What do we really know about cannabis? Why does it make people stoned? Does it kill off brain cells? Why do different kinds of weed have different effects? Is it addictive? Is the talk about medicinal applications genuine, or just a scam to get it legalised? Patrick Matthews journeys through a Rizla-strewn world and finds that researchers have unravelled the complexities of the plant, uncovering in the process much of the chemistry of our minds and emotions. His book is an essential read in the wake of the current debate over the decriminalisation of cannabis.
Patrick Matthews is a freelance writer and journalist. He has contributed to numerous publications, including the INDEPENDENT, the MAIL ON SUNDAY, the GUARDIAN and TIME OUT. He won the 'Wines from France 1995 Premier Cru' award for wine writing and won the Glenfiddich award for his book THE WILD BUNCH: GREAT WINES FROM SMALL PRODUCERS in 1998. He is also a television producer and director, with credits on THE LATE SHOW, ARENA FOOD NIGHT and FOOD AND DRINK.