Category Archives: Drugs

A Dose of Good Drug News

There’s evidence that Shakespeare used cannabis and even cocaine—not to mention that ubiquitous drug, alcohol—in the course of his life and work. Check out this article for an overview, including a fun rundown of some of the plays that feature drugs. The author points out … Continue reading

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Mapping and Touring Your Microbiome

The Invisible Universe of the Human Microbiome? Not for long. That once uncharted and invisible territory is now being brought to light, as this little tour of our microbiome shows. The emerging map is becoming a powerful tool (as food and drugs already are) for mindfully modifying the microbiome in … Continue reading

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I Smoked Pot with David Brooks

Well, no, actually I didn’t smoke pot with David Brooks. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I could bear to have a drink with him. It’s work enough to get through one of his columns without being alternately … Continue reading

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The Flow (and Ebb) of Sleep

That sleeping well plays a vital part in a good and happy life has been understood for about as long as human beings have been understanding things. A recent article in the New York Times underscores this connection between sleeping … Continue reading

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Black Coffee and Cigarettes

A couple of friends recently visited for a few days. One of them has a life-long love affair with coffee and hand-rolled cigarettes. Ever polite, he refused our offer to smoke on our deck or screened-in porch. Instead, he set … Continue reading

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4/20: Celebrating Cognitive Liberty

Recent polls by Pew Research and Huffington Post/YouGov show that a majority of Americans think cannabis should be legalized, taxed, and regulated, much as alcohol is. (Washington state and Colorado are doing just that.) Whatever one thinks of cannabis, this seems … Continue reading

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The Virtues of Vomiting

I intensely dislike throwing up. I assume that’s a feeling shared by most of us.  In particular—don’t worry, I won’t get too particular—I dislike vomiting because from my earliest experience it’s associated with sickness: stomach flus; seasickness; and later, of … Continue reading

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