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This Week in Psychoactives - 5.31.19

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CANNABIS

  • Illinois Senate Passes the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (NORML)

  • TSA Updates Marijuana Rules To Allow Hemp-Derived CBD On Flights (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis Extracts Are Legal, Arizona High Court Rules (Leafly)

  • Report Says 70% of CBD Products Are Contaminated with Heavy Metals or Pesticides (MERRY JANE)

  • Early Presidential Primary State Voters Oppose Federal Intervention In Local Marijuana Laws, Poll Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Ban in Public Housing Lifted in NYC––And Nation May Be Next (Filter)

  • Legal Medical Marijuana Tied To Lower Opioid Use, Another Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Colorado Springs dispensary pulls THC-free CBD products because of City Code (KOAA)

  • CBD and THC May Help Treat Alzheimer's Disease, New Research Suggests (MERRY JANE)

  • Alberta Lifts Ban on Licensing New Cannabis Stores (Leafly)

  • States Can’t Block Legal Hemp Shipments Within Their Borders, USDA Says (Marijuana Moment)

  • Workplace Deaths Fell 34% After Medical Cannabis Legalization (Leafly)

  • Google won't allow marijuana delivery apps in the Play Store (Engadget)

  • Nigerians Smoke the Most Weed on Earth, Spend Over $15 Billion on Pot Annually (MERRY JANE)

  • Man Shoots Himself in Testicles Before Cops Found Weed Up His Ass (MERRY JANE)

  • Israel is banking on cannabis as its next big industry (Los Angeles Times)

  • Former NFL Pro Chris Long Admits to Smoking Weed His Entire Career (MERRY JANE)

  • eBay Says It Will Continue To Ban People From Selling CBD Products (Marijuana Moment)

  • Most people accept medical use of marijuana: Nida Poll (Bangkok Post)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Mushrooms: Today Denver, tomorrow all of Colorado? (GOPUSA)

  • Psilocybin Could Open the Door to Legal Hallucinogens (Medium)

MDMA

  • Mums of children killed by ecstasy explain why they want drug to be legalised (Mirror)

  • Teacher is jailed for six years after he drugged woman's hot chocolate with MDMA then sexually assaulted her and held her captive in his car for five hours (Daily Mail)

  • Unpredictable MDMA: Here’s why it’s ‘impossible’ to know how the drug affects you (Rave Jungle)

AYAHUASCA

  • Can and Should Ayahuasca Become Part of Western Medicine? (Kahpi)

  • Ayahuasca Community Guide for the Awareness of Sexual Abuse (Chacruna)

  • The Shaman’s Treasure: The Many Plants Added to the Ayahuasca Brew (Kahpi)

  • What It Takes to Hold an Ayahuasca Ceremony (Kahpi)

5-MEO-DMT

IBOGA

  • Biosynthesis of an Anti-Addiction Agent from the Iboga Plant (bioRxiv)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Researchers Find Synthetic CBD Effective in Treating Seizures in Rats (High Times)

  • Get ready for a new wave of synthetic cannabinoids and derivatives (Greencamp)

  • Man died after taking spice and suffering multiple seizures in prison (WalesOnline)

  • Schoolboy rushed to hospital after eating sweet laced with zombie drug Spice (The Sun)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Bill Of The Month: $4,836 Charge For Laughing Gas During Childbirth Is No Joke (NPR)

OPIOIDS

  • Opioid Maker Agrees to Pay Oklahoma $85 Million Over Claims Company Helped Create Addiction Crisis (TIME)

  • More Drug Users Are Intentionally Using Fentanyl Amid Overdose Crisis, Study Finds (VICE)

  • Murphy presents research on police views of addiction (BCTV)

  • Tory leadership candidate Rory Stewart apologises for smoking opium in Iran (Yahoo! Finance)

  • That guy who made up a story about stealing a brick of heroin from an MS-13 gang member says he now regrets it (Boing Boing)

  • Most Opioid Deaths in MA Involve Other Drugs (U.S. News & World Report)

  • Colorado’s Opioid Crisis Slows, In Part Because Of A Drug That Reverses Overdoses (Colorado Public Radio)

  • The chronic-pain quandary: Amid a reckoning over opioids, a doctor crusades for caution in cutting back (STAT)

CAFFEINE

  • This is the Best Time of Day to Drink Coffee, According to Science (Civilized)

  • Energy drink consumption rising in the U.S. (WHTC)

  • Energy drinks: Here’s what they do to your heart (WAVE3)

  • Here's the truth about whether you should drink coffee and tea while pregnant (INSIDER)

TOBACCO

ALCOHOL

KRATOM

  • Kratom's reputed pain-relief benefits could come from one of its metabolites (EurekAlert!)

  • Fibromyalgia Stole My Life, Kratom Gave It Back (Pain News Network)

  • Kratom is called a mood enhancer, but three deaths in St. Louis region are causing concern (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

  • St. Charles County pausing decision to ban Kratom, instead of looking at new regulations (KMOV)

  • Herbal supplement kratom could face regulations in Monument (Colorado Springs Gazette)

KHAT

  • Nyandarua to ban sale of miraa (The Standard)

  • Turning a blind eye to khat use in the west does vulnerable communities in which it is consumed few favours (Illicit Trade)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Oakland Lawmakers Advance Psychedelic Decriminalization Measure (Marijuana Moment)

  • Colorado Just Passed a Slew of Groundbreaking Drug Reform Laws (MERRY JANE)

  • Philly’s supervised injection site nonprofit gets tax-exempt status from IRS (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • The Drug War's Hidden Foster Care Crisis (Reason)

  • Nancy Pelosi's Drug Price Compromise Is Bad Policy and Worse Politics (Splinter)

  • DanceSafe Announces Return To Virginia (DanceSafe)

  • The Case for Taking Psychedelics Seriously (National Review)

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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:


This Week in Psychoactives - 5.17.19

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CANNABIS

  • Two Tiny Caribbean Islands Legalized Cannabis for Private and Adult Use (MERRY JANE)

  • Arkansas: Licensed Medical Cannabis Sales Begin (NORML)

  • Washington: Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law (NORML)

  • Alabama Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill (MERRY JANE)

  • Nebraska Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Jersey Voters, Not Lawmakers, Will Decide On Marijuana Legalization In 2020 (Marijuana Moment)

  • Leafly Study Debunks Dispensary Myths Around Crime & Teen Use (Leafly)

  • Illegal Marijuana Grows In Pacific Northwest Declined After Legalization, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Can CBD Really Do All That? (The New York Times)

  • Legalized ‘Light Cannabis’ Linked With Drop In Pharmaceutical Sales, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Grandmother arrested for CBD at Magic Kingdom hires Ben Crump, threatens lawsuit against cops and Disney (Orlando Sentinel)

  • Gov. Cuomo Bails on New York Cannabis Legalization (Leafly)

  • Serious Injuries From Domestic Violence Dropped After Marijuana Decriminalization, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • America’s Longest-Serving Marijuana Prisoner Released After 39 Years (MERRY JANE)

  • Joe Biden Endorses Marijuana Decriminalization And Rescheduling—But Not Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Half A Million Canadians Are Getting High at Work, According to New Report (MERRY JANE)

  • Detroit Will Pay Out $60,000 to Woman Whose Dogs Were Shot on a Marijuana Raid (Reason)

  • Texas Senate Unanimously Approves Hemp Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • No More Horsing Around: CBD Now Banned in Equestrian Competitions (MERRY JANE)

  • New Congressional Bill Aims To Resolve Marijuana Industry Border Issues (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis Study of Expecting Mothers Causes Social Media Controversy (Forbes)

  • Canada Is Seeing Its Fair Share of Dab Lab Explosions, Too (MERRY JANE)

  • Cannabis kombucha, gluten-free edibles: weed companies jump on wellness trends (The Guardian)

  • Oregon Senate Votes To Legalize Interstate Marijuana Imports And Exports (Marijuana Moment)

  • Doctors and Teachers in Utah Can Now Smoke Medical Marijuana Without Fear (MERRY JANE)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Steve Bullock Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Illinois Survey That Supposedly Shows Support for Legalizing Marijuana Is 'Dwindling' Actually Shows It Is Rising (Reason)

  • Medicinal cannabis users focus of new research (Scoop)

LSD

  • Jeopardy Contestants Are Getting Tested On Their Marijuana And LSD Knowledge (Marijuana Moment)

  • Inside the first placebo-controlled studies testing if microdosing LSD actually works (WIRED)

  • The Sad Tale of Frank Olson, the US Government's Hallucinogen Fall Man (Pacific Standard)

  • How LSD May Facilitate Communing With Nature (Medium)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Michael Pollan: Not So Fast on Psychedelic Mushrooms (The New York Times)

  • Denver Psilocybin Decriminalization Activist Pushes Back Against Michael Pollan’s Criticism (Marijuana Moment)

MDMA

  • Yorkshire police issue MDMA warning after death of 15-year-old girl (The Guardian)

5-MEO-DMT

  • A statement regarding the misinterpretation and misrepresentation of the study of 5-MeO-DMT (Psychedelics Today)

MESCALINE

  • The Fascinating History of Mescaline, the OG Psychedelic (VICE)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Canada Is Giving Prisoners Synthetic Weed, Not Real Medical Marijuana (MERRY JANE)

  • Synthetic cannabinoid alert system to be in place by end of year (Newsie)

OPIOIDS

  • Only One Major Ontario City Refuses to Let Police Carry Life-Saving Naloxone (VICE)

  • 5 More States Sue Purdue Pharma and Other Drugmakers Over the Opioid Epidemic (TIME)

  • Heroin Overdose Parties Are a Dehumanizing Myth (VICE)

  • A new study backs up a lifesaving approach to the opioid epidemic (Vox)

COCAINE

  • Global Drug Survey: Large Majority of Cocaine Users Would Pay More for Safer, “Fair Trade” Supply (Filter)

  • Study may help prevent relapse in cocaine use disorder patients (EurekAlert!)

  • Canada ranks second in the world for cocaine use (but feels conflicted about it): Report (National Post)

  • 'The cocaine trade is booming': 54% of Irish people who use cocaine want to cut down (TheJournal.ie)

  • Top health experts warn cocaine is ‘absolutely rampant’ in Ireland as Health Minster Simon Harris launches plans to tackle epidemic (The Sun)

METHAMPHETAMINE

CAFFEINE

  • How Much Coffee Is Too Much? Drinking 6 Cups In A Day Is Bad For The Heart, Study Shows (Study Finds)

  • This Cup of Joe Costs $75 and Is Being Touted as the World's Most Expensive Coffee (TIME)

TOBACCO

  • Maryland raises legal tobacco purchasing age to 21 (The Hill)

  • Campaign to raise minimum smoking age to 21 finds unlikely supporter: Big Tobacco (CNBC)

ALCOHOL

  • Psychedelic Drugs Can Help Alcoholics Stop Drinking, According To New Study (IFLScience)

  • Britons get drunk more often than 35 other nations, survey finds (The Guardian)

  • Doctors turn to alcohol, food and drugs to cope with work stress (The Guardian)

  • OU approves alcohol sales at sporting events (KTUL)

NOOTROPICS

  • The Majority Of People Are Fine With Brain Doping, As Long As You Don't Call It That (Forbes)

KHAT

  • New study shows chewing miraa bad for mental health (Tuko.co.ke)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Leading U.S. Prosecutors Visit Portugal To Learn About Drug Decriminalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Joe Biden once said a fence was needed to stop 'tons' of drugs from Mexico (CNN)

  • Elizabeth Warren Knows What It Will Take to End the Drug War (The Slot)

  • The Ethics of Taking the Drugs You Study (VICE)

  • Bolsonaro Cuts Harm Reduction, Escalates Drug War (Filter)

  • Queering Psychedelics conference aims to expand definitions, minds (48 Hills)

  • Number of Women Arrested for Drugs Increases at Four Times the Rate of Men (Filter)

  • Seeking a safe place: Vancouver’s story (The Boston Globe)

  • Magic Mushrooms, Psychedelics and Chronic Pain (Pain News Network)

  • Booker Bill Would Protect Students With Drug Convictions From Losing Federal College Aid (Marijuana Moment)

  • How the War on Drugs Kept Black Men Out of College (The Atlantic)

  • Lawmakers Schedule Psychedelic Decriminalization Hearing In Oakland (Forbes)

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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:


This Week in Psychoactives - 5.3.19

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CANNABIS

  • Oregon Has So Much Weed It’s Temporarily Freezing Cannabis Production (MERRY JANE)

  • 'Getting Worse, Not Better': Illegal Pot Market Booming in California Despite Legalization (The New York Times)

  • Cannabis cafes may appear in Alaska this summer (KVTA)

  • New Report Says an Adult-Use Cannabis Industry Could Provide $4 Billion for New York State (Leafly)

  • North Dakota: Lawmakers Pass Language Reducing Marijuana Possession Penalties (NORML)

  • Illegal Toronto Dispensary Finds Legal Loophole to Keep Doors Open (Leafly)

  • Ontario Pharmacists Must Now Complete Mandatory Cannabis Education Course (High Times)

  • In Florida, You Can Purchase Cannabis Through a Drive-Thru (Forbes)

  • Las Vegas Will Finally Get Weed Bars and Consumption Lounges (MERRY JANE)

  • Hawaii Legislature Sends Marijuana Decriminalization Bill To Governor’s Desk (Marijuana Moment)

  • Iowa: Lawmakers Approve Medical Cannabis Expansion Legislation (NORML)

  • The Feds Officially Banned CBD From Booze (MERRY JANE)

  • Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says Senate won't pass bill to lower penalties for marijuana (The Texas Tribune)

  • Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Isn’t ‘Dead’ In Texas, Key Senate Chairman Clarifies (Marijuana Moment)

  • Why medical cannabis is still out of patients’ reach—an essay by David Nutt (The BMJ)

  • UK law on medicinal cannabis changed six months ago – what have we learned? (The Conversation)

  • Massachusetts Gives Cannabis Delivery the Green Light (Leafly)

  • Bills Allowing Marijuana Deliveries And Tasting Rooms Head Toward Colorado Governor’s Desk (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Hampshire: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Permitting Patients to Home Cultivate (NORML)

  • Washington: Lawmakers Pass Legislation Facilitating Expungement Of Past Marijuana Convictions (NORML)

  • Wisconsin City Officials Trying to Stop Church From Distributing Cannabis (High Times)

  • Trump Administration Opposes Bills On Medical Marijuana For Military Veterans (Marijuana Moment)

  • Facebook's New A.I. Tech Can Distinguish Weed From Fried Broccoli (MERRY JANE)

  • Florida Is the Nation's Fastest-Growing Medical Marijuana Market (Miami New Times)

  • New Brunswick Considering Privatization After Cannabis NB Loss (Leafly)

  • This Mom Entrepreneur Is Developing Medicinal Cannabis to Treat Kids With Autism (CT Post)

  • Harvard and MIT Receive $9 Million Donation to Expand Cannabis Research (MERRY JANE)

  • 7Investigates: Marijuana Anonymous (WHDH)

  • Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales Approved By Vermont House Committee (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Michael Bennet Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

LSD

  • Once An Alcoholic, I Lost My Desire To Drink After Taking LSD (Reset.me)

  • Air station sailors facing LSD charges (Navy Times)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Denver Could Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms on Tuesday (Leafly)

  • Decriminalize Nature! Interview with Matthew Kahl about the Denver Psilocybin Ballot Measure (Psychedelic Times)

  • 'It makes me enjoy playing with the kids': is microdosing mushrooms going mainstream? (The Guardian)

  • A Growing Movement Wants To Loosen Laws Around Psilocybin, Treat Mushrooms As Medicine (KUNC)

  • The First Psychedelic Mushroom Con Was a ’Shroom School for the Serious (Dallas Observer)

  • The Magic of Mushrooms (Psychology Today)

  • Psilocybin Helped Me Process The Sudden Deaths of My Mom and Close Friend (Reset.me)

MDMA

  • Local Non-Profit Pushes for Medical Use of MDMA (KNWA)

  • Otago rates high on MDMA use (Otago Daily Times)

  • Drug researcher says MDMA shouldn't be included in wastewater testing (Newstalk ZB)

  • MDMA: Why it's 'impossible' to know how the drug affects you (BBC)

  • Boy, 13, died after taking 'Donkey Kong' ecstasy tablets (Mirror)

AYAHUASCA

  • Meet the Person Serving Ayahuasca to Inmates in Brazil: An Interview with Edilsom Fernandes (Kahpi)

  • How the "Ayahuasca Diet" Can Maximize Your Psychedelic Experience (MERRY JANE)

MESCALINE

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Illegal drug lab manufacturing synthetic cannabis explodes in Texas; four injured (The GrowthOp)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Researchers use nitrous oxide to unravel rapid function of antidepressant mechanisms (News-Medical.Net)

  • Ohio University expels fraternity chapter after student's death (The Athens News)

  • Whippits don’t belong in smoke shops (Los Angeles Times)

KETAMINE

  • Team finds ketamine alleviates acute pain during ambulance rides (Medical Xpress)

  • Visions to Heed: Ketamine’s Breakout In Psychedelic Therapy (Psychedelic Support)

  • Costa Rica Sees Growing Demand for Ketamine, Synthetic Drugs (Insight Crime)

  • Columbia Ketamine Program helps patients with treatment-resistant depression (Healio)

PCP

  • Were Cast and Crew on the Film ‘Titanic’ Sickened by PCP-Laced Seafood Chowder? (Snopes)

  • Man Allegedly High On PCP Attempts To Grab OKC Officer's Gun (KWTV)

  • HPD: Man tosses PCP out car window while leading Houston police on chase (Chron)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • Fentanyl use could end the opium era in Mexico: 'the only crop that paid’ (The Guardian)

  • NJ has naloxone 'deserts' in opioid hotspots (Futurity)

  • UK online pharmacies accused of 'aggressive' tactics to sell opiates (The Guardian)

  • Missouri students push for opioid overdose antidote in dorms (San Francisco Chronicle)

  • “Liquid Handcuffs”—A Documentary to Free Methadone (Filter)

  • Drug-Injection Sites Are Battleground in Fight Against Opioid Overdoses (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Why Aren’t More People Taking Naloxone Overdose Reversal Training? (Observer)

  • 5 things responsible for the opioid crisis — besides Big Pharma (Deseret News)

COCAINE

  • Cocaine deaths up in US, and opioids are a big part of it (Lowell Sun)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • As Meth Use Surges, First Responders Struggle To Help Those In Crisis (NPR)

CAFFEINE

  • Caffeine, an alternative for traditional solar cells (The Asian Age)

  • Consumers are drinking more caffeinated beverages nationwide, study finds (Consumer Affairs)

  • Why do people love coffee and beer? It's the buzz, not the taste, study finds (NBC News)

  • Researchers study connection of adolescent caffeine consumption and substance abuse (Medical Xpress)

  • This Portland Coffee Brand Is Creating Zero Waste Cafes (Forbes)

  • Coffee Shops Build Employee Loyalty, According to Science (Inc)

  • Ask the Pharmacist: Caffeine is a natural option for ADHD (Marco News)

TOBACCO

  • A Device That Heats Tobacco, But Doesn't Burn It, Can Now Be Sold in the U.S. Here's What to Know About IQOS (TIME)

  • Why Big Tobacco and Big Vape love comparing nicotine to caffeine (The Verge)

  • US lawmakers push bipartisan bill to raise the federal minimum buying age for tobacco to 21 (CNBC)

  • AHA backs federal efforts to raise tobacco sale age to 21 (Cardiovascular Business)

  • Doctors Speak On Proposal to Raise Tobacco-Buying Age (Spectrum News 1)

ALCOHOL

  • The Average Person In New York City Spends More Than $120000 On Alcohol In A Lifetime (The Daily Caller)

  • Alcohol-Related Liver Disease Deaths Rise Sharply (KUNM)

  • New York City bans alcohol ads on city property (ABC News)

  • A Brewery in Peru Ran For Centuries, Then Burned After One Epic Ancient Party (Discover Magazine)

  • More than 15 million Americans suffer from alcohol abuse (KMOX)

  • Deprogramming From AA—When a Fellowship Resembles a Cult (Filter)

  • State lawmaker pushing to ban powdered alcohol in Texas (KVII)

  • Has new alcohol law changed drinking habits? (BBC News)

  • Texas lawmakers consider earlier Sunday alcohol sales: “This is freedom” (The Takeout)

  • No Amount Of Alcohol Is Safe During Pregnancy: Study (Tech Times)

  • Hangover-free alcohol could be on store shelves in next 5 years (Fox 13 News)

  • Yes, Buying Alcohol Is Still Illegal in Parts of the U.S. (The Daily Beast)

KRATOM

  • Gov. Ducey signs bill regulating the sale of kratom products in Arizona (KTAR)

  • Bill to Criminalize Kratom in Louisiana Under Consideration (Big Easy Magazine)

  • Herbal supplement kratom is tied to more US deaths (Fox5NY)

KHAT

  • Farmers raise concerns over high levies on khat transport (The Standard)

DATURA

  • Scientists examine the ethnobotanical uses of stramonium (Phys.org)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Scientists want to give psychedelics to people in vegetative states (Rooster)

  • Teens tune out zero tolerance of substance-use talk: UBC study (Vancouver Sun)

  • Cocaine, ketamine and banned pesticides found in UK river wildlife, study reveals (The Independent)

  • World-first Centre for Psychedelics Research launched in UK (New Atlas)

  • Profound experiences linked to mental health benefits (The Hub at Johns Hopkins University)

  • Australia's second pill testing trial in Canberra 'overwhelmingly successful' (SBS)

  • New Study: Syringe Service Providers Could Have Prevented the Scott County HIV Outbreak (Filter)

  • Police drug detection dogs encourage festivalgoers to preload, study finds (The Guardian)

  • Former Philly officer sentenced to 9 years for selling drugs stolen by corrupt Baltimore police squad (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • 6 months old and still unauthorized, ‘Church of Safe Injection’ expands (Bangor Daily News)

  • Make America Trip Again (Current Affairs)

  • Getting 'California Sober' Showed Me a Kinder, Gentler Way to Do Drugs (Broadly)

  • Why does the psychedelic community keep platforming abusers? (The Psychedelic Scientist)

  • Sri Lanka President Uses Easter Attacks to Fuel Duterte-Inspired Drug War (Filter)

  • El Paso County residents turn to Denver or Pueblo for clean syringes (Colorado Springs Independent)

  • Teen drug-dealing convictions up two-thirds in five years in England and Wales (The Guardian)

  • Life-saving needle exchange started with a UM med student. Now it’s legal statewide. (Miami Herald)

  • How the World’s Oldest Drug Checking Service Makes High-Risk Pills “Unsellable” (Filter)

  • A Guide to Starting a Community Psychedelic Integration Circle (Psychedelic Support)

  • Why Worldwide Drug Policy Progress Is Driven From the Ground Up (Filter)

  • Why 'Microdosing' LSD & Other Hallucinogens May Be The Saving Grace For People With Severe Depression & Anxiety (YourTango)

  • Psychedelic Communities, Social Justice, and Kinship in the Capitalocene (Kahpi)

  • The government won’t pay for research into psychedelic drugs. Cody Swift will. (KNKX)

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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:


This Week in Psychoactives - 4.12.19

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CANNABIS

  • Israel Decriminalizes Adult Use Cannabis During CannaTech Conference In Tel Aviv (Forbes)

  • FDA Is Taking Public Comments On CBD. Here’s How To Make Your Voice Heard (Marijuana Moment)

  • Police across the UK are given green light to let cannabis users off scot-free and suggest they get treatment instead of punishment (Daily Mail)

  • Alex Berenson and the Last Anti-Cannabis Crusade (The New Republic)

  • Georgia: Lawmakers Advance Bill To Regulate Low-THC Oil Production (NORML)

  • Mother of girl with epilepsy has supply of medical cannabis confiscated (The Guardian)

  • New York City: Lawmakers Advance Bills Limiting Drug Testing for Cannabis as a Condition of Employment, Probation (NORML)

  • Nova Scotia Woman Plans Constitutional Challenge of Roadside Cannabis Test (Leafly)

  • Hawaii Senate Committee Approves Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Senate Bill Would Let Marijuana Businesses Store Profits In Banks (Forbes)

  • California bill to block home delivery of cannabis sidelined for year (Los Angeles Times)

  • Another Connecticut Committee Approves Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Will the European legal cannabis industry prosper? (Health Europa)

  • GOP Congressman’s Bill Would Let Medical Marijuana Patients Possess Guns (Marijuana Moment)

  • Mergers And Acquisitions Light Up The Cannabis Sector (Forbes)

  • Indiana Lawmakers Amend Hemp Bill To Allow Smokeable Flower (Marijuana Moment)

  • People of Color Were Targeted by the War on Drugs. They Must Benefit from Marijuana Legalization (Newsweek)

  • Can Cannabis Help You Get Off Adderall? (Civilized)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Tim Ryan Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis stocks lower as investors await the fate of the States Act (MarketWatch)

LSD

  • ‘SNL’ Introduces a Hilarious Film Critic Who Sees Movies on Acid So You Don’t Have To (IndieWire)

  • T.C. Boyle’s new novel takes a trip with LSD evangelist Timothy Leary (Los Angeles Times)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • China Enters Magic Mushroom Industry – Wuhan, MJMedTech, and M2BIO (Psilocybin Technology)

  • Psilocybin-assisted mindfulness training modulates self-consciousness and brain default mode network connectivity with lasting effects (ScienceDirect)

  • Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee Is Open To Decriminalizing Psychedelic Mushrooms (Marijuana Moment)

  • Seth Rogen Talks About Taking Magic Mushrooms At Cirque du Soleil (Marijuana Moment)

  • I went to a chic fundraiser for Denver's psilocybin mushroom vote (Rooster Magazine)

  • The return of the 'stoned ape' theory (Big Think)

  • Sacred Mushrooms of the Mazatec Tradition: Transforming the Inner Landscape of the Human Psyche (Chacruna)

  • How Psilocybin Reset My Suicidal Thoughts And Taught Me To Love Myself (Reset.me)

MDMA

  • Inside an Innovative Study of MDMA Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder (Filter)

  • MDMA helps adult mice socialize like their adolescent selves (Quartz)

  • Cate Faehrmann: Why a lawmaker admitted to taking MDMA (BBC)

  • Teenager dies after taking six times the 'safe' level of Ecstasy (Your EDM)

  • 'She didn't get the chance to learn from her mistake': Father's anguish after his daughter, 18, died from her first hit of liquid ecstasy - as he reveals the tragic final words she spoke to him (Daily Mail)

  • Illinois man dies after taking ecstasy; parents now educate others on dangers of drug (WTKR)

  • Psychedelic Drug MDMA May Help Treat PTSD (Tech Times)

AYAHUASCA

  • Translating Ayahuasca Shamanism and Western Medicine (Kahpi)

  • Global Ayahuasca Community Joins Together to Defend Ceremony Leader (Talking Drugs)

5-MEO-DMT

  • Study: 5-MeO-DMT May Rapidly Improve Anxiety and Depression (Reset.me)

PEYOTE

IBOGA

  • Dutch natural healer gets 8 years for death of Swedish woman (NL Times)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • Ireland: Controversial ban on new psychoactive substances succeeds in reducing health problems (Scottish Legal News)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • State forensics lab identifying new synthetic cannabinoids (WLOX)

  • A Bunch of Dutch People Smoked Fake Weed for Science (Civilized)

  • Leeds outreach workers devise revolutionary treatment for Spice addiction (Leeds Live)

NITROUS OXIDE

KETAMINE

  • Ketamine May Relieve Depression By Repairing Damaged Brain Circuits (NPR)

  • Thai boys trapped in cave were sedated with ketamine (The Independent)

  • Ketamine vs. Esketamine for Depression (Psychology Today)

  • Emily Atack reveals she was offered ketamine in a nightclub toilet...as she recalls losing her knickers after an all night romp after the BRIT Awards (Daily Mail)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • DOJ Charges UK Firm With Conspiracy, Fraud Over Opioid Withdrawal Drug Suboxone Film (Gizmodo)

  • After three years of controversy, CDC clarifies its opioid prescribing guidelines (STAT)

  • More than 10,300 Canadians lost their lives to opioids in less than 3 years (CBC)

  • Poppy Cultivation and Potential Opium Production in Afghanistan (The White House)

  • In poll season, Punjab debates legalising poppy seed and opium farming (Down To Earth Magazine)

  • Public urged to keep free naloxone overdose kits on hand (The London Free Press)

  • Family Dog Survives Eating Five Bags of Heroin (The Epoch Times)

  • Naloxone available at UNT pharmacy without a prescription (North Texas Daily)

  • Alabama school staff trains to administer naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses (CBS News)

  • Forcing treatment and tying the hands of physicians won’t solve the opioid crisis (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Big Pharma’s Millions Won’t Solve the Opioid Crisis (Tonic)

  • Rajasthan farmers caught in ‘opium crisis’ (The Times of India)

  • How eating four slices of multigrain bread at a airport lounge led a fly-in-fly-out miner to failing a drugs test - and him stood down from his job (Daily Mail)

  • Hanover deputy released from hospital following possible fentanyl exposure (WWBT)

COCAINE

  • The United States' 'War on Drugs' Really Did Make Things Worse, New Research Finds (ScienceAlert)

  • Heather Yakin: Cocaine making comeback with new, lethal forms (Times Herald-Record)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Meth Mania: From Biker Gangs to the Psych Ward, How Speed Came of Age in California (KQED)

  • Family's dog tests positive for meth, molly after walk in park (WKRG)

CAFFEINE

TOBACCO

  • Illinois Becomes First State in Midwest to Adopt 'Tobacco 21' (NBC Chicago)

  • Delaware House approves raising age to buy tobacco products (Delaware Online)

  • Iowa Senate bill would increase age to buy all tobacco, vape products from 18 to 21 (KGAN TV)

  • Temple University takes major step in becoming tobacco-free: 'It's incredibly important' (KYW Newsradio 1060)

  • Texas could soon increase the legal age to buy tobacco, though active military members might be exempt (The Texas Tribune)

ALCOHOL

  • Alcohol use disorder: Brain damage may progress despite sobriety (Medical News Today)

  • No, moderate drinking can't protect against stroke. It actually increases risk, study says (USA Today)

  • There's new evidence for why we get the 'drunchies' after a night of heavy drinking (INSIDER)

  • Penn study finds genetic differences between heavy drinkers and alcoholics (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

  • A gene linked to alcohol habits may influence who you choose to marry (New Scientist)

  • Ethiopia passes tough law regulating alcohol sales, adverts (Africanews)

  • Proposed Federal Alcohol Labeling Revisions Retain Constitutionally Suspect Review Standards (Forbes)

  • The Big Number: 17.6 million Americans suffer from alcoholism (The Washington Post)

  • Australian Instagram personalities found to be under influence of alcohol industry (The Guardian)

  • First-Ever Female Libido Pill Gets Relief on Alcohol Warning (Bloomberg)

  • Lawmaker aims to lower blood alcohol limit (WIVB)

  • Does Red Wine Help You Live Longer? Here's What the Science Says (TIME)

  • April is National Alcohol Awareness Month (Marietta Daily Journal)

KRATOM

  • An Herbal Drug Called Kratom Has Been Linked to Almost 100 Overdose Deaths, the CDC Reports (TIME)

  • Castle Rock steps out front on regulating kratom, the popular but controversial herbal extract (The Denver Post)

  • Oregon Lawmakers Could Pass a Law Regulating Kratom (The Portland Mercury)

  • Kratom ban pushed by Pa. parents of son who fatally OD’d on ‘herbal heroin’ (PennLive.com)

  • FDA Report Finds Heavy Metals in Kratom – Is It Really That Bad? (Kratom Guides)

  • Northeast Mississippi counties continue conversation on Kratom (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)

  • 'Kratom literally saved my life' (WGRZ)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • The World’s Biggest Dark Net Market Has Shut – What Next? (VICE)

  • Sciencing the mystical: the trickery of the psychedelic trip report (Taylor and Francis)

  • California tests if addiction treatment can be incorporated into primary care (Politico)

  • Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Walks Back Pledge To Pardon All Non-Violent Drug Offenders (Marijuana Moment)

  • Rejected Depression Drug Could Provide Relief For Opioid Withdrawal (The Fix)

  • Inside the Legal Struggle Over Safe Consumption Spaces (Filter)

  • The new science of psychedelics: How hallucinogens provide a tool for changing our minds (AlterNet)

  • Psychedelic Plants in a Time of Ecological Crisis (Adventures Through The Mind)

  • How drugs got on the metric system (Rooster Magazine)

  • To Address Addiction, Confront Racism in Our Health and Justice Systems (Filter)

  • Proposal to allow needle exchanges statewide heads to House floor (Tampa Bay Times)

  • How Helpful—Or Harmful—Are Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs? (Filter)

  • Overdose prevention sites can help cities like Philadelphia save lives (STAT)

  • Psychedelic Research and You. Well, Maybe, not You (Chacruna)

  • Vindictive Drug-Induced Homicide Charges Are Set to Surge in Chicago (Filter)

  • LSD, shrooms, and psychiatry: Penn summit highlights clinical applications of psychedelics (The Daily Pennsylvanian)

  • Law enforcement are not drug experts (AOD Media Watch)

  • Playlist for Psychedelic Restoration (Tam Integration)

  • How Open Relationships and Psychedelics Have Shaped This Entrepreneur's Mindset (Entrepreneur)

  • Acetaminophen crisis bigger than opioid epidemic? (Drug WarRant)

  • There’s a way to stem the increase in HIV infections (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Microdosing psychedelics may improve mood and productivity (ZME Science)

  • Psychedelic club emphasizes benefits of shrooms (Rocky Mountain Collegian)


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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:


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CANNABIS

  • Vermont Senate Passes Marijuana Sales Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • San Francisco will remove more than 9,300 marijuana-related crimes from people’s records (Los Angeles Times)

  • THC found more important for therapeutic effects in cannabis than originally thought (Science Daily)

  • Portugal Rejects Recreational Cannabis, as Medical Becomes Legal (Talking Drugs)

  • Cory Booker just reintroduced a bill that would legalize weed (Roll Call)

  • Yeast produce low-cost, high-quality cannabinoids (Science Daily)

  • New Hampshire House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Multistate Cannabis Operators Facing Unique Challenges (Forbes)

  • Uh-Oh, California Could Run Out of Legal Cannabis by Summer (Leafly)

  • Denver just made a big change on social-use cannabis: It will be permanent (The Denver Post)

  • Marijuana Decriminalization Approved By Hawaii House Committee (Marijuana Moment)

  • Studies: Cannabis Exposure Not Associated With Significant Changes In Brain Morphology (NORML)

  • This ER doctor is about to launch the first marijuana breathalyzer, and it could completely upend how we do drug testing (Business Insider)

  • Maryland Sets Sights on Cannabis Bills—18 of Them (Leafly)

  • Florida Senator Wants To Let Voters Decide On Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Delaware: Attorney General Calls For Expanding Use Of Civil Penalties For Marijuana Violations (NORML)

  • This Anti-Vaping Bill Bans Everything But Edibles Indoors and Outdoors (Civilized)

  • GOP Congressman Files Bill To Protect Native American Tribes That Legalize Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Weston-super-Mare cannabis centre to show 'safe use' (BBC)

  • Federal Reserve Head Calls For Clarity On Marijuana Banking Issues (Marijuana Moment)

  • As Expected The UN Delays Voting On Cannabis (Forbes)

  • USDA Gives Farmers A Status Update On Hemp Legalization Plans (Marijuana Moment)

  • Rhode Island: Gov. Raimondo’s Proposed Marijuana Legalization Budget Plan (NORML)

  • Elizabeth Warren Talks Marijuana In New Hampshire Presidential Campaign Stop (Marijuana Moment)

  • Don't Expect A Big, National Cannabis Brand Anytime Soon (Forbes)

  • Oregon Lawmakers Weigh Bill Allowing Marijuana Lounges And Cannabis Business Tours (Marijuana Moment)

  • Legalized Cannabis Remains a Burning Topic for Employers (Workforce Management)

  • FDA Head Reveals New Details About Agency’s CBD Regulation Plans (Marijuana Moment)

  • Behind The Scenes With Cannabis Charities (Forbes)

  • Marijuana Tax Revenue Should Fund Subway Improvement, New York’s Cuomo And De Blasio Say (Marijuana Moment)

LSD

  • Bootsy Collins Explains How LSD Played A Role In His Split With James Brown’s Band (Live for Live Music)

  • Life inside notorious cult The Family where children were starved, tortured and given LSD is revealed by former member (The Scottish Sun)

  • A trip with the acid countess: Amanda Feilding and the medical case for drugs reform (New Statesmen)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

MDMA

  • Capsule v zip lock bag: How the law views the way party drugs are carried (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • What It’s Like to Treat a Psychopath with MDMA Therapy: Interview with Luna (Psychedelic Times)

  • Wedded Ecstasy: The Couples Using MDMA to Fix Their Marriages (Fatherly)

  • Brit died plunging into Amsterdam canal after taking MDMA and 'behaving strangely' (Daily Star)

  • Teen placed in juvenile facility for providing fatal dose of MDMA (The Intelligencer)

  • Homicide rap filed against boyfriend of Cebu teen who died of ecstasy overdose (ABS-CBN News)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • What is 2-CP, what does it do and where does it come from? (Mixmag)

  • Remembering the Great British Mephedrone Craze (VICE)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

KETAMINE

  • Ketamine Seems to Ease Depression. We’ll Soon See What Else It Does. (Bloomberg)

  • Psychedelic Afterlife? Researchers Determine Which Hallucinogenic 'Trip' is Most Similar to the Near-Death Experience (Daily Grail)

  • Ketamine is becoming increasingly popular under clubbers in the Netherlands (Rave Jungle)

  • Ontario clinic treating depression with ketamine (CTV News)

  • Old drug with racy history is a new suicide prevention weapon (Standard-Examiner)

PCP

  • PCP smoker gets prison time for assaulting ex-girlfriend and trying to set her apartment door on fire (Hartford Courant)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • Opium-Addicted Parrots Keep Raiding Poppy Farms in India (VICE)

  • Allegations Against the Maker of OxyContin Are Piling Up. Here’s What They Could Mean for the Billionaire Family Behind Purdue Pharma (TIME)

  • US Quietly Ends Anti-Opium Airstrikes Amid Taliban Peace Talks (Breitbart)

  • The Opioid Crisis Isn’t White (The New York Times)

  • “Mom, When They Look at Me, They See Dollar Signs” (Mother Jones)

  • Bus Driver Overdosing on Heroin Crashes Bus With 12 Students Aboard, Police Say (TIME)

  • FDA May Recommend Naloxone Be Co-Prescribed With Opioids (The Fix)

  • Carfentanil found in heroin siezed in Uxbridge (Worcester Telegram)

  • Naloxone in Maryland schools (WMDT)

  • Pain patients on opioids also are getting rescue drug naloxone to prevent overdose (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

COCAINE

  • Woman calls police, complains drug dealer sold her sugar instead of cocaine (Newshub)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • KTLA Anchor Chris Burrous Dies After Putting Crystal Meth In Anus (Hip-Hop Wired)

  • North Koreans reportedly use crystal meth as casually as cigarettes and are shipping the drug to China (INSIDER)

ALCOHOL

  • The Alcohol Crisis In America Has Been Overshadowed By Opioids, But Can No Longer Be Ignored (Forbes)

  • Mothers return to pre-pregnancy drinking within five years: study (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Arkansas county sells alcohol after 70-year ban (KLFY)

  • New bill would lower blood alcohol content limit for some drivers (ABC 13)

  • Smoking and alcohol: Double trouble for the brain? (Science Daily)

  • Online poll finds Chinese university students favour alcohol ban on campus (The Drinks Business)

  • India toxic alcohol: At least 130 tea workers dead from bootleg drink (BBC)

  • Liver transplants tied to alcohol use in the US doubled since 2002 (Health24)

  • Is alcohol consumption more helpful than harmful? It depends on your age (EurekAlert!)

  • Increasing alcohol limits in Utah beer gets Senate support (AP News)

NOOTROPICS

  • Nootropics Found to be Useful Memory Aid (The Avion)

KRATOM

  • Can You Drive on Kratom? Is It Safe To Drive After Taking Kratom? (Kratom Guides)

  • Poison reports related to herbal drug kratom soar, new study says (USA Today)

  • Is kratom nature’s answer to opioids? (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

  • Some patients use Kratom to fight opioid addiction (WESH)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Home Office gives green light to first drug testing clinic (The Guardian)

  • Is Scanning Inmates' Mail To Stop the Spread Of Drugs Legal? (The Fix)

  • Has the decade-old war on drugs in Asia succeeded? (Al Jazeera)

  • Psychedelic therapy — the metamorphosis of mental health care (Medium)

  • Legal Weed Did More to Stop Drug Smuggling Than Any Wall (Reason)

  • To Fight Addiction, Neronha Calls For Reclassifying Simple Drug Possession From Felony To A Misdemeanor (The Public's Radio)

  • Pharma execs offer Senate ideas to lower drug costs – except actually cutting prices (CNBC)

  • Joe Biden’s Drug War Record Is So Much Worse Than You Think (Leafly)

  • Peganum Harmala, the “Ayahuasca” of North Africa and Eurasia (Kahpi)

  • Climax Is The Scariest Movie About Drugs You Will Ever See (Refinery29)

  • Magic in the Margins: Interview with an Underground Psychedelic Therapist (Psychedelic Times)

  • New study claims microdosing improves focus and fights depression (Mixmag)

  • Psychedelics: A Historical Account of Use and Rejection (71 Republic)


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:


Think Wilder is reader-supported. If you enjoyed this week’s update, please consider helping out by becoming a patron, making a one-time donation, or sharing this post with a friend. Thank you for your support.

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.

Image by Psychedelic Astronaut.