Psychoactives

More People Try Drugs for the First Time in the Summer

Arman Azad, writing for CNN:

Summer brings heat waves, trips to the beach and sometimes painful sunburns. But according to a new study, the season may also usher in the use of cocaine, ecstasy and molly.

People are more likely to try those three party drugs and marijuana during the summer, researchers found, with over a third of LSD use and around 30% of ecstasy and marijuana use starting in the season. Around 28% of cocaine use also began in the summer.

The findings, published Tuesday in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, suggest a slight but consistent increase in people's willingness to try drugs as the weather warms and young people take a break from school.

Be safe out there this summer.


Psychedelics Decriminalization Moves Forward in Cities Around the U.S.

Kyle Jaeger, writing for Marijuana Moment:

Activists in Berkeley, California and Port Townsend, Washington took steps this week to get psilocybin mushrooms and other psychedelics decriminalized, following in the footsteps of successful similar efforts in Denver and Oakland.

In Berkeley, a decriminalization resolution advanced in a City Council committee on Wednesday, and organizers in Port Townsend spoke about their proposal at a county public health board meeting on Thursday, with plans to formally present it to the City and County Council.

The Berkeley measure would prohibit city departments and law enforcement from using any funds to enforce laws against possession, propagation and consumption of psychedelics by individuals 21 or older. Members of the City Council Public Safety committee unanimously voted to send the resolution to the body’s Public Health Committee for further consideration.

If that panel approves the measure, the full Council will schedule a hearing and vote on final passage. Decriminalize Nature, the group behind this resolution as well as the successful passage of neighboring Oakland’s psychedelics decriminalization effort last month, said they hope the Council will act on the measure by early November.

Separately, activists in Port Townsend announced that they delivered a speech about their psychedelics decriminalization proposal during a meeting of the Jefferson County Board of Health.

Now Berkeley and Port Townsend are making tangible moves to decriminalize psychedelics. And that’s not all:

Individuals from nearly 100 cities have reached out to the organization for assistance advancing their own decriminalization efforts.

With any luck, by this time next year at least a handful of other locales will have achieved psychedelic decriminalization as well.


California Claims the Crown for the Nation’s First Recreational Pot Cafes

Randy Robinson, writing for MERRY JANE:

The first cannabis cafe that can actually serve weed and THC-infused beverages to any adult 21 and over is coming to the Los Angeles area, thanks to Lowell Herb Co.

Bout time.


First MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Trial Successful in Combatting Alcoholism

Karlie Powell, writing for Your EDM:

MDMA in conjunction with psychotherapy appears to be successful in treating alcoholism, according to a new clinical study.

The first-of-its-kind trial was conducted over eight weeks and saw four patients from different walks of life: “a 54-year-old mother-of-three, a 34-year-old man with two children, a retired man who had been drinking for 30 years and a former heroin user.” Each were treated with weekly psychotherapy sessions and monthly doses of 99.9 percent pure MDMA.

Two of the adults “slipped up” and had a single drink each over the eight weeks. However, the other two subjects remained completely sober for the entirety of the treatment. Although this was a small, four-person study, the results proved to be quite remarkable.

Three of the four people taking part in the trial attempted to quit drinking before the MDMA treatment. None of them succeeded. This time around, they all managed to stay sober for at least nine months.

This is a preliminary study with impressive results, and according to what I’ve heard from one little birdy this is just the start—there is more where this came from.


YouTube Software Engineer Arrested After an LSD Rampage

David Mack, writing for BuzzFeed News:

It began with a group of friends renting a seaside home in California for the Independence Day holiday weekend.

It ended with one of the men arrested and in a hospital, fighting for his life, after he was shot by sheriff's deputies following what authorities say was an LSD-fueled rampage that left eight people injured.

Betai Koffi, a 32-year-old San Francisco software engineer at YouTube, was arrested Thursday by Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies after he allegedly punched, choked, and stabbed friends, strangers, and authorities, and rammed them with a vehicle, during his bad trip.

What a horrific tale. I feel terrible for everyone involved, and it’s scenarios like this one that highlight why accurate drug education and psychedelic harm reduction are of utmost importance as drug use continues to become less taboo and more people start experimenting with powerful psychoactive substances like LSD.