suicide

How Cannabis Helped Me Overcome My Suicidal Ideation

How Cannabis Helped Me Overcome My Suicidal Ideation

Content note: This article discusses suicidal ideation and may be upsetting to those who have lost a loved one to suicide or those who struggle similarly. Mental health issues and suicide are highly individuated medical conditions, and obviously this extended metaphor will not apply to everyone. It is presented as both a source of potential […]

Kalief Browder: Imprisoned for Three Years at Rikers Without Trial Commits Suicide

Kalief Browder: Imprisoned for Three Years at Rikers Without Trial Commits Suicide

Content Note: This article discusses suicide, abuse and mistreatment/torture of a minor by the state. Kalief Browder was, by most accounts, a pretty normal teenager before his arrest. Then, on May 15th, 2010, just before his seventeenth birthday, he and a friend were stopped while walking back to his house in the Bronx, New York. […]

Suicide Hotline With Focus on Transgender People Now Taking Calls

Suicide Hotline With Focus on Transgender People Now Taking Calls

Trans Lifeline is a new suicide prevention hotline whose focus is specifically transgender people and those experiencing a gender crisis. Their number is (877)565-8860. Founded by Greta Martela, Trans Lifeline is unique in several respects when compared with other similar helplines. First and foremost, the staff is comprised of transgender people. Additionally, the website for […]

Brittany Maynard Deserved to Choose Her Treatment

Brittany Maynard Deserved to Choose Her Treatment

As you probably already know, Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) patient who had become the face of “Death with Dignity” chose to end her life on November 1 as she had planned. And I’m really angry. No, I’m not angry at Brittany or her choice…I’m angry at the Cannabis community for its reaction […]

Prohibition is Scaring and Scarring the Shit Out of Me!

Prohibition is Scaring and Scarring the Shit Out of Me!

Trigger Warning: This article discusses suicide, theft/home invasion and law enforcement dehumanizing a deceased person. The violence due to the prohibition of marijuana has seriously affected my life. In its entirety I have encountered domestic violence, imprisonment due to drugs, imprisonment due to my belief system, gun violence, robbery, dismissal, rejection, unemployment, and now avoidable […]

RIP Bill Buckman: Ladybud Attorney, NJ NORML Board Member & Celebrated Civil Rights Activist

RIP Bill Buckman: Ladybud Attorney, NJ NORML Board Member & Celebrated Civil Rights Activist

PHOTO: Bill Buckman speaking at a Coalition for Medical Marijuana – New Jersey press conference in 2012 with Ladybud Publisher Diane Fornbacher and Managing Editor Vanessa Waltz/Credit: Peter Rosenfeld UPDATE on Bill’s funeral arrangements:  Sunday, October 19th at Platt’s Memorial Chapel, 2001 Haddonfield Berlin road, Cherry Hill, NJ at 1pm. The Ladybud family is mourning […]

There is No Easy Check Box for This: Stigma, Mental Health, and Silence

There is No Easy Check Box for This: Stigma, Mental Health, and Silence

Trigger Warning: This article discusses depression, suicidal thoughts, and similar concepts. The nightmares, they really fuck me up. Two or three times a night, I’m jerked out of a sound sleep into immediate full wakefulness. Heart pounding, I come to, like a fish yanked out of water. Desperately gasping to find my breath. Every. Single. […]

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 […]

POEM: Every Year You Die Again

POEM: Every Year You Die Again

Though it has been Twenty four years Since you took your life There are days When I feel you In my cells Emanating life force I’m transported To the shade Of our avocado tree In Florida Where you rocked me Back and forth When I could still fit Into your lap I looked up at […]

PETITION: Renew Fired Cannabis Researcher’s Contract

PETITION: Renew Fired Cannabis Researcher’s Contract

Two weeks after Dr. Suzanne Sisley was fired from her research position at the University of Arizona, citizens and activists are still rallying behind her. A petition has been started on the website Change.org, requesting that the University of Arizona renew Dr. Sisley’s contract, thus allowing her to begin her groundbreaking study on medical cannabis […]