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Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is the current formal terminology to describe familiar syndromes such as alcoholism, drug abuse, and addiction.   SUD covers a broad range of substances, including alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, opioids, cocaine and others. Each has distinct properties, with different intoxication syndromes, withdrawal symptoms, and addiction potential.  But they all activate the brain reward systems, leading to reinforcement...
We’re about 66 million years too late to save the dinosaurs, but the recent successful DART (double asteroid redirection test) mission may one day allow us to save ourselves. It’s not just the ability to change the orbital period of an object in space that makes the project, completed in September, so interesting, said Mallory DeCoster, who worked on...
“Plenty’s decision to establish its first major east coast vertical farming campus in Virginia shines a spotlight on the advantages that make the Commonwealth the best location in the nation for companies growing our food safely and sustainably indoors. This transformational project further bolsters Virginia’s agriculture and technology industries and positions the Commonwealth as a leader in this next...
I hate room 610. Just walking by it triggers PTSD. I hate it when the nurses call me to room 610. Room 610 is the room in the ER where they bring the dying children. We have plenty of other rooms where we treat very sick children but 610 gets the worst of the worst.  I was on duty in...
Psychedelics (“hallucinogens”) are substances that produce unfamiliar changes in thinking, perception and mood. Effects can include hallucinations, distortions in time and space, and intensified sensory experiences (sound, colors etc.). Examples include LSD, psilocybin (“magic mushrooms”), MDMA (Molly, Ecstasy), mescaline, ayahuasca, and ketamine. The study of psychedelics for mental health has received much attention recently, with an explosion of research at...
“Look at Mother Nature on the run in the nineteen seventies.”  – Lyrics from “After the Gold Rush,” by Neil Young, 1970. 1970 was a heady year for the environmental movement. With the birth of the Environmental Protection Agency and enactment of laws such as the Clean Air Act, a new chapter in the history of the nation was opened. The...
Most people think of human trafficking as a faraway problem, a misery confined to big cities or lonely deserts where organized networks of criminals use violence and drugs to collect souls. The residents of quiet communities like Crozet might believe the buying and selling of persons can be happening only somewhere else, not here, but experts say it happens...

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Substance Use Disorders

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is the current formal terminology to describe familiar syndromes such as alcoholism, drug abuse, and addiction.   SUD covers a broad...

Crozet Scientist Contributes to Successful DART Mission

We’re about 66 million years too late to save the dinosaurs, but the recent successful DART (double asteroid redirection test) mission may one day...

Insights for Flourishing: Factory Grown Food—The Brave New World of Pseudofarmicals

“Plenty’s decision to establish its first major east coast vertical farming campus in Virginia shines a spotlight on the advantages that make the Commonwealth...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: A Halloween Scare

I hate room 610. Just walking by it triggers PTSD. I hate it when the nurses call me to room 610. Room 610 is...

Don’t Have an Unsafe Trip

Psychedelics (“hallucinogens”) are substances that produce unfamiliar changes in thinking, perception and mood. Effects can include hallucinations, distortions in time and space, and intensified...

Insights for Flourishing: How to Feed 8 Billion People in a World Designed for...

“Look at Mother Nature on the run in the nineteen seventies.”  – Lyrics from “After the Gold Rush,” by Neil Young, 1970. 1970 was a heady...

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Reality of Human Trafficking

Most people think of human trafficking as a faraway problem, a misery confined to big cities or lonely deserts where organized networks of criminals...