Weekend Thoughts - 12.9.17

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Happy Saturday y'all! Below, I have rounded up some things for you to think about this weekend:

1. The concept of a speaker that listens to and interacts with its users is still fairly new, but they are becoming more common with each passing day. However, there are still reasons why you should not buy a smart speaker. It seems odd to me that we as a society are reaching a point where, just like in Orwell's 1984, being constantly surveilled by technology is becoming commonplace. Even if you trust companies like Apple, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft to not intentionally spy on you via smart speakers, smart cameras, and the like, these devices are certainly hackable and susceptible to bugs, which means that the data they obtain may eventually get into the wrong hands. Maybe I'm alone here, but I don't want every snippet of the private conversations I have in my home to be shared with others just because of vulnerabilities in these "smart" devices (and yes, that includes smartphones!). I'd suggest reading through this article carefully because it's worth considering whether you are willing to put your privacy (and the privacy of others in your home) on the line for the sake of convenience.

2. Although I went to a Chess Club meeting or two in middle school, I wouldn't consider myself to be a very strong chess player. However, I do enjoy playing the game from time to time and find it to be an interesting—albeit endlessly intimidating—game of skill. Now it turns out that a new artificial intelligence known as AlphaZero has handily beaten the previously highest-rated Chess engine known as Stockfish. Perhaps most impressively, AlphaZero taught itself how to play in just four hours. At the end of the day, the final tally (out of 100 matches) was 28 wins, 72 draws, and zero losses. In other words, the chess engine that human chess players have been using to train has been bested so badly by this new AI that it didn't even win a single game—against an opponent that didn't even know how to play chess four hour prior to the first match.

3. Modern burials (at least in the Western world) typically involve toxic chemicals that are used to preserve the human body as well as coffin materials that do not break down quickly, harming the Earth and causing trouble for the surrounding environment and wildlife. A new burial technique involves a mushroom spore death suit that detoxifies the corpse and turns them into nutrients for plants. It's an innovative concept and one that may help preserve future life on Earth.

That's all for this week's edition of Weekend Thoughts. Until next week, keep thinking wilder.

This Week in Psychedelics - 12.8.17

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Study: Alcohol Sales Fall Following Cannabis Legalization (NORML)
  • Maryland Begins Sales of Medical Marijuana After Delays (TIME)
  • L.A. Just Legalized Recreational Marijuana. Here's When You Can Buy It (TIME)
  • Florida Judge Admits He Made a Mistake Locking up Marijuana Users (ATTN:)
  • U.S. States Tried Decriminalizing Pot Before. Here's Why It Didn't Work (TIME)
  • California's cannabis festivals face uncertain future under new state rules (The Mercury-News)
  • Cannabis linked to bipolar symptoms in young adults (Science Daily)
  • Regenerative Organic Cannabis Farming (High Times)
  • Colorado's Marijuana Profits Continue to Deprive Cartels (ATTN:)
  • An Overview of Cannabis Legalization Driving Politicians Insane (Leafly)
  • 'Cannabis Clubs' Considered By Massachusetts Lawmakers (CBS)
  • Cannabis Crunch – DEA THC Favoritism, California Expunging Pot Offenses, And Italy's Army Weed (Psychedelic Times)
  • Lawyers Walk Fine Line to Navigate State, Federal Cannabis Laws (Leafly)
  • Dallas Marijuana 'Cite & Release' a Half-Assed Measure (Reason)
  • Albania Under Pressure To Catch 'Big Fish' of Cannabis (High Times)
  • Lawlessness on cannabis attracts more tourists in Morocco (Africa News)
  • Delaware Officials Eye Gun Ban for Cannabis Consumers (Leafly)
  • 5 Top Cannabis Stocks to Consider Buying Now (The Motley Fool)
  • High Design: Q&A With a Cannabis Packaging Designer (Leafly)
  • Meet The Herbal Chef, The Man Turning Weed-Infused Food Gourmet (Forbes)
  • 'The Leafly Guide to Cannabis' Is Now Available for Purchase (Leafly)
  • Historic Vapor and Communal Spirit: 5 Takeaways From the Canadian Cannabis Awards (Leafly)

LSD

  • New Netflix Documentary Will Explore the CIA's Attempt to Control Minds with LSD (Motherboard)
  • Microdosing LSD: Smart Drug or Placebo? (Sapiensoup Blog)
  • Some Use LSD As Brain Boost, But Dangers Remain (WebMD)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Two Magic Mushroom Studies Suggest Psychedelics Increase Spirituality, Decrease Criminal Behavior (Psychedelic Times)
  • Amanita Muscaria and Psilocybin in Early Christian Art: Interview with Jerry Brown (Psychedelic Times)
  • Group pushes for legal psychedelic mushrooms in Oregon (KATU)
  • This playlist is scientifically curated for your magic mushroom trip (The Daily Dot)
  • COMPASS Pathways Partners With Worldwide Clinical Trials To Conduct World's First Large-Scale Clinical Trials In Psilocybin Therapy For Treatment-Resistant Depression (Clinical Leader
  • FDA Confirms Psilocybin Reduces Risk Of Mindlessly Following Society's Rules Like Fucking Lemming (The Onion)
  • Dude running for mayor in Cali is trying to legalize... magic mushrooms? (Kulture Hub)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Linkin Park's Chester Bennington Did Not Take Ecstasy Before He Died (Radio.com)
  • 23-Year-Old Arrested with $40 Million In Pure MDMA (Your EDM)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • Can Giving Ayahuasca to Prisoners Reduce Recidivism? (Big Think)
  • Yagé: On the Quest for Spiritual Enlightenment in Colombia (The Bogotá Post)

Iboga/Ibogaine

  • The Ibogaine Conversation Pt 1: Ibogaine presents unique challenges in how we approach harm reduction and treat addiction (Psymposia)
  • The Ibogaine Conversation Pt 2: Taking Iboga with the People of Gabon (Psymposia)
  • The Ibogaine Conversation Pt 3: How has Western influence changed the traditional use of iboga in Gabon? We talked to a French guy living there. (Psymposia)

Dissociatives

  • Study confirms rapid antidepressant effect of ketamine extends to Taiwanese patients (PsyPost)
  • Down With Depression: Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles Is Saving Lives Using IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy (Digital Journal)
  • Intranasal ketamine or fentanyl for children (American Pharmacists Association)
  • Man found lying in street faces PCP charges (NJ.com)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Heroin in Soups and Lollipops: How Drug Cartels Evade Border Security (The New York Times)
  • US General: $50 Million Worth of Taliban Narcotics Destroyed in Afghanistan (Voice of America)
  • Naloxone Safely Reverses Opioid Overdoses in the Field (American Academy of Family Physicians)
  • The Opioid Commission Almost Got Something Right with Their Naloxone Recommendation (Human Rights Watch)
  • It Doesn't Take a Genius to Solve the Opioid Crisis (VICE)
  • Legislators Dust Off Medieval Methods to Address the Opioid Crisis (Reason)
  • Information Gaps Exist about Opioid Antidote Naloxone, Study Says (National Pain Report)
  • Doctors studying psychiatry helped soldiers in Vietnam hooked on heroin (The Buffalo News)
  • Afghan farmers revert to growing opium, sending yields soaring (The National)
  • Drug Users In D.C. Can Now Legally Test Their Dope for Fentanyl. Now How About Over-the-Counter Naloxone? (Reason)
  • Ohio State sells Naloxone kits at student pharmacy (Dayton Daily News)

Kratom

  • Does Kratom Really Kill? Officials Aren't Telling Us The Whole Story. (HuffPost)
  • What is kratom (mitragyna speciosa)? (Sun Sentinel)
  • Kratom beginning to rival cannabis in controversy over risks, benefits (Standard-Examiner)
  • FDA moves to restrict kratom shipments (WMUR)
  • Push to ban kratom sale to minors in NY (MPNnow.com)
  • What's Kratom, and Why Are States Banning It? (Governing)
  • Kratom Not the Cause of Yelm Woman's Death (Nisqually Valley News)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Fear of Death? Psychedelics Can Help! (Bedford + Bowery)
  • 'HAMILTON'S PHARMACOPEIA' Traces Peyote's Psychedelic History (VICE)

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.

Weekend Thoughts - 12.2.17

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Image by manfredrichter, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Happy Saturday y'all! Below, I have rounded up some things for you to think about this weekend:

1. After losing a 19-year court battle with the US Department of Justice, several big tobacco companies will be running advertisements admitting that they violated federal racketeering and fraud laws by conspiring to cover up the fact that their products killed their customers. These ads will run for a full year, and the television ads are going to run five nights a week on multiple networks. Looking at the long view, I'm wondering if this will ever happen with the meat, dairy, egg, and processed foods industries.

2. Meanwhile, the Netherlands has closed prisons because crime is so low. This is partly due to the fact that Dutch judges favor alternatives like fines, community service, and electronic tagging to prison sentences.

That's all for this week's edition of Weekend Thoughts. Until next week, keep thinking wilder.

This Week in Psychedelics - 12.1.17

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Canada: House Members Overwhelmingly Pass Adult Use Regulation Bill (NORML)
  • The Swiss cannabis farm aiming to supply 'legal weed' across Europe (The Guardian)
  • How Does Cannabis Help PTSD Patients? (High Times)
  • New Mexico Study Suggests Medical Cannabis Helps Chronic Pain Patients Reduce Opioid Use (Reason)
  • Bipartisan Letter To Congressional Leadership Urges Continued Protections For Medical Marijuana Programs (NORML)
  • Inside Paraguay's illegal cannabis plantations (Al Jazeera)
  • NIDA Study Finds Underage Cannabis Use Alters Brain Connectivity (Leafly)
  • Study Explores Chemical Links Of Cannabis, Exercise, And Sexual Bliss (Forbes)
  • Marijuana Can Replace Sleeping Pills (ATTN:)
  • Supporters Turn in Petition to Legalize Cannabis in North Dakota (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Crunch – Marijuana Tops Conflict Minerals, Florida Ignoring MMJ Law, And We Need More Weed Scientists (Psychedelic Times)
  • State Courts Say Early-Morning Pot Raids Were Gratuitous and Illegal (Reason)
  • If You Fear Having a Panic Attack From Smoking Weed, Read This Before Lighting Up (POPSUGAR)
  • Cannabis could be a boost for state farmers (The Virginia Gazette)
  • Sacramento to Consider Greenlighting Jan. 1 Cannabis Sales (Leafly)
  • Octavia Wellness Launches "Healing without the High" Cannabis Starter Kit Tailored for Seniors (GlobeNewsWire)
  • PBS Travel Host Urges Illinois to Legalize Cannabis (Leafly)
  • Rick Steves Testifies In Illinois In Support Of Legalization (NORML)
  • Two New Import Deals Hurry Medical Cannabis Into Australia (Leafly)
  • Setting The Record Straight (NORML)
  • Proposed Tax Amendments Would Benefit Cannabis Industry (Leafly)
  • Hawaii, Which Registers Guns and Medical Marijuana Users, Starts Disarming Patients (Reason)
  • Here's Why VR and Cannabis Are a Match Made in Heaven (Leafly)
  • Medicinal cannabis: Health Minister signs licence for Ava Barry (BBC)
  • Cannabis plants destroyed (The Hindu)

LSD

  • Could LSD Be the Right Prescription for the Terminally Ill? (The Daily Beast)
  • Why It Feels Like You Can Communicate with Nature on LSD (VICE)
  • LSD modulates effective connectivity and neural adaptation mechanisms in an auditory oddball paradigm (ScienceDirect)
  • Applying to Law School on LSD (Psymposia)
  • 'It isn't for everyone and I respect that': Byron Bay hipster Mitch Gobel triggers drug debate on social media after comparing 'freedom' to 'LSD' (Daily Mail)
  • NEW: Judge approves hiring expert to determine LSD's role in stabbing death of Leah Marie Adams (The Winchester Star)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Could These Magic Mushrooms Help Improve Our Political Climate? (The Alternative Daily)
  • After marijuana, are magic mushrooms next to be decriminalised in California? (The Guardian)
  • US Mayoral Runner-Up Says Magic Mushrooms Can Help Deal With 'Trump, Brexit' (Sputnik News)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • New figures show steadily increasing use of cocaine in Auckland, spike in MDMA usage (New Zealand Herald)
  • Killer ecstasy pill warning: These car-themed 'turbo' drugs contain DEADLY MDMA levels (Daily Star)
  • Son of former Chilworth council leader dies of ecstasy overdose (Daily Echo)
  • Lad, 24, found dead in bed by his mum after taking two MDMA tablets at party (The Scottish Sun)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • Brazil is giving prisoners ayahuasca as part of their rehab (Salon)
  • What Is Ayahuasca? Psychedelic Drug Used by Ancient Religions Is Trendy but Could Have Serious Benefits (Newsweek)
  • Ayahuasca Helped Me Get Over My Divorce (Tonic)
  • Amazon Jungle Drug Could Be Potential Treatment for Depression (Healthline)
  • The day I drank ayahuasca, the illegal brew (The Times)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • 'Legal highs' posing a big challenge to Bengaluru's NCB sleuths (Deccan Chronicle)

Dissociatives

  • Ketamine effective as migraine treatment (Healio)
  • Intranasal Ketamine or Fentanyl for Children: Similar Analgesia, Disproportionate Side Effects (Anesthesiology News)
  • Entertainment Outlets Busted For Serving Ketamine-Drug Flavoured Ice Tea Drinks (Malaysian Digest)
  • 'Party drug' may be a lifesaver to many (Boston Herald)
  • Suspect in fatal Springfield fire was naked, high on PCP and claimed 'she was god', arrest report says (MassLive)

Opiates/Opioids

  • This Country Could Soon Legalize Cannabis And Opium (High Times)
  • U.S. strikes on Taliban opium labs won't work, say Afghan farmers (Reuters)
  • Bring Back the Opium Den, Say Drug Campaigners (Gizmodo)
  • The Justice Department's New Opioid 'Tools' Are All About Escalating the Drug War (Reason)
  • Management of Suspected Opioid Overdose With Naloxone in Out-of-Hospital Settings: A Systematic Review (Annals of Internal Medicine)

Kratom

  • Reader: Big Pharma Would Lose Billions If People Knew the Truth About Kratom (Westword)
  • National Expert: No Cases Show Deaths Solely From Coffee-Like Herb Kratom, Which Should Be Handled No Differently Than Other Substances (PR Newswire)
  • Can Kratom Be Patented? (Pain News Network)
  • Oregon's Public Health Officer Says Kratom Buyers Beware (OPB News)
  • If Kratom Sales Are Banned, Advocate Says, Users May Go Back to Heroin (Westword)
  • Locals react to FDA advisory citing kratom dangers (WTSP)
  • Kratom sales continue despite FDA report on dangers (KOIN)

Kava

  • Kraving Kava? Carrboro's first kava bar provides a relaxing experience (The Daily Tar Heel)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • What It's Like to Smoke the World's Strongest Psychedelic Toad Venom (VICE)
  • Drug Checking – How People Use It And What Do They Learn (VolteFace)
  • Scientists Have Built a 'Hallucination Machine' For a Drug-Free Brain Trip (ScienceAlert)
  • How Should Plant Medicines Be Regulated? (Chacruna)
  • Transformational Tripping (High Times)
  • The Psychedelic Gospels: Interview with Jerry Brown, Ph.D. (Psychedelic Times)
  • Science Says: Psychedelic Users Less Likely To Commit Violent Crimes (Dance Music Northwest)
  • Can psychedelics help cancer survivors shake death anxiety? (Salon)
  • How Zendo Training Taught Me To Calm Freaked-Out Festival Fans (Leafly)
  • How a little bit of drugs can make your boss a better boss (TNW)
  • Drug Overdoses Claimed More American Lives Than the Vietnam War (ATTN:)
  • Can Psychedelics Make Us More Content? (Big Think)

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.

Weekend Thoughts - 11.25.17

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Image by susuteh, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Happy Saturday y'all! Below, I have rounded up some things for you to think about this weekend:

1. It turns out that last Month, astronomers operating the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii spotted a foreign object moving through our solar system. It is the first time that we have observed an interstellar object in our own solar system, and the object has an intriguing cigar shape. The object has been named "Ounuamua", which means "messenger from afar arriving first" in Hawaiian, and it appears to be an asteroid that has travelled millions of miles through space. Due to its unique shape, it's certainly worth taking a look!

That's all for this week's edition of Weekend Thoughts. Until next week, keep thinking wilder.

This Week in Psychedelics - 11.24.17

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Study Finds Alcohol 10 Times More Deadly Than Cannabis on the Road (Leafly)
  • Michigan: Legalization Coalition Turns in 360,000 Signatures to Place Issue on 2018 Ballot (NORML)
  • California Weed Club Caught Pretending to Be a Church (TIME)
  • Study: Medical Cannabis Registrants More Likely To Cease Using Opioids Compared To Non-Participants (NORML)
  • California releases cannabis regulations, with no limit on farm size (Sonoma Index-Tribune)
  • Good News: Congo Is Ditching Conflict Metals For Cannabis (High Times)
  • Pennsylvania Couple Sues Drug Warriors Who Thought Hibiscus Was Marijuana (Reason)
  • Is The TSA More Chill About Weed Than San Francisco? (Reason)
  • Caffeine Is More Dangerous Than Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Pennsylvania Town Used Confidential Informant and Undercover Cops to Arrest a Man For Selling Bongs (Reason)
  • Bush-Era Attorney General Cautions Against Cannabis Crackdown (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Crunch – Ex-Cops Selling Weed, Dubious Marijuana 'Overdose' And Don't Trust Sessions (Psychedelic Times)
  • Don't Blame Wildfires for Rising California Cannabis Prices (Leafly)
  • Last stop for cannabis advertising on Muni buses, trains, stations and stops (SFGate)
  • Can The Standard Hotel Really Open a Cannabis Shop in Its Lobby? (Leafly)
  • Does medical marijuana really work? The truth behind the buzz. (HuffPost)
  • Massachusetts Towns Reject Cannabis Bans, Bucking Early Trend (Leafly)
  • RightSciences raises cash to develop cannabis and hemp-based medicinal patches (GeekWire)
  • Across State Lines: One Medical Cannabis Refugee's Journey to Colorado and Back (Leafly)
  • Talk About Marijuana At Thanksgiving This Year (NORML)
  • How One Painting Class Is Bringing Art, Cannabis, and People Together (Leafly)
  • Oakland reviewing 255 permit applications to cultivate, deliver cannabis (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Medical cannabis clinic, possible pot shop coming to Old Strathcona (Edmonton Journal)
  • Italian toddler hospitalized after mistaking cannabis for chocolate (The Local)

LSD

  • Observations from 4000 LSD Sessions: A Dialogue with Stanislav Grof (Reality Sandwich)
  • LSD is making a comeback, but not in the way you'd expect (My Fox Boston)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • The California Psilocybin Legalization Initiative Looks to put Magic Mushrooms on the Ballot (The Weed Blog)
  • Johns Hopkins studying effects of psilocybin on brains of long-term meditators (Psymposia)
  • Posttreatment Brain Effects of Psilocybin in Patients With Treatment-Resistant Depression (Psychiatry Advisor)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Psychedelics and Psychotherapy: Is There a Role for MDMA in the Treatment of PTSD? (Medical News Bulletin)
  • 'A Void No One Can Fill': Mum's heartbreaking tribute to daughter, 18, who died after 'taking MDMA at Newcastle nightclub' (The Sun)
  • 3 charged after cat allegedly abused and drugged with MDMA, with videos sent to family (CBC News)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • Criminalization Makes It Harder to Study Ayahuasca, Scientists Say (VICE)
  • How Tripping on Ayahuasca Could Help People with Eating Disorders (Broadly)
  • What is DMT and why you should care. (Psychedelics Daily)
  • NM veterans vouch for ayahuasca therapy (Albuquerque Journal)
  • Wook Describes His Wild Method of Transporting DMT Crosscountry (Your EDM)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

Dissociatives

  • Your Healthy Family: Ketamine being used to treat PTSD and severe depression (KOAA)
  • The Effect of a Single Dose of Intravenous Ketamine on Suicidal Ideation: A Systematic Review and Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis (The American Journal of Psychiatry)
  • OKC grandmother arrested after child swallows PCP (KSWO)
  • Police: Driver arrested after crashing into vehicle while on PCP (The Herald-News)

Opiates/Opioids

Absinthe

Kratom

  • Can Kratom Help With Withdrawal From Methadone? (Kratom Guides)
  • Using Kratom For Suboxone Withdrawal (Kratom Guides)
  • Seeking Alternative Addiction Treatment, Mainers Experiment With Kratom (Maine Public)
  • FDA finally rules on kratom: It's a potential killer (New York Post)
  • Where FDA Sees Deadly Drug, South Florida Advocates See Natural Alternative To Prescription Drugs (WUSF)
  • Denver bans sale of Kratom, drug often used as painkiller (9NEWS)
  • Mom of man killed by kratom calls for research, not ban (WTSP)

Kava

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Hunting for the Most Potent Psychedelic Toad Venom on Earth (VICE)
  • Psychedelic Treatments for Cluster Headaches (Psychedelic Times)
  • What The Women's Rights Movement Shares With The Drug War (High Times)
  • Could Oregon Be the First State to Legalize Psychedelic Therapy? (Psymposia)
  • Psychedelic society launches in Glasgow to try to change the law on mind-altering drugs (The Herald Scotland)
  • Mainstreaming psychedelics. Are we there yet? (Rick Strassman MD)
  • Hallucination machine lets you blow your mind without taking psychedelic drugs (RT)
  • LAPD Officer Gaxiola Caught Allegedly Planting Cocaine on Suspect by Own Body Cam Footage (ATTN:)
  • Mind menders: how psychedelic drugs rebuild broken brains (New Scientist)
  • WATCH: Fox News host wants you to have a psychedelic experience before you die (Raw Story)

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.

Weekend Thoughts - 11.18.17

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Image by maneepoi, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Happy Saturday y'all! Below, I have rounded up some things for you to think about this weekend:

1. Ever since Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market earlier this year, I've been wondering how that would affect the Whole Foods shopping experience. Now we have our first hint of what's to come—Whole Foods will be offering a set of special discounts for Amazon Prime members. It seems that Prime will become the official rewards program for Whole Foods. As a current Prime member, I'm happy to see yet another perk being added to my membership. It's worth clicking through the link to take a look at the specific items being discounted at this time, and I imagine we'll see more to come soon.

2. Tesla made some pretty cool announcements this week—a new big rig Tesla Semi and a fancy-looking Tesla Roadster that is expected to come out in 2020. There are plenty of nifty features packed into the Semi, like a 500-mile range, Enhanced Autopilot, jackknifing prevention, sensors for blind-spot detection, and data collection to assist with fleet management. It also looks pretty cool—at least I'd be in favor of replacing today's big rigs with Tesla's version, that's for sure. But that's not all that Tesla announced at their event; the upcoming Roadster was a nice surprise for those in attendance. Elon Musk claimed that the car would be the fastest production car ever made, and it boasts a 620-mile range, zero-to-sixty in less than 2 seconds, and a top speed of over 250 MPH. I'm glad to see some innovative products being previewed by Tesla, but I do wonder if they're going to be scalable, because Tesla has recently run into issues with producing a sufficient quantity of its Model 3 offering.

3. If you're like me, it's probably been a while since you've taken a look at how much information you're sharing with others on social media. There is a guide that shows you how to lock down your Facebook account with more privacy that is worth checking out. In fact, there may be some settings that you would've sworn were set differently than they actually are...

That's all for this week's edition of Weekend Thoughts. Until next week, keep thinking wilder.

This Week in Psychedelics - 11.17.17

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Colorado girl suing U.S. attorney general to legalize medical marijuana nationwide (KDVR)
  • Smoking marijuana shouldn't be a disqualifying factor for federal judgeship: Top senators say (The Washington Times)
  • New York Adds PTSD as Qualifying Condition for Medical Cannabis (Leafly)
  • Marijuana Has the Potential to Reverse Memory Loss in Old Age (ATTN:)
  • Sessions Says He Is Sticking With His Predecessors' Tolerance of State-Legal Marijuana (Reason)
  • We Need Your Help to Protect Patients from Jeff Sessions (NORML)
  • 6 Ways to Advocate for a Pro-Cannabis Local Government (Leafly)
  • The Startup Catering To Women's Curiosity About Cannabis (Forbes)
  • Colorado Is Offering Students the World's First Marijuana-Funded Scholarship (ATTN:)
  • Maryland May See Medical Cannabis This Month, but Diversity Issues Loom Large (Leafly)
  • Delay Makes It Unlikely San Francisco Will Sell Pot Jan. 1 (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Buffalo/Western New York: Blacks Disproportionately Arrested For Minor Marijuana Offenses (NORML)
  • Massachusetts to Hire a Cannabis Inspector (Seven Days)
  • Women Who Weed (NORML)
  • California releases cannabis regulations, with no limit on farm size (The Press Democrat)
  • How Veterans Are Leading the Fight for Cannabis Reform (Leafly)
  • Brilliant Cannabis Commercial Parodies Ridiculous Pharma Ads (Psychedelic Frontier)
  • Master Blasters: Hash-Off Announces Denver's Top Cannabis Concentrates (Westword)
  • Cannabis Crunch – 12-Year-Old Girl Sues Sessions, Billion Dollar Urine Screens And Weed Election Results (Psychedelic Times)
  • Quebec's Cannabis Regulations: 8 Takeaways (Leafly)
  • Cannabis-Infused Fine-Dining Pop-Up to Bring Fancy Edibles to Chicago (Eater)
  • 5 Reddit Communities for Cannabis Enthusiasts (Leafly)
  • Connecticut: NORML Affiliate To Co-Host Gubernatorial Debate (NORML)
  • Can medical cannabis decrease Ark. opioid deaths? (EMS1.com)
  • City To Miss Legalization Deadline After Supervisors Postpone Cannabis Vote (Hoodline)
  • Hero dogs save family from house fire 'that started in neighbour's cannabis factory' (Metro)

LSD

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic Mushrooms Take Critical Step Towards Legalization in California (Your EDM)

MDMA/Ecstasy

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • Psychedelic Drink Used By Shamans May Help Treat Mental Illness (Gears of Biz)
  • Ayahuasca and Avocados: A Conversation with Rita Kočárová (Psychedelic Times)
  • Orlando church battles to use hallucinogenic tea (Click Orlando)
  • Well-being, problematic alcohol consumption and acute subjective drug effects in past-year ayahuasca users: a large, international, self-selecting online survey (The University of Queensland)
  • Psychedelic drug known as Vine of the Dead could treat depression says Devon research (Devon Live)
  • Tourists Are Flocking To South America To Take THIS Drug And Cure Diseases (The Alternative Daily)
  • Los Angeles Wook Smuggles DMT in Container Labeled "Nana's Ashes" (Noiseporn)
  • A Spiritual Hand Prepares to Establish a New Ayahuasca Kitchen (Digital Journal)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • The Legend of Zombie Drugs Will Not Die (Reason)

Dissociatives

  • New Ketamine Research Points to Wide-Ranging Therapeutic Potential (Psychedelic Times)
  • Steve Levine, MD: Ketamine's Role in Solving the Opioid Crisis (MD Magazine)
  • Use of ketamine for acute suicidal ideation in a patient with chronic pain on prescribed cannabinoids (BMJ Case Reports)

Opiates/Opioids

  • FDA clears nerve stimulator to aid recovery from opioids (The Washington Post)
  • The Deadly Designer Opioids (HuffPost)
  • America Is Losing Yet Another Drug War—in Afghanistan (The Nation)
  • The State: The Opioid Epidemic (Psymposia)
  • Reversing opioid overdose: Concentrated naloxone nasal spray as good as injection (Medical Xpress)
  • Why West Virginia's Heroin Overdose Rate Doubled After it Mandated Doctors Use the State Drug-Monitoring Database (Pacific Standard)
  • The Opioid Crisis Is So Bad People Are Using the Anti-Diarrhea Drug Imodium to Get High (ATTN:)
  • Fentanyl Crisis and Naloxone Supply - Omega Laboratories spares no effort to meet demand (Markets Insider)

Kratom

  • The Federal Government Is Trying to Ban Kratom (Again) (Reason)
  • Is Breastfeeding Possible With Kratom? (Kratom Guides)
  • NY Post Spreads DEA Disinformation Regarding Kratom (Inquisitr)
  • Supplement to 'cure' heroin addiction could be addicting too (New York Post)
  • FDA Warns Of Risks Associated With 'Natural' Opioid Kratom (NPR)

Khat

  • Ethiopian Government now links Somali-Oromo region ethnic conflict to Khat trade (Borkena)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Jeff Sessions Used His Scheduling Powers Last Week. Here's What That Means (Reason)
  • You Won't Believe Which Middle East Theocrat Has Okayed Psychedelics Treatment (Drug War Chronicle)
  • Bad Trip Vs. Hard Trip (Adventures Through The Mind)
  • Microdosing Reportedly Safer Than Antidepressants (Noiseporn)
  • Naked Suspects In Alberta Kidnapping Drank Hallucinogenic Tea, Relative Says (HuffPost)
  • How festival pill testing works in the UK, and what it finds in the drugs (ABC)
  • Detroit Cops Posing As Drug Dealers Brawl With Colleagues Posing As Customers (Reason)
  • Villagers in Nepal Risk their Lives for Psychedelic Honey (Addiction Now)
  • Psychedelic drugs may be making a comeback (WSMV)
  • President Trump Praises Philippines' Duterte – and Says Nothing About Thousands Killed in Drug Crackdown (TIME)
  • Cocaine Tourism in Columbia (Psymposia)
  • LAPD Officers Unwittingly Film Themselves Putting Cocaine In A Suspect's Wallet (Digg)
  • My Drug-Induced Psychosis Experience | My First Spiritual Journey (Adventures Through The Mind)
  • The 'Psychedelic Club' at CU Boulder (FOX31 Denver)
  • The Therapeutic Potential of Marijuana and Psychedelics (The American Journal of Managed Care)
  • Rose McGowan Arraigned on Felony Cocaine Charges (TIME)

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.

Go Take the 2018 Global Drug Survey

Image by andibreit, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Image by andibreit, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

The Global Drug Survey has been collecting useful and enlightening drug usage data since 2014, and has recently launched its 2018 Global Drug Survey.

From GDS' About Us page:

"GDS is an independent research company based in London. We produce reports for global media, public health and corporate organisations. GDS use its data and expertise to create digital health applications delivering screening and brief interventions for drugs and alcohol. We create free online harm reduction resources and anonymous, confidential self-assessment tools. GDS also produces a range of drug education materials for health and legal professionals, the entertainment industry and the general public.

GDS aims to make drug use safer, regardless of the legal status of the drug, by sharing information with individuals, communities, health and policy organisations.

Using anonymous online research methods Global Drug Survey runs an annual survey in 10 languages, which is hosted by partners in over 20 countries. We work with global media giants around the world who act as hubs to promote our survey and our findings, ensuring that the first people to see the results are the general public.

Survey findings are frank, honest, and revealing. GDS explores the positives and negatives of drug use and detects new drugs trends as soon as they appear. GDS has a unique insight into personal decision-making about drug use . Our international networks of researchers and specialists have extensive experience in data analysis and report writing."

I have already submitted my survey, and highly suggest that you do the same by clicking here. The survey period will remain open until December 31st, 2017, at which time it will be closed and no longer accepting responses.

Weekend Thoughts - 11.11.17

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Image by Silentpilot, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Happy Saturday y'all! Below, I have rounded up some things for you to think about this weekend:

1. A seemingly unlikely partnership between Uber and NASA was announced this week along with the news that Uber plans to add flying taxis to its line of service offerings by 2020. There are also some concept videos that show how these taxis may work that are worth taking a look at. The vehicles actually look just like helicopters, but imagine being able to call a helicopter to come pick you—and up to three of your friends—up and fly to your destination. All from your phone.

That's all for this week's edition of Weekend Thoughts. Until next week, keep thinking wilder.