This Week in Psychedelics

This Week in Psychedelics - 8.17.18

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Cannabis

  • Study: Medical Cannabis Access Laws Associated With Fewer Workplace Fatalities (NORML)
  • Massachusetts Cannabis Activists Warn Against Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Worker Behavior in Industry (Psychedelic Times)
  • 5 Reasons Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Are Essential in the Cannabis Industry Business (Entrepreneur)
  • Seed-To-Sale Tracking And Compliance: If Coffee Was Regulated Like Cannabis (Forbes)
  • New UMass Medical School study on mice helps explain why cannabis reduces symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (MassLive)
  • UN Launches First-Ever Full Review Of Marijuana’s Status Under International Law (Marijuana Moment)
  • Multiple sclerosis patient calls medical cannabis trial 'a miracle' (Montreal Gazette)
  • Can Article V Federally Legalize Cannabis? (Forbes)
  • Employers In Medical Marijuana States Can Still Drug Test Employees, Federal Judge Rule (Marijuana Moment)
  • Trump Tariffs Set To Hit Cannabis Industry (Forbes)
  • Marijuana Emerges As Key Issue In Nevada U.S. Senate Race (Marijuana Moment)
  • Legalization Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot in North Dakota (NORML)
  • More Americans want legal medical marijuana than legal alcohol or cigarettes, polls say (Rooster)
  • Marijuana Policy Project Welcomes New Executive Director (Marijuana Moment)
  • Texas Medical Marijuana Ad Launched (NORML)
  • New Congressional Bill Would Automatically Seal Marijuana Records (Marijuana Moment)
  • 'I don't think I look like a stoner': the women changing the face of the cannabis industry (The Guardian)
  • Scientists Discover You Can Use Espresso Machines To Make Marijuana Extracts (Marijuana Moment)
  • Working With Pot: Marijuana Job Searches Spike in Canada Ahead of National Legalization (Newsweek)
  • Marijuana-Friendly Gubernatorial Candidates Win Big In Tuesday’s Primaries (Marijuana Moment)
  • Cannabis Now Magazine CEO Eugenio Garcia Talks Marijuana, Publishing And The Future Of It All (Forbes)
  • Anti-Marijuana Group Wants Campaign Finance Transparency, Kind Of (Marijuana Moment)
  • Canadian Cannabis Debut Delayed In Ontario (Forbes)
  • Marijuana Ballot Measures Could Affect Key U.S. Senate Election (Marijuana Moment)
  • Utah’s medical marijuana ballot measure would violate Mormons’ religious beliefs, opponents say in new court filing, which initiative supporters call a ‘Hail Mary’ (The Salt Lake Tribune)
  • One In Four Young Americans Consume Marijuana, Survey Finds (Marijuana Moment)
  • A New Way of Getting High Is as Easy as Applying Deodorant (Tonic)
  • Dogs With Arthritis Benefit From Cannabis Oil, Study Says (Marijuana Moment)
  • Legal Weed: How Republicans Learned to Love Marijuana (Newsweek)
  • DEA Wants More Marijuana Grown And Fewer Opioids Produced In 2019. Really. (Marijuana Moment)
  • Policing of cannabis possession is largely accidental – and many officers don’t think it makes a difference (Policing Insight)
  • Cypress Hill Rapper Who Opposed California Legalization Opens A Marijuana Store (Marijuana Moment)
  • At Weed for Warriors, Military Veterans Harness the Healing Powers of Marijuana (MERRY JANE)
  • South By Southwest Fans Choose From Dozens Of Marijuana-Themed Panels For 2019 (Marijuana Moment)
  • Cannabis Mega Deal Sets Stage for Global Weed Empire (Bloomberg)
  • The Company Behind Corona Beer Is Investing Nearly $4 Billion in Legal Pot (TIME)
  • I’m Mandela not Al Capone — my cannabis speakeasy helps the sick (The Times)

LSD

  • Pro jiu-jitsu fighter says LSD helps him whoop ass (Rooster)
  • 9 Facts About LSD Everyone Should Know (Psychedelics Daily)
  • Microdose Acid in 7 Easy Steps (Psychedelics Daily)
  • Naked man high on LSD pees on security vehicle, fights officers in east Lincoln, police say (Beatrice Daily Sun)
  • Student who took LSD, cocaine and alcohol before being found nude outside shopping centre 'mortified' at video, court hears (Independent.ie)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Ecstasy dealer faces jail after selling deadly dose to schoolgirl, 14, who fell ill after taking two tablets (Mirror)

Ayahuasca/DMT/5-MeO-DMT

  • DMT Models the Near-Death Experience (Frontiers)
  • The Connection Between Ayahuasca, Your Stomach, and Your Mind (Tonic)
  • Ayahuasca Healed My Autoimmune Disorder and Depression (Reset.me)
  • The fatal thirst for Peru’s Ayahuasca drug (Channel 4 News)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Huachuma– The Healing Visionary Cactus From Peru (Reset.me)
  • Carlos Castaneda Was Right: High Dose Peyote Initiation (Medium)

Salvia Divinorum

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • The Truth About 'Monkey Dust', UK Media's Latest Drug Obsession (VICE)
  • In hours, about 20 people overdosed in same park. Police say they found the culprit (Miami Herald)
  • New batch of MDMA and ecstasy pills being made with potentially lethal chemical (Metro)
  • Federal Drug Cops Conflate Synthetic Cannabinoids With Marijuana (Deliberately?) (Marijuana Moment)
  • Microdose 4-AcO-DMT in 7 Easy Steps (Psychedelics Daily)

Dissociatives

  • Ketamine shows potential in teens with treatment-resistant depression (Healio)
  • Lufkin police: Man possibly high on PCP said white wolves chased him, his family (KTRE)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Fentanyl Used to Execute Nebraska Inmate, in a First for U.S. (The New York Times)
  • Does Smoking Heroin Really Cause Brain Damage? (Tonic)
  • Norway to test free heroin for drug addicts (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017 (The New York Times)
  • Facebook cracks down on opioid dealers after years of neglect (TechCrunch)
  • Sending Your Kid to College? Send Them With Fentanyl Testing Strips and Naloxone. (Slate)
  • New report shows increasing trend of EMS-administered naloxone for overdoses (Medical Xpress)
  • Nevada’s Opioid Task Force Continues to Explore Options (NORML)
  • The Western War on Afghan Farmers (Beckley Foundation)
  • Could a Name Change Increase Support for Safe Injection Sites? (Pacific Standard)
  • Ignoring the benefits of supervised injection facilities isn’t just callous. It’s deadly (The Boston Globe)
  • What the media gets wrong about opioids (Columbia Journalism Review)
  • How law enforcement is taking action on the opioid crisis (The Boston Globe)
  • Man dies after swallowing heroin following raid targeting gang with Chicago connections (Chicago Tribune)
  • 81-year-old Woman Tried to Smuggle 92 Lbs. of Heroin Across US-Mexico Border: Police (People)

Kratom

  • Kratom Association Calls FDA Review of Drug ‘Junk Science’ in Scathing Report (Rolling Stone)
  • New Kratom Death Reports Still Leave More Questions Than Answers (HuffPost)
  • How Often Can You Take Kratom (Kratom Guides)
  • Salmonella scare prompts Kratom recall (Washington Examiner)
  • Herbal supplement sold at gas stations and smoke shops kills Arvada man (9News)
  • What Is Kratom? (Civilized)
  • List of 5 Best Kratom Capsules: Benefits, Dosage & Legality (Kratom Guides)
  • Who Sells The Best Kratom Capsules – 20 Top Kratom Vendors Online (Kratom Guides)

Kava

  • Kava Business Launched In Canada (Fiji Sun)
  • Kava Demand Creates Trade Opportunity Between Fiji, Madang (Fiji Sun)

Khat

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • How America Convinced the World to Demonize Drugs (VICE)
  • These Psychedelic Drugs Show Promise for Treating Mental Health Disorders (Live Science)
  • People With Depression and Anxiety Could Benefit From Hallucinogens (Teen Vogue)
  • The Long Burn: A 30-Day Sananga Challenge (Psychedelic Times)
  • The New Wave of Psychedelics in Buddhist Practice (Lion's Roar)
  • Beyond Psychedelics 2018: Listening, Talking, Filming – Review Of A Psychedelic Forum in Prague (Maps Of The Mind)
  • The War on Drugs Is Inseparable from US Imperialism (VICE)
  • Psychedelic Drugs Shown To Promote Neural Plasticity (Psychedelics Daily)
  • Psychedelics Reduce Violence Against Intimate Partners (Psychedelics Daily)
  • Top 5 Myths About Psychedelics You Need To Know (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.

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This Week in Psychedelics - 8.10.18

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Cannabis

  • Congress Finally Can Tell Hemp From Pot (The Atlantic)
  • Neighborhood Marijuana Dispensaries Don’t Increase Teen Use, Study Shows (Marijuana Moment)
  • Colorado secretly created a way to police medical marijuana doctors, a lawsuit suppressed for years alleges (The Denver Post)
  • New Source of Cannabidiol Not Derived From Cannabis or Hemp (24/7 Wall St.)
  • Congressional Ban On D.C. Marijuana Sales Drives Arrests, New Police Data Suggests (Marijuana Moment)
  • New Federal Employment Protections Bill Introduced For Marijuana Consumers (NORML)
  • FBI, DEA orchestrate massive raid of suspected illegal marijuana grow operations across Denver metro area (The Denver Post)
  • Michigan Cop Forced an 80-Year-Old Great Grandmother To Spend a Night in Jail Over an Expired Medical Marijuana Card (Reason)
  • Lawmakers In U.S. Territory Vote To Legalize Marijuana (Forbes)
  • North Dakota Likely To Vote On Marijuana Legalization In November (Marijuana Moment)
  • Already 91 per cent of Aussies support medicinal cannabis and over the counter purchases may soon become a reality (News.com.au)
  • Oklahoma Governor Approves Less Restrictive Medical Marijuana Regulations (Marijuana Moment)
  • Nevada And Alaska Marijuana Sales Far Exceed Projections (Marijuana Moment)
  • Oak Park company designs oral, quick absorbing cannabis (Chicago Daily Herald)
  • Almost One-Fifth Of California Consumers Still Buying Illegal-Market Marijuana, Report Finds (Marijuana Moment)
  • Ohio Is Having Trouble Finding Producers for Cannabis Edibles Market (Forbes)
  • Study Finds Teens Who Vape More Likely to Consume Cannabis Later (High Times)
  • California Marijuana Products Delayed by Backlogs in Testing Labs (NBC San Diego)
  • New York Inches Towards Legalizing Recreational Marijuana (Reason)
  • Kevin Smith’s ‘Hollyweed’ TV Show Isn’t Top-Shelf Marijuana Content (Marijuana Moment)
  • Climate change is turning the Middle East's breadbasket into a cannabis farm (CNN)
  • Police chief gives green light to cannabis users to grow and sell drug in their own home (The Telegraph)
  • Cannabis Goes Universal in This Campaign Showing Pot Users From All Walks of Life (Adweek)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Which U.S. state will be the first to legalize shrooms? (Big Think)
  • Psychedelic mushrooms may help smokers kick the habit (Earth.com)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Man Arrested After Filling Hotel Bathtub With Potatoes High On MDMA, "It Felt Like The Right Thing To Do" (Comic Sands)
  • A prescription for MDMA? We're getting closer (Big Think)
  • 'Donald Trump' MDMA pills tested at Bestival have double the dose (Bournemouth Echo)
  • When I Knew it Was Time to End My Relationship With MDMA (Tonic)

Ayahuasca/DMT/5-MeO-DMT

  • Synthetic vs Toad and Finding a 5-MeO-DMT Ceremony: A Conversation with James Oroc (Psychedelic Times)
  • Ayahuasca is the new frontier for 'psychedelic feminism' (ABC.net.au)
  • San Jose man shot in remote jungles of Peru during spiritual retreat (The Mercury News)
  • Oakland company accused of smuggling hallucinogenic toad venom from Hong Kong (East Bay Times)

Salvia Divinorum

Dissociatives

  • Everything You Should Know About Taking Ketamine (Tonic)
  • Ketamine offers lifeline for people with severe depression, suicidal thoughts (CNN)
  • Ketamine infusion well-tolerated in small sample with mood disorders (Healio)
  • KC teen’s PCP-laced shotgun spree kills Chinese missionary, a father of 4, police say (The Kansas City Star)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Touching Fentanyl Is Not Dangerous. Will This Video Finally Prove That? (Slate)
  • Police to use heroin antidote naloxone in cells as drugs death rise (Chronicle Live)
  • Officials Are Trying to Block a Needle Exchange Program From Operating in Orange County (TIME)
  • Months of U.S. Strikes Have Failed to Curtail Taliban Opium Trade (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Dr. Robert Newman, Apostle of Methadone Treatment, Dies at 80 (The New York Times)
  • Oregon K-9 saved by Narcan after exposure to contraband heroin in jail (KIRO)
  • Naloxone Saved Demi Lovato and Thousands More. Why is it Controversial? (RealClearLife)

Kratom

  • Kratom – Can it benefit MMA fighters and combat athletes? (My MMA News)
  • How Kratom Relieves Different Types of Pain? “Kratom for Pain” (Kratom Guides)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • A push for drug decriminalization surges in countries around the world — could the US be next? (The Hill)
  • Indian State Moves To Decriminalize Drugs (Marijuana Moment)
  • Tories pile pressure on Theresa May to allow safe injection room for drug users (The Independent)
  • How and why people 'microdose' tiny hits of psychedelic drugs (CBC)
  • How the US drug war fuels migration, violence and trauma (Salon)
  • LGBQ teens more likely to use illegal street drugs (KFGO)
  • Why GDP includes the illegal drugs trade (BBC)
  • Britain has more drug deaths per head than any other country in Europe, research claims (The Sun)
  • Eating this fish could give you three days of nasty, LSD-like hallucinations (ZME Science)
  • The Detroit Psychedelic Conference brings the international science of consciousness home (Detroit Metro Times)

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 - 8.3.18

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Cannabis

  • Georgia Quietly Becomes the Latest Country to Legalize Cannabis Use (High Times)
  • Study: CBD From Marijuana Plus Chemotherapy Tripled Cancer Survival Rates In Mice (Forbes)
  • Italy’s Health Minister Promises Medical Marijuana Expansion, With Sales In Pharmacies (Marijuana Moment)
  • Researchers published a cannabis study that’s dangerously misleading (TNW)
  • Black Lawmakers: Marijuana Decrim Is ‘Must-Do’ In First 100 Days of Democratic Congress (Marijuana Moment)
  • Cannabis Farmers Will Qualify For Some Federal Funding (Forbes)
  • China Is Blaming Canada For Its Cannabis Problem But Producing 50% Of The World's Supply (Forbes)
  • Is Facebook Shadow Banning Marijuana Pages, Including Government Ones? (Marijuana Moment)
  • A battle over pot pits the Mormon Church against an unlikely group: other Mormons (Los Angeles Times)
  • Colorado Legalization Didn’t Increase Teen Marijuana Use, Another Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)
  • Study: Patients Report Herbal Cannabis Provides Insomnia Relief (NORML)
  • How legal cannabis actually made things worse for sick people in Oregon (The Guardian)
  • New York Gov. Cuomo Forms Panel To Draft Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)
  • Molson Coors Turns to Marijuana as Beer Sales Drop (The Wall Street Journal)
  • High-Witnesses: New Study Reveals How Marijuana Consumers Can Help Solve Crimes (Marijuana Moment)
  • Pot-loving dogs: why cannabis extract is the new trend for our pets (The Guardian)
  • World's First Non-Cannabis CBD Oil Is High on Hops (Westword)
  • Colorado’s Marijuana Market Is Thriving, New Government Report Shows (Marijuana Moment)
  • Medical Cannabis – New Developments in Germany, the EU and Canada (Labiotech)
  • Marijuana Use Will No Longer Be Prosecuted In Manhattan (Marijuana Moment)
  • Exposure to cannabinoids may exacerbate the psychological consequences of trauma (PsyPost)
  • Pennsylvania: Dispensaries To Begin Selling Herbal Cannabis (NORML)
  • Frequent Consumers Are Becoming Less Dependent On Marijuana, Study Shows (Marijuana Moment)
  • Hemp Beer Is Dank, Delicious, and Coming Soon to a Bar Near You (Reason)
  • Democratic Congressman Calls Marijuana A ‘Gateway Drug’ (Marijuana Moment)
  • WeWork For Weed: The Beauty Queen Of Cannabis Blockchain Tackles Co-Working (Forbes)
  • Oklahoma Board of Health Revokes Previous Undemocratic Meddling with Medical Marijuana (NORML)
  • Three Medical Marijuana Measures Qualify For Missouri Ballot (Marijuana Moment)
  • Cannabis For The Win: Sports Leagues See The Light On CBD (Forbes)
  • Legislators From Across US Push Feds To Respect State Marijuana Laws (Marijuana Moment)
  • Harris Poll: Majority Of Americans Want Marijuana Legalized (NORML)
  • People use cannabis products for health problems like Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and acne — but misinformation and out-of-date regulations are stopping most from benefitting (Business Insider)

LSD

  • Police: 19-Year-Old On Bad LSD Trip Tased 3 Times After Punching Windows, Cop (CBS Pittsburgh)
  • The Definitive Guide to LSD Drug Testing! Does LSD Show Up On Drug Test? (Psychedelics Daily)
  • Does microdosed LSD make you smarter? (Deutsche Welle)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • This Parasite Drugs Its Hosts With the Psychedelic Chemical in Shrooms (The Atlantic)
  • New research examines how psychological insights from ‘magic mushrooms’ may help people stop smoking (PsyPost)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • A Healing Trip: Psychologists Are Testing MDMA to Treat the Trauma of Racism (MERRY JANE)
  • MDMA Producers Are Dumping Tons of Waste in Nature Reserves (VICE)
  • What is 'The Punisher'? The MDMA pills that are reportedly three times as strong as ecstasy (Liverpool Echo)
  • FDA May Soon Allow MDMA Prescriptions for PTSD (Reason)
  • Luke Campbell-Tapson died after taking extra strong MDMA at youth disco in Ilfracombe (Devon Live)

Ayahuasca/DMT/5-MeO-DMT

  • Cops Are Investigating a Hallucinogenic Desert Toad Heist (VICE)
  • Brazilian Ayahuasca Practitioner Arrested and Sentenced to Prison in Russia (Chacruna)
  • Why Ayahuasca is an Effective at Treatment For Depression (Reset.me)

Dissociatives

  • Ketamine Shows Promise as Treatment for Adolescents With Depression (Newsweek)
  • Minneapolis police oversight office calls for stronger policy in ketamine report (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Ohio Police Chief Dies After Overdosing on Drugs He Stole From Evidence Room (Newsweek)
  • A New Study Shows Just How Much Doctors Prescribe Opioids (TIME)
  • Fentanyl maker says killing inmates with it is bad for the drug's reputation (Rooster)
  • Meth is making a comeback; blame heroin, officials say (News3LV)
  • Drug gang hid £1 million of heroin inside fire extinguishers (Metro)
  • The 1975 Frontman Matty Healy Reveals He Was Addicted to Heroin: 'I Don't Want to Fetishize It' (People)
  • Why Heroin Addicts Are Being Charged With Murder (Rolling Stone)

Kratom

  • American Kratom Association Asks The National Institute On Drug Abuse To "Follow The Science" (PR Newswire)
  • Safety Of Unadulterated Kratom Affirmed By The National Institute Of Drug Abuse (PR Newswire)
  • Bali Kratom Dosage And How To Take It? (Kratom Guides)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Psychedelics’ Buddhist Revival (Tricycle)
  • Study says psychedelic drugs may help repair our brains (Techly)
  • We Embedded With Vigilante Drug Testers at the Gathering of the Juggalos (VICE)
  • Is it time to do away with job applicant drug testing? (Vox)
  • How Baltimore's first black mayor tried to end the war on drugs (The Inquirer)
  • New figures reveal ‘woeful results’ of drug dog program (Echonetdaily)
  • Google starts showing rehab ads again after a lengthy ban (Engadget)
  • Legalizing All Drugs Would Boost Local, State, Federal Budgets (Reason)
  • Mongolia's shamanic rituals – in pictures (The Guardian)
  • A Math Theory for Why People Hallucinate (Quanta Magazine)
  • What’s fueling the global rise in stimulant use? Experts have some theories (Salon)
  • Here in Colombia, the hypocrisy of western cocaine users is laid bare (The Guardian)
  • Over the Acid Rainbow (Medium)
  • Therapy didn’t help my anxiety, so I turned to psychedelics and found more answers than I expected (Toronto Life)
  • Middle-class cocaine users are hypocrites, says Met chief (The Guardian)

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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This Week in Psychedelics - 7.27.18

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Cannabis

  • Cannabis-based medicines get green light as UK eases rules (The Guardian)
  • 'It hits you very quickly': Canada brews first cannabis beer (The Guardian)
  • N.J. won't prosecute any weed cases until September. It's a big step toward legalization. (NJ.com)
  • Aurora Cannabis Inc. to offer medical pot coverage for employees (The Toronto Star)
  • Federal Report On Marijuana Legalization Required Under New Bill (Forbes)
  • Looming cannabis legalization forces 14 RCMP sniffer dogs into early retirement (The Globe and Mail)
  • California Officials Say No To Marijuana-Infused Alcohol And Bars With Cannabis Consumption (Marijuana Moment)
  • How Self-Care And Women's Health Are Shaping The Cannabis Industry (Forbes)
  • Sessions Says States Are Free To Legalize Marijuana, But DOJ Can Enforce Federal Law (Marijuana Moment)
  • Cannabis companies poaching key talent from the food and beverage sectors (The Globe and Mail)
  • Tennessee GOP Governor Candidate Puts Trump In Medical Marijuana Ad (Marijuana Moment)
  • Pennsylvania: Auditor’s Report Says Marijuana Legalization Would Yield Over $500 Million In New Annual Revenue (NORML)
  • Americans View Marijuana As Significantly Less Harmful Than Cigarettes (Marijuana Moment)
  • Legalizing Marijuana Brings Illicit Consumers To The Legal Market, Study Says (Marijuana Moment)
  • V.A. Shuns Medical Marijuana, Leaving Vets to Improvise (The New York Times)
  • Why Marijuana Consumers Have Smaller Waistlines Than Non-Users (Marijuana Moment)
  • The biggest American cannabis business is in Canada (Quartz)
  • Senators Push Sessions To Stop Blocking Marijuana Cultivation Applications (Marijuana Moment)
  • An exclusive look inside the UK’s legal medical cannabis farm (New Scientist)
  • West Virginia Congressional Candidate Running On Marijuana Gets Political Boost (Marijuana Moment)
  • Most in US think cannabis has health benefits, despite lack of data – study (The Guardian)
  • Cannabis, coworking, and the marijuana-industry land rush (Curbed)
  • Politicians Turn To Facebook To Promote Marijuana Legalization Views (Marijuana Moment)
  • A Look Inside Amsterdam's Cannabis Liberation Day 2018 (Leafly)
  • Blazing a trail: as legal cannabis goes global, will Britain be next? (The Guardian)
  • No, Marijuana DNA Is Not From Outer Space (And Other Cannabis-Related Fake News) (Marijuana Moment)
  • At 70, Founding A Cannabis Startup Can Be Quite A Trip (Forbes)
  • A More Palatable Cannabis Edible (Chicago Magazine)
  • The Paranoid Truth About Edible Weed (Psychedelic Heaven)

LSD

  • Exploring Meow Wolf on two hits of acid (Rooster)
  • GMU Student Sentenced to 3 Years for Selling LSD to Frat Brother Who Jumped to His Death (NBC4 Washington)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • No Magic Mushrooms On The Denver Ballot This Year. Supporters Are Looking To 2019 (Colorado Public Radio)
  • Psilocybin Truffles vs. Psilocybin Mushrooms (The Third Wave)
  • A startup backed by Peter Thiel has churned out 20,000 doses of magic mushrooms, and is making more (Business Insider)
  • Op Ed: Kicking Down the Doors of Perception Regarding Psilocybin (Westword)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • What happens when you give an octopus MDMA? (Psymposia)
  • Sister of teen who died after taking ecstasy shares heartbreaking image of her brother on life support (The Sun)
  • Police warn 'fatal' Ecstasy pills shaped like Darth Vader being sold to schoolchildren online (Bristol Live)

Ayahuasca/DMT/5-MeO-DMT

  • Underground 5-MeO-DMT Facilitators: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly with James Oroc (Psychedelic Times)
  • Thieves caught on video stealing psychedelic toads from park (WGAL)
  • Jon Hopkins on Psychedelic Meditation and Taking DMT to His Own Music (SPIN)

Iboga/Ibogaine

  • What is iboga and can it actually cure opioid addiction? (ZME Science)

Dissociatives

  • Hennepin Ketamine Study Raises Questions About Ethics And Consent (Forbes)
  • Ketamine could help reduce opioid use in the ER (Medical News Today)
  • Social anxiety is being cured by giving people cat tranquilizers (Rooster)
  • I tried ketamine to treat my depression. Within a day, I felt relief. (Vox)
  • PCP-fueled melee leaves officers injured, earns several assault charges (Maryland Independent)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Suboxone: Prescribed for addiction, diverted to the streets – an 'instant relief' for withdrawal (Cincinatti.com)
  • Governor of violent Mexican state wants regulation of opium poppies (WSAU)
  • Prison Inmates 40 Times More Likely to Die From Opioid Overdose Two Weeks After Release (Newsweek)
  • Thank Drug Warriors for the Escalating Death Toll From Superpotent Synthetic Opioids (Reason)
  • Fentanyl killed 763 people in Kentucky - twice as many as heroin (Courier Journal)
  • How to Stop a Heroin Overdose (Teen Vogue)
  • Narcan Saved My Life And Demi Lovato’s. Here’s What You Need To Know About It. (HuffPost)
  • “I really did not want to do it”: Smoking opium to investigate drug crime (New Statesman)

Kambô

  • New Urban Practices Around Kambô (Chacruna)

Kratom

  • What Is Kratom? How the Plant Could Help Fight the Opioid Crisis (Inverse)
  • 5 Reasons to add kratom to your life (NetNewsLedger)
  • What Is The Definition Of Kratom And How To Pronounce It? (Kratom Guides)
  • Psychoactive herb kratom on radar of B.C. doctors and poison control centre (Vancouver Sun)
  • White Vein Vs Green Vein Kratom: Differences And Similarities (Kratom Guides)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Czech Drug Tsar calls for legalisation and regulation of drugs (Transform Drug Policy Foundation)
  • Rethinking psychedelics: U of T study looks at the practice of microdosing to ease anxiety and sharpen focus (University of Toronto)
  • Legalizing Drugs Would Boost US Budgets By $100 Billion, Harvard Researcher Concludes (Marijuana Moment)
  • Drug finds in prison increased by 23% in one year, Ministry of Justice reveals (Sky News)
  • Melania Trump to be briefed on babies born addicted to drugs (Associated Press)
  • Colleges just don’t understand harm reduction (Psymposia)
  • Drug Testing Organizations Save Lives, So Why Haven't Rave and Concert Organizers Embraced Them? (The Appeal)
  • Healing With the Psychonauts: Psychedelic Medicine Goes Mainstream (Leafly)
  • How psychedelic microdosing might help ease anxiety and sharpen focus (Medical Xpress)
  • Gen Z Is More Into Coke, Ket and LSD Than We Thought (VICE)

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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This Week in Psychedelics - 7.20.18

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Cannabis

  • Legalizing Marijuana Doesn’t Lead To Higher Youth Use, New Study Shows (Marijuana Moment)
  • House Rules Committee Blocks FY19 Marijuana Amendments (NORML)
  • Cuomo Administration Report Backs Marijuana Legalization In New York (Marijuana Moment)
  • People Really Do Have A Marijuana “Jay-Dar,” New Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)
  • Lebanon to consider legalizing cannabis growing (The Jerusalem Post)
  • Legalizing Marijuana Helps Police Solve Other Crimes, New Study Shows (Marijuana Moment)
  • Anti‐tumoural actions of cannabinoids (British Pharmacological Society)
  • Cannabis Illicit Market Shrinking, New DEA, Homeland Security Numbers Suggest (High Times)
  • Major Alcohol Association Endorses States’ Rights To Legalize Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)
  • Police ‘decriminalising cannabis’ as prosecutions fall away (The Guardian)
  • Why Congressional Democrats Deleted Their Anti-Marijuana Tweet (Marijuana Moment)
  • British public backs legalisation of cannabis so it can be sold like cigarettes and alcohol, poll reveals (The Independent)
  • Jury Acquits Marijuana Patient Who Admitted To Breaking Georgia Law (Marijuana Moment)
  • Oklahoma: Attorney General Warns Regulators Acted Improperly When Amending Voter-Initiated Marijuana Measure (NORML)
  • DoorDash CEO Says Company Not Quite Ready For Marijuana Delivery (Marijuana Moment)
  • £3,655 fee for medicinal cannabis deters patients (The Sunday Times)
  • County Officials From Across The U.S. Push Feds To Reform Marijuana Laws (Marijuana Moment)
  • How Canada legalising recreational marijuana could vault country to forefront of cannabis research (South China Morning Post)
  • Arizona Court Rules Cannabis Extracts Not Protected Under Medical Marijuana Act (High Times)
  • Sen. Jeff Merkley “Disappointed” That Democrats Blocked His Marijuana Banking Amendment (Marijuana Moment)
  • A Guide To Using Cannabis-Infused Tinctures And Topicals During That Time Of The Month (Forbes)
  • Cannabis perfume 'set to become the scent of the summer' (The Telegraph)
  • How Many Medical Marijuana States Are There? Advocates Disagree On The Number (Marijuana Moment)
  • If You're Curious About Cannabis, Try Microdosing (Forbes)
  • Republican politicians continue to screw over their own when it relates to marijuana (Rooster)
  • Thailand Wants to Have Its (Hash) Cake and Eat It Too (Bloomberg)
  • Voters In Key Congressional Districts Support Marijuana Legalization, Poll Says (Marijuana Moment)
  • Marijuana Bills Increasingly Focus on Social Justice (The Pew Charitable Trusts)
  • Cannabis Blockchain Solutions Make Sense in Growing Sector (Crypto Disrupt)
  • Oregon Plans New Cannabis Harvest Regulations to Combat Illicit Market (High Times)
  • Border Patrol Reflects On Feds’ Friendlier Historical Approach To Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)
  • The Cannabis Branding Battle Ahead (Forbes)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Third Time’s A Charm? Denver Keeps Trying To Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms (The Fresh Toast)
  • Brain scientists meet to share data on magic mushrooms and other matters (GeekWire)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • A Psychedelic Study In Connecticut Aims to Bridge the Racial Gap in MDMA Psychotherapy (Psychedelic Times)
  • Ecstasy For PTSD: ‘It Gave Me My Life Back’ (CBS Denver)
  • Young people 'plan to take drugs' at vigil for Shakira Pellow who died after taking MDMA (Cornwall Live)

Ayahuasca/DMT/5-MeO-DMT

  • Australian Grass Got Kangaroos So High on DMT They Couldn't Walk Straight (Inverse)
  • Statement on Ayahuasca (Chacruna)
  • Man receives 10 years for DMT possession (Daily Chronicle)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Festival goers on molly tested, turns out most of them took bath salts (Rooster)

Dissociatives

Opiates/Opioids

  • Dutch cut overdose deaths by dispensing pure heroin (Cleveland.com)
  • 'Potential game-changer:' Town of Cary will screen human waste to measure opioid use (WRAL)
  • 'For Me, It's Personal.' CDC Chief Reveals Fentanyl Almost Killed His Son (TIME)
  • How Naloxone Could Be Sold Over-The-Counter (Forbes)
  • Evolving opioid epidemic poses challenge for public health officials (Politico)

Kratom

  • Kratom Effects At Low Doses And High Doses (Kratom Guides)
  • FDA cracks down on 'opioid-like' substance kratom (WBMF)

Kava

Khat

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Can a Comedown Kill You? (VICE)
  • Caves all the way down: Is psychedelics research closer to theology than to science? (Aeon)
  • Senators Honor The DEA On Its 45th Birthday (Even Though They Lost The Drug War) (Marijuana Moment)
  • Should We Loosen the Restrictions on Psychedelics? (Scientific American)
  • For Babies, Life May Be a Trip (The Wall Street Journal)
  • There’s No Rational Way to Justify America’s Drug Laws (VICE)
  • White House Opposes Legalization Of All Drugs, Press Secretary Says (Marijuana Moment)
  • British YouTubers on drugs film themselves taking heroin, LSD and ecstasy for "trip reports" kids as young as 12 watch (Mirror)
  • One in three drug tests at HMP Nottingham positive (BBC)
  • A Conversation about Intersectionality in the Psychedelic Community (Psymposia)
  • Pill testing at festivals has hidden benefits that could reduce drug taking (ABC.net.au)
  • The 5 drugs that feel the best, according to scientists (Rooster)
  • Why Are Psychedelics Illegal (Medium)
  • Sessions' Escalating Drug War Causing Cold Feet Over Safe Injection Centers (Reason)
  • MADE Festival to provide drug testing in attempt to prevent deaths in Perry Barr (Birmingham Live)
  • Judges Can Require Drug Users On Probation To Remain Drug-Free, Court Rules (WBUR)

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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