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Cameron Duff

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Chapter 39: Natures, Cultures and Bodies of Cannabis

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Natures, Cultures and Bodies of Cannabis
Natures, cultures and bodies of cannabis
Cameron Duff
Introduction

It is customary to regard cannabis as a particular kind of object or thing: a drug. With its familiar organic materiality, cannabis is treated as a singular substance, routinely manipulated in its preparations for consumption, although maintaining a consistent identity throughout these preparations. Regardless of how it may be consumed, whether smoked in a pipe, rolled into a joint, cooked and eaten, or taken in a tincture, cannabis is understood to describe a stable, knowable entity. Something, indeed, in the ontology of the drug is understood to remain constant throughout its varied iterations. Drawing from the Actor-Network-Theory (ANT) of John Law and Bruno Latour, this chapter departs from ‘common-sense’ accounts of the ...

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