What is the difference between marijuana and hemp?
What is sensimilla?
What is the active ingredient in marijuana? Where is it produced on the
plant? What is its presumed function in the plant?
marijuana flowers bisexual or unisexual? Are marijuana plants
hermaphroditic, monoecious or dioecious?
Write the scientific name for the two species of Cannabis.
Compare and contrast the two species in terms of: frost tolerance, flowering
ability, appearance, drug content.
These two species presumably evolved from a common ancestor? To what
conditions did they adapt?
What is photoperiodism?
has been suggested that the first plants domesticated by humans were
multi-purpose crops. Not surprisingly, Cannabis may have been domesticated
early. Identify at least three products from cannabis. What is the active
ingredient in marijuana? When was it identified?
Marijuana as a
Breeders have prepared hybrids of marijuana in hopes of combing the best
traits of both species. Which and were they successful?
smoking always been the main way to ingest marijuana?
Marijuana has experienced artificial selection for drug content. How was
What is paraquat? In what way did it foster indoor marijuana culture?
are male plants discouraged?
What is the advantage of starting marijuana plants from cuttings?
receptor for marijuana was discovered in the nervous system in 1988. What
is the normal chemical that activates this receptor?
What is the presumed function of our natural cannabinoid?
Sweet is good, bitter is bad. Why is this generally true? What is the
scientific basis for this statement?
Pollan argues that plants that produce strong toxins that kill are
evolutionary less successful than those that are less toxic. Explain.
Animals have presumably helped humans identify psychoactive plants. Match
the plant with the animal that may have alerted humans to its activity:
Plants: coffee, marijuana, quinine (Cinchona). Animals: goat; pigeons;
What is a pheromone?
does catnip cause cats to �go wild?�
What are the four human �desires� to which Pollan�s book is addressed?
Identify the plants associated with each.
you agree with Pollan�s conclusion that �the desire to alter one�s
experience of consciousness may be universal?� What is his evidence?
might humans have this desire? Is it an evolutionary adaptation or simply
an evolutionary �accident?� (remember the article, Freudian Slip?)
What are potential advantages of �fiddling with one�s brain chemistry?�
What does it means to �be high?� What does Andrew Weil means that marijuana
is an �active placebo?�
is forgetting �one of the more important things healthy brains do?�
Religion & Taboo�s
what way do �the Old Testament and the criminal code both make a connection
between forbidden plants and knowledge?�
each of the following plants, identify the culture in which they have been
used as a ritualistic hallucinogen: grape, peyote cactus, ergot fungus, fly
mushroom (Amanita muscaria), marijuana/hashish
What is an entheogen?
What are the Eleusinian mysteries?
What does Pollan mean that plant toxins are a �kind of cultural mutagen?�
Pollan argues that marijuana has resulted in �a substantial increase in the
power of government at the expense of the Bill of Rights��and that
�Americans are demonstrably less free today.� What is his evidence for this
claim? What does he suggest caused this change?
Pollan suggests that historically there are two reasons that marijuana is
�taboo.� What are they?
Describe the origin of the word, �Assassin.�
Pollan argues that the purpose of gardens has changed over time, and that
gardens have become bowdlerized in recent years. How have gardens changed
and what does he mean? Why might these changes have occurred?
you agree that gardeners are motivated by a desire to be a �small-time
alchemist� and for �independence.�
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