Weekly Psychoactive Recap

This Week in Psychoactives - 2.8.19

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CANNABIS

  • World Health Organization Recommends Reclassifying Marijuana Under International Treaties (Forbes)

  • The Most Efficient Way to Smoke Cannabis? Study Says Dabs (Leafly)

  • Jury Convicts Church Of Cannabis Founder On Public Consumption Charges (Colorado Public Radio)

  • Most Strains of Weed Are More Alike Than People Think (Men's Health)

  • Hawaii Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill In Committee (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pennsylvania Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Legalize Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • A New Study Says Pot Smokers May Have Higher Sperm Counts. But There’s a Catch (TIME)

  • Patients Frequently Substituting Cannabis For Anti-Anxiety Drugs (NORML)

  • CBD-Infused Food Banned by Health Department at NYC Restaurant, Owner Says (Eater)

  • After A Decade Of Testing, Israeli Medical Cannabis Comes To The US (Forbes)

  • Republican Senator Pitches Weird Conspiracy Theory About Weed Legalization, Menthol Cigarettes, and the FDA (Reason)

  • Science Backs Most Medical Cannabis Treatment, Study Finds (Leafly)

  • Medicinal cannabis legalisation opens gateway for psychedelic research (Small Caps)

  • Traffic fatalities on a high after cannabis legalisation (Medical Xpress)

  • Nebraska Could Vote On This Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure In 2020 (Forbes)

  • Congressional Democrats Plan Hearing And Vote On Marijuana Business Banking (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pot for pets: Cannabis products for our furry friends increasing in popularity (The GrowthOp)

  • A Hemp Company Sues After Police Mistake Their Product for Weed (Reason)

  • Trump Allies Consider Using Hemp Concrete To Build Border Wall With Private Funds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Here’s Where Ontario’s First Private Cannabis Stores Could Open (Leafly)

  • More Seniors Are Using Marijuana and It May Decrease Their Opioid Use (Green Entrepreneur)

  • New Hampshire Considers Legalization, but Gov. Sununu Vows to Veto It (Leafly)

  • Maryland Lawmakers Introduce Marijuana Legalization Bills (Marijuana Moment)

  • Latest Medical Marijuana Bill Proposes Full Use Of Cannabis Plant In Tennessee (WPLN)

  • Reports Claim Bisexuals Smoke the Most Cannabis. Is There Any Truth to It? (Leafly)

  • Why do so many Americans now support legalizing marijuana? (The Conversation)

  • Study Reveals Little-Known Trick To Make Marijuana Plants Grow More Bud For Less (Marijuana Moment)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Suing Snoop’s Cannabis Brand Over Logo (Leafly)

  • Smoke without fire: Cannabis for the observant Jew (ynetnews)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Cory Booker Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • A Patient’s Guide to Using Cannabis for Cancer (Leafly)

  • Cannabis in Small Commonwealth States: Turning a New Leaf? (Talking Drugs)

  • How To Invest In Cannabis IPOs (Forbes)

  • Why We Should Treat Cannabis like Organic Food or Fine Wine (Civilized)

LSD

  • LSD allows more information to flood into the brain by altering activity in the thalamus (PsyPost)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Denver Will Vote on Psilocybin Decriminalization in May (Westword)

  • The Push to Legalize Magic Mushrooms for Depression and PTSD (WIRED)

  • Shrooms Are the Safest Drug You Can Take (VICE)

  • Oregon "Psilocybin Services" Ballot Measure Has Significant Support, Poll Shows (PR Newswire)

  • 'Magic Mushrooms' May Soon Be Decriminalised in Parts of The US (Science Alert)

  • Magic Truffles in Amsterdam and the Monastic Path: Interview with Chi of Truffles Therapy (Psychedelic Times)

MDMA

  • MDMA users more empathetic than people who take other drugs, study finds (The Independent)

  • Parents whose son died after taking ecstasy want to educate others on dangers of drug (WGN-TV)

  • Antisocial Species Of Octopus Becomes Friendlier On MDMA, Study Finds (Study Finds)

DMT

  • Why Do Jesters and Tricksters Appear in the DMT Experience? (Sam Woolfe)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • Man filmed dying girlfriend at festival after taking 2C-P instead of helping her (Rave Jungle)

  • First National Study on Flakka Finds Disturbing Trend Among Teens (Psychedelics Daily)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Synthetic cannabis may stop colorectal cancer from growing, study suggests (Daily Mail)

  • K2 Overdose Calls Reach Lowest Numbers since 2014 (Spectrum News)

  • Natural and synthetic cannabinoids for agitation and aggression in Alzheimer’s disease: A meta-analysis (MDLinx)

  • 'Spice turns you into a zombie': Battling an addiction with synthetic cannabis (Shropshire Star)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Longmont United Hospital Offers New Pain Management Option for Laboring Mothers (Longmont Observer)

  • Laughing gas now available for women in labor (WGME)

KETAMINE

  • Ketamine Could Be the Key to Reversing America’s Rising Suicide Rate (Bloomberg)

  • New variation of ketamine to be approved by FDA for treatment of depression (Mixmag)

  • Ketamine Noninferior to Fentanyl for Traumatic Injury Pain in Children (Clinical Pain Advisor)

  • Kansas City woman credits controversial depression treatment with saving her life (Fox 4 Kansas City)

  • Can ketamine help depression? (WTSP)

  • Fears grow that Ketamine use by young is on the rise in England (The Guardian)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • U.S. Prosecutors Sue To Stop Nation's First Supervised Injection Site For Opioids (NPR)

  • Family Behind OxyContin Made Billions By Pushing to Keep Patients on Drug Longer, Filing Shows (TIME)

  • Study: Illicit opioid deaths to rise by 147 percent by 2025 (UPI.com)

  • Fentanyl Overdoses Spike on Mexico’s Northern Border But Remain Invisible (Filter)

  • #MSLeg: 'Parker's Law' would punish drug dealers for death or injuries (Clarion Ledger)

  • Struggling to Compete with Fentanyl, Mexico’s Poppy Farmers Ask for Legalization (Filter)

  • Naloxone boxes to be placed in Downtown Cincinnati in new bid to stem overdose deaths (Cincinnati.com)

  • Ohio doctors must now offer overdose antidote naloxone to some pain patients (The Columbus Dispatch)

  • Cops Claimed She Set Up A Drug Deal. Now She's Being Prosecuted for Manslaughter. (The Appeal)

  • Alphabet's Verily is opening an opioid addiction center in Ohio (Engadget)

  • Trump Decries Unjust Crack Sentences but Wants to Repeat the Mistake With Fentanyl (Reason)

  • The Third Opium War (Manitoba Post)

  • New bill clarifies who can dispense, administer Naloxone (KIVI-TV)

  • Program trains high school officials to give naloxone (Tuscaloosa News)

  • Myanmar's opium farmers cling on to lucrative crop (Mail and Guardian)

  • IN PICTURES: Myanmar, the second biggest source of opium in the world (The Courier)

  • Why we need to talk about take-home naloxone (Australian Journal of Pharmacy)

  • How to Get and Use Fentanyl Testing Strips (Lifehacker)

  • Let's define terms to understand the opioid crisis (Murfreesboro Post)

COCAINE

  • This Is Why Cocaine Dealers Should Fear Venezuelan Unrest (OZY)

METHAMPHETAMINE

ALCOHOL

  • Richer, older men more likely to drink to excess, figures show (The Guardian)

  • Heavy Drinking in Teens Causes Lasting Changes in Emotional Center of Brain (Neuroscience News)

  • Utah lawmaker wants to scrap low-alcohol beer rule (KUTV)

  • Some Super Bowl ads seem to suggest that some kinds of alcohol are better for you. Health officials say it's better to punt on the drinking altogether (Deseret News)

  • Alcohol related deaths in England and Wales rocket in past decade (Yahoo! Sports)

  • Know how alcohol is harming your teeth! (Times of India)

  • 10 things that can happen to your body when you give up alcohol (INSIDER)

ABSINTHE

NOOTROPICS

  • Nootropic spearmint extract may improve reactive agility, according to new study (Nutritional Outlook)

  • The future's getting smarter (Mashable)

  • Nootropics: A Necessary Mental Aid in Modern World? (The Frisky)

  • Are ‘smart drugs’ all they claim to be? (ZME Science)

KRATOM

  • Kratom Now Banned in Columbus (WCBI)

  • Advocate: Kratom 'should be regulated,' not illegal (The Dispatch)

  • Residents seek Kratom ban in Lowndes (The Dispatch)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Does microdosing improve your mood and performance? Here’s what the research say (The Conversation)

  • GOP Lawmaker’s Bill Would Legalize Psychedelic Mushrooms And MDMA For Medical Use (Marijuana Moment)

  • How the Drug War Eats the Poor (VICE)

  • El Chapo Jury Begins Deliberation in Bombshell Drug Trafficking Trial (TIME)

  • This is what psychedelic mainstreaming looks like…in Arizona (Psymposia)

  • Houston Narcs Were 'Clearly Labeled' During Deadly Drug Raid, Police Spokesman Says (Reason)

  • Why More and More People Are Leaning Toward Microdosing for Depression (Civilized)

  • Are Electronic Cigarettes Facilitating Illicit Drug Use? (News-Medical.net)

  • Is Permatripping Real? (Gizmodo)

  • Should I Drug Test My Kids? Why the Experts Say No (Filter)

  • Sri Lanka to begin hangings within months, ending 43-year stay on executions (The Guardian)

  • Cory Booker Invites Former Drug War Prisoner To Trump’s State Of The Union (Marijuana Moment)

  • Psychedelic Privilege: Report from the Women and Psychedelics Forum (Chacruna)

  • The GOP Needs A Better Drug Policy to End HIV (Medium)

  • Drug Reform Campaigner Calls For Legal MDMA, Cannabis & Pill Testing in Australia (Your EDM)

  • Meet the Artists Designing Clothes For Businesswomen Who Micro-Dose LSD (Interview)

  • Nine pill testing myths (Australia's Science Channel)

  • This is why you should vote to make drugs safer (The Bristol Cable)

  • I took daily doses of magic mushrooms to improve my performance and mental health. Here’s what happened (news.com.au)

  • Psychedelics could treat mental disorders (4BC)


On the Monday following each edition of “This Week in Psychoactives,” I post a “Last Week in Psychoactives” video recap to my YouTube channel. After that is done, I retroactively add the video to the corresponding blog post. Here is this week’s video recap:


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This Week in Psychoactives - 2.1.19

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CANNABIS

  • These 10 States Are Most Likely To Pass Marijuana Legalization Bills In 2019 (Marijuana Moment)

  • Philippines House of Representatives Approves Medical Cannabis Use, Production (Talking Drugs)

  • In the age of luxury cannabis, it’s time to talk about Drug War reparations (Quartz)

  • Weed in Your Suitcase? Canada Considering a Fine, Not Felony (Leafly)

  • Trump Attorney General Pick Puts Marijuana Enforcement Pledge In Writing (Forbes)

  • Mother Jones Admits it ‘Overstated’ Cannabis Mental Health Risks (Leafly)

  • Cannabis Comes to Davos, Sharing Spotlight With Global Elites (Bloomberg)

  • Marijuana Study: CBD Can Actually Enhance, Rather Than Counteract, High Caused By THC (Marijuana Moment)

  • In Indonesia, One Group Fights to Reform Zero-Tolerance Cannabis Laws (Leafly)

  • Study Documents Humanity’s Use Of Marijuana Over 10,000 Years Of History (Marijuana Moment)

  • Got Anxiety? Study Finds Cannabis Strains to Try, or Avoid (Leafly)

  • New Jersey Mayors Demand Automatic Marijuana Expungements If State Legalizes (Marijuana Moment)

  • Baltimore's Top Prosecutor Will Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Cases (Reason)

  • Same-Day Cannabis Delivery is Coming to Ontario (Leafly)

  • Scientists Used Marijuana Consumers’ Urine To Produce Electricity (Marijuana Moment)

  • CBS And The Super Bowl's Rejection Of A Cannabis Ad May Still Change The Game (Forbes)

  • UC Berkeley Launches a Cannabis Research Center (Leafly)

  • Man Jailed over a Marijuana Cookie Died After Seizure in Prison (Reason)

  • Legal Medical Marijuana Associated With Lower Opioid Use Rates, Another Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Minnesota Proposal Would Legalize Cannabis Sales in 2020 (Leafly)

  • Survey: Three Of Four Military Veterans Would Consider Using Medical Cannabis (NORML)

  • After Pleading Innocent, This Cannabis Convict's Sentence Went from 4 Years to Life (Civilized)

  • Baltimore Prosecutor Files Rare Petition to Erase Cannabis Convictions (Leafly)

  • Patients Are Substituting Marijuana For Addictive Pharmaceutical Drugs, Two New Studies Show (Marijuana Moment)

  • Ukraine's Acting Health Minister endorses legalization of medical cannabis (112 International)

  • Newfoundland Cannabis Store Closes Amidst Supply Shortages (Leafly)

  • History Of Alcohol Prohibition Suggests Advantage For States That Legalize Marijuana Early (Marijuana Moment)

  • Disappointed by Marijuana Tax Revenue, California Legislators Propose Rate Cuts (Reason)

  • This Canadian Cannabis Advisory Ad Is Full-On Trippy (Leafly)

  • Industrial Hemp Cultivation Exploded In The U.S. Last Year, Report Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis Stocks Are Getting Their Second Wind (Real Money)

  • Metrolinx to Ban Cannabis for Workers in Safety-Sensitive Jobs (Leafly)

  • Here's What You Need to Know About California's Final Cannabis Regulations (Civilized)

  • Officials Urging Cannabis Businesses To Beef Up Security After Increase In Robberies (CBS Sacramento)

  • Where Presidential Candidate John Delaney Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • In Photos: Canada’s First Bongspiel, a Cannabis-Infused Curling Tournament (Leafly)

  • Is Marijuana Competitive or Complementary to Alcohol Sales? (The Motley Fool)

  • Which Is More Potent, Vaping Cannabis or Smoking a Joint? (Leafly)

  • Dealers make violent threats against 12-year-olds over cannabis debt (TheJournal.ie)

LSD

  • Scientists Identify Key Neural Mechanisms Behind an LSD Trip (Motherboard)

  • 'I'M AN AVENGER': Student on LSD allegedly went on teacher groping spree (Canoe News)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Magic mushrooms 'could be made LEGAL in Britain after huge breakthrough' (Daily Star)

  • A top psychedelic scientist says 'the climate's looking good' for magic mushrooms and MDMA to turn into medicines at a gathering of the world's billionaires (Business Insider)

  • Finding Psychedelic Mushrooms (The Third Wave)

  • Oregon couple pushes to put mushroom therapy on the ballot (KATU)

  • Psilocybin Mushrooms Are Changing the Way You Die (71 Republic)

MDMA

  • Here’s how Ecstasy actually kill (Rave Jungle)

  • Taking MDMA was 'a spur of the moment decision', says Shane Rattenbury (Brisbane Times)

  • ‘Young people just aren’t getting the message’: Ecstasy revealed as the biggest killer at festivals (2GB)

  • Pharmacies 'logical places' to talk about ecstasy (Australian Journal of Pharmacy)

  • Liverpool teenager dies after suspected MDMA overdose (BBC)

DMT

  • I Cooked DMT in My Kitchen for Four Years (VICE)

  • Marriott staff find coworker's hallucinogenic drug lab in boiler room, Calif. cops say (The Sacramento Bee)

AYAHUASCA

SALVIA DIVINORUM

  • Salvia Divinorum And Kratom: Not Safe To Combine Together (Kratom Guides)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • Warning: These Ecstasy Pills Might Cause You to Have Sex With Trees (EDM Tunes)

  • One percent of US teenagers are using flakka -- but it could be more (CNN)

  • Police Issue Warning For Dangerous “Flakka” Pills Sold As MDMA (Your EDM)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Devastating Impacts Of Synthetic Marijuana Take Hold In Wisconsin (WUWM)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Councillor calling on agencies to join forces to tackle growing problem of ‘laughing gas’ (Rochdale Online)

  • Global Nitrous Oxide Market Is Determined to Grow with Immense Rate by 2025 (Digital Journal)

KETAMINE

  • Minn. Hospital Says Paramedics Caused No Harm in Ketamine Study (EMS World)

  • Hennepin Healthcare vows improvements after review into ketamine use on police subjects (Bring Me The News)

  • Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles Commemorates Five Years of Patient Success Stories (Benzinga)

  • Teaching an Old Drug New Tricks: Ketamine and Depression (Breast Cancer News)

PCP

  • South Brunswick police arrest man who allegedly destroyed home while high on PCP (MyCentralJersey.com)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • America’s Opioid Crisis: Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment in Cities (The Pew Charitable Trusts)

  • All Niagara police to be equipped with naloxone (Thorold News)

  • U.S. Border Patrol Reports Largest Fentanyl Bust of Nearly 254 Pounds of Opioid (TIME)

  • Peterborough Public Health, community partners create opioid early monitoring system (Global News)

  • Dana Larsen: Opium tea will end the overdose crisis (The Georgia Straight)

  • Opioid overdose medication easier to access for schools (Sequim Gazette)

  • Many Parents Conflicted About Opioids for Their Teens' Pain (U.S. News & World Report)

  • London police officers used naloxone to save 57 people last year (CBC)

  • Idaho Lawmakers Try To Make It Easier To Get Naloxone (Boise State Public Radio)

  • Florida man spent 41 days in jail for heroin. But it was actually detergent, cops say (Miami Herald)

  • Sears Once Sold Heroin (The Atlantic)

  • No-Knock Warrant for Deadly Drug Raid Describes Heroin and a Gun Cops Didn't Find (Reason)

  • Outreach worker says use of naloxone on the rise in Sudbury (CBC)

  • Feds say Rancho Cordova nurse sold thousands of opioid pills nationwide on dark web (The Sacramento Bee)

  • The Great Opium Bonfire of 1914 (Reason)

  • Increased awareness about Naloxone (The Daily Journal)

COCAINE

BENZODIAZEPINES

  • Fraser Health issues warning over 'large quantities' of fake Xanax (Vancouver Sun)

ALCOHOL

  • Goa to ban alcohol on beaches (Kiwi.com)

  • ‘Hangxiety’: why alcohol gives you a hangover and anxiety (The Guardian)

  • Heavy drinking may change DNA, leading to increased craving for alcohol (ScienceDaily)

  • Dry January Is Just the Beginning: Alcohol-Free Booze Is Poised for a Big 2019 (Fortune)

  • Formerly dry Massachusetts town now allows alcohol sales (WWLP)

  • Trump donates $100,000 to charity every quarter, but you never hear about it (Rooster Magazine)

  • Virginia Alcohol Regulators Said Ending Ban on Happy Hour Ads Would Literally Kill People, Then Supported Ending the Ban (Reason)

  • How to go alcohol free when you work in the drinks industry (The Drinks Business)

  • As Problem Drinking Rises In Older Americans, Geriatrician Offers Tips For Those Who Imbibe Over 65 (Forbes)

  • The celebrity alcohol brands worth a sip (GQ)

NOOTROPICS

  • On Nootropics: How (and if) ‘smart pills’ work (Ladders)

  • This New Blend Of Nootropics is Clinically Proven to Enhance Brain Function (Futurism)

  • Global Nootropics Market to Observe Strong Development by 2024 (DailyCashReports.com)

KRATOM

  • Kratom Migraine & Headaches: What You Must Do To Avoid This Unpleasant Effect (Kratom Guides)

  • Kratom: It's legal, unregulated and has contributed to 2 Northwest Colorado deaths (Craig Daily Press)

KAVA

  • Kava sold at N. Knox bar like 'mild, liquid Valium with happiness attached.' But what is it? (Knoxville News Sentinel)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • 'There Is Officially No More War.' Mexico's President Declares an End to the Drug War Amid Skepticism (TIME)

  • Man evades capture for 15 years by using fingerprint implants (The Guardian)

  • Scientists Rethink Psychedelics As Attitudes Change Toward Formerly Illicit Drugs (Forbes)

  • El Chapo's Defense Team Rests Its Case After Just 30 Minutes (TIME)

  • Sacred Sexuality, Psychedelics and Erotic Hustle: Interview with Lana Baumgartner (Psychedelic Times)

  • The Psychedelic Emotion: Why We Need More “Awe” In Everyday Life (High Existence)

  • A Collection of Trip Sitter Manuals and Guides (Tam Integration)

  • Pointing the way to psychedelic Christianity (The Institute for the Advancement of Psychedelic Christianity)

  • Do you have to do drugs to enjoy dance music? (Mixmag)

  • An inside look at drug networks flooding music festivals — and police are struggling to stop them (news.com.au)

  • 'Don't bury your head in the sand': NZ police minister has spray at Australians over pill testing (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

  • The Frankfurt Resolution of 1990 Still Inspires City-Level Drug Policy Reforms (Filter)

  • This Podcast Gives You the Straight Dope About Drugs (OZY)

  • Embodied Healing: A Personal Perspective on Resolving Trauma with Psychedelics (Chacruna)

  • Illicit drugs should be regulated and distributed by pharmacies, leading doctor suggests (news.com.au)

  • NSW Premier doubles down on pill testing stance following horror drug weekend (SBS)

  • $4.6 million apartment used to host a drug-fuelled rave through Airbnb (news.com.au)

  • 'County lines': huge scale of £500m drug industry revealed (The Guardian)

  • Incarcerated Women Who Use Drugs Find Ways to Care for One Another (Filter)

  • Health and county officials consider syringe exchange solutions (The Daily World)

  • History, not harm, dictates why some drugs are legal and others aren’t (The Conversation)

  • Interested in Harm Reduction? Check Out These Essential Resources (EDM Identity)

  • Don't make tripping on psychedelics a daily habit (The Daily Evergreen)

  • Why a public vote is the wrong way to determine drug policy (The Spinoff)

  • Everything you need to know about microdosing (INSIDER)

  • Harm reduction does not promote drug use (AOD Media Watch)

  • Psychedelic drugs: Magic or menace? (The Irish Times)


On the Monday following each edition of “This Week in Psychoactives,” I post a “Last Week in Psychoactives” video recap to my YouTube channel. After that is done, I retroactively add the video to the corresponding blog post. Here is this week’s video recap:


Think Wilder is reader-supported. If you enjoyed this week’s update, please consider helping out by becoming a patron, making a one-time donation, or sharing this post with a friend. Thank you for your support.

Disclaimer: "This Week in Psychoactives" 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 Psychedelic Astronaut.

This Week in Psychoactives - 1.25.19

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CANNABIS

  • Does marijuana use really cause psychotic disorders? (The Guardian)

  • 2018 Was A Major Year For Cannabis Legislation And 2019 Is Shaping Up To Be Much Bigger (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Study on Cannabis and Autism Supports Parents’ Longtime Claims (Leafly)

  • Study Debunks Claim That Traffic Deaths Increase On The 4/20 Marijuana Holiday (Marijuana Moment)

  • Want To Minor In Cannabis? This SUNY Program Could Be For You (Forbes)

  • Virginia Medical Cannabis Bills Clear Senate Committee (NORML)

  • First Senate Marijuana Bill Of 2019 Would Force Study On Medical Cannabis For Veterans (Marijuana Moment)

  • Massachusetts Dispensary Replaces Lines With App (Ganjapreneur)

  • Most U.S. Mayors Support Legalizing Marijuana, Survey Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis Cafes Are Coming (Forbes)

  • Women And Baby Boomers Are Increasingly Embracing Marijuana, New Market Report Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Weed Website Offers Unpaid Federal Workers Free Medical Marijuana That They Can’t Legally Smoke (Reason)

  • Young people in liberal states use more cannabis, but have lower rates of dependence (The Verge)

  • DC Lawmaker Proposes Same-Day Medical Marijuana Access And Social Use Spaces (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis equity aimed at helping those most affected by the war on drugs (The News Tribune)

  • Future Weed: Formulations, Patents and Where Cannabis Is Going Next (Rolling Stone)

  • Federal Judge Rules For Medical Marijuana Grower In Free Speech Case (Marijuana Moment)

  • CBS Blocked a Medical Marijuana Commercial From Playing During the Super Bowl (TIME)

  • Can Cannabis Actually Boost Concentration? (Civilized)

  • Lawmakers File Competing Medical Marijuana Research Bills Amid Language Dispute (Marijuana Moment)

  • Potential Contaminants in CBD and THC Oils (News-Medical.net)

  • Opioid Addiction Is Now A Medical Marijuana Qualifying Condition In New Jersey (Marijuana Moment)

  • On Pot and Psychosis: Five Questions for Alex Berenson (Undark)

  • Pennsylvania Governor Announces Statewide Marijuana Legalization Listening Tour (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Next Attorney General May Not Bar Progress On Cannabis Policy After All (Forbes)

  • Good Luck Getting Medical Cannabis On the NHS (VICE)

  • Cannabis can help with better sex, but low doses are key (Global News)

  • DC Mayor Considers How To Legalize Marijuana Sales In Light Of Congressional Block (Marijuana Moment)

  • 9 Governors Get 'A' Grades for Marijuana Reform, Up From 2 Last Year (Reason)

  • Potential 2020 Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Calls Marijuana Legalization ‘Nonsensical’ (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Meet America's Youngest Cannabis CEO (Civilized)

  • If these Northeast states legalize adult-use marijuana, they could generate billions of dollars in sales (Marijuana Business Daily)

  • Hallucinogenic Strains of Cannabis (Seattle Weekly)

  • What LA's First Weed Rave Means for the Future of Cannabis and Nightlife (Civilized)

  • U.S. Surgeon General Deletes Tweet About Medical Marijuana And Children (Marijuana Moment)

  • Alex Berenson: Pot is not a cure-all medicine – I told the truth and the backlash has been incredible (Fox News)

  • The cannabis business is booming — but that’s not necessarily good if you’re an investor (CNBC)

  • Goop CCO Is Eyeing CBD, THC, Psychedelics as Wellness Empire Expands (Cheddar)

LSD

  • Marc Emery Gave LSD, Ecstasy To Underage Girls: Ex-Employees (HuffPost)

  • Not a transit point, Kolkata now an LSD market: Cops (The Times of India)

  • Police: Ohio student on LSD attacked and grabbed staffers' breasts (NBC4 WCMH-TV)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Psilocybin combined with psychological support might correct pessimism biases in depression (PsyPost)

  • Most Oregon Voters Favor Legalizing Psilocybin Mushrooms For Medical Use, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Terminally ill patients to be given magic mushroom hallucinogen (Metro)

  • Magic mushrooms to soothe the dying (Crikey)

  • Dutch retreat claims magic truffles could be ‘the secret to improving your relationship’ — but do they really work? (The Sun)

  • 10 potential risks of taking 'magic' mushrooms (INSIDER)

MDMA

  • Will MDMA-assisted psychotherapy be covered by health insurance? (Psymposia)

  • How does ecstasy kill? (The Conversation)

  • Most ecstasy pills tested by WA’s ChemCentre found they contained no MDMA (PerthNow)

AYAHUASCA

  • Behind the scenes at Kenzo’s ayahuasca-fueled Fall/Winter 2019 show (Document Journal)

PEYOTE

  • The Supreme Court's 'peyote decision' limited freedom of religion. Is it in trouble? (Los Angeles Times)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Disturbing moment ‘spice zombie’ howls and writhes on ground in front of city centre shoppers in broad daylight (The Sun)

  • Police raid two Savannah businesses selling synthetic cannabinoids (11Alive)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • More women choosing nitrous oxide to help them through labor (KXAN)

  • Nitrous Oxide stolen from QA Hospital in Portsmouth (ITV News)

KETAMINE

  • Ketamine May Be Equally Effective in Anxious vs Nonanxious Depression (Psychiatry Advisor)

  • Ketamine Reduced Opioid Need in Severely Injured Subgroup (General Surgery News)

  • Hennepin Healthcare ketamine probe recommends more training, internal reviews (KMSP-TV)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • Police and Media Keep Spreading the Myth That Merely Touching Fentanyl Can Kill You (Gizmodo)

  • Study Links Drug Maker Gifts for Doctors to More Overdose Deaths (The New York Times)

  • A New Drug Policy Approach Can Alleviate Poverty in Rural India (Talking Drugs)

  • Free naloxone kits, training being offered in Chico after mass overdose (KRCR)

  • FDA Pushing for Over-The-Counter Sales of Naloxone (Pain News Network)

  • What’s Taking So Long for Naloxone to Be Made Available Over the Counter? (Filter)

  • Wound Botulism Outbreak Linked to Heroin Raises Concern of Opioid Epidemic Effects (Contagion Live)

  • Thunder Bay paramedics report naloxone use jumped 5 times over previous year (CBC)

  • Buprenorphine May Be an Optimal Treatment for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (Monthly Prescribing Reference)

  • Design team creates a naloxone dispenser (Medical Xpress)

  • Post-Naloxone Observation of ED Patients is Focus of Study (Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences News)

  • Yes, Opium Soaked Tampons Were Actually A Thing Roman Ancients Used To Cure Headaches (Rare)

  • Libraries saving lives: Pilot program trains employees to administer naloxone (KPTV)

  • The Importance Of Patient-Centric Opioid Prescribing Guidelines (Forbes)

  • Vermont prison staff will carry opioid rescue medication Narcan after rise in overdoses (Burlington Free Press)

  • Lancaster County tops list for charging heroin dealers with homicide (WITF)

  • Volunteer medical first responders not allowed to administer Naloxone (Regina Leader-Post)

  • Is Medically Prescribed Heroin the Answer to the Opioid Crisis? (Healthline)

  • Rantz: Seattle public health officials give tips to be a better heroin user (KTTH)

COCAINE

  • Cocaine in London river is making eels 'hyperactive,' researchers say (Fox News)

  • Scientists Kept Rats Sober by Deleting Memories of Cocaine (Futurism)

  • Steve-O from Jackass admits he once snorted cocaine splattered with HIV-positive blood (Newshub)

  • Cocaine found in singer Chris Brown's hotel room not his, he wants to sue rape accuser for defamation: Lawyer (The Straits Times)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Why Crystal Meth Has Made a Big Comeback in Philadelphia (Filter)

  • Amid South Dakota's meth epidemic, recovering addict helps others find sobriety (The Dickinson Press)

ALCOHOL

  • Alcohol-Linked Disease Overtakes Hep C As Top Reason For Liver Transplant (Kaisser Health News)

  • New study finds areas in brain that cause alcohol addiction (The Drinks Business)

  • Alcohol marketers face sobering times as moderation trend grows (Ad Age)

  • Singapore lifts ban on sale of food products containing alcohol (The Drinks Business)

  • This Is Why Anne Hathaway Has Given Up Alcohol (Marie Claire)

  • Many migraine sufferers wary of alcohol as a headache trigger (Reuters)

ABSINTHE

  • Chasing the green fairy: Absinthe, fact and fiction (Earth.com)

NOOTROPICS

  • Nootropics, or ‘Smart Drugs,’ Are Gaining Popularity. But Should You Take Them? (TIME)

KRATOM

KAVA

  • Fiji Kava Applauds Australian Government’s Decision To Ease Kava Import Regulations (Fiji Sun)

  • Drinking kava can tackle the root of your stress problems (The Daily Texan)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • How can we take power away from criminal gangs? Legalise drugs (The Guardian)

  • The Pentagon Spent Billions Fighting the War on Drugs Without Even Asking for a Plan (Motherboard)

  • A Brief History of Microdosing Research (Psychedelic Times)

  • Needle and syringe programmes cost-effectively prevent hepatitis C transmission (Medical Xpress)

  • More people in recovery from substance use problems are quitting smoking than ever before (EurekAlert!)

  • ‘Example to the world': Sri Lanka president plans to copy Duterte's war on drugs (The Guardian)

  • More Companies Should Offer Bathroom Syringe Disposals Like Starbucks (Filter)

  • I'm 'coming out' about drugs: it's time get real about pill testing (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Drug deaths at music festivals: one overdose victim 'took up to nine MDMA pills' (The Guardian)

  • Three Charts on who uses illicit drugs in Australia (The Conversation)

  • SW's resistance to pill testing will drive dealers to sell 'more dangerous drugs', ACT warns (The Guardian)

  • Combining Psychedelics with Capitalism May Cause Unintended Side Effects (Chacruna)

  • Which ACT politicians have tried cannabis, MDMA and acid? (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Cosmic Sister and #PsychedelicFeminism: Interview with Zoe Helene (Psychedelic Times)

  • A Supervised Drug Use Site? Meet the Leaders Behind Denver's Push. (Westword)

  • Psychedelics & Meditation – How They’ve Informed Each Other On My Path (Maps Of The Mind)

  • Should all drugs be legalised now? (The London Economic)

  • Carbondale hosts ‘non-hallucinogenic’ psychedelic seminar (The Aspen Times)

  • Reforming Regulation to Promote Medical Use of Psychedelic Drugs (The Regulatory Review)

  • Injecting centre for Cork drug addicts still under evaluation (Echo Live)

  • What Is Harm Reduction, Anyway? (Filter)

  • 'War on drugs' doesn't tackle the drug problem (The Hill)


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This Week in Psychoactives - 1.18.19

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CANNABIS

  • 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)

LSD

  • 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)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • 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)

MDMA

  • 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)

AYAHUASCA

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • 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)

NITROUS OXIDE

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

KETAMINE

  • 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)

PCP

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • 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)

COCAINE

  • 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)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • 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)

ALCOHOL

  • 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)

KRATOM

  • 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)

KAVA

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

MISCELLANEOUS

  • 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

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CANNABIS

  • 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)

LSD

  • 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)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

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

MDMA

  • 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)

AYAHUASCA

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

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

IBOGA

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

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • 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)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • 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)

NITROUS OXIDE

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

KETAMINE

  • 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)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • 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)

COCAINE

  • 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)

Benzodiazepines

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

KRATOM

MISCELLANEOUS

  • 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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