This Week in Psychoactives - 10.11.19

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CANNABIS

  • California vape maker Kushy Punch caught making illegal products (Leafly)

  • Mexican Senate Leader Says Marijuana Will Be Legalized This Month (Marijuana Moment)

  • 9 States That Could Vote to Legalize Marijuana in 2020 (The Motley Fool)

  • Study Funded By Feds Debunks Myths About Marijuana Legalization’s Alleged Harms (Marijuana Moment)

  • California Bill Will Allow the Use of Medical Marijuana in Hospitals (MERRY JANE)

  • Pilot Study Shows Marijuana Can Help Chronic Pain Patients Stop Taking Opioids (Marijuana Moment)

  • Texas Officials Suddenly Shut Down Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licensing Process (Marijuana Moment)

  • California's Massive Power Shut-Off Is Jeopardizing the State’s Weed Industry (MERRY JANE)

  • Inventors File Patent Application For Scratch-And-Sniff Marijuana Packages (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis stocks have flamed out this year (CNN)

  • This Michigan City Will Now Allow Cannabis Cafes and Outdoor Weed Festivals (MERRY JANE)

  • Maine on track for legal marijuana sales by spring 2020 (Bangor Daily News)

  • Number Of Banks Accepting Marijuana Business Grew Again Last Quarter, Feds Report (Marijuana Moment)

  • The budding industry of cannabis tech (TechCrunch)

  • Can Cannabis Treat Dementia? New Australian Study Aims to Find Out (MERRY JANE)

  • Majority Of New Yorkers Say Marijuana Should Be Legalized, Poll Shows (Marijuana Moment)

LSD

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

MDMA

  • Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy: How MDMA Is Changing Treatment for PTSD (Psychiatry Advisor)

  • Teen who died at Leeds Festival had MDMA, cocaine and ketamine in her system (ExaminerLive)

  • Listen In concert: MDMA linked to hospitalisations, four arrested for climbing marquee (Stuff.co.nz)

AYAHUASCA

  • Rythmia Scholarship Program Democratizes Access to Life-Changing Retreat (Yahoo! Finance)

  • How I Lived Twelve Years in a Colombian Ayahuasca Cult Led by a Sexual Abuser (Chacruna)

  • Montreal conference will put spotlight on hallucinogenic ayahuasca (CTV News)

  • I have HIV and ayahuasca and psilocybin have saved me (Chacruna)

5-MEO-DMT

  • Toad Venom May Be The Next Psychedelic Frontier (The Fix)

  • Naturalist and Artist Team Up to Save Sonoran Desert Toads (Psychedelic Times)

PEYOTE

SAN PEDRO

  • Ultimate San Pedro Cactus Guide: Effects, Common Uses, Safety (Reality Sandwich)

IBOGA

  • Ibogaine: Promising Addiction Treatment or Snake Oil? (The Fix)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • Scottish prisons 'awash' with synthetic drugs linked to violence (BBC)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Florida Prison Neglect Contributes to Synthetic Cannabinoid Deaths (Filter)

  • The shocking number of Birmingham people hospitalised by spice and cannabis last year (Birmingham Live)

KETAMINE

  • Ketamine infusion therapy: A promising way to treat mental illness (News8000.com)

OPIOIDS

  • Sesame Street takes on opioids crisis as muppet's mother battles addiction (The Guardian)

  • Addicts will get heroin twice a day under pioneering crime-slashing plan in town where the killer class A drug is cheaper than cigarettes (Daily Mail)

  • Addiction Experts Are Outraged A Pharma Lobbyist Is On A Federal Drug Abuse Panel (BuzzFeed News)

  • Community responders more likely to seek help during overdose when naloxone does not work (Medical Xpress)

  • Kenya struggles to cope with growing number of heroin users (Reuters)

  • Washington health officials suggest everyone carries Naloxone as fentanyl use rises (KING5.com)

  • Beyond the Sacklers: Free-trade policies contributed to the opioid epidemic (STAT News)

  • Police oppose naloxone overdose kits: 'not our job to save lives' (The National)

COCAINE

  • Tulsi Gabbard Says Country Should Move To Legalize Drugs Like Cocaine And Heroin (Marijuana Moment)

  • Face to face with a cartel assassin: 'I'll never do cocaine again after realising the human cost of the drug' (iNews)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Home buyers, beware: Contamination from cooking meth can linger for years (Ars Technica)

  • Party drug, LSD prices remain flat in contrast to meth mayhem (Stuff.co.nz)

CAFFEINE

TOBACCO

  • E-Cig Vaping May Cause Lung and Bladder Cancer, Study Finds (MERRY JANE)

  • Smoking Fewer Than 5 Cigarettes a Day Damages Your Lungs Almost as Much as Smoking a Whole Pack, Study Says (TIME)

  • Schools Across the Country Are Installing Vape Detectors to Sniff Out Students (MERRY JANE)

  • 'We Vape, We Vote': How vaping crackdowns are politicizing vapers (CNN)

  • Oregon and Rhode Island Have Joined the Flavored Vape Ban (MERRY JANE)

  • New York’s Vape Flavor Ban Has Been Blocked—For Now (Filter)

  • Juul Is the New Big Tobacco (Bloomberg)

  • How tobacco smuggling costs Minnesota hundreds of thousands of dollars a year (TwinCities.com)

  • India Banned E-Cigarettes — But Beedis And Chewing Tobacco Remain Widespread (NPR)

ALCOHOL

  • Are Whiskey Pods A Stealth Way For Teens To Get Alcohol? (Forbes)

KRATOM

KAVA

MISCELLANEOUS

  • The Future of Drug Education Is So Much Better than D.A.R.E. (VICE)

  • Is it time you got yourself a shaman? (London Evening Standard)

  • Parents Are Using Magic Mushrooms, LSD To Be Better Parents, Be More ‘Present’ For Their Kids (The Inquisitr)

  • SNP set to back decriminalisation of drugs in bid to tackle death toll crisis (Daily Record)

  • How the Drug War Blob Took Over The Washington Post (New Republic)

  • Regulatory Hurdles Facing Psychedelics (Psychedelic Science Review)

  • An open letter to the newly founded Center for Psychedelic Research at Johns Hopkins (Psymposia)

  • Drug dealers get rich and stay legal by outsourcing to China (Rooster Magazine)

  • Nothing has changed since I was sacked. Drugs policy still doesn’t work (The Guardian)

  • Binghamton Group Gets Grant For Substance Abuse Policy Change (News Break App)

  • Florida Student Gets Suspended for Handing Out “End the Drug War” Flyers (MERRY JANE)

  • Amanda Feilding has spent 54 years experimenting with psychedelics — for the sake of science (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

  • The War on Drugs Is a War on the Climate (Gizmodo)

  • We need a more nuanced discussion about drugs and suicide (iNews)

  • Trippy Talk with Psychedelic Legend Dennis Mckenna (Reality Sandwich)

  • Psychedelics and the Workplace (Medium)

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This Week in Psychoactives - 10.4.19

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Cannabis

  • Tests show bootleg marijuana vapes tainted with hydrogen cyanide (NBC News)

  • Vaping-Related Illness Could be Caused by Toxic Fumes, Study Finds (MERRY JANE)

  • Vaping-Related Death Toll Rises to 18 as Health Officials Sound the Alarm on E-Cigarette Use (TIME)

  • The first cannabis cafe in the U.S. opens in Los Angeles (CBS News)

  • Welfare Recipients in Missouri Now Have Access to Medical Marijuana (MERRY JANE)

  • CDC Says for First Time That THC Could Be Behind Vaping Deaths and Illnesses (TIME)

  • FBI: Marijuana Arrests Rise For Third Straight Year, Outpace Arrests For All Violent Crimes (NORML)

  • Cannabis Terpenes Could Be Adding to Ozone Pollution, Colorado Researchers Say (MERRY JANE)

  • Bill To Legalize Marijuana Through State-Run Model Introduced In Pennsylvania (Marijuana Moment)

  • Thailand Becomes First Asian Nation to Develop Its Own Weed Strain (MERRY JANE)

  • Congressional Bill Would Protect Students From Losing Financial Aid Over Drug Convictions (Marijuana Moment)

  • A Majority of Virginia Residents Support Legalizing Marijuana, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Most Californians want marijuana stores in their communities, new poll shows (Los Angeles Times)

Magic Mushrooms

  • Scientists Engineered a Bacterium That Poops Out Huge Amounts of Psilocybin (ScienceAlert)

  • Activists Take First Step To Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms In California (Marijuana Moment)

  • Usona Institute Beginning Phase 2 Clinical Trials Using Psilocybin to Treat Major Depressive Disorder (Psychedelic Science Review)

MDMA

  • How to use recreational MDMA safely, straight from a psychotherapist (Your EDM)

  • Australia could be the first country to legalise ecstasy – are we going too far? (The Guardian)

  • Highlights in MDMA’s History: An Infographic Timeline (Psychedelic Times)

  • Drug dealer weeps as he's jailed for selling ecstasy that killed schoolgirl, 14 (Mirror)

  • Toddler suffers seizures after swallowing some of her father's ecstasy supply (The Irish Times)

DMT

  • Rick Strassman on DMT and the Mystical State (DoubleBlind)

  • DMT Studies Shine Light on Near Death Experiences and the Illusory Nature of Reality (Psychedelic Times)

Ayahuasca

  • Hallucinogenic tea ayahuasca is illegal, Dutch supreme court rules (DutchNews.nl)

  • Why Veterans Need Ayahuasca Integration and Access to Plant Medicines: Interview with Wyly Gray (Psychedelic Times)

5-MeO-DMT

  • The hottest new psychedelic drug among trendy New Yorkers is illegal toad venom (New York Post)

Peyote

  • So, What Is Peyote and What Are the Effects of This Drug? (MERRY JANE)

Nitrous Oxide

  • Shocking scene as Nitrous Oxide cannisters litter car park after teens suspected of binging on 'laughing gas' (Grimsby Telegraph)

DXM

  • Fort Bend County deputies warn of teen drug trend called 'Robo Tripping' (Chron)

Opioids

  • Colleges got millions from opioid maker owners (AP News)

  • Virginia Doctor Faces Life in Prison for Prescribing Thousands of Opioid Doses (TIME)

  • Opioid Settlement Encourages Sale of More Opioids, Critics Say (Bloomberg)

  • Breaking the Stigma: FDA wants naloxone available over-the-counter (The Evening Sun)

  • All You Need To Know About Heroin Track Marks (The World Beast)

Cocaine

  • Taking cocaine and alcohol together produces ‘deadly combination’, doctors warn (The Independent)

Methamphetamine

  • Plant-Based Meth Is the Next Frontier of Afghanistan's Drug Trade (VICE)

TOBACCO

  • Washington joins other states in flavored vaping ban (AP News)

  • Altria launches Iqos tobacco device in US, and the timing couldn't be better (CNBC)

  • Minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Ohio increases to 21 this month (Cleveland 19 News)

  • 'As difficult as possible’: You now must be 21 to buy cigarettes, vapes and other tobacco products in Maryland (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Denver bans tobacco sales to those under 21, requires sales license (The Denver Post)

  • Los Angeles County bans flavored tobacco products (The State)

Alcohol

  • Russian alcohol consumption down 40% since 2003 – WHO (The Guardian)

  • Exploring the links between alcohol consumption and dementia risk (Earth.com)

  • Fathers-to-be should avoid alcohol six months before conception (Medical Xpress)

  • Alcohol Must Be Part of the Harm Reduction Conversation (Filter)

Kratom

  • Recent deaths reignite debate over regulating kratom (Fox News)

  • Point Pleasant Beach Council Pulls 'Kratom' Ban (Patch.com)

  • Kratom Legality In Rhode Island And The Whole Story (Kratom Guides)

  • WTF Is Kratom and What Are the Effects of This Drug? (MERRY JANE)

Kava

  • Kava: Everything you need to know (New Idea)

Miscellaneous

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This Week in Psychoactives - 9.27.19

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CANNABIS

  • Canberra becomes the first city in Australia to legalize marijuana (CNN)

  • House Passes Cannabis Banking Bill in Historic Vote (Leafly)

  • Cannabis Delivery Wins Final Approval in Massachusetts (Leafly)

  • Twice as Many Americans Use Cannabis for Medicine Over Recreation, Study Says (MERRY JANE)

  • Cannabis-based drug for childhood epilepsy approved for use in UK (The Guardian)

  • Brain activity 'dampened' by vaped THC, similar to those with schizophrenia: study (CBC)

  • Lower Doses Of Marijuana May Be More Effective For Improving Libido, Review Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Washington DC Law Allows Students to Use Medical Marijuana in Schools (MERRY JANE)

  • Marijuana use higher among white New Yorkers, though 94% of pot busts are people of color (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

  • The DEA Joins the FDA in THC Vapes Crackdown (Filter)

  • Illinois Governor Will Pardon Thousands of Former Cannabis Offenders (MERRY JANE)

  • Wisconsin and South Dakota Are Preparing 2020 Legalization Measures (Leafly)

  • Senior Marijuana Use Increases, But Where Is The Research? (The Fix)

LSD

  • The FBI Just Arrested a 'Psychedelic Nazi' on LSD After Tapping His Wild Text Chats (VICE)

  • Disneyland Paris visitor on bad LSD trip falls into Adventureland lake, turns up naked after 130-person search (The Orange County Register)

  • Syracuse Man Arrested After Punching Officer While On Apparent LSD Trip (Times-Union Newspaper)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Why the Magic Mushroom Story Could be as Big as the Cannabis Boom (PR Newswire)

  • Mixing Meditation and Magic Mushrooms? (Mindful)

MDMA

  • New research shows MDMA can be comedown-free (Mixmag)

AYAHUASCA

  • My 30 Years of Providing Shamanic Healing with Ayahuasca (Kahpi)

  • Stopping Veteran Suicide with Ayahuasca: Interview with Wyly Gray of Veterans of War (Psychedelic Times)

  • Ayahuasca Has a Special Connection with My People, the Shipibo (Kahpi)

  • One man’s journey with ayahuasca (GQ)

  • Ayahuasca: tradition versus tourism (The Mancunion)

IBOGA

  • Opioid addicts seek alternative treatment in Mexico (10News)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • Ben Westhoff on the Origins of Deadly Party Drugs in Fentanyl, Inc. (Westword)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Older adults with COPD more likely to use synthetic cannabinoids, study finds (Medical Xpress)

OPIOIDS

  • Pennsylvania Giving Away Free Naloxone To Combat Overdoses (The Fix)

  • Should Heroin Be Used to Treat Addiction? (Pain News Network)

  • The White Van Prescribing Buprenorphine Outside a Baltimore Jail (Filter)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • SAMHSA’s “Meth Monster” Video Is Pure Fear-Mongering Propaganda (Filter)

  • Their unborn baby tested positive for meth. Then they learned their house was once a meth lab. (CBS News)

  • Mexican drug cartels fueling meth comeback in US, with seizures at 'historically high levels' (Fox News)

CAFFEINE

  • Study says too much caffeine can trigger migraines (WKRC)

  • Coffee May Lower Risk of Gallstones (The New York Times)

TOBACCO

  • Walmart to Stop Selling E-Cigarettes in Stores (TIME)

  • Vape brand Juul is reportedly at the center of a criminal probe (Engadget)

  • Juul hires former tobacco exec as CEO and ceases all US marketing (Engadget)

  • Survey Suggests Lung Disease Misinformation Has Compounded Confusion About the Hazards of E-Cigarettes (Reason)

  • Big Tobacco Will Take Advantage of the Mysterious Vaping Illness (VICE)

  • LA Board Of Supervisors Votes To Ban Flavored Tobacco (CBS Los Angeles)

  • Plan To Raise Age To Buy Tobacco To 21 In Denver Moves Ahead (CBS Denver)

ALCOHOL

  • Why alcohol remains a big threat to unborn babies in South Africa (The Conversation)

KRATOM

  • Florida man with Down syndrome died in hot car as caretaker slept off kratom overdose: sheriff (Fox News)

  • How Kratom can be beneficial for sports athletes? (GHANAsoccernet.com)

  • What Type Of Kratom Information Will You Find On Reddit? (Kratom Guides)

  • Kratom In Michigan: Legal or Regulated? (Kratom Guides)

  • Meet the Plant That Is In the News For All the Wrong Reasons (Grit Daily)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Dr. Bronner’s Donates $150k to Legalize Medical Psilocybin in Oregon (DoubleBlind)

  • Massachusetts Implements Emergency Ban on All Cannabis and Nicotine Vapes (MERRY JANE)

  • Over 800 cases of vaping illnesses reported to CDC (The Hill)

  • Psychedelics Can Help Treat a Variety of Psychiatric Disorders, New Review Says (MERRY JANE)

  • ‘Vaper’s lung’ likely to enter the medical lexicon (The Irish Times)

  • The Truth About Looking in the Mirror on Psychedelics (VICE)

  • Can microdosing psychedelics take the edge off a first date? (Mic)

  • Enough evidence to support introduction of pill testing in NSW, inquiry told (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Inside the centre exploring the effect of psychedelic drugs on mental health (The Independent)

  • Psychedelic Therapy Advocate Recalls Coming Of Age In The 1960s (High Times)

  • Alan Watts and Psychedelic Christianity (The Institute for the Advancement of Psychedelic Christianity)

  • How to Do Psychedelics Without Killing Yourself (The Stranger)

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This Week in Psychoactives - 9.20.19

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CANNABIS

  • 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)

LSD

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

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

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

  • Ann Arbor group aims to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms, plants (mlive.com)

  • 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)

MDMA

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

AYAHUASCA

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

5-MEO-DMT

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

IBOGA

  • 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)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • 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)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

KETAMINE

OPIOIDS

  • 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)

COCAINE

METHAMPHETAMINE

CAFFEINE

TOBACCO

  • 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)

KRATOM

  • 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)

KAVA

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

MISCELLANEOUS

  • 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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