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,, 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 Is How Marijuana Helps With Painful Menstrual Periods

Heavy or painful menstrual periods can be a real pain and disrupt your lfe, but can marijuana (the tampons and the bath salts) really help?

From The Doctor: Can Marijuana Help A Bad Back?

Medical Marijuana has been proven to help arthritis, pancreatitis, migraine, Parkinson’s, and more, but what about lower back pain?

Science: Why More Marijuana May Equal Fewer Migraines

One of the most ancient medical uses of cannabis was headache relief and migraines. But support from modern science has been thin—until this year.

What You Should Know About Medical Marijuana And Pancreatitis

If you’re new to Rx, allow us to give you this tip: Treating inflammation is one thing the cannabinoids do well. Can it help Pancreatitis?

What You Need To Know About Marijuana And Breast Cancer

As remarkable as it may seem, there is reliable and growing for-real evidence suggesting that cannabis can slow the growth of breast cancer tumors.

Want To Know How Marijuana Can Reverse Aging?

“Free radicals” is a buzzword in our contemporary discourse about health and aging. Could marijuana help combat the effects of these radicals?

Medical Marijuana For Your Dog: Is It Safe?

Can CBD treats help with joint issues and other pain problems in your dog? How do canines deal with a THC high? Find out what you need to know.

Can Marijuana Really Cure Cancer? Here’s The Science

To delve into the literature on medical marijuana can, at times, feel like wading into a sea of nonsense. But one of the claims that seems on its face to rank among the most supremely bullshittiest turns out to be true. Maybe.

How Marijuana Can Help Tinnitus And Neuronal Hyperactivity

Because cannabis can quell seizures and both CB1 and CB2 receptors, it seems quite reasonable that cannabis might have some effect on tinnitus.

What Happens When You Suddenly Stop Using Marijuana

Clinicians have documented some 40 symptoms associated with marijuana withdrawal—from aggression to diarrhea to runny nose to excessive yawning.