Troy Farah

Troy Farah is an independent journalist and photographer from the Southwest with a focus on drug policy, science, and insects. His reporting has appeared in Smithsonian, Undark, Discover, The Outline, and others. He is a co-host of the drug-themed podcast Narcotica (narcocast.com) and his website is troyfarah.com 

Space

A Company Is Sending Cannabis and Coffee to Space to See if They Mutate

Front Range Biosciences is flying hemp and coffee aboard a SpaceX mission in March.
Troy Farah
2 days ago
vaping

Big Tobacco Will Take Advantage of the Mysterious Vaping Illness

Altria has already used the vape lung panic to install one of its executives as the CEO of Juul.
Troy Farah
9.25.19
vaping

Researchers Find Unexpected White Blood Cells in Patients With Mysterious Vaping Illness

New studies show that a rare type of macrophage is tied to several patients who have come down with the mysterious illness.
Troy Farah
9.12.19
Art

This Toy Assault Rifle for Toddlers Is a Twisted Take on Playtime

Start 'em young, folks!
Troy Farah
5.10.18
Thump

The Psychedelic Tale of Terence McKenna's Forgotten Music About DMT

In collaboration with the synth explorers Zuvuya, the "Timothy Leary of the 90s" made two albums nearly as hallucinatory as the psychedelic substance that drove his work.
Troy Farah
2.16.18
Motherboard

The Plan to Test Cities’ Sewage for Drugs Is a New Form of Mass Surveillance

Testing waste could help anticipate the rise in fentanyl overdoses, but the same strategies can be used to stigmatize against certain populations.
Troy Farah
1.23.17
The Film That Made Me...

'On the Beach' Was the Film That Made Me Fear the Apocalypse

On my off days, I despair. But in general, all this morbid thinking actually thrills me, making me more grateful for every second I'm allowed. And I owe On The Beach for teaching me to stop worrying and to love the bomb.
Troy Farah
3.27.15
Stuff

The Memory Hole Collects the 90s Home Movies That Were Too Weird for TV

Memory Hole is a place of horror and wonder. When you're inside the Hole it's easy for minutes to turn into hours, hours into days, days into weeks, weeks into years.
Troy Farah
11.6.14
Travel

A Visit to Rob Zombie's Haunted House... On Acid!

It's recommended to be in a safe, familiar place when you're tripping so that you won't lose self-control from overstimulation. That makes a haunted house easily the worst place to drop acid.
Troy Farah
10.31.14
Travel

Flagstaff, Arizona, Is Giving Panhandlers Coupons to Stop Them from Buying Drugs

Flagstaff, Arizona, is trying to combat panhandling by giving homeless people coupon booklets called "Better Bucks." I tried them out to see if they were all they were cracked up to be.
Troy Farah
10.7.14
Stuff

Meet the Girl Who's Crowdfunding Her Abortion

Bailey says she’s 23, likes to read and go to shows, and really, really doesn’t want to be a mom. We asked her about her plans to kickstart the termination of her fetus.
Troy Farah
9.5.14
Stuff

An Iraqi Painter Moved to America for a Better Life and Got Robbed Anyway

Iraqi immigrant Bassim Al-Shaker has been beaten up and burglarized for the art he creates, which are mostly oil paintings of landscapes and horses.
Troy Farah
8.26.14
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