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:

Is It Possible To Be Physically Addicted To Marijuana?

Much of the discussion of marijuana addiction falls under the purview of psychology, but are there biochemical aspects become addicted to marijuana?

Alzheimer’s Disease And Marijuana: What You Need To Know

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain aliment that damages cells. It is the most common form of dementia, affecting five million Americans.

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.

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.

Medical Marijuana Can Help ALS: Here’s The Scientific Proof

In practical terms, that means cannabis helps manage ALS pain, improves breathing, sleep, and appetite, and reduces drooling.

How Medical Marijuana Can Mitigate Symptoms Of Huntington’s Disease

Combining the tremors and loss of motor control that comes with ALS and Parkinson’s with the degeneration of Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s Disease stands alone.

Marijuana Can Help You Keep An Erection Longer

Man and the erection! It’s a lifelong adventure. There is no object in creation that some man will not venture to bring into juxtaposition with his penis.

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).

Here’s How Marijuana Can Help With Overactive Bladder

As anyone who doesn’t fast-forward through commercials knows, overactive bladder is a condition that affects millions of Americans.

What You Need To Know About Marijuana And Gum Disease

A long term study of New Zealanders published in JAMA Psychiatry shows that 20-year marijuana veterans have worse teeth. But why?