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April 13, 1970


Author Affiliations

Washington University St. Louis

JAMA. 1970;212(2):325. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170150079033

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"La Cucaracha" is a song about a cockroach hooked on marihuana. The composer obviously was not a botanist or he would have known that insects dislike cannabis. They refuse to consume the plant or even pollinate it, leaving such arts to man and the wind.

This book is about cannabis, its use by man, and about wind: the gales of marihuana buffet a confused public. The author, an anesthesiologist, takes an arthropodal view of marihuana—he opposes it—but the book is not a moral tract. It is informative, lucid, entertaining, and, for laymen, probably the best balanced and most useful book available on the subject today.

It is useful whether you want to grow cannabis (flooded plains are best); buy cannabis (it is cheapest in the fall); dry cannabis (set the heat of your dryer at "Cotton"); or talk about cannabis ("wig" means mind, "wig out" to blow same). It is