drugs

US Authorities Were Dragnet-Spying On Billions Of American Phone Calls For Decades 

Indiscriminate spying was the DEA’s blunt force weapon of choice in its “War on Drugs”. The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Justice Department tracked billions of Americans’ phone calls, even people not suspected of crimes, for decades — and it looks like collateral damage wasn’t much of a concern.


These Posters Show Your Brain On Drugs

If you haven’t experimented long and hard with the full spectrum of mind-altering substances drug dealers can sell you, it’s difficult to work out what different highs will do to your grey matter. Sure, you could read Wikipedia; or, you can look at this wonderfully minimalist poster series instead.


US Authorities Want Reddit To Give Up Personal Info Of Darknet Market Redditors 

Federal agents want Reddit to turn over the personal data of five prominent Redditors active in the Darknet Markets subreddit. IP addresses, names and other data about five Reddit users active in Darknet Market discussions have been requested.


Feds Charged With Stealing Money During Silk Road Investigation

Two former federal agents who investigated the Silk Road, the infamous online drug marketplace seized by the FBI in 2013, have been charged for their own outrageous digital crimes, including stealing money they acquired on their druggie undercover assignment.


How A Bee Sting Saved My Life

Ellie Lobel was ready to die. Then she was attacked by bees. Christie Wilcox hears how venom can be a saviour.


Nootropics And The Lab Rats Of Reddit

Eric Matzner tells me he takes 30 to 40 pills a day. He is 27 and perfectly healthy. Thanks to the pills, he says he hasn’t had a cold in years. More importantly, the regime is supposed to optimise the hell out of his brain, smoothing right over the ravages of ageing, sleep deprivation and hangovers.


What It's Like To Quit Drugs By Blocking The Highs

If you could take the high out of drugs, what would be the point in taking them? Sujata Gupta meets the unorthodox doctor who thinks he can block some of the world’s most addictive pills.


Why A Silk Road Retrial Is Necessary 

It only took a few hours for a jury to convict Ross Ulbricht of running the infamous online drug marketplace Silk Road, so the urge to write off Ulbricht’s lawyer’s bid for a retrial as a desperate move is understandable. But desperate or not, a retrial is important, and it should be granted. Because the FBI evidence that led to Ulbricht’s guilt may not have been collected legally.


Girl Scout Cookies, Or California's Most Notorious Strain Of Cannabis

I first heard of Girl Scout Cookies a few years ago, shortly after I got my prescription for marijuana in California. I went into my local dispensary and asked for whatever buds they had that smelled the nicest. “Have you tried Girl Scout Cookies?” the woman behind the counter asked. “It’s famous.”


Chocolate Was Once Considered A Powerful Cure-All Drug 

Feeling a bit under the weather? Have some chocolate: the best medical minds of the seventeenth century claim that it will cure just about anything. Seriously.


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