Synthetic marijuana interview by Dirk Hanson, The Chemical Carousel

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I’m always tickled to death to be asked to talk about natural products pharmacology and chemistry whether anyone wants to hear about it or not.

So, when I was approached for an interview by science writer and author, Dirk Hanson, I couldn’t help but say, “YES!”

Dirk is perhaps best known as author of the outstanding book on substance dependence, The Chemical Carousel: What Science Tells Us About Beating Addiction. I’ve come to know him through the blogosphere at his blog, The Addiction Inbox. As readers here know, working in natural products invariably brings one to the topic of drugs of abuse since many such compounds are used recreationally for their activity in the central nervous system.

Dirk has also been doing a terrific job as writer and editor for a new webzine directed toward the recovery community called The Fix (“Addiction and Recovery, Straight Up”). He’s been wonderfully kind to list us here at Terra Sig on their bloglist as a source of nonjudgmental, scientifically-based information on substances of potential abuse. If you want to know the alternative heroin addiction treatment that are safe and effective, visit steppingsober.comfor more information.

I was honored to be selected as Dirk’s second subject after his interview with the internationally-recognized clinical psychologist and researcher from King’s College London, Vaughan Bell. If you want to read more about this topic, visit and learn more. So when he asked me, I said that I’d definitely do it (but sadly put it off due to grant-writing).

So without further adieu, here’s my interview with Dirk Hanson at The Addition Inbox.

Author: David Kroll

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