• Hardcover: 288 pages
• Publisher: Harper Wave (October 4, 2016)
The former editor-in-chief of Details and Star adventures into the fascinating “brave new world” of cannabis, tracing its history and possible future as he investigates the social, medical, legal, and cultural ramifications of this surprisingly versatile plant.
Pot. Weed. Grass. Mary Jane. We all think we know what cannabis is and what we use it for. But do we? Our collective understanding of this surprising plant has been muddled by politics and morality; what we think we know isn’t the real story.
A war on cannabis has been waged in the United States since the early years of the twentieth century, yet in the past decade, society has undergone a massive shift in perspective that has allowed us to reconsider our beliefs. In Brave New Weed, Joe Dolce travels the globe to “tear down the cannabis closet” and de-mystify this new frontier, seeking answers to the questions we didn’t know we should ask.
Dolce heads to a host of places, including Amsterdam, Israel, California, and Colorado, where he skillfully unfolds the odd, shocking, and wildly funny history of this complex plant. From the outlandish stories of murder trials where defendants claimed “insanity due to marijuana consumption” to the groundbreaking success stories about the plant’s impressive medicinal benefits, Dolce paints a fresh and much-needed portrait of cannabis, our changing attitudes toward it, and the brave new direction science and cultural acceptance are leading us.
Enlightening, entertaining, and thought-provoking, Brave New Weed is a compelling read that will surprise and educate proponents on both sides of the cannabis debate.
Happy Monday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Brave New Weed by Joe Dolce. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through TLC Book Tours.
Brave New Weed is a nonfiction book all about Cannabis. It discusses the origins, history and possible future of the plant for the world and specifically, the United States. It was a really fascinating discussion on the arguments against and for marijuana use, both for medicinal and recreational purposes. I found the origins and the history of marijuana use to be super intriguing, especially when it came to the medicinal use of cannabis oil for cancers.
I really enjoyed reading this book. While I’m still not close to being an expert on the topic, as someone who knew next to nothing about the plant or it’s history, I definitely feel like I learned a ton of really interesting and really useful information from reading this book. The author discusses the topic in a serious and at times, lighthearted way that I really enjoyed. I loved how the book was sectioned between old, new and future. I also really enjoyed reading about the authors travels throughout the world, visiting dispensaries and talking to scientists and growers and I loved the discussion on how the plant is grown and used in the different places. One thing that I never knew anything about that this book made me super interested in was how Cannabis is considered a Schedule I category drug while others like Cocaine and Meth are schedule II, which after reading through this book, I think is CRAZY!
It is going to be interesting to observe the future of Marijuana in the US and I am so thankful that I have read this book so that I am more familiar with the topic. Also, If you read this book I definitely recommend reading the appendix! Five star read!
About Joe Dolce
Joe Dolce is the former editor in chief of Details and Star magazines, and has written for many of the world’s leading publications, including the New York Times, Gourmet, and Travel + Leisure. He is the CEO and founder of Joe Dolce Communications, a presentation and media-training company based in New York City. He is not a stoner.