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This Week in Psychoactives - 7.19.19

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CANNABIS

  • California Claims the Crown for the Nation’s First Recreational Pot Cafes (MERRY JANE)

  • Australian Researchers Say You Can Treat Cannabis Dependency with... Cannabis? (MERRY JANE)

  • Senate Schedules Hearing On Marijuana Business Banking Access (Forbes)

  • That Alarming CBD Liver Damage Study Is Bunk—And the Media Should Know Better (Leafly)

  • Were Vikings POTHEADS? Archaeologists uncover evidence of cannabis at 1,000-year-old settlement (The Sun)

  • Legalizing Marijuana Leads To Fewer Illegal Grow Sites In National Forests, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pennsylvania Adds Anxiety as Medical Marijuana Qualifying Condition (MERRY JANE)

  • New Roadside Cannabis Test Approved for Use in Canada (Leafly)

  • Marijuana Legalization Associated With Decreased Interest In Alcohol, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Hampshire: Governor Signs Marijuana Annulment Measure (NORML)

  • As More States Legalize, DEA Chops Down Fewer Marijuana Plants, Federal Data Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pot-smoking parents are harsher with discipline: study (New York Post)

  • Marijuana Legalization Could Be On The Horizon For British Virgin Islands (Marijuana Moment)

  • Recent cannabis use tied to memory deficits, slowed mental processing (Reuters)

  • Kamala Harris Evolved Slowly on Legalization, but She’s All About It Now (Leafly)

  • Thousands Of Comments Urge FDA To Allow CBD In Foods And Supplements (Marijuana Moment)

  • Three Republicans Stand in the Way of Federal Weed Legalization (Rolling Stone)

  • Medical cannabis is gaining momentum in Asia (CNBC)

  • THC Testing is Bullshit and You're Getting Screwed (Beard Bros Pharms)

  • Sound Garden owners plan Maryland’s first medical cannabis lounge in Fells Point (The Baltimore Sun)

LSD

  • Kid Cudi reveals iconic Coachella jam was the result of an LSD trip (Dancing Astronaut)

  • Everything We Know About The YouTube Engineer Who Injured 8 People On LSD Rampage (YourTango)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

MDMA

  • REPORT: First MDMA/Psychotherapy Trial Successful In Combatting Alcoholism (Your EDM)

  • Breakthrough PTSD treatment using party drug MDMA coming soon to Philly region (PhillyVoice)

  • Hamilton schoolboy dies after ‘ecstasy’ horror as three more teens rushed to hospital (The Scottish Sun)

  • Will MDMA Show Up On a Drug Test? (VICE)

  • Mum's unusual pledge after daughter dies from MDMA overdose at festival (Yahoo! News)

AYAHUASCA

  • Olivia Newton-John proposed to boyfriend after taking hallucinogen drug! (All4Women)

Yopo

  • An Introduction to Yopo in the Venezuelan Piaroan Tradition (DMT Times)

5-MEO-DMT

  • Upcoming World Bufo Alvarius Congress Looks to Nurture Global 5-MeO-DMT Community (Psychedelic Times)

SAN PEDRO

  • Man selling giant hallucinogenic cactus says he's not a drug dealer (Newshub)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Kids thought this was 'natural cannabis' vape juice... it was Spice. Nine people who ended up in hospital could have died (Manchester Evening News)

KETAMINE

  • Ketamine-like drug for depression could get UK licence within the year (The Guardian)

  • Ketamine for Depression: Clinical Evidence and Concerns (Psychiatry Advisor)

OPIOIDS

  • "We Didn't Cause the Crisis": David Sackler Pleads His Case on the Opioid Epidemic (Vanity Fair)

  • Delta to carry Narcan on planes after passenger ‘carried out in body bag’ following overdose (The Independent)

  • Media Frame: Fentanyl Panic is Worsening the Overdose Crisis (The Appeal)

  • The Louvre Removed the Name of OxyContin-Linked Sackler Family From Its Walls (TIME)

  • States Are Making Progress on Opioids. Now the Money That's Helping Them May Dry Up (The New York Times)

  • Opioid Shipments Increased by Over 50% as Addiction Crisis Grew, Federal Data Shows (TIME)

  • What to call someone who uses heroin? (ScienceDaily)

COCAINE

  • Passenger from Colombia fails to fool Spanish police with his cocaine-under-the-toupee trick (CBS News)

  • What Does Cocaine Do to the Heart? (VICE)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Asia's meth trade is worth an estimated $61B as region becomes 'playground' for drug gangs (CNN)

  • How Myanmar Became A Global Center For Meth & Other Synthetic Drugs (The Fix)

  • Police Warn Flushing Drugs Could Create Terrifying 'Meth Gators' (People)

CAFFEINE

  • Under 16s set to be 'banned' from buying caffeine-filled energy drinks (Edinburgh Live)

  • Hot coffee or iced? Study says higher temp provides more health benefits (KABC)

  • Daily coffee doesn't affect cancer risk (Medical Xpress)

TOBACCO

  • New York Raises Statewide Smoking Age to 21 (TIME)

  • Raising tobacco sales age to 21: Ohio becomes latest state in national trend (Cincinnati.com)

  • Tobacco Plants Made to Produce Useful Compounds (Scientific American)

ALCOHOL

KRATOM

  • Drug Researchers Raise Concern Over "Misleading" Evidence in Kratom Studies (Inverse)

  • What to know about kratom for depression (Medical News Today)

  • Kratom Ban Back on the Table in Oxford (Hotty Toddy)

KHAT

  • Miraa farmers mull tough sanitary laws with eyes fixed on new export markets (The Star)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Berkeley City Council Considers Decriminalizing Psychedelics This Week (Marijuana Moment)

  • Science of microdosing psychedelics 'remains patchy and anecdotal', says review (Imperial College London)

  • El Chapo, the Notorious Drug Kingpin, Has Been Sentenced to Life in Prison in the U.S. (TIME)

  • New data shows drug overdose deaths fell in 2018. But there’s a big catch. (Vox)

  • Scotland drug deaths – 1,200 deaths recorded in 2018 as worst ever figures released (The Sun)

  • People who microdose psychedelic substances report improved mood and focus (Medical Xpress)

  • New Bill Ensures Some Retroactive Drug War Justice for New Hampshire (High Times)

  • Future of drug-sniffing dogs uncertain after Colorado Supreme Court ruling (The Coloradoan)

  • Microdosing has a critic — one of its pioneers (Rooster Magazine)

  • Police Thought They Beat the Darknet Drug Markets – They Didn't (VICE)

  • Nutrition Is an Overlooked Aspect of Harm Reduction (Filter)

  • Framing addiction as a disease: Research shows that message might backfire (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Survey reveals extent of music festival drug use (The Australian)

  • The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Problematic Process for Religious Exemption for Use of Prohibited Psychoactive Substances (Chacruna)

  • The Risky Business of Psychedelic Therapy (Medium)

  • How Congress can expand access to addiction treatment — immediately (The Hill)

  • Inside the Philippines Prison That Sparked Duterte’s Murderous Drug War (Filter)

  • Mother of festival drug death victim says Gladys Berejiklian needs to show courage (The Guardian)

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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 - 6.28.19

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CANNABIS

  • Illinois just legalized marijuana (Vox)

  • Oregon Is Now the First State That Can Export Weed (MERRY JANE)

  • Oregon: Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Measure Into Law (NORML)

  • House Resoundingly Approves Broad Marijuana Federalism (Reason)

  • Hungry at the Pot Shop? Anchorage Just Legalized Edibles Consumption in Dispensaries (MERRY JANE)

  • Hawaii: Governor to Let Marijuana Decriminalization Become Law (NORML)

  • Access to cannabis for medical reasons is now allowed in Ireland under new law (TheJournal.ie)

  • New Mexico: New Marijuana Decriminalization Law Goes Into Effect Next Week (NORML)

  • N.Y. Lawmakers Pass Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana and Expunge 900,000 Arrests (TIME)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Joe Sestak Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis Ingredient CBD Could One Day Become an Antibiotic (Newsweek)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Hallucinogenic Fungi Turn Cicadas Into Sex-Crazed Zombies (VICE)

  • Canadians Can Now Order Shrooms From This Dispensary (VICE)

  • Zero Psilocybin Arrests in Denver First Month After Decriminalization (Westword)

MDMA

  • Inside the multi-million dollar drug labs where your MDMA is made (SBS)

  • Australians who use drugs like ecstasy are killing fish... in Holland (SBS)

  • Preston teenager dies after taking MDMA and cannabis (BBC)

DMT

  • A Natural Source of DMT Has Been Discovered in Mammal Brains (Inverse)

AYAHUASCA

  • A Tribute to the Mother of Ayahuasca Research, Marlene Dobkin de Rios (1939-2012) (Kahpi)

IBOGA

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Rotterdam to ban laughing gas at festivals, mayor says (DutchNews.nl)

KETAMINE

  • Intranasal Ketamine for the Relief of Cluster Headache (Practical Pain Management)

  • Ketamine Infusion Improves Abstinence in Cocaine-Dependent Patients (MD Magazine)

  • Ketamine and dexmedetomidine combo requires close watch in surgical patients (Medical Dialogues)

  • VA Imposes Strict Limits on Controversial Ketamine-Based Depression Treatment (Military.com)

  • Lamar Odom Discusses How Ketamine Saved His Mental Health (The Fix)

  • Ketamine Against Depression: Does the New Drug Work? (Interesting Engineering)

PCP

  • Hartford Man Set House On Fire After Confrontation About PCP Use (Patch)

OPIOIDS

  • Naloxone coprescription laws may lead to more than 7-fold increase in dispensing (Healio)

  • How judges added to the grim toll of opioids (Reuters)

  • Get "Dosed": New Doc Explores Psychedelics as an Antidote to the Opioid Crisis (MERRY JANE)

  • Mexico is world’s No. 2 opium producer with 5.6% of production: UN (Mexico News Daily)

  • New Jersey’s naloxone giveaway distributes 32,000 doses of opioid-reversing drug (WHYY)

  • The Opioid Crisis: How the candidates would solve it (Big Think)

  • They Mentioned 'Narcan' on HBO's Euphoria—What Is That? (Men's Health)

  • In the midst of opioid crisis, Harrisburg dismisses evidence on treatment (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

COCAINE

  • ONDCP Reports Cocaine Production in Colombia is Leveling Off (The White House)

  • Kerry Katona admits ‘cocaine was my best friend’ at lowest point (The Sun)

CAFFEINE

TOBACCO

  • San Francisco Becomes First U.S. City to Pass a Ban on E-Cigarettes (TIME)

  • Half of tobacco and vape shops don’t ID teens, undercover research finds (Fox 8)

  • Scientists engineer low-nicotine tobacco to help combat nicotine addiction (Earth.com)

  • Six months in, Philly assesses its smoking ban in inpatient rehabs (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Low rates of recommended treatment for tobacco dependence in patients hospitalized with SUDs (News-Medical.Net)

  • Banning e-cigarettes, not tobacco products, is 'ludicrous,' some public health experts say (NBC News)

  • Bryon follows other southern MN locations by raising tobacco age to 21 (KIMT)

ALCOHOL

  • Alcohol is third leading preventable cause of death in US (Walla Walla Union-Bulletin)

  • Alcohol ranked most harmful drug in Australia, says report (SBS)

  • Breaking The Booze Habit, Even Briefly, Has Its Benefits (NPR)

  • Sam’s Club launches alcohol delivery through Instacart (TechCrunch)

  • Alcohol-Free Bars Caught on in the U.S. and U.K. But Can They Go Global? (Yahoo! Finance)

KAMBÔ

KRATOM

  • FDA issues warnings to companies selling kratom products for opioid addiction (NBC News)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • How Previous Drug Use Can Stop You Getting Into America (VICE)

  • Illegal drug classifications are based on politics not science – report (The Guardian)

  • Dzulkefly: Govt to decriminalise drug possession for personal use (The Star)

  • Psychedelics research at Imperial College enters a new phase (Felix)

  • Drug dogs set to be used in schools and colleges (Daily Echo)

  • Campaigners accuse Tory politicians of drugs hypocrisy (The Guardian)

  • Attempts to Build a Safe Injection Site for San Francisco Drug Users Pushed to 2020 (Reason)

  • If Everyone Tripped on Psychedelics, We’d Do More About Climate Change (VICE)

  • What can we learn from studying psychedelics in special populations? (Chacruna)

  • The science of roadside drug testing (stuff.co.nz)

  • Dopey: ‘We needed somewhere to tell wild drug stories’ (BBC)

  • Why is psychedelic culture dominated by privileged white men? (Aeon)

  • What it’s like to test drugs for a living: inside the specialist unit that’s especially busy during festival season (inews.co.uk)

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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 - 5.31.19

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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: