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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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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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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:


Weekend Thoughts - 1.20.18

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Image by ntrief, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Happy Saturday y'all! Below, I have rounded up some things for you to think about this weekend:

1. According to NASA, 2017 was the second-hottest year on record since 1880—with 2016 being the hottest. In fact, the six warmest years on record for the planet have occurred since 2010. Hopefully humanity will figure out a way to reverse this trend, by doing things like converting to renewable energy sources and consuming less animal products (which contribute a TON to climate change). However, we as individuals do not have to wait for the rest of the world to make changes. You can make lifestyle changes on your own, and if enough people do the same then it will make a noticeable impact.

That's all for this week's edition of Weekend Thoughts. Until next week, keep thinking wilder.

This Week in Psychedelics - 10.20.17

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Study: Colorado's Adult Use Cannabis Access Law Associated With Reductions In Opioid Deaths (NORML)
  • Colorado Made $1 Billion in Legal Marijuana Sales (ATTN:)
  • After the smoke clears: What's next for Northern California's cannabis industry? (The Cannabist)
  • ACLU Pennsylvania: Blacks Eight Times More Likely Than Whites To Be Arrested For Marijuana Possession (NORML)
  • The Rise of 'Canna-Vlogging': What to Expect When Creating Cannabis Video Social Media (Leafly)
  • Is Weed Legalization the Gateway Drug to Psychedelic Legalization? (Disinfo)
  • Another country is getting ready to vote on legalizing cannabis (CNBC)
  • Denver's Public Libraries Expand Cannabis Collections (High Times)
  • A healing drug: Former NFL players advocate the use of cannabis (AZCentral)
  • Michigan Update: Mad Dash for Licenses, NMU Launches Cannabis Program (Leafly)
  • Weed Edibles and Cannabis Chefs Popping Up At Food Festivals (High Times)
  • Medical Marijuana Can Help Pets (ATTN:)
  • Ellementa Founders Educate Women About Cannabis But Face Funding Stigmas (Forbes)
  • A Guide to Federal Drug Rescheduling (And What It Means for Cannabis) (Leafly)
  • Marijuana industry gets back to business of cannabis (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
  • 4 Best Practices When Designing Your Cannabis Business Website (Leafly)
  • Meet the 24-year-old founder behind the career site for cannabis jobs (CNBC)
  • The Home Grower's Guide to Simple Cannabis Breeding (Leafly)
  • Feds Admit Their Prosecution of Medical Marijuana Users in Washington Was Illegal (Reason)
  • What Makes a Medical Cannabis Program Succeed? (Leafly)
  • A Michigan University Is Offering the First-Ever Degree in Marijuana Studies (TIME)
  • Melissa Etheridge's Cannabis Mugshot Is Amazing (Leafly)
  • Watch: Cannabis activists seek end to 'current wild west system' (Times of Malta)
  • In California, Feinstein Challenger De León Seen as a Cannabis Progressive (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Crunch – Weed May Fight Liver Disease, Burning Marijuana Farms and 12-Year-Old Justice Reformers (Psychedelic Times)
  • How to Support Your Cannabis Garden with Trellising (Leafly)
  • 'Never Share a Joint With a Stranger. Especially Bill Maher': This Week in Cannabis Quotes (Leafly)

LSD

  • Here's What It's Like Taking LSD And Magic Mushrooms (BuzzFeed)
  • Alicudi, Italy's LSD island (CNN)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic mushrooms might help depression by resetting the brain (The Verge)
  • One Stoner Politician's Lonely Quest to Legalize Shrooms (VICE)
  • The spore you know: As research into psilocybin's heath benefits grow, Californians face slim chance to legalize magic mushrooms (Sacramento News & Review)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • How MDMA Went From Club Drug to 'Breakthrough Therapy' (The Wall Street Journal)
  • FDA Action On MDMA Gives New Hope To Researchers And Victims Of PTSD (Mint Press News)
  • Ecstasy-related deaths are at a record high - but what can be done about it? (Mixmag)
  • Calum Gill death: Student died after taking MDMA (BBC)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Potent drug disguised as ecstasy causes mass overdose in Newcastle (Lakes Mail)
  • WARNING: 'Blue Superman' pills responsible for a mass overdose are not ecstasy! (Rave Jungle)
  • Boy aged 15 was in life-threatening condition after taking what he thought was MDMA from drug dealer Joseph Pearce (Cornwall Live)

Dissociatives

  • Ketamine: The Future of PTSD Treatment? (Texas Standard)
  • Ketamine Not Associated With PTSD Development in Military Trauma Setting (Psychiatry Advisor)
  • PC: Suspect high on PCP when he shot at ISP trooper, K-9 Apache (WRTV)

Opiates/Opioids

  • 14-Year Trend of Rising Opioid Deaths Reversed in Colorado After Marijuana Legalization (Reason)
  • People Are Dying Because of Ignorance, not Because of Opioids (Scientific American)
  • President Trump Is 'Looking Into' Report That His Drug Czar Pick Made the Opioid Crisis Worse (TIME)
  • Naloxone giveaway participants help researchers gather lifesaving data (WTHR)
  • The Pros and Cons of a Heroin Shortage (Reason)
  • What is Opioid Use Disorder? (Pain News Network)
  • The Terrifying New Trend in Heroin Addiction (VICE)
  • Opioid Addiction Is a Mental Health Crisis, Not A Crime Wave (NBC)
  • PBS Explores The Science of Opioid Addiction (The Fix)
  • The Justice Department Is Now Going After Chinese Fentanyl Manufacturers (Reason)
  • Why do we keep prescribing heroin to patients? (Medical Economics)
  • With rules established, pharmacists can begin prescribing drug that can reverse opiate overdoses (Citizen Tribune)

Absinthe

Kratom

  • DEA Petitioned With Open-Records Request To Provide Details Of Ongoing "Shadow Campaign" Against The Botanical Kratom (PR Newswire)
  • The Top 15 Health Benefits Of Kratom (Kratom Guides)
  • Does Boiling Kratom Destroy The Alkaloids? (Kratom Guides)
  • Natural kratom gains attention as a possible solution to opioid addiction, with science explaining how (The Georgia Straight)
  • What Are Liquid Kratom Extracts? Benefits, Side-Effects, And Dosage (Kratom Guides)
  • Opioid-mimicking substance becomes popular in Chattanooga area (WTVC)
  • How To Get Most Out Of The Kratom Capsules? (Kratom Guides)

Kava

Khat

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Want To Stop Climate Change? Science Suggests Psychedelics Will Help You Love Nature (Psychedelic Times)
  • Psychedelic Compound Yields Therapeutic Effects on Miniature Human Brains (Seeker)
  • Study Suggests Psychedelic Drugs Could Reduce Criminal Behavior (Newswise)
  • E-cigs are being adapted to smoke heroin, crack cocaine and ecstasy to make detection harder (The Sun)
  • The Importance of Using Reagent Test Kits (Psychedelic Times)
  • Mainstreaming Psychedelics: Secularizing spirituality with the aid of Eastern religion (Rick Strassman MD)
  • Can Underground Psychedelic Therapy Ever Go Mainstream? (Pacific Standard)
  • President Trump Says Rep. Tom Marino Is Withdrawing His Name for Drug Czar (TIME)
  • Breaking Boundaries in Berlin: Altered Conference 2017 Set to Revamp Drug Use (TalkingDrugs)
  • Indonesia's Drug Czar is Threatening a Duterte-Style War on Drug Dealers (TIME
  • Researchers Think Psychedelic Drugs Might Do More Than Get You High (Newsy)
  • Kiwi MDMA, LSD users being conned (Newshub)

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.

Weekend Thoughts - 1.14.17

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Image by inefekt69, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Happy Saturday y'all! Below, I have rounded up some things for you to think about this weekend:

1. In the early 1970s, a Rutgers University environmental science student named billy barr (he spells it lowercase) returned to Gothic, Colorado after graduation and has lived in the ghost town as its sole resident for the past several decades. The location is supposedly a ghost town built around a silver mine. barr didn't just stay for the sights—he has meticulously collected snowfall and temperature measurements that have proven quite valuable to climate scientists.

2. The Netherlands has been an early adopter of renewable energy technologies for centuries, using wind power for centuries. As of now, the Dutch railways network will be using it to power 100% of their electric trains. Even though that is extremely impressive, they even did it one year ahead of schedule! The electric trains shuttle 600,000 people in around 5,500 trips per day, and it only takes an hour for a wind turbine to generate enough power to run a train for 120 miles. And they're not stopping there—the railways network will continue researching ways to reduce their machines' consumption of energy by 35 percent before 2020 as well!

That's all for this week's edition of Weekend Thoughts. Until next week, keep thinking wilder.

This Week in Psychedelics - 10.16.15

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Studies by Oregon researchers hint that mild pot-induced paranoia may have a public health benefit (The Register-Guard)
  • Ohio man gets 'too high', calls police (USA Today)
  • Here's What Marijuana Does to Pain (ATTN:)
  • How safe is stoned driving really? (Aeon)
  • Federal Cancer Institute Acknowledges Cancer-Fighting Properties of Cannabis (Reset.me)
  • Marijuana Could Change the 2016 Election (ATTN:)
  • Sanders Suddenly Becomes Pot-Friendliest Major-Party Candidate (Reason)
  • Marijuana Separated Sanders and Clinton in a Big Way (ATTN:)
  • Legalising cannabis would raise millions in tax, says government study (The Guardian)
  • Cannabis should be as legal as cigarettes because war on drugs is a 'disaster' claims Labour MP (Mirror)
  • Why are stoners always portrayed the same in film? (Dazed Digital)
  • Growing Pains: Regulating the Use of Pesticides on Marijuana (NORML)
  • An Introduction To The Endocannabinoid System (Reset.me)
  • Tribal Nations May Want to Stash Your Marijuana Cash (TIME)
  • Marijuana Could Literally Replace These 5 Prescription Drugs (ATTN:)
  • Oregon Pot Stores Sell More Than $11 Million in First 5 Days (The New York Times)
  • This is what legalising cannabis would raise in taxes (Mirror)
  • How LEDs Are Making Weed Better (Wired)
  • Finding a Place for Cannabis Cash (Bloomberg)
  • Medical cannabis CEO says Maine could be leader in legal marijuana industry (Portland Press Herald)
  • CTU's Helen Kelly wants legal cannabis for cancer pain (Stuff.co.nz)
  • 4 Riders in Senate Appropriations Bills Support Cannabis Federalism (Reason)
  • Rep. Regan: Medical cannabis task force report being reviewed by House (York Daily Record)
  • Free-thinking Brighton wants to legalise cannabis the most - with just one Tory seat in the top 10 (Mirror)
  • Legalise cannabis debate: Only 14 out of 650 MPs take part in parliamentary discussion on drug (International Business Times)
  • SA's cannabis oil 'Robin Hood' (Independent Online)
  • Marlborough man orders cannabis online (Marlborough Express)
  • Banning cannabis has failed - now it is time for our MPs to show true courage (Mirror)
  • Marijuana recipes: How to make Cannabis Ceviche (SF Gate)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Carrying 5 or Less Ecstasy Pills Will Be Legal at ADE (Vice's Thump)
  • Amsterdam under fire over liberal ecstasy policy (NL Times)
  • Why European MDMA Looks So Much Better Than American Molly (Inverse)
  • When Are You Going To Get Your Prescription MDMA? (Gizmodo)
  • Drug smuggler tried to sneak 25,000 ecstasy tablets into Britain inside neck PILLOW (Mirror)
  • Ecstasy lab, precursor chemicals, cash discovered in Macleay Island joint police bust (ABC News)
  • Annie Lennox girl's lover drowned on drugs - EXCLUSIVE: Traces of MDMA found in his body (The Sun)
  • Hair samples shows ecstasy users more stressed (Australian Journal of Pharmacy)
  • Study Confirms That Taking MDMA or Ecstasy Directly Increases Your Stress Levels (Vice's Thump)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • When it comes to worldwide religious tolerance, DMT could be the answer (Binghamton University Pipe Dream)
  • Demystifying Ayahuasca: An Expert Guide Through the Ritual (Men's Journal)
  • Art, Ayahuasca, And Climate Change: Can We Heal Our Way Back To A Healthy Planet (Reset.me)
  • Find out what is behind Ayahuasca that natives call sacred (CCTV-America)
  • Reassessing life in deepest Peru (Cyprus Mail)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Personal Story: Ayahuasca And San Pedro Taught Me To Love Myself Again And Let Go Of The Past (Reset.me)

Iboga/Ibogaine

Salvia Divinorum

  • Tripping down memory lane with Leaves of the Virgin Mary (The Coast)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Man in critical condition after taking 'unpredictable' N-bomb (Stuff.co.nz)
  • 'Hallucinations, confusion and agitation': Police sound warning over LSD-type synthetic drug (TVNZ)
  • 'Hell of a shock': Father of drug user - The family of 20-year-old university student on life support after taking synthetic LSD had no idea the man wasn't going to his classes. (NZCity)
  • Hospital staff attacked by man who snorted dangerous synthetic drug 'blue scissors' (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Thought ice was bad? Introducing 'Flakka' - Australia's most terrifying new drug, which turns users into 'zombies' and causes them to strip naked as their bodies overheat (Daily Mail)

Dissociatives

  • Ketamine Could Soon Be Used To Treat Depression (Inverse)
  • Ketamine Causes Long-Lasting Changes in Brain Function in Young Mice (Brain & Behavior Research Foundation)
  • Hong Kong Customs seizes about 12 kilograms of suspected ketamine at Man Kam To Control Point (7th Space Interactive)
  • High on PCP and bleeding, Jersey City man tries escaping ambulance after fight: police (NJ.com)
  • Burglary suspects caught in Southbridge with $10,000 worth of ketamine (Worcester Telegram)

Opiates/Opioids

  • How Mexican drug cartels are feeding America's deadly heroin epidemic (The Week)
  • Poppy cultivation up 50% in Mexico: DEA (Mexico News Daily)
  • Heroin crisis: presidential candidates forced to confront issue on campaign trail (The Guardian)
  • Charge heroin dealers as killers? Not so fast, law says (SI Live)
  • Heroin's Death Toll Reaches Another Gruesome Landmark (Mother Jones)
  • Government to consider giving more opium poppy cultivation licenses (The Economic Times)
  • No, you can't send a block of opium via courier. Two arrested in Richmond Hill, Ont., and 1.8kg package seized (National Post)
  • Heroin mailed in sandals brings prison for Mich. dealer (Detroit Free Press)
  • University of Kentucky training pharmacists to distribute naloxone (American Pharmacists Association)
  • $100,000 federal grant to help prevent opioid overdose deaths in WMass (Mass Live)
  • UN: Afghan Opium Production Down 48% (Voice of America)
  • Lehigh Valley police have yet to get heroin overdose antidote (The Morning Call)
  • Heroin worth over 500 million rupees seized from Jalandhar (ANI News)
  • Australia, ACT once again on an upward epidemic curve of opioid, heroin overdose (The Canberra Times)
  • Heroin Proves a Formidable Foe in Suburban Ohio County (ABC News)
  • Demand Iowa overdose legislation (Quad-City Times)
  • Grant to help Northern Berkshire group fight opioid overdoses (The Berkshire Eagle)
  • Howard awarded $50,000 to combat heroin addiction (The Baltimore Sun)
  • Heroin, pain-pill addicts face lifelong struggle (The Journal News)
  • SA to allow farmers to grow opium (Nine MSN)
  • Government mulling more licenses for opium cultivation (Business Today)
  • Heroin deaths exceed traffic fatalities in Virginia, Fredericksburg area (The Free Lance-Star)
  • Kentucky Lets Pharmacists Distribute Drug That Reverses Overdoses (Governing)

Absinthe

  • Library Goers Sample Craft Liquor at St. George Spirits Talk (Santa Clara Weekly)
  • 'The Green Hour', a Late Night Absinthe Bar, Is Coming to Germantown's Tempered European Indulgence (Eater Nashville)

Kambô

Kava

Khat

  • Bonds set for men arrested for foreign drug (WHLT22)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

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 (and other psychoactives) are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.