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Given the enormous debates swirling around the legalization of cannabis today, knowledge of its history has become all the more important. The role of cannabis in classical Greece and Rome has remained almost invisible to us. Far more than ubiquitous hemp, cannabis was also valued for its psychoactive properties. This volume draws on a wide variety of sources to chart in rich and meticulous detail the medicinal, religious, and recreational uses found in a variety of cultures in the Classical world. From the Neolithic to the Silk Road to imperial Rome, doctors, priests, shamans, merchants, soothsayers, poets, and others used, studied, and wrote about cannabis. The book will prove to be useful not just for those interested in the history and ethnobotany of cannabis and pharmacology, but also in the Classical world more generally.
— Barney Warf, University of Kansas