Heyitstwins - I'll just post them on this thread! If I'm going to type them all out I might as well do it here so more people can look for these resources
All these books cite several studies and have much more information as well.
A great overall book about Hemp/Cannabis (it talks a lot about hemp seeds - their oil and nutrition - as well as the medicinal properties and effects of smoking the buds) is:
"Hemp For Health - The Medicinal and Nutritional Uses of Cannabis Sativa" by Chris Conrad
If you're more interested in the environmentally beneficial impacts that growing hemp would have on our society (and still learning a bit about smoking cannabis as well) then this book may be more up your alley:
"Hemp - Lifeline to the Future; The Unexpected Answer for Our Environmental and Economic Recovery" also by Chris Conrad
Both books are very well-referenced and informational!
One of my personal favourites is the book that I linked to earlier in the thread (at jackherer.com). It's cram packed with history, studies (like the ones on the page I linked to), old articles and newspaper clippings, and many many references. If you can only get one book, get this one!:
"The Emperor Wears No Clothes" by Jack Herer
The next few books are older, but well worth the read:
"Marijuana Reconsidered" by Lester Grinspoon, MD - if you want to read about the issue from a doctor's perspective. This book was published in 1971.
"The Marijuana Smokers" by Erich Goode - this is the first book on cannabis that I ever bought. It is based on a survey of 200 cannabis users ranging from professionals, parents, straight-A college students, to high school dropouts and adult's who haven't made anything of themselves. Erich Goode is a sociologist so this is a slightly different perspective than the other books that I have. It is also very well referenced, and was published in 1970.
"The Marijuana Conviction - A History of Marijuana Prohibition in the United States" by Richard J. Bonnie and Charles H. Whitebread II - This book is part of The Lindesmith Center's drug library and was originally published in 1974. However, this is the definitive work on the history of cannabis prohibition. It ties everything together - including the role that the lifting of alcohol prohibition played in the prohibition of cannabis. An excellent, excellent read! This book explains WHY this is such a politically charged subject and why it is so entrenched in our culture that "weed is bad." This book is full of old newspaper cartoons and clippings from the years before and after prohibition started. Obviously this book only has the history through the early 70s, but that's plenty to start with, believe me!
I only have one book about psychoactive substances by Dr. Andrew Weil - "The Natural Mind" Though I hope to acquire "Chocolate to Morphine" sometime in the near future - I borrowed "Chocolate to Morphine" and it is THE book to get if you have pre-teens or teens and you want to educate them about drugs without fear tactics. We own many many many of his other health-related books though.
A little history of Dr. Weil that you probably never knew about:http://www.cannabisculture.com/articles/2783.html
Dr Andrew Weil is possibly the world's best-known naturopath. He is a Harvard Medical School graduate, also has a Harvard AB degree in biology, and is an internationally recognized expert on medicinal herbs, mind-body interactions, and alternative medicine. Dr Weil graced the cover of Time magazine in 1998, and is the author of eight books, including From Chocolate to Morphine, and the national bestseller Spontaneous Healing.
Weil is open about his past and present use of illegal substances, claiming "I think I've tried about every drug in Chocolate to Morphine." He is equally open with his views on ending the drug war and the benefits of many banned plants. Weil claims that there's an innate need for humans to alter consciousness, and that there is no such thing as good drugs and bad drugs, merely that some individuals have good or bad relationships with these substances.
Yet despite this, Weil's personal history with the drug culture is less well-known. Weil studied under Dr Timothy Leary at Harvard, and also worked with Dr Lester Grinspoon on marijuana research in the late 1960's.
Early in his career Weil wrote for High Times magazine, including articles like A gourmet coca taster's tour of Peru: Stalking an ancient herbal high.
Weil's first book was The Natural Mind, published in 1971. In it, he writes about the advantages of "stoned thinking" in understanding health and diagnosing illnesses.
Weil has even been honored with having a psychedelic mushroom named in his honor: Psilocybe weilii was discovered and named in 1995.
"Between Politics and Reason - the Drug Legalization Debate" by Erich Goode is a great book to read if you're interested in all the many different forms that legalization/decriminalization could take and the benefits and risks of each of them. This book is from the sociologist's perspective (written by Erich Goode - sociologist) and was published in 1997.
I have more books, but these are the best, IMO. You may have noticed that I mostly have older books... I'm a used-book collector at heart and I go for older or rare books first usually. I stay on top of the recent studies and findings by going to http://norml.org/
I hope that helps! I was a bit rushed typing this out... but I think I said everything I wanted to
love and peace.