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:

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.

Marijuana And Motion Sickness: Here’s What We Know

Cannabis is commonly recommended to ease the nausea associated with chemotherapy, but can it relieve the more familiar sensation of motion sickness?

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.

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.