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This Week in Psychoactives - 5.31.19

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CANNABIS

  • Illinois Senate Passes the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (NORML)

  • TSA Updates Marijuana Rules To Allow Hemp-Derived CBD On Flights (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis Extracts Are Legal, Arizona High Court Rules (Leafly)

  • Report Says 70% of CBD Products Are Contaminated with Heavy Metals or Pesticides (MERRY JANE)

  • Early Presidential Primary State Voters Oppose Federal Intervention In Local Marijuana Laws, Poll Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Ban in Public Housing Lifted in NYC––And Nation May Be Next (Filter)

  • Legal Medical Marijuana Tied To Lower Opioid Use, Another Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Colorado Springs dispensary pulls THC-free CBD products because of City Code (KOAA)

  • CBD and THC May Help Treat Alzheimer's Disease, New Research Suggests (MERRY JANE)

  • Alberta Lifts Ban on Licensing New Cannabis Stores (Leafly)

  • States Can’t Block Legal Hemp Shipments Within Their Borders, USDA Says (Marijuana Moment)

  • Workplace Deaths Fell 34% After Medical Cannabis Legalization (Leafly)

  • Google won't allow marijuana delivery apps in the Play Store (Engadget)

  • Nigerians Smoke the Most Weed on Earth, Spend Over $15 Billion on Pot Annually (MERRY JANE)

  • Man Shoots Himself in Testicles Before Cops Found Weed Up His Ass (MERRY JANE)

  • Israel is banking on cannabis as its next big industry (Los Angeles Times)

  • Former NFL Pro Chris Long Admits to Smoking Weed His Entire Career (MERRY JANE)

  • eBay Says It Will Continue To Ban People From Selling CBD Products (Marijuana Moment)

  • Most people accept medical use of marijuana: Nida Poll (Bangkok Post)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Mushrooms: Today Denver, tomorrow all of Colorado? (GOPUSA)

  • Psilocybin Could Open the Door to Legal Hallucinogens (Medium)

MDMA

  • Mums of children killed by ecstasy explain why they want drug to be legalised (Mirror)

  • Teacher is jailed for six years after he drugged woman's hot chocolate with MDMA then sexually assaulted her and held her captive in his car for five hours (Daily Mail)

  • Unpredictable MDMA: Here’s why it’s ‘impossible’ to know how the drug affects you (Rave Jungle)

AYAHUASCA

  • Can and Should Ayahuasca Become Part of Western Medicine? (Kahpi)

  • Ayahuasca Community Guide for the Awareness of Sexual Abuse (Chacruna)

  • The Shaman’s Treasure: The Many Plants Added to the Ayahuasca Brew (Kahpi)

  • What It Takes to Hold an Ayahuasca Ceremony (Kahpi)

5-MEO-DMT

IBOGA

  • Biosynthesis of an Anti-Addiction Agent from the Iboga Plant (bioRxiv)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Researchers Find Synthetic CBD Effective in Treating Seizures in Rats (High Times)

  • Get ready for a new wave of synthetic cannabinoids and derivatives (Greencamp)

  • Man died after taking spice and suffering multiple seizures in prison (WalesOnline)

  • Schoolboy rushed to hospital after eating sweet laced with zombie drug Spice (The Sun)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Bill Of The Month: $4,836 Charge For Laughing Gas During Childbirth Is No Joke (NPR)

OPIOIDS

  • Opioid Maker Agrees to Pay Oklahoma $85 Million Over Claims Company Helped Create Addiction Crisis (TIME)

  • More Drug Users Are Intentionally Using Fentanyl Amid Overdose Crisis, Study Finds (VICE)

  • Murphy presents research on police views of addiction (BCTV)

  • Tory leadership candidate Rory Stewart apologises for smoking opium in Iran (Yahoo! Finance)

  • That guy who made up a story about stealing a brick of heroin from an MS-13 gang member says he now regrets it (Boing Boing)

  • Most Opioid Deaths in MA Involve Other Drugs (U.S. News & World Report)

  • Colorado’s Opioid Crisis Slows, In Part Because Of A Drug That Reverses Overdoses (Colorado Public Radio)

  • The chronic-pain quandary: Amid a reckoning over opioids, a doctor crusades for caution in cutting back (STAT)

CAFFEINE

  • This is the Best Time of Day to Drink Coffee, According to Science (Civilized)

  • Energy drink consumption rising in the U.S. (WHTC)

  • Energy drinks: Here’s what they do to your heart (WAVE3)

  • Here's the truth about whether you should drink coffee and tea while pregnant (INSIDER)

TOBACCO

ALCOHOL

KRATOM

  • Kratom's reputed pain-relief benefits could come from one of its metabolites (EurekAlert!)

  • Fibromyalgia Stole My Life, Kratom Gave It Back (Pain News Network)

  • Kratom is called a mood enhancer, but three deaths in St. Louis region are causing concern (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

  • St. Charles County pausing decision to ban Kratom, instead of looking at new regulations (KMOV)

  • Herbal supplement kratom could face regulations in Monument (Colorado Springs Gazette)

KHAT

  • Nyandarua to ban sale of miraa (The Standard)

  • Turning a blind eye to khat use in the west does vulnerable communities in which it is consumed few favours (Illicit Trade)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Oakland Lawmakers Advance Psychedelic Decriminalization Measure (Marijuana Moment)

  • Colorado Just Passed a Slew of Groundbreaking Drug Reform Laws (MERRY JANE)

  • Philly’s supervised injection site nonprofit gets tax-exempt status from IRS (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • The Drug War's Hidden Foster Care Crisis (Reason)

  • Nancy Pelosi's Drug Price Compromise Is Bad Policy and Worse Politics (Splinter)

  • DanceSafe Announces Return To Virginia (DanceSafe)

  • The Case for Taking Psychedelics Seriously (National Review)

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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:


‘Kitty Flipping’ and the Psychonaut Obsession With Mixing Drugs

James Nolan, writing for VICE:

Mixing drugs is not a good idea. Most recently, Lil Peep's fatal cocktail of Xanax and fentanyl – along with cocaine and a slew of other opioids – was a reminder of what can go wrong when we treat our bodies like Year 7 science experiments. However, in 2019, with marathon club nights not uncommon, and rollover house parties picking up where they leave off, it may now be more novel if only one drug is used over the course of a session.

Cue the increased popularity of "flipping" – taking two or more substances (one usually a hallucinogen, one usually MDMA) at timed intervals to synergise their effects. A brief etymology explainer: when you take a psychedelic like shrooms, you trip. When you take MDMA, you roll, so a trip plus a roll equals a flip. Thanks to the dark net, substances like DMT and 2C-B – drugs that are integral to some flips, but hard to find on the street – are more readily available, while the popularity of drug talk on message-boards like Reddit has allowed many to discover these flips, hype them up and ultimately tick them off their lists like saucer-eyed stamp collectors.

Again, mixing drugs is not a good idea. In fact, it's often an actively bad one. But for those who are going to do it anyway, it's important to have as much knowledge about what you're putting in your body as possible. […]

I spoke to some of these "flippers" to find out whether there's more to this phenomenon than simply young men and women wanting to get as fucked as they possibly can.

One or two of the drug combinations included in this piece do seem a little foolish to me, and of course combining multiple types of drugs together can result in a variety of problems, but I don’t agree with the blanket advice that “mixing drugs is not a good idea.”

That’s because some of my most transformative experiences in life were catalyzed by consciously experimenting with polydrug use. And I know that I’m not the only person in the world who has benefitted from this practice. There’s a difference between approaching drug combining with proper preparation and respect and simply attempting to get as fucked up as possible. Denying that the former is possible and realistic only tells one side of the story.

However, with that said, drug combining can indeed be incredibly dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, potentially even causing permanent psychosis or death. Last January I wrote a piece for Psychedelic Times about how to use TripSit’s ‘Guide to Drug Combinations’ chart. If you’re interested in experimenting with drug combining, I’d advise you to check it out. But whether you’re already deep into polydrug use, poly-curious, or adamantly against it—get educated and be safe out there.


This Week in Psychoactives - 2.15.19

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CANNABIS

  • Senator Files '420' Marijuana Bill To Legalize It Federally (Forbes)

  • Mexican Senate Report Lays Out Marijuana Legalization Considerations (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Mexico Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill At Committee Hearing (Marijuana Moment)

  • Oregon has more legal cannabis than the state can consume in six years (Quartz)

  • States With Legal Medical Marijuana Have Lower Teen Use Rates, Large-Scale Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Why CBD Works Better With a Little THC (Even If You Don’t Want to Get High) (Leafly)

  • Study Shows How Marijuana Component CBD Can Help People With Substance Use Disorders (Marijuana Moment)

  • Veterans Medical Marijuana Access Legislation Introduced In House and Senate (NORML)

  • European Parliament Approves Medical Marijuana Resolution (Marijuana Moment)

  • Bill to Provide Greater Access for Virginia Medical Cannabis Patients Succeeds (NORML)

  • Missouri Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Expungement Bill For Medical Cannabis Patients (Marijuana Moment)

  • Kamala Harris Got So High Smoking Weed in College She Thought She Was Listening To Snoop Dogg and Tupac (Reason)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Michigan’s First Cannabis Lounge Is the Chill Alternative to Bars (Leafly)

  • Marijuana possession bill reintroduced in state Senate (Winston-Salem Journal)

  • Maury Povich Smoked A Marijuana Strain Named After His Wife, Journalist Connie Chung (Marijuana Moment)

  • Dan Bilzerian's Weed Company Is Keeping Sexist Cannabis Ads Alive (VICE)

  • If you support marijuana legalization, you should support safe injection sites (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Here's How New Mothers are Using CBD to Combat Baby Brain (Civilized)

  • Aurora Cannabis earnings show big growth in pot sales, but worrisome profit trend (MarketWatch)

LSD

  • The Man who Mapped LSD (OUPblog)

  • Microdoses of LSD change how you perceive time (Big Think)

  • Amanda Feilding: ‘LSD can get deep down and reset the brain – like shaking up a snow globe’ (The Guardian)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • $1m kicked into campaign for magic mushroom therapy (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Push to legalize psychedelic mushrooms gains traction in Eugene (KEZI)

  • Hallucinogenic Mushrooms Are Having a Moment. Here's What It's All About. (Cheddar)

  • Magic Mushrooms Show Promising Results for Treating PTSD and Depression (San Diego Entertainer Magazine)

MDMA

  • MDMA Users May Have a Social Advantage Over People Who Use Other Drugs (Inverse)

  • Israel's Health Ministry Approves Compassionate Use of MDMA to Treat PTSD (Haaretz)

  • MDMA Expanded Access is almost here. What’s it all about? (Psymposia)

  • Use of Ecstasy spreading in Cebu: PDEA 7 (Sun.Star)

  • Police issue a warning for yellow octopus ecstasy pills (Mixmag)

  • Daniel Eades, 19, took MDMA at Halo and Wetherspoon (Bournemouth Echo)

  • Young dad dies after taking ecstasy on New Year's Eve (Derbyshire Live)

AYAHUASCA

  • The First Indigenous Ayahuasca Conference (Yubaka Hayrá) in Acre Demonstrates Political, Cultural and Spiritual Resistance (Chacruna)

  • Ayahuasca Shows Huge Potential As a Treatment For Severe Depression (Reset.me)

  • What Ayahuasca is Trying to Teach Us: An Interview with Dennis McKenna (Reality Sandwich)

  • Mindful Eating as a support for Ayahuasca Dieta (Tam Integration)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Severe bleeding associated with use of tainted synthetic cannabinoids (AAP News)

  • Colorectal cancer: Scientists halt growth with cannabinoid compounds (Medical News Today)

  • Children as young as THREE are treated in hospital after taking Spice as Britain's synthetic drug crisis deepens (Daily Mail)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Laughing gas now an option for women giving birth (Everything Lubbock)

  • Residents 'disgusted' after piles of 'hippy crack' canisters dumped outside Cambridge home (Cambridgeshire Live)

  • Everything you need to know about nangs, the worrying craze growing amongst Aussie teens. (Mamamia)

KETAMINE

  • Taking Ketamine Can Feel a Lot Like a Near-Death Experience (Tonic)

  • F.D.A. Panel Recommends New Depression Treatment (The New York Times)

  • Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles Commemorates Five Years of Patient Success Stories (New Kerala)

PCP

  • Man who killed USA Today reporter in PCP-fueled crash sentenced to six years in prison (The Washington Post)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease (The New York Times)

  • Mapping the Opioid Epidemic (New America)

  • Overdose remedy naloxone now carried by all Ventura police officers (Ventura County Star)

  • Mass. Issues Guidelines After Boston Nurse Was Denied Life Insurance For Carrying Naloxone (WBUR)

  • Even in best-case scenario, opioid overdose deaths will keep rising until 2022 (Los Angeles Times)

  • Opioid-Related Deaths Decreasing in Iowa, Report Shows (WHO-TV)

  • Veterinarian sentenced to 6 years for stitching heroin into puppies and turning them into drug mules (INSIDER)

  • Why the Rural Opioid Crisis Is Different From the Urban One (CityLab)

  • Opium cultivation business squeezed by market shift towards meth (Myanmar Times)

  • Vet saves Victoria puppy with naloxone injection (Maple Ridge News)

  • Offer: help solve the opioid crisis, have your student loans forgiven (Rooster Magazine)

  • Indy coffee shop is the newest place to offer life-saving drug naloxone (Fox 59)

  • Coroner: No carfentanil spike locally, but OD deaths are up (Dayton Daily News)

  • 'Church Of Safe Injection' Offers Needles, Naloxone To Prevent Opioid Overdoses (NPR)

  • It's too late to save my son's life, but this drug can save others (The Sacramento Bee)

  • Houston Cop Involved in Deadly Drug Raid Relieved of Duty Due to 'Ongoing Questions' (Reason)

  • Naloxone training could help save numerous lives (KVAL)

METHAMPHETAMINE

BENZODIAZEPINES

  • The Deadly Worst Case Scenario for America's Xanax Obsession (VICE)

ALCOHOL

  • Beer before wine, you'll feel fine? Not according to a new study (CTV News)

  • More than 100 dead after drinking bootleg alcohol in India (Reuters)

  • Man 'under influence of alcohol' allegedly beats stepdaughter to death (Jakarta Post)

  • How heavy drinking might boost your appetite for alcohol (Health24)

  • Alcohol Problems Grow as Booze Gets a Bigger Kick (WebMD)

  • Alcohol’s effects on the brain (The Ithacan)

  • Plan to raise alcohol limits in beer at Utah stores approved (Cache Valley Daily)

  • Report says Utah has lowest alcohol consumption per capita in country (KUTV 2News)

  • Thousands sign petition to stop ban of alcohol on some Michigan rivers (WXYZ)

  • I Stopped Drinking For 30 Days — & My Skin Got So Much Better (Refinery29)

  • Giving up alcohol made our lives better — and turned us into terrible guests (The Washington Post)

ABSINTHE

  • Does absinthe really make drinkers hallucinate? (Fox News)

NOOTROPICS

  • Brain‑Enhancing 'Smart Drugs' Promise a Boost in Creativity, Memory (The Swaddle)

  • Seven Mental and Athletic Performance Benefits of Nootropics (Youth Health Magazine)

  • Noopept: one of the most potent brain boosters on the market (London Post)

KRATOM

  • Kratom Is A Drug, But Indonesia Really Wants It To Remain An Unlicensed Supplement (Science 2.0)

  • The FDA is wrong about kratom (The Washington Post)

  • Regulations Are On Hold as Kratom Debate Rages (WebMD)

  • Kratom No Longer Allowed In Columbus (WCBI)

  • What Is Kratom & Why Is It Being Used For Opiate Self-Detox? (Psychology Today)

  • Miracle treatment or dangerous drug? (The Star Online)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • El Chapo, the Notorious Drug Kingpin, Has Been Found Guilty in His U.S. Trial (TIME)

  • 'Kitty Flipping' and the Psychonaut Obsession with Mixing Drugs (VICE)

  • FDA explores using blockchain to track drug supplies (Engadget)

  • How Brexit Will Shape Britain's Drug Supply (VICE)

  • GOP Iowa lawmaker proposes decriminalizing psychedelic drugs for medical use (The Hill)

  • Sri Lanka hiring hangmen, inspired by Philippines' war on drugs (Reuters)

  • Will El Chapo's conviction change anything in the drug trade? (The Guardian)

  • Victoria city councillors call on B.C. to provide safe-inhalation sites for drugs (Times Colonist)

  • Tennessee bill would charge pregnant women using drugs if baby born addicted (KMPH)

  • Students Turn To Study Drugs And Alcohol To Cope With Campus Life (Forbes)

  • Is there something divine about gender and psychedelics? (The Psychedelic Scientist)

  • Microdosing Hallucinogens Has Positive Effects—but Not What You Might Suspect (Pacific Standard)

  • Riverstyx: A Small Family Foundation That Funds Psychedelic Research and Other Fringe Causes (Inside Philanthropy)

  • Sex On Drugs (PSU Vanguard)

  • The case for drug decriminalization in Baltimore (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Japan managed to win its war on drugs, why can’t we? (The Spectator)

  • Trip Sitters and Conscious Bachelorette: Interview with Chi of Truffles Therapy (Psychedelic Times)

  • Psychedelics Live Up to Early Promise (Discover Magazine)

  • How 'Russian Doll' flirts with psychedelic therapy (The Outline)

  • Becoming an Entheogen (Medium)

  • Psychedelic Meditation (The Third Wave)


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

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This Week in Psychedelics - 12.7.18

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Cannabis

  • Luxembourg next to legalise recreational cannabis use (Just Food)

  • Marijuana's Ten Biggest Victories Of 2018 (Forbes)

  • Vaporized Marijuana Produces A Stronger High Than Smoking It, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Fake Vape Cartridges Are Disrupting the Legal Weed Industry and Duping Black Market Buyers (MERRY JANE)

  • CBD Vape Liquid Contains Dangerous Ingredients (Tonic)

  • How Ancient Viruses Gave Us Marijuana As We Know It Today (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pot of gold: how the beauty industry fell for cannabis (The Guardian)

  • Nearby Marijuana Shops Make Homes And Rentals More Valuable, Studies Show (Marijuana Moment)

  • US Tax Court Rules That Legal Cannabis Dispensaries Are Just Drug Traffickers (Civilized)

  • Two-year-old girl becomes 'first child to be prescribed medical cannabis in UK' (ITV News)

  • Recreational Cannabis is Now Legal in the US State of Michigan (Talking Drugs)

  • Utah Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana ‘Compromise’ Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Denver officials want to erase low-level marijuana offenses (AP News)

  • Use marijuana tax dollars to fix the subways? No: Dedicate the funds to people who've been hurt by prohibition (New York Daily News)

  • Surgeon General Says Marijuana’s Schedule I Status Hinders Research (Marijuana Moment)

  • Missouri Lawmaker Files Marijuana Legalization Bill After Voters Approve Medical Cannabis (Marijuana Moment)

  • When the pharmacist laughed at my pain, he laughed at all of us (The Times)

  • Feds try to squash Blackfeet medical marijuana legalization (Great Falls Tribune)

  • We ban cannabis but let people eat as much meat as they want. That makes no sense (The Guardian)

  • As Altria Eyes Pot, Philip Morris CEO Ignores Peer Pressure (Bloomberg)

  • Maryland marijuana panel approves ban on cannabis advertising on billboards, radio, TV and other media (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Major Alcohol Association Briefs Congress On Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Lawsuit Alleges California Cops Stole Weed and Cash During Traffic Stops (Reason)

  • Instagram Shuts Down a Popular Cannabis Account—Repeatedly (The Stranger)

  • 'Cooking with cannabis' classes are teaching Marylanders how to make their own marijuana edibles (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Lawmakers Reach Compromise Over Controversial Hemp Legalization Felony Provision (Marijuana Moment)

  • Potential Big Tobacco Acquisition Causes Cannabis Company's Stock to Soar (Forbes)

  • Marijuana legalization is working; most American are on board (USA Today)

  • Why Has the Food Industry Become So Obsessed with CBD? (Munchies)

  • Cannabis In The Next Congress: Will Republicans Try To Steal The Spotlight? (Forbes)

  • The Cannabis Industry Is Scaling With The Help Of New Technologies (Forbes)

  • Rhode Island Republican House Leader Embraces Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

LSD

  • LSD Changes Something About The Way You Perceive Time (Tonic)

  • Welcome to the trip of your life: the rise of underground LSD guides (The Guardian)

  • Going Out on a High: the Doctor Advocating LSD for the Dying (OZY)

  • The World's First-Ever Acid Trip Actually Kinda Sucked (VICE)

  • I Microdosed LSD To Ease Depression And Gain Creative Clarity (HuffPost)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Study Finds Microdosing with Psilocybin Truffles Enhances Creativity (Psychedelic Times)

  • Oregon May Vote in 2020 to Legalize Psychedelic Mushrooms in Therapy (Fortune)

  • Couple sentenced in fatal stabbing over psychedelic mushrooms (Kitsap Sun)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Five US Sites Are Now Enrolling Patients for MDMA Clinical Trials (Futurism)

  • MDMA Boosts Social Bonding, Improves Cooperation (Medscape)

  • MDMA helping with PTSD and Autism (EDMTunes)

  • Ex-Grammar school student, 19, died after taking ecstasy in Spanish club where temperatures soared to 116F and water cost £20-a-pint (Daily Mail)

  • Man died of acute MDMA toxicity on the night of his 46th birthday (Independent.ie)

Ayahuasca/DMT/5-MeO-DMT

  • Indigenous Ayahuasca: What Can We Learn? (The Third Wave)

  • Sexual Assault and Gender Politics in Ayahuasca Traditions: A View from Brazil (Chacruna)

  • Ayahuasca Gave Me a Backstage Pass to the Theatre of Well-being (Kahpi)

  • 'Kentucky Ayahuasca': Chief Shaman of Aya Quest Steve Hupp reveals what drove him to offer therapy with the Schedule 1 drug: 'America needs this!' (Meaww)

  • I Took Ayahuasca at a Countryside Retreat and It Was as Profound as They Say It Is (VICE)

  • Returning to Ayahuasca after three years away — night 4 (Graham Hancock)

Iboga/Ibogaine

  • Psyched up: a visionary therapy or a trip into the unknown (NZ Herald)

Dissociatives

  • Can We Stop Suicides? (The New York Times)

  • Depression: Ketamine prevents loss of pleasure in primates (Medical News Today)

  • Fear mongering nitrous oxide is no laughing matter (AOD MEDIA WATCH)

  • Attorney: DC man took PCP before takeover of Metrobus that turned fatal (WTOP)

  • PCP-Crazed Man Exposes Himself In Woodbridge: Police (Patch)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Dark web dealers voluntarily ban deadly fentanyl (The Guardian)

  • This Drug Is 10 Times Stronger than Fentanyl But Still Safer than Cannabis, Says FDA (Civilized)

  • Opium poppy cultivation up 21% in two years to over 30,000 hectares (Mexico News Daily)

  • Why You May Be Denied Life Insurance For Carrying Naloxone (WBUR)

  • China agrees to make fentanyl a controlled substance after talks with US at G20 summit (CNN)

  • Don't keep naloxone kit in your car this winter, health advocate warns (CBC)

  • Study: Is equipping high schools with naloxone kits cost-effective? (Western Gazette)

  • Is America Ready For Prescription Heroin? (NPR)

  • Why would anyone cut heroin with fentanyl? It's cheap, these researchers say (NBC News)

  • For many teens, the battle with opioid addiction starts with wisdom teeth (Popular Science)

  • Heroin, fentanyl and the need for more opioid prescriptions, not fewer (Chicago Tribune)

  • America Has an Opium War. China Hadn’t Noticed (Bloomberg)

Cocaine

  • George H.W. Bush’s TV Crack Stunt Exemplified the Cruelty of His Drug Policies (Filter)

  • Dennis Quaid reveals that he used to use 2 grams of cocaine every day before getting clean (Fox News)

  • Cocaine hallucinations led to knifepoint kidnapping, woman tells investigators (The News Journal)

Absinthe

  • When absinthe was a clandestine affair (Swissinfo)

Kratom

  • How a Kratom Ban Will Create Health Risks and Suffering—and Fuel Terrorism (Filter)

  • The FDA's Scott Gottlieb Says Kratom Isn't Legal to Market in the US (HubPages)

  • FDA notes high levels of heavy metal in Kratom (AdvanceWeb)

  • The Many Colors of Kratom Explained (Kratom Guides)

Khat

  • The truth about what miraa does to your body (Hivisasa)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • We Need to Talk About Benzodiazepines—Including Their Use in Drug Combinations (Filter)

  • The Renaissance in Psychedelic Research (Taylor & Francis Online)

  • Psychedelic Retreats And The Future Of Mental Health: A Review (Forbes)

  • Alcohol-related deaths among UK women at highest rate in 10 years (The Guardian)

  • An Open Apology for Racist Language in the Women and Psychedelics Forum (Chacruna)

  • A Collective Open Apology for Response to Racist Language in the Women and Psychedelics Forum (Chacruna)

  • This Is How Coke, Ecstasy, and Meth Would Be Legally Sold (VICE)

  • Trump’s new top AG pick would be his daughter’s boss at Justice. (The Washington Post)

  • The Burgeoning Psychedelics Movement Still Excludes Women and People of Color (Filter)

  • People are dying, and Cuomo is stalling: We need Overdose Prevention Centers in New York now (New York Daily News)

  • Healing the Empire and Elevating the Underground: A Conversation with Rick Doblin (Psychedelic Times)

  • The Psychedelic Resistance (VICE)

  • Surgeon General: Federal drug classification needs changes (WBS Radio)

  • Fewer young people in treatment for drugs yet more admit to use (The Guardian)

  • Tory MP Ross Thomson mocked after falling for ‘obvious’ fake drug app prank (The Scotsman)

  • Going Underground (VICE)

  • The Forgotten Science of Shamanic Plant Whispering (Kahpi)

  • Pennsylvania Prosecutors Brought 186 Drug-Induced Homicide Charges in 2017 (Filter)

  • The Steady Rise of the Trippy Festival (VICE)

  • Artist Joe Roberts: 'The psychedelic experience is an incredible tool' (The Guardian)

  • Safety Guidelines for Guides, Psychedelic Integration Practitioners, and Other Leaders (Tam Integration)

  • This Veteran Is Beating PTSD with Psychedelics (MERRY JANE)

  • Small doses of psychedelics might help you solve problems (Science Focus)

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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Mentioned on the Road Work Podcast

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As a fan of the fantastic podcast Road Work, I was quite tickled to hear the hosts stumble across some of my work on Psychedelic Times during this week’s show as they were looking to find help with researching potential negative interactions between pharmaceutical drugs.

While I’m almost certainly not the right person to tell them about whether their Lamictal would interact poorly with their NAD+, because as they discovered, I tend to focus more on psychedelics, I did find a few drug interaction checkers that might help people trying to find information on potential negative interactions between multiple pharmaceutical drugs:

WebMD Drug Interaction Checker
RxList Drug Interaction Checker
Drugs.com Drug Interactions Checker

I spent a few minutes looking at those two particular drugs, and while Lamictal is available as an option, it didn’t look like NAD+ was on any of these checkers. But these interaction checkers can be used with other drugs, if that’s what you’re looking for. And I’d recommend asking your doctor about any potentially negative drug interactions as well.

At any rate, I was thrilled to find out that a high-caliber podcast like Road Work discussed my work on their show. If you haven’t checked them out before, I highly encourage you to give them a listen. Thanks John and Dan!

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