Professor Lucas Richert Publishes New Book on the Global History of Cannabis

Book Cover: CannibisLucas Richert, Associate Professor and George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy and History Department faculty affiliate, has published a new book titled Cannabis: Global Histories (MIT Press, 2021).

The book, co-edited by Lucas Richert and James M. Hills, provides a wide-ranging geographical, temporal, and thematic view of cannabis, as both intoxicant and therapeutic substance, through a discussion of cannabis consumption, commerce, and control in global history from the nineteenth century to the present day.

“This book gathers together authors from the new wave of cannabis histories that has emerged in recent decades. It offers case studies from Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. It does so to trace a global history of the plant and its preparations, arguing that Western colonialism shaped and disseminated ideas in the nineteenth century that came to drive the international control regimes of the twentieth.”

Read more at MIT Press.