alcoholism Articles
The Great Gateway Theory
Monday, November 23rd, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
Smoke pot, shoot smackThe Great Gateway Hypothesis has had a long, controversial run as a central tenet of American anti-drug campaigns. As put forth by Denise B. Kandell of Columbia University and others in 1975, and refined and redefined ever since, the gateway theory essential... Read more
Freud and his Drug Demons
Saturday, October 31st, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
Cocaine addiction and psychoanalysis.That Sigmund Freud was a cocaine abuser for some portion of his professional life is by now well known. Reading An Anatomy of Addiction by Howard Markel, M.D., which chronicles the careers of Freud and another famed cocaine abuser, Johns Hopki... Read more
Cannabis Receptors and the Runner’s High
Monday, October 12th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
First published August 4 2010Maybe it isn't endorphins after all.What do long-distance running and marijuana smoking have in common Quite possibly, more than youd think. A growing body of research suggests that the runners high and the cannabis high are more similar than previous... Read more
The Zendo Project
Friday, October 9th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
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Caffeine, Energy Drinks, and Everything Else
Thursday, September 17th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
It's the everything else that adds up.A couple of years ago, coffee drinkers were buoyed by the release of a massive study in the New England Journal of Medicine that did not support a positive association between coffee drinking and mortality. In fact, the analysis by Neal D. Fr... Read more
Marijuana Deconstructed
Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
What's In Your WeedAustralia has one of the highest rates of marijuana use in the world, but until recently, nobody could say for certain what, exactly, Australians were smoking. Researchers at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales recently analyzed hundr... Read more
Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On: Marijuana and Sleeping
Monday, July 13th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
Study sheds potential light on indica vs. sativa debate.Thanks to Ivan Oransky ivanoransky for alerting me to this study.Everyone who has smoked marijuana more than a couple of times knows that cannabis can alter how you sleep. The effect of cannabis on sleep is even part of the ... Read more
Jack London and his Alcoholic Memoirs
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
Meet John Barleycorn.In the early years of the 20th Century, writer Jack London was the equivalent of a rock star. A ruggedly good-looking sportswriter, globetrotting war correspondent, successful novelist and short story writer, London came up the hard way on the Oakland docks i... Read more
Alcohol Industry Turns Moderation Into a Sales Message
Monday, May 4th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
A warning or an advertisementYou almost have to admire the tenacity shown by the liquor industry in its passive aggressive method of turning a warning label into additional advertising. Perhaps it was foolish to suppose that forcing the liquor industry to brand all bottles and ad... Read more
Moderate Drinking Doesn’t Help Your Heart
Monday, April 20th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
Mendelian meta-analysis and the alcohol flush allele.Less than a year after the massive Mendelian randomization meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal, a group of researchers recently wrote an editorial in the journal Addiction, which would seem to put a lid on th... Read more
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