Future Painkillers Might Be Made From Yeast, Not Poppies

Ever since humans first noticed the mind-altering effects of poppies, we've planted vast fields of the flowers to make drugs that range from the legal (morphine) to the illegal (heroin). Some of our strongest legitimate painkillers still originate in these large, unwieldy, and pesky-to-regulate poppy fields. But what… » 8/26/14 6:04pm Tuesday 6:04pm

A Mutant Cocaine-Eating Enzyme Could Cure Addiction and Overdoses

Ready for some weird science? Certain bacteria found in the dirt near coca plants are powered by an enzyme that eats cocaine. Unfortunately, the enzyme breaks down quickly at body temperature, meaning it can't be used to treat human overdoses or addiction. Now, though, researchers have designed a version that can… » 6/24/14 3:40pm 6/24/14 3:40pm

I totally feel like I'm on drugs when I look at these awesome GIFs

Instead of popping pills or eating shrooms, just look at these wonderful GIFs made by Micaël Reynaud. He's a maestro when it comes to using camera tricks to create dizzying effects and a genius at taking the typical GIF to the next level with slit-scanning, timelapse and perfect masking to stitch together digital… » 6/19/14 10:08pm 6/19/14 10:08pm

Real-Time Waste Water Analysis Can Show Who's On What Drugs, and Where

After a hard night of partying, the metabolized chemical remnants of whatever you snorted, smoked, sucked, or injected are expelled through your urine. While authorities have long been able to detect these metabolites through direct urine tests, monitoring drug use in any given geographic region has been far less… » 6/16/14 6:02pm 6/16/14 6:02pm

A Tale of Babe Rainbows and Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forests

The next time you think to yourself, "Hey, I sure would like to have lived as a hippie in the 1960s," watch this video—sober—and realize that you'd have to dress like this. All the time. Seriously, why would anyone want to live through the Summer of Love? Oh right, because of all the sex and drugs and rock'n'roll. » 5/30/14 12:00am 5/30/14 12:00am

THC May Help Protect Your Brain Against the Ravages of Meth

Turns out that smoking a bowl before going to town on some meth could keep your brains from scrambling themselves. Newly published research out of the University of Cagliari suggests that THC, the same cannabinoid compound that gets your stoned, could protect your brain from the inflammatory effects of methamphetamine… » 5/28/14 6:40pm 5/28/14 6:40pm

Report: NSA Is Recording Every Call in the Bahamas—Including Oprah's

According to leaked documents provided by Edward Snowden, you can't make a phone call in the Bahamas without the NSA listening. The Intercept reports that the agency "is secretly intercepting, recording, and archiving [for one month] the audio of virtually every cell phone conversation on the island nation of the… » 5/19/14 2:24pm 5/19/14 2:24pm

Animals Are Eating Other Animals to Get High

What, you think that man alone actively seeks the sweet release of chemical intoxication? Child, please, the need to get tanked is ubiquitous throughout nature, and has been since we first crawled out of the primordial ooze and realized life on land wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. From frog-licking horses to… » 5/06/14 4:20pm 5/06/14 4:20pm