High Points: An Historical Geography of Cannabis*

  title={High Points: An Historical Geography of Cannabis*},
  author={Barney Warf},
  journal={Geographical Review},
  pages={414 - 438}
  • Barney Warf
  • Published 1 October 2014
  • History
  • Geographical Review
Cannabis, including hemp and its psychoactive counterpart, has a long but largely overlooked historical geography. Situating the topic within varied perspectives such as world‐systems theory, Foucauldian biopolitics, and the moral economy of drugs, this paper charts its diffusion over several millennia, noting the contingent and uneven ways in which it was enveloped within varying social and political circumstances. Following a brief theorization, it explores the plant's early uses in East and… 
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