Writing on Food, Culture and Plant Medicines

I began my writing career rather by “accident” following culinary school. Along with some busy and productive years at Bay Area Citysearch, I wrote numerous reviews and features on the San Francisco, Portland, and Pacific NW food scenes for The OregonianSF ChroniclePortland Monthly, and many others

The cannabis part is interesting. Since about 2015, I’ve written a great deal for dispensarieshealth care providersmarketers and sites such as Leafly.

While I’m confident that cannabis can treat many chronic conditions more safely and effectively than first-line pharmaceuticals, I find that I have little interest in using it myself, other than as a sleep aid. But the shift from illicit drug to medical miracle worker has been fascinating to observe, and hopefully in some small way to shape.

  • Is ‘Russian Doll’ the First Post-Ayahuasca Television Show?”: A 2200-word (roughly 10-minute read) article on the hit Netflix series viewed through the lens of psychedelics and enthoegens, 2019.

  • Toad and Me, or: Smoking Amphibian Venom for Psycho-Spiritual Health”: A 2900-word (roughly 12-minute read) companion piece to the Portland Monthly piece below, and focused more on my personal experience with medicine-assisted therapy, 2019.

  • Head Trip: Are Psychedelics the Breakthrough Therapy Drug?”: A 780-word (roughly 3.5 minute read) article on Portland’s growing underground medicine-assisted therapy movement, Portland Monthly Magazine, 2019

  • Gut Check” : A 3000-word (roughly 11-minute) essay on a speculative design for a system of food distribution, based less on the brain and more on the gut, Portland Design Week, 2018

  • The Father of Cannabis Research”: A 700-word (roughly 3-minute) blog on Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the discoverer of both cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system, 2016

  • Eyes Wide Shut”: A four-hour, five-part podcast on the intersection of cannabis and insomnia. A total pleasure to research, write, and see to fruition. Produced for Zana Medical, a fascinating Bay Area cannabis startup.

  • Czech Please”: A 750-word (roughly 3-minute) article on the often overlooked joys of Central European cuisine, Portland Monthly Magazine, 2006

  • Though since absorbed back into NOAH (Network for Oregon Affordable Housing), I wanted to highlight the incredible work of the folks at MPower Oregon, an organization dedicated to building efficiency, sustainability and resilience into affordable housing. I was fortunate enough to collaborate by researching and writing blogs, a podcast, even producing a video for a grant application. 2016-17 (Note: Do not ask me to produce your video. Call a professional.)

  • Daily Grind”: A 1300-word (roughly 5-minute) article on Portland’s home coffee-roasting craze, Willamette Week, 2006