addiction

Not Prohibited Yet: Kratom Offers Pain Relief and Help with Opioid Addiction

Not Prohibited Yet: Kratom Offers Pain Relief and Help with Opioid Addiction

Opioid, opiate, and heroin addiction are increasingly worrying public health concerns here in the United States. Unfortunately, our country’s people struggling with addiction receive less support than castigation, often facing criminal consequences for what amounts to a serious health issue. This response is neither compassionate nor appropriate. Arresting and incarcerating individuals will do nothing to […]

Trump Wants to Re-Weaponize The Failed War on Drugs

Trump Wants to Re-Weaponize The Failed War on Drugs

Surprisingly,  Donald Trump’s recent speech to the United Nations was not an attempt to brag about his “achievements” as president. Instead,  the focus was on reigniting the dying flames of the failed War on Drugs. Since its height in the 1980s and early 90s, the War on Drugs has become an increasingly unsuccessful and unpopular […]

Dan Bigg, Harm Reduction Hero, Dies at 59

Dan Bigg, Harm Reduction Hero, Dies at 59

Far too many people are ready and willing to ignore the struggles of people with addiction issues. Our culture has spent decades educating people to think of those who struggle in this way as criminals or less worthy. That has led to a major gap between the care and services available to addicts and those […]

Ensuring Adequate Pain Relief Is Compassionate Policy

Ensuring Adequate Pain Relief Is Compassionate Policy

For years, The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has obstinately insisted that cannabis is as dangerous as opioids and heroin. Those in the know, from activists to doctors, would bristle at the classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance. The Schedule 1 classification means that the federal government does not recognize any medical benefits or […]

Alcohol Is Killing my Generation. We Need to Legalize Cannabis.

Alcohol Is Killing my Generation. We Need to Legalize Cannabis.

For as long as alcohol has been a part of human culture, it has had a worrisome impact on relationships and human health. Before the rise of potable water and municipal filtration systems, drinking alcohol was a daily activity for many humans (although they did drink water, too). At this point in history, we arguably […]

Can We Stop Treating Addiction Like an Insult?

Can We Stop Treating Addiction Like an Insult?

The cannabis community is comprised of many disparate groups, forced together by their mutual interest in this incredible plant. There are people who enjoy social smoking and use cannabis recreationally. There are people with serious medical conditions that rely on cannabis medicines to reduce their symptoms, stimulate appetite, control pain or get some sleep. There […]

Stuart McMillen’s Anti-Prohibition Cartoon Exposes Destructive War on Drugs

Stuart McMillen’s Anti-Prohibition Cartoon Exposes Destructive War on Drugs

Stuart McMillen, a young comic artist residing in Australia, has created a lovely illustrated guide to the social impact of the War on Drugs. It cuts right to the heart of prohibition policies without requiring that the audience read paragraphs of “boring” history and political science/cultural analysis. Beautifully illustrated and succinct in its analysis of […]

Lady Business: Shaleen Title of THC Staffing Group

Lady Business: Shaleen Title of THC Staffing Group

FEATURE PHOTO: Shaleen Title by Alison Heckard, Bird in Flight Photography I first met Shaleen Title at a photo shoot for Pot Couture in Brooklyn in 2010 and while that publication is no longer online, we formed a strong bond that exists in this new paradigm of cannabis legalization. She’s one of the movement’s great treasures […]

Let’s Talk About Real Compassion for Addicts, Please

Let’s Talk About Real Compassion for Addicts, Please

For too long in our country, the rhetoric in the War on Drugs has focused on representing drug users as the “other,” as the bad guys in this culture war. Those who preach compassion and rehabilitation and harm reduction instead of criminalization are often dismissed as “bleeding heart liberals” willing to give anyone a free […]

Legalizing Psychedelic Therapy with Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

Legalizing Psychedelic Therapy with Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

What is psychedelic therapy? Psychedelic therapy is a mode of treatment that uses psychedelic drugs (such as LSD, MDMA, psilocybin, ibogaine, ayahuasca, or others) to enhance the effectiveness of therapy. Psychedelic therapy is only administered a small number of times, as opposed to traditional drug-based treatments which require patients to take medications every day, sometimes for […]