This Week in Psychoactives - 9.20.19



  • A Malaysian Man Was Just Sentenced to Death for Selling Medical Marijuana (MERRY JANE)

  • The Vape Health Crisis Is Pushing Cannabis Labs to Now Test for Vitamin E (MERRY JANE)

  • Federal judge rules that Indiana’s smokable hemp ban is unconstitutional (Hemp Industry Daily)

  • Beto O'Rourke Proposes Drug War Reparations Funded By Marijuana Taxes (Forbes)

  • After A Period Of Confusion And Fear, Many District Employees Can Use Marijuana Off The Clock (DCist)

  • President Influences Public Opinion On Marijuana Legalization, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Legal Weed Convinced Over 150,000 People to Move to Colorado, Study Reports (MERRY JANE)

  • Marijuana Offenses Would No Longer Get Immigrants Deported Under New Congressional Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Support Grows For Marijuana Legalization Bill In Colombia (Marijuana Moment)


  • The mad scientist behind America’s mind-control quest with LSD (New York Post)


  • The world’s first magic mushroom research center is launching in Jamaica (Quartz)

  • Ann Arbor group aims to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms, plants (

  • Fantastic Fungi Offers a Gateway Into the World of Magic Mushrooms (Westword)

  • Tourists Are Flocking To This Tiny Mountain Village For A Trip On Mexico’s Magic Mushrooms (mitú inc)

  • Can magic mushrooms really cure depression? (The Telegraph)


  • What Hustlers’ Ketamine-MDMA Drug Cocktail Would Really Do (Refinery29)


  • Getting Arrested and Released for Ayahuasca in Israel (Kahpi)


  • A single dose of 5-MeO-DMT produces rapid and persistent improvements in life satisfaction and psychopathological symptoms (PsyPost)


  • This Company is Developing a Drug Based on Ibogaine for the Opioid Crisis (DoubleBlind)

  • A Detox Drug Promises Miracles—If It Doesn't Kill You First (WIRED)


  • Could psychedelics tackle the obesity crisis? A longtime researcher in the field says his latest mouse study suggests potential (Endpoints News)

  • The State of the Art of Psilacetin (4-AcO-DMT) (Psychedelic Science Review)




  • OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Files for Bankruptcy as Part of a Tentative Settlement (TIME)

  • In Michigan, you can now get Narcan online (Detroit Free Press)

  • Canadian Pharmacist Faces Punishment for Giving Out Naloxone (Filter)





  • India bans e-cigarettes as global vaping backlash grows (The Guardian)

  • New York Bans Sale of Flavored E-cigarettes, the First State in the U.S. to Do So (TIME)

  • Michigan Joins New York in Banning Sale of Flavored E-cigarettes Amid Vaping Health Concerns (TIME)

  • Vapers seek relief from nicotine addiction in — wait for it — cigarettes (NBC News)

  • Fort Lauderdale Passes Ordinance Raising Age For Tobacco Sales To 21 (CBS Miami)

  • Is Juul Making It Easy for Kids to Vape in School? New Study Suggests Yes (Yahoo!)

  • Flavored tobacco a major factor in the popularity of waterpipe smoking, study finds (FIU News)


  • A Leaf Of Faith: Kratom Documentary Review (Kratom Guides)

  • Legal Status Of Kratom In Pennsylvania (Kratom Guides)

  • Point Pleasant Beach Looks To Ban 'Kratom' (Patch)


  • Fijians urged not to share the kava bowl (Newsie)


  • Missouri Man Becomes 8th Person to Die of Vaping-Related Illness in the U.S. (TIME)

  • Ontario Teen Lands in ICU in Canada’s First Reported Case of ‘Vape Pen Illness’ (Leafly)

  • Viking berserkers may have used henbane to induce trance-like state (Ars Technica)

  • White House Cancels Pro-Vaping Meeting as Illness Cases Rise (Bloomberg)

  • It’s Official: VICE's Reporting Makes Readers Take Drugs More Safely (VICE)

  • The whole-planet view (Aeon)

  • Psychedelics and Seniors: Can Drugs Such As Marijuana And Psilocybin Improve Their Quality Of Life? (Forbes)

  • Nanaimo company gets licence to test psychedelic drugs (Nanaimo News Bulletin)

  • Class A drug use among young adults at 16-year high (The Guardian)

  • I Traveled the World Meeting Drug Dealers. Here’s What I’ve Learned (VICE)

  • Why Aren't There More People of Color in the Recovery Movement? (The Fix)

  • Behind the U.S.'s Bogus War on Taliban Drug Labs (VICE)

  • Tripping on virtual reality: The artists trying to replicate psychedelic experiences in VR (New Atlas)

  • Drugs and Creativity (Dope Magazine)

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This Week in Psychoactives - 9.13.19



  • Three Companies Subpoenaed in Weed Vape Illness Investigation (Rolling Stone)

  • British vapers are safe, claim health experts after deaths in US (The Guardian)

  • U.S. Pot Industry Faces Antitrust Overhang: Cannabis Weekly (Bloomberg)

  • Overregulation Drives Illegal Marijuana Market In Legal States, Study Suggests (Marijuana Moment)

  • These Cops Are Seizing Cash from People Who Smell Like Weed Before They Fly to California (VICE)

  • New Mexico Will Now Allow Out of State Residents to Get Medical Marijuana Cards (MERRY JANE)

  • Canadian Company Planning to Introduce Odourless Cannabis (Leafly)

  • Harmful Stereotypes About Marijuana Consumers Persist In The Media, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • DEA Wants 3.2 Million Grams Of Marijuana Legally Grown In 2020 (Forbes)

  • Tim Hortons’ WiFi Blocks Legal Cannabis Websites (Leafly)

  • Cannabis smoking may lower diabetes risk in obese individuals: study (Speciality Medical Dialogues)

  • Joe Biden Says Marijuana Should Remain Illegal As A Misdemeanor At Democratic Debate (Marijuana Moment)

  • Legal Marijuana Is A ‘Positive Amenity’ For New Colorado Residents, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Mark Sanford Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)


  • The CIA's Secret Quest For Mind Control: Torture, LSD And A 'Poisoner In Chief' (NPR)


  • Motion to prevent sale of magic mushrooms defeated by Vancouver council (CBC)

  • Could Magic Mushrooms Soon Be Used for Therapy in Denver? (5280)


  • King's College London needs volunteers for a new MDMA study (Mixmag)



  • Watch the Vibrations of Ayahuasca Songs Projected on Water (DoubleBlind)


  • Chilling map shows which synthetic drugs are killing Kiwis around New Zealand (Newshub)


  • Tripping My Way Toward Wellness One Ketamine Infusion at a Time (The Bold Italic)


  • Data Touted by OxyContin Maker to Fight Lawsuits Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story (ProPublica)

  • ACLU Sues Bureau of Prisons for Denying a Federal Prisoner Buprenorphine (Filter)

  • Taliban's Opium Fields Blocking Chinese Conquest of Afghanistan (Breitbart)

  • These Newborn Babies Cry for Drugs, Not Milk (The New York Times)


  • Cocaine burned massive hole in man's throat before untimely death: report (Fox News)



  • Drinking tea improves brain health, study suggests (ScienceDaily)


  • Trump Announces Disastrous Plan to Ban Flavored Vapes Across the US (Filter)

  • FDA criticizes Juul for telling students its e-cigs are ‘totally safe’ (Engadget)

  • Denver Pushing to Raise Tobacco Purchasing Age, License Retail Stores (Westword)

  • Utah representative pushes to ban e-cigarette products, claiming study found illegal drugs in e-liquids (Fox 13 Now)

  • Bloomberg Takes on Vaping After Giving $1 Billion to Fight Tobacco (The New York Times)


  • Only a fraction of the costs of excessive drinking are paid for by alcohol taxes (Medical Xpress)

  • Doctor Warns Alcohol Is The Most Dangerous Substance To Unborn Babies (WCCO)



  • Judge rules Somali man detained for stimulant can stay in US (SFGate)


  • Killer Hallucinogenic Weed Blooming in Upper West Side Median Strip: Report (NBC New York)


  • Oregon Voters Could See Measure To Decriminalize All Drugs On 2020 Ballot (Marijuana Moment)

  • Researchers Find Unexpected White Blood Cells in Patients With Mysterious Vaping Illness (VICE)

  • Berkeley City Council To Vote On Decriminalizing Psychedelics (Marijuana Moment)

  • Why some South American indigenous tribes give their dogs psychedelic drugs (The Outline)

  • Google puts drug addiction recovery info front and center (Engadget)

  • Emotional breakthroughs during psychedelic experiences linked to future increases in mental well-being (PsyPost)

  • NSW Health backs plan for early warning system on drugs (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • New law gives NZ police discretion not to prosecute drug users, but to offer addiction support instead (The Conversation)

  • The HPPD Debate: Is Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder Real? (MERRY JANE)

  • REPORT: 1/4 Of Youth Have Seen Drugs For Sale On Snapchat & Instagram (Your EDM)

  • DARPA wants benefits of psychedelics but without hallucinations (The Sociable)

  • Too many hooked on prescription drugs - health chiefs (BBC)

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Why Some South American Indigenous Tribes Give Their Dogs Psychedelic Drugs

Troy Farah, writing for The Outline:

Like most humans, the Shuar and Quichua indigenous tribes of Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia have a special relationship with dogs. But in the Amazon, that bond can mean life or death, and dogs are treated particularly well, especially as hunting companions or protection from jaguars. The Quichua believe dogs have souls and will try to interpret their dreams. In some cases, Shuar women will breastfeed puppies alongside their children.

According to Shuar belief, dogs are a blessing from the earth mother, Nunkui, while Quichua view canines as gifts from forest spirits that can protect against mal ojo, the evil eye. And when their dogs become ill, these tribes use the plants around them as veterinary medicine. For example, ficus helps fight parasites, and Anthurium eminens treats botfly infections. In other cases, a mix of tobacco and ginger applied to the eyes can allegedly help dogs become better hunters by improving night vision. Dogs are so sacred in such societies that some peoples will even give them psychedelics. Surprisingly little is known about this practice, only that it dates back several centuries and those who do it believe it to be beneficial.

It turns out that the indigenous tribes of South America routinely give their dogs a variety of psychedelics (in addition to other types of plant medicines) in order to improve their night vision for hunting. Even though this practice has apparently been going on for generations, this is the first time I’ve heard of such a thing.

Kudos to Farah for exploring this story, which was inspired by a previously-overlooked scientific review published a few years ago that wasn’t covered anywhere else, to my knowledge.

Oregon Voters Could See Measure to Decriminalize All Drugs on 2020 Ballot

Kyle Jaeger, writing for Marijuana Moment:

The measure, titled the “Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act,” places an emphasis on the need to treat drug addiction as a public health issue, rather than a criminal justice matter. Possession of small amounts of illegal substances, including heroin and cocaine, would be considered a class E violation, punishable by a maximum $100 fine and no jail time.

There would be an option to avoid the fine by completing a health assessment through an addiction recovery center. That process would involve a substance use disorder screening from a licensed health professional.

It’s great to see wide-sweeping drug decriminalization measures happening at the state level. These changes would only impact users, though—manufacture and distribution would still be felony offenses. And it’s not a done deal yet:

Advocates are still in the early phases of determining whether they will be able to mount a well-funded effort to qualify the measure for next year’s ballot.

Stay tuned.

This Week in Psychoactives - 9.6.19



  • Vitamin E Suspected In Serious Lung Problems Among People Who Vaped Cannabis (NPR)

  • The Mysterious Vaping-Induced Lung Illness Has Officially Killed Two People (MERRY JANE)

  • Mexican Senator Files Marijuana Legalization Bill Ahead Of Supreme Court Deadline (Marijuana Moment)

  • Vape Pen Lung Disease Has Insiders Eyeing Misuse of New Additives (Leafly)

  • Thailand Includes Low Level Cannabis And Hemp Extracts On Its Approved Medical Marijuana list (Forbes)

  • Three million Americans tried weed for the first time last year (Rooster Magazine)

  • Hemp Farming Quadrupled In The U.S. This Year, New Report Shows (Forbes)

  • Medical marijuana laws impact use among sexual minorities differently than heterosexuals (Science Daily)

  • Body Cameras for Cannabis Delivery Raise Concerns About Privacy in Mass. (Leafly)

  • Oakland says big pot grow in homeless encampment is illegal — but leaves it alone (San Francisco Chronicle)

  • Cannabis may hold promise to treat PTSD but evidence lags behind use (Science Daily)


  • Meet the doctor behind historic New Zealand LSD microdosing experiment (Newshub)


  • A multi-million dollar donation just created a bonanza of magic mushroom research (Quartz)

  • Oregon Psychedelics Activists Clash Over Changes To Psilocybin Mushroom Ballot Measure (Marijuana Moment)

  • Why Do Magic Mushrooms Cause Nausea? (Psychedelic Science Review)


  • MDMA for Racial Trauma (DoubleBlind)

  • Several Polk County high school students hospitalized after being exposed to MDMA (ABC Action News)

  • Man who took MDMA had 300 mini-seizures and parents twice told to say goodbye (Mirror)


  • The 21 Best Scientific Papers About Ayahuasca (Chacruna)

  • Ayahuasca and the Problems of the World (Kahpi)

  • Woman, 34, dies after taking psychedelic drug during ‘spiritual cleansing’ ceremony in Cyprus (ItzaGoal365)


  • Inhaling Powdered Toad Secretions Just Once Is Linked to Feeling Happier For a Month (ScienceAlert)



  • Casper PD: Man on PCP Left Teeth Marks in Patrol Car Door (K2 Radio)


  • OxyContin maker prepares 'free-fall' bankruptcy as settlement talks stall (Reuters)

  • Man Charged By Federal Prosecutors In Connection With Mac Miller's Death (NPR)

  • DC is offering the overdose reversing drug Naloxone for free at these select pharmacies (WJLA)

  • Researchers find alarming risk for people coming off opioids (UW Medicine)

  • Treat the fentanyl crisis like a poisoning outbreak (Los Angeles Times)

  • Liverpool's 40-year battle with heroin is reaching terrifying new levels (Liverpool Echo)

  • Hidden History: Humans Have Been Using Opium For Millennia (WGBH)

  • How Britain's opium trade impoverished Indians (BBC)

  • Ben Westhoff's 'Fentanyl, Inc.' confronts horrible truths about America's opioid epidemic (USA Today)

  • Law enforcement seizes enough fentanyl to kill 14 million people (WCVB)


  • Chronic cocaine use modifies gene expression (Medical Xpress)

  • Exercise can help beat cocaine addiction: Study (Times Now)



  • Drinking This Much Coffee Could Protect Against Gallstones (Newsweek)

  • Caffeine Headaches: Telltale Signs And Symptoms (Medical Daily)


  • Michigan becomes first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes (The Washington Post)

  • Walgreens raises minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21 (WILX)


  • A Rat Study Finds that Acupuncture Can Treat Alcohol Addiction... in Rats (Gizmodo)

  • In Europe, people continue to consume more alcohol than in any other place in the world (World Health Organization)

  • Daybreak app more than halves alcohol use in three months (Medical Xpress)


  • Franklin becomes first municipality in state to ban sale of kratom (WMUR)

  • Legislation filed that would regulate sale of kratom and CBD products in Pa. (The Indiana Gazette)

  • Can Kratom be beneficial for MMA fighters and athletes? (Pro MMA Now)

  • Organic Kratom can Improve Mental and Physical Health for an Active Lifestyle (Big Time Daily)



  • Johns Hopkins Opens New Center for Psychedelic Research (The New York Times)

  • Psychedelic Drugs Draw Some Investor Attention—and Much Skepticism (The Wall Street Journal)

  • 'Treatment Facilities' Aren't What You Think They Are (The New York Times)

  • And a million of us tried psychedelics last year, too (Rooster Magazine)

  • Vaping May Hamper the Lungs' Ability to Fend off Infections (WIRED)

  • Mexico’s new drug war may be worse than old one (Associated Press)

  • How I Infiltrated a Chinese Drug Lab (VICE)

  • U of M Medical School to host first Psychedelic Symposium (Detroit Metro Times)

  • She spent more than $110,000 on drug rehab. Her son still died. (Vox)

  • Tim Ferriss, the Man Who Put His Money Behind Psychedelic Medicine (The New York Times)

  • The Science and Healing Benefits of Psychedelics (Chronogram)

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