Talking About Cannabis

Last Thursday evening I gave a talk on cannabis at my university for Brain Health Awareness Week. I had an opportunity to speak alongside two colleagues – both distinguished researchers, while I am a clinician. My work is with patients and while I facilitate research as much as I can, it is not my strength.…

Book Review – Belong

Belong: Find Your People, Create Community & Live a More Connected Life Is the best book for anyone trying to become part of a community or who wants to start their own community. In these times of activism, it is especially good to find a book that is a guide to getting involved and living…

Vaping and Marijuana

Since I’ve been reading about vaping, my patients have been expressing concern that I’m asking them as much about physical symptoms related to lung disease as I am about mental health. Last week, one regular patient quipped, “Hey, Dr. Beck, if I had problems breathing, my Dad would have me at the family doctor before…

Vaping and Teen Health

After news reports of teens suffering severe lung damage from vaping in recent weeks, there has been a focus in the media about the risks of this new way of ingesting nicotine. Vaping is “less dangerous” than smoking, but this is a bit like saying one alligator is less dangerous than 3 alligators – it’s…