first asked me, back in the autumn of 2010, to write the book, I jumped at the chance,” Elliott said. “Even within the Little Black Book format’s space constraints of 20,000 words, I knew this was too important an opportunity to pass up, and over the next few months, I worked to distill the essence of cannabis culture and history down into its most concentrated form like the finest hash oil.”
“While some of what I wrote in the book will undoubtedly be second-guessed — I expect, in particular, my remarks on the democratization of growing to rub some elitists the wrong way — I’m proud of the results of my hard work,” Elliott said. “After what may have been the busiest few months of my life, the book was done; it will be released in print format on August 1.“
But, of course, you don’t have to wait that long to read it. In fact, you don’t have to wait another minute.
I have been looking forward to reading The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis ever since I read Julie Holland’s “Weekends at Bellevue”. When I got a copy and sat down to read it, I was not disappointed.
The cover says a complete guide to Cannabis and as an activist I totally agree.
The book is in 5 Parts. Each part has chapters written by different authors. Viewpoints from doctors, researchers and activists make the book one of a kind among a sea of pot promotions floating around out there. Each chapter is truly unique with the book as a whole offering something for everyone.
What I seemed to enjoyed was how easy it was to jump around from topic to topic quickly and find what you were looking for when referring back. I was also able to find the topics of marijuana reform that interested me most and bounce around.
I enjoyed The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis and I highly recommend it to anyone. The book is an excellent source material for the activist. An overall great read for anyone interested in Cannabis and its role in Medicine, Politics, Science and Culture.
— Richard Martin JR, Director with Northern Wisconsin NORML
Exploring the role of cannabis in medicine, politics, history, and society, The Pot Book offers a compendium of the most up-to-date information and scientific research on marijuana from leading experts, including Lester Grinspoon, M.D., Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Allen St. Pierre (NORML), and Raphael Mechoulam. Also included are interviews with Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, M.D., and Tommy Chong as well as a pot dealer and a farmer who grows for the U.S. Government.
Encompassing the broad spectrum of marijuana knowledge from stoner customs to scientific research, this book investigates the top ten myths of marijuana; its physiological and psychological effects; its risks; why joints are better than water pipes and other harm-reduction tips for users; how humanity and cannabis have co-evolved for millennia; the brain’s cannabis-based neurochemistry; the complex politics of cannabis law; its potential medicinal uses for cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and other illnesses; its role in creativity, business, and spirituality; and the complicated world of pot and parenting. As legalization becomes a reality, this book candidly offers necessary facts and authoritative opinions in a society full of marijuana myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes.
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company were kind enough to supply us two copies of The Pot Book and we plan on giving them away to you at next two upcoming meetings. We look forward to seeing you July 19th and August 17th in Appleton. Our meetings are open to the public and no membership is required to attend.
Please notify the people in your community that care, bring a friend and do not miss this event in the Fox Valley. Feel free to notify and invite your elected officials and community leaders.
“With marijuana legislation making headlines almost daily, The Pot Book’s timing is impeccable. It takes a candid look at all things cannabis from all angles: history, scientific research, medicinal use, our nation’s drug policy, myths, and misconceptions. I recommend this book as a comprehensive must-have guide for any library.”
(Andrew Weil, M.D., author of the bestselling 8 Weeks to Optimum Health and founder of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine )“
The Pot Book traces the secret history of marijuana, examines the disconnect between seventy years of prohibition and the American public’s personal attitudes toward pot, and offers a clear-eyed look at all the uses of cannabis, including the growing list of its widespread medicinal benefits. Consulting with the top experts in the field, Dr. Julie Holland presents the current science and makes a compelling case for the need for further research, unencumbered by anti-drug hysteria, as well as an immediate change to our nation’s puritanical drug laws.”
(John Dioso, deputy managing editor of Rolling Stone )
“The most-up-to-date and reliable source of information on the exploding frontiers of cannabis science written by the top experts in the field. I highly recommend this book.”
(Steven Hager, High Times creative director )
“Dr. Julie Holland has assembled a virtual dream team of cannabis experts for this marijuana magnum opus.”
(Steve Bloom, publisher of CelebStoner.com, coauthor of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness, and former editor of High Times )
“Dr. Holland’s brilliant compendium of marijuana facts and cultural insights from the best medical minds and scientific researchers, while acknowledging the potential for abuse, makes a compelling case for cannabis as the most ancient, benign, and uplifting inebriant/sacrament/medicine humanity has ever known. Just say Know.”
(Alex and Allyson Grey, artists and cofounders of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM) )
“The Pot Book reveals the truth about cannabis in one timely, evenhanded volume. Dr. Julie Holland has brought together the top experts discussing every aspect of this persistently misunderstood plant. The Pot Book is now the best single source for information and insights on marijuana.”
(Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D., author of Psychedelic Healing )
“Are you a lover or hater of the pot world? In either case this book is for you, if you want to be enlightened. I knew the book was a winner as soon as I held it and felt the good vibrations. Read it and tell your friends.”
(Tommy Chong, comedian, actor, and cannabis activist )
“With controversy heating up, and propositions to legalize marijuana appearing all over the nation, a book which educates, dispels myths, and elucidates the issues associated with this plant could not be more timely. . . Organized in five section, the book offers important facts and expert opinions regarding marijuana’s physiological, neurochemical, and psychological effects; its potential for medicinal uses; and its role in creativity, business, and spirituality . . . Throughout the book, research-based material is enhanced by interviews and stories, and the contributors’ accounts of their personal experiences add a flavor of authenticity. The Pot Book will appeal to a wide audience, and serves as a thorough reference for educators, clinicians, and families, as well as a training consultation manual. This volume makes an excellent transducer to help transform the failing war on marijuana into something more positive and enriching.”
(Richard Skaff, Foreword Magainze, October 2010 )
“As cannabis legalization and decriminalization approaches its tipping point in the US, it’s refreshing that Dr. Julie Holland has published, The Pot Book, the most comprehensive overview available of cannabis, its medical uses and societal ramifications. What makes The Pot Book truly significant is the depth of its coverage and the breath of its fifty contributors.”
(Michael Backes, Dangerous Minds, October 2010 )
“The Pot Book is encyclopedic in breath, and provocative and engaging enough to stand out as both a reference and entertainment source. Something for everyone, and everything for those willing to dig deep.”
(Mac Graham, Whole Life Times, October 2010 )
“I found The Pot Book extremely educational with many aha’s. . . I commend Holland for putting together this extremely important book.”
(Irene Watson, Reader Views, October 2010 )
“The Pot Book is perhaps the most exhaustive compendium to date regarding marijuana and the science, politics, and culture surrounding it. Everyone needs to know the facts about cannabis, and just about everything one needs to know can be found within these pages.”
(Mason Tvert, SAFERChoice.org, September 2010 )
“…an essential new compendium of sensible thinking about marijuana…”
(Arthur Magazine, November 2010 )
“Truly, The Pot Book is a testament to how much information is available about pot today. Even for someone like myself, who sometimes might be deluded into thinking there is nothing more to learn about weed, I was sometimes surprised by a fresh nugget of wisdom, a previously unknown factoid or a new perspective. Overall, I give The Pot book a big thumbs up, for being incredibly comprehensive and easy to read at the same time.”
(Reverend Damuzi, Cannabis Culture Magazine, December 2010 )
“The latest scientific and social research comes from experts who debunk popular myths and offer a survey embracing the latest who debunk popular myths and offer a survey embracing the latest research across disciplines: perfect for general or college-level holdings.”
(The Midwest Book Review, December 2010 )
“Candid, timely and comprehensive, The Pot Book offers the necessary facts and authoritative opinions and is endorsed out the wazoo.”
(Sir Read A Lot Reviews, December 2010 )
“The nuance of the human-cannabis relationship, so subtle, is reflected in the political landscape; full of contradictions, half-laws and half truths. . . The Pot Book is an exposition of this complexity and as a collection it manages to shine through the mess and give cannabis a voice once more.”
(The Psychedelic Press, UK, December 2010 )
“Whatever your feelings about marijuana are, it is clear that times are changing and we need the best objective information possible. This book deals with the history of pot and all the safeguards one should know when using it, but it’s loaded, no pun intended, with interviews with many experts in many fields. . . I also found it useful to clear up the many myths around marijuana use.”
(Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide, January 2011 )
“Editor Holland has done an incredible job of thoroughly covering the subject from all perspectives. The resource list and bibliography alone are worth the price of the book. I highly recommend this one for customers interested in scientific research into the effects of the drug, its medical uses, its history, law enforcement issues, economic implications of legalizing the drug, and real information to help parents steer their children through the world of recreation drug use.”
(Anna Jedrziewski, New Age Retailer, January 2011 )
“This really is a complete guide to cannabis. Holland has compiled articles from top scholars around the world. The articles range from science to sociology, from medicine to myths and mythology. The recent history of marijuana has been a politically volatile one, but for thousands of years before that cannabis and especially hemp has been a huge part of human culture.”
(BakedLife.com, February 2011 )
“The Pot Book blows away the myths and misconceptions associated with marijuana use and offers social and political solutions to what need not be an intractable problem.”
(Nexus Magazine, December 2010 )
“The Pot Book proves you can have it all. Delving into the medical, political, scientific and cultural dimensions of marijuana, this hefty 551-page book covers a lot of territory that both stimulates cerebrally (check out Chater 4’s “The Botany of Cannabis” or Chapter 16’s “Arrest Statistics and Racism”) and takes time to prod at the the more light-hearted (but still serious) side of things, such as “Getting Busted is Not So Funny,” an interview with Tommy Chong by editor (and medical doctor) Julie Holland.”
(Matt Tapia, Culture Magazine, March 2011 )
“The Pot Book is a virtual Encyclopedia Cannabinica, with contributions ranging from ancient history to cutting edge research. Stoner culture mavens will read about everything from primitive cannabis cults and ancient Chinese medicine to modern pot culture and politics, and they will be regaled by some of the country’s leading experts on various aspects of the world of marijuana.”
(StopTheDrugWar.org, March 2011 )
Debut Novel Anarcho Grow by T.A. Sedlak expected to be A New Voice For The Young
A NEW VOICE FOR THE YOUNG
There’s soon to be a new book floating around college campuses that will be the must read for all students. The book is Anarcho Grow, T.A. Sedlak’s debut novel.
Taking a page, or rather, a cover page, from fellow favorite author of college students, Tom Robbins, T.A. Sedlak hired Les LePere to create what could be the flashiest cover in any bookstore. It looks like a conglomeration of the best parts of one’s photos after a vacation to Costa Rica. It’s intricate with things hidden behind each leaf and tree. One can become lost in it for days.
The writing holds one enough that it won’t take more than a few days to get through it. The story’s protagonist had done volunteer work in a small village in Costa Rica when in college. After college he returns, thinking he can help the people more by introducing them to guerrilla growing, clandestine outdoor marijuana cultivation similar to the method used in Northern California. The marijuana is being shipped back to the States by way of catamaran boat when the C.I.A. catches wind and is soon on his trail. All this has transpired before the reader opens the book, leaving a quick suspenseful run to the finish.
T.A.’s Anarcho Grow doesn’t contain the flowery prose of Tom Robbins’s novels. It’s straight diction as prescribed by William Strunk and E.B. White. However, it’s not necessarily the language that captivates young people with Robbins’s books. It’s the exotic settings, illegal activities, romantic heroes, and views on society that one can’t find elsewhere. Anarcho Grow is bound to find a place between Breakfast of Champions and Even Cowgirls Get The Blues on college kids’ shelves.
ANARCHISM STILL ALIVE IN U.S.
At a time when the word “anarchy” causes citizens to tremble, one writer is attempting to advance the idea, or at least teach people what it is. That author is T.A. Sedlak, and the book is Anarcho Grow.
Anarcho Grow, is a fast paced adventure story set in Costa Rica. The protagonist, Ben Starosta, had spent a summer doing community development work in Quebrada Grande, a remote village. After college, he returns, deciding he can help the people more through his own program. He teaches them the way of guerrilla growing, clandestine outdoor marijuana cultivation as practiced in Northern California, and soon the community is prospering. With the influx of U.S. dollars, Ben hopes Quebrada Grande can flower into a community to rival the prosperity of Anarchist Catalonia of the last century. However, the C.I.A. catches wind, and soon they’re on his trail.
T.A. takes the reader down the rough roads between the white sand beaches of the western coast and the steamy rainforests of the lowlands, then continues up the windy mountain roads to the crisp cloud forests, expelling witticisms and suspense at every corner. Throughout the trip he shows a view of the country and its people that few see, their beauty and their ugliness, their true being, which is at the center of all people.
By the end the reader finds out what Anarchism really is and if it is the best path for moving forward. And if it is the best path, T.A. has set up a model for it that’s just as applicable to the United States as it is to Costa Rica. Though readers might take to the political ideas put forth in Anarcho Grow, T.A. shows us that no matter what system is being advocated, not everything can be pura vida.
Recently Doug Fine was on the Conan O’Brien talking about his new book “Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Revolution”. The segment received some feedback, comments and discussion from field activists on the forum boards of the Wisconsin Cannabis Activist Network. A few days later Ben Merens of Wisconsin Public Radio had Doug Fine on his show At Issue. As soon as the broadcast started, I received some texts and phone calls from the supporters in the field that the topic was on the Wisconsin Public Radio airwaves, again. Here is the link to listen to the audio of the broadcast: bme120809k
At Issue with Ben Merens
from Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Law enforcement and other spending at the federal level on the Drug War was 15.5 billion in 2010, an increase of 3.3 percent from the previous year. But is all that effort and money necessary? This hour, Ben Merens talks to investigative journalist Doug Fine about marijuana. Fine believes that legalizing cannabis would aid American agriculture, grow the economy, and improve our health.
Doug Fine – investigative journalist and author of Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Revolution bme120809k
Cannabis Expert Doug Fine Interview Pt 1 – CONAN on TBS
At a time when calls for the legalization of marijuana, at least medically, are coming from nearly every state in the country, one marijuana advocate says, “No!” The person is author T.A. Sedlak, and his new novel is Anarcho Grow.
The main character in Anarcho Grow had spent a summer doing community development work in Quebrada Grande, a remote village. After college, he returns, deciding he can help the people more through his own program. He teaches them the way of guerrilla growing, clandestine outdoor marijuana cultivation as practiced in Northern California, and soon the community is prospering. With the influx of U.S. dollars, Ben hopes Quebrada Grande can flower into a community to rival the prosperity of Anarchist Catalonia of the last century. However, the C.I.A. catches wind, and soon they’re on his trail.
Sixteen states have currently passed laws allowing medical patients access to marijuana. Many other states have bill proposals in their legislature. President Obama has indicated he will not interfere in states’ rights on the issue, and California has a bill up for full legalization. However, while T.A. Sedlak claims it is just for marijuana to be fully legal in the United States, he argues against it in Anarcho Grow. The reasoning: “Marijuana is a means for change,” he says. “There are many things wrong with our society.
Organizations form to attempt to alter it for the better, but they’re unable without capital. As the great author Kurt Vonnegut once said, ‘Money is very hard to get.’ However, because marijuana is illegal, it is worth a great deal. If these organizations would participate in secret marijuana cultivation, as the protagonist of Anarcho Grow does, they would have the funds to instigate their change.” But couldn’t our government use the legalization of marijuana to change our country for the better. Laughs issue from T.A. “While Obama sold the public on his idea of ‘HOPE,’ he has done little for them. There are more troops in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq does not seem to be slowing, and the use of force in Pakistan has gone up. If marijuana were to be made legal right now, tax revenue would feed the war machine. Change takes dollars. And if one wants to see change, he or she should head on down to the local grow store, pick up some lights, and make some dollars to be used for change. Become the lobbyist for their own cause.” T.A. Sedlak’s Anarcho Grow isn’t just a fun read but a model for change.
Source: Anarcho Grow PressKit
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