Richard Faulk

Richard studied the history of science as a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Irvine. After grading one term paper too many, he left the academy to concentrate on his own writing—and has never looked back since.While he has written on a wide array of subjects, Richard’s enduring focus has been exploring the points where science intersects with politics, culture, and the arts. That’s the drive that animates his books, Gross America and The Next Big Thing: A History of the Boom-or-Bust Moments That Shaped the Modern World.Richard’s writing on science, medicine, and curiosities both natural and manmade has appeared in or on Mental Floss, CNN.com, The Huffington Post, and the Discover magazine blog The Crux. He has been an invited speaker at Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy and Los Angeles’ Death Salon, and he has been interviewed on NPR, Southern California Public Radio, SiriusXM, and Radio MD. You can also watch him in the season two finale of the Science Chanel series Oddities.

Author’s recent posts:

Here’s How The THC In Medical Marijuana Can Combat HIV

There is evidence that cannabis can do more than treat the symptoms of HIV; it might actually combat the disease itself. How do THC and HIV interact?

How Does Medical Marijuana Work? Here’s The Science

For all the devilish complexity of medical marijuana research (and it is quite, quite complex), the basic idea is easy to grasp. We have a breakdown.

Crohn’s And Marijuana: THC Can Ease Painful Symptoms

A group of eleven subjects with Crohn’s that had resisted conventional treatment smoked two joints a day for eight weeks.

How Medical Marijuana Can Calm OCD

A growing body of research suggests that cannabinoids may have a role in OCD. What’s less clear is whether that role is helpful or hurtful.

Is It Possible To Be Physically Addicted To Marijuana?

Much of the discussion of marijuana addiction falls under the purview of psychology, but are there biochemical aspects become addicted to marijuana?

Alzheimer’s Disease And Marijuana: What You Need To Know

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain aliment that damages cells. It is the most common form of dementia, affecting five million Americans.

Will I Get High Or Sick From Second-Hand Marijuana Smoke?

In some places, lighting a doob and second-hand marijuana smoke may attract some discrete side-eye, but less than a cigarette might.

Medical Marijuana Can Help Your Stress-Induced Depression

A 2015 study suggests that cannabis might help offset stress-induced depression. Cannabis could potentially help stabilize mood.

Medical Marijuana Can Help ALS: Here’s The Scientific Proof

In practical terms, that means cannabis helps manage ALS pain, improves breathing, sleep, and appetite, and reduces drooling.

How Medical Marijuana Can Mitigate Symptoms Of Huntington’s Disease

Combining the tremors and loss of motor control that comes with ALS and Parkinson’s with the degeneration of Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s Disease stands alone.