opiate 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 […]

Ibogaine Therapy Can Offer Addiction Relief During Opioid Withdrawal

Ibogaine Therapy Can Offer Addiction Relief During Opioid Withdrawal

Long used as a part of Bwiti rituals, the Iboga tree from West-Central Africa has a powerful psychedelic alkaloid compounds, called ibogaine, that develops in its roots. In Bwiti, the roots of this special shrub are consumed during rituals for a variety of reasons. There is also anecdote of hunters using the substance in lower […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Black Kids With Sickle Cell Anemia Get Screwed By The War On Drugs

How Black Kids With Sickle Cell Anemia Get Screwed By The War On Drugs

During my pediatric rotation in nursing school, there was a young boy, about 12-years-old, whom I’ll refer to as Zackary*, who suffered from sickle cell anemia. He was African American, lived in the inner city, loved football and basketball and his favorite subject in school was science. He was just a regular kid who wanted […]