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New Book Released: Weed of Wonder

Cannabis history is your history. Discover why in the new publication Weed of Wonder.  


Weed of Wonder is the result of more than four years of in-depth research and photography. Unprecedented access to Museum founder Ben Dronkers’ collection of over 9000 cannabis-related artifacts has resulted in a fresh view of the plant’s history. The book will be available from June 25th, 2021.

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Why a new book on Cannabis?

Legal cannabis is slowly becoming international. Old-school cannabis activism now exists alongside a billion dollar industry. CBD, the ‘wellness cannabinoid’, is changing the perception of the plant and mainstreaming its use beyond the wildest dreams of yesteryear’s recreational consumers. Hemp researchers are finding innovative solutions to some of the challenges posed by the ongoing climate crisis and the urgent need for genuinely sustainable resources.

Weed of Wonder describes in detail how Cannabis has contributed to our social-economic evolution, and the role it could play in our future. It’s been a part of developing medicine, travel, textiles, and industry to such an extent that no matter who you are or what you do, hemp and cannabis have played a part in your life in some way.

In short, if Cannabis was a person, this would be the ultimate biography. 

Bridging the gap between specialist reference work and coffee-table photobook, Weed of Wonder is an engaging way to explore and understand both the current cultural shifts and covers the historical prejudices surrounding the plant. From medicinal breakthroughs to prohibition breakdowns, from invaluable industrial hemp to rarefied recreational use, it’s all here. 

“Plants are important in human cultures, but are far too often neglected. What a joy Weed of Wonder is, chronicling the significance of cannabis since its first use as a nutritious foodstuff. This is a strikingly beautiful and informative book. If you want the careful, wide-ranging and rounded view of this culturally important plant, Weed of Wonder is it.”

Professor Simon L. Lewis, University College London and author of The Human Planet: How We Created the Anthropocene.

About the Publisher

The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum is the world’s oldest Cannabis museum, with a collection of over 9000 objects encompassing all aspects of cannabis culture, gathered by its founder and director Ben Dronkers. It has venues in Amsterdam (The Netherlands, since 1987) and Barcelona (Spain, since 2012).

“It is partly thanks to the dedication of this museum that knowledge about the many uses of the cannabis plant has reached a wide audience and that the political debate about legislation has been conducted over the past decades. You will discover why the cannabis plant deserves this freedom in the coming pages. I hope you enjoy this book.” - Dries Van Agt, former Prime Minister of The Netherlands.

About the book

Weed of Wonder is an English-language hardcover book combining hundreds of high-quality, full-colour photographs with informative text. The book is available on and from booksellers everywhere, in a choice of green or purple cover.