March 1968

The Book of Grass.

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Edited by George Andrews and Simon Vinkenoog. Price, $5. Pp 242. Grove Press, Inc., 80 University Pl, New York 10003, 1967.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;18(3):383-384. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740030127016

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This book, subtitled "An Anthology of Indian Hemp," contains 84 selections from 80 contributors; as the editors state in the introduction, the book "presents a wide variety of personal accounts of experiences induced by Indian hemp." This leads to the book's interest and also to its failure to provide the promise on the jacket that it "will strengthen the opinion of users of hemp as to its properties: as for decriers of the herb, it may well force them their position of ignorance." An objective view of the contributions would do neither.

The anthology is divided into five parts, the first of which is "Traces in the Course of History." This is of interest, as it demonstrates that hemp has been used and esteemed by many people for at least 3,000 years. There are selections from The Rig-Veda of ancient

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