Category Archives: Addiction

How Sharmila Clee Got Off Valium With Plant-Assisted Therapy

After drug use caused Sharmila Clee’s parents to lose custody of her and her siblings in 1998, Clee said she was squarely against anything related to drugs or alcohol, including cannabis. “An anti-drug and alcohol mantra became my identity for years,” she said. Once her parents and extended biological family’s rights were terminated, Clee and […]

Weed Almost Ruined My Marriage. Now I’m a Cannabis Journalist and Advocate

I met my husband in Berkeley in the early 2000s. I was a quasi-hippy with long blonde hair, and he was a stoner with thick black curls and glasses. I was earnest and idealistic; he was smart and funny and sometimes fantastically dark. We had many differences that made for interesting conversations and great sex. […]

New Jersey approves medical marijuana as treatment for opioid addiction

Prescription painkiller addicts can now seek medical cannabis as a form of treatment in New Jersey. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Wednesday announced that opioid addiction will be added to the list of qualifying conditions that allows residents to obtain medical marijuana, reports NJ.com. The state will also eliminate a prior authorization requirement for Medicaid […]

Study Finds Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Youth More Likely to Use Multiple Substances

An Oregon State University study has found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are more likely to use substances including nicotine, alcohol, and cannabis. Results of the research were published recently by the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Sarah Dermody, an assistant professor in the School of Psychological Science in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts and […]