Why Couples Are Turning to Marijuana for Happy and Healthy Relationships

This article originally appeared on KINDLAND Harvard’s Grant and Glueck study has tracked the physical and emotional well-being of groups of men over 75 years. The research showed something maybe obvious and interesting: Good and healthy relationships are the key to happiness. What does it take to have a healthy and happy relationship? Many factors go into keeping a … Continued

The Deadliest Place To Deal

In the past eight months, over 7,000 people have been murdered in the Philippines, stupefying the rest of the human-rights conscious world. “If Germany had Hitler, The Philippines would have…” Roderigo Duterte declared last September, pointing at himself. “Hitler massacred three million Jews … there’s three million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to … Continued

Twitter U-Turns on Censoring Searches For ‘Cannabis’

Popular social media platform Twitter is now censoring searches for topics deemed ‘sensitive’. This means that searches containing words like ‘sexual health’ and even ‘balls’ will yield zero results under all search tabs, except the ‘top’ search option. This appears to be due to the introduction of a ‘sensitive content filter’ that Twitter has rolled … Continued

Stigma and Drug Regulation

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about stigma and words relating to substance use. Carl Hart recently wrote a piece arguing that understanding ‘addiction’ as a ‘brain disease’ contributes to social injustice, and when NACOA recently launched a manifesto for ‘children of alcoholics’, the write-up by Alcohol Policy UK got me wondering about that much debated word ‘alcoholic’.

Introducing ‘Volteface Voices’

Volteface Voices – a new podcast from Volteface HQ, is coming very soon. You can listen to our trailer here: We’re here to dissect policies relating to drugs, health, society, culture – and no doubt much more. It’s about time we get to grips with some of the more perplexing elements to our social policies. Our … Continued

Acid Flashbacks

“I first met Nick [Sands] when I was about 15. I was revising for my GCSE Chemistry and he visited; he’d recently got out of prison. He was an old friend of mum’s. I actually remember him trying to teach me Chemistry, mostly… Luckily, I didn’t listen! Nick’s a real teenager, young at heart.” We’re … Continued

In the Court of the North London Hippy

Who is the northlondonhippy? It’s a question I found myself asking two weeks ago after tuning into James O’Brien’s LBC Radio show, just in time to hear the self-proclaimed “fictional hippy and make-believe online drug activist” give a ten-minute interview about his new book, Personal Use, which describes his 36 years as a drug user. Whilst … Continued