Beyond Psychedelics 2018

I'd like to take a moment to show some support for a wonderful three-day psychedelic conference that is starting in Prague next week—Beyond Psychedelics 2018. This event is a global multidisciplinary forum on psychedelics held in the Czech Republic, a country with a longstanding history of psychedelic research. In their own words, the conference will “review current challenges and risks, explore the basis of safe use and sensible integration, and create new synergies.” Attendees can expect to be a part of a global conversation about “the potential of psychedelics, alternative states of consciousness, and technologies in the current social climate.” There will also be two days of Pre-Conference Workshops on the topics of Integrative HR Psychotherapy and Psychedelic Integration. Please click the links above to learn more about this excellent conference.


This Week in Psychedelics - 6.15.18

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Cannabis

  • Canadian Senate Signs Off On Historic Cannabis Regulation Measure (NORML)
  • President Trump Expresses Support For Bipartisan Marijuana Fix (NORML)
  • Expect Fully Legal Weed Within 5 Years, Says Former Top Pharma Lobbyist and Congressman Billy Tauzin (Reason)
  • Parisians queue for cannabis after softening of drug laws  (The Telegraph)
  • Minneapolis cops halt low-level marijuana stings after racial disparity revealed (StarTribune)
  • CBD Could Help People Smoke Fewer Cigarettes (Tonic)
  • Oklahomans To Decide In Two Weeks On Providing Medical Marijuana Access (NORML)
  • Meet the Cannasexuals: Can your vagina get high? (BBC)
  • UN Drug Committee Finds Cannabis an Effective, ‘Relatively Safe Drug’ (Leafly)
  • Five Danish political parties support legalisation of cannabis (The Local)
  • Senators Include Medical Marijuana Protections In Justice Department Bill (Forbes)
  • The Pot Industry Is Overwhelmingly White, and One Congresswoman Wants to Change That (Rolling Stone)
  • 7 mayors want pot removed from federal list of illegal drugs (Associated Press)
  • House Appropriations Committee Blocks Cannabis Banking Amendment (NORML)
  • Subjective Reports Positive for Cannabis in MS, but Caution Urged (Medscape)
  • Senate Majority Leader Announces Progress On Hemp Reform Legislation (NORML)
  • S.C. Democrats overwhelmingly supported medical marijuana on the ballot Tuesday. Experts weigh in on what that really means. (Charleston City Paper)
  • How Will Employers Handle Cannabis In The Workplace? (Civilized)
  • Congressional Black Caucus Announces Support for Marijuana Law Reforms (NORML)
  • Uruguay struggling to meet demand for legal marijuana (Associated Press)
  • Using Marijuana to Treat Opioid Addiction (The Fix)
  • Can Legal Cannabis Help Slow the Opioid Drug Epidemic in the U.S.? (TheStreet)
  • How Mapping Marijuana DNA Could Change the Future of Pot (Rolling Stone)
  • Rules around marijuana marketing irk some in the cannabis industry (CBC)
  • Marijuana Cultivation Is Where Cannabis Workers Can Earn The Largest Salaries (Forbes)
  • How to Throw a Cannabis Dinner Party (High Times)
  • Ask a Stoner: What Are Some Good Psychedelic Strains? (Westword)
  • Art Of The Deal: Trump Looks To Trade Cannabis Legalization for Justice Department Nominees (Forbes)
  • How The Cannabis Industry Became America's Hotbed Of Invention (Forbes)
  • U.S. Markets 'Definitively' Missing Out on Capital by Barring Cannabis Companies (TheStreet)

LSD

  • Did An Acid Trip Change Your Life? Scientists Want To Know About It (Futurism)
  • LSD And Toxic Lies (The Third Wave)
  • '70s Flashback: When Howard Stern Took LSD (CelebStoner)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • LSD and magic mushrooms could heal damaged brain cells in people suffering from depression, study shows (The Independent)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Why is Britain suffering from an ecstasy overdose? (ShortList)
  • Cannabis and MDMA use is on the rise among Irish young people (Extra.ie)
  • This Piece of Art Is Made Out of 4,000 Ecstasy Pills (VICE)
  • Warning as deadly blue ‘Punisher’ and ‘Duracell’ ecstasy pills found at Manchester’s Parklife Festival (The Sun)

Ayahuasca/DMT/5-MeO-DMT

Morning Glory Seeds

  • UAE legal Q&As: What is the punishment for being caught having taken 'Morning Glory'? (The National)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Warning over potent 'fake MDMA' drug which causes psychosis and keeps users awake for three days (The Telegraph)

Dissociatives

  • Ketamine is likely one solution to prevent school massacres, doctors agree (Rooster)
  • Ketamine and Psychedelic Drugs Change Structure of Neurons (Neuroscience News)
  • Hit-and-run suspect ran over Deep Ellum bartender while smoking PCP, passenger says (Dallas News)

Opiates/Opioids

  • One easy, cost-free thing Trump can do to ease the opioid crisis (The Washington Post)
  • Lack of evidence casts doubt on police claims of officers overdosing after accidental opioid contact (The Star Vancouver)
  • Beyond Books: How Libraries Are the Latest Front in the Opioid Fight (Governing)
  • Big Opium's fines could approach Big Tobacco's as lawsuits mount (Rooster)
  • Afghanistan is producing a lot more opium than before the US invasion. The US just can't stop it (Business Insider)
  • Nan Goldin's Misleading OxyContin Story Feeds the Myth of 'Highly Addictive' Pain Pills (Reason)

Absinthe

  • What Can We Learn About Moral Panics from Absinthe? (Patheos)

Kratom

  • Kratom Advocates Take Their Fight To Washington As Potential Federal Ban Looms (HuffPost)
  • Kratom Could Be Illegal Before It Gets a Chance to Solve the Opioid Crisis (Inverse)
  • Can Kratom Be Detected In Urine And Drug Test? (Kratom Guides)
  • Photos: US hunger for opioid alternative drives Kratom boom in Indonesia (Hindustan Times)
  • 5 Kratom Strains to Help Increase Your Productivity At Work (Kratom Guides)
  • Edmonton kratom retailer frustrated by 'aggressive' Health Canada raids (CBC)
  • Yellow Maeng da Kratom Review: Origin, Benefits and Side Effects (Kratom Guides)

Kava

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Psychedelics Promote Structural and Functional Neural Plasticity (Cell Reports)
  • How Big Pharma Hopes to Make Psychedelics Profitable (The Market Mogul)
  • Psychedelic drugs promote neural plasticity in rats and flies (EurekAlert!)
  • Men who have used psychedelics are roughly half as likely to commit intimate partner violence (PsyPost)
  • E3 Attendees Get High on Digital Psychedelics (GlobeNewsWire)
  • Can psychedelics help prevent suicide? (Big Think)
  • Group Therapy for Psychedelic Integration (Chacruna)
  • Balancing Cultural Traditions and Science in Entheogenic Research: A Conversation with Brad Adams, Ph.D. (Psychedelic Times)
  • New Resolution Demands Congress Apologize For Failed Drug War (Marijuana Moment)
  • Why Is Everyone Into Microdosing Right Now? (Girlboss)
  • This Is Why Xanax Is Blowing Up in America (VICE)
  • Trump Should Hurt Sessions by Helping Drug Offenders (Reason)
  • Can Psychedelics Induce Flow States? (The Third Wave)
  • The Holy Trinity of Music, Religion, and Psychedelics: Interview with Tim Ferson of OM Collective (Psychedelic Times)
  • I talked with Adam Strauss about Ketamine for OCD, Trip Sitters, and The Mushroom Cure Los Angeles (Psymposia)
  • Why Are Rhode Island Democrats Pushing a Bill That Could Send Some Drug Dealers to Prison For Life? (Medium)
  • 1 In 3 Adults In The U.S. Takes Medications Linked To Depression (NPR)
  • Drug testers at festivals will tell you if that MDMA you bought is actually sugar (Metro)
  • As Mind-Altering Drugs Meet The Mainstream, The D.C. Psychedelic Society Is Bringing The City's 'Trippy People' Together (DCist)
  • Agony and Ecstasy: Psychedelics as the next big health remedy? (The Irish Times)
  • Psychedelic Drugs Can Cure 'The Most Painful Condition Known to Man' (Andrew Joseph)

Disclaimer: "This Week in Psychedelics" does not censor or analyze the news links presented here. The purpose of this column is solely to catalogue how psychedelics are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.

Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

The Essential Guide to Mescaline

The Third Wave:

Mescaline is the primary psychoactive alkaloid in a range of psychedelic cacti, including peyote (Lophophora williamsii), San Pedro (Echinopsis pachanoi), and Peruvian torch (Echinopsis peruviana)—all of which are native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It can also be found in trace amounts in other regional plants, such as the Berlandier acacia (Senegalia berlandieri).

In its natural state, mescaline has been used for thousands of years in Native American religious ceremonies. It was also the first psychedelic to enter mainstream Western culture, predating the widespread use of LSD and psilocybin. More recently, the extracted compound has shown promise in the medical and psychotherapeutic treatment of substance abuse and depression among other conditions.

Pure mescaline is usually available as a white or brownish crystalline powder, either loose or packed into capsules. It can also be found as a liquid solution or brew. Compared to many other psychedelics, however, extracted mescaline tends to be rare in most parts of the world.

The fine folks at The Third Wave have put together a wonderfully thorough guide that covers this remarkable naturally-occuring psychoactive alkaloid.


This Week in Psychedelics - 6.8.18

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Cannabis

  • All eyes on Canada as first G7 nation prepares to make marijuana legal (The Guardian)
  • Bipartisan Legislation Introduced To Protect States That Have Legalized Marijuana (NORML)
  • 65 percent of Americans say it’s ‘morally acceptable’ to smoke pot (The Washington Post)
  • Study: Majority Of Chronic Pain Patients Replace Opioids With Cannabis (NORML)
  • Legalising cannabis ‘could earn Treasury £3.5bn’ (The Guardian)
  • Republican Rules Committee Blocks Veterans Medical Cannabis Amendments (NORML)
  • Banned from Wall Street, US cannabis companies go north (CNN)
  • Looking For Big Returns In The Cannabis Market? Look East, Not West (Forbes)
  • Virginia: Crime Data Shows Surge In Marijuana Arrests (NORML)
  • Colorado's Governor, Who Founded a Brewpub, Nixes Cannabis 'Tasting Rooms' (Reason)
  • Some California hospitals report uptick in ER visits for cannabis (Daily Democrat)
  • Part 3, The Most Common Qualifying Conditions for MMJ (Leafly)
  • L.A. Supervisors Support Bill to Automatically Expunge Some Cannabis Convictions (LA Weekly)
  • Portland Has Nearly Twice as Many Pot Shops as Liquor Stores (Willamette Week)
  • Watch This: Celebrities Keep Educating Conan About Cannabis (Leafly)
  • It's The 1st Day Cannabis Licenses In Mass. Can Be Issued, But Expect A Slow Rollout (New England Public Radio)
  • Why we must legalise cannabis now for the sake of public health (The Guardian)
  • A Dietitian's Surprising Take on Cannabis Edibles (U.S. News & World Report)
  • The Ontario Election: What Does It Mean For Cannabis? (Leafly)
  • NORML's Jared Polis Endorsement and Growing Power of Marijuana Voters (Westword)
  • High time India, the land of bhang, legalises marijuana: Shashi Tharoor (ThePrint)
  • Everything you wanted to know about cannabis legalization … but forgot to ask (The Guardian)
  • Why we need better, smarter, panic-free education on cannabis (The Conversation)
  • These Are The 4 Big Buzzwords in the Cannabis Industry Right Now (Entrepreneur)
  • The Cannabis Strains of Summer (for Every Tolerance Level) (East Bay Express)
  • California’s First Cannabis Business Owners Policy Approved (Insurance Journal)
  • Medical cannabis and the challenge for regulation of medicines (The Conversation)
  • Cannabis industry leaders opine on budding business (Bristol Herald Courier)

LSD

  • The political significance of LSD (Open Democracy)
  • ‘Largest ever LSD haul in Germany’ seized in Rhineland-Palatinate (The Local)
  • Sheriff: Wrong-way driver on LSD thought he was in video game 'Grand Theft Auto' (KVAL)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • California won't vote on psilocybin this year. Denver still might. (Rooster)
  • What Ever Happened to Denver's Magic Mushroom Initiative? (Westword)
  • When A Maryland Man Posted Pictures Of Morel Mushroom On Facebook, The Cops Showed Up (Inquisitr)
  • What It’s Like to Trip on the Most Potent Magic Mushroom (The Atlantic)
  • Psychedelic Medicine 101: Psilocybin and the magic of mushrooms (New Atlas)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Yours for £2: artist Chemical X donates ‘ecstasy’ work as prize for drug test charity (The Guardian)
  • Festival goers warned of high dose batches of ecstasy following deaths in UK (Independent.ie)
  • MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Mitigates PTSD Symptoms (Medscape)

Ayahuasca/DMT/5-MeO-DMT

  • Is it Cultural Appropriation for White People to Drink Ayahuasca? (Kahpi)
  • Spiritual exploration is the top reason people consume 5-MeO-DMT, study finds (PsyPost)
  • A Shamanic View of How Ayahuasca & Nature Communicate With Us (Kahpi)
  • Psychedelic tourism thrives in Peru despite recent killing (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Ayahuasca Pilot Study Investigates the Meaning of Life and Death: Interview with Brad Adams, Ph.D. (Psychedelic Times)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Synthetic Weed Is Back, Bigger Than Ever, and Scary as Hell (The Daily Beast)

Dissociatives

  • From Chaos To Calm: A Life Changed By Ketamine (WMOT)
  • NPR (yet again) writes uncritically about ketamine for mental illness (Health News Review)
  • Guidelines for Use of IV Ketamine Infusions for Acute Pain Management Released  (MD Magazine)

Opiates/Opioids

  • High Schoolers Who Use Heroin Commonly Use Multiple Other Drugs (NYU News)
  • Naloxone Recalled Due To Particulate Matter (CBS Pittsburgh)
  • A new study shows stigma is hurting our response to the opioid epidemic (Vox)
  • She Went to Jail for a Drug Relapse. Tough Love or Too Harsh? (The New York Times)
  • Suggested Paths to Fixing the Opioid Crisis (JAMA Network)
  • U.S. Hunger For Opioid Alternative Drives Boom in Borneo Jungle (Bloomberg)
  • This Is Your Hand on Opioids: Trump's 'Very Bad Commercials' Rely on Dishonest and Pernicious Scare Tactics (Reason)
  • She paid nothing for opioid painkillers. Her addiction treatment costs more than $200 a month. (Vox)
  • Farmers tell govt to lift ban on cultivation of opium (The Tribune)

Absinthe

  • Absinthe Market will touch a new level in upcoming year – Key Players involved in the research (The Financial)

Kratom

  • 6 Most Common Myths About Kratom (Kratom Guides)
  • Kratom advocates fight FDA crackdown (Washington Examiner)
  • Buying Kratom In Canada? Is that Kratom legal In Canada? (Kratom Guides)
  • FDA warns about possible contaminated herbal supplement parents may need to worry about (KUTV)
  • Where To Buy Kratom In New York And Is It Legal? (Kratom Guides)
  • What Are The Best Kratom Strains For Pain? (Kratom Guides)
  • Top Extracts Botanicals Review – The Best Vendor To Buy Kratom Online (Kratom Guides)
  • What Is The Legal Status of Kratom In Tennessee? (Kratom Guides)
  • Companies Leading In Selling Kratom And CBD/Hemp Products Online (Kratom Guides)
  • Is Kratom Legal In Florida In 2018 (Kratom Guides)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Psychedelic drug use associated with reduced partner violence in men (EurekAlert!)
  • FDA Monitors Social Media for Drug Abuse Trends (Pain News Network)
  • Michael Pollan Drops Acid — and Comes Back From His Trip Convinced (The New York Times)
  • How should we be teaching students about drugs? (Psymposia)
  • Rhode Island Wants to Treat Drug Dealers Like Murderers (Reason)
  • With The Rise Of Legal Weed, Drug Education Moves From 'Don't' to 'Delay' (NPR)
  • Bangladesh accused of using drugs war to hide political assassinations (The Telegraph)
  • The Feds Are Raiding the Offices of Doctors Who Prescribe Addiction Medication (Tonic)
  • Festival drug-testing shows a way to reduce harm (The Economist)
  • How psychedelic drugs made a comeback (DailyO)
  • A debate over plant consciousness is forcing us to confront the limitations of the human mind (Quartz)
  • Bestival to offer drug testing facilities for first time in bid to prevent more drug-related deaths (The Independent)
  • The Stigma Surrounding Hallucinogens Took Root in Western Colonialism (71 Republic)
  • Michael Pollan & the Objectification of the Psychedelic Experience (Disinfo)
  • Manchester's night-time adviser backs drug testers for festivals and clubs (The Guardian)
  • On Religious Sacraments: Holy Crackers and 'Evil Drugs' (Andrew Joseph)
  • Renewed interest in psychedelics as potentially useful therapeutic agents (Drug and Alcohol Research Connections)
  • We've been fighting the drug war for 50 years. So why aren't we winning? (The Appeal)
  • The Myth of People Who “Don’t Use Drugs” (Psychedelic Heaven)
  • About Me: Lawyer, Writer, Psychedelic Enthusiast (Andrew Joseph)
  • Psychedelics and Personality (ACS Publications)
  • The UK’s Cruel Drug Laws Ruin Lives, Including My Son’s (Talking Drugs)

Disclaimer: "This Week in Psychedelics" does not censor or analyze the news links presented here. The purpose of this column is solely to catalogue how psychedelics are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.

Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

China's All-Seeing Credit Score System

Charles Rollet, writing for WIRED:

In the UK, credit scores are mostly used to determine whether people can get a credit card or loan. But in China, the government is developing a much broader “social credit” system partly based on people’s routine behaviours with the ultimate goal of determining the “trustworthiness” of the country’s 1.4 billion citizens.

It might sound like a futuristic dystopian nightmare but the system is already a reality. Social credit is preventing people from buying airline and train tickets, stopping social gatherings from happening, and blocking people from going on certain dating websites. Meanwhile, those viewed kindly are rewarded with discounted energy bills and similar perks.

China is going full-blown Black Mirror with its social credit system. It's pretty fucked up to outright ban people from buying airline and train tickets due to unpaid debts or prevent them from getting loans because they cheat in a video game.