STRANGE TRIPS IN SASKATOON (MCNALLY ROBINSON) – REPORT

I recently launched Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs in my hometown of Saskatoon. And the event took place at my favourite independent bookstore, McNally Robinson. Approximately 30 people showed up. The Q&A was full and frank. I signed a bunch of books! Thanks to McGill-Queen’s University Press and McNally Robinson. SomeContinue reading “STRANGE TRIPS IN SASKATOON (MCNALLY ROBINSON) – REPORT”

Double Down

Every book has a back story. In the following series of posts, I share some thoughts about the inception, development, and completion of my new book, Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs. PART II From Saskatoon to Glasgow The second phase of writing my second book, Strange Trips, began in September ofContinue reading “Double Down”

Top 5 Books that Inspired Me

Ken Kesey and Tom Wolfe. William James and Philip K. Dick. Welsh’s Trainspotting. Burroughs’s Junky. And DeQuincey’s Confessions of an Opium-Eater. These are some of the authors and books that often come to mind when you bring up intoxicants in popular fiction and non-fiction. In thinking about the writing of Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs,Continue reading “Top 5 Books that Inspired Me”

London Calling

Every book has a back story. In the following series of posts, I share some thoughts about the inception, development, and completion of my new book, Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs. From London to Saskatoon The first phase of writing my second book, Strange Trips, began in 2010. It was aContinue reading “London Calling”

Fracture: The Paper Anniversary

Last summer, almost to the day, I fractured and dislocated my knee. Let’s just say it wasn’t pleasant. I was playing (soccer/football) and the tackle was “reckless and ridiculous.” Here’s my post from a year ago. So, on the anniversary of the tackle and an injury that sent my life in new directions, here areContinue reading “Fracture: The Paper Anniversary”

Video: Lucia Romero at Cannabis: Global Histories

Originally posted on Points: The Blog of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society:
Editor’s Note: You can see Lucia Romero discuss her work on grassroots mobilization for access to medical cannabis in Argentina below. This builds on her post, published Tuesday, and wraps up our content from the excellent Cannabis: Global Histories conference. All videos…

Grassroots Activism in Argentina: The Story of Mamá Cultiva, CAMEDA, and Medical Marijuana

Originally posted on Points: The Blog of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society:
Editor’s Note: This is the last post in our series from the Cannabis: Global Histories conference, held at the University of Strathclyde from April 19-20, 2018. It comes from Lucia Romero, an assistant researcher at CONICET (Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research…

The Right to Try

“Right to Try” (Again): A history of the experimental therapy movement  BY LUCAS RICHERT APRIL 16, 2018 CULTURE, HISTORY, POLITICS, RESEARCH   In recent weeks and months, momentum has increased on Capitol Hill to craft “right to try” laws that would profoundly change the medical landscape. The national legislation will allow terminally ill patients more access to experimental therapiesContinue reading “The Right to Try”

Supple bodies, healthy minds: yoga, psychedelics and American mental health

Supple bodies, healthy minds: yoga, psychedelics and American mental health Abstract. Much discussion about mental health has revolved around treatment models. As interdisciplinary scholarship has shown, mental health knowledge, far from being a neutral product detached from the society that generated it, was shaped by politics, economics and culture. By drawing on case studies ofContinue reading “Supple bodies, healthy minds: yoga, psychedelics and American mental health”

Radical Health

Bill Booth kindly invited me on to his podcast to discuss health and medicine. Bill is one of the founders of Radical Americas, an academic network for scholars and activists with interests in radicalism in the Western Hemisphere. Here I spoke with the #radical @WilliamABooth about health, medicine, science and death! Have a listen ifContinue reading “Radical Health”