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Cannabis sativa—provider of fiber for garments, shoes, and paper, weaponry as a superior bowstring, rope to rig the ships of the great sea powers, a unit of monetary exchange in the early American colonies, religious and cultural device, symbol of hospitality, therapeutic agent, and pleasurable intoxicant through the ages—is one of the world's most interesting and durable plants. Recent efforts to suppress its cultivation and use have become amusing and pathetic, although understandable, when viewed against the historical perspective provided in this book.
A great deal of information is packed into this unabashed paean to Cannabis sativa. The author traces
Marihuana. The First Twelve Thousand Years.. Ann Intern Med. 1981;95:397. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-3-397_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(3):397.
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