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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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This Week in Psychoactives - 3.22.19

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CANNABIS

  • Two years after voters approved it, Florida legalizes smoking medical marijuana (CNN)

  • Legal weed for N.J. takes a huge step forward. We now expect final votes next week. (NJ.com)

  • New Mexico Lawmakers Send Marijuana Decriminalization Bill To Governor (Marijuana Moment)

  • Minnesota: Attorney For State’s Largest County To No Longer Criminally Prosecute Marijuana Possession Offenses (NORML)

  • Top Ten Equity Must-Haves in Any Legalization Bill (LinkedIn)

  • Legalizing Marijuana, With a Focus on Social Justice, Unites 2020 Democrats (The New York Times)

  • Support for US Cannabis Legalization Reaches New High, Poll Finds (Leafly)

  • Daily Marijuana Use And Highly Potent Weed Linked To Psychosis (NPR)

  • NORML Responds To Latest Cannabis and Psychosis Claims (NORML)

  • Marijuana Consumers Gain Less Weight Than Non-Users, Study Confirms (Marijuana Moment)

  • Oklahoma: Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Regulatory Measure (NORML)

  • Marijuana Activists Protest John Boehner’s SXSW Speech (Marijuana Moment)

  • Denver’s Teen Marijuana Education Campaign Seems To Be Working, Survey Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Medicinal cannabis: 'Patients still in limbo' (BBC)

  • CBD Is In Jelly Beans, Pet Food and Shampoo. But Many Benefits Are Untested (Discover Magazine)

  • U.S. Postal Service Issues Advisory On Mailing Hemp-Derived CBD (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis 101 At The University Of Connecticut (WUNC)

  • Hawaii Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Bill In Joint Committee Hearing (Marijuana Moment)

  • NHL Alumni Study Centres on CBD, Puts THC on Ice (Leafly)

  • Wisconsin Voters Will Decide On More Marijuana Ballot Questions In April (Marijuana Moment)

  • CVS Pharmacy, America's Largest Drug Store Chain, Will Carry CBD Products (Reason)

  • Family sues after Pennsylvania man with 10 pot plants is crushed by bulldozer in police chase (NBC News)

  • South Carolina Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill In Subcommittee Vote (Marijuana Moment)

LSD

  • Beto O'Rourke Said He's Never Done LSD (Esquire)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Most Oregon Voters Favor Legalizing Psilocybin Mushrooms in 2020 Election (Reset.me)

  • Mazatec Mushroom Usage: Notes on Approach, Setting and Species for Curious Psilonauts (Reality Sandwich)

  • Veteran hopeful Denver will vote to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms (ABC15 Arizona)

  • The Decriminalization Train Keeps Rolling – Up Next Psilocybin? (Longmont Observer)

MDMA

  • Genetic reductions in serotonin transporter may cause some people to respond differently to MDMA (PsyPost)

  • UN report attributes rising ecstasy use in South America to electronic music events (Resident Advisor)

  • Ecstasy can cause the user to develop memory problems: study (Top Health Journal)

  • Less cocaine, more MDMA found in Antwerp waste water (The Brussels Times)

AYAHUASCA

  • The “Traditional” Ayahuasca Ceremony Is Probably a Recent Invention (Kahpi)

  • What Does Ayahuasca Have To Do with Ancestors and the Dead? (Kahpi)

  • Ayahuasca Integration Means Facing the Shadow in Daily Life (Kahpi)

  • Integrating Ayahuasca Experiences Requires an Integrated Approach (Kahpi)

  • What Is DMT? How Ayahuasca Tea Affects Your Brain (YourTango)

5-MEO-DMT

  • Short-acting psychedelic offers promising new treatment pathway for depression and anxiety (New Atlas)

  • I Was Recorded During A 5-MeO DMT Ceremony Without My Consent (Psymposia)

PEYOTE

IBOGA

  • What Is Ibogaine? New Details About What Gwyneth Paltrow Calls The 'Next Big Thing' In Wellness (YourTango)

SALVIA DIVINORUM

  • Salvia divinorum: from recreational hallucinogenic use to analgesic and anti-inflammatory action (Dove Press Medical)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Even low doses of synthetic cannabinoids can impair cognitive performance (EurekAlert!)

  • Identifying Metabolites of Synthetic Cannabinoids (News-Medical.Net)

  • Owner of Madison convenience store chain gets 30 months in prison for synthetic marijuana, contraband tobacco (Madison.com)

  • Yeast Could Help Fill Demand for Cannabinoid Compounds (Drovers Magazine)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Some Women Turning To Laughing Gas As Alternative To Drugs During Childbirth (CBS Philly)

KETAMINE

  • Scientists Gave Alligators Ketamine and Headphones to Understand Dinosaur Hearing (Motherboard)

  • High Holy Strangeness: A Playlist for Ketamine by Eric Sienknecht (Chacruna)

  • Ketamine Prohibition Across the Globe Has Deadly Effects (71 Republic)

  • VA to offer new ketamine-based nasal spray to help combat depression (Task and Purpose)

  • Long known as a party drug, ketamine now used for depression, but concerns remain (San Francisco Chronicle)

PCP

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • FDA to Review Higher Dose Naloxone Injection for Opioid Overdose Treatment (Monthly Prescribing Reference)

  • Opium prices plummeted as much as 80% in 2018, hurting farmers (Mexico News Daily)

  • Methadone Helped Her Quit Heroin. Now She’s Suing U.S. Prisons to Allow the Treatment. (The New York Times)

  • Fentanyl-Linked Deaths: The U.S. Opioid Epidemic's Third Wave Begins (NPR)

  • Naloxone use up as overdose deaths begin to plateau (WBIR)

  • Puerto Rico approves sale of naloxone amid opioid crisis (Medical Xpress)

  • Former DEA official now working for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma (NBC News)

  • Naloxone now available at every emergency room in the state (Journal Inquirer)

  • Vermont state trooper exposed to suspected heroin revived with Narcan (UPI)

  • Vermont’s police chief said cops risk death from opioid exposure. He’s wrong. (PolitiFact)

  • Opioid response team offers help, hope to overdose survivors (KENS5)

COCAINE

  • Bristol named cocaine capital of Europe (Mixmag)

  • Cocaine Poses Silent US Drug Threat as Production Nears Record Levels (Homeland Security)

METHAMPHETAMINE

ALCOHOL

  • Scientists hunt down the brain circuit responsible for alcohol cravings (ScienceDaily)

  • Elementary school bans kombucha over alcohol content (The Takeout)

  • Big Alcohol Is Bracing for a More Sober Future (Bon Appetit)

  • The dangers of alcohol extend to those who don’t even drink (Earth.com)

  • Contrary to folklore, alcohol does not help with rheumatoid arthritis (Cosmos)

  • Now, There Is Zero Proof That Alcohol Is What Makes A Great Cocktail (NPR)

  • March Madness Alcohol Study Shows One Demographic Is Affected the Most (Inverse)

  • Is ‘Breaking the Seal’ When You Drink Alcohol Really a Thing? (SELF)

KRATOM

KHAT

  • Somalia- Khat-Munching: A Connecting Factor in East Africa (MENAFN)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Activists Plan Initiative To Decriminalize Psychedelic Drugs In Oakland (Marijuana Moment)

  • First supervised drug injection site in U.S. offered lease in Philadelphia’s Kensington district (Philly.com)

  • It’s Time to Reject the Racist “Drug Dealer” Stereotype (Filter)

  • 'It's about saving lives': inside the UK's first licensed drug testing service (The Guardian)

  • Germany named drug use capital following Europe-wide sewage study (Deutsche Welle)

  • Psychedelic pioneer, consciousness researcher Ralph Metzner dies in Sonoma (Sonoma Index-Tribune)

  • “Addicted to the War on Drugs” Is Right, Despite the Rhetoric (Filter)

  • What Groovin the Moo musicians think about the pill testing trial (The Canberra Times)

  • The European Psychedelic Renaissance: Interview with Dr. Henrik Jungaberle (Psychedelic Times)

  • Hallucinogen Therapy Is Coming (Nautilus)

  • From “Meth Crisis” to “Opioid Crisis” to “Fentanyl and Meth Crisis” to… (CATO Institute)

  • Legalization Is the Only Viable Drug Policy (Project Syndicate)

  • Here are the 10 most seductive drugs — and their fascinating histories (AlterNet)

  • What's the deal with microdosing? (The Telegraph)

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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:


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This Week in Psychoactives - 1.25.19

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CANNABIS

  • Does marijuana use really cause psychotic disorders? (The Guardian)

  • 2018 Was A Major Year For Cannabis Legislation And 2019 Is Shaping Up To Be Much Bigger (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Study on Cannabis and Autism Supports Parents’ Longtime Claims (Leafly)

  • Study Debunks Claim That Traffic Deaths Increase On The 4/20 Marijuana Holiday (Marijuana Moment)

  • Want To Minor In Cannabis? This SUNY Program Could Be For You (Forbes)

  • Virginia Medical Cannabis Bills Clear Senate Committee (NORML)

  • First Senate Marijuana Bill Of 2019 Would Force Study On Medical Cannabis For Veterans (Marijuana Moment)

  • Massachusetts Dispensary Replaces Lines With App (Ganjapreneur)

  • Most U.S. Mayors Support Legalizing Marijuana, Survey Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis Cafes Are Coming (Forbes)

  • Women And Baby Boomers Are Increasingly Embracing Marijuana, New Market Report Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Weed Website Offers Unpaid Federal Workers Free Medical Marijuana That They Can’t Legally Smoke (Reason)

  • Young people in liberal states use more cannabis, but have lower rates of dependence (The Verge)

  • DC Lawmaker Proposes Same-Day Medical Marijuana Access And Social Use Spaces (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis equity aimed at helping those most affected by the war on drugs (The News Tribune)

  • Future Weed: Formulations, Patents and Where Cannabis Is Going Next (Rolling Stone)

  • Federal Judge Rules For Medical Marijuana Grower In Free Speech Case (Marijuana Moment)

  • CBS Blocked a Medical Marijuana Commercial From Playing During the Super Bowl (TIME)

  • Can Cannabis Actually Boost Concentration? (Civilized)

  • Lawmakers File Competing Medical Marijuana Research Bills Amid Language Dispute (Marijuana Moment)

  • Potential Contaminants in CBD and THC Oils (News-Medical.net)

  • Opioid Addiction Is Now A Medical Marijuana Qualifying Condition In New Jersey (Marijuana Moment)

  • On Pot and Psychosis: Five Questions for Alex Berenson (Undark)

  • Pennsylvania Governor Announces Statewide Marijuana Legalization Listening Tour (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Next Attorney General May Not Bar Progress On Cannabis Policy After All (Forbes)

  • Good Luck Getting Medical Cannabis On the NHS (VICE)

  • Cannabis can help with better sex, but low doses are key (Global News)

  • DC Mayor Considers How To Legalize Marijuana Sales In Light Of Congressional Block (Marijuana Moment)

  • 9 Governors Get 'A' Grades for Marijuana Reform, Up From 2 Last Year (Reason)

  • Potential 2020 Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Calls Marijuana Legalization ‘Nonsensical’ (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Meet America's Youngest Cannabis CEO (Civilized)

  • If these Northeast states legalize adult-use marijuana, they could generate billions of dollars in sales (Marijuana Business Daily)

  • Hallucinogenic Strains of Cannabis (Seattle Weekly)

  • What LA's First Weed Rave Means for the Future of Cannabis and Nightlife (Civilized)

  • U.S. Surgeon General Deletes Tweet About Medical Marijuana And Children (Marijuana Moment)

  • Alex Berenson: Pot is not a cure-all medicine – I told the truth and the backlash has been incredible (Fox News)

  • The cannabis business is booming — but that’s not necessarily good if you’re an investor (CNBC)

  • Goop CCO Is Eyeing CBD, THC, Psychedelics as Wellness Empire Expands (Cheddar)

LSD

  • Marc Emery Gave LSD, Ecstasy To Underage Girls: Ex-Employees (HuffPost)

  • Not a transit point, Kolkata now an LSD market: Cops (The Times of India)

  • Police: Ohio student on LSD attacked and grabbed staffers' breasts (NBC4 WCMH-TV)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Psilocybin combined with psychological support might correct pessimism biases in depression (PsyPost)

  • Most Oregon Voters Favor Legalizing Psilocybin Mushrooms For Medical Use, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Terminally ill patients to be given magic mushroom hallucinogen (Metro)

  • Magic mushrooms to soothe the dying (Crikey)

  • Dutch retreat claims magic truffles could be ‘the secret to improving your relationship’ — but do they really work? (The Sun)

  • 10 potential risks of taking 'magic' mushrooms (INSIDER)

MDMA

  • Will MDMA-assisted psychotherapy be covered by health insurance? (Psymposia)

  • How does ecstasy kill? (The Conversation)

  • Most ecstasy pills tested by WA’s ChemCentre found they contained no MDMA (PerthNow)

AYAHUASCA

  • Behind the scenes at Kenzo’s ayahuasca-fueled Fall/Winter 2019 show (Document Journal)

PEYOTE

  • The Supreme Court's 'peyote decision' limited freedom of religion. Is it in trouble? (Los Angeles Times)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Disturbing moment ‘spice zombie’ howls and writhes on ground in front of city centre shoppers in broad daylight (The Sun)

  • Police raid two Savannah businesses selling synthetic cannabinoids (11Alive)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • More women choosing nitrous oxide to help them through labor (KXAN)

  • Nitrous Oxide stolen from QA Hospital in Portsmouth (ITV News)

KETAMINE

  • Ketamine May Be Equally Effective in Anxious vs Nonanxious Depression (Psychiatry Advisor)

  • Ketamine Reduced Opioid Need in Severely Injured Subgroup (General Surgery News)

  • Hennepin Healthcare ketamine probe recommends more training, internal reviews (KMSP-TV)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • Police and Media Keep Spreading the Myth That Merely Touching Fentanyl Can Kill You (Gizmodo)

  • Study Links Drug Maker Gifts for Doctors to More Overdose Deaths (The New York Times)

  • A New Drug Policy Approach Can Alleviate Poverty in Rural India (Talking Drugs)

  • Free naloxone kits, training being offered in Chico after mass overdose (KRCR)

  • FDA Pushing for Over-The-Counter Sales of Naloxone (Pain News Network)

  • What’s Taking So Long for Naloxone to Be Made Available Over the Counter? (Filter)

  • Wound Botulism Outbreak Linked to Heroin Raises Concern of Opioid Epidemic Effects (Contagion Live)

  • Thunder Bay paramedics report naloxone use jumped 5 times over previous year (CBC)

  • Buprenorphine May Be an Optimal Treatment for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (Monthly Prescribing Reference)

  • Design team creates a naloxone dispenser (Medical Xpress)

  • Post-Naloxone Observation of ED Patients is Focus of Study (Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences News)

  • Yes, Opium Soaked Tampons Were Actually A Thing Roman Ancients Used To Cure Headaches (Rare)

  • Libraries saving lives: Pilot program trains employees to administer naloxone (KPTV)

  • The Importance Of Patient-Centric Opioid Prescribing Guidelines (Forbes)

  • Vermont prison staff will carry opioid rescue medication Narcan after rise in overdoses (Burlington Free Press)

  • Lancaster County tops list for charging heroin dealers with homicide (WITF)

  • Volunteer medical first responders not allowed to administer Naloxone (Regina Leader-Post)

  • Is Medically Prescribed Heroin the Answer to the Opioid Crisis? (Healthline)

  • Rantz: Seattle public health officials give tips to be a better heroin user (KTTH)

COCAINE

  • Cocaine in London river is making eels 'hyperactive,' researchers say (Fox News)

  • Scientists Kept Rats Sober by Deleting Memories of Cocaine (Futurism)

  • Steve-O from Jackass admits he once snorted cocaine splattered with HIV-positive blood (Newshub)

  • Cocaine found in singer Chris Brown's hotel room not his, he wants to sue rape accuser for defamation: Lawyer (The Straits Times)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Why Crystal Meth Has Made a Big Comeback in Philadelphia (Filter)

  • Amid South Dakota's meth epidemic, recovering addict helps others find sobriety (The Dickinson Press)

ALCOHOL

  • Alcohol-Linked Disease Overtakes Hep C As Top Reason For Liver Transplant (Kaisser Health News)

  • New study finds areas in brain that cause alcohol addiction (The Drinks Business)

  • Alcohol marketers face sobering times as moderation trend grows (Ad Age)

  • Singapore lifts ban on sale of food products containing alcohol (The Drinks Business)

  • This Is Why Anne Hathaway Has Given Up Alcohol (Marie Claire)

  • Many migraine sufferers wary of alcohol as a headache trigger (Reuters)

ABSINTHE

  • Chasing the green fairy: Absinthe, fact and fiction (Earth.com)

NOOTROPICS

  • Nootropics, or ‘Smart Drugs,’ Are Gaining Popularity. But Should You Take Them? (TIME)

KRATOM

KAVA

  • Fiji Kava Applauds Australian Government’s Decision To Ease Kava Import Regulations (Fiji Sun)

  • Drinking kava can tackle the root of your stress problems (The Daily Texan)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • How can we take power away from criminal gangs? Legalise drugs (The Guardian)

  • The Pentagon Spent Billions Fighting the War on Drugs Without Even Asking for a Plan (Motherboard)

  • A Brief History of Microdosing Research (Psychedelic Times)

  • Needle and syringe programmes cost-effectively prevent hepatitis C transmission (Medical Xpress)

  • More people in recovery from substance use problems are quitting smoking than ever before (EurekAlert!)

  • ‘Example to the world': Sri Lanka president plans to copy Duterte's war on drugs (The Guardian)

  • More Companies Should Offer Bathroom Syringe Disposals Like Starbucks (Filter)

  • I'm 'coming out' about drugs: it's time get real about pill testing (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Drug deaths at music festivals: one overdose victim 'took up to nine MDMA pills' (The Guardian)

  • Three Charts on who uses illicit drugs in Australia (The Conversation)

  • SW's resistance to pill testing will drive dealers to sell 'more dangerous drugs', ACT warns (The Guardian)

  • Combining Psychedelics with Capitalism May Cause Unintended Side Effects (Chacruna)

  • Which ACT politicians have tried cannabis, MDMA and acid? (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Cosmic Sister and #PsychedelicFeminism: Interview with Zoe Helene (Psychedelic Times)

  • A Supervised Drug Use Site? Meet the Leaders Behind Denver's Push. (Westword)

  • Psychedelics & Meditation – How They’ve Informed Each Other On My Path (Maps Of The Mind)

  • Should all drugs be legalised now? (The London Economic)

  • Carbondale hosts ‘non-hallucinogenic’ psychedelic seminar (The Aspen Times)

  • Reforming Regulation to Promote Medical Use of Psychedelic Drugs (The Regulatory Review)

  • Injecting centre for Cork drug addicts still under evaluation (Echo Live)

  • What Is Harm Reduction, Anyway? (Filter)

  • 'War on drugs' doesn't tackle the drug problem (The Hill)


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This Week in Psychedelics - 3.16.18

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Cannabis

  • Ongoing Study Looks at the Efficacy of Cannabis-Based Treatments for PTSD (Psychedelic Times)
  • Study: Marijuana Decriminalization Leads To Decreased Arrests, No Increase In Youth Use (NORML)
  • Jamaica Welcomes Its First Legal Cannabis Retailer (Leafly)
  • Is cannabis the answer to older people's booze problems? (The Guardian)
  • 5 Ways New York City Can Reform Its Outrageous Cannabis Policy (Leafly)
  • First Nations of Canada Petitioning For Cut of Cannabis Tax Revenue (High Times)
  • Why Coffee Could Be the Opposite of Cannabis (Live Science)
  • Could Cannabis Replace Traditional Labor Medications? (High Times)
  • Legal Marijuana Is A Boon To The Economy, Finds Study (Forbes)
  • United Nations Report Scolds Countries for Cannabis Legalization (Leafly)
  • New Jersey Governor Doubles Down on Marijuana Legalization (NORML)
  • Exercise and cannabis combine at Colorado gym (WREG)
  • Iowa gets 21 applications for medical cannabis dispensaries (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • This Woman Created A Cannabis Marketplace For The Design-Minded Stoner (HuffPost)
  • Hollyweed: fledgling cannabis industry struggles to woo the stars (The Guardian)
  • TV Personality Montel Williams to Speak About Medical Cannabis at New York Event (Multiple Sclerosis News Today)
  • New Oakland ordinance blocks cannabis businesses from evicting residents (East Bay Times)
  • Puff: Cannabis sample boxes are perfect for newbies and connoisseurs alike (48 Hills)
  • Part 1, Choosing a Cannabis Plant Container (Leafly)

LSD

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Mushrooms May Have Developed Psilocybin to Ward Off Insects (Psychedelic Times)
  • Will Psychedelic Mushrooms Be on Denver's Ballot in November? (5280)
  • Are magic mushrooms the next medical marijuana? (Yahoo!)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • MDMA dampens the encoding and retrieval of emotional memories, study finds (PsyPost)
  • Report: Lethal MDMA Substitute Found In 25% Of Ecstasy Pills In New Zealand (Your EDM)
  • Ecstasy bid for post-traumatic stress disorder study (PerthNow)
  • Family of teenager who died after taking MDMA save drug dealers from jail (Cornwall Live)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • 13 hospitalised in Christchurch after taking drugs they thought were MDMA (Newshub)
  • Police concerned by emergence of new drug n-ethylpentylone sold as ecstasy (Newshub)

Dissociatives

  • Ketamine Clinics Are Helping to Treat Depression (Chicago Magazine)
  • Chelmsford schoolgirl took ketamine before stepping in front of a train at Shenfield station, inquest hears (Essex Live)

Opiates/Opioids

Kratom

  • 47 more cases of salmonella linked to kratom (CNN)
  • Specific kratom brands recalled amid nationwide outbreak (Food Safety News)
  • Is Concern Around Kratom 'Drug Hysteria'? (Medscape)
  • People Are Worried That the FDA Is Trying to Ban Kratom (Tonic)
  • The Various Medicinal Uses and Effects of Kratom (Times Square Chronicles)

Kava

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Which Black People Are Allowed To Trip? (HuffPost)
  • DEA twitter account promotes Anslinger (Drug WarRant)
  • Kansas Registers Drug Offenders as Well as Sex Offenders (Reason)
  • ACLU Says Nebraska May Have Illegally Imported Execution Drugs (Reason)
  • Humans of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (Psymposia)

Disclaimer: "This Week in Psychedelics" does not censor or analyze the news links presented here. The purpose of this column is solely to catalogue how psychedelics are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.