Weekend Thoughts - 5.27.17

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Image by Andy Kaye, 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 couple months ago I wrote a bit about how Border Agents have been requesting U.S. citizens to turn over passwords for their devices and social media accounts. As a response to Maciej Cegłowski's demand for software developers to create a "travel mode" that would prevent account access during the period that a traveller is expecting to be outside of the country, the password manager application 1Password has announced that a "travel mode" feature has in fact been created and will be included to everyone with a 1Password membership. Although this is the first company (that I am aware of, anyways) that has developed this type of functionality, hopefully we will begin to see it become more frequently offered by all types of software manufacturers. In the long run, our privacy and security concerns may be further protected against the prying eyes of the government with this type of feature.

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

This Week in Psychedelics - 5.26.17

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Michigan Cannabis Legalization Marches Toward 2018 Ballot (Leafly)
  • Vermont Governor Phil Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization (NORML)
  • Cannabis could help treat epilepsy in children (The Telegraph)
  • The Pot Startups Prepping for Jeff Sessions' New War on Drugs (WIRED)
  • Sign Us Up: WSU Needs Volunteers to Consume Cannabis (Leafly)
  • That Time Joe Cocker Get Kicked Out of Australia for Cannabis (Leafly)
  • The Government's Best Weapon Against Heroin Might Be Marijuana (Benzinga)
  • Veterans Group Calls on Trump To Reschedule Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Epileptic high school athlete at center of cannabis oil debate (WSB-TV)
  • Microdosing With Cannabis: Benefits Without the Buzz (Leafly)
  • Are Cannabis Clubs Coming to Oregon? The Proposed Bill Sounds Promising (Leafly)
  • DIY Cannabis Cultivation App 'WeGrow' Wants To Bring Flower To The People (Forbes)
  • Malcolm X: From Cannabis Peddler to Iconic Civil Rights Activist (Leafly)
  • South Dakota Jury Acquits Tribal Cannabis Consultant of All Charges (Reason)
  • Cannabis Convictions Go up in Smoke With California Legalization (Leafly)
  • Wine and Cannabis? Oregon Vineyards Give Marijuana Farming a Try (Leafly)
  • Growing Cannabis At Home Requires More Than Green Thumb (KUNR)
  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Growing Your Own Cannabis (Leafly)
  • San Diego D.A. Files Charges Against Marijuana Entrepreneur 16 Months After Seizing His Money (Reason)
  • Your Guide to Pruning Cannabis Plants for Maximum Yield (Leafly)

LSD

  • 100 Therapeutic LSD Trips Helped Cary Grant Prepare for the Future (Inverse)
  • Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' at 50: John Lennon's Accidental 'Getting Better' Acid Trip (Rolling Stone)
  • Chance the Rapper Seeking Chicago Students to Help Direct His 'LSD' Video (Billboard)
  • A Really Good Day, one woman's chronicle of microdosing with LSD to control her moods (South China Morning Post)
  • Nicholas Sand: Outlaw LSD producer fled to British Columbia (The Globe and Mail)
  • LSD, drugs led to man's death in Snowmass Base Village parking garage (The Aspen Times)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Study finds mushrooms are the safest recreational drug (The Guardian)
  • Research continues on psilocybin's effects on anxiety disorders (Auburn Citizen)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • MDMA Users Are Still Rolling Wrong, Says Massive New Drug Survey (Inverse)
  • Student-Run Initiative Rolls Out Free MDMA Test Kits (The Bottom Line)
  • Dutch Drug Labs Flooding U.S With Crystal Meth, Ecstasy via the Dark Web: Officials (Newsweek)
  • A Pigeon Can Carry $10K in Street-Value MDMA (Inverse)
  • Why father whose two sons died of an MDMA overdose wants drugs to be decriminalised (The Independent)
  • GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY 2017: Ireland takes MDMA more regularly than any other country in the world (Hot Press)
  • Scots among 'most prolific ecstasy users in the world' (The Scotsman)
  • Schoolboy, 14, is left in a wheelchair after downing brandy then taking ecstasy and anxiety medication he bought from a teenage classmate before plunging 30ft out of a window (Daily Mail)

Ayahuasca/DMT

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Crazed druggie high on Black Mamba synthetic cannabis hacked his own hooter off with kitchen knife (The Sun)
  • Psychoactive substances, including synthetic cannabis, are still in NZ (Stuff.co.nz)

Dissociatives

  • Pain patients treated with ketamine less likely to experience depression (The Pharmaceutical Journal)
  • Stanford researcher explores use of ketamine to treat severe mental illness (Scope)
  • Times Square deadly accident - the driver wanted to 'kill them all' (Blasting News)
  • Watch Texas Officer Shoot PCP Suspect Trying To Cut Man's Head Off (Law Officer)
  • PCP, Meth And Heroin Found When Wildomar Man Blows Stop Sign: Police (Lake Elsinore Patch)

Opiates/Opioids

  • An Accidental Confession Led Police to a $500 Million Opium Poppy Field in North Carolina (TIME)
  • Website unites families of heroin overdose victims (WREG)
  • Jane Philpott says pharmaceutical heroin a potential lifesaver in opioid epidemic (CBC News)
  • CVS To Sell Opiate Overdose Drug Naloxone Without Prescription In Arizona (KJZZ)
  • Heroin Disguised as Candy Becomes Latest Attempt to Hook Kids (WAER)

Kratom

  • How Long Does It Take Kratom Tea To Kick In? (Kratom Guides)
  • New York: Harness Trainer Suspended Indefinitely After Four Horses Test Positive For Kratom (Paulick Report)
  • Advisory - Unauthorized "High By Nature" kratom products recalled by Garnoff Botanicals as they may pose serious health risks (Canada NewsWire)
  • Is Red Kratom Good For Opiate Withdrawal? (Kratom Guides)

Kava

  • Kava In Our Markets Not Of Good Quality, Says Uraia Waibuta (Fiji Sun)
  • Kava's risks outweigh any potential benefits (Auburn Citizen)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • President Trump Compliments Leader Who Executes His Citizens for Drug Charges (NORML)
  • Help Support MAPS Initiative To Legalize Psychedelic Medicine For Those In Need (Collective Evolution)
  • WATCH: Psychedelics Could Impact the Future of Humanity (AlterNet)
  • We're Starting to Understand How Psychedelic Flashbacks Work (Tonic)
  • The Silk Road Creator's Life Sentence Actually Boosted Dark Web Drug Sales (WIRED)
  • Do Psychedelic Trips Change Your Political Views? (Motherboard)
  • Use of psychedelic drugs may reduce the risk of suicide in female sex workers (Aidsmap)
  • What is Psychedelic Group Coaching? Interview with Deanne Adamson of Being True to You (Psychedelic Times)
  • Mobile drug testing under fire: are the NSW police and policymakers targeting the young and the poor? (Happy
  • Will psychedelics go mainstream for psych treatment? One NYU researcher hopes so (Modern Healthcare)
  • Becoming Certified in Recovery & Psycho-Spiritual Coaching: Interview with Deanne Adamson (Psychedelic Times)
  • This Florida Prosecutor Campaigned on Reform and Fairness. Now She's Ratcheting Up the Drug War (Reason)

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 - 5.20.17

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Image by Binder.donedat, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

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

1. Well this is a first (for me at least): an argument in favor of electing an artificially-intelligent President instead of a biologically human. It's worth a read—maybe we'll eventually get to the point in our society where this wouldn't seem so crazy.

2. As a child, I was fascinated by dinosaurs. I even wanted to grow up to be a paleontologist, and always responded that way whenever asked "What to you want to be when you grow up?" If I had actually pursued that goal, perhaps I would have ended up taking over after miners in Canada accidentally stumbled across the best preserved fossil of its kind ever found, a 110 million-year old armored plant-eater called a nodosaur. The condition of this fossil is impressive, especially considering its large size and old age.

3. Glowing bike paths are a big hit in the Netherlands and Poland, and America could be next. Texas A&M is adding neon bike lanes to its campus, a true innovation because it is the first of its kind. Increased visibility is always helpful for drivers to see cyclists, so this seems like a win-win for everybody!

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

This Week in Psychedelics - 5.19.17

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Israel Decriminalizes Pot Possession (Reason)
  • Social Consumption of Marijuana off to a Slow Start in Colorado (NORML)
  • One million hours of police time a year 'wasted enforcing cannabis prohibition' (The Independent)
  • Iowa Expands Medical Marijuana Access; Looks to Strike Deal With Minnesota for Quicker Access (Reason)
  • PayPal Executive Ditches Mainstream Life For The Cannabis Industry (Forbes)
  • New Jersey Looks Towards Recreational Marijuana Legalization (Psychedelic Times)
  • Study: Racial Disparity in Marijuana Arrest Rates Increasing (NORML)
  • Portland backs cannabis lounge bill, envisions 'craft' tourism boost (Portland Business Journal)
  • Rick Doblin of MAPS Talks Medical Cannabis Trials and a Possible Legalization Timeline (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Experts on Medical Marijuana in Arkansas (ArkansasMatters.com)
  • Study: Inhaled Cannabis Controls Tics In Patients With Tourette's Syndrome (NORML)
  • Why Cannabis Reform Crashed in Texas (Leafly)
  • 5 Things to Know Before Using Medical Cannabis for Your Pets (Leafly)
  • Cannabis yoga retreat now allowed in California (Blasting News)
  • Florida Halts Sales of New Cannabis Product (Leafly)
  • California's Cannabis Rules Are Here, Reminding That Legalization Was Never Going To Be Easy (East Bay Express)
  • 10-year-old boy overdoses on cannabis-infused sour candy (KTRK-TV)
  • Cannabis Flower Crowns: The Perfect DIY Smokeable Accessory (Leafly)
  • Recipe: Cannabis-Infused Simple Syrup (Leafly)
  • Lib Dems pledge to legalise cannabis so it can be sold in high street shops (The Telegraph)

LSD

  • Designers on acid: the tripping Californians who paved the way to our touchscreen world (The Guardian)
  • Nicholas Sand, Chemist Who Sought to Bring LSD to the World, Dies at 75 (The New York Times)
  • 'Everyone should try this': Cary Grant's relationship with controversial LSD therapy doctor and the '100 acid trips that changed his life' are explored in new documentary to be screened at Cannes (Daily Mail)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic Mushrooms Are Shaping the Future of Psychiatric Treatment (Inverse)
  • Clinical review: Psilocybin therapy could be significantly better than current psychiatric treatments (PsyPost)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Can This Drug Cure MDMA Overdoses? (Everfest)
  • A neuroscientist explains why we need ecstasy and ketamine in place of Prozac and Xanax (Raw Story)
  • Could new, natural MDMA change the rave scene? (Techno Moves)
  • MDMA Moves One Step Closer to Phase 3 Clinical Trial (Reason)
  • Could MDMA cure PTSD? Scientists believe ecstasy could be the key to helping war veterans battling mental health issues (Daily Mail)
  • Medical examiner: Ecstasy, pre-existing condition killed University of Iowa student Sean Wu (The Gazette)
  • Robert Spencer Apparently "Spiked" With Ecstasy While In Iceland (The Reykjavík Grapevine)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • The Medicine is the Teacher: A Conversation with Dennis McKenna about Ayahuasca, Shamanism, and Psychotherapy (Psychedelic Times)
  • Ayahuasca: A Cautionary Tale For Tourists Eager To Try This Shamanic Brew (Collective Evolution)
  • What is ayahuasca, the shaman's brew? (Mother Nature Network)
  • 'The Last Shaman' follows a young man's Peruvian journey in search of mental health (Los Angeles Times)
  • James Freeman's journey to find cure for depression (News.com.au)

Iboga/Ibogaine

  • The Hallucinogenic Tree That Cures Addiction in One Dose (Inverse)
  • Psychedelic Drug Banned In The U.S. May Help Battle Addiction (CBS San Francisco Bay Area)
  • Diego Novella experienced eight-hour 'dream-like state' after taking ibogaine (The Citizen)

Morning Glory Seeds

  • These Radiation-Proof Flower Seeds Could Help Spark Life on Exoplanets (Science Alert)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Sources: Times Square driver was apparently high on synthetic marijuana (K2) at time of pedestrian crash (WABC-TV)

Dissociatives

  • FDA Data Support Ketamine as Depression Therapy (MedPage Today)
  • Remembering When the 'Titanic' Crew Ate PCP-Spiked Clam Chowder (VICE)
  • New Jersey Minivan Driver Stops Rush Hour Traffic To Masturbate While On PCP (Jalopnik)
  • Dude has a hilarious reaction to a strong painkiller (Mashable)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Heroin epidemic pushing up hepatitis C infections in US (WBRC)
  • What You Need to Know About 'Gray Death' (ATTN:)
  • Inside Myanmar's Surprisingly Harsh Heroin Rehab Centers (VICE)
  • Pet Rat In Vancouver Overdoses On Heroin, Saved By Narcan (NPR)
  • An Experiment Helps Heroin Users Test Their Street Drugs For Fentanyl (KUNC)
  • Seattle heroin injection site plan faces new problems from voters (KVI)
  • The Best and Worst States For Naloxone Access (The Fix)
  • The US and Mexico may be teaming up to fight heroin, but the enemy is tougher than it appears (Stamford Advocate)
  • The way we talk about opioid addiction hasn't really changed (Macleans)
  • The Scary Reason Some Are Calling This Drug a 'Weapon of Mass Destruction' (ATTN:)
  • Party drugs increasingly being laced with fentanyl (CTV News)
  • Heroin Deaths Spike as Pills Harder to Find (NBC6 Miami)
  • Why Jeff Sessions' Memo Won't Fix the Opioid Epidemic (ATTN:)

Kratom

  • Police worried about herbal product that can be used to achieve opiate-like high (CTV News)
  • WKRN Nashville Kratom Scare Story Sourced From Scientology Propaganda (Inquisitr)
  • Man Arrested For Selling Herb Some Opioid Addicts Call A Lifesaver (Vocativ)

Khat

  • Man charged after illegal khat, tobacco seized at Edmonton business (CBC News)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Jeff Sessions Re-Escalates the Drug War By Ordering Prosecutors to Seek Maximum Sentences (Reason)
  • Georgia PD: Our Drug Recognition Experts Are More Accurate Than Drug Tests (Reason)
  • Trained "Drug Recognition Expert" Cop Wrongly Arrested Innocent Woman for Weed (ATTN:)
  • These Women Are Fighting Sexism in Psychedelic Research (VICE)
  • More Workers Are Testing Positive for Drugs Than in the Last 12 Years (TIME)
  • What if the Other Part of Immersive VR is Psychedelic Drugs? (Edgy Labs)
  • Sex workers who use psychedelic drugs have lower suicide risk, study finds (The Globe and Mail)
  • The Legendary Psychedelic Symposium Returns at ESPD50: Interview with Dennis McKenna (Psychedelic Times)
  • President Donald Trump and Colombia's President Just Clashed on Drug Policy (ATTN:)
  • Could psychedelics become an accepted treatment for mental health problems? (The Telegraph)
  • Neural changes after taking psychedelic drugs may reflect "heightened consciousness" (The British Psychological Society)
  • Kids Urged to Watch Our for Sugary Candies That Have Been Laced with Drugs (TIME)
  • Rand Paul: Sessions Misled Me on Drug Sentencing (Reason)
  • Psychedelics in The Lab and Clinic – Making Up For Lost Time (Neuroscience News)
  • California Senate Passes Bill Easing Up on Some Drug Sentencing (Reason)
  • Chris Christie Has Zero Credibility on Drug Policy (NORML)

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 - 5.13.17

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Image by Pedro Travassos, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

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

1. Our species has experienced three major revolutions thus far: the agricultural revolution, the industrial revolution, and the information revolution. We are on the cusp of the next big one, and the way that we handle the automation revolution will determine whether those who will inevitably experience technological displacement will suffer unnecessarily or not. At the core of this author's argument is the need for humans to change our relationship with money, something that I have been fascinated with ever since reading Charles Eisenstein's book Sacred Economics. This week's article is an excellent overview of automation and the concept of universal basic income, and is worth sharing far and wide.

2. The New York Times featured a thought experiment in the form of an interactive quiz asking its readers, "which tech giant would you drop?" The choices were some of the biggest technology companies in the world: Alphabet (Google's parent company), Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon. This quiz was mentioned in several tech blogs and podcasts last week, and it's an interesting thing to consider. My choices were as follows (in order of which company I would drop first to last):

  1. Microsoft
  2. Facebook
  3. Amazon
  4. Alphabet
  5. Apple

I don't rely on Microsoft for anything that I can think of—I don't want to own a PC or Xbox, nor do I use Skype. Facebook provides some value to my life, as does its app Instagram, but I could give it up before the other three. Amazon is a convenient way to order physical items and ebooks for my Kindle, and I do use Amazon Prime Video on occasion, but it doesn't get nearly as much use for me as the other two. However, a considerable amount of the Internet relies on Amazon Web Services; without it we would be missing a large amount of content on the web. I do feel like another hosting service could replace AWS though. I don't use Google as my primary search engine, and I have recently switched over from using my Gmail address to my new Think Wilder domain address, david@thinkwilder.com, but Google owns YouTube, which is my main form of video consumption by far, and it brings considerable value to my life. Finally, Apple is the last company that I would give up. In my opinion, using other companies' hardware, software and service offerings is an extremely sub-par way to experience computing technology. If you're interested in taking the quiz, take the link above and give it a shot.

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

This Week in Psychedelics - 5.12.17

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Daily dose of cannabis extract could reverse brain's decline in old age, study suggests (The Guardian)
  • Vermont's Legislature Just Became the First to Approve Recreational Marijuana (TIME)
  • Researchers See Potential in Cannabis to Fight Opioid Epidemic (NBC Bay Area)
  • Why Experts Say You're Buying Marijuana the Wrong Way (ATTN:)
  • Delaware Legislature Advances Full Legalization To Full House Vote (NORML)
  • Like Most Americans, NFL Players Think They Should Be Allowed to Use Medical Marijuana (Reason)
  • While There's Money and Hope in Cannabis, Technologists Beware (Philadelphia Magazine)
  • Cannabis: It's Getting Better All the Time (Cannabis Now)
  • Washington: Support For Marijuana Policy Reform Surges Post-Legalization (NORML)
  • 'This Trail Was Blazed by Patients': An Interview With Cannabis Advocate Montel Williams (Leafly)
  • Chile starts selling cannabis medicines at some pharmacies (FOX Business)
  • A Quick Guide to Denver's Proposed Cannabis Club Rules (Leafly)
  • Nevada: Retail Marijuana Sales To Begin This July (NORML)
  • Five-day 'cannabis retreat' in California offers drug-infused meals and activities to help guests 'find themselves' (The Sun)
  • New Hampshire: Decriminalization Passes Senate, Soon Heads To Governor To Sign (NORML)
  • A Wedding Fit For Cannabis Lovers (Leafly)
  • Vermont Awaits Decision From Governor on Cannabis Legalization (Leafly)
  • Cardiff pro-cannabis march calls for drugs cafes (BBC)
  • Trump's Medical Marijuana Threat Contradicts the Law and His Own Position (Reason)
  • Cannabis Legalization Ballot Drive Launches in Michigan (Leafly)
  • Atlanta City Council Considers Decriminalization of Marijuana (NORML)

LSD

  • First-Ever LSD Microdosing Study Will Pit the Human Brain Against AI (Motherboard)
  • Does LSD 'Microdosing' Really Work? Study Aims to Find Out (Live Science)
  • Nicholas Sand, manufacturer of LSD in the 1960s – obituary (The Telegraph)
  • LSD: Should We Legalize It? (National Monitor)
  • This is what happens to your brain on LSD (Indy 100)
  • Tragic student in death plunge after taking LSD bought on the Dark Web (Scottish Daily Record)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

MDMA/Ecstasy

Ayahuasca/DMT

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Religious Freedom, Brought To You By Animal Sacrifice And Peyote (MTV News)
  • Learning to be an Ayahuasca and San Pedro Shaman (The Professional Hobo)

Morning Glory Seeds

  • These Flowers Hold Clues To Spreading Life Beyond Earth (Gizmodo)

Dissociatives

  • Ketamine Has a Reputation: Not Just for Pain, but for Depression (National Pain Report)
  • There's new evidence that a 'party drug' is a rapid-fire treatment for depression (Business Insider)
  • Police: Drunk Woman Driving On I-87 Found With Large Amounts Of PCP, Cocaine (Hudson Valley Post)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Trump Is Slashing Fundings for the Agency Fighting the Opioid Crisis (ATTN:)
  • North Korea Is A Major Opium Producer, Making It A Prime Target For The CIA (MintPress News)
  • Heroin epidemic pushing up hepatitis C infections in US (ABC News)
  • Florida Lawmakers Impose Harsh New Mandatory Minimums for Fentanyl (Reason)
  • Mexico Army Fights Surge in Violence for Control of Poppy Country (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Woman Arrested After Trying to Smuggle Heroin Strapped to Her Butt Into the U.S. (Inside Edition)

Absinthe

Kava

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Scientists Want You to Give Them Money to Study Psychedelics (WIRED)
  • Psychedelic Therapy: The Cure for PTSD? (Paste Magazine)
  • Las Vegas Now Has Syringe Vending Machines for Drug Users (ATTN:)
  • Pill Testing May Have Just Got A Whole Lot Easier (Stoney Roads)
  • 'My fear of dying was gone': Former cancer patient says psychedelic drugs helped him cope with end of life anxiety (The Independent)
  • Sessions weighs return to harsher punishments for low-level drug crimes (The Washington Post)
  • Scientists Uncover a Higher State of Consciousness (TrendinTech)
  • Donald Trump Reportedly Plans to Gut the Drug Czar's Office (Reason)
  • Are psychedelics the new medical marijuana? (ABC10)
  • Marijuana, LSD and the story of other schedule 1 drugs (ABC10)

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.

This Week in Psychedelics - 5.5.17

The rise and fall and rise of ketamine, morning glory could be one of the first crops on Mars, Uruguayans sign up for state cannabis in world first, psychedelic drugs could reduce the risk of suicide, and more in this week's update.