mental illness

Seeking Refuge: A Tale of Two Texans

Seeking Refuge: A Tale of Two Texans

My name is Colt Smith, and I’m an activist for cannabis legalization. However, I never really wanted to be. I was born in Arlington, TX to two educated, loving, and supportive parents. My childhood was very normal, or as normal as one can be. My dad, a family practice physician and Sunday school teacher, is […]

An Obituary for Sarah: Love and Loss in the War on Drugs

An Obituary for Sarah: Love and Loss in the War on Drugs

IMAGE: Neal Fowler, Creative Commons I looked for her for years. I asked around, I googled her name on the regular. Things would remind me of her now and then, and I’d be flooded with waves of regret that we hadn’t kept in touch. Sarah was the child of two schizophrenic parents. She didn’t know where […]

Why Isn’t Marijuana Used to Treat Eating Disorders?

Why Isn’t Marijuana Used to Treat Eating Disorders?

PHOTO: Goldilock Photography At least 24 million Americans of all ages and genders are currently suffering from an eating disorder, and research shows that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of ANY mental illness. In light of these statistics, it amazes me that eating disorders are often still not considered a “qualifying condition” under […]

Cannabis Helped My Depression And Post Traumatic Stress

Cannabis Helped My Depression And Post Traumatic Stress

PHOTO: ‘Resettled Farm Child’ Dorothea Lange, 1935 Trigger Warning: This article discusses self-harm, suicide, and bullying. If you’ve met me in person, you might not realize that I suffer from severe, chronic depression. Depending on what I’ve worn, you might not think someone so outgoing and openly dorky could possibly be hurting. If you’ve only […]