Dirk Hanson is a freelance science writer and blogger. He is also the author of "The New Alchemists: Silicon Valley and the Microelectronics Revolution." He currently edits the Addiction Inbox blog. He has written for Scientific American, The Dana Foundation, Huffington Post, AlterNet, California, Omni, and other magazines.
Making best guesses about pot. One essential question about state marijuana legalization continues to dog the debate: Namely, as marijuana becomes gradually legal, how do we estimate how many... Read Full Post
Would you let your daughter go out with an addict?In the title of her book, Girlfriend of Bill, author Karen Nagy riffs on the time-honored public code for mutual AA recognition: “Are you a friend of... Read Full Post
Strong pot matters, but maybe not the way we think. Colorado, Washington, and some 20 additional states have now made various provisions for legal transactions involving marijuana. And since time... Read Full Post
Follow the bouncing ping-pong ball. “E-cigarettes are likely to be gateway devices for nicotine addiction among youth, opening up a whole new market for tobacco.”—Lauren Dutra, postdoctoral fellow at... Read Full Post
Your brain doesn’t come with an instruction manual.The Dana Foundation’s annual Brain Awareness Week (BAW), March 10-16, seems particularly appropriate and useful this time around, after a year in... Read Full Post
Book review.In The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, author Olivia Laing’s stated goal is “to know why writers drink, and what effect this stew of spirits has had upon the body of... Read Full Post
Commentary.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 often goes... Read Full Post
Calcium may be curbing the urge to drink. “Occasionally,” reads the opening sentence of a commentary published online last month in Neuropsychopharmacology, “a paper comes along that fundamentally... Read Full Post
In Central America, drug policies become conservation policies.The Central American isthmus exploded into prominence as a drug trafficking corridor in 2006, when pressure on Mexican cartels pushed... Read Full Post
Can we ever integrate neuroscience and social science?Bielefeld, Germany—The last in a series of posts about a recent conference, Neuroplasticity in Substance Addiction and Recovery: From Genes to... Read Full Post
Would you let your daughter go out with an addict?In the title of her book, Girl... Read Full Post
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