A double exposure of a psychedelic mushroom and Bernal Heights in San Francisco, Calif. (Morgan Ellis / Xpress Magazine)

Psychedelic Therapy: A New Form of Healing

Nicole Gonzales, Staff Writer October 14, 2021

  Disclaimer: This article does not encourage or promote the use of illegal substances or activity. This article also mentions suicide and self-harm.    An experimental form of therapy...

Detail of the black tourmaline necklace Ayanna King wears daily in San Francsico, Calif., on Oct. 12, 2021. (Avery Wilcox/Xpress Magazine)

Cultural Commodification: Inside the World of the Holistic Health and Wellness Industry

Cash Martinez, Staff Writer October 14, 2021

  Crystal shops on Instagram bring in followers by the thousands. CBD-infused beauty products take over store shelves. Available for purchase at the low starting price of $142 is a rose quartz...

San Francisco Restaurants Savor the Seasons

Mariana Garrick, Staff Writer October 15, 2021

  Combined with the aroma of Liguria Bakery’s olive oil and crisp garlic focaccia bread, Sabella & La Torre’s freshly caught seafood from Fisherman’s Wharf and Red’s Java House’s...

Carla Bayona poses with all of her clothes that contain a label listing fossil-fuel-derived fabrics in her San Francisco apartment on Oct 3, 2021. Polyester, polyamide, elastane, acrylic, and polypropylene are the most common fossil-fuel-derived textiles found in everyday clothing. (Saskia Hatvany/Xpress Magazine)

The American Wardrobe is Littered With Plastic.

Saskia Hatvany, Staff Writer October 14, 2021

In 2020, 55% of all global textiles produced came from fossil fuels — now they could be affecting our environment and our health.   “It’s actually frightening,” said Jill Brandenburg...

Sunset at Baker Beach in San Francisco, Calif., on Oct. 14, 2021. (Avery Wilcox/Xpress Magazine)

Life After Addiction: The Journey of Recovery

Gia Opsahl, Staff Writer October 14, 2021

  On his sixth consecutive day without sleep, Jalen Dillon was almost ready to pack his things and leave rehab behind. Hallucinations were kicking in due to insomnia and the effects of restless...

Porn: Fantasy or Sex Education?

Porn: Fantasy or Sex Education?

Fernando G. Pacheco, Staff Writer October 14, 2021

Pornography consumption is often kept and viewed in secret through its 24/7 availability. Pornography has become a regular part of the online world.   Although it can be said not everyone has...

Natalie Moore uses her phone in Glendale, CA., on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. (Elizabeth Agazaryan/Xpress Magazine)

The Mental Effects of Social Media Consumption

Justin Garcia, Social Media Editor October 14, 2021

  The alarm rings and the snooze button is hit for a couple more minutes of sleep. The alarm rings again. This time we should probably get out of bed and begin our day — instead, we continue...

Claudine Mallare holds up a secondhand jacket with Sailor Moon on the back and a second-hand t-shirt in South San Francisco, Calif., on Oct. 7, 2021. (Paris Galarza/Xpress Magazine)

The Gentrification of Thrifting

Ximena Loeza, Staff Writer October 14, 2021

Scrolling down Depop, the popular resale app, the options of secondhand items range from Tabi Maison Margiela boots to Juicy Couture jackets and vintage Levi’s. The choices seem endless and the prices...

Assad Bruno tailors a pair of pants for a client in his makeshift popup studio at Pro Arts Gallery & Commons space in Oakland, CA. Bruno is a local clothing designer who specializes in upcycling and repurposing denim. (Saskia Hatvany / Xpress Magazine)

Tailoring Trash into Treasure

Saskia Hatvany, Staff Writer September 16, 2021

Under a clinically bright light, the damage is assessed.  What was once a pair of jeans is now a messy heap of fabric, open-faced on the operating table, waiting to be stitched back together. The limbs,...

 Tatiana Mercer plays with her tangle, a stimming toy she uses, on Sept. 6,2021 in Guerneville, CA. Mercer says that this particular tangle is a special custombecause the rainbow colored pieces each came from other tangly toys she had and tookapart.  (Amaya Edwards/Xpress)

Neurodivergent in a Neurotypical World

Cash Martinez, Staff Writer September 15, 2021

Sitting in the passenger seat of her friend’s car, driving down U.S. 101 through Sonoma County, Tatiana Mercier began to wonder if she, like many of her friends, was autistic.   Mercier had...

A laptop and phone sit showing the Zoom logo on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. . (Elizabeth Agazaryan / Xpress Magazine)

Zoom Fatigue: The Physical Impact of Prolonged Virtual Meetings

Nicole Gonzales, Staff Writer September 15, 2021

It’s a Tuesday, the week has just started, and you’ve been sitting at your desk attending meeting after meeting staring at the familiar blue light from your computer screen. By the end of the day,...

Headshot of Trinity Wong, Photo courtesy ofJoe Bulawan - AMTI MODEL MANAGEMENT.

Healing the Mind, Body and Soul after a Breakup

Mariana Garrick, Staff Writer September 16, 2021

Trinity Wong felt lost as she scrolled through the endless array of videos on the popular social media app TikTok. Her ‘For You’ page, TikTok’s curated front page feed, displayed funny videos that...

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