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Book Review - Buddhist Meditation

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I’ve read a lot of meditation books on my quest in an effort to deepen my own practice, but Buddhist Meditation by Edward Conze is without a doubt the most scholarly text on the subject that I have come across thus far. Originally published in 1972, this book wastes no time at all before diving deep into the material. In the introduction, Conze briefly discusses the meaning and purpose of Buddhist meditation, its range and principal divisions, the literary sources from which the practice stems, and a comparison of this Eastern science of mind with modern-day Western psychotherapy.

From there, the book is broken up into four major sections. The first goes over devotional exercises that Buddhist meditators can work on while meditating. The other sections go over three aspects of the practice—mindfulness, trance, and wisdom. The book features advice on how to cultivate and maintain mental and physical awareness, which includes instructions on postures, breathing, rejection of the sensory world, and above all the recollection of the ultimate goal: nirvana.

Buddhist Meditation is considered by many to be a classic text. It’s included in the list of suggested books to read at the end of Ram Dass’ seminal spiritual book Be Here Now, which is where I probably first heard of it. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I had hoped I would. It’s a very dry read. All in all I found it to be a bit esoteric and unhelpful, frankly, which was a disappointment because I think it probably contains helpful information that I would benefit from putting to use in my own meditation practice, but I just couldn’t get past the writing style to those nuggets of wisdom.

I did finish reading this book, and I even highlighted some of the pages. There were some parts that I really liked, and on the whole I have a positive opinion of it. Maybe it’ll be good review material in 20 years after I’ve learned more about these concepts from more entertaining authors and teachers. While I wouldn’t recommend Buddhist Meditation to most people, if you consider yourself to be really interested in Buddhism and want to learn more about the role of meditation in this tradition, then maybe you’ll appreciate it. Anyone else should probably steer clear and pick out a more accessible book on the topic.

3/5 stars. 192 pages.

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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In Memory of Ralph Metzner

I was saddened to hear the news of Ralph Metzner’s death last week and wanted to write a dedicatory post about it when the news first broke but was out of town and then came down with an illness, so writing this has taken me longer than I would’ve liked.

Metzner and I never met, but from what I know about him, it seems fair to say that the psychedelic community has lost one of its most beloved pioneers. Here’s just a short list of the things that he accomplished during his life:

  • Co-led the early 1960s Harvard University psychedelic research with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later known as Ram Dass)

  • Co-authored The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead, a guide meant to assist psychonauts with the process of ego death

  • Wrote several other influential books

  • Helped people heal through his psychotherapy practice

  • Co-founded the Green Earth Foundation, a non-profit educational organization devoted to healing and harmonizing the relationship between humans and the planet

Metzner died at the age of 82, and the Earth is a better place today because of his life’s work. Ralph, thank you for your life-long contributions and may you rest in peace.

This Week in Psychoactives - 2.22.19

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CANNABIS

  • Tough cannabis policies do not deter young people – study (The Guardian)

  • Marijuana Companies Urged Governor To Ban Cannabis Home Cultivation, Document Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Popular book on marijuana's apparent dangers is pure alarmism, experts say (The Guardian)

  • Legalization Coming ‘Within Weeks,’ New Jersey Advocates Say (Leafly)

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

  • Thanks to New York City Health Officials, New Yorkers Can No Longer Get CBD in Their Coffee (Reason)

  • West Virginia House Passes Medical Marijuana Banking Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Medicinal cannabis: Why has it taken so long to get to patients? (BBC)

  • Scientists Actually Did A Study To Confirm That Marijuana Causes The Munchies (Marijuana Moment)

  • Denver's second cannabis lounge opens in the Green Mile, making history (Rooster Magazine)

  • Marijuana Decriminalization Narrowly Rejected By North Dakota Lawmakers (Marijuana Moment)

  • Wisconsin Could Decriminalize Cannabis, Legalize Medical Use (Leafly)

  • Worldwide Marijuana Conferences Confirm The Business Of Weed Is Officially Legit (Forbes)

  • Liberal Democrats Overwhelmingly Support Marijuana Legalization, Survey Data Reveals (Marijuana Moment)

  • Study Shows That Bees Like Hemp, And That’s Great News For The Environment (Marijuana Moment)

  • Mothers Demand Baltimore Police End Marijuana Arrests And Instead Focus On Murders (Marijuana Moment)

  • Survey Says: Price, Quality, and Access Are Key for Canadian Consumers (Leafly)

  • Marijuana Legalization Bill Approved By Key New Hampshire House Committee (Marijuana Moment)

  • Florida Senate panel takes another step toward lifting ban on smokable medical marijuana (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

  • Virginia Law Would Protect Students Who Use CBD and THC-A Oils (Leafly)

  • Marijuana Businesses Plea For Congress To Provide Banking Access (Marijuana Moment)

  • End the cannabis banking problem (The Hill)

  • Cannabis on Campus: A Deep Dive Inside Higher Education Pot Policy in Medical Marijuana States (Civilized)

  • Proposed packaging regulations for cannabis edibles decried as excessive, wasteful (The GrowthOp)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Alaska cannabis industry cites uncertainty with new governor (The Seattle Times)

  • France's Softening Stance On Cannabis Opens Up Huge Economic Potential (Forbes)

  • CBD Is Now Regulated and That May Be a Good Thing (Pain News Network)

  • Lawmakers Push FDA To Allow CBD-Infused Food Products (Marijuana Moment)

  • Medical marijuana is on the rise in Australia, but we still don't know a lot about how it works (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

LSD

  • We Finally Have Evidence on Whether Microdosing LSD Can Help With Your Work (ScienceAlert)

  • 4th USS Ronald Reagan Nuclear Electrician Pleads Guilty to LSD Posession (The Daily Beast)

  • Tapping the Potential of LSD (Jewish Journal)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Psychedelic mushrooms just put Denver at the center of the national drug debate — again (The Denver Post)

MDMA

  • Victorian MP Admits To Taking Drugs She Believed Were MDMA (Ten Daily)

  • The dangers of taking MDMA when you’re on antidepressants (Metro)

  • Decades ago, ecstasy — yes, MDMA — was used in marriage counseling (Big Think)

  • MDMA Could Revolutionize Care for Trauma, a Social Worker’s Perspective (Psychedelic Support)

DMT

  • From the Vasty Deep: The Reality of DMT Entities and Other Spirits (Psychedelic Times)

AYAHUASCA

  • Plant Hallucinogen Holds Hope for Diabetes Therapy (Infosurhoy)

PEYOTE

IBOGA

  • New Roots Ibogaine Addiction Treatment Clinic brings Ibogaine to California (Digital Journal)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • Louella Michie trial: Drug that killed woman at Bestival 'makes trees look like demons and giant dinosaur creatures', court hears (The Independent)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Autopsy confirms OU student died of asphyxiation due to nitrous-oxide (The Athens News)

  • The laughing gas parties of the 1700s — and how they sparked a medical breakthrough (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

  • Boca Raton Regional Hospital offers nitrous oxide during childbirth (WFLX)

  • Another Austin hospital offering laughing gas to help moms manage pain during labor (KVUE)

  • Warnings issued over nitrous oxide 'drug abuse' after evidence of increasing use across Bromsgrove District (Bromsgrove Standard)

KETAMINE

  • FDA Panel Endorses Johnson & Johnson Ketamine Nasal Spray For Treatment-Resistant Depression (KSRO)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • Purdue’s Sackler embraced plan to conceal OxyContin’s strength from doctors, sealed deposition shows (STAT)

  • For first time in Mass., male inmate will get methadone (The Boston Globe)

  • 'Heroin buyers club' vision unveiled for legal heroin sales in B.C. (CBC)

  • Intranasal naloxone now available in Australia (Australian Journal of Pharmacy)

  • Blaming pharma alone for opioid crisis is shortsighted | Opinion (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Naloxone proposal for London facilities fails committee vote, decision left to council (Global News)

  • Bill Filed in Maryland to Create Safe Opioid Injection Sites (WBOC)

  • Sandoz Inc. launches authorized generic version of buprenorphine and naloxone sublingual film (PR Newswire)

  • FDA may recommend overdose reversal drug alongside opioid prescriptions (CNN)

  • Trump “Most Excited” About China Executing People for Selling Fentanyl (Talking Drugs)

  • A Tale of Two Cities in the Grips of the Opioid Crisis (The Nation)

  • Indiana nonprofit will offer free naloxone, training in Muncie (Muncie Star Press)

COCAINE

  • The Rumours Are True: Sydney Really Is The Cocaine Capital Of Australia (Junkee)

METHAMPHETAMINE

ALCOHOL

  • Drinking contexts associated with early onset of alcohol intoxication among adolescents (ScienceDaily)

  • Daniel Radcliffe says he used alcohol to cope with immense 'Harry Potter' fame (Fox News)

  • Cannabis May Pose a 'Long-Term Risk' to the Alcohol Industry (Fortune)

  • These 52 celebrities don't drink alcohol (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

  • Alcohol is getting expensive - and other reasons why you should drink less (Health24)

ABSINTHE

NOOTROPICS

  • The Best Nootropics for Productivity, Focus, and Cognitive Performance (Better Humans)

KRATOM

  • Poison Control Calls for Kratom Rose Sharply, but the Caveats Are Crucial (Inverse)

  • Backlash continues following Kratom ban (WCBI)

  • Kratom Imported by Denver Company Seized by the Feds (Westword)

  • Kratom: A Nationwide Ban Will Be Deadly (71 Republic)

  • Benefits of Buying Kratom Powder Online vs Capsule Form (WORLDHAB)

  • Is Kratom a Performance Enhancer or a Lethal Opioid? (Outside Magazine)

  • Health Benefits of Kratom Powder and Why You Should Buy It (Kerala News 24/7)

  • What to know about kratom capsules and how to stay best informed (Augusta Free Press)

KHAT

  • Researchers find ties between Africa’s khat use and liver disease (Africa Times)

  • Somali traders say no to Kenyan khat (CGTN)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • The Supreme Court Just Struck a Huge, Unanimous Blow Against Policing for Profit (Slate)

  • El Chapo's Lawyers Are Pushing for a New Trial After Report Jurors Read News Stories About Him (TIME)

  • El Chapo Highlighted Mexican Corruption, but Drug Money Also Lubricates U.S. Border (The New York Times)

  • Phony Houston Drug Warrant Prompts FBI Investigation and Review of 1,400 Cases (Reason)

  • Decades before the pill testing debate these little bins caused an uproar (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

  • How I Started South Carolina’s Only Formal Syringe Exchange (Filter)

  • How to Think about Weird Psychedelic Beings (Kahpi)

  • Study of Microdosing Psychedelics Finds Mixed Bag of Effects (PsychCentral)

  • MAPS Canada charts the way for psychedelic therapy (The McGill Tribune)

  • New Zealand university students offered free drug-testing in 'harm-prevention' first (The Guardian)

  • Australia drug use: Meth and cocaine up, MDMA and heroin down (Infosurhoy)

  • Democratic 2020 Candidates on Cannabis and Other Drug Policy (Talking Drugs)

  • The Harvard Science of Psychedelics Club (The Harvard Independent)

  • Kitty Flipping, Nexus Flipping and other dangerous drug mixtures (Rave Jungle)

  • COLUMN: New medical research shows benefits of psychedelic drugs (Daily Toreador)

  • What IF psychedelics can heal? (Purdue University)


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.

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This Week in Psychoactives - 1.18.19

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CANNABIS

  • Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana In The U.S. Virgin Islands (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis in Congress: Why Federally Legal Weed Could Soon Be a Reality (Rolling Stone)

  • What Alex Berenson’s new book gets wrong about marijuana, psychosis, and violence (Vox)

  • A Study Found That People Enjoyed Sex More When High Than When Drunk (Brides)

  • Rhode Island Governor Proposes Legalizing Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Trinidad and Tobago to Decriminalise Cannabis, Consider Legalisation (Talking Drugs)

  • Attorney General Nominee Commits To Leave State-Legal Marijuana Programs Alone (NORML)

  • The technology behind the world's largest cannabis dispensary (Engadget)

  • Now that Canada Legalized, What's Next for Marijuana Law Reform? (Civilized)

  • Is CBD a Miracle Cure or a Marketing Scam? (Both.) (Reason)

  • New Congressional Bill Would Enshrine Rescinded Marijuana Memo Into Federal Law (Marijuana Moment)

  • All the Things the New Anti-Weed Crusade Gets Horribly Wrong (VICE)

  • Surging Cannabis Use Drags Down Beer Sales To Its Lowest Ebb, Says Top Analyst (Forbes)

  • Cannabis Business Booms But That Does Not Mean A Beverage Alcohol Bust (Forbes)

  • Marijuana Legalization Will Be A Top Priority For Hawaii Legislature In 2019 (Marijuana Moment)

  • How Dangerous is Marijuana, Really? (The Marshall Project)

  • Lawmakers In Portugal Debate Two Marijuana Legalization Bills (Marijuana Moment)

  • How Britain became the world’s largest expert in medical marijuana (The Spectator)

  • Gubernatorial Report Card: Learn Where Your Governor Stands on Marijuana Policy (NORML)

  • Now you can get weed delivered to you anywhere in California, even in cities that ban pot (Desert Sun)

  • The mature stoner: why are so many seniors smoking weed? (The Guardian)

  • New York Gov. Cuomo Releases Marijuana Legalization Details (Marijuana Moment)

  • Is Legalizing Marijuana Too Risky? (The New York Times)

  • Canadians Spent $1.6 Billion on Legal Weed in 2018: Report (VICE)

  • New York City Cannabis Film Festival Spotlights the Hard Work Towards Legalization — And the Harder Work Still to Come (Civilized)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Julián Castro Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Don't Call It "Weed," and Other Tips from the Cannabis Media Summit (The New Yorker)

  • Oklahoma Cops Jail Four Men for Transporting Legal Hemp (Reason)

  • What Brooklyn's First Dispensary Says About Medical Marijuana in New York (Civilized)

  • Illinois Governor Pledges To Legalize Marijuana In Inaugural Address (Marijuana Moment)

  • Smoking cannabis just once can change a teenager's brain (The Independent)

  • The Reasonable Way to View Marijuana's Risks (The New York Times)

  • GOP Congressman Refiles Marijuana Research Bill With Important Changes (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis stocks fall after attorney general nominee's comments about marijuana (MarketWatch)

  • It's Time To Unshackle Cannabis Research Efforts (Forbes)

  • Senators Urge Federal Agency To Update Hemp Policies During Government Shutdown (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where the (Legal) Weed At? More States Eye Cannabis Legalization (The Root)

  • OPINION: Some growers complacent about using irradiation on cannabis (The GrowthOp)

  • Kalamazoo pub looks to become cannabis club (WOOD-TV)

  • Bob Marley brand of cannabis-infused drinks on the way (USA Today)

  • What It's Like Running a CBD Company as a One-Woman Show (Civilized)

  • Sen. Chuck Schumer Welcomes Major Cannabis Company To New York’s Hemp Industry (Marijuana Moment)

  • White Rabbit High Tea is a 420-Friendly Wonderland for Grown-Ups (Civilized)

  • The MBA graduate who fired up cannabis distribution (Financial Times)

  • Marijuana Stock Aurora Cannabis Is Rising After It Bought Whistler Medical Marijuana (Barron's)

LSD

  • Acid and the sexual psychonauts (Wellcome Collection)

  • This guy wrote a short story about carrier sailors tripping on acid and it’s glorious (Navy Times)

  • Doctors warn trippers of severe danger of using LSD-laden 'deadly stamps' (The Nation)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • A Melbourne Hospital Will Trial Magic Mushroom Therapy for Dying Patients (VICE)

  • Denver Could Become First City to Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms (Rolling Stone)

  • Magic Mushrooms warning as foragers told mild winter has led to abundance of psychedelic fungi (The Telegraph)

  • Fun with Anxiety: Why I’m Considering Becoming a Scofflaw (Portland Mercury)

MDMA

  • Police dog went to rave and got high on ecstasy (Metro)

  • The Future of MDMA: Phase 3 and Beyond (Psymposia)

  • MDMA hospitalisation cases in NSW hit record (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • How will MDMA be rescheduled in the future? You may be disappointed. (Psymposia)

  • Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian Admit to Doing Ecstasy After Kim Says Made Her Sex Tape While High (People)

  • Rugby teenager held after boy fell ill 'taking ecstasy' (BBC)

AYAHUASCA

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • What is Synthetic Weed? Know the Side Effects, Street Names and More (Campus Safety Magazine)

  • Intoxication from synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists often missed (MDLinx)

  • Feds to seek 3-year prison sentence for Capitol Petro owner for selling synthetic marijuana (Madison.com)

  • 'Concerning new trends' around synthetic drugs in New Zealand - report (TVNZ)

  • Sheffield police 'in far better position' as war on spice drug abuse continues (The Star)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Crawley footballer caught with Sussex’s ‘biggest ever haul’ of laughing gas (Crawley Observer)

KETAMINE

  • Crystal Meth, Ketamine 'Godfather' and Former Communist Party Chief Executed (Newsweek)

  • Handcuffed, drugged with ketamine: Truth behind Thai cave rescue (news.com.au)

  • Ketamine a Viable Alternative to Opioids for Severe Pain In ER (Pharmacy Practice News)

  • Ketamine infusions could work better than antidepressants for patients with hard-to-treat depression, anxiety and substance abuse (Daily Mail)

PCP

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • New App Uses Sonar to Detect Opioid Overdoses (Scientific American)

  • Police dog given Narcan to reverse overdose at Port Canaveral (WFLA)

  • Report: Americans Are Now More Likely To Die Of An Opioid Overdose Than On The Road (WBUR)

  • The FDA Is Trying to Make It Easier for Drug Companies to Provide Over-the-Counter Opioid Overdose Antidote (TIME)

  • Profiting From Death - The Naloxone Money Story (Psychology Today)

  • Philly paramedics treated more overdoses last year — but used less Narcan (Billy Penn)

  • Man Charged With Homicide For Sharing Drugs With Woman Who Later Died (The Appeal)

  • Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate (The New York Times)

  • Exposure to fentanyl doesn’t kill but misinformation does (Philly.com)

  • B.C. health official questions value of handing out free naloxone nasal spray (CBC)

  • Are Narcan parties real? 'Sounds like something for Hollywood,' addiction expert says (The Enquirer)

  • Jackson County deputy recovering from accidental Fentanyl overdose (WJHG)

  • New bill would make Naloxone more available (Idaho Press)

  • It Happened Here: North Yakima cracks down on ‘underground’ opium dens (Yakima Herald)

  • Mass Overdose in California Kills 1, Injures 12 (TIME)

  • He was a small-time heroin dealer in Virginia. Four women he dated have fatally overdosed. (The Washington Post)

  • Madelyn Linsenmeir to Cops in Booking Video: 'I'm Very Ill Right Now' (Seven Days)

  • Alternative Development Project in Laos enables former opium farmers to learn about Coffee Cultivation from experts (UNODC)

  • Drop in Clallam County opioid deaths attributed to naloxone (Peninsula Daily News)

  • What You Should Know About Using Naloxone (WBUR)

COCAINE

  • Kings of cocaine: how the Albanian mafia seized control of the UK drugs trade (The Guardian)

  • Coke dealers now selling cocaine in eco-friendly reusable packages (Rooster Magazine)

  • Born to run: Just not on cocaine (Science Daily)

  • Florida man chews up seat of police car after cocaine arrest, officials say (Fox News)

  • Cocaine user didn’t know it was fentanyl. He died. Sheriff says the crisis has arrived (The Fresno Bee)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Cannabis convictions fall in New Zealand while meth still on the rise (Newshub)

  • Call to Develop Meth Addiction Meds Mustn’t Obscure Woeful Lack of Access to Existing Tools (Filter)

ALCOHOL

  • A new study says the CDC inflated women’s risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancies (Quartz)

  • How Prohibition Fueled the Klan (The New York Times)

  • Genetic risks play part in fetal alcohol syndrome (UW Medicine)

  • New study calls to end alcohol ads during sport (AdNews)

  • As Americans Drink Less Alcohol, Booze Makers Look Beyond the Barrel (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Tough booze ban for WA's Pilbara to reduce alcohol-related violence (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

  • Wine is different from other alcohols, not responsible for binge drinking, French minister claims (Fox News)

  • 7 states that have strict laws about how and when you can drink alcohol (INSIDER)

  • How to know if an opened bottle of alcohol has gone bad (INSIDER)

KRATOM

  • Case Study Report: Herbal Supplement Kratom Associated With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (Neurology Advisor)

  • Kratom: Lawmaker pushing bill to make Utah first state to regulate the 'miracle cure' (ABC 4)

  • Georgia may regulate popular herbal supplement (FOX 5 Atlanta)

  • How To Market Your Kratom Business Legally (Kratom Guides)

  • Local doctors warn parents about kratom (WHEC)

KAVA

  • Cheers mate: Australia to allow kava imports to bolster Pacific ties (Reuters)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Singapore Creates New Drug Offences with Lengthy Sentences (Talking Drugs)

  • The ‘war on drugs’ is ineffective and violates human rights, say researchers and NGOs (Equal Times)

  • Overwhelming majority of voters support pill-testing – Guardian Essential poll (The Guardian)

  • Former Premier calls for legislation of drugs to stop deaths (Perth Now)

  • Psychedelics appear to have promising effects on human well-being — but rigorous research is lacking (PsyPost)

  • Watch a Florida Cop Botch a Drug Field Test on Video, Then Arrest an Innocent Man (Reason)

  • 'Evidence backs pill testing trials': physicians tell Berejiklian (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Meet the Painter Who Turns His Psychedelic Experiences Into Gallery Art (GQ)

  • Denver Mayor Hancock Used To Support A Safe-Injection Site. Now It’s Not So Clear (Colorado Public Radio)

  • Serotonergic Psychedelics LSD & Psilocybin Increase the Fractal Dimension of Cortical Brain Activity in Spatial and Temporal Domains (bioRxiv)

  • Family of 'beautiful' teen plead for pill testing after suspected festival drug overdose (The Age)

  • Drug-testing service in Durham highlights dangers of the illegal trade (Chronicle Live)

  • Psychedelics: a lost and found weekend (Financial Times)

  • Facing Our Fears With Psychedelic Meditation (Tam Integration)

  • Creating While Clean (GQ)

  • Four-letter word a flaw in anti-pill testing argument (news.com.au)


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