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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What The Heck Is Trichotillomania And Can Cannabis Help?

It is an impulse control disorder related to obsessive compulsive disease that can leave patients with patchy bald spots — which can be a source of embarrassment.

Is It Okay That I Smoke To Mellow Out Before Social Events?

Millions suffer from debilitating shyness. The medical term is general social anxiety disorder, or SAD, and, by some reckoning, it’s the third most common psychological ailment, affecting about 7 percent of people globally.

Medical Cannabis Can Help You Heal From Hepatitis C

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

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.

Bad Childhood: Can Marijuana Help Me Cope With Traumatic Memories?

Marijuana has been shown to play a role in helping with traumatic memories from a Bad Childhood or whatever is haunting you.

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.