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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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Book Review - Medical Psychedelics

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After a bit of a rocky start last century, the past few decades have seen a healthy resurgence of psychedelic research. And although myriad studies have been carried out by researchers and published in scientific journals during that time, there has always been a glaring absence of academic textbooks available for burgeoning psychedelic nerds, researchers, and academics to reference when trying to learn about the existing body of psychedelic research—until now.

Fortunately for the rest of us, Dr. Oliver Rumle Hovmand, a psychiatry resident in Denmark who has an interest in the clinical use of psychedelics, pored over the existing research, put together a collection of the most important studies, and included them in a new book that was published this March.

Medical Psychedelics explores the clinical applications of some of the better-known psychedelics, including LSD, psilocybin, ayahuasca, DMT, MDMA, and ketamine. In it, Hovmand examines the available pre- and post-prohibition medical literature, focusing on the practical aspects of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. He plans to update the book annually and develop it into a textbook that can be used when (or if) these substances become legal. This blog post is a review of the first of what will hopefully be many editions of this work.

The intended audience for the book would probably consist of medical and psychological professionals, budding researchers, science-minded psychonauts, and laypeople who are interested in learning more about clinical psychedelic research. If you fit into one of these categories, it might be right up your alley.

During the book’s introduction, Hovmand mentions that he uses the term “psychedelics” to refer only to classical psychedelics like psilocybin and LSD, but Medical Psychedelics also covers ayahuasca and DMT, one empathogenic psychedelic (MDMA) and one dissociative psychedelic (ketamine). The primary emphasis is on the classical psychedelics and MDMA, although there may simply be a larger body of research about these psychedelics than ayahuasca, DMT, and ketamine at this time.

Each substance is covered in depth at the beginning of its respective chapter, including the history, effects, and risks surrounding that particular drug. Hovmand then moves on to discuss its potential applications in psychedelic therapy before getting to the real essence of the chapter: a review of the existing clinical research. This consists of a series of actual research studies that are included in the book.

While I did find Medical Psychedelics to live up to its promise as a comprehensive textbook on the subject, there were a few things that I believe could be improved upon in a future edition. For starters, a table of contents would be helpful. This would make it easier to skip to certain sections of the book or find specific studies and would acquaint first-time readers with its structure before they dive in.

Some sections are more fleshed out than others. For example, there is a ton of information available on MDMA research but very little about ketamine. As mentioned earlier, this is may be due to the possibility that there is more research about some drugs than others. In addition, several areas of research into these drugs were excluded that could have been explored, like treating eating disorders with ayahuasca and MDMA or reducing pain with ketamine.

And there are plenty of other psychedelics to cover as well. Delving into the research involving other psychedelics like mescaline, 5-MeO-DMT, iboga, and salvia divinorum would take Medical Psychedelics to another level.

The only other thing I think the book would benefit from is a bit of editorial polish. There are typos here and there, but the overall meaning of the work is not lost and it can be easily overlooked as long as you know to expect that going into it. All of these are simply areas of opportunity, not dealbreakers that should prevent anyone from reading the book who would otherwise be interested in doing so.

Medical Psychedelics is a solid attempt at what may be the first-ever textbook on psychedelic research. Hovmand did an excellent job condensing a ton of valuable information into a fairly small book, and it could prove to be an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to learn about the clinical research into the medical applications of psychedelics. But if you’re looking for anything other than scientific research studies and related commentary then you should probably look elsewhere. It is an academic textbook after all, so you shouldn’t expect an easy read or clever prosaic writing style. But if this book sounds like it would be up your alley, then it probably is.

4/5 stars, 219 pages

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This Week in Psychoactives - 6.14.19

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CANNABIS

  • Oldest evidence of cannabis smoking found in ancient Chinese cemetery (Ars Technica)

  • Nevada bans employers from refusing to hire those who fail marijuana tests (CNN)

  • Maryland Legalizes Medical Marijuana Edibles, With Caveats (Reason)

  • Drivers With Common THC Limit Are Not More Likely To Cause Accidents, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Oregon: Governor Signs Law Prohibiting Landlords From Discriminating Against Medical Marijuana Patients (NORML)

  • Texas governor signs law legalizing hemp, CBD products (The Hill)

  • Court squashes Colombia’s ban on smoking pot and drinking beer in public (Colombia Reports)

  • Coroner claims woman overdosed on cannabis, scientists call bullshit (The Next Web)

  • Illinois Cancer Patient Sentenced to Four Years in Jail Over Cannabis Edibles (MERRY JANE)

  • Study: Veterans Often Substitute Medical Cannabis for Alcohol, Prescription Drugs (NORML)

  • U.S. Postal Services Unveils New Policy On Mailing Hemp-Derived CBD Products (Marijuana Moment)

  • Recreational Weed Hurts Medical Cannabis Programs, Study Finds (MERRY JANE)

  • Huge Cement Blocks Bar Access to Illicit Toronto Dispensaries (Leafly)

  • Poll Reveals Top Reasons People Support Or Oppose Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Nearly All Hospice Professionals Support Medical Marijuana Access, Study Finds (MERRY JANE)

  • Las Vegas OK’d Cannabis Lounges but Nevada Just Said No (Leafly)

  • Marijuana arrests target mostly blacks and Hispanics in region (Times Union)

  • Baby Boomers Are Consuming Pot at Ten Times the Rate of Past Senior Generations (MERRY JANE)

  • Ohio board rejects adding insomnia, depression as conditions for medical pot; tables autism, anxiety (WBNS)

  • California Appeals Court Rules Cannabis Possession in Prison Legal (Courthouse News)

  • Legal Cannabis May Not Lower Opioid Overdose Deaths After All (Gizmodo)

  • Ontario Law Now Prevents Pot Shops From Showing Vape Pens to Customers (MERRY JANE)

  • Oregon Is About to OK Cannabis Exports. What’s Next? (Leafly)

  • Alabama Bucks Its History of Prohibition, Plants First Hemp Crop Since 1937 (MERRY JANE)

  • Federal Employment Protections Demanded In Appropriations Bill (NORML)

  • Oklahoma’s Medical Marijuana Industry Sold $23 Million Worth of Weed in May (MERRY JANE)

LSD

  • The U.S. Army Once Kept $1 Billion Worth of LSD in a Maryland Office for Some Reason (Gizmodo)

  • The Highs and Lows of LSD Literature (The New York Times)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Magic mushrooms could replace antidepressants within five years, says new psychedelic research centre (The Independent)

  • 'They broke my mental shackles': could magic mushrooms be the answer to depression? (The Guardian)

  • I Took Magic Mushrooms To Treat The World’s Worst Headaches... And Got Arrested For It (HuffPost)

MDMA

  • Ecstasy warning over high strength MDMA pills at Parklife (Daily Star)

  • More than 2000 children need help to ditch ecstasy problem (Mirror)

DMT

  • What’s DMT and why are techies and entrepreneurs secretly taking the drug? (The American Genius)

AYAHUASCA

  • Psychedelics, dance steps and giant snakes: inside the ayahuasca show (The Guardian)

5-MEO-DMT

  • Mike Tyson Says Smoking Toad Venom Cured His Addictions (Civilized)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Synthetic Marijuana Is Making People Bleed From Their Eyes and Ears (Cosmopolitan)

  • Milton teens found in medical distress didn't overdose on opioids, police say (CBC)

KETAMINE

  • FDA Overlooked Red Flags In Testing of New Depression Drug (Daily Beast)

PCP

  • 'It's an evil drug': Authorities see increase in demand of PCP (KTUL)

OPIOIDS

  • Naloxone nasal spray is more available in Philly neighborhoods with more white residents, study finds (Philly Voice)

  • Drug Users Armed With Naloxone Double As Medics On Streets Of San Francisco (California Healthline)

  • Free heroin? Unusual clinic offers 'chance at being human again' (CBC)

  • Insys, the Opioid Drug Maker, Files for Bankruptcy (The New York Times)

  • Former champion MMA fighter describes battle with heroin addiction (WKRC)

COCAINE

  • Michael Gove: Cocaine 'mistake' a 'deep regret' (BBC)

  • Plumbers, builders and cabbies are doing it in the local pub – stop calling cocaine a middle class drug (The Sun)

  • Why Peruvian wellness and a 'cocaine massage' could change your life (The Independent)

  • Teens with prenatal cocaine exposure exhibit altered patterns of amygdala functional connectivity (PsyPost)

CAFFEINE

  • Algorithm provides customized caffeine strategy for alertness (ScienceDaily)

  • If We Wrote About Caffeine Like We Do Other Drugs… (Filter)

TOBACCO

  • Texas Raises Age To Buy Tobacco To 21 (Inquisitr)

  • A Flurry of States Have Raised Their Smoking Ages. But Big Tobacco's Involvement Has Some Health Groups Uneasy (TIME)

  • E-cig companies use cartoon characters as logos, and new study shows it works (The Conversation)

  • FDA finalizes guidance for premarket tobacco product applications for electronic nicotine delivery systems as part of commitment to continuing a strong oversight of e-cigarettes (FDA)

  • Tobacco 21 to take effect June 24 in Mankato (Mankato Free Press)

ALCOHOL

  • A Ten-Year Plan To Reduce Global Alcohol Consumption Is Showing Results (Forbes)

  • Prohibition worked better than you think (Vox)

  • Alcohol main cause of substance-related deaths in hospital (CBC)

  • Drinking alcohol at conception shown to harm rats – new study (The Conversation)

  • We Drink Basically The Same Wine As Ancient Romans — And That's Not So Great (NPR)

NOOTROPICS

  • The Truth About Nootropics and What They Do to Our Brains, According to a Neuroscientist (Good Housekeeping)

  • 10 Modafinil Myths You Can’t Afford To Believe (Dreamland Magazine)

KRATOM

KAVA

  • Australia’s discussion of kava imports reflects lack of cultural understanding (The Conversation)

  • Crackdown on health standards at Vanuatu kava bars (Radio New Zealand)

DATURA

MISCELLANEOUS

  • AOC Pushes To Make It Easier To Study Shrooms And Other Psychedelic Drugs (Forbes)

  • Seven Tory leadership candidates admit they’ve dabbled in drugs after Gove shock coke revelation (The Sun)

  • Say "High" to the World's First Venture Fund Exclusively for Psychedelics (MERRY JANE)

  • Drugs expert barred from policy panel after criticising Home Office (The Guardian)

  • Rhode Island Senate Approves Bill Allowing Supervised Consumption Sites For Illegal Drugs (Marijuana Moment)

  • Fashion is having a seriously psychedelic moment (Los Angeles Times)

  • I Think I Hated This Tech Conference on Psychedelics (WIRED)

  • New Government Estimates Offer Early Hope That Drug Overdose Deaths Are Waning (TIME)

  • Harm Production: Ontario’s Brutal Cuts Add Fuel to the Overdose Fire (Filter)

  • El Chapo: what the rise and fall of the kingpin reveals about the war on drugs (The Guardian)

  • Dark Web Drug Sellers Dodge Police Crackdowns (The New York Times)

  • Palm Beach County wants to start Florida’s second needle exchange program (The Palm Beach Post)

  • What to do when your friend gets too high (The Tab)

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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:


This Week in Psychoactives - 6.7.19

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CANNABIS

  • Surprise! Illinois Becomes the 11th Cannabis Legalization State! (Leafly)

  • Nevada: Governor Signs Measure Sealing Past Marijuana Convictions (NORML)

  • Nevada: Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Measure (NORML)

  • Oregon Bans Landlords From Denying Housing to Renters for Prior Weed Offenses (MERRY JANE)

  • Oregon: Lawmakers Advance Marijuana Expungement Measure (NORML)

  • 73% of Cancer Doctors See Cannabis as Medicine, Survey Says (MERRY JANE)

  • JAMA: Most Doctors Know Nothing About Cannabis (Leafly)

  • Congressional Report Raises Questions About Whether Marijuana Impairs Driving (Marijuana Moment)

  • Transport Canada bars crews from consuming cannabis for 28 days before flying (CBC)

  • Delaware Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Woman with stage 4 cancer sues LARA over lack of access to medical marijuana (ClickOnDetroit)

  • Cops Confiscate 10,000 Unlicensed Pot Plants in Massive Santa Cruz Sting (MERRY JANE)

  • West Virginia Voters Reject Marijuana Decriminalization Measure (Marijuana Moment)

  • Congressional Funding Bill Protects Cannabis Banking And Lets DC Legalize Marijuana Sales (Forbes)

  • Massachusetts inches cautiously toward ‘cannabis cafes’ (Boston.com)

  • Presidential Candidate Gillibrand Unveils Wide-Ranging Marijuana Legalization Plan (Marijuana Moment)

  • RIP: New York Marijuana Activist Doug Greene (CelebStoner)

  • Women Are Underrepresented In Clinical Research On Cannabis (Forbes)

  • Can Cannabinoids Help Treat OCD? (PsychCentral)

LSD

  • James Ketchum, Who Conducted LSD Experiments on Soldiers, Dies at 87 (The New York Times)

  • Guy Banned From Festival After Posting Video Eating 20 Tabs of LSD (YourEDM)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • It is Time to Legalize Psilocybin Mushrooms (Psychedelic Times)

  • Will Canada follow Denver’s lead in decriminalizing magic mushrooms? (The GrowthOp)

  • Mayor indicates he'll stomp out Denver mushrooms, if re-elected (Rooster Magazine)

  • Michael Hancock Re-Elected To Third And Final Term (CBS Denver)

MDMA

  • Dutch officials launch perfume that smells like MDMA (Newshub)

  • MDMA Erases PTSD Symptoms After Two Guided Therapy Sessions, Study Finds (MERRY JANE)

DMT

  • Synthesized ‘Spirit Molecule’ Caters to Evolving Chile Drug Demand (InSight Crime)

AYAHUASCA

  • As Ayahuasca Tourism Booms, Peru’s Traditional Healers Try to Regain Control (World Politics Review)

  • Why LGBTQI+ Members are Creating Their Own Ayahuasca Circles (Chacruna)

  • Katy Perry Trips on Ayahuasca in “Never Really Over” Video (W Magazine)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • The Research Chemicals That You Can Purchase Legally (The Third Wave)

  • 'Chinese Ecstasy' drug linked to 125 deaths has arrived in Britain, NCA warns festival goers (The Telegraph)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • What is Synthetic Weed and Why is it Hazardous? (WeedMaps)

KETAMINE

  • New Ketamine Clinic Opens In Beverly Hills (Patch)

  • Expert urges cautious approach to ketamine use (Medical Xpress)

OPIOIDS

  • The Mysterious Consequences of Repeatedly Overdosing on Opioids (VICE)

  • Congress Is Racing To Address a Fentanyl Problem That Fentanyl Experts Say Probably Doesn't Exist (Reason)

  • Police said a trooper collapsed from an incidental overdose. Now they’re saying nothing. (VTDigger)

  • Researchers pose as heroin users to find treatment gaps (AP News)

  • Two friends shared heroin in a KFC bathroom. One died, one went to prison. Their families are picking up the pieces. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • As US cities decriminalize psychedelics, the focus may turn to opioid addiction (Newstrail)

  • Sheriff who warned of fentanyl-laced weed says test erred (AP News)

COCAINE

  • 'Cocaine call centres' set up across Europe, drugs agency says (BBC)

  • Mother-of-three teacher, 42, died after swallowing $75 bag of cocaine in first class lounge before flight to Dubai (Fox News)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Meth overdoses surpass heroin deaths in southern Colorado (The Denver Channel)

  • Effectiveness of methamphetamine abuse treatment: Predictors of treatment completion and comparison of two residential treatment programs (ScienceDirect)

CAFFEINE

  • Up to 25 cups of coffee a day safe for heart health, study finds (The Guardian)

  • Study Suggests It's OK To Drink 25 Cups Of Coffee A Day. It's Not. (HuffPost)

  • The secretive nonprofit that made millions suing companies over cancer warnings (Ars Technica)

  • Nicotine and caffeine withdrawal may lead to unnecessary suffering and testing in intensive care patients (EurekAlert!)

  • Caffeine and Exercise Performance, HITT and Type 2 Diabetes, Physical Activity and Sedentary Time and More from the Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports & Science® (Newswise)

  • The Side Effects Of Too Much Caffeine (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

  • California says those ominous warning signs about coffee being linked to cancer can be taken down (USA Today)

TOBACCO

  • Beverly Hills becomes the first U.S. city to end most tobacco sales (Los Angeles Times)

  • Tobacco 21 wins passage in Senate, heads to governor for signing (The CT Mirror)

  • Senate Majority Leader McConnell Pushes To Raise Tobacco Sales Age To 21 (NPR)

ALCOHOL

  • The media has a problem with alcoholism – and it's stopping people getting help (The Guardian)

  • Southern comfort: SEC lifts booze ban at games (ESPN)

  • Why Alcohol Companies Are Betting on Non-Alcoholic 'Booze' (TIME)

  • Family Dollar Plans to Sell Alcohol at 1,000 Stores (The New York Times)

  • Early farmers liked alcohol so much they invented two ways to brew it (New Scientist)

  • The Search for the World’s Oldest Alcohol (Discover Magazine)

NOOTROPICS

KRATOM

  • Castle Rock bans underage sales of kratom, the controversial herbal extract (The Denver Post)

  • Council votes down ban on Kratom (KQ2)

  • Kratomic Bomb: The highs and lows of kratom for pain (Augusta Free Press)

  • Kratom Effects On Fitness, Pre-Workout & Bodybuilding (VENTS Magazine)

KAVA

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Oakland Officials Decriminalize Psychedelics And Say They’ll Work To Legalize Sales Next (Marijuana Moment)

  • Overdose crisis death toll would be more than double without harm reduction, study says (CBC)

  • Psychedelics seem to alter social cognition by modifying facial emotion recognition (PsyPost)

  • Dark net drug sales on the rise in England (BBC)

  • Unsanctioned overdose-prevention site opens in Maple Ridge, renewing debate over drug use and homelessness (The Globe and Mail)

  • Overdose Prevention Site Acceptability among Residents and Businesses Surrounding a Proposed Site in Philadelphia, USA (Springer Link)

  • Psychedelic drugs: would you accept a prescription? It depends if you’ve tried them before (The Conversation)

  • The stimulant epidemic: Why our worries should go beyond opioids (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • The Mind’s Horizon II: The recreational world of psychedelics (Arizona Daily Sun)

  • Operator of 'Silk Road 2.0' Likely Avoided Prison by Cooperating with Feds (Reason)

  • The next battle in the War on Drugs will be fought over psychedelics (Quartz)

  • Edir Da Costa died after bag of drugs became stuck in his airway (The Guardian)

  • The Keeper of the Fire: Shamanic Initiation (Reality Sandwich)

  • A year after Anthony Bourdain’s death, his story of recovery can still inspire. (Grub Street)

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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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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: