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All of my articles are available here. Below are descriptions of each published article. More are always on the way, so check back often.
“Got New Year’s Resolutions? Our Six-Step Guide and Worksheet Will Help Make Them Stick” | I guide readers through creating, planning and tracking small, interrelated goals that lay the foundation for fulfilling new year’s resolutions.
“Four Comedians We Lost in 2022: Still Making Us Laugh – But in New Ways” | I examine one thing that four of the celebrities who passed away in 2022 have in common: a namesake weed strain. I go over the highlights of each comedian’s career, and I describe the aspects of the strain, as reported by cannabis growers and consumers.
“The Taming of Jólakötturinn, Iceland’s Ferocious ‘Yule Cat’: From Blood and Gore to Peace and Goodwill” | I report on a fascinating tradition unique to Iceland, uncovering its lesser-known origins and explaining how the lore shifted from dangerous to endearing over centuries.
“Which Side Was Krampus, the ‘Christmas Devil,’ on in World War II?” | I examine the bizarre intersection of ancient Alpine lore and Austrian domestic politics in the 1930s.
“Native Americans and Alcatraz: The Other Thanksgiving Tradition” | I present two opposing views on Thanksgiving’s historic significance in the U.S. and explain how, despite that opposition, Thanksgiving and “Unthanksgiving” can both be celebrated by the same people on the same day.
“A Pulse Check on Epilepsy and Medicinal Cannabis” | I use a case study to research alternative approaches to controlling seizures now that CBD oil has ceased to be banned outright throughout the U.S.
“Haunted? How to Contact the Spirits on Halloween: They May Be Closer Than You Think” | I conduct a semi-scientific analysis by examining a hypothetical scenario involving time-tested lore and empirical data on the highly potent psychotropic substance DMT.
“Why Did the Ancient Celts Get High on Halloween?” | I explore the connection between Samhain (Halloween’s parent holiday, as the article explains) and psychedelics.
“President Biden’s Weed Pardon: What You Need to Know” | I present a succinct yet thoroughly researched analysis of the implications of President Joe Biden’s pardoning of all those convicted on prior federal charges, or convicted in Washington, D.C., of simple cannabis possession on or before Oct. 6, 2022.
“Psychedelic Microdosing the ‘Newest’ Mental Health Treatment” | I look at the origins of what, although only now becoming popular in Western civilization, has been around in other cultures for millennia: using trace amounts of psychedelic substances to treat depression, eating disorders, addiction and numerous other mental health issues.
“Why the Scream Near the End of ‘Psycho’ Is Silent” | I dive into trivia tied to the side career of the 1960 film’s leading actor, Anthony Perkins.
“Bela Lugosi Movies: A Fan’s Guide to the Perfect Watchlist” | Drawing from my extensive knowledge of the films of the late Hungarian American actor Bela Lugosi (aka the original Count Dracula), I recommend which movies of his to watch based on your level of interest in the actor.
“The Allure of Great Silent Films” | This shares how I became interested in movies from the early 1900s, and it discusses why silent films are likely to appeal to 2022 audiences.
“Viva Cannabis de Mayo: Marijuana Legalization Looms Near in Mexico” | This May 2021 article draws a parallel between the Franco-Mexican War battle victory commemorated every May 5th and the popular (2021) push to legalize cannabis.
“Gap Narrows Between Cannabis Legalization and Commercialization” | This explores the changes in legislation that are catching up cannabis possession to cannabis sales and purchases.
“Giving Thanks: A History of Native Americans and Cannabis” | To honor Native American Heritage Month (November), I explore how America’s first inhabitants used cannabis. As part of my research and reporting, I also explain the opposing arguments concerning whether what Native Americans used was in fact cannabis.
“Elections Prove Americans Are Warming up to Weed” | The Nov. 3, 2020, elections had a huge impact on the cannabis legalization movement. I cover the highlights in this article.
“Horror Movies: the Good, the Bad and the Immortal” | I review 31 scary movies (spoiler free) and categorize each in terms of its quality and capacity to withstand the test of time.
“A Deep Dive Into The Origin of Halloween” | This article examines the impact that ancient holidays, the Catholic Church and other things had on the development of modern-day Halloween in the United States.
“Pot, Booze, Cigs, Sugar, Caffeine … Most Addictive? It Depends!” | This takes a scientific approach (with input from 73 cited sources) to compare the addictive qualities of cannabis, alcohol, cigarettes, sugar and caffeine to determine which substance presents the greatest likelihood for developing an addiction (as defined therein).
“Luxury Brands Keeping Hemp Hip” | This features an assortment of photos of clothing and accessories made entirely or partially of hemp by the greatest designers in contemporary haute couture.
“The Role Marijuana Plays in Two Oscar-Winning Films” | This looks at the roles cannabis played as an inanimate actor in “American Beauty” (1999) and “Platoon” (1986).
“Morphine vs. CBD” | This compares the quality of life experienced by terminally ill patients who live out their final days on opioids or cannabinoids.
““Brawl in Cell Block 99” Earns Its Spot At The Top of The Grindhouse Heap” | This is a review of “Brawl in Cell Block 99” (2017), one of my all-time favorite movies. I examine all aspects of it, from special effects to cinematography and more.
“Growing Up in the ’80s” | This is a firsthand account of what it took to open my mind up to the possibility of medicinal marijuana, after having grown up in the “Just Say No” era. Although I personally can’t give it a try, I do indeed believe it’s scientifically sound.
“Reefer Madness: The Story Behind An Anti-Cannabis Classic” | This one is about a web of racism, legislation and cinema in 1930s America, from which “Reefer Madness” (1936) was born. Read this article, and then watch that movie to taste a slice of sour U.S. history.
“CBD and My Cat” | This discusses the effectiveness of cannabidiol (CBD) oil in treating a cat (my angel Lolita) with a serious, incurable medical condition. When vets weren’t willing to help us, cannabis was – and thank God for that.