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Drugs & Alcohol

Find information on alcohol and illegal drugs, caffeine and nicotine, and information on addiction.

Weed Enthusiast Arrested for Keeping Human Brain Under His Porch

What does the phenomenon of "smoking wet" have to do with why this guy hid a real human brain beneath his house? See more »

Powdered Alcohol: Banned Before It's Even a Thing?

It's not yet on the market, but many states are turning their noses up at Palcohol, citing potential for underage drinking, snorting and sneaking. See more »

Heavy, Persistent Marijuana Use Impairs Social Mobility and Economic Status

New research finds that although alcohol dependence is harder on your body, persistent marijuana use can cause more financial, socioeconomic troubles. See more »

Does Marijuana Mess With Your Emotions?

The chuckling, happy-go-lucky stereotype of the marijuana user may soon be laid to rest. See more »

Research Suggests E-Cig Flavorings May Lead to Irreversible 'Popcorn Lung'

Vaping with chemical flavors may expose users to diacetyl, a potentially dangerous chemical that can seriously damage the lungs. See more »

Do the Combat Pills on ‘Jessica Jones’ Exist IRL?

The Netflix TV show has some folks wondering about drugs in the U.S. military. See more »

Only Smoke When You Drink? You're Still a Smoker

Smokers aren't all two-pack-a-day types, but many of the people who have a cigarette here and there don't consider themselves smokers. See more »

Twice As Many Americans Follow Marijuana Smoke 'Toward the Riff Filled Land'

Harold and Kumar have a lot more company these days. See more »

'Monster Science' Explores Carnivorous, Mind-control Shrooms

Our favorite fictional monster scientist explores the wonders and terrors of ... mushrooms. See more »

Does alcohol affect creativity?

We can all name a great musician, writer or actor who's struggled with alcohol abuse. Just how linked are creative genius and a good cocktail? See more »