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This Week in Psychoactives - 1.18.19



  • Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana In The U.S. Virgin Islands (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis in Congress: Why Federally Legal Weed Could Soon Be a Reality (Rolling Stone)

  • What Alex Berenson’s new book gets wrong about marijuana, psychosis, and violence (Vox)

  • A Study Found That People Enjoyed Sex More When High Than When Drunk (Brides)

  • Rhode Island Governor Proposes Legalizing Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Trinidad and Tobago to Decriminalise Cannabis, Consider Legalisation (Talking Drugs)

  • Attorney General Nominee Commits To Leave State-Legal Marijuana Programs Alone (NORML)

  • The technology behind the world's largest cannabis dispensary (Engadget)

  • Now that Canada Legalized, What's Next for Marijuana Law Reform? (Civilized)

  • Is CBD a Miracle Cure or a Marketing Scam? (Both.) (Reason)

  • New Congressional Bill Would Enshrine Rescinded Marijuana Memo Into Federal Law (Marijuana Moment)

  • All the Things the New Anti-Weed Crusade Gets Horribly Wrong (VICE)

  • Surging Cannabis Use Drags Down Beer Sales To Its Lowest Ebb, Says Top Analyst (Forbes)

  • Cannabis Business Booms But That Does Not Mean A Beverage Alcohol Bust (Forbes)

  • Marijuana Legalization Will Be A Top Priority For Hawaii Legislature In 2019 (Marijuana Moment)

  • How Dangerous is Marijuana, Really? (The Marshall Project)

  • Lawmakers In Portugal Debate Two Marijuana Legalization Bills (Marijuana Moment)

  • How Britain became the world’s largest expert in medical marijuana (The Spectator)

  • Gubernatorial Report Card: Learn Where Your Governor Stands on Marijuana Policy (NORML)

  • Now you can get weed delivered to you anywhere in California, even in cities that ban pot (Desert Sun)

  • The mature stoner: why are so many seniors smoking weed? (The Guardian)

  • New York Gov. Cuomo Releases Marijuana Legalization Details (Marijuana Moment)

  • Is Legalizing Marijuana Too Risky? (The New York Times)

  • Canadians Spent $1.6 Billion on Legal Weed in 2018: Report (VICE)

  • New York City Cannabis Film Festival Spotlights the Hard Work Towards Legalization — And the Harder Work Still to Come (Civilized)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Julián Castro Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Don't Call It "Weed," and Other Tips from the Cannabis Media Summit (The New Yorker)

  • Oklahoma Cops Jail Four Men for Transporting Legal Hemp (Reason)

  • What Brooklyn's First Dispensary Says About Medical Marijuana in New York (Civilized)

  • Illinois Governor Pledges To Legalize Marijuana In Inaugural Address (Marijuana Moment)

  • Smoking cannabis just once can change a teenager's brain (The Independent)

  • The Reasonable Way to View Marijuana's Risks (The New York Times)

  • GOP Congressman Refiles Marijuana Research Bill With Important Changes (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis stocks fall after attorney general nominee's comments about marijuana (MarketWatch)

  • It's Time To Unshackle Cannabis Research Efforts (Forbes)

  • Senators Urge Federal Agency To Update Hemp Policies During Government Shutdown (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where the (Legal) Weed At? More States Eye Cannabis Legalization (The Root)

  • OPINION: Some growers complacent about using irradiation on cannabis (The GrowthOp)

  • Kalamazoo pub looks to become cannabis club (WOOD-TV)

  • Bob Marley brand of cannabis-infused drinks on the way (USA Today)

  • What It's Like Running a CBD Company as a One-Woman Show (Civilized)

  • Sen. Chuck Schumer Welcomes Major Cannabis Company To New York’s Hemp Industry (Marijuana Moment)

  • White Rabbit High Tea is a 420-Friendly Wonderland for Grown-Ups (Civilized)

  • The MBA graduate who fired up cannabis distribution (Financial Times)

  • Marijuana Stock Aurora Cannabis Is Rising After It Bought Whistler Medical Marijuana (Barron's)


  • Acid and the sexual psychonauts (Wellcome Collection)

  • This guy wrote a short story about carrier sailors tripping on acid and it’s glorious (Navy Times)

  • Doctors warn trippers of severe danger of using LSD-laden 'deadly stamps' (The Nation)


  • A Melbourne Hospital Will Trial Magic Mushroom Therapy for Dying Patients (VICE)

  • Denver Could Become First City to Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms (Rolling Stone)

  • Magic Mushrooms warning as foragers told mild winter has led to abundance of psychedelic fungi (The Telegraph)

  • Fun with Anxiety: Why I’m Considering Becoming a Scofflaw (Portland Mercury)


  • Police dog went to rave and got high on ecstasy (Metro)

  • The Future of MDMA: Phase 3 and Beyond (Psymposia)

  • MDMA hospitalisation cases in NSW hit record (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • How will MDMA be rescheduled in the future? You may be disappointed. (Psymposia)

  • Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian Admit to Doing Ecstasy After Kim Says Made Her Sex Tape While High (People)

  • Rugby teenager held after boy fell ill 'taking ecstasy' (BBC)




  • What is Synthetic Weed? Know the Side Effects, Street Names and More (Campus Safety Magazine)

  • Intoxication from synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists often missed (MDLinx)

  • Feds to seek 3-year prison sentence for Capitol Petro owner for selling synthetic marijuana (Madison.com)

  • 'Concerning new trends' around synthetic drugs in New Zealand - report (TVNZ)

  • Sheffield police 'in far better position' as war on spice drug abuse continues (The Star)


  • Crawley footballer caught with Sussex’s ‘biggest ever haul’ of laughing gas (Crawley Observer)


  • Crystal Meth, Ketamine 'Godfather' and Former Communist Party Chief Executed (Newsweek)

  • Handcuffed, drugged with ketamine: Truth behind Thai cave rescue (news.com.au)

  • Ketamine a Viable Alternative to Opioids for Severe Pain In ER (Pharmacy Practice News)

  • Ketamine infusions could work better than antidepressants for patients with hard-to-treat depression, anxiety and substance abuse (Daily Mail)



  • New App Uses Sonar to Detect Opioid Overdoses (Scientific American)

  • Police dog given Narcan to reverse overdose at Port Canaveral (WFLA)

  • Report: Americans Are Now More Likely To Die Of An Opioid Overdose Than On The Road (WBUR)

  • The FDA Is Trying to Make It Easier for Drug Companies to Provide Over-the-Counter Opioid Overdose Antidote (TIME)

  • Profiting From Death - The Naloxone Money Story (Psychology Today)

  • Philly paramedics treated more overdoses last year — but used less Narcan (Billy Penn)

  • Man Charged With Homicide For Sharing Drugs With Woman Who Later Died (The Appeal)

  • Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate (The New York Times)

  • Exposure to fentanyl doesn’t kill but misinformation does (Philly.com)

  • B.C. health official questions value of handing out free naloxone nasal spray (CBC)

  • Are Narcan parties real? 'Sounds like something for Hollywood,' addiction expert says (The Enquirer)

  • Jackson County deputy recovering from accidental Fentanyl overdose (WJHG)

  • New bill would make Naloxone more available (Idaho Press)

  • It Happened Here: North Yakima cracks down on ‘underground’ opium dens (Yakima Herald)

  • Mass Overdose in California Kills 1, Injures 12 (TIME)

  • He was a small-time heroin dealer in Virginia. Four women he dated have fatally overdosed. (The Washington Post)

  • Madelyn Linsenmeir to Cops in Booking Video: 'I'm Very Ill Right Now' (Seven Days)

  • Alternative Development Project in Laos enables former opium farmers to learn about Coffee Cultivation from experts (UNODC)

  • Drop in Clallam County opioid deaths attributed to naloxone (Peninsula Daily News)

  • What You Should Know About Using Naloxone (WBUR)


  • Kings of cocaine: how the Albanian mafia seized control of the UK drugs trade (The Guardian)

  • Coke dealers now selling cocaine in eco-friendly reusable packages (Rooster Magazine)

  • Born to run: Just not on cocaine (Science Daily)

  • Florida man chews up seat of police car after cocaine arrest, officials say (Fox News)

  • Cocaine user didn’t know it was fentanyl. He died. Sheriff says the crisis has arrived (The Fresno Bee)


  • Cannabis convictions fall in New Zealand while meth still on the rise (Newshub)

  • Call to Develop Meth Addiction Meds Mustn’t Obscure Woeful Lack of Access to Existing Tools (Filter)


  • A new study says the CDC inflated women’s risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancies (Quartz)

  • How Prohibition Fueled the Klan (The New York Times)

  • Genetic risks play part in fetal alcohol syndrome (UW Medicine)

  • New study calls to end alcohol ads during sport (AdNews)

  • As Americans Drink Less Alcohol, Booze Makers Look Beyond the Barrel (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Tough booze ban for WA's Pilbara to reduce alcohol-related violence (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

  • Wine is different from other alcohols, not responsible for binge drinking, French minister claims (Fox News)

  • 7 states that have strict laws about how and when you can drink alcohol (INSIDER)

  • How to know if an opened bottle of alcohol has gone bad (INSIDER)


  • Case Study Report: Herbal Supplement Kratom Associated With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (Neurology Advisor)

  • Kratom: Lawmaker pushing bill to make Utah first state to regulate the 'miracle cure' (ABC 4)

  • Georgia may regulate popular herbal supplement (FOX 5 Atlanta)

  • How To Market Your Kratom Business Legally (Kratom Guides)

  • Local doctors warn parents about kratom (WHEC)


  • Cheers mate: Australia to allow kava imports to bolster Pacific ties (Reuters)


  • Singapore Creates New Drug Offences with Lengthy Sentences (Talking Drugs)

  • The ‘war on drugs’ is ineffective and violates human rights, say researchers and NGOs (Equal Times)

  • Overwhelming majority of voters support pill-testing – Guardian Essential poll (The Guardian)

  • Former Premier calls for legislation of drugs to stop deaths (Perth Now)

  • Psychedelics appear to have promising effects on human well-being — but rigorous research is lacking (PsyPost)

  • Watch a Florida Cop Botch a Drug Field Test on Video, Then Arrest an Innocent Man (Reason)

  • 'Evidence backs pill testing trials': physicians tell Berejiklian (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Meet the Painter Who Turns His Psychedelic Experiences Into Gallery Art (GQ)

  • Denver Mayor Hancock Used To Support A Safe-Injection Site. Now It’s Not So Clear (Colorado Public Radio)

  • Serotonergic Psychedelics LSD & Psilocybin Increase the Fractal Dimension of Cortical Brain Activity in Spatial and Temporal Domains (bioRxiv)

  • Family of 'beautiful' teen plead for pill testing after suspected festival drug overdose (The Age)

  • Drug-testing service in Durham highlights dangers of the illegal trade (Chronicle Live)

  • Psychedelics: a lost and found weekend (Financial Times)

  • Facing Our Fears With Psychedelic Meditation (Tam Integration)

  • Creating While Clean (GQ)

  • Four-letter word a flaw in anti-pill testing argument (news.com.au)

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This Week in Psychoactives - 1.11.19



  • Read Congress’s New H.R. 420 Marijuana Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Washington Governor to Pardon Thousands of People Prosecuted for Marijuana Prior to Legalization (Drug Policy Alliance)

  • Marijuana Legalization Bills Already Filed In Half A Dozen Red States For 2019 Sessions (Marijuana Moment)

  • Congress Just Legalized Hemp, but What Does That Mean for CBD? (VICE)

  • Weed is safer than alcohol, people believe, yet they respect pot users less than drinkers (Rooster Magazine)

  • Alcohol Sales Aren’t Impacted By Marijuana Legalization, Trade Association Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pot company recalls cannabis product sold in Alberta over contamination concern (The GrowthOp)

  • New York Bills Would Allow Medical Marijuana Smoking And Cannabis At Schools (Marijuana Moment)

  • Vancouver approves city's first 3 cannabis outlets (CBC)

  • Feds To Spend $1.5 Million On Research Into Marijuana’s Lesser Known Components (Marijuana Moment)

  • What Advocates of Legalizing Pot Don’t Want You to Know (The New York Times)

  • Is Marijuana as Safe as We Think? (The New Yorker)

  • New Congressional Cannabis Caucus Takes Shape (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cities Across Michigan Ban Legal Marijuana Sales (NORML)

  • D.C. Lawmaker Files Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales Despite Federal Concerns (Marijuana Moment)

  • MPs criticise NHS over failure to prescribe medical cannabis (The Guardian)

  • Soda made from cannabis will soon hit store shelves (KOMO)

  • Quebec cannabis retailers can't meet demand with limited supply (Montreal Gazette)

  • Oregon grew three times as much cannabis as it smokes — and that could change the weed game forever (Rooster Magazine)

  • Most Medical Marijuana Patients Stop Or Reduce Pharmaceutical Use With Cannabis, Survey Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Can CBD Support Fertility? (Civilized)

  • Federal Officials Recognize How Marijuana’s Legal Status Blocks Research, Documents Show (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis Companies Struggle To Become More Sustainable (Forbes)

  • New Hampshire Lawmakers File Three Marijuana Bills Ahead Of Possible Full Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Massachusetts inching closer to licensing ‘cannabis cafes’ (Boston Herald)

  • FDA Officials Confiscated CBD Edibles, Yuma Shop Owner Says (Phoenix New Times)

  • Kamala Harris Calls For Legalizing Marijuana And Ending War On Drugs In New Book (Forbes)

  • Virginia Lawmaker Adds Full Legalization To Growing List of Marijuana Bills Being Consideration (Marijuana Moment)

  • Legalize marijuana to beat Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • The Case for Legalizing Weed (Reason)

  • Kansas lawmaker makes racist comments about African Americans, marijuana (The Kansas City Star)

  • For racial justice, legalized marijuana must be taxed correctly (The Philadelphia Inquirer)


  • Acid Farmers: The Original LSD Producers that Turned on the World (Prohbtd

  • Man who drove on LSD convicted of homicide in fatal crash (Madison.com)


  • Psilocybin Decriminalization Backers Submit Signatures for May 2019 Ballot (Westword)


  • Can Santa Cruz MDMA Research Change Mental Health? (Good Times)

  • 'What’s with the dumb warning?': Why young drug users do not believe the agony of ecstasy (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Cultivating Inner Growth: The Inner Healing Intelligence in MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy (Psychedelic Frontier)

  • Belarus MDMA Death Case Highlights Danger of Prohibition (Talking Drugs)


  • Where Do Ayahuasca Visions Actually Come From? (Kahpi)

  • Ayahuasca Joined the Parliament of the World’s Religions (Kahpi)


  • How One Ibogaine Clinic Has Learned From Its Mistakes (The Third Wave)


  • Monkey dust 'first of its kind' task force set up to tackle use of illegal substance (Staffordshire Live)

  • Super-strength fake ketamine 50 times more potent arrives in UK for first time (Mirror)

  • Calculating the fatal dose of novel psychoactive substances (The Pharmaceutical Journal)

  • Testing shows Bath-Salt Laced MDMA Circulating Over NYE (Rave Jungle)


  • Slidell man sentenced to 30 years for death of teen who smoked Mojo (WNGO)

  • UK to reconsider classification of synthetic drug spice (Financial Times)

  • How The Wave Of Synthetic Cannabinoids Got Started (NPR)


  • New police warning over 'dangerous' laughing gas craze after used cannisters are found in Barwell (Leicester Mercury)


  • Dual studies highlight ketamine’s potential to treat anxiety and addiction (New Atlas)

  • Intranasal ketamine as effective as fentanyl at relieving acute pain in kids (MDLinx)

  • Harebrained Approach To Treating Depression With Horse Tranquilizer Turns 10 Years Old (PR Newswire)

  • Ketamine shows potential in anxious treatment-resistant depression (Healio)

  • A Survey of the Thriving Ketamine Infusion Therapy Industry in Denver, Colorado (MENAFN)


  • Former Insys CEO pleads guilty to opioid kickback scheme (Reuters)

  • Despite an opioid crisis, most ERs don’t offer addiction treatment. California is changing that. (Vox)

  • A White House Report on the Opioid Crisis Overlooks Gender Differences in Addiction (Tonic)

  • Heroin vaccine to be tested in Syracuse (WRVO)

  • This smartphone app can detect an opioid overdose and save your life (CNBC)

  • Most With OD Can Be Discharged From ED an Hour After Naloxone (Medscape)

  • D.C. police don’t carry the overdose antidote naloxone. Should they? (The Washington Post)

  • I Was Injecting Heroin in the Bathroom While Working at One of the UK's Biggest Papers (VICE)

  • Looking Into the Lifesaving Naloxone (The Link)


  • Eco-friendly drug dealers are now selling cocaine in reusable plastic vials (Metro)

  • Cocaine overtakes opioids as drug-related killer for first half of 2018 (CBC)

  • Why Crack Cocaine Sentencing Reform Could Mean Mean Thousands Out of Prison — Including Cannabis Convicts (Civilized)

  • Model claims social media influencers use cocaine to stay thin (Courier Mail)

  • Cocaine Prevalent Among Footballers In England According To Expert (Pundit Arena)


  • How benzos and Xanax culture propel the opioid crisis (CBC)



  • The extraordinary therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs, explained (Vox)

  • UK Drug Checking Study Shows How Coachella Should Do Harm Reduction (Inverse)

  • Music festivals are offering to test the safety of people’s drugs, and police increasingly like the idea (The Washington Post)

  • Pill testing at festivals leaves room for potentially fatal error (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Rally in support of festival pill testing organized in Sydney (Mixmag)

  • While law makers squabble over pill testing, people should test their drugs at home (The Conversation

  • How the Sinaloa Cartel is using Chinese chemicals to fuel America's opioid crisis (VICE)

  • Democrats Faked Online Push to Outlaw Alcohol in Alabama Race (The New York Times)

  • Safehouse hires leader to open Philly’s supervised injection site (WHYY)

  • Alchemically Stoned: The Psychedelic Secret Of Freemasonry (Graham Hancock)

  • Psychedelics and Blockchain: Two Technologies Key to Our Future (Chacruna)

  • A Journey in Sound: Music in Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy (Psychedelic Support)

  • Best Psychedelic Videos of 2018 (The Daily Psychedelic Video)

  • Ian Hamilton: Dry January is no match for the growing harms of alcohol consumption (The BMJ)

  • Overdoses Prompt Policy Change in Vermont Prisons (Seven Days)

  • Four reasons medication-assisted treatment may not help inmates (CommonWealth Magazine)

  • Trump’s Border Wall Won’t Block the Drug ‘Pipeline’ (Reason)

  • Two Ayurvedic Tips to Support Winter Psychedelic Integration (Tam Integration)

  • Why Drug Traffickers Laugh at Trump's Border Wall (Reason)

  • Experience: I manage the drug service in the ‘drug death capital’ of Europe (Medium)

  • Traveling High & Tripping Hard by Joseph Davida (Psychedelic Press UK)

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This Week in Psychoactives - 1.4.19



  • Israeli Parliament Passes Bill Allowing Export Of Medical Marijuana (Forbes)

  • The New Congress Just Started And There’s Already A Bipartisan Marijuana Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Analysis Explores Relationship Between Medical Marijuana And Opioid Overdoses (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis 'twice as strong as a decade ago' (Sky News)

  • Study: Festival Attendees Use Different Drugs Based On Music Genre, But They All Love Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis Companies Expect Big Growth After Trump Legalizes Hemp (Forbes)

  • The Government Shutdown Is Preventing Farmers From Growing Hemp (Marijuana Moment)

  • New laws ban ‘fake weed,’ create certification requirement for pot workers (Chicago Sun-Times)

  • Federal Marijuana Prosecutions Are Dropping In Era Of Legalization, Chief Justice Reports (Marijuana Moment)

  • Public banking plan for California’s marijuana industry takes big hit (San Francisco Chronicle)

  • Terpenoids In Marijuana Also Help Reduce Inflammation, New Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • First study to track EU cannabis products finds increased price and potency (The GrowthOp)

  • New York Gov. Cuomo Pledges Marijuana Legalization In Inaugural Address (Marijuana Moment)

  • Protecting Your IP Is (No Surprise) Even Harder in the Cannabis Business (San Antonio Express-News)

  • What Makes a Hotel 420-Friendly? Portland's Jupiter Hotel Might Have the Answer (Civilized)

  • Where Presidential Contender Elizabeth Warren Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • 2018: The Year Politicians Realized People Love Cannabis Reform (Forbes)

  • Will a New Democratic Congress Help Make Marijuana Dreams a Reality? (Civilized)

  • Top New Hampshire Lawmaker Says Marijuana Could Be Legalized Despite Governor's Opposition (Forbes)

  • A Portland Inventor Has Come Up with a Crazy New Cannabis Device That Turns Any Pipe into a Vaporizer (Willamette Week)

  • Medical Marijuana Protected Under Democrats' Spending Bill, But DC Blocked From Legalizing Sales (Forbes)

  • Oregon Marijuana Could Be Exported Across State Lines Under Proposed Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think (The Wall Street Journal)

  • DEA Says It’ll Get Around To Approving Marijuana Cultivator Applications… Eventually (Marijuana Moment)

  • Ex-top cop Bratton says legalizing weed would be 'opening up Pandora's box' (New York Daily News)

  • 15 Of The Best Marijuana-Related Tweets From Politicians In 2018 (Marijuana Moment)

Magic Mushrooms

  • Psychedelic Mushroom Supporters Push For Oregon Legalization — With Caveats (OPB)


  • They See Me Pourin’, They Hatin’: Interview with Kentucky Ayahuasca Shaman Steve Hupp (Psychedelic Times)

  • A practical guide to starting a spiritual journey, like reiki and ayahuasca (Quartz)


  • ESR offers testing in fight against synthetic drugs (Scoop)

  • 'Monkey dust' users are turning to drug as 'cheap alternative' to heroin and cocaine (Staffordshire Live)


  • New law bans synthetic cannabinoids in Illinois (WICS)

  • Parc Prison inmate who became delirious because of the drug spice hanged himself in shower room (WalesOnline)

  • What you must do if you see someone who has taken zombie drug spice (Hull Daily Mail)


  • I Battled Depression for 20 Years and This Is the Treatment that Finally Worked (Reader's Digest)

  • 5 Things to Know About Ketamine for Depression (MedShadow)


  • US National Trends in Pediatric Deaths From Prescription and Illicit Opioids, 1999-2016 (JAMA Network)

  • In Rehab, 'Two Warring Factions': Abstinence vs. Medication (The New York Times)

  • Adamis Pharmaceuticals (ADMP) Submits NDA for Naloxone Pre-Filled Syringe (StreetInsider)

  • Her husband invented naloxone, her son died from overdose, now she advocates for harm reduction (CBC)

  • The opioid epidemic is a disease of the spirit (The Laconia Daily Sun)


  • Deaths from opioid-cocaine cocktails have surged since 2010 (Washington Examiner)

  • Colombia coca production: US 'deeply concerned' by rise (BBC)

  • Brit who snorted cocaine off Pablo Escobar's grave receives death threats (Mirror)



  • Embu miraa farmers fight tag of khat variety as bhang (The Standard)


  • Dutch prisons are closing because the country is so safe (Business Insider)

  • Saudi Arabia Begins 2019 with Three Executions for Drug Offences (TalkingDrugs)

  • The Big Trip: How psychedelic drugs are changing lives and transforming psychiatry (CBC)

  • A Journey of the Mind and Soul | Alan Badiner on Buddhism and Psychedelics (VICE)

  • Overdoses, Riots, and Escapes Roil a Rural Kentucky Jail (The Appeal)

  • New ‘Church’ Wants To Save Lives — By Offering A Safe Place To Shoot Up (HuffPost)

  • Psychedelic Stories (The Third Wave)

  • From Facebook: Harahan police would like to test the public’s crystal meth (WAFB)

  • 'Dangerous orange pill' prompts Australia festival warning (BBC)

  • What's really inside illegal New Year's party drugs - horrific cocktail revealed (Mirror)

  • Editorial: Testing drugs for safety can send the wrong message (New Zealand Herald)

  • I-Team: As 'Microdosing' Explodes in Popularity, New Look at Benefits, Side Effects of Daily Psychedelics Use (NBC New York)

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This Week in Psychedelics - 12.28.18



  • Thailand approves medicinal cannabis (BBC)

  • These States Are Most Likely To Legalize Marijuana In 2019 (Forbes)

  • Alaska poised to become first state to allow on-site cannabis consumption (USA Today)

  • Marijuana Legalization Means Safer Borders And Less Smuggling, Study Shows (Forbes)

  • Study Reveals How Marijuana Components THC And CBD Affect Chronic Pain (Marijuana Moment)

  • 2018 Year In Review: NORML’s Top Ten Events In Marijuana Policy (NORML)

  • What’s Really Behind Americans’ Increased Support for Marijuana Legalization? Study Sheds Light (Marijuana Moment)

  • FDA Weighs In On Legal Status of Commercially Available ‘Hemp-Derived’ CBD Products (NORML)

  • Kansas Supreme Court Says Cops Can Search Your Home Without a Warrant If They Claim It Smells Like Pot (Reason)

  • South Africa poised for cannabis trade despite obstacles (The Washington Post)

  • Getting a handle on cannabis potency labeling (The GrowthOp)

  • Why Calling Different Marijuana Types ‘Strains’ Is Technically Wrong (Marijuana Moment)

  • How do pro leagues feel about marijuana use? It depends. (Boston.com)

  • Veterinarians Want Marijuana Laws Loosened For Pets And Humans, Survey Finds (Marijuana Moment)


Magic Mushrooms

  • Why Santa Claus and Magic Mushrooms Have More in Common Than You Think (Paper)


  • Octopuses High on MDMA Gave Eight-Armed Hugs (Inverse)

  • Vicky Pattison’s ‘Mr Newcastle’ pal Paul Burns died after taking ‘high’ levels of MDMA (Metro)

  • Police issue warning over 'potentially lethal' ecstasy tablets (ITV News)



  • Govt science institute testing for synthetic cannabis (Radio New Zealand)

  • California-Based Opiant Licenses Synthetic Cannabinoid Overdose Drug From Sanofi for $500,000 (BioSpace)

  • Synthetic marijuana: A pot alternative or a silent killer? (The Desert Sun)


  • Shock as 'hippy crack' canisters strewn around popular site for children's activities (Glouchestershire Live)


  • For People Battling Depression, These May Be the Treatments of the Future (Inc.)


  • Police: Man high on PCP caused head-on crash, injuring woman in Annapolis (Capital Gazette)


  • Wristband That Detects Opioid Overdose Joins U.S. Race for Tech Solutions (IEEE Spectrum)

  • After naloxone, when can opioid overdose patients be safely discharged? (EurekAlert!)

  • Ex-Insys CEO Accused of Bribing Doctors to Prescribe Fentanyl Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy, Mail Fraud (Daily Beast)

  • Opium Production in Afghanistan Has Skyrocketed Since 2001 Invasion (People's Pundit Daily)

  • Feds Urge Doctors to Co-Prescribe Naloxone (Pain News Network)

  • In Cincinnati, a winning opioid strategy (The Blade)

  • Greer mother focuses on saving lives after her daughter died of heroin overdose (Greenville News)



  • Thailand Legalizes Medical Marijuana And Kratom (Forbes)

  • Is It Illegal to Fly With Kratom Within the United States? (Aeronautics Online)


  • Study Shows EDM and Heavy Metal Fans Consume the Most Drugs and Alcohol Compared to other Genres (EDM.com)

  • The First Step Act is not the criminal justice reform we need. But it’s a start. (Psymposia)

  • How Does a Writer Put a Drug Trip Into Words? (The New York Times)

  • Altering Memories to Treat Addiction (Undark)

  • Drug Testing Organizations Save Lives, So Why Haven't Rave and Concert Organizers Embraced Them? (The Appeal)

  • Fifty Years After Timothy Leary's Historic Laguna Beach Drug Bust, California Reconsiders Psychedelics (OC Weekly)

  • Young women are warned against taking ‘date rape’ drug GHB as a ‘zero calorie alternative to binge drinking’ after teacher at prestigious Catholic school, 24, dies from accidental overdose (Daily Mail)

  • Will pill testing save lives? (ABC News)

  • All I want for next Christmas is the Church of Safe Injection in Philly (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Jeff Goldblum Talks About His Experiences With Psychedelic Drugs (The Fresh Toast)

  • Psychedelics May Offer Artists a Creative Boost (Artsy)

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This Week in Psychedelics - 12.21.18



  • Hemp Is Officially Legalized With President Trump’s Signature On The Farm Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Zealand to hold referendum on legalising recreational cannabis (The Guardian)

  • Barbados to Legalise Medical Cannabis, Hold Referendum on Recreational Legalisation (Talking Drugs)

  • Teen Marijuana Use Remains Lower Than Pre-Legalization Levels, Federally Funded Survey Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Nebraska Petition Seeks Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure in 2020 (The New York Times)

  • Teen Marijuana Use Actually Declined In Washington State After Legalization, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Use Doesn’t Actually Change The Structure Of Your Brain, New Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Michigan Bill to Ban Home Cultivation Fails in Senate (NORML)

  • Deschedule Marijuana, Says Coalition Involving AARP, Labor Unions And NAACP (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cuomo Moves to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in New York Within Months (The New York Times)

  • New York City Mayor De Blasio Backs Marijuana Legalization, Days After Governor Cuomo Does So (Marijuana Moment)

  • Scientists Journey Into the Dark Side of Cannabis (WIRED)

  • More Americans Think Smoking Marijuana Is Safer Than Vaping It, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Boulder County and City of Denver to Allow Expungement of Low-level Marijuana Convictions (NORML)

  • How Legalizing Marijuana Is Securing the Border: The Border Wall, Drug Smuggling, and Lessons for Immigration Policy (Cato Institute)

  • Hemp Hemp Hooray: What the Farm Bill Means For The Future of Hemp Science (Psychedelic Times)

  • 'Dead Skunk' Stench From Marijuana Farms Outrages Californians (The New York Times)

  • Lawmakers In Two States Pre-File Bills To Allow Medical Marijuana At Schools (Marijuana Moment)

  • Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office Moves Forward with Marijuana Expungement Initiative (NORML)

  • FDA To Take Steps Toward Allowing CBD Products Following Hemp Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • AB InBev Enters The Cannabis Space (Forbes)

  • South Carolina Lawmakers Pre-File Four Marijuana Bills For 2019 (Marijuana Moment)

  • Higher percentage of California cannabis passing safety tests (The Press Democrat)

  • Here’s The Text Of The Marijuana Amendment Sen. Gardner Wants Attached To Criminal Justice Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Tax Dollars Support Anti-Bullying Program in Colorado (NORML)

  • Federal Agency Asks Public To Send Studies On Marijuana And Alzheimer’s Disease (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pot jobs could soften the blow for Alberta's oil workers (CBC)

  • Congressional Democrats Release Report On Marijuana Legalization’s Economic Benefits (Marijuana Moment)

  • Use cash to buy legal cannabis if you're worried about privacy, watchdog says (CBC)

  • Missouri Lawmaker Moves To Block Feds From Getting Medical Marijuana Patient Info (Marijuana Moment)

  • Detecting pot use in drivers will be tricky (The Boston Globe)

  • GOP Lawmaker Calls For Marijuana Reform In Fiery Senate Floor Speech (Marijuana Moment)

  • Will Marijuana Legalization Have a ‘Gateway’ Effect? (The Crime Report)

  • Alaska Wants Input On Allowing On-Site Consumption At Marijuana Stores (Marijuana Moment)

  • Rhode Island Might Be Peer Pressured Into Legalizing Marijuana By Neighbors, Governor Hints (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis A Wide-Open Space For Female Pioneers (Forbes)

  • Medical Marijuana is Florida Law (Marijuana Moment)


  • Old Etonian, 26, drowned in the ocean after downing a lethal cocktail of LSD, cocaine and ecstasy at a music festival in Croatia, inquest hears (Daily Mail)

  • What are the Differences Between Psilocybin (Magic) Mushrooms and LSD? (Explore Psychedelics)

Magic Mushrooms

  • Dinosaurs munched on ‘magic mushrooms’ that gave them the same mind-bending high as LSD, scientists reveal (The Sun)

  • Teleporting and psychedelic mushrooms: a history of St Nicholas, Santa and his helpers (The Conversation)

  • North East NHS trust conducts study into whether magic mushroom can treat depression (Chronicle Live)

  • Will Denver Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms? (High Existence)

  • I Took Psychedelic Drugs On A Self-Help Retreat And This Is What I Learnt (HuffPost)

  • Psilocybin (Magic) Mushrooms and Drug Tests: How Long Does Psilocybin Stay in Your System? (Explore Psychedelics)


  • The Dutch Green Party wants government regulation of ecstasy production (Mixmag)

  • What Our Saliva Will Tell Us About MDMA Therapy: Dr. Joe Tafur and the Modern Spirit Epigenetics Project (Psychedelic Times)

  • Why MDMA and the Holidays Could Mix Well (Playboy)

  • Pioneering UConn MDMA Research Focused on People of Color Ends Early: What Are the Next Steps for Equity in Treatment? (Psychedelic Times)

  • Open Enrollment Has Begun For MDMA Trials In 4 Different States (Your EDM)

  • Scientists Gave Octopuses Ecstasy: The Study Went Viral (WCAI)

  • Jada Pinkett Smith says she used ecstasy, weed and alcohol to cope with depression (Fox News)

  • Two friends died at Pryzm after taking Ecstasy for the first time, inquest hears (Plymouth Live)


  • Is Ayahuasca Mainstream Now? (VICE)

  • Jung in the Jungle: Ayahuasca and the Shadow (Kahpi)

  • How a bank robber became a trailer park shaman with Kentucky ayahuasca (Courier Journal)



  • Sydney hospital and BOC face charges after babies given nitrous oxide instead of oxygen (ABC News)

  • Laughing gas for childbirth? More Chicago hospitals offering nitrous oxide to women in labor. (Chicago Tribune)

  • Laughing gas laws not working, says ex-chief crown prosecutor (BBC)

  • Laughing gas cannisters are 'easily available in corner shops, online or over the phone' (Manchester Evening News)


  • Many Say Ketamine Eased Their Depression, But Is It Safe? (HealthDay)


  • Police: Salvation Army bell ringer assaults shopper at Germantown Walmart, was high on PCP (WJLA)


  • Research Shows Opioids Largely Ineffective Against Chronic Pain (Ganjapreneur)

  • New data shows that Fentanyl kills more people than heroin (Popular Science)

  • An opioid epidemic nobody talks about (The Washington Post)

  • HHS Recommends Co-Prescribing Naloxone With Opioids (Medpage Today)

  • In Pennsylvania, People Lined Up For Free Naloxone (NPR)

  • Harm Reduction Is Helping Reduce Ohio Opioid Overdose Deaths (Reason)

  • Opium Farmers in Myanmar: The Lives of Producers of Prohibited Plants (Transnational Institute)

  • FDA must act to increase naloxone availability (The Hill)

  • Punishing Patients Won’t Reduce Opioid Deaths (Reason)

  • Parents warned after student's drugs tested positive for fentanyl in Delta (CBC)


  • HQ Trivia Co-Founder and CEO Colin Kroll Dead at 35 of Apparent Drug Overdose (TMZ)

  • Why Colombia is losing the cocaine war (Vox)

  • Kid Cudi Used One Final Cocaine Binge to Help Himself Go to Rehab (XXL)


  • Former SoBou Bartender is Opening an Absinthe Lounge in the French Quarter (Eater)


  • Despite Government Crackdown, Kratom Scientists Awarded $3.5M for Research (Inverse)

  • FDA Fails to Provide Credible Data and Science to Justify Scheduling Kratom as Schedule I Substance (PR Newswire)

  • Kratom Causes Concerns in Carbondale (WNEP)

  • Kratom Ban Controversies, Attempts & Warnings Continues (Kratom Guides)


  • The first kava company to list on any global exchange just hit the boards of the ASX (Stockhead)

  • Kava kava: Benefits and safety concerns (Medical News Today)


  • Creating The Ideal Psychedelic Retreat (The Third Wave)

  • How to Safely Access Psychiatric Support in Times of Psychedelic Crisis (Chacruna)

  • Welcome to the Church of Safe Injection (STAT)

  • Russia’s Putin Thinks Censoring Rap Will Curb Drug Use In the Country (Marijuana Moment)

  • Theresa May's local force go soft on hard drugs: Thames Valley Police will not punish those caught with heroin, cocaine and ecstasy under controversial new scheme (Daily Mail)

  • DanceSafe Announces Return To Michigan (DanceSafe)

  • Syracuse cops push St. Joe’s to probe man’s rectum for drugs; ‘What country are we living in?’ (Syracuse.com)

  • The First Step Act Is Not Sweeping Criminal Justice Reform — and the Risk Is That It Becomes the Only Step (The Intercept)

  • The Electric Forest Acid Testers (Pacific Standard)

  • Psychedelic Science, Ontological Mystery, and Political Ideology: A Conversation with Emma Stamm (Psychedelic Times)

  • How Republicans pivoted from the war on drugs to cutting prison sentences (The Washington Post)

  • Women, Spirituality, and Plant-Based Medicines (Chacruna)

  • Only White People Can Get Away With the Microdosing Trend (Tonic)

  • DPA’s Leader Shares Her Roots, Health Challenge and All-Drug Decrim Agenda (Filter)

  • Grays Harbor’s Involvement With Needle Exchange To End In 2019 (KXRO)

  • Psychedelic Technology, Blockchain Woes and Meta Set and Setting: Interview with Emma Stamm (Psychedelic Times)

  • Politicians should stop hiding behind the police over drugs reform and show some leadership (inews.co.uk)

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.

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