The discovery of the endocannabinoid system has breathtaking implications for nearly every area of medicine, spawning a revolution in medical science.
On August 11, 1930, Harry Jacob Anslinger became the director of the newly formed Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) in Washington, D.C. The Voldemort of vipers, he would run the FBN with an iron fist through six presidential administrations spanning more than three decades.
The nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) is pleased to announce this year’s James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award recipients. The recipient in the popular and consumer books category is Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana—Medical, Recreational, and Scientific by Martin A. Lee.
The history of marijuana in America has long been a history of competing narratives, dueling interpretations. Some believe the official line that cannabis is a major drug of abuse and a gateway to the harder stuff, a dangerous mind-altering substance, a harbinger of social decay.