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This Week in Psychoactives - 5.10.19

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CANNABIS

  • Debunking Reefer Madness: New Study Says Weed Doesn’t Actually Cause Psychosis (MERRY JANE)

  • Top Congressional Democrats Announce Bill To Federally Deschedule Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Study: 80 percent of cannabis users say weed helps their workouts (Fox 8)

  • New Zealand Government Releases Details Of Marijuana Legalization Referendum (Marijuana Moment)

  • China Cashes In on the Cannabis Boom (The New York Times)

  • Illinois Governor Announces Plan to Legalize Marijuana (TIME)

  • THC-Blood Levels Can’t Be Determined Postmortem, Research Finds (Leafly)

  • Cannabis Users Have Worse Sperm Health Than Tobacco Smokers, Study Finds (MERRY JANE)

  • North Dakota: Governor Signs Law Reducing Marijuana Possession Penalties (NORML)

  • The First Arkansas Medical Marijuana Dispensary Just Got Its License (Leafly)

  • TSA to Travelers: We’re Not Looking for Your Weed (MERRY JANE)

  • Louisiana House Unanimously Approves Bill to Allow CBD Sales (Leafly)

  • Cannabis Industry Work Costing U.S. Veterans Their Retirement Pensions (Forbes)

  • The Great White Shortage: Canada May Soon Run Out of CBD (MERRY JANE)

  • Alabama Senate Approves Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Workers Are Smoking Weed More Than Ever, So Employers Are Dropping Drug Tests (MERRY JANE)

  • California Cannabis Market Not Tracked or Traced as Promised (Leafly)

  • Marijuana Patients Are Ditching Benzos for Weed, Study Says (MERRY JANE)

  • The Feds Prosecuted Even Fewer Marijuana Trafficking Cases In 2018 (Marijuana Moment)

  • Ohio May Become First State to OK Medical Marijuana for Depression and Insomnia (MERRY JANE)

  • Federal Agency Clarifies Rules On Adding CBD To Alcoholic Beverages (Marijuana Moment)

  • American Accused of Growing Weed in Myanmar Faces 10 Years in Prison (MERRY JANE)

  • Texas House Votes To Expand State’s Medical Marijuana Program (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Science Behind Combining Cannabis And Caffeine (Benzinga)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Denver Voters Approve Measure To Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms (Forbes)

  • California Activists Take First Steps To Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms Statewide (Marijuana Moment)

MDMA

  • MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD may have benefits beyond reductions in clinical symptoms (PsyPost)

  • MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment of PTSD: study design and rationale for phase 3 trials based on pooled analysis of six phase 2 randomized controlled trials (Springer Link)

  • Consider This Before Self-Medicating With MDMA (The Wall Street Journal)

AYAHUASCA

  • Health Canada allows more religious groups to import ayahuasca (Global News)

  • Ayahuasca and the Twelve Steps: An Anonymous Friendship (Chacruna)

  • The Problem With Ayahuasca (Thrive Global)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • CDC traces unexplained bleeding outbreak to synthetic cannabinoids (Healio)

KETAMINE

  • Former Playboy Model’s Killer Was ‘Out Of His Mind’ On Ketamine During The Brutal Slaying, Lawyer Says (Oxygen)

OPIOIDS

  • Opioid overdose deaths decline when pharmacists can dispense naloxone (Reuters)

  • Study: Naloxone Prescriptions Low Despite Deadly Opioid Crisis (U.S. News and World Report)

  • Federal Court Rules Inmate Must Have Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment (Reason)

  • Narcan, the lifesaving overdose-reversal drug, is scarce in N.J. cities that need it most (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • AHN Researcher Working To Develop Longer-Lasting Naloxone For Opioid Overdoses (WESA)

  • Inside Elizabeth Warren's $100 Billion Policy Plan to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic (Fortune)

  • White patients far more likely to get popular addiction treatment prescription, study finds (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Report: nurses who carry naloxone denied life insurance coverage (WKBW)

  • Louisiana prisons pilot addiction-fighting implants for inmates; lack of FDA approval draws criticism (The Advocate)

  • Deputy and two firefighters hospitalized after fentanyl exposure (WDBO)

COCAINE

  • Feds: A popular drug from the disco era is making a deadly return (NBC News)

  • The mums who took cocaine during play dates (BBC)

  • FLASHBACK: Bernie Asks Group Of Young Children: ‘Anyone Ever Seen Cocaine?’ (The Libertarian Republic)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Meth Abusers At Risk For Little-Known But Potentially Deadly Disease (NBC 7 San Diego)

TOBACCO

ALCOHOL

  • Alcohol use soaring worldwide: The average adult now consumes about 1.7 gallons of pure alcohol per year (USA Today)

  • These policies were supposed to stop pregnant women from drinking. A new study says they’re hurting babies. (Vox)

  • One in five harmed by others drinking alcohol over past year, survey finds (The Guardian)

  • The War On Alcohol: Is This Prohibition 2.0 (Forbes)

KRATOM

  • The Debate Over Kratom, An Opioid-Like Plant Legal In Massachusetts (CBS Boston)

  • Oxford Police proposes ban on Kratom products (The Oxford Eagle)

  • How Cannabis and Kratom Can Help With Addiction Recovery (Civilized)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • 1,000-Year-Old Pouch Contains Traces of 5 Ancient Psychoactive Drugs (Inverse)

  • Mexico’s President Proposes Drug Decriminalization With Legal Supply Via Prescription (Marijuana Moment)

  • Feds Dismantled the Dark Web Drug Trade—but It's Already Rebuilding (WIRED)

  • Berlin park designates 'pink zone' areas for drug dealers (The Guardian)

  • Drug-testing device gives false positives on poppy seeds, CBD oil, says Vancouver lawyer (CBC)

  • Overdose In An Arizona Prison? Get Ready to Pay Up. (The Appeal)

  • Where Philadelphia stands on supervised-injection sites, per two polls (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Houston Police Shot Man Killed in Fraudulent Drug Raid at Least Eight Times (Reason)

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1,000-Year-Old Pouch Contains Traces of 5 Ancient Psychoactive Drugs

Peter Hess, writing for Inverse:

Long before ayahuasca became popular among Silicon Valley seekers, it was the domain of specialized healers and spiritual leaders. Archaeologists have long known that ancient peoples throughout the Americas consumed various plant-based drugs to heal, find meaning, and connect to a spiritual world, but research published Monday in PNAS suggests that they were used even more widely than scientists suspected.

In the paper , an international team of archaeologists identified traces of five different psychoactive chemicals in a bundle of belongings dating back to about 1,000 years ago. The objects, found in Cueva del Chileno, a rock shelter in the Andes in present-day Bolivia, include animal-skin pouches and a headband, as well as spatulas, two trays, and an intricately carved tube — tools that were most likely used for sniffing a plant-based psychedelic drug.

Using radiocarbon dating, the team showed that the leather bag containing the objects dates back to somewhere between 905 and 1170 CE. And using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry, they found that the kit contained traces of cocaine, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), harmine, bufotenine, and benzoylecgonine — psychoactive chemicals that are all found in various plants native to South America.

Humans have been using psychoactive drugs since time immemorial. Now we have proof that people have been working with these particular substances for at least a thousand years. What’s amazing about this story is that these chemicals did not originate from the area where the bag was found:

Perhaps most significantly, the plants that produce the chemicals analyzed at the site do not grow in the place where they were found. The archaeologists note that while the site is located in the mountains, at an elevation of almost 13,000 feet above sea level, most of these plants grow in the lowland forests of the Amazon.

In other words, these shamans were either acquiring these drugs from a trading network or going on long treks to collect them on their own.


This Week in Psychoactives - 5.3.19

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CANNABIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Massachusetts Gives Cannabis Delivery the Green Light (Leafly)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 7Investigates: Marijuana Anonymous (WHDH)

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

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

LSD

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

  • Air station sailors facing LSD charges (Navy Times)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Denver Could Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms on Tuesday (Leafly)

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

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

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

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

  • The Magic of Mushrooms (Psychology Today)

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

MDMA

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

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

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

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

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

AYAHUASCA

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

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

MESCALINE

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

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

NITROUS OXIDE

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

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

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

KETAMINE

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

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

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

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

PCP

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

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

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

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COCAINE

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

METHAMPHETAMINE

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

CAFFEINE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOBACCO

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

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

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

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

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

ALCOHOL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KRATOM

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

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

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

KHAT

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

DATURA

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

MISCELLANEOUS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Make America Trip Again (Current Affairs)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This Week in Psychoactives - 4.26.19

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CANNABIS

  • CBS Poll: Nationwide Support For Marijuana Legalization At All-Time High (NORML)

  • All the Top Democrats Running for President Favor Legalizing Marijuana (Reason)

  • Marijuana Legalization Not Linked To Increased Traffic Deaths, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Years After Legalization, Maine Releases First Cannabis Industry Rules (Leafly)

  • Mexican Lawmakers Plan To Tackle Marijuana Legalization This Summer (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Clean Slate Act's Record-Sealing Provisions Go Further Than Cory Booker's Marijuana Justice Act (Reason)

  • North Dakota: Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Laws (NORML)

  • Alabama Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • CBD reduces impairment caused by cannabis (EurekAlert!)

  • Homeland Security Says Cannabis Users Lack ‘Good Moral Character’ (Leafly)

  • USDA Clarifies That Farmers Can Import Hemp Seeds From Other Countries (Marijuana Moment)

  • Texas House Votes To Legalize The Farming Of Industrial Hemp (Marijuana Moment)

  • Wisconsin Legalization Would Save Lives, Bring $1.1B Benefit, Study Says (Leafly)

  • Utah is allowing only 10 cannabis farms. Will that be enough to supply the state’s new medical marijuana program? (Salt Lake Tribune)

  • Denver City Council to vote on allowing cannabis clubs to operate closer to daycare and rec centers (KDVR)

  • Cannabis websites in US and Canada crash on biggest 4/20 day (The Guardian)

  • Lawmakers Want Legal Protections For Universities That Research Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • SFPD Spread Misinformation about Fentanyl-Laced Marijuana (SF Weekly)

  • The Weed Industry Is Burning Millions on DC Lobbyists and Getting Nowhere (VICE)

  • Earth Day Begs The Question: Is Cannabis Farming Sustainable? (Forbes)

  • USDA Accepting Applications For Hemp Intellectual Property Protection (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis, Marijuana, Weed, Pot? Just Call It a Job Machine (The New York Times)

  • How Israel Became the Global Leader in Cannabis Research (Green Entrepreneur)

  • Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome, Without the Hype (Filter)

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

  • Where Presidential Candidate Seth Moulton Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Keeping Score: Major League Sports’ Stance on Cannabis (Leafly)

  • Can Cannabis Replace Wellbutrin? (Civilized)

  • The Indica vs. Sativa Distinction Isn’t Real (Slate)

  • Did a Cannabis Company Just Patent the Spliff? (Leafly)

  • Quitting Cigarettes? Joints Rolled With CBD Might Help (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Paradoxical Power of Medicinal Microdosing (Psychology Today)

  • Uplifting a New Face & Voice of Cannabis: A Happy 4/20 with Safon Floyd of EstroHaze (Psychedelic Times)

LSD

  • “Discover who you truly are.” Albert Hofmann’s Bicycle Day and A Critical Look at LSD (Psychedelic Times)

  • Here's Why You Don't Mix LSD and Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carriers (The National Interest)

  • Is microdosing LSD a solution to the 'crisis of meaning' in modern life? (Montreal Gazette)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Award Winning Filmmaker Brings Psilocybin Documentary To Denver Prior To Decriminalization Vote (Prime Time News)

  • Research shows psilocybin — a Schedule I narcotic — to be of great help to patients with end-of-life problems (Anchorage Press)

MDMA

  • "Japanese Walter White” Accused Of Teaching Students To Make Ecstasy (The Fix)

  • Study Suggests MDMA Could Help People With PTSD, Autism (The Swaddle)

  • War, Morality, and MDMA: A Conversation with an Anonymous Military Psychologist (Psychedelic Times)

  • To Unravel PTSD, She Took MDMA. A Promising Therapy Offers Hope (KJZZ)

AYAHUASCA

  • Do Ayahuasca Shamans See Microbial Worlds in Their Visions? (Kahpi)

  • Police intervene in 'healing ceremony' after death: report (NL Times)

  • Ayahuasca Spirits Are Special Because They Are Not Real (Kahpi)

  • Ayahuasca: the alternative antidepressant (The Vermont Cynic)

5-MEO-DMT

  • Psychedelic Toad Venom Relieves Depression, Anxiety And Stress, Studies Find (Marijuana Moment)

PEYOTE

IBOGA

  • The Future of Medical Ibogaine (Psychedelics Today)

  • Serotonin transporter–ibogaine complexes illuminate mechanisms of inhibition and transport (Nature)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Spice-related overdoses on the rise in Alabama - again; feds warn about ‘disturbing’ trend (AL.com)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Arctic Laughing Gas Emissions Could Accelerate Global Warming (EcoWatch)

  • Hippy crack is no laughing matter (GQ)

KETAMINE

PCP

  • Man accused of PCP-crazed shotgun killing of Chinese missionary pleads guilty in KC (The Kansas City Star)

  • Driver was high on PCP in crash that split car in half, cops say (Lehigh Valley Live)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • The FDA Just Approved the First Generic Nasal Spray to Reverse Opioid Overdoses (TIME)

  • After Leaving Thousands in Agony, the CDC Is Finally Clarifying Its Painkiller Restrictions (Tonic)

  • Demystifying buprenorphine misuse: Has fear of diversion gotten in the way of addressing the opioid crisis? (Taylor and Francis)

  • FDA clears Psychemedics hair test for fentanyl (Seeking Alpha)

  • Do Electronic Health Record Prompts Increase Take‐Home Naloxone Administration for Emergency Department Patients After an Opioid Overdose? (Wiley Online Library)

  • Fentanyl Speedballs Are the Latest Disturbing Trend in America's Opioid Crisis (VICE)

  • Narcan is just the start of fighting the opioid overdose epidemic (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Heroin used to pass through South Africa en route to Europe. Now much of it stays, with devastating effects (Los Angeles Times)

  • Vancouver pot king hopes to brew opium tea to help drug addicts (The Chronicle Herald)

  • How the US military's opium war in Afghanistan was lost (BBC)

  • New “Generic” Naloxone: Expect More Big-Pharma Sleight of Hand (Filter)

  • Fentanyl killed a Penn physician’s son. Now she works to save other families from the same pain. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Life after a life of addiction (Cincinnati Enquirer)

METHAMPHETAMINE

CAFFEINE

  • Beverages containing caffeine more harmful to liver than alcohol? (The Asian Age)

  • Unless we act now, scientists warn, that coffee so many of us love could become extinct (WCPO)

  • Wholesale coffee is cheaper than it’s been in years. That’s not good news. (Vox)

  • Experts Find Out How Many Cups of Coffee Are Needed to Enhance Your Workout (Inverse)

  • Coca-Cola is making a big push into coffee (CNBC)

  • Leading expert warns of dangers after man (34) dies from caffeine toxicity (Irish Independent)

  • SC could ban kids from buying caffeine-packed energy drinks, but not this year (Charleston Post Courier)

  • Is Kombucha Environmentally Friendly? Here’s The Real Tea (Bustle)

  • Dear Pharmacist: Caffeine is a natural option for ADHD (The Gainesville Sun)

  • The One Thing I Gave Up That Made A Massive Difference In My Anxiety (mindbodygreen)

  • 9 Benefits Of Matcha Tea That Will Make You Want To Drink It Every Day (Woman's Health)

TOBACCO

  • Walgreens, Rite Aid to Raise Tobacco Buying Age to 21 and Older (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Vermont House Gives Final Approval To Tobacco 21 Bill (WAMC)

  • 21 and older: Proposal to raise tobacco-buying age nationwide drawing mixed feelings (WEAR)

  • New Evidence of Smoking Disparities Underlines That Tobacco Harm Reduction Is Social Justice (Filter)

  • ‘Tobacco 21’ Proposal Draws Debate In Florida (WLRN)

  • Vaping teens exposed to as much nicotine as tobacco smokers but don't know it (NBC News)

ALCOHOL

  • Why faking positive emotions at work can lead to heavier alcohol consumption (Quartz)

  • Illinois Senate approves statewide rule for alcohol delivery (WQAD)

  • 5 Reasons You're Depressed After Drinking too Much Alcohol (Mens Health)

  • Anne Hathaway doubles down on giving up alcohol until her son is 18, but says she'll spend the 'back half of my life completely sloshed' (INSIDER)

NOOTROPICS

  • An Experiment With Smart Drugs – What I Learned From Modafinil (The Quint)

KRATOM

  • Kratom Craze: After wife’s death, Franklin County man seeks ban on popular substance (KMOV)

  • What is kratom? ‘Controversial’ herbal supplement leads to overdoses in the U.S. (Global News)

  • Kratom: Castle Rock Deciding What to Do About Controversial Substance (Westword)

  • When pregnant women take kratom, their babies may suffer (Medical Xpress)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Another dark web marketplace bites the dust --Wall Street Market (ZDNet)

  • Joe Biden’s long record supporting the war on drugs and mass incarceration, explained (Vox)

  • Survey of subjective "God encounter experiences": Comparisons among naturally occurring experiences and those occasioned by the classic psychedelics psilocybin, LSD, ayahuasca, or DMT (PLOS)

  • Imperial launches world’s first Centre for Psychedelics Research (Imperial College London)

  • Psychedelics as a treatment for disorders of consciousness (Neuroscience of Consciousness)

  • How a drug gang devastated our helpless family (The Guardian)

  • America’s Only Publicly Traded Addiction Treatment Chain Makes Millions Off Patients. What Could Go Wrong? (Mother Jones)

  • Trump Justice Department Goes After Overdose Prevention Sites as ‘Crack Houses’ (The Daily Beast)

  • Psychedelic therapy: The patients paying $2k to get high with their doctor (news.com.au)

  • B.C.’s chief health officer calls for decriminalization of illicit drugs (The Globe and Mail)

  • British Police Are Raising Their Voices Against the Drug War (Filter)

  • Confronting Sexual Misconduct in the Psychedelic Community: An Interview with Daniel Pinchbeck (Chacruna)

  • Trump has been... good?... for psychedelic drugs???... (The Outline)

  • What Politicians Daring Each Other to Be Drug Tested Reveals (Filter)

  • Building a Psychedelic Community During the War on Drugs (Chacruna)

  • Psychedelics to treat mental illness? Australian researchers are giving it a go (The Conversation)

  • Psychedelics as a Path to Social Learning (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Shades of Sobriety: Life Shows That Recovery Needn’t Mean Abstinence (Filter)

  • The Five Phases of Psychedelic Initiation (Chacruna)

  • How drug decriminalization could help stem an epidemic of drug overdoses (The Globe and Mail)

  • Trump Praises China for Killing Drug Traffickers (Reason)

  • Young People of Color As Leaders in The Movement To End the War on Drugs (Psymposia)

  • Prison For Forced Addiction Treatment? A Parent's 'Last Resort' Has Consequences (NPR)

  • The Psychedelic State of South Texas (Texas Monthly)

  • Drug Use in Music Festivals Across the United States (One EDM)

  • Your Guide to Microdosing for Anxiety and Depression (Allure)

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On the Monday following each edition of “This Week in Psychoactives,” I post a “Last Week in Psychoactives” video recap to my YouTube channel. After that is done, I retroactively add the video to the corresponding blog post. Here is this week’s video recap:


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CANNABIS

  • Study Finds Marijuana Motivates People To Exercise, Smashing Lazy Stoner Stereotype (Marijuana Moment)

  • Report: Adult Use Legalization Associated With Increased Home Values (NORML)

  • Dogs Treated With Cannabis Oil Experience Less Frequent Seizures, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • In the age of legal marijuana, many employers drop ‘zero tolerance’ drug tests (Los Angeles Times)

  • Georgia: Governor Signs Law Licensing Low-THC Oil Production (NORML)

  • Another Federal Agency Wants You To Stop Calling About A Marijuana-Related Job (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where the war on weed still rages (The Washington Post)

  • Missouri Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Bill In Committee (Marijuana Moment)

  • Alabama Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Marijuana Decriminalization In Committee Vote (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana legalization is very popular (Vox)

  • Alabama Police Ruined a Couple’s Lives Over $50 of Weed. Now the Charges Against Them Have Been Dropped (Reason)

  • Unlicensed LA Dispensary Sold Pesticide-Tainted Cannabis, City Says (Leafly)

  • Illinois: Cook County State’s Attorney To Expunge Thousands Of Low-Level Cannabis Convictions (NORML)

  • Why Carl's Jr. is testing out a CBD burger (CNN)

  • Joe Biden Applauds Anti-Marijuana Speech At Opioid Forum (Marijuana Moment)

  • How Cannabis Prohibition Is Harming Veterans With PTSD (Forbes)

  • Mitch McConnell Touts Hemp Legalization Achievement In Reelection Campaign Ad (Marijuana Moment)

  • Doctors Have a Cannabis Problem, and It’s Harming Patients (Leafly)

  • Mental illness implications of cannabis use must not be ignored (CALmatters)

  • People Could Use Marijuana In Public Housing Under New Congressional Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Roadside drug-testing flaws exposed in local court case (Echonetdaily)

  • How to Be an Ethical Weed Consumer (Lifehacker)

  • Can Cannabis Help You Get off Xanax? (Civilized)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Eric Swalwell Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Don't expect your doctor to prescribe CBD, says physicians' college (CBC)

  • Meet the ‘Bliss Molecule’ Anandamide, a Cannabinoid Your Body Produces (Leafly)

LSD

  • Study: Microdosing LSD for 1 month was followed by improved mood, productivity (Big Think)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • The First Vote To Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms Is Happening Right Now (Marijuana Moment)

  • What is Denver Initiative 301: Psilocybin mushroom decriminalization (The Denver Post)

MDMA

  • Professor in western Japan allegedly made students produce MDMA (The Mainichi)

  • The Push To Legalise MDMA In Australia (10 daily)

  • MDMA Study Shows Promise In Fighting Brain Disease (EDMTunes)

  • Psychedelic renaissance: could MDMA help with PTSD, depression and anxiety? (The Guardian)

  • Teen who died at Kelowna festival last summer was given MDA instead of MDMA (Vancouver Sun)

  • “I Think I Can Leave Afghanistan in the Past”: Interview with a Military Psychologist about MDMA Therapy for PTSD (Psychedelic Times)

  • Liverpool teenager dies after suspected MDMA overdose (Milbank Monitor)

  • Mum of schoolboy, 13, who died in park ‘after taking homemade ecstasy pill’ makes Facebook plea for help finding dealer ‘who sold my son these drugs’ (The Sun)

AYAHUASCA

  • Do Ayahuasca Shamans See Microbial Worlds in Their Visions? (Kahpi)

  • Eleven Otherworldly Visionary and Ayahuasca Artists You Probably Don’t Know (Kahpi)

  • How Ayahuasca Taught Me Gratitude And Pulled My Life Together (Reset.me)

  • Ayahuasca Spirits Are Special Because They Are Not Real (Kahpi)

5-MEO-DMT

  • A single inhalation of vapor from dried toad secretion containing 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) in a naturalistic setting is related to sustained enhancement of satisfaction with life, mindfulness-related capacities, and a decrement of psychopathological symptoms (Springer)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • New York launches new effort to fight synthetic cannabinoids (WNYT)

  • The Study of “Synthetic Cannabinoids” Condemns Punitive Marijuana Laws (Filter)

  • Flood of synthetic cannabinoids threatens to undermine CBD market, experts say (NutraIngredients-USA)

  • Why Synthetic CBD Is (Probably) the Future of Cannabis Pharma  (Green Entrepreneur)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Laughing Gas to Be Used as Antidepressant in Australian Medical Trial (VICE)

KETAMINE

  • J&J’s new ketamine-like depression drug Spravato off to ‘very, very strong start,’ company says (CNBC)

  • Researchers Are Unraveling How Ketamine Works as an Antidepressant in the Brain (Discover Magazine)

  • What Is Ketamine And Should It Be Used For Addiction? (Psychology Today)

PCP

  • Lakewood man was high on PCP when he attacked man with ax before escaping police custody, police say (News 5 Cleveland)

  • Six Onondaga County deputies treated for possible exposure to PCP (WSTM)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • Exclusive: DHS is considering classifying fentanyl as a 'weapon of mass destruction' (Task and Purpose)

  • Andrew Yang’s plan to take on opioids: decriminalize heroin and fentanyl (Vox)

  • Life-saving opioid addiction treatments get a negative slant (Columbia Journalism Review)

  • "Narcansas" app developed to combat the opioid crisis (KATV)

  • Maine Pursues Plan To Stock Schools With Naloxone And Expand Drug Prevention Efforts (Maine Public)

  • New York Heroin Use Figures Higher Than US Average (Tech Times)

  • One Doctor’s Answer to Drug Deaths: Opioid Vending Machines (WIRED)

  • Vermont State Police issue update on trooper who experienced serious medical event (Vermont Biz)

  • 60 People Charged For Roles in Illegal Prescription Opioid Crackdown (TIME)

  • The DEA announces new strategy to fight against opioid and heroin abuse (WGNO)

  • Southern States Slowly Embracing Harm Reduction to Curb Opioid Epidemic (The Pew Charitable Trusts)

  • HUHS Rejects Student Proposal to Make Naloxone Publicly Available on Campus (Harvard Crimson)

  • Indivior Case: Don’t Throw Out the Buprenorphine With the Bathwater (Filter)

  • Saving lives with Naloxone shouldn’t cost you life insurance (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

COCAINE

  • Study: US Cocaine Interdiction Efforts Just Spread More Cocaine Around (Observer)

CAFFEINE

  • Switzerland to reconsider emergency coffee stockpiles, says it’s not 'vital' for survival (Fox News)

  • Does Caffeine Help A Headache Or Not? Here's What Experts Say. (HuffPost)

  • Caffeine content of different types of coffee (Medical News Today)

TOBACCO

  • FDA threatens to fine Walmart, Kroger and convenience store chains for selling tobacco to minors (CNBC)

  • Sacramento city council bans flavored tobacco products (KCRA)

  • American Cancer Society opposes Iowa bill to raise tobacco use age (WQAD)

  • The Percentage of Americans Who Understand That Vaping Is Less Dangerous Than Smoking Continues to Fall (Reason)

  • In Approaching Nicotine, Let’s Learn From Past Harm Reduction Victories (Filter)

  • House Dems unveil legislation aimed at curbing youth tobacco use (The Hill)

  • Snowmass Village set to raise tobacco age limit (Aspen Daily News)

  • Mitch McConnell Wants to Raise Tobacco Purchasing Age From 18 to 21, Including for Vaping Devices (TIME)

  • How Changing Tobacco Laws Can Save Thousands Of Lives, Billions Of Tax Dollars (Forbes)

  • Ohio could raise tobacco, e-cigarette and vape purchase age to 21: Five things to know (Cincinnati Enquirer)

ALCOHOL

  • Heavy drinkers consuming more than half of all alcohol (Medical Xpress)

  • Child and Adolescent Anxiety May Be Associated With Later Alcohol Use (Psychiatry Advisor)

  • Can you drink alcohol with antibiotics? (Medical News Today)

  • 10% of 8th graders in U.S drank alcohol in the past 30 days (WICS)

NOOTROPICS

  • This Powerful Nootropic Is the Perfect Start to Your Morning (and Afternoon, And…) (Inverse)

  • Are Silicon Valley’s brain-boosting 'smart drinks' as clever as they seem? (The Telegraph)

KRATOM

  • Opioid Users Call Kratom a Godsend. The F.D.A. Says It’s a Menace. (The New York Times)

  • Kratom is all the rage, but this natural supplement can be dangerous (Popular Science)

KAVA

  • Abuse of Kava at workplaces an issue: Minister (FBC News)

  • CBD Vs. Kava Kava: Two More Natural Remedies Compared (Ministry of Hemp)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Silk Road 2 founder sentenced five years after the site was shut down (Engadget)

  • An algorithm is attempting to block drug deals at UK WiFi kiosks (Engadget)

  • Chemsex: a dangerous shortcut to intimacy (The Independent)

  • Can the Psychedelic Movement Learn from the Movement for End of Life Liberty? (Chacruna)

  • Locking Up Drug “Dealers” to Save Users Doesn’t Make Anyone Safer (Truthout)

  • Why block the promise of a psychedelic renaissance? (openDemocracy)

  • Proposal for decriminalizing drugs could be tabled for debate in Saeima (LSM.lv)

  • Our Irrational Cruelty to Pregnant or Parenting People Who Use Drugs (Filter)

  • Hallucinogenic Healing: Could Psychedelics Cure Toxic Masculinity? (Playboy)

  • Dark Web Drug Seller Sinmed Goes Down—Thanks to ATM Withdrawals (WIRED)

  • Don’t Have a Bad Trip with the Police: Know your Rights with Police and Psychedelics (Chacruna)

  • What Is Psychedelic Integration? (Maps Of The Mind)

  • My Life in Two Parts of Texas Illustrates Our One War on Drugs (Filter)

  • Needle exchange program pioneered in Miami-Dade may soon grow to other Florida counties (Miami Herald)

  • Plant medicines in indigenous cultures (The Psychedelic Scientist)

  • Why We’re Starting the Conversation Around Queerness and Psychedelics (Chacruna)

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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.

Image by Psychedelic Astronaut.


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: