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Synthetic cannabis is stronger than it used to be.First published 10/07/2013 I wish I could stop writing blog posts about Spice, as the family of synthetic cannabinoids has become known. I wish young... Read Full Post
Submitted on Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 07:28
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Why do heavy pot smokers show a blunted reaction to stimulants?Most drugs of abuse increase dopamine transmission in the brain, and indeed, this is thought to be the basic neural mechanism underlying... Read Full Post
Submitted on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 18:35
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First published 2/18/2014. Former National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) director Alan Leshner has been vilified by many for referring to addiction as a chronic, relapsing “brain disease.” What... Read Full Post
Submitted on Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 09:55
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Improving pulmonary function in newborns.  500 mg of daily vitamin C given to pregnant smoking women “decreased the effects of in-utero nicotine” and “improved measures of pulmonary function” in... Read Full Post
Submitted on Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 13:55
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Alcohol takes a friend.  What good does it do: You write about addiction, research it, think about it, formulate new ideas about it. You try to be of service.What good does it do: One of your... Read Full Post
Submitted on Friday, June 27, 2014 - 07:29
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Federal study also discusses medical marijuana.Considering the impasse on marijuana policy between state and federal governments in the U.S., the primary government agency in charge of drug research—... Read Full Post
Submitted on Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 19:14
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Would it do any good?A recent article in Slate by Reihan Salam, a sort of modest proposal on behalf of a big boost in alcohol excise taxes, caught considerable flack from free market advocates and... Read Full Post
Submitted on Monday, June 2, 2014 - 11:26
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Happy World No Tobacco Day It’s one of the annual days of note concocted by the World Health Organization (WHO). The motive is undeniably noble, and the goofy negative title makes it a favorite of... Read Full Post
Submitted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 07:07
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The hazards of a leaky gut. Biology for $1000, Alex: An integral part of the cell walls of Gram-negative bacteria, these toxic compounds can trigger inflammation and other immunological responses... Read Full Post
Submitted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 18:21
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The pros and cons of getting your vape on.Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began a new era—regulating e-cigarettes. With a non-controversial first step, the FDA banned the sale of e... Read Full Post
Submitted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 08:56