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BusinessHi Reddit! I'm the Founder of PEEQUALITY - A Device that Allows Women to Stand Up... When They Pee. AMA!

Dec 15th 2016 by peequality • 40 Questions • 105 Points

My name is Adie Wilson-Poe, I am an instructor-level scientist, actively conducting pre-clinical research. I received my Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Washington State University. I have been studying cannabinoids and opioids for my entire career (received my first grant as an undergrad in 2004). I study drug pharmacology and physiology, and I’m an expert in the neurobiology of pain.

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Edit 1: PLEASE NOTE: I am not a licensed medical provider, and nothing I say here should be construed as medical advise! Anything discussed on this AMA is based upon my own knowledge of the scientific literature, and much of this literature includes animal studies. My responses are from my heart, I am passionate about my work: they do not reflect the opinions or stance of my employer. CANNABIS IS A SCHEDULE 1 CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, and is illegal on a federal level. These discussions are occurring in a very gray legal area. I would never condone the commission of a crime, or endanger my own career by doing so.

Edit 2: Wow, what an amazing day! Thank you all so much for your questions, and for sharing your experiences! It's getting late, I'm signing off for the day. I'll continue to check back here periodically, but please feel free to engage with me on social media at any time; FB link above, Insta below.

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No she buys a < $2 product, rebrands it and sells it at 10 times the price (no really)

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Womans-Female-Ladies-Urine-Funnel-She-Urinal-Pee-Wee-Festival-Camping-Travelling/32516911070.html

Notice the exact same logo

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Which one of your characters do you think you are actually the most like in real life?


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What is the best advice you've been given?

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What do you think about fan-interactions that spontaneously happen when you're just doing your day to day errands?

(asking because I passed by you years ago and was too shy to say hello)


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What was the give away that something was wrong with your eye? Let's trigger the hypochondria in all of us!

But on a serious note, hope you recover quick. And when you get your prosthesis you should get one freaky looking eye too! For special occasions!

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How did the fight with Kimbo come about? Did you contact him?


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Hey, I'm 8 months clean off of heroin, living in Seattle. Have there been any long term studies into the effect of using marijuana during cravings? That's what I've been doing - smoke a big bowl and sleep through it til tomorrow. But am I actually just putting off an inevitable relapse without learning better coping mechanisms?

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I'm familiar with the brand. It's a dog eat dog world in the world of women urine devices


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That would be a good question for my wife. I don’t know. I don’t think any of them, not completely. There’s a piece of me in all of them and all of them in me, but I can’t say this one is really like me. Training Day was close. No, that’s the old me. The younger me.

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Well...Bryan has a new book out, full of great advice. -jf


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Ha! Say hello next time!

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I had been getting headaches for a while, my eye started to swell up and I had double and blurred vision. I said at the time it felt like my eye was pushed forwards and it turned out it was. I have put a few pictures on my Facebook to raise awareness.

I'm hoping I can have some coloured eyes made up, match my eye to my outfit!


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What is the FIRST RULE OF FIGHT CLUB!?!

But seriously, it was set up by Kirk Jenness on The UnderGround Forum (MixedMartialArts.com - amazing website) and Kimbo's manger Icey Mike (good guy). Additional info from an article Kirik wrote -http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news/the-toughest-cop-thats-not-allowed-to-serve-to-protect-us "Author’s Note – The fight Gannon is most often criticized for (vs. Kimbo Slice) was actually a charity fundraiser organized on this very website 12 years ago. All profits from the DVD sales of the Kimbo fight were donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Sean was not allowed to speak to the press, so he was never allowed to tell anybody about it, and was instead portrayed as a barbarian.

Further, Gannon expressed the highest respect for Slice, who passed away far too young in June.

“Kimbo deserves a lot of credit here too, he essentially agreed to fight for free for charity, and never felt the need to brag about it,” explained Gannon. “That’s the kind of guy he was, despite the rough exterior, always doing the right thing and never looking for a pat on the back afterwards. And that’s what this sport is all about.”"

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Oh my god, thank you THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing your story. There are absolutely ZERO long term studies about this, but I hope to be the author of those one day!!! Based on the literature, the only things that could definitely enhance your recovery are social support (being meaningfully connected with humans around you) and mindfulness meditation. YOU CAN DO IT.


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Will you take it to Shark Tank?

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Any plans for an Equalizer sequel??? Absolutely loved it!!!


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What were both of your "Hey, I finally made it in Hollywood" moments?

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What, in your opinion, was probably the stupidest myth you ever tested on the show? What about your favorite?


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How easy is to change eyes?

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What do you think about todays fighters? Are they tough as back in the day?


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what if theres no one out there to connect to for me?

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I would probably get eaten alive in the tank with this business. But who knows? Maybe Lori Greiner could demo it for the group, piss on the studio set floor, make a deal with me and then sell PEQUALITY like hot cakes on QVC


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We are working on the script. It will probably come out on the Fall of 2018, if we stay on schedule.

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When we did Freaks and Geeks I remember sitting around Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, the four of us was just like, THIS IS IT! WE MADE IT! HOLLYWOOD HERER WE COME! Even though that show was so good, when it first came out a not a lot of people watched it, so we kind of had that moment and it kind of was taken away, and then it was given back to us when it played reruns. - jf


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Pyramid power was the lamest myth. I have so many favorites that it's hard to pick one. What's your favorite myth?

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They pop in and out of the silicone that will make up my eyelids, so very easy I imagine


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As Don Frye used to say "Anyone can win one fight in a night, it's winning three that shows who has the steel balls".

The fighters now ARE better (I used to have to drive 2 hours to sniff the ass of a blue belt....and was grateful for it) but the old bareknuckle guys WERE tougher.

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There is always someone.. all these fine folks, for instance! A new hobby maybe?


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Just out of curiosity are you a man or woman that started this company?

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If you didn't have a career in acting what do you think you'd be doing for a living?


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When will you guys be doing a Malcolm in the Middle movie?

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How much creative control does Netflix give you guys with White Rabbit Project?


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Wait you lost your eyelids too?

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Don Frye

That dude is testosterone.


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I'm currently baked. Any questions for me LUL?

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I'm a dude


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Probably working with children. That’s all I did before, I was a counselor for the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA. So that was most of the kind of work I was doing from age 13 up until I became an actor.

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There has been some conversation about that. I dont know if or when that could happen, I guess we have to gauge the temperament of the fans to see if its something they want. But maybe. It would be fun to play with all those people again. It would be like if you (JF) did a Freaks and Geeks movie -bc


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Netflix has been amazing. They pretty much just let us make the show. So different from cable.

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I had an orbital exenteration, it's the whole contents of the socket removed and the eyelid, due to the position of the tumours


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I hear women become spontaneously pregnant in his presence.

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How does your cannabis use affect your craving for alcohol? Would you rather just smoke another bowl?


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So, is there an Amazon link? What is the easiest way to buy this product? Is there a discount if I order 2?

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Do you prefer playing the villain or the hero?


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Bryan, has anybody ever told you that your voice is like smooth butter dripped over some like mashed potatoes? I fucking love mashed potatoes.

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How did your conversation with Kari go after she electroshocked you over dinner?


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I was coincidentally just wondering about this on my lunch break, dunno if you're still answering but if you're not maybe someone else can answer even...

Does the vision from that eye go black (or whatever colour it might be) or does it just..... disappear? I don't know how to describe what I mean really.

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Just want to say as a long time lurker of mma.tv, I was always impressed with your insights on training. You may have changed my opinion on quite a few "vogue" training methods.

For anyone who doesn't know there was an amazing several part interview with Sean over at mma.tv just recently about his professional life. If you haven't seen it, go check it out!

What can you tell us about the outcome of your recent hearing?


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The more cannabis I started to smoke, the less alcohol I felt like drinking. When i became a daily smoker, my cravings for alcohol are pretty much zero to none.


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I like mixing it up. I don’t have a preference. I don’t want to. More heroes earlier on my career, and then when I did Training Day all I got offered was villains, I guess they didn’t know I had it in my, but I don’t have a preference. Good scripts.

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eat my voice -bc


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We were laughing so hard. It turned out to be a very fun scene.

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I love this question, I wondered the same before my op. It was strange, to begin with it was almost white, then static now black. But it's not the same as having both closed when I wink if that makes sense.


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The court will render a decision within 90 days. Someone may try to beat them to the punch by finding an excuse to fire my ass. Have a new hearing today, more of the Internal Affairs variety. Allegedly aimed at the guy I exposed, but pretty obviously aimed at the whistleblower. They've taken highly irregular steps in this and I haven't even had a chance to secure adequate counsel for it yet. So if anyone knows any good Whistleblower attorneys practicing Mass, I would be very happy to see them in front of FBI headquarters at 1:00pm today, 201 Maple St., Chelsea, MA. ACLU lawyers welcome too, I would love to be able to speak more freely on this. Heck, I would even like to see some 2a (2nd amendment) lawyers because they (Illegally IMO) seized my civilian License To Carry and personal firearm after I blew the whistle. Heartbreaking scene when they took my badge, gun, and personal License To Carry permit, but nothing from the dirty cop I exposed. It was all captured on film by reporter Jake Geanous ([email protected]) if anyone want to see the video.

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Thank you for your feedback! I'd love to hear from more of you about this!


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I'm curious about novelty and designer tips that could be added. Faux Penis, Trump Face, etc. Also, Bobble Head versions. A water balloon spigot might be a nice option as well.

Any chance for these down the line?

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What is the weirdest situation you've found yourself in by accident?


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Do either of you find it harder or easier to do comedies as compared to dramas?

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No revenge dinner party planned then?...


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Will you be getting a bionic eye now?

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Wow! Sean I havent talked to you in ages! How are you and your family!? 10 years ago me and you used to exchange forum posts on the subfighter.com >> UG/OG forums, my s/n was Dcastillo. I dont expect you to remember but its nice to see you are doing well brother. When I trained with Kevin (kimbo) back in 2005 at FFA in Miami he only had good things to say about you. Anyways I hope your well bruh.


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I would definitely rather smoke a bowl. In fact, i choose not to smoke hours before going out to a bar.

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You should come work for me.you have upper management written all over. You're going to go far, kid.


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In life? Probably had something to do with not being able to find a bathroom in time. We’ve all been there, you know what I’m talking about. Haha, oh man, and it’s cold outside and that warmth starts…you know what I’m talking about.

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Well thanks for that question, Sayshoe. Comedy can be tougher because its more fragile. You can ruin a comedy easier than you can ruin a drama. And thats why I say that. A drama is usually very well scripted. A comedy is not fully baked. You are infusing, on a daily basis, opening them up and trying different things. And because of that a comedy is much harder than a drama -bc


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There will definitely be a revenge dinner.

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That would be nice.


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What up bro! Good to hear from you again.

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Thanks for your answer, I have a hypothesis that cannabis reduces ethanol craving, this is great!


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How many urine/pee/piss puns are uttered around your office on a daily basis?

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Hi, just wanted to say you are one of my all time favourite actors. A living legend.

My question for you is: What role if any did you have a hard time shaking off once the movie was wrapped up?

Cheers!


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Would you be interested in me writing an erotic fan fiction about your movie?

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Hi Tory, thanks for doing the AMA! You should do this more often!

Do you still maintaining contact with Jamie and Adam? I know that you appeared in one of Tested podcast but do you still come by M5 from time to time to check up on Jamie? That guy just vanish into the deep water like a wal.... (i better not say it)


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Was everything, even the prosthesis, covered under insurance for you?

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Advice for people becoming cops who consider themselves to be of high moral fiber?


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I'd love to see a study done on this.

Personally, I've stopped drinking alcohol completely. It just doesn't interest me as much anymore.

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Way too many


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Malcolm X. My wife would be like “Is Malcolm coming home tonight?”

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I find it very flattering when one piece of creative evokes erotic fan fiction, or another piece of creative. So why not go for it -bc


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Thanks! I just had lunch with Jamie a week ago. He's still building crazy machines in his shop, but I get the feeling he's done with TV.

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I'm in the UK. Big up the NHS. I'd never have been able to afford any of this without them.


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Still do the right thing but ALWAYS COVER YOUR ASS!

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I'd love to see this too! QUICK, SOMEONE GET SOME MONEY!


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What are your thoughts on gender specific bathrooms? Should women be allowed to use these in whatever bathroom they please? Also, does the woman need to pull her pants bellow her bottom to use this device? What I'm really asking is this: am I going to start seeing a lot more asses while I'm in line for the urinal?

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What do you think of Quentin Tarantino? Would you ever consider starring in one of his movies?


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Do either of you have a favorite gas station snack? If so, what is it?

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Are you half italian? Your surname sounds like that. Big fan from italy ciao!


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My wife was diagnosed and treated for the same condition in 2010. It was quite and ordeal but her recovery is complete. Now living a normal life minus a bit of peripheral vision. Depth perception at short distances was tough at first but you adapt.

Where did you receive your treatment? We are from Canada but travelled to Miami to the Bascom Palmer for specialized treatment.

Good luck with your continued recovery. If you ever want to chat with a fellow survivor PM me and I will pass it along to her.

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Can you do a backflip?


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What do you mean specifically by cognitive deficits?

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Let's keep this about Rampart.


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He's a great film maker. My daughter actually worked for him on Django. He really wanted her to come back and continue to work with him. She said "Dad, he doesn't sleep!"

Yea, if he asked me, sure. Depends upon what it's about, gotta see what's on the page.

You know, going back to that, he did rewrites on Crimson Tide. He obviously didn't direct but he was one of the writers on the movie.

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A slim jim. Its like an old piece of sausage and you chew on it and you're like, oh wow there's a lot of grease in there. And then you realize you just ate a pig snout. Why dont they just come out with pig snout?? -bc


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I am Italian. Thanks paisan.

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I am from the UK so most of my treatment was London or my local hospitals. Thank you for your kind words and I wish you both the best for the future. It good to hear she has recovered well.


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Only with the support of a large crane.

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Retention of information. Reaction time. Learning new tasks and the like.


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For someone who has never seen your work, what would you suggest they watch first?

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Why this movie?


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What is your "White Whale" of testing? The one thing you could never get just right, but knew the solution was out there?

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I worked with a guy at Kings and St Thomas hospital on a project about restoring peripheral vision in people who had lost an eye - he was one of the maxillofacial surgeons there. If you are interested, drop me a pm and I'll see if he's still working on it.


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Well the dude is a beast!

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What about how combining the two effects you? I know that if i've had a few drinks, having a puff will immediately make me puke ! (Getting the spins, etc)


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I would suggest that they watch two. Fences and Man on Fire.

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I love the director John Hamburg. He does most of those Focker movies, I Love You Man, just great guy. He was acutally my professor at NYU so I knew him a bit. WhenI heard that Bryan was interested, it just seemed like a great opportunity to it. I've been doing comedy with Seth Rogen for a long time, and I've been a fan of Bryan for a long time -- so here was a chance to do comedy with a new crew. - jf


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Driving an F1 race car upside down. It's supposed to have so much down force that it would overcome gravity. No one ever wanted to let us use their F1. Go figure.

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That's amazing thank you.


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I see what you did there!

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Hyperemesis is a very well documented side effect of cannabis. It affects some people more than others, most likely because of the differences in people's endogenous cannabinoid systems. Lucky you?


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What is your favorite line or quote that you have said in a movie?

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Who is the better kisser between you two?


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The see-through screens you guys use on WRP to video chat are awesome...are they real or CGI?

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So all of us one eyed Redditors are planning an uprising, you down?

But seriously, from a fellow eye patch enthusiast, way to channel something terrible into something awesome.


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If you could choose a new walk out song - what would it be?

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What is your take on the legalization of the recreational use of cannabis? With so many doctors are even wary of it's medicinal uses still, I'd love to hear the thoughts from a Neuroscientist!


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What came right through my head was “King Kong”, but that’s not necessarily my favorite line, that’s the line that I hear the most from other people.

I don’t have one. Some people walk up, “my man” from American Gangster, but I don’t have one that I walk around and repeat because I’m onto the next one, so I’m not thinking about it that much.

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James kissed my nose once while filming. I didnt think it was appropriate for you to use tongue in my nose though, James. His tongue darted out and went up my nostril. I didn't say I didn't like it, it was just unusual. -bc


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They're so cool right?! Available this Christmas? I'll keep that a mystery.

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Thank you fellow cyclops


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"I fought the Law...and the Law won."

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I am all for recreational cannabis for this reason: adult-use laws create a genuinely separate market for medicinal use. These laws completely eliminate the guise of "I need it for my (insert bogus condition here)." In this space, we can tackle medical issues rigorously, head-on, and in the absence of haters. With the law on our side, we can conduct the research and collect the data that will benefit science and medicine at large.


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Denzel, I am a big fan of yours. My question is how did you psych yourself up for the "King Kong ain't got shit on me" scene in Training Day, and how much of it was ad lib?

Thank you sir!!

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If either of you were marrying off your daughter or son, what would make you question them "why him?"


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Tory - I used to binge watch myth busters in my friend's basement. Should I prepare to do the same? I need to know how many days of food to prepare

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I'm sorry to hear about your rare cancer! Losing an eye is something I can't relate to, but I'm glad you're able to keep your life and family and press forward to a better, healthier future!

You're very brave to not only endure all of the procedures and share it with Reddit, but can you see why kids love the taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunch?


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Is it true...that if you don't use it, you lose it?

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Many of my fellow physicians use urine drug screens as part of pain contracts with patients receiving opioid narcotics. They will refuse to prescribe narcotic medications if patients test positive for any illegal drugs, marijuana included. I've always found this odd because they rarely screen for alcohol use, nor do they refuse narcotics to patients who use alcohol.

My question is, what are the effects of marijuana on opioids from a patient safety perspective? Does marijuana interfere with the metabolism of opioids?


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That was an ad lib line, and I was developing and ad-libbing the scene as we went along, so we actually shot everybody else as I was working it out, and his whole thing was his ego, and I was getting real stuff from the real gangsters like shoe program and what that meant and all that stuff from the bloods, and from one take I just went off, and Antoine is like, “man, you know what you just said,” I said, “yeah”, and he said he wanted me to do it again. But purely it was his ego, Alonzo’s ego. If you look at the end of the movie again he’s getting out of the car and pointing with his key cause he’s trying to get out of the trunk where his guns are cause he’s still until the end not giving up, what did he say? I’m gonna win anyway.

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You just have to observe how they are treated. And the little things, the day-to-day things, thats a big indicator. Is the person being kind? Are they generous in spirit? And thats actually a perfect tie-in to this movie, because my character doesn’t see that in him in his presentation. He’s loud, he’s brash, and because of that I put up the resistance. Stephanie had to say look beyond that. In the movie he witnesses how he treats my daughter with love and kindness, and thats what you have to look for. -bc


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HAHA! White Rabbit Project is 10 eps each around 60mins. If you're gonna binge and you're serious, you could probably get it done in a day. 1 day supply.

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Aye, I can half see ...


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What if you didn't have it to begin with?

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From a safety perspective, all signs point to cannabis LOWERING the opioid risk. When patients have access to cannabis, they self-taper their opioid intake by roughly half. In states with medicinal cannabis laws, there is a 25% drop in opioid overdose deaths.

In terms of basic pharmacology, cannabinoids and opioids interact synergistically to produce pain relief (the two together provide much greater relief than they do alone). However, this does not appear to be true for the side effects like sedation and motor coordination (cannabis enhances the good effects of opioids, but not the bad effects).

We don't have any evidence of cannabis interfering with opioid metabolism. The precise mechanisms of the drugs' interactions are poorly understood, and the topic of my ongoing research!


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What is something someone in your life has said, that you've kept with you- and has made a positive impact on your life?

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Mr. Cranston, do you ever see yourself directing a film in the future?


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Hi Tory! What was the scariest thing that has ever happened to you while filming?

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Have you ever used the "I have my eye on you" joke as of yet?


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What are your thoughts regarding the UFC fighters wanting to form a union? What do you think of Dana white?

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Is there any evidence that cannabis increases the half-life of opioids? Or that it can worsen the most severe side effects such as respiratory depression?


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My mother said, "Keep it simple." It took me a long time, wading through a lot of stuff, to realize how much of it you don't need. I don't even mean material, professionally, I've said this before, Sidney Poitier told me, "if they see you for free all week, they won't pay to see you on the weekend." So don't be everywhere for everybody. This is an age when we think the more you're seen, the better. In the movie business, that's not the case. Prime example, when is the last time you've seen Daniel Day Lewis? Right? Lincoln. Last movie did 3-400 million. That's the movie game. You want people to say, "where is he?" Like you just said, "When's Equalizer?" Those are two good things. Keep it simple.

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Yes, I do have a script that I wrote that is getting some traction and could possible go next year or the year after that. I'm really excited about it. I directed an episode of a tv series I created call SneakyPete on Amazon -bc


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It's a toss up between getting in the ring with a bull and jumping into shark infested water.

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I have so many eye - deas. I can't wait until it's fully healed the pranks will be immense


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Dana White's been good to me personally, and done some really cool stuff for some friends of mine, and once even paid for a kidney transplant for the daughter of an impoverished coach in Thailand.

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No, in fact there is evidence to the contrary. The timecourse of opioids is unaffected by cannabinoid administration. Opioids induce respiratory depression, whereas cannabinoids induce tachycardia (increased heart rate)... essentially, these effects cancel each other out. I actually answered this very question at my Ph.D. thesis defense!


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Hi Denzel, I'm a huge fan of yours, and I'm also a student at your alma mater, Fordham. Was just wondering what your time was like here, if you have any cool Fordham stories, and when the next time you plan on visiting is?

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Hey guys huge fans of both of you! Unbiasedly which of you are funnier?


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Hi Tory! watching White Rabbit and loving it. Is Jesse the chemist (from ep 3 I think?) the same Jesse who was in the Breaking Bad ep of Mythbusters?

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Real sorry about loosing your eye. I would like to know how long did it take to get you diagnosed from the time you had eye pain and headaches and seen a doctor. What kind of test did the doctors order?


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The UFC stuff came first. The relegated him to desk duty over it, acted like he was medically unable to work on the streets. This is them actually firing him over the dirty cop stuff

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I'd be hesitant to say that tachycardia cancels out bradypnea. Heart rate doesn't matter if your aren't oxygenating your blood.

However, it's reassuring to know that cannabis doesn't further depress respiration. Thanks for the answers!


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I went for two years up at Rose Hill trying to figure out what to do in life, started off pre med, then I said I’ll become a lawyer, then I said I would become a journalist, but really all I was doing was flunking out, and then I ended up working up in Lakeville, CT at a YMCA camp and I did a little skit for some kids and someone mentioned, you ever thought about acting? So I went back to Fordham, I transferred to the Lincoln Center campus and I started taking an acting class, and that’s how it started. So even with my own kids, I said a liberal arts education is ok. You don’t have to know at 18 what you’re gonna do for the rest of your life and you know how it is in college you gotta declare something, well I’m not a doctor, but I played one. hahahaha.

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you got a few emmys for comedy, don't you? - jf


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YES!!! It is him. Jesse is the best. Love that dude.

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I went to see an optician within about 3 weeks of it being noticeable, I had to chase a bit for the MRI as my referral was lost the first time luckily I had a fantastic g.p. who listened to me and sent me urgently for a scan. The results took 2 weeks and then from there it was so quick. I had a call to say I had to visit a local hospital that day as my scan results were in, they then referred me to a specialist eye hospital that had me in for a needle biopsy, blood tests, chest x ray, CT scan and a debulking operation. Once it came back as cancer I was referred to an oncologist for a full body scan, which took a further two weeks to be confirmed clear, and a MRI of my eyes again. This then showed I still had tumour left behind and due to the very aggressive type the full orbital exenteration was recommended by all my doctors as the best choice.


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First off, you can't be forced off twice to begin with :)

I had filed legal action to returned to active street duty and began to release information (legally within the allowed parameters of Rules and Regs). They tried to stop me, so I gave MORE information they didn't want exposed and went to the FBI exposing a dirty cop. Then I was Relieved of Duty.

Regardless of the result of the first case, I was going to have my job afterwards, it was just my actual duties affected. The full medical tribunal from the Retirement board had already unanimously determined I couldn't be forcibly retired because there was nothing wrong with me. Now they're apparently doing a full court press to fire me after the whistleblower thing. It looks a little confusing because a lot happened this week, first one case, then me whistleblowing, them retaliating, me going to the FBI to try to prevent retaliation, them stepping up the retaliation. It's like a UFC fight where they're on their feet, then against the fence, then on the ground. Are they on the ground or on the fence? They're at different places at different times in the fight reacting to different actions.

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I appreciate your hesitation, just trying to keep things relatively readable for the reddit audience. Thanks for the questions!


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How did you start your career as an actor and was it the cliché struggle that everyone always talk about? Thanks.

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Best moment on a film set?


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If you had to forget one injury you had on myth busters, what would you forget?

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Were you previously the type to wink at people? How will you address this issue now? Are you worried about people mistaking blinks for winks? Do you notice your nose more now? Oh god now Im dying to know. If you answer any of my questions let it be the nose question...


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American dad or family guy?

A:

I am a person who uses both opioids and cannabis for chronic pain, if you have any questions fire away.


Q:

Interestingly enough I’m in San Francisco where my career sort of began. I studied for two years in NY, I went to Fordham, two years in the Bronx and then down to Lincoln Center and I knew that I didn’t have enough training yet, so I got into the American Conservatory Theatre here in San Francisco and I studied here, started on my masters here.

A:

I think it was our fight. I really enjoyed it. Its complicated, its like a dance. You have to choreograph it. There's something that happens during the fight that wasn't planned. Once James and I were in a certain position... its like 'well, look here'. I bit down on James Franco's crotch. I got a mouth full of Franco. That was the best and worst moment on set -bc


Q:

Probably the bike jump, which has become my most famous injury. ha!

A:

I didn't tend to wink at people but ironically I could only wink with the left eye so I still can but it looks like I am blinking to other people. Feels the same to me though, so does blinking. I really didn't notice my nose more but thanks for pointing that out for me! Haha it doesn't really get in the way though.


Q:

Family Guy all day.

A:

/u/CourageousKoala keep an eye on your inbox!


Q:

Having done Fences on stage as a play and now as a film what do you think is the most difficult part to transition and is there anything you feel was lost/gained because of the change from stage to screen?

A:

For both of you. What is a particular moment on set that comes to mind where you couldn't contain your laughter?


Q:

Do you think you guys will, if White Rabbit Project gets renewed which I see easily happening, look at suggestions fans might have about the show and see if it's something you can improve on?

A:

You mentioned earlier you are also missing the eyelid. Do you have a "phantom eyelid"? Does it feel normal? Or do you feel like you can't blink that side?


Q:

All those hits must have caused some brain damage eh?

A:

Hay Adie, Thanks for doing this AMA, and for the importaint work you do. From reading your answers, there seem to be many upsides to Cannabinoids. Are there any downsides or dangers?


Q:

One of the challenges were the transitions. In a play it's lights out, the curtain comes. You can't do that but it opened up other opportunities to stay with the character that were left on stage in the play. It was a process. It was a slow process. Was anything lost or gained? Yea, probably! That's just the nature of it. You might lose a little, it’s a motion picture now. Some of the story is just told in what you see. You won't have to say it all.

A:

Griffin plays Bryan's young teenage son, both the character and actor were pretty innocent. On the first day, they just threw him right into it. My character asked him what his favorite swear word was…and he just started coming up with the strangest words, both tame and odd. And then from that moment on, he just went for it...and got dirter.....and dirterrrrr...….dragons and titties. - jf


Q:

Totally. We've always been very responsive to you guys so if we do get a S2 we're listening. So far a lot of people are happy with the show, but want more builds. I agree.

A:

I do, it's twitched a few times in the past, drives me crazy.


Q:

Yup, it helps me identify with him. He's the smarter, wiser older brother I always wished I had.

A:

YES, FOR ADOLESCENTS. Research has clearly shown that consistent adolescent use of cannabis (under 21 yrs of age) is strongly associated with cognitive deficits as an adult. The human brain does not finish developing until approximately 21 years of age, and intervening with its normal development is usually not worth the short-term benefits of cannabis.

Three scholarly articles come to mind: An evidence based review of acute and long-term effects of cannabis use on executive cognitive functions. Effects of cannabis on the adolescent brain. Considering Cannabis: The Effects of Regular Cannabis Use on Neurocognition in Adolescents and Young Adults.


Q:

I have two questions.

What is your most "useless" skill?

and

What is your favorite song that you listen to to hype you up?

A:

How would Heisenberg deal with James Franco's character in Why Him?


Q:

How did you get to work on Mythbusters in the first place?

A:

Got any pirate themed eyepatches? Or are all eyepatches pirate themed by default?


Q:

Pizza or burger?

A:

Have you ever heard of depersonalization/derealization?

Smoked for the first time around 8 years ago and have never been the same since


Q:

Useless skill:

My most useless skill is making coffee. No, that’s useful. A useless skill, meaning a skill that has no use. How do you develop it if it’s useless? I don’t know. I’m trying to be useful. Useless? A useless skill?

favorite song to hype yourself up:

Depends upon what I’m doing. I saw Ludacris the other day in Atlanta. In different movies I’ll get into a particular artist. I’ve used Mary J Blige when I was doing a darker movie Courage in the Fire, and some of her music just helped me with that. When I did Magnificent 7 I used War because they have some kind of cowboy stuff, “Southern part of Texas” was one and “Gypsy Man” was a couple of songs, bands from the 80s, 70s. It depends I gotta find that vibe and it gives me a certain feeling that I like. Training Day ugh, whatever I wanted to. It was just filthy.

A:

Speaking of barrels, he would've rolled out a barrel with some sort of chemical in it. And I would say to him “are you going to be good to her? Are you gonna be a gentlemen? Cause if not I will come after you, and no one will ever find you. -bc


Q:

I worked with J & A for years before MB in special fx for movies. When they got picked for MB they called me to audition as a builder and the rest is history.

A:

Most other patches I could find were pirate themed which is why I started making a wider variety. I have made an anchor patch for a pirate pantomime though so anything is possible. I make them to order so I can customise them to suit the customer.


Q:

Pizza. Unless it's a cheeseburger.

A:

I have heard of this, and I suspect that some people may experience this based upon the unique properties of their own endogenous cannabinoid system. Mysteries abound, people...


Q:

Mr. Washington, Thank you for taking the time to do an AMA, looking forward to seeing your performance in Fences. I was wondering what is the best way of getting nerves to work for you rather than against you in a performance?

A:

Bryan & James, What is your typical morning routine?


Q:

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A:

Fellow one eye person here. Honestly, if I could have got a cool eye patch at the age of 12 when I lost my eye, it may have made middle school a little little less hellish for those few months. So best of luck to you and what you're doing!


Q:

Cheeseburger pizza, then?

A:

Hi! My question is about the obstacles you might face with your research since cannabis remains illegal at the federal level. What has been the biggest setback in that regard? Can you receive federal funding? From whom/where do you receive the majority of your funding? (I'm a physiology PhD student in Colorado, and I've always wondered about funding for cannabis studies.) Thanks for doing this!!


Q:

Sometimes nerves are good for you. I still get nervous, it’s ok, that means you’re alive. The only thing to fear is fear itself, so that’s a part of it. Being fearful is a part of it, but keep going. There was a saying fall down seven times, get up eight, so just keep going. We all have fear. Believe me I have as much as anybody else and we all have to face them. Face your fears.

A:

I usually get up pretty early. There's just so much to do. Although I go to bed pretty late. I've been trying to get more sleep, but it's so hard! Bryan left the party early last night! - jf


Q:

HAHA! And someone from the highway called 911 because they thought someone was driving it. Good times indeed.

A:

This is the reason I am doing this, thank you for your well wishes.


Q:

Sounds great! Homer Simpson voice nom nom nom nom

A:

I have been funded by the National Institutes of Health for my entire career. My funding comes from NIDA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is the only federal funding agency that can currently give out money to study cannabis. The rub is, that they will only give you money to study the "addictive" or bad effects of cannabis, rather than the potentially medicinal/useful effects. This is the reason that there is a huge negative bias in cannabis research. The biggest setback to medicinal science is the inability of the NIH to give us money to study the potential benefits. I'm hoping that eventually the controlled substances act issue will go away so that we can overcome this barrier.

The reason NIDA has always had an interest in my work is that my goal has always been to reduce opioid use/abuse/bad stuff. I got in the back door.

Colorado has a state-level grant program, so all is not lost!


Q:

Do you still play basketball regularly? and who is the most famous person you have played with?

A:

Hey guys, did you happen to pull any pranks on each other while filming? I feel like you're both the type of dudes to have a little fun on set.


Q:

Do you still keep in touch with Joel Zimmerman aka deadmau5?

:)

A:

sorry to hear about your eye firstly. How has this affected your daily life?


Q:

did you beat him before or after he died?

A:

Wow. Love how unbiased those grants are. Do you feel this also has an impact in the how published peer-reviewed results are framed?


Q:

I don’t play ball anymore, those days are over, and I grew up in a town called Mount Vernon NY, and as you know coming from Brooklyn we had some good ball players, like the Williams brothers, Gus won a championship with Seattle, his brother Ray was a point guard for the Knicks. The most famous person…well I’ve hung up my knees so my ball days are over, so I didn’t get a chance to play with the president, that would be interesting. Cause he kept saying he was gonna serve me, and the NY ego was like hey you better check with us down here, check with the knees.

I don’t know who is super big. When I first got to LA, the hollywood high school they would have different celebrities, but a lot of the biggest named guys didn’t play, they just talked a lot. Arsenio played, but not a big big star. Who is the best movie star player? I rest my case. My days are over. In my time it was me, hahaha.

A:

yes. so James was also teaching every weekend that we were shooting this. We worked 14 hours a day on our show. So during the week often, where there was a couch or something, James would take a nap on the couch (in the middle of everybody working), we'd go over and take cast pictures with James while he was sleeping. He can fall asleep anywhere. And he reads more than anybody I know - bc


Q:

Yeah I talk to Joel all the time. We were just hanging out in Hawaii about a month ago, trying to crash golf carts at his show.

A:

For the first few weeks it was very painful and I was very self conscious but now I have lost some peripheral on my right side but it doesn't really affect me massively. It's a small price to pay I feel.


Q:

After I died actually. He beat me "into a living death" Ken Shamrock style before I could make a comeback and get the KO. The guy was tough as nails and had a ton of talent, balls and heart. Could have been a contender if he started training before his 30s.

A:

I would like to think not. Data is data. You can spin it however you like in your discussion, but data doesn't lie. It just is. Regardless of an investigator's hypothesis, bias, or funding agency... ball don't lie.


Q:

What is your favorite food to snack on?

A:

What's your favorite pizza topping?


Q:

Hi Tory! Thank you for taking the time to be with us today!

What kind of milk do you drink? 2%, 1%, Whole, Chocolate, Milk Alternative?

A:

oh that sucks, i hope everything works out for you!!


Q:

I'd love to hear more about this on Joe Rogans podcast. Any chance you will be doing one soon?

A:

In a perfect world, how do you see cannabinoids being used in the treatment of opiate addiction?


Q:

For real? Häagen-Dazs Ice cream. Cherry Vanilla, number 1, Chocolate, number 2, and Butter Pecan, number 3.

A:

Considering that Bryan likes slim jims....he probably puts anything on that pizza. - jf


Q:

Thanks for asking me the hard hitting questions. drink 2%

A:

Thank you, it was the right choice to make in my situation so I feel very positive about it.


Q:

Keep spreading the word and I'm sure I'll be up soon enough. I've been saving up a monster Joe Rogan Podcast for 10 years! People's heads will explode with the shit I'm going to drop. Will be one of the best ever.

A:

I see cannabis as an exit drug, not a gateway drug! That is, I see it as one tool (of several) that could help people transition away from opioids. By substituting a dangerous, potentially fatal behavior, with one that is far less risky, people may be able to re-engage in their lives. Addiction is often discussed as a disease of disconnected-ness. That is, people are looking for a connection with something, and often the only thing they feel connected to is their drug. Why be connected with something that can kill you when you can use cannabis to feel more connected to the earth, your creativity, your friends, music... you name it?


Q:

Hey Denzel!

Longtime fan here and I’m looking forward to Fences.

First off, thank you for everything you do to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Growing up, I went there every day after school, and I’ve got to think that doing that helped shaped me into a better person. So thanks!

I do have a question though: How are you feeling about the Cowboys going into the playoffs this year? If it was your decision, would you start Romo or Prescott?

A:

How's movie shoot catering?


Q:

Do you ever get a self satisfying feeling knowing how many people , especially children you've inspired towards science over the past decade or so? Do you feel like you're contributing towards the betterment of man kind by sparking interests in science at such a young age?

A:

Yikes that's rough Sorry to hear it Are you considering getting maybe holiday themed glass eyes? Like ornament eyes? I think that would be pretty shwanky


Q:

When you had him in the standing choke hold around 1 minute in and they started closing in on you. Was it because they were making sure you stopped when he went unconscious or because they felt it was against their rules?

A:

I use CBD oil to reduce inflammation from my JRA (didn't feel so juvenile before the CBD) and I feel so liberated! I can make a complete fist again and I feel like I have my 25 y/o body back! When I heard that CBD is going to be Schedule 1 I was devastated and wanted to kick a lead ingot. Reading about the side effects caused by "real" RA meds scare me half to death and I'm nowhere near desperate enough to take them. Why is it that the DEA like to keep barbed sticks up their asses?


Q:

That's what you call Champagne Problems. You know Romo is ready to go, I'm sure he's looked at all the footage from Peyton Manning last year, it's his turn. I think you stick with the horse right now and allow Tony to continue to heal. He'll be ready, he is ready, and right now he's an asset. He's the best thing for him right now, to work with him and he seems to be very unselfish about it. I like what the owner is saying, he says, "I'll know it when I see it”

Call me Jerry.

A:

It was pretty good on this one. Bryan would get everybody pizza, or Mexican, everything. Every Friday. It was great. - jf


Q:

I don't think we ever set out to inspire or educate with the show. We were just a curious bunch and wanted to entertain. If we've made a difference for the better then it makes it that much sweeter.

A:

I saw a picture of a rainbow eye and I want one, I wonder if I could get a festive eyeball.


Q:

It was a 100% legal technique, they had requested groundfighting be banned, standing submissions (like the guillotine) were completely legal. And I don't think they were trying to cheat, just confused about the rules and trying to protect their fighter.

A:

Dang, what I wouldn't give to know why the DEA insists upon this wretched self-sodomy. I too, was devastated by their recent decision, which, fortunately, seems to be totally illegal and a gross over-stepping of their duties. We'll see what happens there. I'm SO happy to hear that you've found a way to get some relief. I have a close friend with JRA, I truly know your pain, I've had hour upon hour of conversation about this. Thanks for sharing!


Q:

Which place on Earth would you like to visit that you haven't been to?

A:

Hi, Tory! I wanted to quickly say thank you for entertaining me for so many years! You and the rest of the MB cast and crew really made me love science from a young age. I binge watched WRP earlier this week, and I really enjoyed it!

  1. Ever since that moment you wiped out jumping over the wagon, you've kinda become known as the "daredevil"/unwilling guinea pig/guy who accidentally hurts himself on camera a lot. How do you feel about that being a part of your legacy on MB and WRP? I'm also sorry for laughing at a lot of your (hopefully not too bad) pain over the years.

  2. Bonus: What was it like driving that beautiful Lambo for Kari's GPS experiment?


Q:

Did you get to keep the eye? I like to think if I had one of my eyes removed I'd have it in a jar on my desk for the rest of my life.

A:

Anyway an underemployed MA lawyer can help you?

I know you are represented, maybe you can direct-message me your firm's contact info. Just want to help/volunteer...


Q:

What do you think about Pharmaceutical corperations in general? They hold alot of lobbying power in government. And seem to only care about profits rather than opioid addiction (big problem here in Portland OR metro area).

Bonus question what's the percentage of success if someone with a GED asked someone with a PhD out on a date? (this is a purely hypothetical question by the way, just random)

A:

Hmm. I was just watching something on Istanbul that looked interesting. I’ve been lucky to go so many places, hmmm. I don’t know. Any suggestions?


Q:

HA! I get hurt so you don't have too. Stoked you like WRP. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be a stuntman so dreams can come true. The Lambo is SICK!

A:

Unfortunately not, it got chopped up and tested for cancer


Q:

My attorney isn't handling my whistleblower stuff. Meet me in front of FBI headquarters today at 1:00pm, 201 Maple St, Chelsea, MA. Read up on whistleblower protections first.

A:

We need big pharma, they are a necessary evil. There are a lot of VERY effective, life-saving medicines out there that would not exist if it weren't for them. I agree that their motives are not always the best, but one of the great things about cannabis is it's existence in the public, rather than patented sphere. If they want to develop more cannabis-based medicines, I say bring it on! WE NEED HALP. Bonus answer: hypothetically, if the PhD had a spouse, as evidenced by AMA proof (wedding ring) then the statistical probability of a date would be around 0.001%.


Q:

Who's your favorite director that you've worked under?

A:

Ok Tory, imagine you, Kari, and Grant are working diligently on a new build in your shop overnight. You emerge to find that the zombie apocalypse took place while you were too busy to notice. Now, using only what you have available in your shop, how do you get yourselves and your crew to safety outside the city?


Q:

Firstly, sorry about your eye! I can't relate to that, but I've known people who have gone blind, deaf, etc. (Which aren't really the same) but anyway, 1. Kind of disgusting question, but what happens to your eyelids when you don't have an eye? Do they just fall into the socket?shudders Do they remove them in surgery? 2. How does depth perception work for you now, since you don't have two perspectives of vision? How do you manage in places you've never been?

A:

You're quite the hitter and you and kimbo really went the distance in your street fight, but when kimbo was in the ring he lost to a part time fighter in under ten seconds.

Why do you think kimbo had such a hard loss there?


A:

I've learned so much from so many of them, I wouldn't pick one. I mean I love Tony Scott, God rest his soul. I've had great success with Spike and Ed Swick. Obviously great success with Antoine Fuqua, those are the ones that I just mentioned. I love and miss Tony. One of the best filmmakers is really...I'm going to say everybody and all the ones I leave out are going to be pissed but...c’est la vie. That's a good group right there. I'm sure I left out somebody.


Q:

Get out of my head! We have these conversations all the time. Take whatever vehicle we can reach, A-team it out with armor, a flamethrower and then load it up with zombie destroying contraptions.

A:

I had mine removed so I don't know, I had an exenteration but some people have just the eye removed. I read an interesting article about this actually, depth perception isn't fully dependent on two eyes, I have to be careful pouring drinks and sometimes things are further away than I think but all in all its not too bad.


Q:

"Silverback" Seth Petruzelli is a quality fighter, a striking specialist from K-1, and was dropping guys like that all the time.

A:

Dang! You beat me to it!


Q:

Hi Denzel!

  1. What were your toughest challenges when coming up in the acting world? Did you ever feel typecast, especially after TRAINING DAY?

  2. What do you think of Jay Pharaoh's impression of you?

  3. Ummmmm, do you like mozzarella sticks?

A:

Hey, long time fan, what was your favorite Myth or project you worked on? I've never heard your favorite ones since you did the Mythbusters episode. Thanks again, love the show!


Q:

Follow up question, which I just thought about, do you wear the white cover in the picture all the time? Also, (I'm having a little trouble understanding your particular circumstance) if you took any covers off, is it just a socket? Sorry I'm just having trouble picturing this

A:

unrelated to other things, how hard did Kimbo hit?


Q:

What exactly does "how cannabis interacts with opioids" mean? From a physiological POV?

Having been a heavy pot smoker most of my life.. and having a few years where I was an opiate addict, I've mixed the two more than I'd care to admit..

A:

Yes I felt typecast sometimes, and for any actor rejection. I was always at my best in auditions when I already had a job. I used to call it a smell. You walk in with a smell cause you’re too hungry, you’re thirsty, and they can smell it, but when you’re working you’re like hey I got 15 minutes I gotta go do that.

I think Pharoah’s impression is more like the, I don’t know it was an impression of an impression.


Q:

Thanks! My fav myth/moment was blowing up the cement truck. Hands down.

A:

That picture was whilst I still had plaster packing inside so I still have the white dressing but it's not as big now. As its healing inside its just a hole, the skin is healing over like scar tissue and it's very neat, my 3 yr old thinks it's fascinating so it can't be too scary.


Q:

VERY hard, but he lacked the experience to hit the sweet spots that "push the button" that puts you to sleep. That means he can re-arrange your face (and did to many people) without putting you down if you're a determined man with a good chin and a high pain threshold. Being a knockout artist is as much about accuracy as power.

A:

Yes, from a physiological standpoint.

In my career, I have studied the acute effects of combined cannabinoid/opioid administration (for pain relief). I have also looked at how chronic cannabinoid exposure effects opioid pain relief, and opioid tolerance (the loss of effectiveness with repeated use). I have also studied how chronic opioid exposure effects cannabinoid pain relief.

My ongoing and future studies are to examine the cellular and molecular mechanisms behind enhanced pain relief and reduced opioid tolerance, as well as the addictive potential (or lack there of) of combined opioid/cannabinoid administration.


Q:

Quick question: What sort of acting role would you like to tackle that you haven't tried yet? Thanks!

A:

When you left Mythbusters, did you three know you'd eventually be doing another show together?


Q:

Since your operation, how is your depth perception now? Have you noticed any of your other senses being higher then what they were (i.e. Hearing, smell)

A:

I hear Rizin is putting on some crazy fights. Maybe you could fight the BPD there. All jokes aside, what is your twitter handle so I can follow you?


Q:

Do you use cannabis yourself?

A:

Hmm. You don’t wanna see me in tights.


Q:

We hoped, but didn't know we were going to get a show like WRP. Still can't believe it.

A:

My hearing has always been my rubbish sense, I've always suffered with my ears and slight hearing loss so I do think it helped my hearing in some ways. I think I'm getting better with my sense of feel, I feel the floor better, if that makes sense at all, I'm more aware of my right side now too.


Q:

I guess I'll have to make one. I wasn't allowed to speak for 10 years, what was the point? Any suggestions? I don't want to have a stupid sounding Twitter handle.

A:

I currently live in the state of Missouri, which does not yet have any legal uses for cannabis. In other legal contexts/states, when I did not have anything at stake (for instance, a DEA license for conducting research), I was known to partake. It would be a bit hypocritical for me to lack a first-person perspective!


Q:

What was your favorite clip (video thing or whatever) from WRP and why is it Hitler with tits?

A:

Those designs are actually really cute, have you considered taking commissions from people? Do you do sewing-based designs as well, and if not is it something you're looking to incorporate?

How do you feel about people who aren't blind purchasing your eyepatches for stuff like cosplay? Would you be ok with that?


Q:

If you could have ANY food, for free, for 3 meals a day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A:

I think missouri will be one of the last states to make weed legal.


Q:

I think my favorite clip so far is Kari controlling me with electrodes. We couldn't stop laughing.

A:

I've sold one for a panto, I would be fine with cos play, I can custom make them to order so anything is possible


Q:

I hope I don't get to find out in prison by the end of this.

A:

Not if I have anything to do with it! I was just at the state capitol yesterday, meeting with Republican law makers on the verbiage for the new medical cannabis bill. Headed back in a few weeks once the new legislative session is underway.


Q:

Enjoying White Rabbit Project so far!

What would your dream project be? TV or movies, what would you like to be involved in that (maybe) you haven't been already?

A:

Have you ever thought about a glass eye? If so, what's the process for getting one?


Q:

I agree it's awful that the Feds and even local police monitor and manipulate communities online and in real space. Where do you think the line is/will be? Will there be cameras in our houses some day? Or is it possible there already are cameras (in our phones and computers) that are in use for monitoring us?

What is the most surprising evidence you have seen?

A:

Does recreational use ever become physically harmful at a point? Basically, how often is too often?


Q:

Thanks! I'm so glad you're liking it. My dream project would be to direct a movie. Maybe horror or Grind House style.

A:

I am getting a prothesis, I had titanium implants fitted during my exenteration and once I am fully healed I will have magnets attached which will hold my prosthetic eye. As I am missing my eyelid, that is going to be made out of silicone and the glass eye will sit inside that. The prosthetic team will be making a mould of the cavity soon and they will use a computer to match the skin tone. The eye will be painted to match my other one.


Q:

We're certainly heading in that direction if people don't start standing up for their rights now. And I'm not even so much concerned with the monitoring as I am the manipulating and silencing. WAY bigger issues that must be addressed immediately.

A:

I'll refer you to the DSM-5 for the criteria on cannabis use disorder. If those items start to creep into your life, it's time to chill. Yes, cannabis can definitely become harmful, but probably not in the way you're thinking: more likely in the psycho-social realm than the biological health/longevity realm.


Q:

Hi Tory! Just a simple one, have you seen Rogue One yet, if so what did you think?!

A:

Have you considered getting a cool chrome eye or something not designed to mimic a human eye? (This is a serious question due to the 'uncanny valley' effect.)


Q:

So, when I first heard this story, you were dismissed for underground fighting. Why is this story back and why is it different from the original narrative?

A:

Hello Adie

Super interesting research you're doing! What kind of results have have you made toward how cannabis effects chronic pain?

Also where do you see the future of your field going?

Cheers from Denmark.


Q:

Haven't seen it yet, but planning on going today. STAR WARS!

A:

I hadn't, I expect it would get rather cold! It would look pretty cool though


Q:

You seemed to be very confused.

So, when I first heard this story, you were dismissed for underground fighting.

Never remotely happened, they couldn't even bring me up on any charges because I did all the paperwork necessary for a charity fight (all profits from the DVD sales were donated to St. Jude's Children's Hosptial). They could however ban me from telling the media it was a charity fight so I was portrayed as a barbarian instead.

Why is this story back and why is it different from the original narrative?

It's probably different from your original narrative because your original narrative has no basis in reality.

A:

Thanks for the interest!

Cannabis has huge potential in the treatment of chronic pain. The most commonly prescribed pain relievers are opioids, which have very nasty side effects (cue apocalyptic epidemic). When chronic pain patients are given access to cannabis, they drop their opioid use by about half. There is also some recent data that suggests cannabis actually improves cognitive function in these people, probably because they are lowering their opioid usage. The most common reason people seek out medicinal cannabis is for pain relief, and it appears to be very beneficial, because the US states with medical cannabis have 25% fewer opioid overdoses... this is HUGE.

Let me know if you want links to scholarly articles :)


Q:

Do you have permanent injuries from the show?

A:

Are implants and magnets standard now, or is this because you lost the surrounding tissue? From old movies, I thought glass eyes were just balls you could pop in and out.


Q:

Even though you can lay the smack down with your fists quite well, what's your firearms of choice? (I'm a big gun guy)

A:

Damm I wasn't aware it was that significant. That sounds super promising! I really interested in what future research will bring.

I'd love some articles! I'm not involved in any medical/neuroscientific studies or research, I'm just a philosophy student who find neuroscience really fascinating. That said, I'll read whatever you'll recommend!


Q:

Just emotional ones. ha!

A:

I had an exenteration, which is the eyeball, eyelid, and all the muscles, tissues and optic nerve removed. I was informed by my surgeon that the eyeball is one third of what fills the socket the other two thirds are mainly muscles and tissue. Therefore I'm having more of a facial prosthesis than a fake eye.


Q:

I'm issued a weapon I have to use, so I try to stick to it. Carry an identical weapon off duty (or used to) so I don't have to train two different sets of reflexes. But if you're big on the gun forums, could you do me a favor? Could you have them point out how wrong it is to seize the civilian Carry permit and personal firearm from the clean cop but not the dirty one he exposed? I'm glad this is shedding light on just how arbitrary, petty and silly some of these Carry license situations are. They're about to get the perfect test case rammed up their butts!

A:

A colleague in my department used to do clinical pain research in Isreal, where cannabis medicine is booming: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=haroutounian+cannabis

Same result, this time out of Harvard: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27790138


Q:

What was your favourite myth to bust?

What's better. Jamies mustache or Adams hair?

Who's better looking out of you, Grant and Kari?

A:

Have you considered putting a small display on an eyepatch with a low-power bluetooth receiver and battery hidden in your eye socket (or wired through the band to something hidden in your hair), and using your phone to animate the patch while you're talking to people? It could be hilarious to have an eye show up on the patch and slowly get angrier and angrier (or turn into the eye of sauron) while in the middle of a conversation.


Q:

Considering the attention given to THC, how much of your research focuses on cannabidiol? Has it been shown to be more or less useful than the psychoactive cannabinoids for things like pain management?

A:

fav myth: Bull in a china shop what's better:Jamie's mo better looking:Kari is the fairest


Q:

That is such an awesome idea, I hadn't but I want one now!

A:

CBD does not seem to provide as much pain relief as THC or other CB1 receptor agonists. The reason is that CBD does not directly activate the CB1 receptor. My work and others has shown that CB1 activation in the part of your brain that is the headquarters for pain control (the periaqueductal gray) shuts off pain for the whole body. CBD seems to have some anti-inflammatory effects, probably mediated by the immune system, so this may be a different mechanism for pain relief. My personal research does not involve CBD, but I follow this VERY closely!


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If you could retest any myth, what would it be and why? In other words, what myth causes you to doubt the results of the experiment you devised to test said myth?

A:

Is there any chance in hell you get bionic, see-through walls, laser beam eye?!!

P.S. You're incredibly brave!! Wish you all the best!


Q:

Thank you for taking the time to respond, I really appreciate it! I've always wanted to get the opinion of an actual professional, and now I've got a little expert knowledge to inform my own decisions :)

Sidenote: now I understand why my CBD edibles weren't as effective as I thought.

A:

Wakeboarding behind a cruise ship. I was so worried about standing up that I didn't really get to enjoy it.


Q:

If they start making them I'll be first in line,

A:

Yay! Spread the word! THC gets a bad rap for the (very real) side effects, but in the right context it has a lot of potential!


Q:

Hi Tory! What is your next project after White Rabbit and do you plan to continue the series? Love the show BTW!

A:

We have a family friend who lost an eye on a skiing accident and said adjusting to depth perception was difficult.

Do you know if you will be able to drive again?


Q:

any interest or previous experience with psylocin and its serotoninergic properties? opinions on ssris, snris, or maois?

A:

Happy to hear you're liking WRP. Hopefully we get a season 2. We had a blast making it and would love to keep it going.


Q:

I've never learnt to drive anyway but you don't even have to inform DVLA in the UK when losing one eye. I don't know why I find it easy it just seems fine to me.

A:

I can say that CBD is a partial agonist at one of the serotonin receptors. Probably not the answer that you're looking for, but that's about all I got!


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Hi Tory, HUGE Mythbusters fan and enjoying WRP.

You getting hurt on camera sort of became a thing on Mythbusters. Are you really that accident prone or were some of those scripted? What was the worst time you hurt yourself?

A:

I lost vision in my right eye as an infant, so I never knew what it was like to lose my vision because it was never there. A few questions for you:

Q: Have you noticed depth perception issues like struggling to pour a glass of water or parking a car?

Q: Have you developed your "Spidey Sense" yet? By this I mean an inexplicable realization that something is getting close to you on your blind side even though you cannot see it?


Q:

Can you explain why smoking weed makes the effects of alcohol so much stronger in some people, but not at all in others? (Not sure if your expertise covers this)

A:

There's a little thing call camera courage that when you're being filmed you tend to think you're invincible. I thinks that's always been my problem. Thanks for watching WRP!


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Omg I didn't know this was a real thing but I really do, that's so cool! The spidey sense that is, spilling water everywhere is not so great.

A:

Differences in endogenous cannabinoid functionality. Your brain cells are studded with proteins that are the site of activation for cannabis (CB1 and CB2 receptors). Your brain also produces its own endogenous cannabinoid agonists (anandamide and 2AG). The natural variability in this system is most likely reason for differences between people when it comes to cannabis consumption.


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Hey Tory,

I'm enjoying the new show! Now to my question. I've seen you post stuff from IndyCar races a time or two, do you have a favorite driver and have you been to the Indy 500 yet? If not, I highly suggest it.

A:

Have you thought about getting a glass eye? Or do you think that would look too goofy and you're going more for badass?


Q:

I am currently suffering from myeloma and a resultant complete collapse of 4 discs I'm my back. I have been on oxycontin continually for almost 3 yrs. I hadn't smoked weed since the 70's, but I found a dealer, and have been smoking weed daily for the last 6 months. It seems like it helps me in numerous ways, the best being that it seems to help neuropathy. My pain doc doesn't know, but I doubt he would have an issue. My question is does this seem like a sustainable regime? I never feel any desire to take more opioids than prescribed. How safe am I on OxyContin in the long term?

A:

My favorite Indy drivers are Conor Daly and James Hinchcliffe. Oh and Mario Andretti for sure. I actually got to drive 66 laps at the 500 track in an Indy car. Best day ever.


Q:

I'm getting a prothesis but I'll miss my patch

A:

Thanks for sharing your experience! Long-term opioid therapy is NOT sustainable. Anything you can do to maximize your quality of life, and minimize your opioid exposure is going to be beneficial. Cannabis may be one of several tools that patients like you can use to achieve this goal!


Q:

What was your favorite gun to shoot on the show ?

A:

What does it feel like to see with 1 eye? Do you "see" anything different or does it feel the same? I've had these questions since I was a kid.


Q:

How hard it is to study drugs? What is the most difficult part? Im majoring at psychology and i really would like to work in that field, specially with researches about psychedelics.

A:

Mini Gun


Q:

Looking at a whole room is frustrating as I can't see everything or everyone, but my finer vision is better I feel. It's only a small amount of the right side I can't see, I tend to walk my kids on my blind side so people walk round them and don't startle me

A:

The most difficult part is making sure that your research ideas are fundable. Will the government give you money for your project? If it has the potential to have a big effect on public health or a specific disease, then yes, if you sell your idea hard enough and support it well enough, they will probably give you money. If you are trying to get money to study the benefits of a Schedule I drug... you'll have to look somewhere other than the fed government for research dollars.


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Hey Tory,

If someone offered you $57,000 to jump from a car moving 60mph into the bed of a truck moving 60mph, would you?

If someone offered you $20 to jump off of a bridge into definitely-deep-enough water, would you? Assume bridge height is known to be not sufficient for breaking bones.

A:

Will you ever dress as Leela for Halloween?


Q:

I'm about 6 months clean from a crippling opioid addiction. I've used, and continue to use, kratom in my battle. I still smoke cannabis from time to time, but only in very small amounts. I've had more than one cannabis-induced panic attack since quitting opioids. My anxiety is still severe, even after 6 months. Have you done any research on kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa)?

I've found that the two go very nicely with each other. Since kratom doesn't cause respiratory depression, much like cannabis, there's no real danger in ODing. Kratom has literally saved my life, and if you haven't done any research on it, I would strongly recommend that you do. For me, it also does a better job than cannabis at attenuating alcohol consumption.

I'd be more than willing to answer any questions you may have to the best of my ability. Thank you for doing this AMA!

A:

I'd take the $57,000 challenge. I've done the second challenge for free.


Q:

I have thought about it, I have so many possibilities now.

A:

Thanks for the guidance, I think you're really onto something, I will definitely look into this! As far as the anxiety goes, the side effects that cannabis can have on cardiac activity could definitely contribute to that: your mood and your heart rate are very closely related. That's why beta blockers are so good as anti-anxiety meds: they directly reduce heart rate and "trick" your brain into thinking everything is chill.


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Hey Tory! If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A:

There have been many cases where cannabis has been used to ease chronic pain, as well as instances where using it to treat disease has cured the malady. Now, I understand why more research isn't being done (no money in the cure, only in treatment) but coming from a researchers point of view why aren't more studies being done especially on the benefits?


Q:

Pizza, but good pizza.

A:

Most scientific research in the US is funded by the NIH, which is a federal institution. The federal government does not recognize any medicinal benefits of cannabis, because of its status as a Schedule I controlled substance. There is currently no federal funding mechanism to study the medicinal benefits of cannabis. Huge catch 22: we don't have data because it's illegal, and it's illegal because we don't have data to show its safety and efficacy.


Q:

Hello Tory

What was the biggest/ most challenging project that you did with Mythbusters and what did you have to do?

A:

Where do you see your research in 5 years? Do you sees of cannabis and cannabinoids becoming more mainstream or retreat backwards?


Q:

I think one of the biggest builds we did was for earthquake myths. We built a 40ftx40ft earthquake simulator. When it started shaking it was terrifying, but awesome!

A:

FULL. STEAM. AHEAD. 10 years ago Fox news was showing up on the doorstep of my lab, threatening us with "wasteful spending." That never slowed me down. Now TIME magazine is featuring my work (in general, not me specifically), and it's on the lips of every politician. I'm thrilled that I get to be at the forefront of this field, because it's got HUGE potential, and everyone is watching.


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Hey Tory! Love the show, but I just have one question. Do you still play counter-strike? If so you, me, and scoutknives. Come at me bro.

A:

What are your thoughts on people using cannabis in conjunction with other forms of treatment for drug (opiate and alcohol come to mind) addiction?


Q:

Haha! I've been playing Call of Duty more.

A:

First off, I will say that I am making it my life's work to answer this question based upon tangible data. In the absence of that data, I think there is a HUGE potential for cannabis to act as an "exit drug" from other forms of addiction. Abstinence clearly is not the answer. Opioid replacement therapy, combined with social support, seems to be the best thing we have for opioid recovery at the moment. Substituting something potentially lethal with something potentially harmless seems very, VERY logical to me. Finally, as evidenced by other redditors' comments on this AMA, cannabis seems to curb alcohol craving (hypothesis supported!).


Q:

I've seen you wear Nevada Wolfpack shirts on Mythbusters, and I wondered: Are you a UNR alum? I know they have an excellent engineering program, but I'd just always wondered.

A:

Thank you for doing this AMA. My question is: Do you need to decarboxylate the cannabis you use in research? If so, what method do you use?


Q:

Oh I loved that shirt. No, I didn't go to school there. I found the shirt at a second hand store.

A:

Nope. I get THC directly from NIDA, purified in ethanol. It's crap. I'd much prefer a whole-plant extract, but it's impossible for me to legally obtain.


Q:

Hi Tory, thank you for this amazing show, Im just 2 episodes away from finishing this season, what can I do after that, what will happen to my life and how will I kill the boredom? I need more episodes, when is season 2 starting?

A:

Do you work in a "legal" state?


Q:

That's awesome! Glad you like it. Hopefully Netflix gives us a season 2 so you can have MORE!

A:

At the moment, no. I currently live in Missouri. However, just yesterday I was meeting with Republican legislators in our state capitol to work on verbiage for a medicinal program here. The ballot measure failed this year, so we're going for a top-down approach.


Q:

Why aren't you as sexy as Kari?

A:

Was getting your P.h.D. the hardest thing you've ever had to do?


Q:

Kari is that you?

A:

Nope. Keeping up with my inbox for this AMA is WAY harder. So many more people will be disappointed by my failure!!!


Q:

Hey, I really like the episode of MB where you were trapped under all the earth. It looked absolutely terrifying and it definitely freaked me out.

Has there ever been a test that you've said no to because of how dangerous/scary it is? Or is there a hypothetical test you would never do?

Thanks 😊

A:

I wanted to test going over a waterfall in a barrel at the Niagara Falls, but the Canadian Govt said no.


Q:

Hi Tory, huge fan here!!

Question: If you tried to jump over that wagon again with the same bike could you make it??

A:

If I had a BMX bike then for sure I'd try again.


Q:

Hey Tory, how does it feel being adored by millions as a Kari seeks ways of torturing you?

A:

Ha! It makes the torture bearable.


Q:

Now it's your turn for an IAMA! So tell me, what was your favorite thing that got blowed up real good on the show?

A:

Cement Truck! Boom!


Q:

First of all thank you for taking the time to do this AMA. I love the mythbusters and started watching the white eabbit project a few days ago. When you started in mythbusters, did you think it was going to be this amazing?, and how happy were you when you found out that you were hired for the mythbusters? How did you fill when the show ended? And how happy were you when you three started working together again in the white rabbit project?

Again, Thank you very much :)

A:

It's my pleasure. Good question. I was terrified when I started on MB. I didn't like being in front of the camera. None of us predicted the show would take off like it did. I was bummed when MB ended, but was also excited about the prospect of new projects and then White Rabbit Project happened. It's been a wild ride.


Q:

You were one of my first celebrity crushes! Hello!

My question is: what is your favorite build of all time?

A:

Ha! Thanks. Favorite build of all time would be two big rig trucks crashing head on.


Q:

Do you have any advice on growing beards, given that yours is one of the most beautiful of its kind?

A:

HAHA! Be patient. I'm Italian though so I might have an unfair genetic advantage.


Q:

Hi Tory! What's your favourite/least favourite fan experience?

I'm sure you've met some odd-balls.

A:

Our fans are so nice. Once at the airport I was flying from Canada to the US and the CA border security yelled to her co-workers when she saw my ID, "Hey this is that crazy guy from MB who blows stuff up."


Q:

What was you dream job as a kid? When you went on Mythbusters, did that become your dream job?

A:

Working in special fx for the movies was my dream job and that came true. Directing movies is my next dream job.