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Health-LiveHey! I'm a quadriplegic who plays games with a mouth stick ask me anything.

Dec 23rd 2016 by Charactur • 12 Questions • 4717 Points

My short bio: Hey Reddit! My name is Anthony van der Meer and I am the 23 years old director of Find my Phone. After the film went viral on Youtube, I saw a lot of questions. So now I am here to answer them. Feel free to ask about the legal, technical, ethical or cinematic aspects of the film.

Film Trailer Please excuse my English, I am not a native speaker/writer.

My Proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpN9NzO4Mo8&t

http://imgur.com/XNnt7yV

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What do you like most about playing games, and what would you like to see more of in games?

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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?

Edit: Holy wow! I was not expecting such a response from my little throwaway comment. I am totally overwhelmed by this show of support and I'm going to send the day getting to everyone. Thank you!


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What wonky produce is the easiest/hardest to sell?

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Will you do a second movie if the phone goes back online again?


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i like the competitive spirit people have when playing multiplayer games. I would like games of the mmo genre to work on guilds and community's staying together long because now a days guilds break up/become inactive way to fast

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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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Great question! Easy sells for us are definitely fresh seasonal fruit like citrus, kiwis, and persimmons. We also see a lot of demand for healthy greens like kale, broccoli, and lettuces, which are normally expensive in stores so people love the savings plus the convenience of having it delivered. Hard sells are anything with visible scarring, which can look weird at first, but once you peel or chop the item you realize that it's the same as what you could have gotten in the stores. To be honest though, one of the most common responses we get from people when they first get their box is "this isn't ugly at all!" It is astounding how strict the cosmetic standards at grocery store standards have become over the years.

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Yes, check the last 15 seconds of the film ;)


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Yeah, I get what you mean about guilds.

If you don't mind me asking, how do you type? Is it also with the mouth stick?

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What are your thoughts concerning use of cannabis in the NFL?


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My understanding is that "ugly" produce is what is sold to companies that turn them into juices, Broth, and pieces so small that the defects are mitigated (such as baby carrots).

Is this the case? If so, how much waste is there if you account for these products?

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When? We need Find My Phone: Roamin' in Romania ASAP.


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Ya i use my mouth stick to type.

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Man, I can't even express how much this issue means to me. From a brain/concussion perspective, a chronic pain perspective, as well as a cannabis perspective.

There is clear evidence that these guys experience REALLY nasty consequences of bodily trauma and chronic pain. CTE is a devastating disease. Based on the data, cannabis appears to be a safer alternative to opioids for chronic pain relief. In my opinion, it's irresponsible for professional sports leagues to allow their athletes to engage in activities that would endanger their lives and livelihood, while also preventing them from utilizing safer alternative therapies. Edit: for clarity.


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You're right -- a lot of ugly veggies have a processor market. Apples, oranges, and other fruit tend to. Often even when there is a processor market, farmers are forced to sell it below cost. So we buy some of that stuff and are able to pay a lot more than processors do. But most items -- basically all the field packed product like celery, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. don't have a processor market and would be left in the field. And then even items like kiwis, eggplants or any other pears besides the bartlett often go to animal feed for 1 cent per pound.

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Love the title. It's hard to tell. I will focus the sequel on the complete life cycle of the phone.

A prequel about where my iPhone ended up will probably be released before that. I am in the pre-production of that film now and I am planning on releasing it next year. It all depends on the developments of the story


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I know communication is everything, but how tedious is that. Do you use predictive text, at least?

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So if these things can be proven by someone who has researched it for over 10 years, what more steps need to be taken to change the law?


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Thanks for the info. I look forward to a San Diego expansion!

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Hey Anthony

I thought your video was really interesting and I like the way you edited it. I have a couple of questions I hope that's alright.

First what made you curious about making a film about your phone being stolen?

Secondly what sort of ethical considerations did you do before, doing and after shooting your shortfilm?

Cheers from Denmark!


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I type out everything. I have tried a voice program before but it did not work out.

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The DEA is expected to follow the advice of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when new drugs come onto the medicine market (which is basically what’s happening here). The FDA, rightly so, has very strict rules about this process (clinical trials), to ensure our health and safety. Here’s the rub: The FDA’s criteria is so stringent, that whole-plant cannabis will never, by its definition and nature, live up to these requirements. It will take an act of congress or an arbitrary decision by the POTUS or attorney general to change the law.


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Awesome! SD should actually be sooner rather than later. We are planning on launching in LA in late January/early February and should launch in SD by April or May. You can sign up on our website ahead of time so you're all set up when we launch if you want.

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Hey! Thank you!

There were a couple of things that made me curious about the story of a stolen phone. Let me summerize it for you.

  1. My iPhone got stolen by a thief who did it in such a way, I am almost certain she was a trained professional thief. Since she would probably never use the phone herself, it made me wonder. What would happen with the phone after the theft? Where would it eventually end up?

  2. Whe tried to track the thief through find my iPhone. We could only follow the phone for a few minutes. By the time we and the police were close to the phone, it went offline. Although this sucked, chasing the thief was actually pretty exciting.

  3. I had a lot of personal information on the iPhone. When I lost it, I suddenly realized how much we all depend on our smartphones. It isn't just a device we only communicate with. It's far more intimated than that. I think it is one of the most intimated devices a person can use (we take it everywhere we go, communicate with our loved ones and affairs with it, make (nude)pictures etc.) Having aces to all that information could tell a lot about a person, even the things he or she would never share with other people. That kind of creeps me out. By making the film I wanted to create awareness of that. Imagine you getting hacked!

About the ethical considerations:

Before:

I had a couple of rules I followed. For instance, I did not want the phone to be found. It had to be clearly stolen. Also, if the thief sold the phone immediately, I would follow the location of the phone and collect some metadata to find out where it would end up. If it was just sold in the Netherlands again, I would deactivate the app and start over with a new phone.

During:

I wanted to follow the phone until I had enough information to make a story. Alltough I collected data everyday, I did it only once or maybe twice a day, at different times each day. I would stop collecting data after a few weeks and than collect weekly and eventually monthly if necessary. This has to do with proportionality. But after two weeks, the phone went offline.

After:

I made sure to anonymize the man. Not only did I blur his face, all the phone numbers you see in the film mis at least 2 digits and I have shuffled the numbers a bit. Even the house in the end doesn't have a number. I think a lot of people didn't notice this. This was of course intentionally. I always hate it when tv shows blurr and make it extremely ugly and messy.


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Good on you. You are a good typist. No typos. I'm not much of a gamer, but I thought you look nice. Can you make a recommendation for good games for people who want action, challenges, and a reasonable social aspect to a game?

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Could you go into why it wouldn't pass fda approval? If it is safe it should be fine right?


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Hi Ben! As an Imperfect customer, I first want to say thank you for introducing me to world of crazy fruits and vegetables! I've tried lots of different produce that I normally would never have eaten, and I'm curious -- what is the most "exotic" fruit or vegetable you've ever eaten, and how did you prepare it?

Thanks again!

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What are the unexpected/interesting results of your film going viral?


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league of legends is challenging to me but as for the social aspect they can get mean sometimes.

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The FDA can only approve a new drug based on the safety and efficacy data that results from a clinical trial. Clinical trials can't be done on cannabis, because it is an illegal schedule I substance: catch 22. Also, the FDA requires that a drug company provide a single symptom or disease (indication) for which the drug should be used... which would we choose? Furthermore, a number of processes are in effect to ensure all participants in a clinical trial receive the exact same drug/molecule at the same dose. Even if we COULD do that for the clinical trial phase, it wouldn't ever apply to the real world of cannabis medicine, due to the vast variety of strains/plants that are in use. The best we could ever get from the FDA would be approval of a clone of one specific mother plant, refined/extracted to a specific dose/chemical profile, and approved for one specific ailment. In theory.


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Thanks for the support! So happy to hear you're loving it. I cooked lotus root once which is basically this big gnarly root that grows in the muck. You slice it up and it looks like swiss cheese in the middle. Like a big mud tuber. It's really delicious and crispy fried tho. https://www.google.com/search?q=lotus+root&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS723US723&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwizoO6EhYvRAhXJLmMKHTBcAZAQ_AUICCgB&biw=1920&bih=974

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I wasn't expecting the film to go viral. So that was actually unexpected for me.


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sometimes?

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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!!


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Any plans on ever expanding into East Coast? Live in CT and have been waiting to be able to get some beautiful ugly produce for a while!

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What's the first thing to consider when doing a film. Is it story? Characters? Scenes?


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lol ok always

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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!


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Totally! We hope to be on the East Coast by 2019. Feel free to pre-sign up on our website to get an email when we launch. imperfectproduce.com

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I always start with a story idea. I always try to minimize the characters and make a draft were I just summarize the crucial scenes to tell the story. I think that's a good way to start.


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The Moba communities also often have many young hormone-filled teens who will use slurs and really just plain old mean language without realizing who they may be hurting directly.

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


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Great concept. Could you please:

1) Shut up and take my money?

2) Expand to Austin ASAP? How does Tuesday look?

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Why not confront him? Also, how do you feel about the responses regarding the nationality of the thief and ongoing refugee discussion?


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ya i get called stuff all the time and i play support/jungle

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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.


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Haha done. I'll see you there.

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It was never my intention to confront the guy because I was investigating where stolen phones end up. I was hoping the phone would turn up somewhere else, which it did 7 months later. Even though the story of this guy stops at the end, the story about the phone still continuous on.

I think the reactions regarding the nationality, where people blame his behaviour on it are terrible. It is a fact the guy was a Egyptian. In the film I wanted to tell a story about the human side of the thief, and religion and ethnicity are a big part of somebodies identity. That's the only reason I mentioned it.

But the thief could have been anyone. It's just coincidence. It also doesn't say anything about the country he is from. There are always idiots who will blame bad behaviour on ethnicity. Fortunately the big majority just sees a man as a man and not as race or colour.

The opposite reactions were people claim I made the film to spread hate and Islamophobia are just as bad and actually are quite racist as well. Just because I am a western white guy doesn't mean I hate Arabic people.

But it's typical for the time we are living in.


Q:

Has anyone ever told you, you look like Anthony Kiedis from Red Hit Chili Peppers? Because you do, if not than now you have.

A:

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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Hahaha...there's brisket that's just as good without the 90 minute wait!

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I really enjoyed watching your film, it was beautifully made. So here's my question:

Most of my projects will involve privacy, hacking and cybercrime

What got you into these topics, was it from a young age or a recent thing?


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ya yesterday lul

A:

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). EDIT: A lot of this work was done in animals.

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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Thanks for the support and enthusiasm! We hope to be on the East Coast by 2019. Feel free to pre-sign up on our website to get an email when we launch. imperfectproduce.com

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I started to get interested in these topics when I was around the age of 19. I always liked technology but was never really thinking about the negative consequences have. I was and am very interested in Wiki leaks and the Snowden revelations. Snowden really kickstarted my interest in the subjects. When I did research for the film I really dived into the material as well. I now am politicly active on these subjects by giving speeches and workshops, soon even for politicians to help defend our privacy rights.


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Do you record at all? Any videos we could see? Also, do you primarily play off of systems or PC?

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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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Awesome idea man. Have you ever thought about doing CSAs or farmers markets with the produce?

Also, would you ever expand to doing the same thing with other foods? Bread products for example?

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Could you expand on the legal aspects? Is what you did legal?

Great film by the way, next time I hope you'll manage to work with a smartphone producers company to install a hidden sim inside the phone so you have full control, and somehow fake the "powered off" status of the phone itself.


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twitch.tv/tehzuh and i play pc mostly but i can play consoles with the mouse/keyboard device .

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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). I actually answered this very question at my Ph.D. thesis defense! Edit: to be concise.


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Thanks! Our main business model is pretty similar to a CSA. That was a lot of where we drew our inspiration from. We noticed that a lot of people who tried CSAs didn't always stick around because you sometimes get hit with a lot of the same item while it's in season and don't have a good way to opt out. With Imperfect it's fully customizable and we combine sourcing from around 30 farms on a given week to give strong variety.

Yeah, we totally want to add other items beyond produce longer term. We've already experimented with a few items like a local Bay Area honey that has crystalized back into solid form, but you can just nuke it for 2 minutes in the microwave at your house and it turns back to regular honey. We were able to sell that for like 40% off. There are a lot of products like that out there and there isn't really a well developed secondary market for small and mid size producers so that's the direction we're heading in.

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I was operating in a grey area. It basically comes down to this: Spying or hacking someone is illegal.

But technically I was doing it with my own device. As an artist and journalist I had a have a some more rights.

There are a few important things I had to take in account. - proportionality; I couldn't just spy as much as I wanted but only collected the necessary data I needed for the film. This is also why in the sequel I will focus on less privacy sensitive data. - social importance: The reason I made the film and came up with the concept. - maximizing the impact while minimizing the negative consequences: I got a lot of media coverage, in every interview I explain my motives. On the other side I censored the data of the guy.

The most important thing is the motive. I did this project to start a discussion about privacy on smartphones and make people aware of the issue. I believe the film is a very effective way to really show what kind of data you can collect and what the consequences of it can be.

Even though not everyone gets the point at first, people now subconsciously realize that getting your smartphone hacked is possible, easy and the amount of data you can collect is enormous. I hope all people who see the film will realize the risk of getting hacked on smartphones, by hackers and governments. On computers, most people use virus scans, install updates and some people even put tape on their webcams while almost nobody even considers how vulnerable a smartphone is, and what the implications of getting hacked mean.

I think the film already created a lot of awareness and started discussions about it. I don't want to encourage anyone to redo this experiment because the film already made the point. I didn't make the film for entertainment. Hacking of phones is a big business and there are plenty recent examples of phones getting hacked. During my research I came across a lot of malware for smartphones that was sold pretty cheap. The problem is already there, unfortunately people are not as aware as they should.

That doesn't guarantee I won't get thrown in jail, but I did the best I could to prevent it while still be able to publish the film


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Do you experience any Phantom Pains? And if so what does it feel like ?

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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!


Q:

That's really neat. Any chance you guys are hiring? I'm a sustainable agriculture and food systems major at UC Davis so this is something I'm really interested in.

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How did you do that zoom into the map? Was that google or apple maps? Was it a screen capture? I've tried doing it but can't manage it in one click.


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Omg ya i do. Sometimes but butt hurts like heck and sometimes when my hands fall asleep they hurt so bad .

A:

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


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Also, as a food waste prevention and socially-conscious company, we naturally do a really good job of donating everything we can and composting the rest.

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I used Google Maps and recorded the screen really closely so you can see the pixels


Q:

How often do you clean your mouth stick?

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


Q:

Do you deliver anywhere in U.S.?

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Everyday i try to because my lips get supper dry sometimes

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/u/CourageousKoala keep an eye on your inbox!


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Right now just the greater Bay Area! We're launching in LA in a month or two and plan to serve the whole country in the next 3 years.

A:

It was never my intention to confront the guy because I was investigating where stolen phones end up. I was hoping the phone would turn up somewhere else, which it did 7 months later. Even though the story of this guy stops at the end, the story about the phone still continuous on.

I went to all the places that were important to the story to take some footage I never used besides that last scene. I thought I could might catch a glimpse of the guy to see if he was still in the Netherlands. If he wasn't I would explain why It didn't have internet connection. I was all by myself and was holding a mono pod. If I had the intention to confront him, I wouldn't have gone alone.


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Why don't you have a text to speech program?

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


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How do you plan to grow? For example, are you going to offer franchises?

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Did you use encryption on your stolen iPhone? Did you use a sophisticated screen locking feature on the iPhone? (ie. fingerprint-based, password, long pin [5 digits or more]) Or did you use a slide-to-unlock or a simple draw-a-pattern-unlock?

I understand that the decoy Android phone was unencrypted and unlocked (screen) on purpose.


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i used to use one or at least i tried but i did not work out.

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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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We're planning to keep things in house as we grow so we can really control the quality of the product.

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My iPhone got stolen in January 2014. It was an iPhone 5 and had a simple lock screen (code). As you may know there were a lot of lockscreen bypasses for the older iOS versions and even the newest was recently patched because of a glitch that allowed going through the contacts and photo's whole the iPhone was still locked.

But for me that wasn't even relevant as the phone was unlocked because I was making notes when it was stolen.


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Sorry to harp on about this, but I have done some stuff setting up adaptive IT spaces and from what I see everybody struggles with voice to text for a fair while. I understand for some people it straight up won't work, but please don't think that it won't work just because it sucked for a long while. The programs these days learn your voice pretty well, better than even three years ago. I know a guy with cerebral palsy who I can't understand well that uses JAWS passably, but only with his memory-cache-learning-thingy loaded in.

So glad you can get your gaming fix :) I suck at Overwatch and it really bruises my ego to think that a guy playing with a mouth-stick probably pwned me at some stage.

A:

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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Do you ever run out of ugly produce and have to use normal, decent-looking stuff to fill your orders?

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Do you think there's a connection between you putting credit on his account and him realising that and therefore taking the SIM out? Great project, found it interesting.


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i didnt think it was bad it just that the ammount of time i needed to put in to it did not fit my schedule because i was also doing therapy and schooling.

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


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It's pretty rare we would ever use normal produce. Sometimes we use produce that is #1 market grade, but we get it because it's surplus.

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I don't really think so as he used the phone some time after that, but I am not 100% sure. People on drugs can get very paranoid so maybe. But if I had to guess he probably needed money and sold the phone


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Have you been offended by how strangers react to you in public? If so, can you give the most often example?

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Hello. I was a homeless alcoholic by 19. I managed to weasel into the military, where my alcoholism was accelerated to comical levels. Just, hilarious. Upon separation, I took up smoking pot to try and replace the alcohol with something else. It worked.

Marijuana quite literally saved my life. I now hold multiple degrees and have a very nice University desk job. If anyone ever says it's just replacing one addiction with another, they're right. But only one has negative consequences. The other has been an unimaginable boon to the successes I've had over the past decade.


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Why aren't "ugly" produce simply juiced?

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I have not yet been offended by anyone but people do look at me and smile if i make eye contact.


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This is exactly how I've phrased it before! In my opinion, and granted, I am not a recovery professional: One addiction has major life consequences, the other far less so. Harm reduction has very real value! Thanks so much for sharing. Edit: disclaimer.

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For a few items it usually is -- like apples, valencia oranges, lemons, etc. A lot of items don't really have juicing markets like kiwis, persimmons, eggplant, etc. Even the apples and other items with super well developed juicing/processor markets the farmers often lose money selling their produce and sometimes it's sort of a grey area where they may not have a guaranteed buyer and are in the same boat with a bunch of other apple growers trying to offload ugly apples. So the price falls out, they sell it below cost, and sometimes aren't even able to find a buyer so it still does go to waste.


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What are some of your favorite games?

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I've had two board certified, well respected pain doctors recommended it (in certain words, and with the caveats they can't and won't prescribe it, etc etc) to me over my alternative pain regimen: Norco. I'm totally off opiates now, something I never thought possible and don't have to go through grueling monthly withdrawals anymore, since I started using cannabis. It's been a godsend, and I was devastated to move from CA to TX.


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Is there any chance that we will see an included guide or email along with our box that can give guidance on storage (refrigerating, lifespan, etc.) of the different fruits and veggies we're getting? Having such a huge box can be tough to get through and I want to make sure that my produce doesn't go bad too quickly. Loving everything else so far, thank you!

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league of legends and overwatch atm. I also like building games.


Q:

I'm so sorry you don't have access to the medicine that has been working for you. Our healthcare system has failed you, it shouldn't have to be this way.

A:

Great question! First time customers automatically get our handy refrigeration and storage guide to help navigate this problem. We totally hear you that it can be daunting to have a big box of produce and worry about parts of it going bad before you finish it. Our company is built around the idea of avoiding waste so we want to make sure this is easy for our customers as well. If you did not get your storage guide for some reason we are more than happy to send you another one! Just shoot us a message on Facebook or email [email protected] and we will help you out. Thanks for your kind words and support!


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Overwatch - didn't see that coming. I guess I would have thought your response would be too hindered to play a game like that effectively. Is that not the case?

Then again you're probably still better than me at it.

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If you'd like more feedback, come join us over at /r/trees


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I remember hearing about you guys a while ago and thinking this is an awesome idea. I didn't know you were delivering to the Bay Area, thanks for the reminder to sign up!

Where do you get your produce from? What are the (cost) trade-offs of locally sourcing vs. not?

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my rank in overwatch is only gold and i only play rein and winston in ranked.


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Oh, you think I haven't been lurking there for like, ever? But yes, I will take you up on your offer to participate in scientific research. My compensation for your contribution will be witty quips and gracious thanks.

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Thanks for the kind words. You're very welcome for the reminder. We get our produce from dozens of farms all over the West coast. Most of our produce comes from California simply because this is where most of our country's produce is grown and this is where most of the potential for waste is. We source seasonally available ugly produce so sometimes we do buy produce from other areas like Arizona, Washington, and Mexico. In terms of tradeoffs we love to source from local farms whenever possible for the obvious ecological and environmental reasons. That said, food waste is a problem that is bigger than just California and in order to properly serve our customers year round we will divert "ugly" produce from further afield when necessary.


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That's still insanely impressive. Good on you!

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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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Why would grocery stores not want wonky produce?

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thanks man i appreciate the kind words. i have had a guy harassing me like for 2hous on my stream i just keep blocking him


Q:

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

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A lot of grocery stores look at their produce section as a primary way to keep a strong reputation for quality and to get customers in the door. I've talked to and worked with grocery stores and they basically just don't think people would buy this. The other reason is they fear ugly produce sales could take up precious square feet while cannibalizing sales for their premium product. However, Imperfect has worked with a couple grocery stores and mainly saw data pointing to an overall increase in sales. Now, a year or two after Imperfect's launch we're starting to see a few grocery stores develop pilots.


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That's pretty shit. Hope he leaves you alone soon. I just took a look at your stream and you type pretty fast by the look of it. Are you answering the AMA on the stream? I'll probably take a look tomorrow to watch a game as well.

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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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My wife and I frequent a farm locally where we pick our own produce. I love this idea, and bringing awareness to people that there is perfectly good food to eat, that just may look different then you are used to.

I have been mostly unemployed for 8 months, surviving off web/contract work. I love the idea of promoting this way of thinking. I also live in the LA area, so this is exciting. Which leads me to my question: What would it take for me to get a job working for you and your company? (I have a resume I can send).

A:

ya ill be on tomorrow 2


Q:

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

A:

We are growing quickly and are currently hiring. Check out our jobs page to stay up to date about current openings: http://www.imperfectproduce.com/career-openings/ Best of luck!


Q:

You stream on Twitch?

A:

I started drinking socially in my late teens and through my early 20s. Nothing out of the ordinary for that age group, but I could drink a fair bit when I was partying or whatever. I started smoking cannabis at about 22/23 and have now not touched alcohol for 5 years. Never made a conscious decision to stop drinking, I just completely lost any desire to.


Q:

Hi Ben, how do you guys manage logistics? Do you use traditional staffing agencies? Delivery Companies? Wonolo?

In speaking with some colleagues, I've understood logistics as the most difficult part.

Thanks!

A:

yes


Q:

Awesome! thanks for sharing!

A:

Yeah, logistics is one of the hardest parts. In terms of getting the produce to us, we pay trucking companies a fee per pallet to go to our farms, pick up the produce and bring it to our warehouse on a refrigerated truck. We use a local startup called AxleHire to do the last mile delivery to customers' doorsteps.


Q:

Holy crap you're styling on people only using your mouth for a control? That's crazy. There is zero way I would make it out of bronze like that. Keep it up, overwatch is a fantastic game.

A:

Cannabis kills my craving for food(can make me hungry sometimes) and alcohol. How do you feel about teenage use of cannabis? or teenage use of non-psychoactive cannabis extracts such as CBD?


Q:

Do you deliver nationwide?

A:

thx man


Q:

TL;DR: Don't mess with your developing brain, unless you absolutely have to because of medical reasons (intractable epilepsy etc).

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.

If you or your child are considering medicinal cannabis for your condition, you should have lengthy discussions with your doctor about short vs. long term effects of cannabis. This includes CBD, which we don't fully understand.

A:

As of now we deliver to the Bay Area, and are expanding to the LA area in the beginning of 2017! Feel free to pre-sign up on our website to get an email when we expand to your area. imperfectproduce.com !


Q:

How do you play League, out of curiosity?

A:

What do you mean specifically by cognitive deficits?


Q:

What delivery zone

A:

i rebind my mouse buttons to g and h for movement.


Q:

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

A:

Hey friends! Thanks again for the wonderfully thoughtful questions. This was so much fun. I have to run now but would absolutely love to do a follow up session some time. Happy holidays!


Q:

I'm really impressed that you can play league!! Who do you main as and where??

A:

7


Q:

Great idea! How much of your food is GMO Free? Also, how much pesticides go into the produce that you sell?

A:

i play jungle supp and sometimes mid but atm am spamming taric lol


Q:

Holy crap you guys, have you seen the comments on imgur? That place is the sewer of the internet.

A:

It's all GMO free! And about 1/2 the produce we sell is conventional and the other 1/2 is organic.


Q:

Is there anything game developers can do to better support people in yours and other similar conditions? I'd imagine there's plenty of situations where there's an obvious and easy solution but developers just don't think about it. Any insight?

A:

If that's your bar for "sewer of the internet", do yourself a favor and keep that bubble unburst.

Also: Thank you so much for everything you do to improve the accuracy of our public knowledge and perception of cannabis. Over the last year or so, I've really had my eyes opened to what that drug actually is. It's so strange to me now to think about how many people hold completely unfounded beliefs regarding that plant, and I really respect people like you for doing everything you can to see how far this medical goldmine goes.


Q:

besides making more game that let you rebind the mouse buttons not really or at least i cant think of any.

A:
  1. HA! Bubble shall remain intact, thank you kind bagelmeister!
  2. Thank YOU for being open minded and allowing knowledge to trump stigma! It's only by "coming out on cannabis" that we can truly begin to have progress on this issue!

Q:

How did you get injured? (if you don't mind me asking) And what is the biggest thing you miss about being fully mobile?

A:

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


Q:

i was in a car accident [hit n run]. I miss doing things with out the need to ask for help.

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? Edit: to be succinct.


Q:

I got shot, shattered c4-c6. No one without loss of Mobility can understand how frustrating daily tasks can get.

A:

I work in a detox facility for people with a wide range of dependencies including Cannabis. We do not use Benzodiazepines to manage anxiety. At the moment the only medication we have available to support the anxiety we see in Cannabis withdrawal or Opiate withdrawal is Quetiapine. I feel this is lacking something.

Could you point me to any studies or give me any suggestions based on pharmacology as to how we might better support our patients?


Q:

ya man im a c4-c5

A:

WOW, I wish I had something less disappointing to say about this, because this is really the reason I got into science in the first place: to help people with substance use disorders. Mindfulness meditation is really gaining traction for a wide variety of psychiatric and biological disorders. This review might be a great place to start: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27111302


Q:

How did you end up injured? And where did you end up for Spinal Rehab? Sorry I get excited when I find someone I can relate to.

A:

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!


Q:

i was in a hit and run car crash and they sent me to shriners in sacramento.

A:

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.


Q:

Have you ever seen a movie called "The intouchables"?

Incredible french movie about a quadriplegic, everyone should watch it to be honest

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:

i have not see it but ill check it out when i have time

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:

How long did it take to get used to playing with a mouth stick? Do you control your wheel chair with a mouth stick as well?

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:

When i first started using it my neck would get sore but now im fine. i use the back of my hand for my wheel chair

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:

You on oce server for league?

A:

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..


Q:

na

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:

I'm in a wheelchair with a degenerative neurological condition so my upper limbs will go one day. Will I still enjoy dota? (it's similar to LoL if you don't already know) do you think I'll be able to maintain my ranking? How much learning goes into what you do?

A:

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?


Q:

o man i can at least use my arms so i couldn't tell you. how i play is i re bind my left click and right to my keyboard and i rest my hand(that doesn't work btw) on a track ball mouse.

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!


Q:

Have you tried stardew valley? do you think the controls can be adjusted for your playstyle? It just got ported to the XBOne. I'd love for you to be able to play it.

A:
  1. Wow, good for you! You are a true inspiration.

  2. My mother and I argue constantly about the uses of marijuana and she claims that "even if it could cure cancer", she would be against it (which I HIGHly doubt). What are some solid researches/studies I could show her to prove that it is more than just a recreational habit, and some to prove that marijuana in fact does not kill all of our brain cells?


Q:

ya man i tried it and its fun

A:

Unfortunately, overcoming stigma like this is going to be a generation-long process. In my experience, this stigma is harder to overcome by showing someone solid data, and the shift really happens when there is an emotional appeal. Lots of videos on Youtube of kids' seizures stopping after an oral tincture, or parkinson's patients having normal conversations after a j. If you REALLY want a list of solid studies, there are literally thousands of them, too many to link here!


Q:

How does it work?

A:

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!


Q:

its a metal stick that has a piece of plastic on the end. Its fairly simple really.

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.


Q:

But how do you press multiple buttons at once? Wouldn’t some kind of 3D Joystick, Eye-Tracking (or even a Touchscreen) etc. etc. be much better?

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:

i use a program call key rebinder that lets me rebind keys so they are closer together . it lets me rebind mouse keys too since alot of fps dont let you rebind your mouse

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:

How would you make the process of playing easier?/what are some problems you have while playing? Im a studying User Experience (UX) and would love to work on something like this

A:

Thank you for you work, first and foremost. I use cannabis for pain management. I was injured in the military and have chronic low back pain, for which I was prescribed many things, starting with ibuprofen 200mg-800mg, Lortab, Vicodin, and Methadone, among others. The side effects of the prescription meds were awful, such as bleeding ulcers, constipation, hemorrhoids, cramping, etc.

I tried cannabis for the first time at age 31, and it has been a life-saver. I don't understand why, but the cannabis does not exactly eliminate the pain, but rather causes me to not really be concerned with it. Can you explain why/how (aside from the high feeling) that cannabis has this effect on pain?


Q:

if more games had auto walk that would make things SOOOOO much easier. Also if more fps games let you rebind the mouse keys.

A:

First of all, thank you for your service and sacrifice. What you are describing, in terms of your ability to cope with pain, is the same thing that we observe with cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness meditation for pain. I can't, based on data, explain why this phenomenon occurs, but I think what you are describing has serious clinical usefulness!


Q:

I know the question is strange but how do you put on your headphones ?

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:

i ask someone to do it. my dad most of the time.

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:

Not trying to offend you

Do you still enjoy life? What's something you would like to learn how to do? Would you consider going to Europe to try stem-cell?

A:

Oh this is great thanks!

I'm curious as to what methods you use, when you're doing research?

Also are there other areas of neuroscience that you find interesting or have made fascinating advances?


Q:

I do enjoy life but it does get to me sometimes. I want to learn to draw better if my hands ever decide to work . About stem cell, they told me that if i do it out of the usa that i cant do it when it eventually comes to us.

A:

I am in fundamental (I hate the word "basic") research. I use animal models, and brain tissue from animals. We observe how animals react to drug treatments, and as an electrophysiologist, I record the electrical activity of brain cells when I wash drugs onto the tissue. COOL, HUH? Some overachieving redditor may dig up my Instagram, where I posted a short video explaining electrophysiology.


Q:

I hope everything goes well for you man. And who knows, its almost 2017. Technology is getting better everyday, I'll keep you in my prayers man.

A:

Have you smoked it yourself... Since you know.. You study it?


Q:

thx man

A:

Answered earlier; yes, but not in a way that would endanger my career.


Q:

Do the doctors have a timeline for stem cell integration or is it a mystery? Like... Sweden or somewhere has to be doing stem cell injections. Right?

A:

Hi, I'm a 45yr old male stuck in a wheelchair, I have C.M.T. and E.D.S. and I suffer from lots of chronic pain, plus depression. For pain I take 2 Tylenol 3s 4 times daily and 1MG of Nabilone twice daily. I don't think my doctor really approves of either, I had to fight a bit to get anything. I don't smoke pot or drink alcohol. I don't think these meds are working very well any more. Do you know of any other options? Or is that it for me?


Q:

From hat i keep hearing its soon but i cant do any out of state treatments our else i cant do any of the usa ones.

A:

Honestly, it sounds like you need a more compassionate doctor. You need someone who is supportive of your health and your personal goals. That's where I'd start if I were in your wheels. Best of luck <3


Q:

Do you know why? Is it because of differences on techniques?

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:

I dont know why but i would guess that your answer is the right one. They are trail treatments so i suppose every country is trying something different.

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:

You are pretty amazing... from where do you take the strength?

A:

Do you use cannabis yourself?


Q:

i dunno man im just living day by day.

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's the most difficult game for you to play?

A:

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


Q:

FPS games are super hard for me. I play h1z1 atm and its hard for me to aim and shoot and strife back n fourth at the same time.

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:

You're a good looking dude! Do you have a girlfriend/wife? How do/did you navigate the dating scene with your situation?

A:

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


Q:

i had a gf when i got hurt and we stayed together for like 2more years after that. Dating scene lol. i dont try n date anyone because atm i like doing the stuff i want to do.

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 (and granted, I'm no recovery professional) it's probably 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. Edit: disclaimer.


Q:

Hi man

Could you shed a bit more light on what you mouth stick is? I'm curios to see how you would his it to play games

BTW glad to see something so horrible wouldn't keep you from gaming

A:

I recently had knee surgery done and was prescribed Norco for pain. I felt side effects from it that may have been purely in my brain (fever dreams, lethargy, and a few other things), so I stopped using it. My knee still aches during the day and it's still difficult to get a good nights sleep. Since marijuana is pretty much legal here in California now, I was thinking about it as an alternative to popping Advil all the time. My question is this: Aside from trial and error, is there a way to find the right amount and the right type of marijuana to help with the pain and/or help me sleep at night?


Q:

its just a long metal stick that i can adjust in size that i hold in my mouth to press buttons on my keyboard. Imagine a long finger but in your mouth.

A:

aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! I wish there was a better way than trial and error! This is my life's mission, you shouldn't have to be your own guinea pig, health care professionals SHOULD be able to answer this question for you! Edit: to be concise


Q:

Hawt.

A:

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)


Q:

LOL

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.


Q:

Where did you get it?

A:

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)


Q:

some lady comes to my house 1once a year n sometimes brings them . if she doesn't i have to buy them for a $100 each...i only have one atm

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:

How are you typing? And howlong does it take to type sentences? Does your speed improve over time?


Q:

im using the mouth stick and it takes as long as using 1 finger i think lol

A:

Dang! You beat me to it!


Q:

Have you given VR a try?

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:

ya the ps one is cool

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:

What are your thoughts on lag? Does it affect your game play?

A:

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?


Q:

I dont have to much problems with lag but i do have a problem like if my keyboard where to move i end up missing buttons because my brain memorized how far i should reach out to press a button with my stick.

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 probably going to be beneficial. Talk with your doctor. Edit: to be concise.


Q:

What do you think of Mario?

A:

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


Q:

super mario? i like it but the wii is super hard for me to play.

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!


Q:

What was your most played game this year?

A:

Do you live pretty comfortable with your PhD in neuroscience? I have gave some thought about going into virology/immunology/neuroscience/biochemistry and would like to know about your life. Financially, socially, work-wise, what are the good and bad things that comes along with being a scientist?

Thanks


Q:

league of legends ,h1z1 and overwatch are my most played 3

A:

I can only speak about academic neuroscience research (working within the University system), which is incredibly rewarding… and frustrating, and difficult.

The biggest thing you need in order to succeed is a proactive approach to your education/career. I have found that the most successful people treat their science as their own small business: you are in charge of your own success, no one is going to remind you when your deadlines are, or push you as much as you need to push yourself. Some people don’t do well under these circumstances.

Graduate school consists of many, many long days of straining your brain. There are a lot of sacrifices: you might miss your own birthday because you’re in the middle of an experiment (true story).

As a post-doc, you will still be working hard, and all of your friends who don’t work in science will probably make way more money than you. The payoff is huge though: you don’t punch a time clock. You get to decide what you work on, and you often come to work without feeling like it’s actually work: you just enjoy it. The schedule is flexible, and you get to travel a lot to present your work at conferences (if you/your boss has money anyway… money is always an issue).

These things are also true when you become a P.I. (Principle Investigator/professor). At this point you somewhat become a slave to the NIH, and the stress of writing grants and maintaining funding (so you don’t have to fire everyone when you run out of money) is pretty intense.

At some point in this process, a lot of people realize that the stress is not worth the autonomy, and they choose a different path: there are a lot of careers out there that you can use a neuro PhD for, without having to constantly write grants and deal with the super slow/frustrating academic bureaucracy.

If you pour a TON of effort and practice into the thing that you are both good at, and interested in, you are very likely to be happy. Good luck.


Q:

Did you ever work with an occupational therapist?

A:

Ya i went to Shriners hospital for a while and the one was sent home for about a year.


Q:

Cool to hear, I just graduated!

A:

Dang nice man. Good luck !!!!


Q:

Do you ever use flavored sticks?

A:

no but its a great idea and would work super easy.


Q:

What flavors do you think would be best? My vote is for strawberry

A:

watermelon lol


Q:

How do you go about building games and which ones are your favorite to work on?

A:

by building games i meant games like minecraft and terraria but i usually just build whatever in them.


Q:

Oh my bad lol I like a lot of fantasy books too. Care to share any you like? I'm big into R.A. Salvatore and Ed Greenwood

A:

atm im reading the dinosaur lords and i like it


Q:

Rocket League?

A:

i do not own it but it looks cool.


Q:

Could you please elaborate on the very start of your gaming journey following your accident? I'm wondering if there was a day where you decided to barrel through frustrations and commit to learning the new process, even if it was very intimidating, and would love to hear about that.

A:

When i got hurt i started playing star wars galaxies alot. The only fustrations i had where getting the set up right because i went to shriners hospital for kids and they helped me alot there


Q:

Hello! Do you have no limbs? Sorry, I'm guessing, I'm not trying to offend you. Quad is four, therefore, my guess. What type of games do you play? Also, is it difficult to play games with a mouth stick? Did you every play games differently?

A:

Ya quad is four and i do have all my limbs in just cant use my legs at all and i can move my arms up till i get to my wrists. I play almost all game genre's but i have the most difficulty with fps games


Q:

Okay. How did it happen? (If this question is too personal don't bother) Do you read books? If so do you use the mouth stick for that as well?

A:

i was in a car accident. i do read books but mostly fantasy and sometimes science fiction. i use my mouth stick to turn pages as well.


Q:

I'm glad you survived the accident. Out of curiosity, have you every read Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy? If you haven't, I suggest you should, as it is sci-if, and humorous. Have a nice rest of you day/night!

A:

i have not read or seen the movie but i will check it out.


Q:

Would you rather; regain the use of one arm, or both legs?

A:

both legs because i can move my arms i cannot move my wrists/hands


Q:

Let's change the question then: Would you rather regain use of a wrist and a hand (you choose from which arm) or both legs?

A:

still both legs because i would be able to get around better.


Q:

So how do you use your joystick, if you know what I mean? Does it still work?

A:

lul i dont use it as i dont have a gf and my hands dont work


Q:

How muscular is your tongue?!

A:

its normal lol but my neck is pretty muscular when im not falling over


Q:

How did you get into gaming ?

A:

pc gaming? my friend showed me Star wars galaxies n i got hooked .


Q:

How are you typing these answers?

A:

my mouth stick =]


Q:

Not related to gaming, but Im curious how you became quadriplegic? :)

A:

a hit and run car accident.


Q:

do you play Jrpg like FF, Tales, DQ etc etc ???

A:

i have never played any ff game but does kingdomhearts count?


Q:

How can you talk with your mouth full?

A:

its not full the mouth party is pretty thin.


Q:

Does it fall out when you talk? How do you keep it in your mouth? Is it attached to your teeth or something?

Also you must be pretty dextrous to play games and type out sentences with movements of your neck. Respect.

A:

i hold it up with my tongue and ya my neck used to get tired but im good now.


Q:

How difficult is it for you to write text with a mouth stick

How many WPM?

A:

dunno my wpm but its not hard


Q:

Are you good?

A:

i have only been to gold on both overwatch and LOL and i play h1z1 for fun


Q:

What games do you like the most?

A:

mmo's and games similar to darksiders