About puffthemutantdragon

A fire-breathing science blogger with a keen interest in the wonders of everyday life. Harmless for the most part, although has been known to eat homeopaths and anti-vaccine activists and has little love for politicians.

Science on Crack, 5: The science of weed


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Of all our country’s illegal drugs, cannabis is by far and away the most popular. Depending on where you live, it may not even be illegal for much longer. On Tuesday two states, Washington and Colorado, voted to legalize marijuana … Continue reading

Science on crack, 4: The town that went insane


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In August of 1951, a strange epidemic struck the sleepy little town of Pont-Saint-Esprit in France. Over the course of a single day, hundreds of people lost their minds. A little boy tried to strangle his grandmother. A man realized … Continue reading

Science on crack, 3: When heroin was a drug you gave your children


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There was a time when I used to like Guns ‘n Roses, and even today I still like some of their music. “Mr. Brownstone” is of course a song about heroin, and the lyrics nicely illustrate why the drug is … Continue reading