Pill Your Way to An ‘A’? Because Study Buddies Come in All Shapes and Sizes … Like Small and Oblong

As the insurmountable academic stress known as dead week and finals looms like a menacing black cloud above Davidson Library, the student body of UCSB will find themselves in a time management conundrum which seems to strike every 11 weeks: how will we manage to regurgitate so much material in so little time? Even if […]

Mind, Body and Soul: 3-Pack or Individually Sold?

You see a shimmering, brilliant white light approaching on the horizon. Your vision begins to rapidly constrict as if you’re traveling through a tightening tunnel at the speed of light. As you soar through this spectacular tunnel towards the glowing light, you pass by deceased family members and memories of your childhood lining the walls […]

Drugs and the Divine: Could Spiritual Transcendence Be Only A Pop, Drop or Toke Away?

“Turn on, tune in, drop out”: this six word catchphrase coined by the psychologist Timothy Leary is most closely associated with the drug counterculture and progressive social transformation of the ‘60s. Leary, who, as a professor at Harvard, researched and advocated the use of hallucinogenic substances, believed that substances like LSD could treat various psychiatric […]

Follow the Silkroad… To Get Your Drugs and Guns at the End of This Cyperspace Rainbow

Among the Internet’s giant e-commerce sites like Amazon and eBay exists a relatively unknown and secretive marketplace called Silkroad, which operates in a hidden corner of the web. In many ways, Silkroad resembles any ordinary website, but instead of an e-outlet for electronics and shoes, it functions as an online black market, specializing in all […]

Giving Green the Green Light: Feds Say ‘No,’ State Says ‘Go’

This past Tuesday, cannabis enthusiasts and weed smokers witnessed some pretty dank political outcomes. First, former pot-smoker and current president, Barack Obama was re-elected; second, both Colorado and Washington passed legislation to legalize recreational use of marijuana and, lastly, Halo 4 was released to the satisfaction of couch-ridden stoners worldwide. Along with Colorado and Washington, […]

Votes on Tokes: Presidential Candidates’ Stances on Drug Policy

With the approaching Presidential election in two weeks, I decided to devote this issue to the Presidential candidates and their assorted approaches on drug policy. After three debates between President Obama and Mitt Romney (in addition to three devastating debate drinking games), we’ve seen heated discourse on nearly every political subject but drug control policy. […]

Regulation Not Incarceration: Why America’s Drug Policy Needs Some Rehab

In the past 40 years, America has spent a lot of money fighting foreign wars. Vietnam, Iraq, Iraq again, Afghanistan and these wars obviously come with a considerable price tag. However, I’d like to take this opportunity to discuss an often-overlooked battle that also puts a hefty dent in the federal budget: the War on […]

The Low-Down on Numbing Up: A New Look at the Pain Killer Trend

Anyone who’s had wisdom teeth removed or suffered a substantial injury like a fractured collarbone or broken leg may attest to the availability of opioid prescriptions such as Vicodin, Percocet or OxyCotin. They may also be able to vouch for the feelings of euphoria that accompany these pharmaceutical drugs. If you’ve never received a prescription […]

MDMA T.V. Show Sparks Controversy, Yet ‘Taboo’ Research Holds Potential to Help

This week, a groundbreaking television documentary will air in the United Kingdom. “Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial” (Channel 4) features musician-actor Keith Allen consuming MDMA, the pure form of ecstasy. Twenty-four other volunteers — among them a priest, politician, research editor and veteran — will participate in a double-blind study in which they will undergo […]