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:

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.

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).

Why Marijuana Is Great To Use During A Cleanse

Improbably enough, yes, marijuana intoxication may be compatible with your detix. Cannabis on a cleanse could work as an antioxidant.

How Weed Helps Burning Mouth Syndrome

Burning mouth syndrome—known, to the fifteen to twenty people who’ve ever heard of it, as BMS—is a mysterious oral condition with no known cause and no known cure.

Everything You Need To Know About Marijuana And Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common-ish disorder that shatters restful sleep with interruptions in breathing that can last anywhere from seconds to even minutes.

Can Pot Brownies Guard Against Getting Diabetes?

You might intuitively think that eating tons of sugar can’t be good for you and...

Actual Pictures Of Your Brain On Marijuana Are Really Beautiful

In its October 2016 issue, the journal Cell published the first atomic-level images of the human brain and cannabinoid receptor 1 (more familiarly known as CB1), the neuroreceptor that responds to THC, one of the key active ingredients in marijuana.

Here’s How The THC In Medical Marijuana Can Combat HIV

There is evidence that cannabis can do more than treat the symptoms of HIV; it might actually combat the disease itself. How do THC and HIV interact?

How Does Medical Marijuana Work? Here’s The Science

For all the devilish complexity of medical marijuana research (and it is quite, quite complex), the basic idea is easy to grasp. We have a breakdown.