Australian Grass Got Kangaroos So High on DMT They Couldn’t Walk Straight

Emma Betuel, writing for Inverse:

Viral videos of distressed kangaroos bouncing around erratically have stirred up concern and sympathy across the internet. Despite claims that these kangaroos look “drunk,” it might be more accurate to say that these kangaroos are high. They’ve been eating DMT-laced grass for days, and if earlier research on what the plant does to sheep holds true for kangaroos, it’s also causing a slew of other weird and potentially fatal effects.

At first glance this headline might sound funny or even cute, but one look at the video embedded in the article will show you how horrifyingly disorienting and potentially dangerous this is for the kangaroos.


Sri Lanka Will Start Hanging Its Drug Dealers to 'Replicate the Success of Philippines'

 Casey Quackenbush, writing for TIME:

Sri Lanka’s president says the South Asian nation will start hanging drug offenders, hoping to “replicate the success” of the Philippines’ bloody war on drugs, the Guardian reports.

“From now on, we will hang drug offenders without commuting their death sentences,” Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena told his cabinet, according to his spokesman Rajitha Senaratne, adding that he “was ready to sign the death warrants” of repeat drug offenders.

“We were told that the Philippines has been successful in deploying the army and dealing with this problem. We will try to replicate their success,” Senaratne said.

Duterte is rubbing off on the government in a predominantly Buddhist country now.


Thai Cave Boys Given Ketamine During Miraculous Rescue to Keep Them Calm

Alex Diaz and Mark Hodge, writing for The Sun:

Their recovery is said to be going well despite reports they were given the tranquilliser during their rescue in Thailand.

A source said: “The concern was that the boys would panic and put themselves at risk. They were given ketamine to stop that from happening. Thankfully, it worked. We’re all delighted that everyone made it out safely.”

Interesting to find out that the boys were given ketamine to help calm them down. How much, and at what point of the escape was it administered? Dissociatives don't exactly make operating the physical body any easier—especially at higher doses—and the boys had to go traverse an extremely challenging and dangerous evacuation route.


This Week in Psychedelics - 7.13.18

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Cannabis

  • Israel Moving to Decriminalize Marijuana Use This Week (High Times)
  • Marijuana Is Not a Holy Sacrament, Rules Indiana Judge Following First Church of Cannabis Lawsuit (Newsweek)
  • Maine: Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Expand Medical Marijuana Access (NORML)
  • Rhode Island: Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Legislation Into Law (NORML)
  • Oklahoma Governor Signs Restrictive Amendments To State’s Voter-Initiated Marijuana Law (NORML)
  • Caribbean Nations Agree To Consider Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)
  • Brazil Lawmaker Puts Marijuana Legalization On the Table (Marijuana Moment)
  • Coming soon to a lab near you? Genetically modified cannabis (Nature)
  • New York Enacts Emergency Rules Allowing Medical Marijuana As Opioid Replacement (Marijuana Moment)
  • Congress Could Vote On These Marijuana Amendments Next Week (Unless GOP Blocks Them Again) (Marijuana Moment)
  • Democrats still haven't figured out that legal weed is a winning issue (Los Angeles Times)
  • Voters Across Wisconsin Will Weigh In On Marijuana Legalization This November (Marijuana Moment)
  • Medical Marijuana Reduces Opioid Prescriptions, Another Study Finds (Forbes)
  • Utah’s state-funded study of pot’s effects on pain delayed (Associated Press)
  • Here Are The Most And Least Marijuana-Friendly Newspapers, According To Science (Marijuana Moment)
  • North Dakota: Advocates Turn In Signatures For 2018 Adult Use Initiative (NORML)
  • Legal Marijuana Is Coming to Canada. Investors Catch the Buzz. (The New York Times)
  • The love drug: can marijuana improve our sex lives? (The Guardian)
  • Where Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Stands On Marijuana And Drug Policy (Marijuana Moment)
  • NORML Blasts Police for Chasing Cannabis Suspect With Bulldozer (Leafly)
  • Sophia Gibson: Cannabis oil wait girl admitted to hospital (BBC)
  • Here Are The DEA’s Newest Slang Terms for Marijuana: ‘Shoes,’ ‘My Brother’ And More (Marijuana Moment)
  • Study Finds Cannabis May Not Be Effective at Treating Chronic Pain (High Times)
  • A Florida Man Arrested for Pot Is in Jail Until He Lets Deputies Search His Phones (Reason)
  • Prop. 64 didn’t legalize every cannabis crime, but arrests are falling fast (The Orange County Register)
  • Congress Debates Marijuana Legalization And Impaired Driving (Marijuana Moment)
  • Can Cannabis Be Considered a Psychedelic? (East Bay Express)
  • Why I Take Cannabis Terpenes Instead of Smoking Weed (Bon Appetit)
  • Ian Hamilton: Decisions about medicinal cannabis should be made by the health department (The BMJ)
  • This Band Photographer Smoked Weed Once and Says He Wrote the Next Bible (VICE)
  • ‘Legalise cannabis and tap into market’ (The Times)
  • Five Dream Destinations For Cannabis Weddings And Honeymoons (Forbes)
  • Digging Deeper into Cannabis Product Strategy (Market Realist)
  • Myths and misconceptions about cannabis (Jamaica Observer)
  • Lebanon minister plans to cash in on cannabis (Dhaka Tribune)
  • Attitudes to cannabis a mass of contradictions (Cyprus Mail)

LSD

  • Coroner: Oregon teen killed by semi had LSD in his system (SaukValley.com)
  • Two teenagers hospitalized after buying LSD from dealer on Snapchat, police say (MassLive)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Donald Trump shaped ecstasy pills flood Britain as US President ready to meet The Queen (The Sun)

Ayahuasca/DMT/5-MeO-DMT

  • 19-year-old Spaniard rescued from drug-fuelled doomsday sect in Peru jungle (The Local)
  • Ayahuasca: Ritual psychedelic turns modern-day anti-depressant (PLoS Blogs)
  • Remembering Wholeness: Ayahuasca and the Structural Violence of Modern Life (Kahpi)
  • Can Ayahuasca Help Those With Severe Depression? (The Fix)
  • He called it a hair tonic, feds called it illegal, but the name is ‘ayahuasca’ (Tampa Bay Times)

Dissociatives

  • Thai cave boys given ketamine during miraculous rescue to keep them calm as new footage shows the team waving and smiling in hospital (The Sun)
  • Business of using ketamine to treat depression, PTSD, other ailments is growing (Northern Nevada Business View)
  • Hennepin Healthcare Suspends Trial Of Paramedics Administering Ketamine (WCCO)
  • Man accused of killing his own mother: "If it wasn't for PCP, she'd be here" (KTRK-TV)

Opiates/Opioids

  • More People Are Inhaling Heroin, and It's Destroying Brain Tissue (Gizmodo)
  • Nevada to become first state to execute inmate with fentanyl (The Guardian)
  • Addicted people often end up in jail. That can be deadly for them (The Boston Globe)
  • US Surgeon General Urges More Americans to Carry Naloxone (Clinical Advisor)
  • Demonized in absentia: What The Nation got wrong about child welfare and opioids (NCCPR Child Welfare Blog)
  • Patients can get—and pharmacists can provide—naloxone at the pharmacy. Why don’t they? (American Pharmacists Association)

Kratom

Kava

  • Kavasutra Kava Bar serves its libations with a side of sexism and transphobia, followers have complained (Sun Sentinel)
  • Taking Pacific kava quality to new heights (Scoop.co.nz)

Khat

  • Village in Mandera County bans miraa chewing men from marrying their girls (Daily Nation)
  • Health Ministry bans the use of khat (Khmer Times)
  • Tarime ambulance seized for allegedly transporting khat (The Citizen)
  • Djibouti's khat, an expensive habit (France 24)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Japan Just Executed the Leaders of an LSD-Fueled Doomsday Science Cult (Motherboard)
  • Why psychedelics could be the new class of antidepressant (The Independent)
  • Yes, Make Psychedelics Legally Available, but Don't Forget the Risks (Scientific American)
  • Government will not 'stand in the way' of drug testing at festivals, says Home Office (The Independent)
  • Become one with art at Tokyo's psychedelic digital museum (Engadget)
  • Sri Lanka Will Start Hanging Its Drug Dealers to 'Replicate the Success of Philippines' (TIME)
  • Toronto’s chief medical officer calls for decriminalization of all drugs for personal use (The Globe and Mail)
  • People are using Fitbits and Apple Watches to monitor their heart rate when binging on drugs — and doctors say it's a bad idea (CNBC)
  • Automating molecule design to speed up drug development (MIT News)
  • UK Drug Policy is Fuelling an HIV Outbreak in Scotland (Talking Drugs)
  • So, You Want To Find a Psychedelic Guide? (Psychedelics Today)
  • Cities Planning Supervised Drug Injection Sites Fear Justice Department Reaction (NPR)
  • Can Psychedelics Make You More Creative? (Kahpi)
  • Do Psychedelics Have the Power to Change Minds? (Chacruna)
  • Can Psychedelics Help Save the Planet? Interview with James Oroc (Psychedelic Times)
  • Children are one of the 'War on Drugs' casualties (The Hill)
  • Psychedelic Feminism Grants Hand Talking Stick to Women (Zoe Helene)
  • Why Is There Such A Stigma Surrounding Psychedelics? (Psychedelic Heaven)
  • Does Akuamma Give You The Euphoria Feeling? (Kratom Guides)

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.

Japan Just Executed the Leaders of an LSD-Fueled Doomsday Science Cult

Daniel Oberhaus, writing for Motherboard:

Aum Shinrikyo was a religious cult for the internet age. Its members blended yoga, terrorism, murder, chemical weapon production, arms manufacturing, and software development to create a multinational LSD-fueled monster. This is the story of Aum’s creation, the role of science in its terrorist activities, and why the cult’s vision never really died.

Holy shit. What a story.

Many of these members were highly educated students and wealthy businessmen. According to a 1996 Wired feature on Aum, many of the cult's recruits were “the otaku—Japan's version of computer nerds—technofreaks who spent their free time logged on to electronic networks and amassing data of every type.” As such, Aum relied heavily on science fiction imagery and grandeur to pedal its vision of nuclear armageddon and techno-redemption to attract new members. Indeed, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy served as a sort of “bible” for the sect, which also aspired to build a utopian community of scientists.

This serves as a good reminder that nerds are not immune to bullshit. Or murders and chemical weapons, for that matter.