Psychoactives

The World’s Biggest Dark Net Market Has Shut Down

Mike Power, writing for VICE:

Just over two weeks ago, on the 26th of March, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide logged on to the dark net market site, Dream, and found the following message:

[This market is shutting down on 04/30/2019 and is transferring its services to a partner company, onion address: [REDACTED] onion (currently offline, opening soon)]

All buying and selling on Dream (the largest, longest-running and most-used dark net market) had been halted. Most vendors and users have, however, been able to access the site and withdraw funds. But when it shuts for good at the end of the month, it will mark the closure of hundreds of thousands of listings generating millions of dollars in trade each week.

The move has left customers, observers and dealers wondering whether Dream’s closure could mark a shift in the way the dark web is used to buy and sell drugs. There is talk of a mysterious new and yet-to-open partner site, but many are wondering whether this could be a honeypot devised by the authorities.

Something seems a bit off here.


China Enters Magic Mushroom Industry

Psilocybin Technology:

On April 05, 2019, Wuhan General Group, Inc. announced that its subsidiary MJ MedTech, Inc. (MJ MedTech) has created a new division dedicated to exploring opportunities in the psychedelic medicine space. […]

MJ MedTech’s new division, M2BIO aims to develop new therapies that will help patients who suffer from mental illness and ease the burden on healthcare systems globally. Accordingly, M2BIO will be exploring additional indications for psilocybin, with the goal of bringing new therapies to market in the years to come.

Although the psilocybin industry is in its early stages, all signs point to rapid growth in the space.  Recently COMPASS Pathways and CaaMTech have reported significant progress in commercial psilocybin related research and development.  In the United States, Oregon, Iowa, Colorado (Denver), California, and Vermont have made steps towards legalizing or decriminalizing psilocybin.

This space is getting hot.


Inside an Innovative Study of MDMA Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder

Kiran Sidhu, writing for Filter:

Dr. Ben Sessa, a UK-based psychiatrist, is currently running Britain’s first ever clinical study with MDMA, in Bristol, for people with alcohol use disorder. So far, seven people have completed the course with no relapse.

I’m a huge Ben Sessa fan—can’t wait to see the results from this study.


Take Rooster Magazine's 2019 Ultimate Drug Survey Now!

There’s a new survey you can take over at Rooster Magazine:

Here it is folks, the completely anonymous and ungraded test you all haven't been waiting for — Rooster Magazine's first annual Ultimate Drug Survey. 

We want to know what it is that makes drug users tick, why they do it, what they have to say about it. The following is a series of questions ranging from your first time to the last bender. We want it all. Again, this is a completely anonymous form and we're totally not cops. We're one of you.

Results of the survey will be posted in next month's issue. Stay tuned online for expanded results as well. 

I just submitted my survey, and you should too. It’s always interesting to see what drug use looks like around the world, and this survey is much faster to fill out than the annual Global Drug Survey.


Street Cannabis ‘Contains Dangerous Amount of Fecal Matter’

BBC:

Traces of E.coli bacteria and the Aspergillus fungus were found by analysts who examined 90 samples bought in and around the Spanish capital.

The samples of hashish were wrapped up in plastic "acorns" were the worst offenders, reportedly because of the way they are smuggled into the country.

Some 40% of these also had the aroma of faeces, the study's lead author said.

Apparently there’s a two-in-five chance of buying literally shitty weed on the streets of Spain.