How to Microdose Mushrooms Without Having a Connect or Breaking the Law

Reilly Capps, writing for Rooster Magazine:

There are two known ways to secure mushroom microdosing material without having any sort of connection, and without breaking the law — or, actually, without breaking the law so much that you risk ending up in the Big House with a new girlfriend named Bruce.

There are some solid microdosing tips here. Just about anyone can figure out a microdosing option that will work from them, even if they don’t know an illegal drug dealer personally.

The only people who can tell the difference between shrooms and 4-AcO at low doses are probably currently following Tipper on tour in a van. 

This cracked me up because it’s almost exactly what I’ll be doing next week. Can’t wait to see ‘ole Dave Tipper again.


High Court Orders Thousands More Drug Cases Dismissed

Wheeler Cowperthwaite, writing for Cape Code Times:

The state Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday ordered that thousands of tainted drug cases be dismissed because a chemist tampered with samples at the state’s Amherest [sic] testing lab and prosecutors with the attorney general’s office withheld evidence. […]

The case is a result of multiple lawsuits over testing by former chemist Sonja Farak, who stole and tampered with drug samples for her personal use and covered up her misconduct in the lab’s computer system.

She pleaded guilty in 2014 to charges of tampering with evidence, stealing cocaine from the lab and unlawful possession.

She also had testified in court cases between 2005 and 2013 while intoxicated on cocaine, LSD, ketamine and other drugs.

A drug sample testing lab that offers easy access to high quality psychoactives must be an incredibly difficult place for some chemists to work. This particular chemist ended up giving into temptation and broke the rules. Even though she’ll be punished for her actions, the bright side in this case is that a lot of other drug users are going to get off scot-free.


This Week in Psychedelics - 10.12.18

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Cannabis

  • U.K. to Allow Prescriptions for Medicinal Cannabis (The New York Times)

  • Pew Poll: 62 Percent Of Americans Want Marijuana Legal (NORML)

  • Pennsylvania Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Bill In Committee Vote (Marijuana Moment)

  • Support For Marijuana Legalization Grew Again In 2018, Pew Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • 'Women have been saying it works for 10,000 years': 400 women will use marijuana-infused inserts in a groundbreaking study from a Harvard Medical School professor (Business Insider)

  • U.S. Government Loosens Border Policy For Canadian Marijuana Industry Workers (Marijuana Moment)

  • Trump Plans To Back Legal Medical Marijuana After Midterms, GOP Congressman Says (Marijuana Moment)

  • High Schoolers Are Growing More Tolerant Of Peers Who Use Marijuana, Study Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Survey: Cannabis Use Becoming Common Among Older Adults (NORML)

  • Study Reveals How Older People Use And Obtain Marijuana In Colorado (Marijuana Moment)

  • New California Law Bans Bars, Liquor Stores from Selling Marijuana-Infused Drinks (Reason)

  • Fight To Legalize Medical Marijuana In Missouri Intensifies As Groups Battle Over Tax Rates (Marijuana Moment)

  • Walmart Canada Explores Selling Cannabis-Infused Products (Forbes)

  • Shopify 'confident' on pot e-commerce because 'cannabis isn't Kylie Cosmetics' (CBC)

  • Trump Administration Seeks Public Comments On Marijuana Reclassification (Forbes)

  • Toke Up, Eh? Canada Readies for Marijuana to Become Legal Nationwide (TIME)

  • Canada’s Liquor Stores Will Heavily Outnumber Marijuana Stores On Legalization’s Launch (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Stores Will Be Hard To Find For Most Canadians On Day One Of Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • The jury is in on cannabis legalization in North America: it’s been a success. (LSE USAPP)

  • WestJet bans staff in 'safety-sensitive' jobs from off-duty cannabis use (CBC)

  • THC amounts identical in most cannabis strains, study finds (Phys.org)

  • Celebrity Endorsements and Cannabis (The Stranger)

  • Cannabis In Space Is Just Around The Corner (Forbes)

  • I'm Just a Middle-Aged House Dad Addicted to Pot (The New York Times)

  • This Is Where Arizona’s US Senate Candidates Stand On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Marijuana Midterms are Heating Up in Nevada (NORML)

  • Corporate America is investing in pot because people want to eat and drink it (CNN)

  • Why retail is so important to the burgeoning cannabis beauty and wellness market (Glossy)

  • Marijuana Licensing Bill Has ‘Negligible’ Fiscal Impacts, Congressional Budget Office Says (Marijuana Moment)

  • Coral Cove Cannabis Retreat Is Jamaica's Best Kept Secret (Forbes)

  • The Quest to Make California’s Weed the Champagne of Cannabis (WIRED)

LSD

  • A Team of European Researchers Is Crowdsourcing the World’s First ‘Self-Blinded’ LSD Microdosing Study (Psychedelic Times)

  • ‘The CIA introduced LSD into American society. They weaponised it’ (The Irish Times)

  • Nick Kroll Saw The Pattern Of The Universe During An LSD Trip At Burning Man (Marijuana Moment)

  • A Playwright's LSD Trip Becomes a Psychedelic Journey (The New York Times)

  • That time a legendary Batman editor was dared to put LSD in Stan Lee’s coffee (Polygon)

  • From ‘problem child’ to ‘prodigy’? LSD turns 75 (Arab News)

  • People Are Microdosing LSD To 'Make Them More Productive' (LADbible)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Psilocybin Initiative Moves to Signature-Gathering Stage for May 2019 (Westword)

  • Mushroom legalization effort polling at 39 percent (Rooster Magazine)

  • A team of Johns Hopkins researchers is calling for magic mushrooms to be made legally available as medicine (Business Insider)

  • “Magic Mushrooms” May Be an FDA-Approved Drug for Anxiety and Depression in the Near Future (Vogue)

  • Iceland’s Richest Man Invests in Magic Mushrooms (Guide to Iceland Now)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • $57 million worth of MDMA discovered in sausage-making machines (Mixmag)

  • Superstar DJ David Morales 'arrested at Japanese airport over MDMA smuggling claim' (Mirror)

  • Use of higher purity ecstasy on the rise among young Australians (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Ayahuasca/DMT/5-MeO-DMT

  • Breaking News: The first two ayahuasca convictions in the United States (Chacruna)

  • Sexual Seduction in Ayahuasca Shaman and Participants Interactions (Chacruna)

  • What ayahuasca — Silicon Valley's latest drug of choice — does to your brain and body (The Hour)

  • The DMT drug is not a drug, its much stranger (Kahpi)

  • In the mighty jungles (Deccan Herald)

  • Multiple (and Subtle) Bodies: Entheogenic Incorporation in the Santo Daime Tradition (Part 1) (Reality Sandwich)

  • Nathalie Huerta on Founding The Queer Gym and What Ayahuasca Taught Her (Bon Appetit)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • American Indians gather near El Reno to celebrate peyote traditions (Tulsa World)

Iboga/Ibogaine

  • Ibogaine Clinics and their Role in Addiction Treatment (The Urban Twist)

  • The dangerous hallucinogen opioid addicts use to get clean (Big Think)

Dissociatives

  • As ketamine clinics spread, so do start-your-own-business courses, sparking concern (STAT)

  • Ketamine infusion for depression requires opioid receptors to be effective (Medical News Bulletin)

  • Hope for Victims of Resistant Clinical Depression Now Comes in Pill Form (Breaking Israel News)

  • My ketamine infusion for chronic pain (The Fix)

  • Police: Naked man possibly on PCP arrested after throwing chairs off Dumfries balcony (WJLA)

  • Expert: Teen 'whacked out' of his mind from PCP night of police shooting (Chicago City Wire)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Addiction Treatment Gap Is Driving A Black Market For Suboxone (NPR)

  • Surgeon General Talks About Need To 'Normalize' Naloxone At N.H. Opioids Forum (NHPR)

  • Funeral Homes Stock Overdose Antidote Drug Naloxone Amid Opioid Epidemic (The Inquisitr)

  • Mexico defense chief says legalizing opium 'way out' of violence (The Gazette)

  • Opioid Bill Shows Congress Can Still Work Together (TIME)

  • Prisons Crack Down On An Opioid Treatment Drug, Endangering Lives (The Appeal)

  • Medicaid Expansion and the Opioid Epidemic (Penn LDI)

Absinthe

  • A Czech Distiller Is Resurrecting Pre-Ban Absinthe, Returning the Green Fairy to Rightful Glory (VinePair)

Kambô

  • Get holes burned into your body as sacred tree frog ceremony comes to Cornwall (Cornwall Live)

Kratom

  • Ohio Pushes Kratom Ban With Disputed Claims About Deaths, Use Trends (HuffPost)

  • Do Drug Addicts Really Shoot Kratom? (Pain News Network)

Kava

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • A Big Win – DOJ Affirms Free Water and Drug Education Not a Violation of the RAVE Act! (Amend the RAVE Act!)

  • Fingerprint drug screen test works on the living and deceased (ScienceDaily)

  • Hospital Data Shows How Britain's Drug Problem Is Getting Worse (VICE)

  • Decriminalise drugs, Plaid Cymru says (BBC)

  • Philadelphia Pushing Forward with Safe Injection Site Plans (Reason)

  • 'Just say no' to drug legalisation: WHO chief (Yahoo!)

  • The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival Announces Inaugural Award Winners (Broadway World)

  • Can US overdose deaths be stopped? (Drug WarRant)

  • Introducing Chacruna’s Psychedelic Therapy Music Forum (Chacruna)

  • Reality Is Just a Bunch of Hallucinations We Collectively Agree On (Motherboard)

  • Successful Constitutional Case Against Death Penalty Works For War on Drugs, Too (Marijuana Moment)

  • Magic Medicine: A Trip Through the Intoxicating History and Modern-Day Use of Psychedelic Plants and Substances by Cody Johnson (Psychedelic Press UK)

  • Treating mental disorders with psychedelic psychotherapy (Particle)

  • The Business Of Addiction Treatment (INSCMagazine)

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.

What About the Future of the Psychedelic Industry?

Katie Stone, writing for Chacruna:

Medical-only and medical-first approaches might be palatable to prohibitionists, but there is no liberation from the Drug War until all drug users are free. Period. Psychonauts are not morally superior to people who use meth, or alcohol, or heroin. Anyone leading drug policy reform conversations from a platform that suggests otherwise needs to pass the talking stick to a drug policy reformer who leads with compassion. After the war is over, you’ll be free to exercise your superiority complex.

Amen.


DOJ Affirms Free Water and Drug Education Not a Violation of the RAVE Act

Dede, writing for Amend the RAVE Act!:

Dear friends and other steadfast supporters,

I am thrilled to bring you two important updates about our work to amend the RAVE Act.

First, earlier this year, I received a letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) informing me that free water should absolutely be provided at dance music festivals and concerts!

Then, last week the Justice Department added that fact-based drug education material may be distributed at events! In fact, they said that both of these measures have been deemed to be ‘reasonable and appropriate safety measures.’

Free water at music festivals is an absolute no-brainer, and educating drug users about how to use drugs in the safest manner possible can have a huge impact. Lives will definitely be saved because of these changes. This is excellent news for the harm reduction movement.