psychology

Letting Cannabis Help PTSD

Letting Cannabis Help PTSD

Getting PTSD added to lists of ailments for medical cannabis has gotten to be an outrageous hassle. Colorado just voted against including it on their medical list, and it’s stirred me up in a way that’s incredibly uncomfortable. I’m sure Ladybud readers know what PTSD is, and I could go into all the base rates […]

Envisioning a Post-Prohibition World at Psymposia Psychedelics Conference

Envisioning a Post-Prohibition World at Psymposia Psychedelics Conference

Psymposia – Envisioning a Post Prohibition World The snow has melted, spring is slowly regaining its grasp on life as flowers begin to bloom and people emerge from what has been one of the harshest winters ever in New England. It is fitting then, that an blossoming organization offers a springtime continuation of what the […]

Humor 101: A Psychologist Explains How to Get the Most Out of Therapy

Humor 101: A Psychologist Explains How to Get the Most Out of Therapy

Every single person on earth needs therapy, but few know how to make it the most curative process since ham. Simple guidelines can help you turn pedestrian treatment into a top-of-the-line analysis with all the associated hyphens. These steps will have you on the yellow brick road to the emerald city of common unhappiness as […]

Why You Do Sh*t That’s Bad For You

Why You Do Sh*t That’s Bad For You

IMAGE: Georg Emanuel  Opitz Der Säufer, 1804 It’s funny. I was recently asked to give a talk to undergraduates interested in psychology.  I was told to pick any topic I wanted, but advised to pick something that sums up the overarching theme of what I study.  Until that moment I’d never thought about the congruence of […]

Addicts are People Too: Choosing Compassion over Judgement

Addicts are People Too: Choosing Compassion over Judgement

Addicts are people, too. This is sadly something that many people in the cannabis community seem to be forgetting, throwing around the  words “druggie,” “meth-head,” and “junkie” as though a single factor (whether or not a person has used certain drugs) determines any human’s worth. Let me make something perfectly clear: being addicted to a […]

Cannabis Activists Above the Fray: Don’t Mind or Feed the Trolls in Comment Sections

Cannabis Activists Above the Fray: Don’t Mind or Feed the Trolls in Comment Sections

PHOTO: Simon Steiner, Creative Commons Congratulations, cannabis activists: weed is now legal in two states. We’re witnessing historic change, not only in our country’s laws, but in our culture. Contrast Gallup’s first marijuana legalization poll in 1969 (12% in favor) with 2013’s poll (58% in favor). Yes, the tide has turned and we are now […]

Humor Is Key To Any Sexual Relationship

Humor Is Key To Any Sexual Relationship

Fashionable, young Anna Italiano, a television regular and two-time Tony award winner, had played the beauty opposite macho heroes in three Hollywood flicks. She would soon appear as the definitive seductress in a movie that defined a generation. One night she sat in a trendy restaurant, and who happened by but the frumpy, down-on-his-luck, Melvin […]

Is It Possible To Have A ‘Personal’ Style?

Is It Possible To Have A ‘Personal’ Style?

When Ladybud first pitched me the idea of writing an article on my personal style, I admit I was a little dubious. While I pride myself on knowing how to dress, I would hardly call myself fashionable. After some hemming and hawing I asked myself, and one very put-upon male friend (sorry, Graham), some hard […]

Jonesin’ For Weed: Can People Really Crave Marijuana?

Jonesin’ For Weed: Can People Really Crave Marijuana?

The field of psychology is abuzz this month because our manual for diagnosing clinical disorders is being re-released and will be chock-full of modifications (DSM-5). The proposed changes are particularly relevant to my own work because the newest edition is reorganizing how we diagnose cannabis related disorders. The most notable change is the addition of […]

50,000 Feet High and Climbing

50,000 Feet High and Climbing

Flying is full of small talk, and one of the first questions people usually ask is what I do for a living. When people ask me about my job they get the spiel. First I tell them that I’m working on my Ph.D. and that I study clinical psychology. Usually the brilliant asker will say […]