• 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.
REVIEWBrave New Weed has to be the most outstand book ever written regarding Cannabis. It touches on every aspect of the plant, including the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS) which has been “called “the body's supercomputer” because one of its functions is to keep every other bodily system in check”. I find it disappointing that since Cannabis is a schedule 1 drug American doctors are not taught about the ECS consequently very few know about it thus placing us far behind other countries in the treatment of diseases with a plant that has no harmful side effects. The author goes into great detail about how cannabis has changed such as the increased THC levels in today's Cannabis, the modification of the plant for different types of highs, including the various new ways of using.
The amount of material, including how superbly written this book is stunning. You will never guess what country is dominating in cannabis research and has the world’s largest state-run program. Yes, I am pro-cannabis yet I do not partake, though not because I do not want to. I have many autoimmune diseases and cannabis would be extremely beneficial to me. It would allow me to come off of a lot of the medications that are harmful to my body, consequently due to the cannabis ignorance, most doctors have, it is not an option for me even though I live in a state that medical marijuana is legal. The way my state's system is set up it is very hard to get. Nevertheless, what is stopping Cannabis from becoming completely legal? Well, that is an easy question that the author answers pharmaceutical companies, the liquor manufacturers, including a few others.
I plan on giving this book to my doctors for Christmas hopefully, they will read it and become more educated on cannabis. In addition, I think this book is perfect for everyone to read even people who are against cannabis not to change their mind, but to educate them on what they are against.
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.