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Twenty-Year-Old Utah Man Denied Lung Transplant Because of THC

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
Getting an organ for transplant is not a simple task, and for one Utah man, a months-long delay brought on by the detection of THC in his system proved to be deadly. Nineteen-year-old skier and cyclist Riley Hancey suffered a particularly bad case of pneumonia last Thanksgiving that got him...
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FDA Forced to Release Its Flawed Prohibition Endorsement

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
Anyone who follows the federal government’s cannabis policy is certain to know how frustrating the publicly available language can be, but it turns out that their internal reviews are just as maddening. VICE overcame several roadblocks to acquire the behemoth of a report the Food and Drug...
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Strains for Dealing with Gender Dysphoria

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
No two people’s experiences of gender dysphoria are exactly alike, and so what each person may need to do to work through it best can differ wildly. While there isn’t some catchall checklist to feeling better, there are plenty of things common to enough people dealing with dysphoria that...
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Lyft Driver on Riding with Rappers and Stoners

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
I recognized Santiago’s little picture before I got into his car. He’d been my driver from Hollywood to Koreatown before. I got into the Prius or whatever, and we had a casual conversation with the person in the back seat until they got dropped off from the Lyft Line. Then I gave...
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"I'm Scared for Our Community": Three Sex Workers Speak Out Against FOSTA

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
Stormy Daniels is lighting up television and newspapers, and collectively we cannot deny that—while reticent to discuss it—sex work plays a crucial role in many of our lives. Whether you’re curled up in bed watching PornHub or visiting a BDSM dungeon for regular appointments, pretending...
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Can Smoking Cannabis Lower BMI and Fight Obesity?

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
Even those largely unfamiliar with cannabis know at least one thing about smoking pot: It gives you the munchies. That night-time itch, the distant grumble of your stomach when you know you’ve just eaten a full box of mac and cheese but you still also need an Entenmann’s mini donut (or...
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Inching Towards Reparations for the Drug War

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
It has become nearly impossible to make accurate predictions about the drug war in a political climate where the stakes and overarching circumstances shift daily. We know in which direction we are being led but not how quickly, and the uncertainty is unnerving. The worst possibilities are...
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The Soviet Union's Graffiti Revolution

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
Graffiti is not something you think about when it comes to the Soviet Union. For the large part, until the tail end of the USSR’s existence, it wasn’t something that was particularly visible. One notable exception was a group of crude and crudely drawn messages plastered around the...
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The Time Grateful Dead Concertgoers Took Part in an ESP Study

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
Studies of extrasensory perception (ESP) are often dismissed as pseudoscience, and certainly a measure of disbelief suspension is needed not to laugh at the idea. But others take it very seriously, like The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia. He was rightfully entranced by the idea considering the...
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Remembering Dennis Peron and the Other AIDS Activists That Started the MMJ Revolution

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
Former Democratic Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank has been speaking and writing for years about the similarities between the fight for gay marriage and that for legal marijuana. He pointed out in a 2015 editorial for Politico that “advocates for legalizing marijuana faced the...
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Stonewall, Los Angeles and the True Spirit of Pride

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
It had been three years since I'd stepped foot in Greenwich Village's historic Stonewall Inn and unsurprisingly nothing inside had changed. The world around it was no longer the same—drag bars and dingy dives had been replaced with bank branches, a Dunkin Donuts and perfumeries casually...
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Leah Emery Cross-Stitches Confrontation Over Sexual Expression

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
My great aunt, nearly bedridden in all of the time I’d known her, had a penchant for fabric art and would put her intricate work up for display on the wall. I’d gaze at the cross-stitches curiously while stuffing my face with Russian poppy seed pastries and half-listening to my great uncle...
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Dope Wagons and the Road to Cocaine-Free Coca-Cola

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
Long before you could call a number to get a guy with a monosyllabic name and a bud-filled backpack to swing by your apartment, there was the Dope Wagon. Like the little sidewalk carts selling Italian ice in Brooklyn or mango chunks in Los Angeles, these iceboxes-on-wheels came through...
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Ketamine, Shrooms Show Promise in Treating Mental Illness

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
In the past few years studies have emerged praising various alternative therapies for the treatment of recurrent depression. These include intravenous infusions of the party drug and FDA-approved anesthetic ketamine for treatment-resistant depression, eight-hour-long therapy...
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An Incomplete Index of the People Who’ve Sold Me Weed

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
Names have been changed. Sergei He was my first kiss (I was four, on the playground) and my first weed dealer (I was 18, in his parents’ covered veranda that he’d plastered with early ʼ80s rock posters, a fog machine and one of those rotating floor-mounted disco ball lights). The...
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The Green Fairies: What Absinthe and Cannabis Have in Common

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
Absinthe, that famous anise-flavored green alcohol, has a storied past, not least in part for having caught favor among creatives and intellectuals of the 19th and early 20th centuries. People have been mystified by the drink for centuries, and its modern return has brought a resurgence of...
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This Kid's Graffiti Kickstarted Syria’s Civil War

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
The turmoil in Syria—a long-brewing sectarian conflict that had simply reached a new level with the English and French demarcation of the area of the Ottoman Empire in 1916—is arguably difficult to follow. Clear enough, though, is the fact that the area has undergone a significant amount...
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The Two Painted Faces of the Berlin Wall

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
In Berlin, a place where remnants of war-burnt buildings live next to modern apartments, parts of the infamous wall still stand—though without the guarded and electric barbed wire-fenced “death zone” separating the city. Now the hulking concrete slabs exist purely as reminders, of both...
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I Visited a Satanist and Saw the Potential for Salvation

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
Up in the winding hills near Highland Park sits a slice of mountainside covered in small, single-storied homes stacked in a row. The compound is occupied by artists and industry types, so ideal an up-and-coming LA suburb roommate mix that it could easily be fiction. There’s only one hint...
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How Radioactive Cannabis Can Help the World

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
Thirty-two years ago today, the silent Ukrainian night lit up with an aurora of irradiated smoke as the Chernobyl Power Station experienced a nuclear disaster. More than three decades later, the lands around Chernobyl are establishing a new, human-free normalcy. Life, though in some areas...
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Mrs. Satan: The Demonization of America’s First Female Presidential Candidate

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
Because life wouldn’t be any fun if history didn’t constantly repeat itself to the chagrin of people who know better than to claim otherwise, Alex Jones and his conspiracist cohorts at Infowars aren’t the first to make occult claims about a female candidate. Jones owes the carving of...
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Thomas Kohnstamm's Lake City Pushes Traditional Book Marketing into a Heady Direction

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
As cannabis makes its way into mainstream American advertising spaces, it’s becoming increasingly popular to see its marketing outside of expected dispensary-bound contexts. For author Thomas Kohnstamm and his cannabis-producing friends Lawrence Perrigo and Alex Prindle, the...
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Hands Up, Pants Down! Cops Can Catheterize You Against Your Will

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
It’s not really news to anyone these days that the government has unprecedented access to the outsides and innards of our bodies. Mandated trans-vaginal ultrasounds preceding abortions, strip searches in the airport, the needless groping of passengers, cavity searches by police—all prying...
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The DEA Lied About Honduran Drug War Deaths

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
The militarization of local police forces and the overreach of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have long been visible at home, but the problem has not plagued our shores alone. The inspectors general at the Departments of Justice and State released a 424-page joint...
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Basquiat’s Early Years as an Anti-Establishment Graffiti Poet

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
This past May, an untitled Neo-Expressionist painting of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s sold at Sotheby’s for $110.5 million, becoming the most expensive piece of art by a U.S. artist ever sold. Made by Basquiat at age 21, the painting features a skull on a blue background in his...
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Seafood for Stoners: Getting High and Cooking Trashfish

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
We were in the parking lot of a bourgeois grocery store out in the middle of West LA, and our friend Kyle was really stoned. We’d loaded up a couple of bowls to prepare for an adventurous night of cooking unusual seafood courtesy of the burgeoning startup Trashfish. We’d been given a...
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12 Changes to Cannabis Law in California that Affect Everyone

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
The final year of California’s pot prohibition is one of many reasons to celebrate leaving 2017 behind. As of January 1, 2018, recreational sales became available across the state—with a few caveats. Here are a dozen things to be aware of if you’re planning to make a trip to get...
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How an All-Time Great Guitarist Opened his Mind with Acid

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
Though it doesn’t seem like something the Journal of Drug Abuse would print, the publication put out a report in 2016 arguing for a sensible drug policy. The argument was built not on science or research but on, of all things, the testimony of British jazz guitarist John McLaughlin.
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P. Harmala, the Healing Hallucinogenic Threatening Big Pharma

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
The seeds, they came by boat. And having never before seen the light of day this side of the Pacific Ocean, the unassuming desert bush’s small white flowers spilled out of the hands of their dye-seeking farmer and across the western saltlands. Peganum harmala had finally made its way to...
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The Agony and the THC: Cannabis As a Mood Stabilizer

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
For many people with bipolar disorder, finding a working treatment can be as hard as having to navigate the shifting landscape of unmedicated moods. Because the specific causes of mental illnesses are largely unknown, patients aren’t presented with quantifiable tests of the sort people...
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8 Mind-Altering Artists Who Can Bring Your Brand to Life

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
It’s no secret that drugs have been a part of many people’s artistic practices for years—even Shakespeare might have been lighting up. The following are eight other artists whose work has been inspired by everything from marijuana to hallucinogens. Ron English The American...
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Anarchist Agitprop on the Frontlines of Sydney’s Culture Wars

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
Like the many other cities pressed hard by ambitions to grow and expand, Sydney is changing. The population is growing, neighborhoods are being bulldozed, houses sit empty because tax incentives are far greater that way for landlords than if they were rented, and the locations that...
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Mystified and High at L.A.’s Museum of Jurassic Technology

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
I waited for the credit card I’d forgotten, like a dumbass, at this boutique hotel in WeHo and surreptitiously unwrapped one of those weed gummies with cute packaging that suggests a beginner should consider taking not so much. I popped three quarters of the 100 mg “Flavor: Strawberry”...
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Mandy Lyn Ford Puts her Art through Growing Pains

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
When I walk over to meet her, I’m surprised to find that Mandy Lyn Ford is my height. Her paintings are often hulking works slathered in layers of undulating canvas and oil and acrylic paints, peppered with various shapes. They’re sculptural and deep in both a physical and intellectual...
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Scientists Identify the Best Music for Tripping

By Charlie Tetiyevsky
In another episode of “Studies That Maybe Didn’t Need to Happen But Since We’re Still Debating Something as Basic as Healthcare…,” the journal Frontiers in Psychology published an article in July 2017 on “Qualitative and Quantitative Features of Music Reported to Support Peak...