The Influence

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We Asked Three Veteran Cops How to Reduce Police Shootings

Former cops offer ideas for how America can get its police shooting epidemic under control.
Patrick Hilsman
9.1.16
News

Scientists Developed a Way to Make DMT Trips Last Longer Than Ever

The new model still needs to be tested, but it could be a game-changer for one of the more intensely hallucinogenic psychedelics there is.
Jesse Jarnow
8.9.16
News

The Sordid Ways Death-Penalty States Obtain Execution Drugs

Executions have been hindered by an unlikely obstacle: the moral compass of the pharmaceutical industry.
Tana Ganeva
8.1.16
Health

Vermont’s Heroin Crackdown Could be Fueling Crack-Related Violence

Brutal incidents like a couple being lit on fire by apparent crack thieves suggest things could get even worse in a state known for its heroin woes.
Gina Tron
5.23.16
News

'Suits' and 'Stoners' Are Fighting for the Soul of the Weed Industry

"There's no doubt that capitalism has moved the ball forward as far as marijuana legalization goes."
Mona Zhang
5.17.16
Stuff

When Someone You Love Dies in Police Custody and They Blame 'Excited Delirium'

Many cops are taught that some people lose it, gain superhuman strength, and die. But is the condition real?
Tana Ganeva
5.5.16
Stuff

The Danger of Being a Sex Worker Whose Clients Are High

"I've played with someone's limp coke dick for an hour before. It sucked but... I needed the cash."
Caty Simon
4.25.16
The World of Weed

Tagging Along with Brooklyn's Most Socially Conscious Vegan Weed Delivery Service

Cali calls her signature product "my Calicakes," but sometimes, she says, "I like to call them chronic super food."
Patrick Hilsman
4.20.16
Stuff

The Anatomy of a Heroin Relapse

The transition from pills to heroin happened in the blink of an eye.
Tony O'Neill
3.21.16
News

Can You Really Die from an MDMA Allergy?

As with all psychoactive substances, the vast majority of MDMA users get high without suffering significant health problems. Still, some people have adverse reactions to the drug, and it's not clear why.
Kristen Gwynne
3.16.16
Stuff

​Three Concepts You Need to Grasp if You Want to Know Whether to Legalize Drugs (Yes, Even Heroin)

Prohibition creates a vast investment bank for crimes like kidnapping.
Johann Hari
3.2.16
Stuff

A Neuroscientist Explains How He Found Out Meth Is Almost Identical to Adderall

A Columbia University psychiatry professor talks about what he's learned from trying the drug himself and studying it over the years.
Carl L. Hart
2.9.16