This Week in Psychedelics - 8.17.18

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Cannabis

  • Study: Medical Cannabis Access Laws Associated With Fewer Workplace Fatalities (NORML)
  • Massachusetts Cannabis Activists Warn Against Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Worker Behavior in Industry (Psychedelic Times)
  • 5 Reasons Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Are Essential in the Cannabis Industry Business (Entrepreneur)
  • Seed-To-Sale Tracking And Compliance: If Coffee Was Regulated Like Cannabis (Forbes)
  • New UMass Medical School study on mice helps explain why cannabis reduces symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (MassLive)
  • UN Launches First-Ever Full Review Of Marijuana’s Status Under International Law (Marijuana Moment)
  • Multiple sclerosis patient calls medical cannabis trial 'a miracle' (Montreal Gazette)
  • Can Article V Federally Legalize Cannabis? (Forbes)
  • Employers In Medical Marijuana States Can Still Drug Test Employees, Federal Judge Rule (Marijuana Moment)
  • Trump Tariffs Set To Hit Cannabis Industry (Forbes)
  • Marijuana Emerges As Key Issue In Nevada U.S. Senate Race (Marijuana Moment)
  • Legalization Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot in North Dakota (NORML)
  • More Americans want legal medical marijuana than legal alcohol or cigarettes, polls say (Rooster)
  • Marijuana Policy Project Welcomes New Executive Director (Marijuana Moment)
  • Texas Medical Marijuana Ad Launched (NORML)
  • New Congressional Bill Would Automatically Seal Marijuana Records (Marijuana Moment)
  • 'I don't think I look like a stoner': the women changing the face of the cannabis industry (The Guardian)
  • Scientists Discover You Can Use Espresso Machines To Make Marijuana Extracts (Marijuana Moment)
  • Working With Pot: Marijuana Job Searches Spike in Canada Ahead of National Legalization (Newsweek)
  • Marijuana-Friendly Gubernatorial Candidates Win Big In Tuesday’s Primaries (Marijuana Moment)
  • Cannabis Now Magazine CEO Eugenio Garcia Talks Marijuana, Publishing And The Future Of It All (Forbes)
  • Anti-Marijuana Group Wants Campaign Finance Transparency, Kind Of (Marijuana Moment)
  • Canadian Cannabis Debut Delayed In Ontario (Forbes)
  • Marijuana Ballot Measures Could Affect Key U.S. Senate Election (Marijuana Moment)
  • Utah’s medical marijuana ballot measure would violate Mormons’ religious beliefs, opponents say in new court filing, which initiative supporters call a ‘Hail Mary’ (The Salt Lake Tribune)
  • One In Four Young Americans Consume Marijuana, Survey Finds (Marijuana Moment)
  • A New Way of Getting High Is as Easy as Applying Deodorant (Tonic)
  • Dogs With Arthritis Benefit From Cannabis Oil, Study Says (Marijuana Moment)
  • Legal Weed: How Republicans Learned to Love Marijuana (Newsweek)
  • DEA Wants More Marijuana Grown And Fewer Opioids Produced In 2019. Really. (Marijuana Moment)
  • Policing of cannabis possession is largely accidental – and many officers don’t think it makes a difference (Policing Insight)
  • Cypress Hill Rapper Who Opposed California Legalization Opens A Marijuana Store (Marijuana Moment)
  • At Weed for Warriors, Military Veterans Harness the Healing Powers of Marijuana (MERRY JANE)
  • South By Southwest Fans Choose From Dozens Of Marijuana-Themed Panels For 2019 (Marijuana Moment)
  • Cannabis Mega Deal Sets Stage for Global Weed Empire (Bloomberg)
  • The Company Behind Corona Beer Is Investing Nearly $4 Billion in Legal Pot (TIME)
  • I’m Mandela not Al Capone — my cannabis speakeasy helps the sick (The Times)

LSD

  • Pro jiu-jitsu fighter says LSD helps him whoop ass (Rooster)
  • 9 Facts About LSD Everyone Should Know (Psychedelics Daily)
  • Microdose Acid in 7 Easy Steps (Psychedelics Daily)
  • Naked man high on LSD pees on security vehicle, fights officers in east Lincoln, police say (Beatrice Daily Sun)
  • Student who took LSD, cocaine and alcohol before being found nude outside shopping centre 'mortified' at video, court hears (Independent.ie)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Ecstasy dealer faces jail after selling deadly dose to schoolgirl, 14, who fell ill after taking two tablets (Mirror)

Ayahuasca/DMT/5-MeO-DMT

  • DMT Models the Near-Death Experience (Frontiers)
  • The Connection Between Ayahuasca, Your Stomach, and Your Mind (Tonic)
  • Ayahuasca Healed My Autoimmune Disorder and Depression (Reset.me)
  • The fatal thirst for Peru’s Ayahuasca drug (Channel 4 News)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Huachuma– The Healing Visionary Cactus From Peru (Reset.me)
  • Carlos Castaneda Was Right: High Dose Peyote Initiation (Medium)

Salvia Divinorum

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • The Truth About 'Monkey Dust', UK Media's Latest Drug Obsession (VICE)
  • In hours, about 20 people overdosed in same park. Police say they found the culprit (Miami Herald)
  • New batch of MDMA and ecstasy pills being made with potentially lethal chemical (Metro)
  • Federal Drug Cops Conflate Synthetic Cannabinoids With Marijuana (Deliberately?) (Marijuana Moment)
  • Microdose 4-AcO-DMT in 7 Easy Steps (Psychedelics Daily)

Dissociatives

  • Ketamine shows potential in teens with treatment-resistant depression (Healio)
  • Lufkin police: Man possibly high on PCP said white wolves chased him, his family (KTRE)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Fentanyl Used to Execute Nebraska Inmate, in a First for U.S. (The New York Times)
  • Does Smoking Heroin Really Cause Brain Damage? (Tonic)
  • Norway to test free heroin for drug addicts (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017 (The New York Times)
  • Facebook cracks down on opioid dealers after years of neglect (TechCrunch)
  • Sending Your Kid to College? Send Them With Fentanyl Testing Strips and Naloxone. (Slate)
  • New report shows increasing trend of EMS-administered naloxone for overdoses (Medical Xpress)
  • Nevada’s Opioid Task Force Continues to Explore Options (NORML)
  • The Western War on Afghan Farmers (Beckley Foundation)
  • Could a Name Change Increase Support for Safe Injection Sites? (Pacific Standard)
  • Ignoring the benefits of supervised injection facilities isn’t just callous. It’s deadly (The Boston Globe)
  • What the media gets wrong about opioids (Columbia Journalism Review)
  • How law enforcement is taking action on the opioid crisis (The Boston Globe)
  • Man dies after swallowing heroin following raid targeting gang with Chicago connections (Chicago Tribune)
  • 81-year-old Woman Tried to Smuggle 92 Lbs. of Heroin Across US-Mexico Border: Police (People)

Kratom

  • Kratom Association Calls FDA Review of Drug ‘Junk Science’ in Scathing Report (Rolling Stone)
  • New Kratom Death Reports Still Leave More Questions Than Answers (HuffPost)
  • How Often Can You Take Kratom (Kratom Guides)
  • Salmonella scare prompts Kratom recall (Washington Examiner)
  • Herbal supplement sold at gas stations and smoke shops kills Arvada man (9News)
  • What Is Kratom? (Civilized)
  • List of 5 Best Kratom Capsules: Benefits, Dosage & Legality (Kratom Guides)
  • Who Sells The Best Kratom Capsules – 20 Top Kratom Vendors Online (Kratom Guides)

Kava

  • Kava Business Launched In Canada (Fiji Sun)
  • Kava Demand Creates Trade Opportunity Between Fiji, Madang (Fiji Sun)

Khat

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • How America Convinced the World to Demonize Drugs (VICE)
  • These Psychedelic Drugs Show Promise for Treating Mental Health Disorders (Live Science)
  • People With Depression and Anxiety Could Benefit From Hallucinogens (Teen Vogue)
  • The Long Burn: A 30-Day Sananga Challenge (Psychedelic Times)
  • The New Wave of Psychedelics in Buddhist Practice (Lion's Roar)
  • Beyond Psychedelics 2018: Listening, Talking, Filming – Review Of A Psychedelic Forum in Prague (Maps Of The Mind)
  • The War on Drugs Is Inseparable from US Imperialism (VICE)
  • Psychedelic Drugs Shown To Promote Neural Plasticity (Psychedelics Daily)
  • Psychedelics Reduce Violence Against Intimate Partners (Psychedelics Daily)
  • Top 5 Myths About Psychedelics You Need To Know (Psychedelics Daily)

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 is Monkey Dust?

Alex Matthews-King, writing for The Independent:

Police officers in the West Midlands are warning of a “public health crisis” over a new synthetic drug known as monkey dust that can be bought for as little as £2.

The drug causes hallucinations and paranoia, and users have been known to climb trees and buildings and will lash out at members of the emergency services who approach them. [...]

Monkey dust is also known as MDPV and comes as an off-white powder which can be swallowed, injected or snorted.

I can't say that I know much about MDPV, but I did enjoy Steve Rolles' tweet thread takedown of this article published by The Independent


Norway to Test Free Heroin for Drug Addicts

Dominick Reuter, writing for AFP:

Norway, which has one of the highest deadly drug overdose rates in Europe, will test prescribing free heroin to the most serious addicts to improve their living conditions, the government said on Friday.

The Norwegian Directorate for Health and Social Affairs has been tasked with proposing an experimental project to identify patients likely to benefit from the programme, to examine the implementation method, and to calculate the costs.

While the FBI is causing more harm than good by raiding heroin users, Norway is preparing to address its substance abuse issues with a more innovative, and likely effective, approach.


Man Dies After Swallowing Heroin During FBI Raid

John Diedrich, writing for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

The FBI, Milwaukee police and other law enforcement agencies raided several homes early Wednesday as part of a bust targeting a gang with Chicago connections that was moving kilograms of heroin in Milwaukee, authorities said.

Several of the defendants apparently ingested packets of heroin before agents and officers entered the homes, sources said. Several of them later became ill while being held in the Waukesha County Jail, the sources said.

The Drug War strikes again.


People With Depression and Anxiety Could Benefit From Hallucinogens

Elly Belle, writing for Teen Vogue:

A growing body of evidence, which includes recently released research, suggests that there might be quite a few benefits of hallucinogens for mental health disorders including depression and anxiety.

Imagine being a teenager in today's world and seeing this article in your latest edition of Teen Vogue. The times they are a-changin.