Cannabis: What Were We Just Talking About (Philosophy for Everyone)
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The debate on the status and legality of cannabis continues to gain momentum. Here, personal anecdotes combined with academic and scientific reports combine to sharpen some of the fascinating philosophical issues associated with cannabis use.
A frank, professionally informed and playful discussion of cannabis usage in relation to philosophical inquiry
Considers the meaning of a 'high', the morality of smoking marijuana for pleasure, the slippery slope to more dangerous drugs, and the human drive to alter our consciousness
Not only incorporates contributions from philosophers, psychologists, sociologists or legal, pharmacological, and medical experts, but also non-academics associated with the cultivation, distribution, and sale of cannabis
Brings together an international team of writers from the United States, Canada, UK, Finland, Switzerland, South Africa, and New Zealand
consider tests of cognitive problemsolving ability as determined by efforts to arrive at divergent answers to open-ended questions. Subjected then to multiple criteria intended to reveal comparative levels of creativity, the significance of such data is first established for straight consciousness, and then applied to psychological subjects high on cannabis. Performance levels of cannabis users in creativity experiments are compared with subjects given placebos, and their implications are
capabilities when a user rides the psychic waves of cannabis intoxication, then it can rightly be judged as enhancing 14 cintro.indd 14 DALE JAC Q U ETTE 5/20/2010 2:11:38 AM the user’s personal flourishing, thus securing in one stroke both the morality of cannabis use and immorality of cannabis prohibition. Michael Funke, in “Weakness of Will: The Cannabis Connection,” considers the question of what the ancient Greek moral philosophers called akrasia or weakness of will. Weakness of will in
patients grow, so does the number of people who observe for themselves how relatively benign this substance is. Seventy-four percent of Americans presently believe that cannabis should be made available as a medicine; very few people would have held this belief in 1971. Currently, it is generally thought that there are two generic categories of marijuana use: recreational and medical. But in fact many uses do not fit into these categories without stretching their boundaries to the point of
drug use. If the rewards of creativity are so great (successful harnessing of AC/DC current, MARIJUANA A ND CREATIVITY 9781405199674_4_008.indd 117 117 5/7/2010 11:49:49 AM Impressionist paintings, the first transatlantic plane flight by a woman), then certainly it should cost something (eventual bankruptcy, a lost ear, mysterious disappearance). Some researchers argue that we want this relationship of costs and rewards to exist.6 Creativity becomes more mysterious, and therefore the burden
medicinal, and recreational purposes for generations, perhaps even dating back to the Neolithic epoch. The Ancient 140 c10.indd 140 MARK THO RS BY 5/20/2010 2:11:20 AM Greek historian Herodotus records in his Histories that cannabis smoke was used for burial purposes by the Scythian people, for getting drunk,2 and even bathing. In the second century AD cannabis was used for medicinal purposes in China3 as well as in the ancient rituals of the Assyrians, Babylonians, and Palestinian peoples.