Tell Your Children: The Truth about Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

Tell Your Children: The Truth about Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

by Alex Berenson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982103668
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 12,321
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Alex Berenson is a former New York Times reporter and award-winning novelist. He attended Yale University and joined the Times in 1999, where he covered everything from the drug industry to Hurricane Katerina and served as a correspondent in Iraq. In 2006, The Faithful Spy, his debut novel, won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel. He has since written eleven more novels. Currently, he lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife and children. Tell Your Children is his second nonfiction book.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Everything You're About to Read Is True xi

Part 1 Then And Now

1 Madness on Two Continents 3

2 Schizophrenia, (Mis)Understood 17

3 Getting High in the 1970s 33

4 The First Real Proof 47

5 Medical Marijuana Wins 57

Part 2 Proof

6 A Round-the-World Search for Evidence 81

7 An Unlikely Theory Gains Traction 101

8 Study After Study After Study 120

9 Stories from the Front Lines 128

10 An Epidemic Arrives 140

Part 3 The Red Tide

11 Laboratory Studies, Real-World Facts 165

12 Axes and Knives 179

13 One Bad Trip 192

14 Myths, Spreading 209

Epilogue: What Now? 219

Acknowledgments 229

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Anonymous 3 months ago
A well-researched book which is brave enough to tell the truth about what today's marijuana is doing to our society. I am a Colorado mom with two kids who have been deeply affected by legalization of weed. Both my kids were honor students, top athletes, musicians at their Douglas County high school. The high-THC legal and "medical" marijuana which has permeated Colorado derailed both of them. They got into legal trouble, their mental health suffered terribly, they were suicidal, our family went through hell. We tried counseling, psychiatrists, rehabs, had my son kidnapped and sent to wilderness therapy, spent thousands and thousands of dollars. We finally found a wonderful out-patient 'Enthusiastic sobriety' drug rehab for teens and young adults (The Cornerstone Program) and thankfully both my son and daughter are both doing well now. I have been involved with the Cornerstone parent support program for almost 6 years now and have seen hundreds and hundreds of Colorado kids come into rehab deeply affected by weed and then other drugs. Every single one of them will tell you they started with weed. Alcohol, pills, cocaine were often added in, many of them went on to heroin, meth. Most of them still have symptoms of paranoia and mental illness from weed. I have been to 4 funerals for these kids, from mental illness, suicide, drug overdoses. Legalizing marijuana has caused drug use, especially among teens and young adults, to become “normalized”. It’s become “normal” in Colorado for young adults to get high, and this so often leads to normalization of other drug use. What makes weed especially dangerous is that today’s marijuana, and especially that sold in Colorado, is at least 25 times stronger than that of the 60's and 70's. The THC level in Colorado’s weed qualifies it as a class one dangerous drug in every country outside the US. Once someone crosses this first line into drug use by using weed, it becomes much easier to cross the next line, and the next. The opioid crisis is not unrelated to marijuana legalization. If doubters believe weed is harmless and non-addictive, why are there so many active Marijuana Anonymous groups? This book starts to tell the much-needed truth about how dangerous today's marijuana is for our society as a whole, and especially for young people. Speaking from personal experience, I want to say thank you Alex Berenson, for speaking the truth.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I checked a selection his quoted studies online, and Berenson's information appears to be accurate. While I have not seen the violence first-hand, I have seen the marijuana- induced psychosis. This book is a warning every parent needs to read.... and every young adult. Psychosis is a form of self-mutilation. Once broken the mind is never unbroken again.
Anonymous 5 months ago
What a piece of sensationalist garbage. Based on no facts. Very sad to see major publishers and book stores promoting these lies. It's "Reefer Madness" 2019.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Well written and well-documented. This is an earth-shaking book that should be read by everyone. This will be a best-seller-and for good reason.