Huffington Post published an article by the author Joe Dolce on his brand new book, Brand New Weed.
Many ask why a book on weed?
Joe Dolce says this is the first question most strangers ask after he tells them what he has been doing for the last three years. He says the answer only became clear to him after he completed the writing.
He says cannabis is ubiquitous, and that makes us think we know it, but after three years of writing about it, he has realized we are only starting to get to know it.
For the last 60 years, science, propaganda and disinformation has blurred the lines between facts and fiction.
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He asks six fundamental questions to see if we know what we are talking about.
True or False:
Marijuana is addictive! (False)
Marijuana can get drug addicts off hard drugs! (True)
Marijuana kills motivation! (Sometimes)
Marijuana stimulates creativity! (Sometimes)
Marijuana is bad for your lungs! (Not necessarily)
Marijuana helps people with asthma and COPD! (Apparently)
Subtle and complicated
Author Dolce says after his countless interviews with curious minds applied in chemistry, biochemistry, botany, and other scientific fields, he discovered cannabis is not just one thing, it is a complex plant containing many compounds of which 60 are actively involved in the high, and the healing.
Add to this the fact that every strain has its own ratio of terpenes and phytonutrients or flavonoids, which makes every variety different. Some strains make you want to sleep while others wake you up. He says weed is like wine: it is subtle and complicated. The technology to unravel the many compounds has only been available recently. A decade ago, science said there are 200 compounds in cannabis, today it is said there are 700, and not all of them have been discovered.
Then came the news that cannabis’ active substances, the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids affect the endocannabinoid system differently.
If you are asking “what is that?”, it is a massive receptor network discovered in the 1980’s, and extends through the body with the densest concentration of receptors in the brain. It controls complicated functions such as communication between cells, and homeostasis, and is apparently involved in all diseases affecting human beings.
This makes for a complicated and subtle study, and the size of the system, and the number of functions it controls, explains the wide variety of seeming contradictory medicinal uses of marijuana. It does not work as a single bullet treatment zoning in on one illness, rather it restores balance, which affects different symptoms.
Illegality obscured weed
The reason we understand so little about marijuana is because it has been obscured by its illegal status since 1937. Yet it is still the most popular plant on earth. An estimated 30-50 million Americans have used it consistently with none of the predicted disastrous effects.
They found it increases sexual pleasure, curbs inflammation, relieves pain, and expands lateral thinking, making it popular amongst coders and film editors. Thousands of years of evidence shows weed used mindfully is one of the least harmful substances. It won’t rot your stomach like alcohol, it won’t cause physical addiction and it has never killed a single human being.
The author says prior to writing Brave New Weed he would have said weed is better than alcohol or smoking, as smoking kills 5 million people world wide, and alcohol 88,000 American each year, but science is now starting to reveal weed used intelligently could be good for you.
There has been not a word about weed for 80 years
He claims there has been no balanced conversation on weed for the last 80 years, and the media has followed the lead of prohibitionists. States where it has been legalized have not had any societal earthquakes or breakdowns. There has been no outbreak of schizophrenia, brain damage or arrests of people driving under the influence. No outbreak of laziness has been reported, and the Colorado cannabis industry has added 26,929 jobs since December 2015.
Cannabist no stoner or pothead
The author says these facts make him come out as a cannabist. He is no stoner or pothead. He says “coming out” defines the way for lasting change. He says that writing this book has made it clear to him that if regular professional people, accountants, doctors, lawyers, and investment brokers don’t come out as cannabists, opinions will stay stuck in a cultural swamp.
He makes a point of telling everyone about what he has learned. Some people worry about his reputation, but most people start asking very real questions, he says there is a lot to say about this misunderstood plant, and he is pleased to play his part in opening up the conversation.
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