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:

Can Medical Marijuana Help With Morning Sickness?

Most women experience some morning sickness during pregnancy. Up to two percent of them suffer from the life-threatening condition hyperemesis gravidarum.

Marijuana Works Better Than Sleeping Pills For Insomnia

One of the most common home-remedy uses for cannabis is as a natural sleep aid or cure for insomnia. And why? Because it works like a charm.

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.

Marijuana Can Calm OCD: Here’s How

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that traps people in cycles of...

Marijuana Can Help You Keep An Erection Longer

Man and the erection! It’s a lifelong adventure. There is no object in creation that some man will not venture to bring into juxtaposition with his penis.

Here’s What Happens When You Stop Using Marijuana

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

How Marijuana Can Help You Heal From Hepatitis C

Cannabis can help Hepatitis C is a viral infection of the liver, that can lead to life-threatening conditions with little notice.

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?

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?

Marijuana, HIV And Kaposi’s Sarcoma: What You Should Know

Kaposi's sarcoma is a type of cancer that’s caused by a type of herpes (Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, or KSHV).