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.

Recent articles

Could Marijuana Legalization Have Stopped The Vaping Crisis?

If marijuana was regulated like tobacco and alcohol, the effects of the vaping illness would have been minimized.

5 Animal Videos To Save Your Week: Nov. 11

This week's cute videos feature two golden retrievers doing very dumb things, some cats cuddling and looking unhappy, and a squirrel with an awesome hairstyle.

Researchers Just Proved Marijuana Users Have More Sex

Researchers found that compared to never-users, those who reported daily marijuana use had about 20% more sex.

Black Market Marijuana Is Poisoning Public Forests

Illegal cartels use public forests to grow their marijuana crops, contaminating nearby wildlife and water sources.

Does Smoking Marijuana Turn Your Tongue Green?

Law enforcement across the country reference the green coating as probable cause in DUI cases.

Recovering After Knee Surgery: How CBD And Marijuana Can Help

Multiple studies have showcased that THC and CBD offer an alternative to opioids and other pain medicines.

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Mouth On Fire? Here’s How Cannabis Can Help

Researchers accidentally proved that marijuana has the potential to ease the pain of capsaicin, which is the chemical responsible for putting the "hot" in hot peppers. 

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.

Glaucoma And Medical Marijuana: 5 Informative Facts

Medical marijuana glaucoma treatment can help reduced eye pressure and relieve pain. Here's what you need to know about using cannabis for eye health.

Here’s How Medical Marijuana Can Help With Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes itchy scaling of the skin. It typically affects the elbows, knees and scalp. How can medical marijuana help?

Science: How Marijuana Works To Help Those With Multiple Sclerosis

It’s those last three symptoms that have been most studied in relation to medical marijuana.

Can Using Marijuana Actually Lead To Reefer Madness?

The oldest way of stigmatizing a drug is to link it to madness. But can using marijuana lead to a psychotic break? We test the science.