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:

Diabetes And Marijuana: Here’s What The Plant Can Do To Help

The cruel fact seems to be that habitual cannabis users take in more calories and yet are less inclined toward obesity and diabetes.

Can Medical Marijuana Help With My Crohn’s Disease?

There is no cure for Crohn’s Disease, but one treatment is corticosteroids, which presents many side effects, from hair loss to lowered immune response.

Marijuana And Infertility: What You Need To Know

Cannabis And Infertility: Mouse-tissue studies show that THC inhibits ovulation and egg production. What does that mean if you're trying to get pregnant?

Does Marijuana Help With Depression Or Make It Worse?

Cannabis is, in fact, the most-widely used illicit drug among people who suffer from depression. How does weed relieve depression?

Glaucoma And Medical Marijuana: 5 Informative Facts

Medical marijuana glaucoma treatment can help reduced eye pressure and relieve pain. Here's what you need to know about using cannabis for eye health.

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.

Crohn’s and Marijuana: THC Can Ease Painful Symptoms

A group of eleven subjects with Crohn’s that had resisted conventional treatment smoked two joints a day for eight weeks.

Why Blunts Are Bad For You: It’s Not About The Marijuana

Cannabis can be mildly addictive; tobacco is super addictive. What happens when you put them together? You get a combo that’s extra-super addictive.

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?

Here Is Clinical Evidence That Marijuana Fights Epilepsy

The drug Epidiolex, 99 percent CBD, decreased seizures by 50 percent in slightly more than half the subjects. Could weed help the effects of epilepsy?