Cannabis : evolution and ethnobotany /

"'Cannabis: evolution and ethnobotany' is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary exploration of the natural origins and early evolution of this famous plant, highlighting its historic role in the development of human societies. Cannabis has long been prized for the strong and durable fibe...

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Main Authors: Clarke, Robert Connell, 1953- (Author), Merlin, Mark David (Author)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2013.
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Summary:"'Cannabis: evolution and ethnobotany' is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary exploration of the natural origins and early evolution of this famous plant, highlighting its historic role in the development of human societies. Cannabis has long been prized for the strong and durable fiber in its stalks, its edible and oil-rich seeds, and the psychoactive and medicinal compounds produced by its female flowers. The culturally valuable and often irreplaceable goods derived from cannabis deeply influenced the commercial, medical, ritual, and religious practices of cultures throughout the ages, and human desire for these commodities directed the evolution of the plant toward its contemporary varieties. As interest in cannabis grows and public debate over its many uses rises, this book will help us understand why humanity continues to rely on this plant and adapts it to suit our needs."--Ebook's opening screen (EBL platform, viewed October 9, 2013).
Physical Description:1 online resource (xv, 434 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (some color)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-425) and index.
ISBN:9780520954571
0520954572
1299713254
9781299713253