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This Week in Psychoactives - 7.12.19

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CANNABIS

  • Hawaii has decriminalized marijuana (Vox)

  • Congressional Committee Discusses How to Legalize Cannabis (Leafly)

  • Youth Cannabis Use Drops 8% in Legal States, Study Finds (Leafly)

  • In states where marijuana is legal, licensed dispensaries are pushing out drug dealers (MarketWatch)

  • New research indicates that cannabinoids could be efficacious pain management options (PsyPost)

  • Marijuana Gives Men And Women More Sexual Desire And Better Orgasms, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Congress Votes To Allow Home Loans For Veterans Working In Marijuana Industry (Forbes)

  • Israeli college to offer degree specializing in medical cannabis (The Jerusalem Post)

  • Cannabis cake gift eaten by unwitting Warrington nurse (BBC)

  • Over Half of CBD Products Sold in UK Are Inaccurately Labeled, New Study Finds (MERRY JANE)

  • New Evidence on Pot During Pregnancy (The Atlantic)

  • Too high? ‘Parachute’ down with a new pill created by Michigan scientist (mlive.com)

  • Illegal cannabis seeds may be used to make legal medicinal cannabis products (New Zealand Herald)

  • Tulsi Gabbard Files Bill To Study Hemp’s Uses For Just About Everything (Marijuana Moment)

  • FDA Issues CBD Warnings, But No New Regulations – Yet (MERRY JANE)

  • Can cannabis treat anxiety? It's complicated (The Guardian)

  • Most Addiction Specialists Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • West Virginia Is Years Away From Medical Cannabis, Officials Say (Leafly)

  • Colorado grows annual cannabis sales to $1 billion as other states struggle (CNBC)

  • Pete Buttigieg’s Racial Justice Plan Would Legalize Marijuana And Decriminalize Drug Possession (Marijuana Moment)

  • A beloved cafeteria worker nicked his finger on a knife – and got fired for using marijuana at home (The Boston Globe)

  • Illegal cannabis getting even cheaper, as legal gets costlier, StatsCan says (CBC)

  • AOC And Kamala Harris File Bill Protecting Drug Offenders From Losing Public Housing (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis: Misinformation about CBD can be life-threatening (The Conversation)

  • You Can Legally Smoke Weed Naked on the Patio of a Southeast Portland Sex Club (Willamette Week)

  • People in states where marijuana is legal are eating more salty snacks and ice cream (MarketWatch)

  • Jay-Z joins cannabis company Caliva as chief brand strategist (CNN)

  • How Psychedelic Surf Smugglers Invented Dabs (With Help From the CIA?) (Leafly)

LSD

  • A Guy Allegedly Took LSD, Stabbed People With A Pencil And Lawn Light, And Hit Two Women With A Truck (BuzzFeed News)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

MDMA

  • STUDY: Use of MDMA & Similar Drugs May Increase Risk of Valvular Heart Disease (YourEDM)

  • Sydney teen swallowed MDMA pills 'to avoid detection' at a music festival (news.com.au)

  • 'The drug of the moment': five per cent of year 10 students have tried ecstasy (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Music festival MDMA overdose patient waited an hour for an ambulance (7NEWS.com.au)

  • Haunting texts reveal how young woman was scared to take MDMA which killed her at a Sydney music festival (New Zealand Herald)

  • Family devastated after schoolgirl, 16, dies after ‘taking ecstasy’ at party (Metro)

  • MDMA can make 'mild mannered people' aggressive, inquest hears (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Teen took up to nine MDMA capsules before dying at festival, inquest hears (ABC News)

AYAHUASCA

IBOGA

  • Opinion: Miami University must reverse unjust decision to terminate professors (Cincinnati.com)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Study: Seizures, coma more common with synthetic cannabinoids than cannabis (AAP News)

KETAMINE

  • How the approval of esketamine has helped shift the perception of ketamine and other psychedelics (Tahoe Daily Tribune)

  • The Woodlands gets first ketamine infusion center to treat depression (Chron)

OPIOIDS

  • Teens abusing painkillers are more likely to later use heroin (Medical Xpress)

  • Generic Naloxone Approved for Opioid Overdose (Physician's Weekly)

  • Naloxone Dispensing Found Higher at Facilities with Opioid Workflow (Pharmacy Times)

  • The Global Opioid Supply Chain Begins in Tasmania (Pacific Standard)

  • With opium prices down, Mexican poppy planters are packing their bags (The Hustle)

  • Minnesota’s largest naloxone distributor won’t get grant funds (INFORUM)

  • If Cops Don't Die From Incidental Fentanyl Exposure, a Drug Treatment Specialist Warns, They 'Could Become Addicted to It Instantly' (Reason)

  • Portsmouth doctor reprimanded for treatment of chronic pain patient (New Hampshire Union Leader)

  • To fight opioid epidemic, treat drug use with compassion, not judgment (USA Today)

COCAINE

  • People are giving their greyhounds cocaine to make them run faster (GQ)

  • Teen violin prodigy dies of apparent drug overdose in London mansion (New York Post)

CAFFEINE

  • Scientists create ‘molecular coffee' that doesn't require beans (Fox 35 Orlando)

  • Caffeine powder in protein shake led to man's death, family says (Fox News)

  • Research shows that drinking Matcha tea can reduce anxiety (Medical Xpress)

  • World’s Coffee Growers Seek to Set Minimum Price to Help Poor Farmers (The Wall Street Journal)

  • One teaspoon of legal, popular but deadly caffeine powder is like drinking 60 cans of Red Bull (news.com.au)

TOBACCO

  • Netflix Promises to Reduce Depictions of Tobacco in Future Projects (Teen Vogue)

  • Children from deprived areas exposed to six times more tobacco retailing (Medical Xpress)

  • Will e-cigarettes usher in a new tobacco epidemic? Some researchers say yes. (Houston Chronicle)

  • Hennepin County Votes To Raise Tobacco Age To 21 In More Communities (WCCO)

  • Livermore votes to ban the sale of flavored tobacco, e-cigarettes (KGO)

  • Big tobacco shifting to smokeless as smoking becomes ‘less and less’ popular (Fox Business)

  • Maine Law To Prevent Tobacco Use, Streamline Tobacco Taxes (Maine Public)

BENZODIAZEPINES

  • B.C. harm-reduction sites, doctors struggling with new type of overdose (Vancouver Sun)

  • Psychedelic Healing & Benzodiazepines: Are Chill Pills Cool to Combine? (Spirit Pharmacist)

ALCOHOL

NOOTROPICS

  • These Clinically-Proven Nootropics Are Specially Formulated to Improve Cognition and Focus (Futurism)

  • Nootropics is the Fyre Festival of the Supplement Industry (Equities)

  • What’s Phenibut and When Should You Consider Using It? (Prague Post)

KRATOM

  • Kratom Linked to Serious Side Effects and Deaths in New Study (Gizmodo)

  • As some states ban kratom, Michigan considers regulating it (Detroit Metro Times)

  • Local doctor, CDC warn of potential dangers of kratom (WAVY.com)

  • Kratom supporters respond to recent FDA warning (WMBF)

KAVA

  • Kava for Anxiety- Separating Fact from Fiction (MedShadow)

KHAT

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Psychedelics Take the TED Talk Stage for the First Time (Filter)

  • Amnesty International Is Calling for a U.N. Probe Into the Philippine Drug War (TIME)

  • Why Malaysia’s New Proposal Could Change Southeast Asia’s Drugs Debate (The Diplomat)

  • New law allows NC drug dealers to be charged with murder (WTVD)

  • Psychedelic mental health treatment expected to be approved in Australia within five years (The Guardian)

  • Philadelphia supervised injection site plan gets backing from attorneys general in 7 states (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • U.S. Prosecutors Say Drug Lord El Chapo Should Get Life in Prison (TIME)

  • Testing festival goers’ pills isn’t the only way to reduce overdoses. Here’s what else works (The Conversation)

  • Social Factors Are an Essential—And Changeable—Element of Addiction (Filter)

  • I hate drugs, but teenagers are dying while we maintain a supposed moral veneer (The Guardian)

  • Florida Sheriff Deputy Arrested After Planting Drugs on Innocent People (Reason)

  • A man I found guilty of dealing drugs died in prison. I wish I could take that verdict back. (The Washington Post)

  • How Can Harm Reduction Do Better for Transgender People? (Filter)

  • Minister hopes drug deaths record will be 'wake-up call' (BBC)

  • How Psychiatry and Hallucinogenic Drugs Meet in Painting (Hyperallergic)

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This Week in Psychoactives - 5.10.19

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CANNABIS

  • Debunking Reefer Madness: New Study Says Weed Doesn’t Actually Cause Psychosis (MERRY JANE)

  • Top Congressional Democrats Announce Bill To Federally Deschedule Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Study: 80 percent of cannabis users say weed helps their workouts (Fox 8)

  • New Zealand Government Releases Details Of Marijuana Legalization Referendum (Marijuana Moment)

  • China Cashes In on the Cannabis Boom (The New York Times)

  • Illinois Governor Announces Plan to Legalize Marijuana (TIME)

  • THC-Blood Levels Can’t Be Determined Postmortem, Research Finds (Leafly)

  • Cannabis Users Have Worse Sperm Health Than Tobacco Smokers, Study Finds (MERRY JANE)

  • North Dakota: Governor Signs Law Reducing Marijuana Possession Penalties (NORML)

  • The First Arkansas Medical Marijuana Dispensary Just Got Its License (Leafly)

  • TSA to Travelers: We’re Not Looking for Your Weed (MERRY JANE)

  • Louisiana House Unanimously Approves Bill to Allow CBD Sales (Leafly)

  • Cannabis Industry Work Costing U.S. Veterans Their Retirement Pensions (Forbes)

  • The Great White Shortage: Canada May Soon Run Out of CBD (MERRY JANE)

  • Alabama Senate Approves Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Workers Are Smoking Weed More Than Ever, So Employers Are Dropping Drug Tests (MERRY JANE)

  • California Cannabis Market Not Tracked or Traced as Promised (Leafly)

  • Marijuana Patients Are Ditching Benzos for Weed, Study Says (MERRY JANE)

  • The Feds Prosecuted Even Fewer Marijuana Trafficking Cases In 2018 (Marijuana Moment)

  • Ohio May Become First State to OK Medical Marijuana for Depression and Insomnia (MERRY JANE)

  • Federal Agency Clarifies Rules On Adding CBD To Alcoholic Beverages (Marijuana Moment)

  • American Accused of Growing Weed in Myanmar Faces 10 Years in Prison (MERRY JANE)

  • Texas House Votes To Expand State’s Medical Marijuana Program (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Science Behind Combining Cannabis And Caffeine (Benzinga)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Denver Voters Approve Measure To Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms (Forbes)

  • California Activists Take First Steps To Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms Statewide (Marijuana Moment)

MDMA

  • MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD may have benefits beyond reductions in clinical symptoms (PsyPost)

  • MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment of PTSD: study design and rationale for phase 3 trials based on pooled analysis of six phase 2 randomized controlled trials (Springer Link)

  • Consider This Before Self-Medicating With MDMA (The Wall Street Journal)

AYAHUASCA

  • Health Canada allows more religious groups to import ayahuasca (Global News)

  • Ayahuasca and the Twelve Steps: An Anonymous Friendship (Chacruna)

  • The Problem With Ayahuasca (Thrive Global)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • CDC traces unexplained bleeding outbreak to synthetic cannabinoids (Healio)

KETAMINE

  • Former Playboy Model’s Killer Was ‘Out Of His Mind’ On Ketamine During The Brutal Slaying, Lawyer Says (Oxygen)

OPIOIDS

  • Opioid overdose deaths decline when pharmacists can dispense naloxone (Reuters)

  • Study: Naloxone Prescriptions Low Despite Deadly Opioid Crisis (U.S. News and World Report)

  • Federal Court Rules Inmate Must Have Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment (Reason)

  • Narcan, the lifesaving overdose-reversal drug, is scarce in N.J. cities that need it most (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • AHN Researcher Working To Develop Longer-Lasting Naloxone For Opioid Overdoses (WESA)

  • Inside Elizabeth Warren's $100 Billion Policy Plan to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic (Fortune)

  • White patients far more likely to get popular addiction treatment prescription, study finds (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Report: nurses who carry naloxone denied life insurance coverage (WKBW)

  • Louisiana prisons pilot addiction-fighting implants for inmates; lack of FDA approval draws criticism (The Advocate)

  • Deputy and two firefighters hospitalized after fentanyl exposure (WDBO)

COCAINE

  • Feds: A popular drug from the disco era is making a deadly return (NBC News)

  • The mums who took cocaine during play dates (BBC)

  • FLASHBACK: Bernie Asks Group Of Young Children: ‘Anyone Ever Seen Cocaine?’ (The Libertarian Republic)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Meth Abusers At Risk For Little-Known But Potentially Deadly Disease (NBC 7 San Diego)

TOBACCO

ALCOHOL

  • Alcohol use soaring worldwide: The average adult now consumes about 1.7 gallons of pure alcohol per year (USA Today)

  • These policies were supposed to stop pregnant women from drinking. A new study says they’re hurting babies. (Vox)

  • One in five harmed by others drinking alcohol over past year, survey finds (The Guardian)

  • The War On Alcohol: Is This Prohibition 2.0 (Forbes)

KRATOM

  • The Debate Over Kratom, An Opioid-Like Plant Legal In Massachusetts (CBS Boston)

  • Oxford Police proposes ban on Kratom products (The Oxford Eagle)

  • How Cannabis and Kratom Can Help With Addiction Recovery (Civilized)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • 1,000-Year-Old Pouch Contains Traces of 5 Ancient Psychoactive Drugs (Inverse)

  • Mexico’s President Proposes Drug Decriminalization With Legal Supply Via Prescription (Marijuana Moment)

  • Feds Dismantled the Dark Web Drug Trade—but It's Already Rebuilding (WIRED)

  • Berlin park designates 'pink zone' areas for drug dealers (The Guardian)

  • Drug-testing device gives false positives on poppy seeds, CBD oil, says Vancouver lawyer (CBC)

  • Overdose In An Arizona Prison? Get Ready to Pay Up. (The Appeal)

  • Where Philadelphia stands on supervised-injection sites, per two polls (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Houston Police Shot Man Killed in Fraudulent Drug Raid at Least Eight Times (Reason)

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On the Monday following each edition of “This Week in Psychoactives,” I post a “Last Week in Psychoactives” video recap to my YouTube channel. After that is done, I retroactively add the video to the corresponding blog post. Here is this week’s video recap:


The Deadly Worst Case Scenario for America’s Xanax Obsession

Maia Szalavitz, writing for VICE:

Prescriptions go up. Overdoses skyrocket. People start to freak out. In response, US government officials and physicians clamp down on the medical supply of the drug in question. But that seems to only make things worse: An illegal substance – many times more powerful than those commonly given to patients – hits the streets as the death toll stubbornly continues to climb.

If this sounds like the story of the American opioid crisis, culminating in recent years with the proliferation of super-deadly fentanyl, that’s because it is. But it’s also the story of the Scottish response to an eerily similar problem with the anti-anxiety medications known as benzodiazepines (a.k.a. benzos), which include Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam) and Ativan (lorazepam), among others.

Americans like benzos, too.

Cutting back on prescriptions only exacerbates the problem.


This Week in Psychoactives - 2.15.19

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CANNABIS

  • Senator Files '420' Marijuana Bill To Legalize It Federally (Forbes)

  • Mexican Senate Report Lays Out Marijuana Legalization Considerations (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Mexico Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill At Committee Hearing (Marijuana Moment)

  • Oregon has more legal cannabis than the state can consume in six years (Quartz)

  • States With Legal Medical Marijuana Have Lower Teen Use Rates, Large-Scale Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Why CBD Works Better With a Little THC (Even If You Don’t Want to Get High) (Leafly)

  • Study Shows How Marijuana Component CBD Can Help People With Substance Use Disorders (Marijuana Moment)

  • Veterans Medical Marijuana Access Legislation Introduced In House and Senate (NORML)

  • European Parliament Approves Medical Marijuana Resolution (Marijuana Moment)

  • Bill to Provide Greater Access for Virginia Medical Cannabis Patients Succeeds (NORML)

  • Missouri Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Expungement Bill For Medical Cannabis Patients (Marijuana Moment)

  • Kamala Harris Got So High Smoking Weed in College She Thought She Was Listening To Snoop Dogg and Tupac (Reason)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Michigan’s First Cannabis Lounge Is the Chill Alternative to Bars (Leafly)

  • Marijuana possession bill reintroduced in state Senate (Winston-Salem Journal)

  • Maury Povich Smoked A Marijuana Strain Named After His Wife, Journalist Connie Chung (Marijuana Moment)

  • Dan Bilzerian's Weed Company Is Keeping Sexist Cannabis Ads Alive (VICE)

  • If you support marijuana legalization, you should support safe injection sites (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Here's How New Mothers are Using CBD to Combat Baby Brain (Civilized)

  • Aurora Cannabis earnings show big growth in pot sales, but worrisome profit trend (MarketWatch)

LSD

  • The Man who Mapped LSD (OUPblog)

  • Microdoses of LSD change how you perceive time (Big Think)

  • Amanda Feilding: ‘LSD can get deep down and reset the brain – like shaking up a snow globe’ (The Guardian)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • $1m kicked into campaign for magic mushroom therapy (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Push to legalize psychedelic mushrooms gains traction in Eugene (KEZI)

  • Hallucinogenic Mushrooms Are Having a Moment. Here's What It's All About. (Cheddar)

  • Magic Mushrooms Show Promising Results for Treating PTSD and Depression (San Diego Entertainer Magazine)

MDMA

  • MDMA Users May Have a Social Advantage Over People Who Use Other Drugs (Inverse)

  • Israel's Health Ministry Approves Compassionate Use of MDMA to Treat PTSD (Haaretz)

  • MDMA Expanded Access is almost here. What’s it all about? (Psymposia)

  • Use of Ecstasy spreading in Cebu: PDEA 7 (Sun.Star)

  • Police issue a warning for yellow octopus ecstasy pills (Mixmag)

  • Daniel Eades, 19, took MDMA at Halo and Wetherspoon (Bournemouth Echo)

  • Young dad dies after taking ecstasy on New Year's Eve (Derbyshire Live)

AYAHUASCA

  • The First Indigenous Ayahuasca Conference (Yubaka Hayrá) in Acre Demonstrates Political, Cultural and Spiritual Resistance (Chacruna)

  • Ayahuasca Shows Huge Potential As a Treatment For Severe Depression (Reset.me)

  • What Ayahuasca is Trying to Teach Us: An Interview with Dennis McKenna (Reality Sandwich)

  • Mindful Eating as a support for Ayahuasca Dieta (Tam Integration)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Severe bleeding associated with use of tainted synthetic cannabinoids (AAP News)

  • Colorectal cancer: Scientists halt growth with cannabinoid compounds (Medical News Today)

  • Children as young as THREE are treated in hospital after taking Spice as Britain's synthetic drug crisis deepens (Daily Mail)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Laughing gas now an option for women giving birth (Everything Lubbock)

  • Residents 'disgusted' after piles of 'hippy crack' canisters dumped outside Cambridge home (Cambridgeshire Live)

  • Everything you need to know about nangs, the worrying craze growing amongst Aussie teens. (Mamamia)

KETAMINE

  • Taking Ketamine Can Feel a Lot Like a Near-Death Experience (Tonic)

  • F.D.A. Panel Recommends New Depression Treatment (The New York Times)

  • Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles Commemorates Five Years of Patient Success Stories (New Kerala)

PCP

  • Man who killed USA Today reporter in PCP-fueled crash sentenced to six years in prison (The Washington Post)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease (The New York Times)

  • Mapping the Opioid Epidemic (New America)

  • Overdose remedy naloxone now carried by all Ventura police officers (Ventura County Star)

  • Mass. Issues Guidelines After Boston Nurse Was Denied Life Insurance For Carrying Naloxone (WBUR)

  • Even in best-case scenario, opioid overdose deaths will keep rising until 2022 (Los Angeles Times)

  • Opioid-Related Deaths Decreasing in Iowa, Report Shows (WHO-TV)

  • Veterinarian sentenced to 6 years for stitching heroin into puppies and turning them into drug mules (INSIDER)

  • Why the Rural Opioid Crisis Is Different From the Urban One (CityLab)

  • Opium cultivation business squeezed by market shift towards meth (Myanmar Times)

  • Vet saves Victoria puppy with naloxone injection (Maple Ridge News)

  • Offer: help solve the opioid crisis, have your student loans forgiven (Rooster Magazine)

  • Indy coffee shop is the newest place to offer life-saving drug naloxone (Fox 59)

  • Coroner: No carfentanil spike locally, but OD deaths are up (Dayton Daily News)

  • 'Church Of Safe Injection' Offers Needles, Naloxone To Prevent Opioid Overdoses (NPR)

  • It's too late to save my son's life, but this drug can save others (The Sacramento Bee)

  • Houston Cop Involved in Deadly Drug Raid Relieved of Duty Due to 'Ongoing Questions' (Reason)

  • Naloxone training could help save numerous lives (KVAL)

METHAMPHETAMINE

BENZODIAZEPINES

  • The Deadly Worst Case Scenario for America's Xanax Obsession (VICE)

ALCOHOL

  • Beer before wine, you'll feel fine? Not according to a new study (CTV News)

  • More than 100 dead after drinking bootleg alcohol in India (Reuters)

  • Man 'under influence of alcohol' allegedly beats stepdaughter to death (Jakarta Post)

  • How heavy drinking might boost your appetite for alcohol (Health24)

  • Alcohol Problems Grow as Booze Gets a Bigger Kick (WebMD)

  • Alcohol’s effects on the brain (The Ithacan)

  • Plan to raise alcohol limits in beer at Utah stores approved (Cache Valley Daily)

  • Report says Utah has lowest alcohol consumption per capita in country (KUTV 2News)

  • Thousands sign petition to stop ban of alcohol on some Michigan rivers (WXYZ)

  • I Stopped Drinking For 30 Days — & My Skin Got So Much Better (Refinery29)

  • Giving up alcohol made our lives better — and turned us into terrible guests (The Washington Post)

ABSINTHE

  • Does absinthe really make drinkers hallucinate? (Fox News)

NOOTROPICS

  • Brain‑Enhancing 'Smart Drugs' Promise a Boost in Creativity, Memory (The Swaddle)

  • Seven Mental and Athletic Performance Benefits of Nootropics (Youth Health Magazine)

  • Noopept: one of the most potent brain boosters on the market (London Post)

KRATOM

  • Kratom Is A Drug, But Indonesia Really Wants It To Remain An Unlicensed Supplement (Science 2.0)

  • The FDA is wrong about kratom (The Washington Post)

  • Regulations Are On Hold as Kratom Debate Rages (WebMD)

  • Kratom No Longer Allowed In Columbus (WCBI)

  • What Is Kratom & Why Is It Being Used For Opiate Self-Detox? (Psychology Today)

  • Miracle treatment or dangerous drug? (The Star Online)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • El Chapo, the Notorious Drug Kingpin, Has Been Found Guilty in His U.S. Trial (TIME)

  • 'Kitty Flipping' and the Psychonaut Obsession with Mixing Drugs (VICE)

  • FDA explores using blockchain to track drug supplies (Engadget)

  • How Brexit Will Shape Britain's Drug Supply (VICE)

  • GOP Iowa lawmaker proposes decriminalizing psychedelic drugs for medical use (The Hill)

  • Sri Lanka hiring hangmen, inspired by Philippines' war on drugs (Reuters)

  • Will El Chapo's conviction change anything in the drug trade? (The Guardian)

  • Victoria city councillors call on B.C. to provide safe-inhalation sites for drugs (Times Colonist)

  • Tennessee bill would charge pregnant women using drugs if baby born addicted (KMPH)

  • Students Turn To Study Drugs And Alcohol To Cope With Campus Life (Forbes)

  • Is there something divine about gender and psychedelics? (The Psychedelic Scientist)

  • Microdosing Hallucinogens Has Positive Effects—but Not What You Might Suspect (Pacific Standard)

  • Riverstyx: A Small Family Foundation That Funds Psychedelic Research and Other Fringe Causes (Inside Philanthropy)

  • Sex On Drugs (PSU Vanguard)

  • The case for drug decriminalization in Baltimore (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Japan managed to win its war on drugs, why can’t we? (The Spectator)

  • Trip Sitters and Conscious Bachelorette: Interview with Chi of Truffles Therapy (Psychedelic Times)

  • Psychedelics Live Up to Early Promise (Discover Magazine)

  • How 'Russian Doll' flirts with psychedelic therapy (The Outline)

  • Becoming an Entheogen (Medium)

  • Psychedelic Meditation (The Third Wave)


On the Monday following each edition of “This Week in Psychoactives,” I post a “Last Week in Psychoactives” video recap to my YouTube channel. After that is done, I retroactively add the video to the corresponding blog post. Here is this week’s video recap:


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Disclaimer: "This Week in Psychoactives" 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 Psychoactives - 2.1.19

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CANNABIS

  • These 10 States Are Most Likely To Pass Marijuana Legalization Bills In 2019 (Marijuana Moment)

  • Philippines House of Representatives Approves Medical Cannabis Use, Production (Talking Drugs)

  • In the age of luxury cannabis, it’s time to talk about Drug War reparations (Quartz)

  • Weed in Your Suitcase? Canada Considering a Fine, Not Felony (Leafly)

  • Trump Attorney General Pick Puts Marijuana Enforcement Pledge In Writing (Forbes)

  • Mother Jones Admits it ‘Overstated’ Cannabis Mental Health Risks (Leafly)

  • Cannabis Comes to Davos, Sharing Spotlight With Global Elites (Bloomberg)

  • Marijuana Study: CBD Can Actually Enhance, Rather Than Counteract, High Caused By THC (Marijuana Moment)

  • In Indonesia, One Group Fights to Reform Zero-Tolerance Cannabis Laws (Leafly)

  • Study Documents Humanity’s Use Of Marijuana Over 10,000 Years Of History (Marijuana Moment)

  • Got Anxiety? Study Finds Cannabis Strains to Try, or Avoid (Leafly)

  • New Jersey Mayors Demand Automatic Marijuana Expungements If State Legalizes (Marijuana Moment)

  • Baltimore's Top Prosecutor Will Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Cases (Reason)

  • Same-Day Cannabis Delivery is Coming to Ontario (Leafly)

  • Scientists Used Marijuana Consumers’ Urine To Produce Electricity (Marijuana Moment)

  • CBS And The Super Bowl's Rejection Of A Cannabis Ad May Still Change The Game (Forbes)

  • UC Berkeley Launches a Cannabis Research Center (Leafly)

  • Man Jailed over a Marijuana Cookie Died After Seizure in Prison (Reason)

  • Legal Medical Marijuana Associated With Lower Opioid Use Rates, Another Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Minnesota Proposal Would Legalize Cannabis Sales in 2020 (Leafly)

  • Survey: Three Of Four Military Veterans Would Consider Using Medical Cannabis (NORML)

  • After Pleading Innocent, This Cannabis Convict's Sentence Went from 4 Years to Life (Civilized)

  • Baltimore Prosecutor Files Rare Petition to Erase Cannabis Convictions (Leafly)

  • Patients Are Substituting Marijuana For Addictive Pharmaceutical Drugs, Two New Studies Show (Marijuana Moment)

  • Ukraine's Acting Health Minister endorses legalization of medical cannabis (112 International)

  • Newfoundland Cannabis Store Closes Amidst Supply Shortages (Leafly)

  • History Of Alcohol Prohibition Suggests Advantage For States That Legalize Marijuana Early (Marijuana Moment)

  • Disappointed by Marijuana Tax Revenue, California Legislators Propose Rate Cuts (Reason)

  • This Canadian Cannabis Advisory Ad Is Full-On Trippy (Leafly)

  • Industrial Hemp Cultivation Exploded In The U.S. Last Year, Report Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis Stocks Are Getting Their Second Wind (Real Money)

  • Metrolinx to Ban Cannabis for Workers in Safety-Sensitive Jobs (Leafly)

  • Here's What You Need to Know About California's Final Cannabis Regulations (Civilized)

  • Officials Urging Cannabis Businesses To Beef Up Security After Increase In Robberies (CBS Sacramento)

  • Where Presidential Candidate John Delaney Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • In Photos: Canada’s First Bongspiel, a Cannabis-Infused Curling Tournament (Leafly)

  • Is Marijuana Competitive or Complementary to Alcohol Sales? (The Motley Fool)

  • Which Is More Potent, Vaping Cannabis or Smoking a Joint? (Leafly)

  • Dealers make violent threats against 12-year-olds over cannabis debt (TheJournal.ie)

LSD

  • Scientists Identify Key Neural Mechanisms Behind an LSD Trip (Motherboard)

  • 'I'M AN AVENGER': Student on LSD allegedly went on teacher groping spree (Canoe News)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Magic mushrooms 'could be made LEGAL in Britain after huge breakthrough' (Daily Star)

  • A top psychedelic scientist says 'the climate's looking good' for magic mushrooms and MDMA to turn into medicines at a gathering of the world's billionaires (Business Insider)

  • Finding Psychedelic Mushrooms (The Third Wave)

  • Oregon couple pushes to put mushroom therapy on the ballot (KATU)

  • Psilocybin Mushrooms Are Changing the Way You Die (71 Republic)

MDMA

  • Here’s how Ecstasy actually kill (Rave Jungle)

  • Taking MDMA was 'a spur of the moment decision', says Shane Rattenbury (Brisbane Times)

  • ‘Young people just aren’t getting the message’: Ecstasy revealed as the biggest killer at festivals (2GB)

  • Pharmacies 'logical places' to talk about ecstasy (Australian Journal of Pharmacy)

  • Liverpool teenager dies after suspected MDMA overdose (BBC)

DMT

  • I Cooked DMT in My Kitchen for Four Years (VICE)

  • Marriott staff find coworker's hallucinogenic drug lab in boiler room, Calif. cops say (The Sacramento Bee)

AYAHUASCA

SALVIA DIVINORUM

  • Salvia Divinorum And Kratom: Not Safe To Combine Together (Kratom Guides)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • Warning: These Ecstasy Pills Might Cause You to Have Sex With Trees (EDM Tunes)

  • One percent of US teenagers are using flakka -- but it could be more (CNN)

  • Police Issue Warning For Dangerous “Flakka” Pills Sold As MDMA (Your EDM)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Devastating Impacts Of Synthetic Marijuana Take Hold In Wisconsin (WUWM)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Councillor calling on agencies to join forces to tackle growing problem of ‘laughing gas’ (Rochdale Online)

  • Global Nitrous Oxide Market Is Determined to Grow with Immense Rate by 2025 (Digital Journal)

KETAMINE

  • Minn. Hospital Says Paramedics Caused No Harm in Ketamine Study (EMS World)

  • Hennepin Healthcare vows improvements after review into ketamine use on police subjects (Bring Me The News)

  • Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles Commemorates Five Years of Patient Success Stories (Benzinga)

  • Teaching an Old Drug New Tricks: Ketamine and Depression (Breast Cancer News)

PCP

  • South Brunswick police arrest man who allegedly destroyed home while high on PCP (MyCentralJersey.com)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • America’s Opioid Crisis: Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment in Cities (The Pew Charitable Trusts)

  • All Niagara police to be equipped with naloxone (Thorold News)

  • U.S. Border Patrol Reports Largest Fentanyl Bust of Nearly 254 Pounds of Opioid (TIME)

  • Peterborough Public Health, community partners create opioid early monitoring system (Global News)

  • Dana Larsen: Opium tea will end the overdose crisis (The Georgia Straight)

  • Opioid overdose medication easier to access for schools (Sequim Gazette)

  • Many Parents Conflicted About Opioids for Their Teens' Pain (U.S. News & World Report)

  • London police officers used naloxone to save 57 people last year (CBC)

  • Idaho Lawmakers Try To Make It Easier To Get Naloxone (Boise State Public Radio)

  • Florida man spent 41 days in jail for heroin. But it was actually detergent, cops say (Miami Herald)

  • Sears Once Sold Heroin (The Atlantic)

  • No-Knock Warrant for Deadly Drug Raid Describes Heroin and a Gun Cops Didn't Find (Reason)

  • Outreach worker says use of naloxone on the rise in Sudbury (CBC)

  • Feds say Rancho Cordova nurse sold thousands of opioid pills nationwide on dark web (The Sacramento Bee)

  • The Great Opium Bonfire of 1914 (Reason)

  • Increased awareness about Naloxone (The Daily Journal)

COCAINE

BENZODIAZEPINES

  • Fraser Health issues warning over 'large quantities' of fake Xanax (Vancouver Sun)

ALCOHOL

  • Goa to ban alcohol on beaches (Kiwi.com)

  • ‘Hangxiety’: why alcohol gives you a hangover and anxiety (The Guardian)

  • Heavy drinking may change DNA, leading to increased craving for alcohol (ScienceDaily)

  • Dry January Is Just the Beginning: Alcohol-Free Booze Is Poised for a Big 2019 (Fortune)

  • Formerly dry Massachusetts town now allows alcohol sales (WWLP)

  • Trump donates $100,000 to charity every quarter, but you never hear about it (Rooster Magazine)

  • Virginia Alcohol Regulators Said Ending Ban on Happy Hour Ads Would Literally Kill People, Then Supported Ending the Ban (Reason)

  • How to go alcohol free when you work in the drinks industry (The Drinks Business)

  • As Problem Drinking Rises In Older Americans, Geriatrician Offers Tips For Those Who Imbibe Over 65 (Forbes)

  • The celebrity alcohol brands worth a sip (GQ)

NOOTROPICS

  • On Nootropics: How (and if) ‘smart pills’ work (Ladders)

  • This New Blend Of Nootropics is Clinically Proven to Enhance Brain Function (Futurism)

  • Global Nootropics Market to Observe Strong Development by 2024 (DailyCashReports.com)

KRATOM

  • Kratom Migraine & Headaches: What You Must Do To Avoid This Unpleasant Effect (Kratom Guides)

  • Kratom: It's legal, unregulated and has contributed to 2 Northwest Colorado deaths (Craig Daily Press)

KAVA

  • Kava sold at N. Knox bar like 'mild, liquid Valium with happiness attached.' But what is it? (Knoxville News Sentinel)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • 'There Is Officially No More War.' Mexico's President Declares an End to the Drug War Amid Skepticism (TIME)

  • Man evades capture for 15 years by using fingerprint implants (The Guardian)

  • Scientists Rethink Psychedelics As Attitudes Change Toward Formerly Illicit Drugs (Forbes)

  • El Chapo's Defense Team Rests Its Case After Just 30 Minutes (TIME)

  • Sacred Sexuality, Psychedelics and Erotic Hustle: Interview with Lana Baumgartner (Psychedelic Times)

  • The Psychedelic Emotion: Why We Need More “Awe” In Everyday Life (High Existence)

  • A Collection of Trip Sitter Manuals and Guides (Tam Integration)

  • Pointing the way to psychedelic Christianity (The Institute for the Advancement of Psychedelic Christianity)

  • Do you have to do drugs to enjoy dance music? (Mixmag)

  • An inside look at drug networks flooding music festivals — and police are struggling to stop them (news.com.au)

  • 'Don't bury your head in the sand': NZ police minister has spray at Australians over pill testing (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

  • The Frankfurt Resolution of 1990 Still Inspires City-Level Drug Policy Reforms (Filter)

  • This Podcast Gives You the Straight Dope About Drugs (OZY)

  • Embodied Healing: A Personal Perspective on Resolving Trauma with Psychedelics (Chacruna)

  • Illicit drugs should be regulated and distributed by pharmacies, leading doctor suggests (news.com.au)

  • NSW Premier doubles down on pill testing stance following horror drug weekend (SBS)

  • $4.6 million apartment used to host a drug-fuelled rave through Airbnb (news.com.au)

  • 'County lines': huge scale of £500m drug industry revealed (The Guardian)

  • Incarcerated Women Who Use Drugs Find Ways to Care for One Another (Filter)

  • Health and county officials consider syringe exchange solutions (The Daily World)

  • History, not harm, dictates why some drugs are legal and others aren’t (The Conversation)

  • Interested in Harm Reduction? Check Out These Essential Resources (EDM Identity)

  • Don't make tripping on psychedelics a daily habit (The Daily Evergreen)

  • Why a public vote is the wrong way to determine drug policy (The Spinoff)

  • Everything you need to know about microdosing (INSIDER)

  • Harm reduction does not promote drug use (AOD Media Watch)

  • Psychedelic drugs: Magic or menace? (The Irish Times)


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