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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Book Review 1: No Need for Weed: Understanding and Breaking Cannabis Dependency

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No Need for Weed

No Need for Weed is a book about understanding and overcoming your cannabis dependency. Product description  from Amazon website:

"Tens of millions of people smoke cannabis every day, it would be unrealistic to think that nobody has problems when they try to quit or simply want to take a break for a while. One reason cannabis is such a popular drug is that it is incredibly versatile. Most users say they smoke to relax; others accept that it simply makes life less boring or helps them sleep. Another reason for cannabis's popularity is simply its addictive nature. This is despite the fact many users believe it to be non-habit forming, until they themselves try and quit. This book is designed to let you consider your relationship with weed openly and honestly. For the first time, here is a book that offers a real understanding of how cannabis interacts with all areas of life - from sleep, work and relaxation to our emotions, our senses, and our creativity, as well as our relationships. Using his own experience - and that of other people that he has worked with - James Langton offers a step-by-step guide to letting go of cannabis dependency, through the adjustment period and into recovery, helping you make the most of this positive life change and move forward to a place where you can clearly see that there really is No Need for Weed."

No Need for Weed: 
Understanding and  Breaking Cannabis Dependency

Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Hindsight Publishing (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095576260X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955762604
  • James Langton (Author)
  • Angela Jullings (Contributor)

I read this book, because somebody I know suffers from a dependency to cannabis, and their family wanted to "stage an intervention" of sorts. I volunteered to read it to get a feel for the book, and whether it is fitting for the intervention.

Langton himself had a self-proclaimed dependence upon cannabis. Langton used weed on a daily basis for many years, and cites many different types of users within his book, daily users, however, are the main focus. Langton also focuses mostly on the "older generation" of smokers, meaning, those who have smoked for a long time, or picked it up as teenagers. This book is helpful to anybody regardless of amount smoked, or length of dependency, however. 

If you are not keen on the notion of 12 step programs, the use of God so predominately within the 12 step programs, or, you're not sure about the severity of your dependence, this book is for you. Langton writes as a friend giving advice, and does not demean, or control the reader. As a former addict, he writes from experience, and makes a point to make suggestions without claiming that they WILL work for everyone. 

This book does have some UK slang within it, but is still highly readable for the American audience. Be aware, however, that if you are looking for references (such as groups), they will be based within the UK. 
  Overall, No Need For Weed guides the reader through the basics of cannabis dependency, from emotions, to the actual process of smoking, as well as physical changes to the body. The book then begins to delve into the reasons for quitting. Langton really allows the reader to create his or her own decisions, and even says it is "okay" if you decide to continue smoking weed. (Even if you decide to forgo quitting altogether and just cut back). Langton then takes the reader through a gently led journey into quitting, stressing the whole time that it is okay to fail. Langton really cares about his readers, and creates a very comforting atmosphere within No Need For Weed. This book is readable by just about anyone, and is truly interesting to anybody, even those with just a casual interest in the subject matter.

Check out some excerpts from the book, here

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