Kushism is my favorite weed dispensary in L.A. The employees are nice, the products are solid and the lines aren’t usually too long. Similarly, in terms of ambiance, it doesn’t feel like an overly sanitized Apple Store, or like picking up an eighth from a dealer; essentially, it feels old fashioned without being outdated, or at least as old fashioned as a legal pot shop can possibly feel.

When it comes to their transactions, however, Kushism is part of the cash-only culture that still dominates the industry (due to both federal law and the high price of credit-card processing systems…


But does a one-time, 60-minute shrink appointment actually help?

I’ve gone to therapy exactly once. I was glad I showed up, but when my session concluded, I shook my therapist’s hand and never saw her again. I assumed this was the complete opposite of what you’re supposed to do. But mental-health professionals who have integrated a single-session-therapy (SST) approach into their practice don’t actually consider a “one-and-done” session such as mine a failure.

Not at all, in fact.

Moshe Talmon, the founder and director of the International Center for SST who teaches his methodologies at universities and health centers around the world, is one such psychotherapist. Born in Israel…


Almost exactly two years before the start of #MeToo, accusations of sexual assault brought down James Deen, one of the most powerful men in porn. But despite all of the mainstream male power brokers who have fallen in Deen/#MeToo’s wake—from Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey to Leslie Moonves—the porn industry still struggles to talk about sexual assault and abuse openly. …


The motto at Tikkun Spa in Santa Monica is, “Heal your asshole. Heal yourself. Heal the world.”

At least, it should be.

The holistic spa’s actual motto is “Heal yourself. Heal the world.” But the spa boasts a signature “A-steam” treatment that makes the asshole-healing addition just as accurate.

An “A-steam,” or “P-steam” as it’s known at some spas, in honor of one’s perineum (i.e., taint), is the equivalent of the yoni steam for people without yonis (“yoni” is the Sanskrit word for female genitals). Yoni steaming is an ancient health-and-wellness practice that’s experienced a resurgence in popularity in this…


There’s weed vodka and a host of terpenes that function like bitters, but will cocktails ever get psychoactive?

Ross Hunsinger, the director of food and beverage innovation at True Terpenes, describes himself as a “high-level beverage guy.” He’s a longtime brewer and creator of avant-garde cocktails, with a history of running conceptual bar programs at super-fancy, James Beard–level restaurants such as Aviary in Portland — including figuring out how to work weed into the mix. “I tried to be provocative and definitely toed the line of legality with some of my cocktails pre-legalization,” he says. “Once, I made bitters out of trim leaves, seeds and other parts of the plant. …


I’m on hold with Paypal to cancel a transaction, answering a dozen automated questions before they connect me to an actual agent. I’m speaking calmly, providing answers in my speaking voice rather than the temper-tantrum tone I normally save for such computer-mediated situations. I sent money to the wrong username. The typo was my fault. Still, I want my money back because somebody else could have this username and transfer the funds to their bank account — and suddenly, my little error would launch an entire investigation in which I’d have complete all sorts of bureaucratic bullshit. …


Even though local laws prevent states from advertising their marijuana offerings to potential visitors from states without recreational marijuana policies, more and more people are flocking to them to enjoy a vacation with all the protections (and consumer options) adult-use weed laws allow. That is, while nascent, weed tourism is becoming a thing. In particular, people working in the industry and search engine analytics both report increased interest in marijuana-friendly activities, lodging and transportation in Colorado, Washington and California (states, of course, where recreational weed is legal).

However, there is one state — well, one city rather — that refuses…


From dildos to cock rings to butt plugs, fungi abound in adult product lines

Here’s the thing about mushroom cocks — like the one purportedly belonging to the president, at least per Stormy Daniels and her incredible Toad pwn yesterday: Some people (though not Daniels, obviously) think they’re really hot.

So hot, in fact, mushroom-topped and mushroom-shaped sex toys are a staple in any adult product line — from dildos to butt plugs to cock rings. That’s right. Fungi dick lovers enjoy the shape so much that they pay for plastic or silicone molds of it. For instance, Doc Johnson’s 10.5-inch Giant Cock, “a hulk size dong with a fat mushroom head and smooth…


A conversation with a hypnotherapist and two of the men she’s hypnotized

Remember the hypnotherapy scene in Good Will Hunting? Although the movie is a serious conduit for many of man’s emotions, Will can’t take the idea of hypnosis seriously and supplies his therapist with bullshit responses to the scenarios he proposes instead of letting him in.

IRL, though — or at least IRL in 2018, admittedly 20-plus years since Will Hunting essentially told his hypnotherapist to go fuck himself — the male embrace of hynotherapy is growing (if only with a certain type of male). “My male clients are the sensitive boys of the world, usually in their 30s and…


It’s the new Instagram influencer thing to do, and it allegedly forces all the nasty shit from your lymphs that causes everything from acne to brain fog to ‘slugging bowel function’

I’m sitting in the chillingly air-conditioned SaunaBar, a semi-New Age spa concept in L.A., checking off boxes on an intake form as to why I’ve elected to have a lymphatic massage. I opt for “stress relief,” “detoxification” and “increased bone density.” The latter I’m particularly interested in as I broke my right leg pretty badly a couple of years ago and equate the severity of the injury with how weak my bone was. (SaunaBar’s lymphatic massage promise: “[To] reduce the appearance of cellulite, slim down by eliminating water retention and enhance detoxification.”)

Aesthetically, SaunaBar is a cross between the 1999…

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