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This Week in Psychoactives - 2.8.19



  • World Health Organization Recommends Reclassifying Marijuana Under International Treaties (Forbes)

  • The Most Efficient Way to Smoke Cannabis? Study Says Dabs (Leafly)

  • Jury Convicts Church Of Cannabis Founder On Public Consumption Charges (Colorado Public Radio)

  • Most Strains of Weed Are More Alike Than People Think (Men's Health)

  • Hawaii Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill In Committee (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pennsylvania Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Legalize Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • A New Study Says Pot Smokers May Have Higher Sperm Counts. But There’s a Catch (TIME)

  • Patients Frequently Substituting Cannabis For Anti-Anxiety Drugs (NORML)

  • CBD-Infused Food Banned by Health Department at NYC Restaurant, Owner Says (Eater)

  • After A Decade Of Testing, Israeli Medical Cannabis Comes To The US (Forbes)

  • Republican Senator Pitches Weird Conspiracy Theory About Weed Legalization, Menthol Cigarettes, and the FDA (Reason)

  • Science Backs Most Medical Cannabis Treatment, Study Finds (Leafly)

  • Medicinal cannabis legalisation opens gateway for psychedelic research (Small Caps)

  • Traffic fatalities on a high after cannabis legalisation (Medical Xpress)

  • Nebraska Could Vote On This Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure In 2020 (Forbes)

  • Congressional Democrats Plan Hearing And Vote On Marijuana Business Banking (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pot for pets: Cannabis products for our furry friends increasing in popularity (The GrowthOp)

  • A Hemp Company Sues After Police Mistake Their Product for Weed (Reason)

  • Trump Allies Consider Using Hemp Concrete To Build Border Wall With Private Funds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Here’s Where Ontario’s First Private Cannabis Stores Could Open (Leafly)

  • More Seniors Are Using Marijuana and It May Decrease Their Opioid Use (Green Entrepreneur)

  • New Hampshire Considers Legalization, but Gov. Sununu Vows to Veto It (Leafly)

  • Maryland Lawmakers Introduce Marijuana Legalization Bills (Marijuana Moment)

  • Latest Medical Marijuana Bill Proposes Full Use Of Cannabis Plant In Tennessee (WPLN)

  • Reports Claim Bisexuals Smoke the Most Cannabis. Is There Any Truth to It? (Leafly)

  • Why do so many Americans now support legalizing marijuana? (The Conversation)

  • Study Reveals Little-Known Trick To Make Marijuana Plants Grow More Bud For Less (Marijuana Moment)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Suing Snoop’s Cannabis Brand Over Logo (Leafly)

  • Smoke without fire: Cannabis for the observant Jew (ynetnews)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Cory Booker Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • A Patient’s Guide to Using Cannabis for Cancer (Leafly)

  • Cannabis in Small Commonwealth States: Turning a New Leaf? (Talking Drugs)

  • How To Invest In Cannabis IPOs (Forbes)

  • Why We Should Treat Cannabis like Organic Food or Fine Wine (Civilized)


  • LSD allows more information to flood into the brain by altering activity in the thalamus (PsyPost)


  • Denver Will Vote on Psilocybin Decriminalization in May (Westword)

  • The Push to Legalize Magic Mushrooms for Depression and PTSD (WIRED)

  • Shrooms Are the Safest Drug You Can Take (VICE)

  • Oregon "Psilocybin Services" Ballot Measure Has Significant Support, Poll Shows (PR Newswire)

  • 'Magic Mushrooms' May Soon Be Decriminalised in Parts of The US (Science Alert)

  • Magic Truffles in Amsterdam and the Monastic Path: Interview with Chi of Truffles Therapy (Psychedelic Times)


  • MDMA users more empathetic than people who take other drugs, study finds (The Independent)

  • Parents whose son died after taking ecstasy want to educate others on dangers of drug (WGN-TV)

  • Antisocial Species Of Octopus Becomes Friendlier On MDMA, Study Finds (Study Finds)


  • Why Do Jesters and Tricksters Appear in the DMT Experience? (Sam Woolfe)


  • Man filmed dying girlfriend at festival after taking 2C-P instead of helping her (Rave Jungle)

  • First National Study on Flakka Finds Disturbing Trend Among Teens (Psychedelics Daily)


  • Synthetic cannabis may stop colorectal cancer from growing, study suggests (Daily Mail)

  • K2 Overdose Calls Reach Lowest Numbers since 2014 (Spectrum News)

  • Natural and synthetic cannabinoids for agitation and aggression in Alzheimer’s disease: A meta-analysis (MDLinx)

  • 'Spice turns you into a zombie': Battling an addiction with synthetic cannabis (Shropshire Star)


  • Longmont United Hospital Offers New Pain Management Option for Laboring Mothers (Longmont Observer)

  • Laughing gas now available for women in labor (WGME)


  • Ketamine Could Be the Key to Reversing America’s Rising Suicide Rate (Bloomberg)

  • New variation of ketamine to be approved by FDA for treatment of depression (Mixmag)

  • Ketamine Noninferior to Fentanyl for Traumatic Injury Pain in Children (Clinical Pain Advisor)

  • Kansas City woman credits controversial depression treatment with saving her life (Fox 4 Kansas City)

  • Can ketamine help depression? (WTSP)

  • Fears grow that Ketamine use by young is on the rise in England (The Guardian)


  • U.S. Prosecutors Sue To Stop Nation's First Supervised Injection Site For Opioids (NPR)

  • Family Behind OxyContin Made Billions By Pushing to Keep Patients on Drug Longer, Filing Shows (TIME)

  • Study: Illicit opioid deaths to rise by 147 percent by 2025 (

  • Fentanyl Overdoses Spike on Mexico’s Northern Border But Remain Invisible (Filter)

  • #MSLeg: 'Parker's Law' would punish drug dealers for death or injuries (Clarion Ledger)

  • Struggling to Compete with Fentanyl, Mexico’s Poppy Farmers Ask for Legalization (Filter)

  • Naloxone boxes to be placed in Downtown Cincinnati in new bid to stem overdose deaths (

  • Ohio doctors must now offer overdose antidote naloxone to some pain patients (The Columbus Dispatch)

  • Cops Claimed She Set Up A Drug Deal. Now She's Being Prosecuted for Manslaughter. (The Appeal)

  • Alphabet's Verily is opening an opioid addiction center in Ohio (Engadget)

  • Trump Decries Unjust Crack Sentences but Wants to Repeat the Mistake With Fentanyl (Reason)

  • The Third Opium War (Manitoba Post)

  • New bill clarifies who can dispense, administer Naloxone (KIVI-TV)

  • Program trains high school officials to give naloxone (Tuscaloosa News)

  • Myanmar's opium farmers cling on to lucrative crop (Mail and Guardian)

  • IN PICTURES: Myanmar, the second biggest source of opium in the world (The Courier)

  • Why we need to talk about take-home naloxone (Australian Journal of Pharmacy)

  • How to Get and Use Fentanyl Testing Strips (Lifehacker)

  • Let's define terms to understand the opioid crisis (Murfreesboro Post)


  • This Is Why Cocaine Dealers Should Fear Venezuelan Unrest (OZY)



  • Richer, older men more likely to drink to excess, figures show (The Guardian)

  • Heavy Drinking in Teens Causes Lasting Changes in Emotional Center of Brain (Neuroscience News)

  • Utah lawmaker wants to scrap low-alcohol beer rule (KUTV)

  • Some Super Bowl ads seem to suggest that some kinds of alcohol are better for you. Health officials say it's better to punt on the drinking altogether (Deseret News)

  • Alcohol related deaths in England and Wales rocket in past decade (Yahoo! Sports)

  • Know how alcohol is harming your teeth! (Times of India)

  • 10 things that can happen to your body when you give up alcohol (INSIDER)



  • Nootropic spearmint extract may improve reactive agility, according to new study (Nutritional Outlook)

  • The future's getting smarter (Mashable)

  • Nootropics: A Necessary Mental Aid in Modern World? (The Frisky)

  • Are ‘smart drugs’ all they claim to be? (ZME Science)


  • Kratom Now Banned in Columbus (WCBI)

  • Advocate: Kratom 'should be regulated,' not illegal (The Dispatch)

  • Residents seek Kratom ban in Lowndes (The Dispatch)


  • Does microdosing improve your mood and performance? Here’s what the research say (The Conversation)

  • GOP Lawmaker’s Bill Would Legalize Psychedelic Mushrooms And MDMA For Medical Use (Marijuana Moment)

  • How the Drug War Eats the Poor (VICE)

  • El Chapo Jury Begins Deliberation in Bombshell Drug Trafficking Trial (TIME)

  • This is what psychedelic mainstreaming looks like…in Arizona (Psymposia)

  • Houston Narcs Were 'Clearly Labeled' During Deadly Drug Raid, Police Spokesman Says (Reason)

  • Why More and More People Are Leaning Toward Microdosing for Depression (Civilized)

  • Are Electronic Cigarettes Facilitating Illicit Drug Use? (

  • Is Permatripping Real? (Gizmodo)

  • Should I Drug Test My Kids? Why the Experts Say No (Filter)

  • Sri Lanka to begin hangings within months, ending 43-year stay on executions (The Guardian)

  • Cory Booker Invites Former Drug War Prisoner To Trump’s State Of The Union (Marijuana Moment)

  • Psychedelic Privilege: Report from the Women and Psychedelics Forum (Chacruna)

  • The GOP Needs A Better Drug Policy to End HIV (Medium)

  • Drug Reform Campaigner Calls For Legal MDMA, Cannabis & Pill Testing in Australia (Your EDM)

  • Meet the Artists Designing Clothes For Businesswomen Who Micro-Dose LSD (Interview)

  • Nine pill testing myths (Australia's Science Channel)

  • This is why you should vote to make drugs safer (The Bristol Cable)

  • I took daily doses of magic mushrooms to improve my performance and mental health. Here’s what happened (

  • Psychedelics could treat mental disorders (4BC)

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This Week in Psychedelics - 4.27.18



  • Top Democrats Embrace Marijuana Reform Ahead of Midterm Elections (Truthout)
  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta to Jeff Sessions: Medical marijuana could save many addicted to opioids (CNN)
  • NEW POLL: 63% of Americans Believe “Marijuana Should Be Made Legal” (NORML)
  • Sessions Admits There ‘May Well Be Some Benefits From Medical Marijuana’ (Marijuana Moment)
  • Marijuana Legalization Will Be on Michigan's Ballot in November (Reason)
  • Cannabis is having its 'smartphone' moment (Engadget)
  • How activists are fighting for full cannabis legalization in Washington, D.C. (Psymposia)
  • The End of the Joint As We Know It (The Ringer)
  • NORML Delivers Over 10,000 Citizen Comments To The FDA Calling For The Reconsideration of Cannabis Prohibition (NORML)
  • The best way to fight illegal pot is with legal cannabis (The Hill)
  • Why Are Marijuana Policies So Behind in 4/20-Heavy Places Like New York? (Rolling Stone)
  • How Seniors Joined the Cannabis Craze (The New Yorker)
  • Cannabis Flowers Are Legal in Italy. You Just Can’t Eat or Smoke Them. (The New York Times)
  • How 'dank' became a compliment for both beer and marijuana (Detroit Free Press)
  • Greens' cannabis plan could raise $3.6bn (9NEWS)
  • Isle Of Man Could Be The First Place In The British Isles To Decriminalise Cannabis Possession (HuffPost)
  • These Five States Lead the Nation in Marijuana Arrests (AlterNet)
  • Miracle drug or the devil's lettuce? (The Washington Post)
  • The Complicated History of Cannabis in the US (History)
  • FDA Rejects Anti-Legalization Pharma Co’s Cannabis Drug Request (Marijuana Moment)
  • Legalising marijuana is a lot more complex than you might think (The Age)
  • 4/20 Special: How Advocates and Entrepreneurs of Color Are Fighting for Equity in the Legal Weed Business (Colorlines)
  • Liberal party members overwhelmingly vote for decriminalizing drugs while Trudeau repeats opposition (The Georgia Straight)
  • Assemblyman introduces bill that would allow vets to prescribe cannabis for pets (KABC-TV)
  • Utah Medical Marijuana Measure Has Enough Signatures For Ballot (Marijuana Moment)
  • Is marijuana decriminalization possible in the Middle East? (The Washington Post)
  • Anxiety Relief Without The High? New Studies On CBD, A Cannabis Extract (NPR)
  • YouTube Continues Its Cannabis Purge and Nobody Knows Why (Leafly)
  • Facebook Has a Cannabis Problem That ‘Community Standards’ Don’t Solve (Leafly)
  • Two Cannabis Entrepreneurs Share Their Secrets For Success (Forbes)
  • Police Department Offers Prize For Possessing The Most Cannabis (High Times)
  • Medical cannabis oil is legal in Texas, but epilepsy patients still struggle (The Texas Tribune)
  • A Multibillion-Dollar Cannabis Company Has Announced Its Asia-Pacific Headquarters In Australia (BuzzFeed News)
  • Senator Wants Jeff Sessions To Meet With Drug War Victims (Marijuana Moment)
  • Psychedelic Rapper Challenges New Jersey's Cannabis Laws In New 420 Song (PR Newswire)
  • 'The Truth About Cannabis': Inside New Pro-Pot Web Doc (Rolling Stone)
  • Cannabis Cultivation Will Be A Race To The Bottom (Forbes)
  • 'Women of Cannabis' Cultivate Ideas and Relationships (Seven Days)
  • Cannabis and psychosis: what is the link and who is at risk? (The Conversation)
  • Marijuana moguls optimistic about legalisation of recreational cannabis in Australia (ABC)
  • Can Cannabis Make You Sick? (The Stranger)
  • Is This The Most Expensive Marijuana In The World? (Forbes)
  • Could 'one puff' of cannabis ease depression? (Medical News Today)
  • Understanding Terpenes: Linalool (Cannabis Now)
  • Harvard Medical Students Say Schools Need to Teach More About Medical Marijuana (Civilized)


  • LSD Provokes Synesthetic Hallucinations in a Congenitally Blind Man (Psychedelic Times)
  • Couple drop LSD to see if it makes them better at assembling IKEA furniture (Metro)
  • Psychedelic Cyclists – An Irishman’s Diary about Albert Hofmann and Flann O’Brien (The Irish Times)
  • St. Pete man on LSD punches 13-year-old girl in face, knocks her out (WFLA)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • The Man Who Treated His OCD with Magic Mushrooms (VICE)
  • Inside Jamaica's magic mushroom retreat for women (The Independent)


  • Can MDMA Treat Alcoholism? Scientists Begin First Clinical Trials (Newsweek)
  • MDMA research meets Australian antipathy (Cosmos Magazine)
  • An Amsterdam house had so much MDMA discovered inside it's been locked down (Mixmag)
  • Teen dies after taking 'Netflix and Chill' ecstasy pills (New York Post)
  • Melissa McCarthy Snorts Ecstasy With Sex Crazed Puppets in ‘Happytime Murders’ (Variety)
  • Gardaí fear 'bad batch' of MDMA may have killed teen (17) (


  • Canadian Lynched by Mob After Being Accused of Killing Shaman at Ayahuasca Retreat (VICE)
  • UN condemns murder of Peruvian indigenous leader (Andina)
  • A Judge Has Ordered Arrests Over Killing of a Canadian in the Peruvian Amazon (TIME)
  • Effects and risks of ayahuasca, the hallucinogen sought after by Canadians travelling to the Amazon (CBC)
  • How Did Avicii Die? Details On The Artist's Sudden Passing (EDM Sauce)
  • Doctor sees healing power in psychedelic plant as Peru investigates deaths (The Reminder)


  • Why opioid addicts desperate to quit are turning to this risky treatment (New York Post)


  • Ketamine Nasal Spray May Help Reduce Depression Symptoms, Study Says (The Fix)
  • Oral ketamine does not ease cancer-related neuropathic pain (medwireNews)
  • Beneficial effects of ketamine in a chronic pain state with allodynia, possibly due to central sensitization (Science Direct)
  • Document: Hagerstown man smoked PCP before shooting woman (Herald-Mail Media)
  • Boyfriend of Morgan Freeman's slain kin knew what he was doing despite being in PCP haze (New York Daily News)


  • New York Could Open the First Safe Injection Site in the US (The Nation)
  • asha bandele: Prince could still be alive today if America didn’t shame people for using drugs (Mic)
  • Google uses its search skills to help fight opioid addiction (Engadget)
  • The New York Times Suggests Opioids Should Be Reserved for Terminal Patients (Reason)
  • Will Getting Tough on Dealers Curb the Opioid Crisis? (The Crime Report)


  • Leading Scientists Say Salmonella Outbreak Tied To Kratom May Be Side-Effect Of FDA Crackdown & Underscores Need For Regulation … Not A Ban (PR Newswire)
  • Kratom Products Recalled for Risk of Salmonella (Coherent Chronicle)
  • Kratom Wars: FDA, Proponents Square Off on Controversial Opioid-Like Plant (Pain Medicine News)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Lessons from Portugal: The Case for Drug Policy Reform (Beckley Foundation)
  • Becoming a Psychedelic Researcher: Alan Kooi Davis (Psymposia)
  • Are psychedelics the answer to depression and addiction? (Salon)
  • Not all drug dealers are the same – it’s time to ditch outdated stereotypes (The Conversation)
  • Harm Reduction: More than just clean needles (Julian Buchanan)
  • A Survey Shows The Most Used Drugs At Music Festivals: Here’s What We Learned (Dance Music Northwest)
  • Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories (Mad in America)
  • A revolution in teen drug education (New York Daily News)
  • Police chiefs studying decriminalizing drugs as possible solution to opioid crisis (CBC)
  • Just Because You Can't Stop Taking Antidepressants Doesn't Mean You're Addicted (VICE)
  • Pill-testing trial approved for Groovin the Moo festival in Canberra (ABC)
  • Why we should test drugs for safety (Virgin)
  • The Best Drug Documentaries On Netflix Right Now (HotNewHipHop)
  • 'Archaic and harmful': report condemns strict handling of student drug takers (The Guardian)
  • Psychedelic Scholar Robert Forte Talks Conspiracy Theories and Consciousness (Santa Barbara Independent)
  • New Research Provides First Peek at Ancient Mesopotamian Drug Use (Ancient Origins)

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.

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This Week in Psychedelics - 2.2.18

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • San Francisco to Clear Thousands of Marijuana Convictions Dating Back to 1975 (TIME)
  • How to Legally Buy Weed in D.C. Without Actually Buying Any Weed at All (Reason)
  • Study: Marijuana Smoke Exposure Not Linked To Poor Lung Health (NORML)
  • Idaho bill would allow use of cannabis-derived CBD oil (East Idaho News)
  • Marijuana: is it time to stop using a word with racist roots? (The Guardian)
  • California's New Cannabis Laws Squeeze Out Compassionate Care Programs (Forbes)
  • Mondo Cannabis Powder Is Weed Made for Taking at Work (Bon Appetit)
  • California mulls state-owned bank for cannabis industry (Financial Times)
  • Which city in the world has the cheapest cannabis - and the most expensive? (The Guardian)
  • Canadian Cannabis Companies Set Their Sights On South America (Forbes)
  • A startup that makes cannabis oil for vaping wants to be America's first $1 billion 'marijuana unicorn' (Business Insider)
  • Cannabis 'Gifting' Economy Springs up in Massachusetts (Leafly)
  • Oakland selects winners of cannabis dispensary permits (SFGate)
  • Maine: Marijuana Moratorium Measure Expires (NORML)
  • Cannabis Stocks Begin To Reflect The Real Industry (Forbes)
  • Arizona May Finally Begin Lab Testing Medical Cannabis for Contaminants (Leafly)
  • Stronger cannabis linked to rise in demand for drug treatment programmes (The Guardian)
  • What Are CO2 Cannabis Extracts and How Are They Made? (Leafly)
  • The beginner's guide to cannabis (Well+Good)
  • This Texas Cop Is Risking His Career for Cannabis Reform (Leafly)
  • 'You Can't Roll a Joint on the Cover of a Digital Download': Cannabis Quotes of the Week (Leafly)
  • Can pot trigger hallucinations? Report of officers who allegedly ate edibles fuels debate (Luxora Leader)


  • Advice on Taking LSD from Seasoned Acid Afficionados (VICE)
  • When the LSD King Timothy Leary Hid in Africa with the Black Panthers (Daily Beast)
  • Michael Pollan Talks Farm-to-Table Food—and LSD (Austin Monthly)
  • Wormwood's Bad Trip Peddles CIA Conspiracies (Reason)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Study hints magic mushrooms can alter how you feel about nature (and politics) (Medical Xpress)
  • How Magic Mushrooms Could Treat Depression From An Entirely New Angle (Forbes)
  • Startup plans to give mushrooms to depressed patients (New York Post)
  • Can Magic Mushrooms Help Us Come To Terms With Death? (VICE)
  • Do Psilocybin Mushrooms Show Up on Drug Tests? (Psychedelics Daily)
  • Clinical interpretations of patient experience in a trial of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for alcohol use disorder (Frontiers)
  • Three Things To Know About Psychedelic Mushrooms (Psychedelics Daily)



Salvia Divinorum

  • Salvia Divinorum: The Globalization of a Sacred Psychoactive Plant (Reality Sandwich)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Man arrested on suspicion of poisoning and supplying a controlled drug after 'MDMA' hospital cases (The Isle of Thanet News)


  • 'The fog is gone': How ketamine could help lift hard-to-treat depression (CTV News)
  • Israel Says Prison Time Possible for Possessing Unprescribed Ketamine, Fentanyl (Haaretz)
  • Man who allegedly murdered mom while he was high on PCP indicted (


  • FDA Cracks Down on Imodium and Other Anti-Diarrhea Medicine Because of the Opioid Epidemic (TIME)
  • Controversial Portland program uses marijuana and kratom to treat opioid addiction (Press Herald)
  • Why Colorado Tokers Love Opium (Westword)
  • History repeats itself with opioid epidemic (Shreveport Times)
  • The US is forgoing a powerful weapon in the war on opiates (The Boston Globe)
  • Don't Blame Pain Pills for the Opioid Crisis (Reason)
  • To combat opioid deaths, it's time to give away Naloxone for free (Jackson Clarion Ledger)



  • I Tried Kava And It Was Nothing Like Xanax (Paper)
  • Kava, the drink soothing the stress of NY millennials (Daily Mail)
  • Kava thefts increase (The Fiji Times)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • If You Bought Drugs on the Silk Road Using Bitcoin, the Feds Might Know Who You Are (Reason)
  • Cryptocurrency and The War on Drugs: Interview with Brian Normand of Psymposia (Psychedelic Times)
  • Psychedelic Documentaries You Should Definitely Watch (Psychedelic Times)
  • Award-Winning Script On Psychedelic Research In The '60s Gets L.A. Staged Reading (Broadway World)
  • Pill Testing is proven. I Am Hardstyle shows how much we need it (The Guardian)
  • Hamilton Morris on high (quality) filmmaking (The Justice)
  • Vancouver forges new paths in revival of psychedelic research (The Georgia Straight)

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 - 10.22.16

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Image by neonow, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

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

1. There is a theory about the 2016 Presidential Election that essentially goes like this: Donald Trump is running not to actually win the presidency, but to build up a customer base for a new media empire. The afore-linked article discusses the reasons behind the theory and offers some thoughts on why it may be true.

2. Yesterday, the East Coast of the United States experienced a widespread Internet outage due to DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks from an unknown source. Just last month, Schneier on Security addressed this exact issue by revealing information that he obtained from unknown sources at major companies that provide the basic infrastructure that makes the Internet work. Essentially, recent large-scale DDoS attack patterns make it look like someone is learning how to take down the Internet. The question is who is doing this, and why? It doesn't look like these attacks are going to let up anytime soon, so it's something to be aware of and share with others.

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

Weekend Thoughts - 8.29.15

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Image by Tina Sbrigato, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

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

1. Health information researcher, writer, and teacher Deane Alban wrote a brilliant article on that covers the topic of how processed foods hijack the brain. Among the shocking tidbits included: the United States ranks last among developed countries in life expectancy and overall health and modern wheat is an addictive substance that produces a high similar to heroin, morphine or Oxycontin (in fact, administering naloxone, which is normally used during heroin overdoses, will eliminate the withdrawal process from wheat!). People don't often think of foods as drugs, but they certainly behave as drugs in the body, often producing undesirable psychoactive and physiological effects as well!

2. This article from Psychology Today suggests that mere exposure to conspiracy theories can make you less pro-social and less likely to accept established scientific principles. Dubbed the "Conspiracy Effect", the author argues that it isn't necessary to believe in the conspiracy theory; it is sufficient to have simply come in contact with the theory itself. According to his research, this can lead to a paranoid delusional worldview and a distrust of science. This part really got me: "...studies have shown that people who believe in conspiracy theories often espouse mutually contradictory explanations about the same event and are even eager to endorse entirely made-up conspiracy theories. In sum, it's not really about the actual evidence but rather about whether a theory is consistent with a larger conspiratorial worldview." At any rate, it's definitely worth assessing your current reality-tunnel, a concept that Timothy Leary and Robert Anton Wilson often used to describe individual worldviews.

3. I found an article titled It is Time We Discussed Abolishing the Police from Counter Punch to be interesting. Especially this part: "There are many people who think the police exist to fight crime. The reality is that the police exist to maintain the status-quo with the rich on top and everyone else fighting for scraps. During the uprising in Ferguson last year comedian Chris Rock commented, 'If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets.' The police represent the first line of defense between the rich and the rioters. Those involved in the Black Lives Matter movement—the latest challenge to the racist status-quo—learn quickly the true function of the police as they are shouted at and insulted by police in riot gear who hem in their marches, as they have their photos taken by police surveillance teams for further investigation, as they deal with the never ending stream of plain-clothes cops intimidating, monitoring, sowing seeds of distrust. Knowing the political role of the police perhaps it is time to stop hoping for reform and start imagining a world without the police." There are certainly legitimate situations where it seems like we would need official enforcement, such as a volatile hostage situation or a burglar attempting to escape on foot. But the ongoing trend of police groups infiltrating Left-leaning political reform movements certainly does seem like the law enforcement organization is positioned between the haves and the have-nots, as the author has described.

4. Cop Shoots and Kills Man Threatening Him With a Spoon—Although the cop had a body camera available, it was not turned on. Although it is upsetting that a man with a spoon was murdered by a cop, it does make sense though: cops prefer foods that don't require utensils, like donuts.

5. Some great videos on The Real History of Drugs have been making the rounds this week. The videos are short and take a look at some of the racist underpinnings of the drug war. The drugs featured include cocaine, MDMA, cannabis, opium, and LSD. I highly suggest giving them a watch—you may even learn something that you didn't know beforehand!

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