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

Study: Patients Stopped Using Benzodiazepines Once They Began Consuming Medical Cannabis

A new study continues to support medical marijuana as a healthier option over other types of addictive medications.

First Year Hemp Growers Struggle To Reach Profitability

There is a learning curve involved that is making it difficult for hemp growers to find profitability right out of the gate. 

Duchess Kate Shares Personal Message For First Time On Instagram; Jenna Dewan Learned Of Channing Tatum & Jessie J Relationship Online

Duchess Kate takes to Instagram for the first time, and Jenna Dewan said she felt “blindsided” by news that Tatum had started a new relationship.

Is It Possible To Become Addicted To Marijuana’s CBD?

People are puffing on CBD vape pens left and right and pretty much every head shop in America carries CBD products. If it’s so appealing so often, is it habit forming?

The Story Behind Those Vans That Supposedly Sell Pot Edibles

Vacationers looking to get high, even where cannabis is legal, should expect buying marijuana to be a bit more involved than a curbside transaction outside some tourist trap.

Can Marijuana Ease Motion Sickness?

Side effects and personal choice give marijuana the ability to offer a unique solution, especially with hemp-related CBD oil.

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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.

The Truth About Marijuana And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Google “cannabis and chronic fatigue syndrome and you’ll get lots of speculation and questionable info, but pretty much no scientific research whatsoever.

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.

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.

Itchy? Medical Marijuana Can Help With Cases Both Severe And Minimal

Itchy skin from dry skin and allergies is an issue, but is also a symptom of much more serious conditions, including liver disease and kidney failure.

Can Medical Marijuana Cure My Fear Of Public Speaking?

Anxious and taking the mic? Get ready to drop it. It might not make you a better public speaker, but it could make you a more courageous one.