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Pharma Futility and the American Health System

Felicity had an interesting encounter with our dysfunctional health system recently. If you’re not from the United States, you may be befuddled by this story because it couldn’t possibly be true. If you do live in the U.S., you will probably sigh in commiseration or cynically say, “Well, of course! Everyone is used to this! […]

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Let’s Ban the Bogeyman

It’s time to get medical grade cannabis out of the bogeyman’s realm and into the hands of patients. The bogeyman in this case is comprised of the following types of beliefs: that cannabis is evil or dangerous that THC is the only useful chemical component in cannabis that pharmaceutical science with one hand tied behind […]

Old Hippie’s FDA Drug Profiles

I’ve started an interesting series on The 420 Times where I compare various substances — including their uses, effects, and side effects — to cannabis (a.k.a. medical marijuana). I’ve been surprised myself by the fact that even FDA-approved, over-the-counter, so-called “harmless” drugs like Benadryl have caused any number of serious side effects, up to and […]

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Tylenol: The Synthesized Painkiller That Works Like Medical Marijuana

If you’re into brand names, you call it Tylenol; if you’re into generics, it’s acetaminophen; if you’re from almost anywhere else in the world but North America, it’s called paracetamol. But it’s one of the most widely-selling pain relievers on the market, and (relatively) recently, researchers finally discovered how it works. And it works a […]

How the FDA Protects Sellers of Rat Poop and Dangerous Drugs

…while preventing Americans from getting truly safe and effective medicine. It’s all outlined in this sad-true-but-funny-in-a-wry-way article in The 420 Times, which I found thanks to a link by stonerjesus420 on /r/trees. If you’re not the clicky type, here are some pertinENT quotes from the article (to get you to go over there and read […]