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A New Caffeine Delivery System

AeroShot is a caffeine inhaler.

I can think of lots of drugs (don’t even get me started) that might benefit from coming in the form of an inhaler.  Caffeine isn’t one of them.  Sometimes the old ways are best – with the attendant ritual, aroma, collective experience:

Or in a pinch I might settle for Penguin Mints.

And anyway they’re already under review by the FDA… which is looking out for our best interests, I’m sure.

FDA To Review Inhalable Caffeine:  AeroShot went on the market late last month in Massachusetts and New York, and it’s also available in France. Consumers put one end of the canister in their mouths and breathe in, releasing a fine powder that dissolves almost instantly.

Each grey-and-yellow plastic canister contains B vitamins, plus 100 milligrams of caffeine powder, about the equivalent of the caffeine in a large cup of coffee.

AeroShot inventor, Harvard biomedical engineering professor David Edwards, says the product is safe and doesn’t contain taurine and other common additives used to enhance the caffeine effect in energy drinks. (via

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Plummeting Marijuana Prices Create A Panic In California

Presented without comment for your edification and entertainment…

Plummeting Marijuana Prices Create A Panic In California: Marijuana Prices Create A Panic In California: For decades, illegal marijuana cultivation has been an economic lifeblood for three counties in northern California known as the Emerald Triangle.

The war on drugs and frequent raids by federal drug agents have helped support the local economy — keeping prices for street sales of pot high and keeping profits rich.

But high times are changing. Legal pot, under the guise of the California’s medical marijuana laws, has spurred a rush of new competition. As a result, the wholesale price of pot grown in these areas is plunging…

(via NPR.)

Filed under: Stuff, ,

American Antidepressants: Who’s on what…

Every wondered how your friends were holding it together? Here’s a fun graphical representation of the statistical breakdown of America’s embrace of psycho-pharmaceuticals. Can you find yourself on this?

(click on image for a big version)

(via | Drugged Culture.)

Filed under: Humor, ,

Criminalize Marijuana! / Marijuana Could Save California! (updated)

Not that I have any particular interest or investment in the topic, you understand, but I find the current debate over the legalization of marijuana pretty interesting. On one side, you have people talking about the benefits to the economy from legalizing it, and fiscal conservatives listening seriously. And on the other, pot growers who are worried about corporate interests muscling them out, and law-and-order conservatives opposing it because… drugs are bad, m’kay.

We’re regularly warned about the danger of making poor sexual choices while drunk or stoned. Well, pot farmers and conservatives – politics making strange bedfellows – there’s a joke in there somewhere, but I guess I am not going to find it on the limited amount of coffee (my drug of choice) I’ve had so far today.

And down Mexico way, they are talking about shutting down tens of millions of cell phones – with people saying that will plunge the country back into the stone age – as a desperate measure to get a grip on the drug cartels. Presumably, those cartels are not backing the legalization of marijuana either.

Update: The bulk of the money and guns fueling the alarming violence in Mexico – so bad that some people have started to whisper the possibility of a “failed state” – comes from the United States. To be specific: comes from the enormous profits generated by sales of – primarily – marijuana, profits made possible by marijuana’s status as illegal. (Guns made possible, to a large extent, by NRA and Tea Party opposition to sensible gun laws.)

And opposed the legalisation of marijuana, who do we find? Well, among others, the beer industry.



Filed under: Politics,



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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.


What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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