This Week in Psychedelics

This Week in Psychedelics - 12.7.18

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Cannabis

  • Luxembourg next to legalise recreational cannabis use (Just Food)

  • Marijuana's Ten Biggest Victories Of 2018 (Forbes)

  • Vaporized Marijuana Produces A Stronger High Than Smoking It, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Fake Vape Cartridges Are Disrupting the Legal Weed Industry and Duping Black Market Buyers (MERRY JANE)

  • CBD Vape Liquid Contains Dangerous Ingredients (Tonic)

  • How Ancient Viruses Gave Us Marijuana As We Know It Today (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pot of gold: how the beauty industry fell for cannabis (The Guardian)

  • Nearby Marijuana Shops Make Homes And Rentals More Valuable, Studies Show (Marijuana Moment)

  • US Tax Court Rules That Legal Cannabis Dispensaries Are Just Drug Traffickers (Civilized)

  • Two-year-old girl becomes 'first child to be prescribed medical cannabis in UK' (ITV News)

  • Recreational Cannabis is Now Legal in the US State of Michigan (Talking Drugs)

  • Utah Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana ‘Compromise’ Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Denver officials want to erase low-level marijuana offenses (AP News)

  • Use marijuana tax dollars to fix the subways? No: Dedicate the funds to people who've been hurt by prohibition (New York Daily News)

  • Surgeon General Says Marijuana’s Schedule I Status Hinders Research (Marijuana Moment)

  • Missouri Lawmaker Files Marijuana Legalization Bill After Voters Approve Medical Cannabis (Marijuana Moment)

  • When the pharmacist laughed at my pain, he laughed at all of us (The Times)

  • Feds try to squash Blackfeet medical marijuana legalization (Great Falls Tribune)

  • We ban cannabis but let people eat as much meat as they want. That makes no sense (The Guardian)

  • As Altria Eyes Pot, Philip Morris CEO Ignores Peer Pressure (Bloomberg)

  • Maryland marijuana panel approves ban on cannabis advertising on billboards, radio, TV and other media (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Major Alcohol Association Briefs Congress On Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Lawsuit Alleges California Cops Stole Weed and Cash During Traffic Stops (Reason)

  • Instagram Shuts Down a Popular Cannabis Account—Repeatedly (The Stranger)

  • 'Cooking with cannabis' classes are teaching Marylanders how to make their own marijuana edibles (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Lawmakers Reach Compromise Over Controversial Hemp Legalization Felony Provision (Marijuana Moment)

  • Potential Big Tobacco Acquisition Causes Cannabis Company's Stock to Soar (Forbes)

  • Marijuana legalization is working; most American are on board (USA Today)

  • Why Has the Food Industry Become So Obsessed with CBD? (Munchies)

  • Cannabis In The Next Congress: Will Republicans Try To Steal The Spotlight? (Forbes)

  • The Cannabis Industry Is Scaling With The Help Of New Technologies (Forbes)

  • Rhode Island Republican House Leader Embraces Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

LSD

  • LSD Changes Something About The Way You Perceive Time (Tonic)

  • Welcome to the trip of your life: the rise of underground LSD guides (The Guardian)

  • Going Out on a High: the Doctor Advocating LSD for the Dying (OZY)

  • The World's First-Ever Acid Trip Actually Kinda Sucked (VICE)

  • I Microdosed LSD To Ease Depression And Gain Creative Clarity (HuffPost)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Study Finds Microdosing with Psilocybin Truffles Enhances Creativity (Psychedelic Times)

  • Oregon May Vote in 2020 to Legalize Psychedelic Mushrooms in Therapy (Fortune)

  • Couple sentenced in fatal stabbing over psychedelic mushrooms (Kitsap Sun)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Five US Sites Are Now Enrolling Patients for MDMA Clinical Trials (Futurism)

  • MDMA Boosts Social Bonding, Improves Cooperation (Medscape)

  • MDMA helping with PTSD and Autism (EDMTunes)

  • Ex-Grammar school student, 19, died after taking ecstasy in Spanish club where temperatures soared to 116F and water cost £20-a-pint (Daily Mail)

  • Man died of acute MDMA toxicity on the night of his 46th birthday (Independent.ie)

Ayahuasca/DMT/5-MeO-DMT

  • Indigenous Ayahuasca: What Can We Learn? (The Third Wave)

  • Sexual Assault and Gender Politics in Ayahuasca Traditions: A View from Brazil (Chacruna)

  • Ayahuasca Gave Me a Backstage Pass to the Theatre of Well-being (Kahpi)

  • 'Kentucky Ayahuasca': Chief Shaman of Aya Quest Steve Hupp reveals what drove him to offer therapy with the Schedule 1 drug: 'America needs this!' (Meaww)

  • I Took Ayahuasca at a Countryside Retreat and It Was as Profound as They Say It Is (VICE)

  • Returning to Ayahuasca after three years away — night 4 (Graham Hancock)

Iboga/Ibogaine

  • Psyched up: a visionary therapy or a trip into the unknown (NZ Herald)

Dissociatives

  • Can We Stop Suicides? (The New York Times)

  • Depression: Ketamine prevents loss of pleasure in primates (Medical News Today)

  • Fear mongering nitrous oxide is no laughing matter (AOD MEDIA WATCH)

  • Attorney: DC man took PCP before takeover of Metrobus that turned fatal (WTOP)

  • PCP-Crazed Man Exposes Himself In Woodbridge: Police (Patch)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Dark web dealers voluntarily ban deadly fentanyl (The Guardian)

  • This Drug Is 10 Times Stronger than Fentanyl But Still Safer than Cannabis, Says FDA (Civilized)

  • Opium poppy cultivation up 21% in two years to over 30,000 hectares (Mexico News Daily)

  • Why You May Be Denied Life Insurance For Carrying Naloxone (WBUR)

  • China agrees to make fentanyl a controlled substance after talks with US at G20 summit (CNN)

  • Don't keep naloxone kit in your car this winter, health advocate warns (CBC)

  • Study: Is equipping high schools with naloxone kits cost-effective? (Western Gazette)

  • Is America Ready For Prescription Heroin? (NPR)

  • Why would anyone cut heroin with fentanyl? It's cheap, these researchers say (NBC News)

  • For many teens, the battle with opioid addiction starts with wisdom teeth (Popular Science)

  • Heroin, fentanyl and the need for more opioid prescriptions, not fewer (Chicago Tribune)

  • America Has an Opium War. China Hadn’t Noticed (Bloomberg)

Cocaine

  • George H.W. Bush’s TV Crack Stunt Exemplified the Cruelty of His Drug Policies (Filter)

  • Dennis Quaid reveals that he used to use 2 grams of cocaine every day before getting clean (Fox News)

  • Cocaine hallucinations led to knifepoint kidnapping, woman tells investigators (The News Journal)

Absinthe

  • When absinthe was a clandestine affair (Swissinfo)

Kratom

  • How a Kratom Ban Will Create Health Risks and Suffering—and Fuel Terrorism (Filter)

  • The FDA's Scott Gottlieb Says Kratom Isn't Legal to Market in the US (HubPages)

  • FDA notes high levels of heavy metal in Kratom (AdvanceWeb)

  • The Many Colors of Kratom Explained (Kratom Guides)

Khat

  • The truth about what miraa does to your body (Hivisasa)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • We Need to Talk About Benzodiazepines—Including Their Use in Drug Combinations (Filter)

  • The Renaissance in Psychedelic Research (Taylor & Francis Online)

  • Psychedelic Retreats And The Future Of Mental Health: A Review (Forbes)

  • Alcohol-related deaths among UK women at highest rate in 10 years (The Guardian)

  • An Open Apology for Racist Language in the Women and Psychedelics Forum (Chacruna)

  • A Collective Open Apology for Response to Racist Language in the Women and Psychedelics Forum (Chacruna)

  • This Is How Coke, Ecstasy, and Meth Would Be Legally Sold (VICE)

  • Trump’s new top AG pick would be his daughter’s boss at Justice. (The Washington Post)

  • The Burgeoning Psychedelics Movement Still Excludes Women and People of Color (Filter)

  • People are dying, and Cuomo is stalling: We need Overdose Prevention Centers in New York now (New York Daily News)

  • Healing the Empire and Elevating the Underground: A Conversation with Rick Doblin (Psychedelic Times)

  • The Psychedelic Resistance (VICE)

  • Surgeon General: Federal drug classification needs changes (WBS Radio)

  • Fewer young people in treatment for drugs yet more admit to use (The Guardian)

  • Tory MP Ross Thomson mocked after falling for ‘obvious’ fake drug app prank (The Scotsman)

  • Going Underground (VICE)

  • The Forgotten Science of Shamanic Plant Whispering (Kahpi)

  • Pennsylvania Prosecutors Brought 186 Drug-Induced Homicide Charges in 2017 (Filter)

  • The Steady Rise of the Trippy Festival (VICE)

  • Artist Joe Roberts: 'The psychedelic experience is an incredible tool' (The Guardian)

  • Safety Guidelines for Guides, Psychedelic Integration Practitioners, and Other Leaders (Tam Integration)

  • This Veteran Is Beating PTSD with Psychedelics (MERRY JANE)

  • Small doses of psychedelics might help you solve problems (Science Focus)

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.

This Week in Psychedelics - 11.30.18

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Cannabis

  • South Korea legalises medical marijuana (Financial Times)

  • New Jersey Lawmakers Move Forward Adult Use Marijuana Legislation (NORML)

  • Brazilian Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Bill to legalise recreational marijuana in ACT has ‘overwhelming support’ (news.com.au)

  • Thailand Legislators Overwhelming Endorse Medical Cannabis Legalisation (Talking Drugs)

  • Using Marijuana Doesn’t Cause Youth Behavioral Problems, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Reconciled Farm Bill Includes Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban (NORML)

  • Pete Sessions And Republicans Block Another Marijuana Amendment (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis expert says we're just scratching the surface in unlocking the plant's potential (news.com.au)

  • First Uruguay, Then Canada, and Now Mexico: Will the United States Be the Next Country to Legalize Cannabis? (Psychedelic Times)

  • Marijuana, mountains and money: How Lesotho is cashing in (BBC)

  • MPP chief sees several more recreational marijuana states in next few years (Marijuana Business Daily)

  • Charity to launch cannabis oil trial in hope of treating skin condition (ITV News)

  • $2.2M spent at Mass. marijuana shops in first five days of sales (WCVB)

  • Bernie Sanders Blasts Marijuana Prohibition In New Book (Marijuana Moment)

  • How to Achieve Weed Equality (VICE)

  • Feds To Host Workshop On Researching Marijuana Under Prohibition (Marijuana Moment)

  • Patents on pot? U.S. lawsuit puts cannabis claims to the test (Reuters)

  • Michael Moore: Put Marijuana On The Ballot To Drive Voter Turnout In 2020 (Marijuana Moment)

  • How The Largest Marijuana Retail Space In The U.S. Plans To Revamp A District (Forbes)

  • A Main Ingredient In Beer Used To Be Marijuana’s ‘Sister,’ Study Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • How Big Will Canada’s Legal Cannabis Market Be? (JSTOR Daily)

  • Marijuana Dispensaries Reduce Local Opioid Overdose Rates, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • You Can't Spell Cannabis Without BS, An Advisor Describes How Not To Get Taken (Forbes)

  • U.S. Air Force Warns About Grandma’s Marijuana-Infused ‘Miracle Sticky Buns’ (Marijuana Moment)

  • Mastering the art and science of cannabis through Canada’s first cannabis sommelier course (The GrowthOp)

  • New Michigan Bills Would Help People Convicted Of Marijuana Offenses (Marijuana Moment)

  • Weed Chefs: Coming to a Screen Near You (Rolling Stone)

  • More Banks Welcome Marijuana Business Accounts, New Federal Report Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • What Women Want: Legal Cannabis That Suits Their Needs (LA Weekly)

  • Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Touts Marijuana Accomplishments In Farewell Speech (Marijuana Moment)

  • Legalizing Marijuana and Gay Marriage Seemed Impossible (Reason)

LSD

  • Long-term systemic treatment with lysergic acid diethylamide causes retinal damage in CD1 mice (SAGE Journals)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Medical Psilocybin Initiative Planned for Oregon 2020 Ballot (Ganjapreneur)

  • Magic Mushroom Used As Sleep Aid (Psychedelics Daily)

  • Cannabis, mushrooms should be part of discussion for treating concussion (The Boston Globe)

  • A Mother-Daughter Mushroom Trip Captured on Film (Psymposia)

  • Magic mushrooms are now being legally tested in therapy sessions in the US (Happy Mag)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • MDMA Clinical Trials Are Now Open for Enrollment at Five Sites in the US (Inverse)

  • Kim Kardashian West Was 'High on Ecstasy' During First Wedding and When She Made a Sex Tape (News18)

  • Put testing labs in town centres to prevent 'needless' deaths, say parents of teens killed by ecstasy overdoses (The Independent)

  • Teen jailed over friends' Basshunter gig MDMA deaths (BBC)

  • Russian gets 18 years for drug smuggling in Vietnam (Crime Russia)

  • MDMA makes people cooperative and helps build trust after betrayal (WIRED)

  • A New High: Phase 2 MDMA Study Results in 76% Success Rate for Treating PTSD (Psychedelic Times)

  • Does MDMA cause brain damage? (GQ)

Ayahuasca/DMT/5-MeO-DMT

  • An exploratory study of experiences with conventional eating disorder treatment and ceremonial ayahuasca for the healing of eating disorders. (PubMed.gov)

  • He Used to Rob Banks. Now he's an Ayahuasca Shaman Performing Psychedelic Healing Ceremonies in Kentucky (Newsweek)

  • Toad Medicine: New Psychedelic Knowledge under Construction? (Chacruna)

  • Returning to Ayahuasca after three years away (Graham Hancock)

  • Returning to Ayahuasca after three years away — nights 2 and 3 (Graham Hancock)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Jeff Goldblum describes taking acid, mescaline (Newshub)

Dissociatives

  • A 'party drug' with potential to be the next blockbuster antidepressant is edging closer to the mainstream, but it could set you back $9,000 (Business Insider)

  • Teenager from NSW dead at Schoolies end of year celebrations on Gold Coast (news.com.au)

Opiates/Opioids

  • 'The Numbers Are So Staggering.' Overdose Deaths Set a Record Last Year. (The New York Times)

  • A U.S. Panel Says China Isn't Doing Enough to Stem the Flow of Fentanyl (TIME)

  • Confirmation of Five Fentanyl Analogues in Schedule I Following Surge in Fatalities Will Do Nothing to Help (Filter)

  • Western researchers study overdose antidote in high schools (The London Free Press)

  • Dad's incredible reaction after his daughter dies of heroin overdose in bathroom (Mirror)

  • Those on front lines of opioid addiction share stories and numbers of naloxone reversals (The Denver Channel)

  • Opioid-Related Deaths Keep Rising As Pain Pill Prescriptions Fall (Reason)

  • NYers Dying While Cuomo Drags Feet On Heroin Sites, Activists Say (Patch)

  • Getting Off Opioids and Other Drugs With Nature’s Remedies (The Environmental Magazine)

Cocaine

  • Would you pay more for ethically sourced cocaine? (TheJournal.ie)

  • Colombia Tries To Get Farmers Out Of The Cocaine Biz. How's That Going? (NPR)

  • El Chapo smuggled $500M worth of cocaine inside jalapeno cans: testimony (New York Post)

  • Essex police warn of dangerous cocaine batch after man dies (The Guardian)

Absinthe

  • Drink From An Absinthe Fountain At This New Basement Bar Dedicated To The Green Fairy (Londonist)

Kratom

Kava

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • The U.S. Needs to Decriminalize Drug Possession Now (Rolling Stone)

  • Russia’s Harm Reductionists Are Once Again Under Attack (Filter)

  • Philippine Court Convicts 3 Police Officers for Drug War Murder (TIME)

  • Sex on Drugs at the Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library (Pharmacosexuality)

  • The Bunk Police is looking to destroy dishonesty in the drug market (Psymposia)

  • New IRS Rule Seems to Violate the First Amendment by Denying Tax-Exempt Status to Drug Policy Reform Groups (Reason)

  • New Zealand Team to Estimate Volume of Drug Sales in Seven Major Dark Web Sites (DeepDotWeb)

  • Interview: Bad boy of French cinema Gaspar Noe on making Climax and taking psychedelics (Flicks)

  • A Response to the Government Review of the Blindly Misinformed Psychoactive Substances Act (Beckley Foundation)

  • Woman sues after spending 3 months in jail over cotton candy mistaken for meth (WMC Action News 5)

  • Public health approach at heart of new drug and alcohol strategy (BBC)

  • Mixed feelings about psychedelic science (The Institute for the Advancement of Psychedelic Christianity)

  • Scottish drug users diverted out of justice system to tackle growing crisis (The Scotsman)

  • El Chapo and the Narco-Spectacle (Jacobin)

  • Breitbart's reporting on the drug war in Mexico is outstanding (Rooster Magazine)

  • What if psychedelics could revolutionize the way you die? (The Conversation)

  • 7 of the best psychedelic books ever written (Big Think)

  • This ‘Three Strikes’ Law Sends People to Die in Federal Prison For Drug Crimes (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.

Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

This Week in Psychedelics - 11.23.18

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Cannabis

  • Massachusetts mayor first in line as recreational marijuana sales begin (CBS News)

  • Federal Marijuana Action Is An ‘Inevitability,’ Trump FDA Chief Says (Marijuana Moment)

  • Joe Kennedy III calls for legalizing marijuana at the federal level (The Hill)

  • Here’s When Michigan’s Marijuana Legalization Law Goes Into Effect (Marijuana Moment)

  • US Senate: Leading Marijuana Prohibitionist Out As Senate Judiciary Chair (NORML)

  • Two New Studies Reveal How Marijuana Can Treat Different Kinds Of Pain (Marijuana Moment)

  • Weed and Pregnancy: How Cannabis Laws Are Hurting Mothers (Rolling Stone)

  • Hemp Will Be A Top 10 Product In 2019, Whole Foods Predicts (Marijuana Moment)

  • The 'Hypocritical' Loophole in New York's Pledge to Stop Prosecuting Marijuana (The Appeal)

  • Canada’s Grand Cannabis Experiment Has Set Scientists Free (The New York Times)

  • Missouri’s Largest County Stops Prosecuting Marijuana Possession (NORML)

  • Here's how N.J. is likely to legalize marijuana under new bill just unveiled by top Democrats (NJ.com)

  • Feds To Discuss Drug Testing Programs In Era Of Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Antigua and Barbuda Set to Pass Inclusive Cannabis Regulation Law (Talking Drugs)

  • Artisanal Edible Cannabis Honey Causes A Buzz (Forbes)

  • Go Ahead and Pack Your Weed This Thanksgiving—the TSA Probably Won't Find It (Reason)

  • FGCU to offer cannabis studies program 2019 (Wink News)

  • 'Blow themselves up:' Police worried about butane hash oil extractions at home (The Daily Courier)

  • Ontario Cannabis Store aware of mouldy products shipped to customers (Daily Hive)

  • How Canada marijuana legalization impacts on Latin American drug policy? (openDemocracy)

  • New Poll Says Cannabis Prohibition Doesn't Work And Americans Don't Want It To (Civilized)

  • Three Incoming House Committee Chairs Call For Marijuana Reform In Next Congress (Marijuana Moment)

  • Teens are trying marijuana before alcohol and tobacco (The Verge)

  • WSU study: Babies of cannabis-using rats show negative cognitive effects (KIRO)

  • South Africa Cannabis Ruling Leads to Pot-Themed Products (Voice of America)

  • Totally Unchill NASA Orders SpaceX Safety Probe Because Elon Musk Legally Smoked Weed (Reason)

  • What's the deal with cannabis capsules? (The GrowthOp)

  • Do We Need Roadside Marijuana Tests? (The Crime Report)

  • Hope for cannabis as treatment for opioid addiction (The Conversation)

  • Greece eyes pot of gold as medicinal cannabis licensed (Reuters)

  • 6 Ways American Colonists Used Cannabis (Civilized)

  • How medical marijuana made me a better mom (The Washington Post)

  • ‘Outliers’ Author Malcolm Gladwell Is Himself An Outlier On Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • How Much Weed Should Someone Try If It's Their First Time? (WIRED)

  • Legalizing Marijuana Is One Of New Connecticut Governor’s ‘Priorities’ (Marijuana Moment)

  • What You Need To Know About Microdosing Cannabis, The New Wellness Trend (Psychedelics Daily)

LSD

  • 'Open-minded, immersive and fun': a review of 'All You need is LSD' (The Boar)

  • News Focus - Dangers of LSD consumption among children (ANTARA News)

  • Yale, Zurich scientists find why LSD makes people trip (Psychedelics Daily)

  • REVEALED: The eerie conspiracy that connects JFK, Charles Manson and Britney Spears (Daily Star)

  • To avoid a bad trip, be prepared before trying LSD (Psychedelics Daily)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • High Dose of Psilocybin in a HIV+ Homeless Shelter (Chacruna)

  • Denver, Colorado Might Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms As Soon As May 2019 (IVN.us)

  • The FDA Has Acknowledged Psilocybin As A Potential Treatment For Depression (Psychedelics Daily)

  • Psychedelic healing: could magic mushrooms help reboot the brain? (Science Focus)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • People on love drug MDMA still know who to trust (ResearchGate)

  • MDMA is now proven to help those with trauma – so let’s decriminalise it and put it back in the medicine cabinet (The Independent)

  • ‘It can rewire people’s brains’: how traumatised veterans turned to underground MDMA therapy (The Guardian)

  • Horrfying moment mother ‘high on ecstasy’ drops her baby and cracks his skull (Metro)

  • Boy, 16, died after taking ecstasy when pal’s mum didn’t call his parents in case they got into trouble (The Sun)

  • What is MDMA and why have there been so many deaths in the West Country? (ITV News)

Ayahuasca/DMT/5-MeO-DMT

  • Controversial hallucinogenic drug use explored in 'Kentucky Ayahuasca,' TV series (Lexington Herald Leader)

  • Everything You Need to Know about Choosing an Ayahuasca Retreat (Kahpi)

  • Welcome to the jungle: experiencing the Amazon in psychedelic virtual reality (The Guardian)

  • A Punch In The Soul: HighExistence Founder Jordan Lejuwaan’s First Ayahuasca Journey (HighExistence)

  • What ayahuasca — Silicon Valleys latest drug of choice — does to your brain and body (Psychedelics Daily)

  • DMT: Learning Science from our Ancestors (in-Training)

  • Ayahuasca Research Boosts Brazilian Psychedelic Science (Psychedelics Daily)

  • What Ayahuasca Is, and What You Should Know About It (Psychedelics Daily)

Iboga/Ibogaine

  • Ibogaine: One Mans Journey To Mexico For Psychedelic Addiction Treatment (Psychedelics Daily)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • 'Legal highs': Street dealers now main source of supply after ban (BBC)

Opiates/Opioids

  • The Radical New Fentanyl Trend That Could Save Lives and Screw Dealers (VICE)

  • Sackler family members face mass litigation and criminal investigations over opioids crisis (The Guardian)

  • UN: Afghan Opium Cultivation Down 20 Percent (Voice of America)

  • AMA Decries the Impact of the CDC's Opioid Guidelines on Pain Treatment (Reason)

  • Multiple vials of naloxone now required to resuscitate Metro Vancouver opioid users (Standard-Freeholder)

  • Understanding Naloxone Standing Orders Is Vital (Pharmacy Times)

  • Saving your child from an opioid overdose (CBS News)

  • Opioid Series: 'Naloxone saved my life' (ABC 4)

  • Naloxone: The life-saving drug more Americans Need (CBS News)

Cocaine

  • Mental health hospital admissions linked to cocaine use treble in 10 years (The Guardian)

  • Mother at large after 2-year-old daughter ingests cocaine (KPRC)

Kratom

  • Scientists Identify the Lethal Dose of Kratom's Active Ingredients (Inverse)

  • Converting Animal Doses to Human Doses (Kratom) (Medium)

  • Federal Authorities Tight-Lipped on When Kratom’s Future Will Be Revealed (Inverse)

  • Is FDA ‘Shadow Ban’ Causing Kratom Shortages? (Pain News Network)

  • American Kratom Association Announces Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Standards for Vendors (PR Newswire)

  • Kratom Erowid – Which Types of Kratom Information You Will See On This Website? (Kratom Guides)

  • Kratom: The leafy green plant that could help with opiate withdrawals (KFMB)

  • Green Bali Kratom: Effects, Dosage, And User Reviews (Kratom Guides)

Kava

Khat

  • Little-known banned drug is becoming worryingly popular in Liverpool (Liverpool Echo)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Take Part in the World's Biggest Anonymous Drugs Survey (VICE)

  • A Brief History of Swedish Psychedelia (The Oak Tree Review)

  • I Survived Sexual Abuse In The Amazon And Victim Blame At Home (Psymposia)

  • Let’s Talk About Compass And Psychedelic Capitalism: Interview with Rick Doblin (Psychedelic Times)

  • A Brief History of Psychedelics in the Western World (Psychedelics Today)

  • A Vermont needle exchange isn’t just giving out syringes. It’s offering treatment on the spot. (Vox)

  • El Chapo Witness Details Brutal Drug War Murders (The New York Times)

  • Denver City Council will OK supervised drug use to save people from overdosing (Denverite)

  • Drugs and alcohol complicate sexual consent, but context can make things clearer (The Conversation)

  • Radical Risk Reduction For Event And Community Organizers (Chacruna)

  • Opioids Are In the Spotlight. But Meth Hospitalizations Are Surging (TIME)

  • Time’s Up For “Silencing” Tactics (Psymposia)

  • Joe Biden’s Ideal Drug War (Drug WarRant)

  • Harm reduction is the right way to treat drug abuse (The Economist)

  • How 'fixing rooms' are saving the lives of drug addicts (The Guardian)

  • We need harm reduction drug education, not drug prevention education (AOD MEDIA WATCH)

  • Exploring Consciousness with Psychedelics (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.

This Week in Psychedelics - 11.16.18

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Cannabis

  • Will 2019 be the Year of Federal Marijuana Law Reform? (The Marijuana Times)

  • Thai lawmakers back legalizing medical marijuana (Associated Press)

  • Study Finds CBD Alleviates Psychotic Disorder Symptoms (Psychedelic Times)

  • Pot approved for research, medical use (Bangkok Post)

  • Medical cannabis: Death sentence prompts Malaysia to re-think harsh laws (BBC)

  • Why Women Support Legal Marijuana Less Than Men, According To A New Study (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Complicated Relationship Between IP Law & Cannabis (IPWatchdog)

  • Marijuana Use Doesn’t Affect Outcome Of Kidney Transplants, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Will Michigan law push Indiana toward cannabis? (South Bend Tribune)

  • Mitch McConnell Guarantees Industrial Hemp Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Why people love CBD — the cannabis product that won't get you high (CNBC)

  • If Chris Christie Becomes Attorney General, Pot Advocacy Could be Set Ablaze (Reason)

  • VA Will Explore Medical Marijuana, But Only If Federal Law Changes, Secretary Says (Marijuana Moment)

  • A cannabis Coke and a smile? Colorado companies hoping to tap infused beverage craze (The Denver Post)

  • Here’s Where The Next House Speaker Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Canada: officials urge action to keep edible marijuana away from children (The Guardian)

  • Legal Marijuana Would Generate Hundreds Of Millions For Illinois, New Analysis Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Congress: New House Rules Chairman Pledges To Allow Floor Votes On Marijuana-Related Amendments (NORML)

  • The Feds Want Researchers To Study ‘Minor’ Cannabinoids And Terpenes In Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • If This Bill Passes, Possessing Pot in Texas Will Be Treated Less Harshly Than Distributing Straws in San Francisco (Reason)

  • Bipartisan Lawmakers Introduce Three Medical Marijuana Bills For Veterans (Marijuana Moment)

  • Local Officials From Across US Call For Federal Marijuana Rescheduling (Marijuana Moment)

  • Police drugs lead 'impressed' by cannabis clubs (BBC)

  • The DEA Just Got Scolded Over Its Marijuana Eradication Program (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis and the brain: Recent studies shed new light (Medical News Today)

  • The Feds Are Hiring Professional Marijuana Joint Rollers…Kind Of (Marijuana Moment)

  • For a Buck and Sometimes a Buzz, Brewers Are Putting Cannabis Into Cans (The New York Times)

  • Feds Seek New Growers To Produce Thousands Of Kilograms Of Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Texas NORML: Midterm Elections and the 86th Texas Legislature (NORML)

  • Indiana NORML: Midterm Elections Shakeup State Legislature (NORML)

  • Here’s How Much Legal Marijuana Supporters And Opponents Spent Per Vote In Last Week’s Election (Marijuana Moment)

  • Could Pot Help Solve The Opioid Crisis? (BuzzFeed News)

  • Michelle Obama Talks Smoking Marijuana In New Memoir (Marijuana Moment)

  • The UK's Biggest Legal Weed Producer Has Ignited Fresh Criticism (VICE)

  • Cali judge protects right to grow cannabis (The Leaf Online)

  • Holiday Gift Guide 2018: The Ultimate Luxury List For Cannabis Connoisseurs (Forbes)

  • American cannabis expert warns UK government ‘relax laws or be left behind’ (Metro)

  • ‘Walking Dead’ Actor Raises Money For Kids Who Use Medical Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Alfie Dingley: Mum's fresh medicinal cannabis campaign (BBC)

  • Texas Lawmaker Files Marijuana Decriminalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Is the stigma of cannabis preventing more seniors from using it? (WTVF)

  • Mormon Church Faces Potential Lawsuit Over Medical Marijuana Opposition (Marijuana Moment)

  • NORML Chapters Participate in Las Vegas’ First Business-to-Consumer Cannabis Conference (NORML)

  • TV Stations Pulled Anti-Legalization Ads Ahead Of Midterm Marijuana Votes, Advocates Say (Marijuana Moment)

  • Here's What Marijuana Stock Aurora Cannabis Is Saying About Its Future (The Motley Fool)

  • Colorado Governor Touts Marijuana Legalization’s Benefits (Marijuana Moment)

LSD

  • Throwback Thursday: Understanding “South Pacific” With a Little Help from LSD (Dope Magazine)

  • Man ‘gouged’ PCSO’s face while on LSD at Bexhill party (Bexhill-on-Sea Observer)

  • Navy Sailors Dealing LSD in Nuclear Reactor Department of Aircraft Carrier (Citizen Truth)

  • Drug with therapeutic effect: How LSD affects the brain (Infosurhoy)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Psilocybin Could Be Legal for Therapy by 2021 (Rolling Stone)

  • FDA Gives Stamp of Approval for Clinical Psilocybin Trials (Psychedelic Times)

  • Driver on psychedelic mushrooms crashed vehicle on Beltine, walked into traffic, police say (Channel 3000)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • How long will it be until we see the legalisation of MDMA? (The Student)

  • Teenage boy with epilepsy died after secretly taking MDMA on night out (Metro)

  • Girl, 18, died 'after taking "double-strength" ecstasy at Mutiny music festival' (Mirror)

  • Woman, 29, died after taking heroin, ecstasy and cocaine in strip club (Metro)

Ayahuasca/DMT/5-MeO-DMT

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • In The Only State Where Selling Peyote Is Legal, The Cactus Is Threatened And Still Controversial (Texas Public Radio)

Iboga/Ibogaine

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • ‘Testing prisoners for cannabis led to the Spice epidemic,’ says former government adviser (talkRADIO)

Dissociatives

  • Hospital Injected Intoxicated Woman with Ketamine, Enrolled Her in Clinical Trial Without Consent, Lawsuit Says (Newsweek)

  • Ketamine Therapy helping veterans battle PTSD (KXLF)

  • ‘It’s the PCP’: Man wearing only a towel arrested at shopping center (FOX2Now.com)

  • Ketamine For Depression (Healthy Magazine)

  • Man accused of causing deadly crash was high on PCP, officials say (KOCO)

  • Judge rules woman accused of setting fatal Springfield fire was too high on PCP to confess (MassLive.com)

Opiates/Opioids

  • As if heroin weren’t dangerous enough, it may come with lead poisoning (Ars Technica)

  • 'Dozens' of underground heroin-injection sites operating now in King County (KIRO)

  • Some pharmacies fail to offer easy access to naloxone, or to stock it, despite anti-opioid initiatives (STAT)

  • The Hell of Getting Methadone When You’re Away from Home (Tonic)

  • Philly may require all pharmacies to stock overdose-reversal drug naloxone (WHYY)

  • Growing concern for 'pink death' drug and pure fentanyl (KMSP)

  • Why Some Pharmacies Still Fail To Carry Naloxone (The Fix)

  • Life After Heroin Is Beautiful and Boring (VICE)

  • Find Out the Rate of Opioid-Related Overdoses in Your Town (NBC Chicago)

  • Toronto man sounds alarm about 'drastic need' for naloxone training to battle opioid overdoses (CBC)

  • Viewpoint: Big Pharma didn't drive up the cost of naloxone, 'opportunity has' (Becker's Hospital Review)

Kratom

  • Kratom herbal supplement may cause withdrawal symptoms in newborns (MyNDNow.com)

  • HHS recommended that the DEA make kratom a Schedule I drug, like LSD or heroin (STAT)

  • The U.S. May Ban Kratom. But Are its Effects Deadly or Lifesaving? (Discover Magazine)

  • A ruling is imminent on the legality of a controversial drug that's used to treat addiction — but some have called it a 'dangerous opioid' (Business Insider)

  • Kratom for Fitness, Pre-Workout & Bodybuilding (Kratom Guides)

  • Kratom Plants & Kratom Seeds for Sale Online (Kratom Guides)

Kava

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • The DEA and ICE are hiding surveillance cameras in streetlights (Quartz)

  • Egypt MP Proposes Law to Decriminalise All Drug Use (Talking Drugs)

  • Teenagers boil sanitary pads to get high (The Jakarta Post)

  • My Relationships With Drugs Vary Wildly: We Must Recognize Spectrums (Filter)

  • Drug-Law Violations Account for Over a Quarter of Women Incarcerated in the US (Filter)

  • Greece Health Ministry Plans Drug Consumption Rooms (Talking Drugs)

  • Secret CIA Document Shows Plan to Test Drugs on Prisoners (ACLU)

  • Psychedelic Ethics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Psymposia)

  • Is Psychedelic Science Reaching A Breaking Point? (The Third Wave)

  • Microdosers Are More Creative With Happier Emotions, Study Finds (VICE)

  • The Psychedelic Renaissance Will Be Decided By Access (Chacruna)

  • Get Up, Stand Up, Speak Up (Psymposia)

  • What It's Like to Run the Biggest Drug Encyclopedia in the World (VICE)

  • A New Documentary Shows How Vets Are Using Weed and Ayahuasca to Treat PTSD (Tonic)

  • Ayahuasca for PTSD: Interview with "From Shock to Awe" Producer Janine Sagert (Reality Sandwich)

  • This comedian tried to explain what drugs feel like and it went strangely (Rooster Magazine)

  • Competitive Psychedelic Users Are Chasing 'Ego Death' and Losing Their Sense of Self (VICE)

  • The Global Drug Survey wants to have an honest conversation about your drug habits (Time Out)

  • Can Psychedelics “Cure” Gay People? (Chacruna)

  • The Life and High Times of Psychedelic Bard, Terence McKenna (Kahpi)

  • Oiling the Hinges of the Doors of Perception – Microdosing with Psychedelics (Beckley Foundation)

  • Service workers say supervised injection facilities could cut restroom overdoses (Business Insider)

  • The Island: Recovering Self, Culture and Place through Plant Medicine (Chacruna)

  • Personal drug use should be decriminalized, addictions expert says (CBC)

  • Chris Selley: On safe injection sites, why can't conservatives just let people not die? (National Post)

  • Confirmation Bias And Misreporting Plague Psychedelic Research (The Ticker)

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.

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Cannabis

  • Marijuana Won The Midterm Elections (Forbes)

  • Mexico introduces bill to to legalise medical and recreational cannabis use (The Independent)

  • Michigan Becomes the 10th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana (Reason)

  • Missouri Becomes the 32nd Medical Marijuana State (Reason)

  • Utah Becomes the 33rd State to Legalize Medical Marijuana (Reason)

  • Key Mexican Senator Introduces Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales (Marijuana Moment)

  • Weed woes: Canada struggles to meet huge demand for legal cannabis (The Guardian)

  • Five Ohio Cities Decriminalize Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Florida: Voters Pass Amendment Restoring Voting Rights To Marijuana Felons (NORML)

  • Wisconsin Voters Widely Embrace Marijuana Legalization In the Midterms (Marijuana Moment)

  • Lesser-Known Marijuana Votes You Might Have Missed On Election Day (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Legalization Measure Defeated in North Dakota (Reason)

  • Where Jeff Sessions’s Temporary Replacement Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Growing Consensus for Legalizing Marijuana (Reason)

  • Trump Will Legalize Marijuana After Midterms, Anthony Scaramucci Predicts (Marijuana Moment)

  • New insights into the neural risks and benefits of marijuana use (ScienceDaily)

  • The Midwest May Be the Next Frontier In Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Washington, D.C. Mayor Plans Legal Marijuana Sales As Congress Shifts (Marijuana Moment)

  • What The Loss of Marijuana-Friendly Republicans Means For Federal Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • ‘Godfather’ Director Francis Ford Coppola Launches Luxury Marijuana Brand (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis convictions: the push to clear the records that ruin lives (The Guardian)

  • Washington Needs to Legalize Cannabis (The Wall Street Journal)

  • The Entourage Effect: How THC and Other Weed Compounds Mix (WIRED)

  • GPs to prescribe medical cannabis in Jersey (BBC)

  • Does Canada's Cannabis Industry Have Mafia Ties? (Forbes)

  • More Women Are Using Marijuana During Pregnancy, Report Says (TIME)

  • Private Patients to Get Easier Access to Medical Cannabis Than NHS Patients (VICE)

  • Verdict for Marijuana Grower May Reduce Threat of Ruinous RICO Liability (Reason)

  • Judge: California City That Banned Home Growing “Has Gone Too Far” (Cannabis Wire)

  • Unseen Women of Color Who Use Weed Know Why Legalization Is Only a Start (Filter)

  • Medicinal cannabis legalisation could well open the door to allowing recreational use, whatever Sajid Javid says (The Independent)

  • Disgraced at Olympics Over Marijuana, Snowboarder Hopes to Ride to Cannabis Success (The New York Times)

  • The world's largest cannabis dispensary just opened in Vegas—and it has an entertainment complex attached (CNBC)

  • Michael Moore Votes For Marijuana Legalization During Late Night TV Appearance (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cops Showed Up To Stop This Sacramento Restaurant From Selling CBD-Infused Cocktails (Reason)

  • How The Cannabis Landscape Could Change Post Election (Forbes)

LSD

  • Why Are So Many Service Members Responsible For Safeguarding America’s Nukes Reportedly Tripping Balls? (Task & Purpose)

  • Student who took LSD found naked at shopping centre (Herald.ie)

  • These are the up- and downsides of my one-month experience microdosing LSD (Medium)

  • Two USS Ronald Reagan sailors accused of distributing LSD, other drug charges (Stars and Stripes)

  • Yale, Zurich scientists find why LSD makes people trip (Yale Daily News)

  • How You Can Be in the World’s First LSD Microdosing Study (71 Republic)

  • Using MDMA and LSD helped save Ayelet Waldman’s marriage (news.com.au)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • A millionaire couple is threatening to create a magic mushroom monopoly (Quartz)

  • FDA Recognizes Psychedelic Mushrooms As An Effective Treatment For Depression (TheThings.com)

  • ‘Microdosing’ Psychedelics Might Impact Creativity, Study Says (Geek.com)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Intentionally-diverse MDMA research at University of Connecticut Cut Short (Psymposia)

  • MDMA Therapy Eliminated PTSD Symptoms In 76 Percent of Patients (Futurism)

  • Largest MDMA drug lab in NSW history uncovered by police (9NEWS.com)

  • Trick-or-treat girl aged 5 ‘was handed Ecstasy pills’ (The Times)

Ayahuasca/DMT/5-MeO-DMT

  • Mimosa Hostilis: Benefits, Side-effects, Dosage & Legality (Kratom Guides)

Iboga/Ibogaine

Morning Glory Seeds

  • Plant seeds with hallucinogenic effects could mean trouble for children (WPLG)

Dissociatives

  • Woman Injected With Ketamine Sues Hennepin County, Medical Personnel and Others (KSTP)

  • Minneapolis police oversight official honored for ketamine investigation (Star Tribune)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Naloxone still stable months after expiration date, research says (CNN)

  • Mac Miller Toxicology Report Confirms Rapper Died Of Mixed Drug Toxicity From Fentanyl, Cocaine (Live for Live Music)

  • Harsher Federal Penalties for Selling Fentanyl-Laced Drugs Have Taken Effect—Expect Unintended Consequences (Filter)

  • How to Taper Off Suboxone: A Survival Guide (The Fix)

  • Heroin, fentanyl remain among nation’s greatest drug threats, federal report says (PBS NewsHour)

  • The costs of heroin and naloxone: a tragic snapshot of the opioid crisis (STAT)

Kratom

Khat

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • People who ‘microdose’ LSD and magic mushrooms score higher on measures of wisdom, open-mindedness and creativity (PsyPost)

  • Drug Policy Reform Inched Forward in the Midterms: Here Are the Details (Filter)

  • Jeff Sessions Out as Attorney General, Leaving Behind Disastrous Record on Drug Policy (Drug Policy Alliance)

  • The Varieties of the Psychedelic Experience: A Preliminary Study of the Association Between the Reported Subjective Effects and the Binding Affinity Profiles of Substituted Phenethylamines and Tryptamines (Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience)

  • Predicting Responses to Psychedelics: A Prospective Study (Frontiers in Pharmacology)

  • Global Drug Survey set to cover Indians (The Hindu)

  • Police warned that a trick-or-treater may have been given meth. Then they searched his father’s home. (The Washington Post)

  • Supervised injection sites face new roadblocks in Toronto with provincial guidelines (The Star)

  • Why We Long to Dissolve Our Ego in the Psychedelic Ocean (Kahpi)

  • Cannabis first, hallucinogens next? New medical treatments on the NHS (Business Leader)

  • Coroner compares drug prohibition laws to racism (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • New Documentary Shows Veterans Treating PTSD with Psychedelics (Kahpi)

  • Getting My Club Drugs Tested Transformed My Partying Habits (Medium)

  • First Trip in a While. Last Trip for a While. (Rachael Madori)

  • A Whole New High Offers Information about Entheogens, Psychedelics, and Microdosing (Digital Journal)

  • Free Your Mind, and Your Nonprofit Will Follow: Racial Equity in Psychedelic Research (Nonprofit Quarterly)

  • Toronto’s drug-use sites could shut down under new provincial rules, activists say (The Globe and Mail)

  • Time for a truce in Asia’s war on drugs (Asia Times)

  • Psychedelics Have Returned to the Research Mainstream, Potential for a Groundbreaking Change in the Ways We Treat Mental Illness and Addiction (PRWeb)

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.