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.

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4 Tips To Get The Best Out Of Naps

While prioritizing naps is a luxury that many cannot afford, it's something worth pursuing on occasion — if you have the time for them. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of them.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Meditating With Cannabis

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VIDEO: How To Recognize Cannabis Use Disorder And Marijuana Addiction

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Reefer Madness: Can Using Marijuana Lead To A Psychotic Break?

The oldest way of stigmatizing a drug is to link it to madness. But Can using marijuana lead To a psychotic break? We test the science.

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.

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.

Want To Know How Marijuana Can Reverse Aging?

“Free radicals” is a buzzword in our contemporary discourse about health and aging. Could marijuana help combat the effects of these radicals?

Mouth On Fire? Here’s How Cannabis Can Help

It turns out there are (at least) two hurdles to clear before THC tablets can take their place in America’s medicine cabinets next to Rolaids and Prilosec.

The Truth About Marijuana And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Google “cannabis and chronic fatigue syndrome and you’ll get lots of speculation and questionable info, but pretty much no scientific research whatsoever.