Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world’s first clinical trial using MDMA (the active ingredient in…

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Energy Drinks Could Lead to Substance Abuse

Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad’s house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed something else (in addition to my brain…

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    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world’s first clinical trial using MDMA (the active ingredient in…

  • We’re One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer

    What does Mary Jane’s breath smell like? Inquiring scientific minds are about to find out. A recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers one step closer to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer. And, surprisingly, it works by measuring the vapor pressure of THC (the high-inducing ingredient in marijuana). The Challenges of Design Tara Lovestead, chemical…

  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common – they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren’t putting their focus on where it should have been: on their sobriety….

  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine – But Why?

    Women are generally more vulnerable to cocaine addiction than men, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications. They’re also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater difficulty staying sober and are at an increased risk of relapse. But why? Well, the reason…

  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

    Could a hormone imbalance be to blame for your chemical dependency? The answer might surprise you. If you’re a woman, chances are you’re familiar with the effects of a fluctuating estrogen level. Symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression are pretty common. But if you suffer from an actual hormonal imbalance, your overall health isn’t…

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