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This Week in Psychoactives - 5.17.19

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CANNABIS

  • Two Tiny Caribbean Islands Legalized Cannabis for Private and Adult Use (MERRY JANE)

  • Arkansas: Licensed Medical Cannabis Sales Begin (NORML)

  • Washington: Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law (NORML)

  • Alabama Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill (MERRY JANE)

  • Nebraska Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Jersey Voters, Not Lawmakers, Will Decide On Marijuana Legalization In 2020 (Marijuana Moment)

  • Leafly Study Debunks Dispensary Myths Around Crime & Teen Use (Leafly)

  • Illegal Marijuana Grows In Pacific Northwest Declined After Legalization, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Can CBD Really Do All That? (The New York Times)

  • Legalized ‘Light Cannabis’ Linked With Drop In Pharmaceutical Sales, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Grandmother arrested for CBD at Magic Kingdom hires Ben Crump, threatens lawsuit against cops and Disney (Orlando Sentinel)

  • Gov. Cuomo Bails on New York Cannabis Legalization (Leafly)

  • Serious Injuries From Domestic Violence Dropped After Marijuana Decriminalization, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • America’s Longest-Serving Marijuana Prisoner Released After 39 Years (MERRY JANE)

  • Joe Biden Endorses Marijuana Decriminalization And Rescheduling—But Not Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Half A Million Canadians Are Getting High at Work, According to New Report (MERRY JANE)

  • Detroit Will Pay Out $60,000 to Woman Whose Dogs Were Shot on a Marijuana Raid (Reason)

  • Texas Senate Unanimously Approves Hemp Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • No More Horsing Around: CBD Now Banned in Equestrian Competitions (MERRY JANE)

  • New Congressional Bill Aims To Resolve Marijuana Industry Border Issues (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis Study of Expecting Mothers Causes Social Media Controversy (Forbes)

  • Canada Is Seeing Its Fair Share of Dab Lab Explosions, Too (MERRY JANE)

  • Cannabis kombucha, gluten-free edibles: weed companies jump on wellness trends (The Guardian)

  • Oregon Senate Votes To Legalize Interstate Marijuana Imports And Exports (Marijuana Moment)

  • Doctors and Teachers in Utah Can Now Smoke Medical Marijuana Without Fear (MERRY JANE)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Steve Bullock Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Illinois Survey That Supposedly Shows Support for Legalizing Marijuana Is 'Dwindling' Actually Shows It Is Rising (Reason)

  • Medicinal cannabis users focus of new research (Scoop)

LSD

  • Jeopardy Contestants Are Getting Tested On Their Marijuana And LSD Knowledge (Marijuana Moment)

  • Inside the first placebo-controlled studies testing if microdosing LSD actually works (WIRED)

  • The Sad Tale of Frank Olson, the US Government's Hallucinogen Fall Man (Pacific Standard)

  • How LSD May Facilitate Communing With Nature (Medium)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Michael Pollan: Not So Fast on Psychedelic Mushrooms (The New York Times)

  • Denver Psilocybin Decriminalization Activist Pushes Back Against Michael Pollan’s Criticism (Marijuana Moment)

MDMA

  • Yorkshire police issue MDMA warning after death of 15-year-old girl (The Guardian)

5-MEO-DMT

  • A statement regarding the misinterpretation and misrepresentation of the study of 5-MeO-DMT (Psychedelics Today)

MESCALINE

  • The Fascinating History of Mescaline, the OG Psychedelic (VICE)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Canada Is Giving Prisoners Synthetic Weed, Not Real Medical Marijuana (MERRY JANE)

  • Synthetic cannabinoid alert system to be in place by end of year (Newsie)

OPIOIDS

  • Only One Major Ontario City Refuses to Let Police Carry Life-Saving Naloxone (VICE)

  • 5 More States Sue Purdue Pharma and Other Drugmakers Over the Opioid Epidemic (TIME)

  • Heroin Overdose Parties Are a Dehumanizing Myth (VICE)

  • A new study backs up a lifesaving approach to the opioid epidemic (Vox)

COCAINE

  • Global Drug Survey: Large Majority of Cocaine Users Would Pay More for Safer, “Fair Trade” Supply (Filter)

  • Study may help prevent relapse in cocaine use disorder patients (EurekAlert!)

  • Canada ranks second in the world for cocaine use (but feels conflicted about it): Report (National Post)

  • 'The cocaine trade is booming': 54% of Irish people who use cocaine want to cut down (TheJournal.ie)

  • Top health experts warn cocaine is ‘absolutely rampant’ in Ireland as Health Minster Simon Harris launches plans to tackle epidemic (The Sun)

METHAMPHETAMINE

CAFFEINE

  • How Much Coffee Is Too Much? Drinking 6 Cups In A Day Is Bad For The Heart, Study Shows (Study Finds)

  • This Cup of Joe Costs $75 and Is Being Touted as the World's Most Expensive Coffee (TIME)

TOBACCO

  • Maryland raises legal tobacco purchasing age to 21 (The Hill)

  • Campaign to raise minimum smoking age to 21 finds unlikely supporter: Big Tobacco (CNBC)

ALCOHOL

  • Psychedelic Drugs Can Help Alcoholics Stop Drinking, According To New Study (IFLScience)

  • Britons get drunk more often than 35 other nations, survey finds (The Guardian)

  • Doctors turn to alcohol, food and drugs to cope with work stress (The Guardian)

  • OU approves alcohol sales at sporting events (KTUL)

NOOTROPICS

  • The Majority Of People Are Fine With Brain Doping, As Long As You Don't Call It That (Forbes)

KHAT

  • New study shows chewing miraa bad for mental health (Tuko.co.ke)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Leading U.S. Prosecutors Visit Portugal To Learn About Drug Decriminalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Joe Biden once said a fence was needed to stop 'tons' of drugs from Mexico (CNN)

  • Elizabeth Warren Knows What It Will Take to End the Drug War (The Slot)

  • The Ethics of Taking the Drugs You Study (VICE)

  • Bolsonaro Cuts Harm Reduction, Escalates Drug War (Filter)

  • Queering Psychedelics conference aims to expand definitions, minds (48 Hills)

  • Number of Women Arrested for Drugs Increases at Four Times the Rate of Men (Filter)

  • Seeking a safe place: Vancouver’s story (The Boston Globe)

  • Magic Mushrooms, Psychedelics and Chronic Pain (Pain News Network)

  • Booker Bill Would Protect Students With Drug Convictions From Losing Federal College Aid (Marijuana Moment)

  • How the War on Drugs Kept Black Men Out of College (The Atlantic)

  • Lawmakers Schedule Psychedelic Decriminalization Hearing In Oakland (Forbes)

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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 - 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:


This Week in Psychoactives - 3.1.19

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CANNABIS

  • Vermont Senate Passes Marijuana Sales Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • San Francisco will remove more than 9,300 marijuana-related crimes from people’s records (Los Angeles Times)

  • THC found more important for therapeutic effects in cannabis than originally thought (Science Daily)

  • Portugal Rejects Recreational Cannabis, as Medical Becomes Legal (Talking Drugs)

  • Cory Booker just reintroduced a bill that would legalize weed (Roll Call)

  • Yeast produce low-cost, high-quality cannabinoids (Science Daily)

  • New Hampshire House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Multistate Cannabis Operators Facing Unique Challenges (Forbes)

  • Uh-Oh, California Could Run Out of Legal Cannabis by Summer (Leafly)

  • Denver just made a big change on social-use cannabis: It will be permanent (The Denver Post)

  • Marijuana Decriminalization Approved By Hawaii House Committee (Marijuana Moment)

  • Studies: Cannabis Exposure Not Associated With Significant Changes In Brain Morphology (NORML)

  • This ER doctor is about to launch the first marijuana breathalyzer, and it could completely upend how we do drug testing (Business Insider)

  • Maryland Sets Sights on Cannabis Bills—18 of Them (Leafly)

  • Florida Senator Wants To Let Voters Decide On Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Delaware: Attorney General Calls For Expanding Use Of Civil Penalties For Marijuana Violations (NORML)

  • This Anti-Vaping Bill Bans Everything But Edibles Indoors and Outdoors (Civilized)

  • GOP Congressman Files Bill To Protect Native American Tribes That Legalize Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Weston-super-Mare cannabis centre to show 'safe use' (BBC)

  • Federal Reserve Head Calls For Clarity On Marijuana Banking Issues (Marijuana Moment)

  • As Expected The UN Delays Voting On Cannabis (Forbes)

  • USDA Gives Farmers A Status Update On Hemp Legalization Plans (Marijuana Moment)

  • Rhode Island: Gov. Raimondo’s Proposed Marijuana Legalization Budget Plan (NORML)

  • Elizabeth Warren Talks Marijuana In New Hampshire Presidential Campaign Stop (Marijuana Moment)

  • Don't Expect A Big, National Cannabis Brand Anytime Soon (Forbes)

  • Oregon Lawmakers Weigh Bill Allowing Marijuana Lounges And Cannabis Business Tours (Marijuana Moment)

  • Legalized Cannabis Remains a Burning Topic for Employers (Workforce Management)

  • FDA Head Reveals New Details About Agency’s CBD Regulation Plans (Marijuana Moment)

  • Behind The Scenes With Cannabis Charities (Forbes)

  • Marijuana Tax Revenue Should Fund Subway Improvement, New York’s Cuomo And De Blasio Say (Marijuana Moment)

LSD

  • Bootsy Collins Explains How LSD Played A Role In His Split With James Brown’s Band (Live for Live Music)

  • Life inside notorious cult The Family where children were starved, tortured and given LSD is revealed by former member (The Scottish Sun)

  • A trip with the acid countess: Amanda Feilding and the medical case for drugs reform (New Statesmen)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

MDMA

  • Capsule v zip lock bag: How the law views the way party drugs are carried (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • What It’s Like to Treat a Psychopath with MDMA Therapy: Interview with Luna (Psychedelic Times)

  • Wedded Ecstasy: The Couples Using MDMA to Fix Their Marriages (Fatherly)

  • Brit died plunging into Amsterdam canal after taking MDMA and 'behaving strangely' (Daily Star)

  • Teen placed in juvenile facility for providing fatal dose of MDMA (The Intelligencer)

  • Homicide rap filed against boyfriend of Cebu teen who died of ecstasy overdose (ABS-CBN News)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • What is 2-CP, what does it do and where does it come from? (Mixmag)

  • Remembering the Great British Mephedrone Craze (VICE)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

KETAMINE

  • Ketamine Seems to Ease Depression. We’ll Soon See What Else It Does. (Bloomberg)

  • Psychedelic Afterlife? Researchers Determine Which Hallucinogenic 'Trip' is Most Similar to the Near-Death Experience (Daily Grail)

  • Ketamine is becoming increasingly popular under clubbers in the Netherlands (Rave Jungle)

  • Ontario clinic treating depression with ketamine (CTV News)

  • Old drug with racy history is a new suicide prevention weapon (Standard-Examiner)

PCP

  • PCP smoker gets prison time for assaulting ex-girlfriend and trying to set her apartment door on fire (Hartford Courant)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • Opium-Addicted Parrots Keep Raiding Poppy Farms in India (VICE)

  • Allegations Against the Maker of OxyContin Are Piling Up. Here’s What They Could Mean for the Billionaire Family Behind Purdue Pharma (TIME)

  • US Quietly Ends Anti-Opium Airstrikes Amid Taliban Peace Talks (Breitbart)

  • The Opioid Crisis Isn’t White (The New York Times)

  • “Mom, When They Look at Me, They See Dollar Signs” (Mother Jones)

  • Bus Driver Overdosing on Heroin Crashes Bus With 12 Students Aboard, Police Say (TIME)

  • FDA May Recommend Naloxone Be Co-Prescribed With Opioids (The Fix)

  • Carfentanil found in heroin siezed in Uxbridge (Worcester Telegram)

  • Naloxone in Maryland schools (WMDT)

  • Pain patients on opioids also are getting rescue drug naloxone to prevent overdose (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

COCAINE

  • Woman calls police, complains drug dealer sold her sugar instead of cocaine (Newshub)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • KTLA Anchor Chris Burrous Dies After Putting Crystal Meth In Anus (Hip-Hop Wired)

  • North Koreans reportedly use crystal meth as casually as cigarettes and are shipping the drug to China (INSIDER)

ALCOHOL

  • The Alcohol Crisis In America Has Been Overshadowed By Opioids, But Can No Longer Be Ignored (Forbes)

  • Mothers return to pre-pregnancy drinking within five years: study (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Arkansas county sells alcohol after 70-year ban (KLFY)

  • New bill would lower blood alcohol content limit for some drivers (ABC 13)

  • Smoking and alcohol: Double trouble for the brain? (Science Daily)

  • Online poll finds Chinese university students favour alcohol ban on campus (The Drinks Business)

  • India toxic alcohol: At least 130 tea workers dead from bootleg drink (BBC)

  • Liver transplants tied to alcohol use in the US doubled since 2002 (Health24)

  • Is alcohol consumption more helpful than harmful? It depends on your age (EurekAlert!)

  • Increasing alcohol limits in Utah beer gets Senate support (AP News)

NOOTROPICS

  • Nootropics Found to be Useful Memory Aid (The Avion)

KRATOM

  • Can You Drive on Kratom? Is It Safe To Drive After Taking Kratom? (Kratom Guides)

  • Poison reports related to herbal drug kratom soar, new study says (USA Today)

  • Is kratom nature’s answer to opioids? (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

  • Some patients use Kratom to fight opioid addiction (WESH)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Home Office gives green light to first drug testing clinic (The Guardian)

  • Is Scanning Inmates' Mail To Stop the Spread Of Drugs Legal? (The Fix)

  • Has the decade-old war on drugs in Asia succeeded? (Al Jazeera)

  • Psychedelic therapy — the metamorphosis of mental health care (Medium)

  • Legal Weed Did More to Stop Drug Smuggling Than Any Wall (Reason)

  • To Fight Addiction, Neronha Calls For Reclassifying Simple Drug Possession From Felony To A Misdemeanor (The Public's Radio)

  • Pharma execs offer Senate ideas to lower drug costs – except actually cutting prices (CNBC)

  • Joe Biden’s Drug War Record Is So Much Worse Than You Think (Leafly)

  • Peganum Harmala, the “Ayahuasca” of North Africa and Eurasia (Kahpi)

  • Climax Is The Scariest Movie About Drugs You Will Ever See (Refinery29)

  • Magic in the Margins: Interview with an Underground Psychedelic Therapist (Psychedelic Times)

  • New study claims microdosing improves focus and fights depression (Mixmag)

  • Psychedelics: A Historical Account of Use and Rejection (71 Republic)


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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This Week in Psychoactives - 1.4.19

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CANNABIS

  • Israeli Parliament Passes Bill Allowing Export Of Medical Marijuana (Forbes)

  • The New Congress Just Started And There’s Already A Bipartisan Marijuana Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Analysis Explores Relationship Between Medical Marijuana And Opioid Overdoses (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis 'twice as strong as a decade ago' (Sky News)

  • Study: Festival Attendees Use Different Drugs Based On Music Genre, But They All Love Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis Companies Expect Big Growth After Trump Legalizes Hemp (Forbes)

  • The Government Shutdown Is Preventing Farmers From Growing Hemp (Marijuana Moment)

  • New laws ban ‘fake weed,’ create certification requirement for pot workers (Chicago Sun-Times)

  • Federal Marijuana Prosecutions Are Dropping In Era Of Legalization, Chief Justice Reports (Marijuana Moment)

  • Public banking plan for California’s marijuana industry takes big hit (San Francisco Chronicle)

  • Terpenoids In Marijuana Also Help Reduce Inflammation, New Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • First study to track EU cannabis products finds increased price and potency (The GrowthOp)

  • New York Gov. Cuomo Pledges Marijuana Legalization In Inaugural Address (Marijuana Moment)

  • Protecting Your IP Is (No Surprise) Even Harder in the Cannabis Business (San Antonio Express-News)

  • What Makes a Hotel 420-Friendly? Portland's Jupiter Hotel Might Have the Answer (Civilized)

  • Where Presidential Contender Elizabeth Warren Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • 2018: The Year Politicians Realized People Love Cannabis Reform (Forbes)

  • Will a New Democratic Congress Help Make Marijuana Dreams a Reality? (Civilized)

  • Top New Hampshire Lawmaker Says Marijuana Could Be Legalized Despite Governor's Opposition (Forbes)

  • A Portland Inventor Has Come Up with a Crazy New Cannabis Device That Turns Any Pipe into a Vaporizer (Willamette Week)

  • Medical Marijuana Protected Under Democrats' Spending Bill, But DC Blocked From Legalizing Sales (Forbes)

  • Oregon Marijuana Could Be Exported Across State Lines Under Proposed Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think (The Wall Street Journal)

  • DEA Says It’ll Get Around To Approving Marijuana Cultivator Applications… Eventually (Marijuana Moment)

  • Ex-top cop Bratton says legalizing weed would be 'opening up Pandora's box' (New York Daily News)

  • 15 Of The Best Marijuana-Related Tweets From Politicians In 2018 (Marijuana Moment)

Magic Mushrooms

  • Psychedelic Mushroom Supporters Push For Oregon Legalization — With Caveats (OPB)

AYAHUASCA

  • They See Me Pourin’, They Hatin’: Interview with Kentucky Ayahuasca Shaman Steve Hupp (Psychedelic Times)

  • A practical guide to starting a spiritual journey, like reiki and ayahuasca (Quartz)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • ESR offers testing in fight against synthetic drugs (Scoop)

  • 'Monkey dust' users are turning to drug as 'cheap alternative' to heroin and cocaine (Staffordshire Live)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • New law bans synthetic cannabinoids in Illinois (WICS)

  • Parc Prison inmate who became delirious because of the drug spice hanged himself in shower room (WalesOnline)

  • What you must do if you see someone who has taken zombie drug spice (Hull Daily Mail)

KETAMINE

  • I Battled Depression for 20 Years and This Is the Treatment that Finally Worked (Reader's Digest)

  • 5 Things to Know About Ketamine for Depression (MedShadow)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • US National Trends in Pediatric Deaths From Prescription and Illicit Opioids, 1999-2016 (JAMA Network)

  • In Rehab, 'Two Warring Factions': Abstinence vs. Medication (The New York Times)

  • Adamis Pharmaceuticals (ADMP) Submits NDA for Naloxone Pre-Filled Syringe (StreetInsider)

  • Her husband invented naloxone, her son died from overdose, now she advocates for harm reduction (CBC)

  • The opioid epidemic is a disease of the spirit (The Laconia Daily Sun)

COCAINE

  • Deaths from opioid-cocaine cocktails have surged since 2010 (Washington Examiner)

  • Colombia coca production: US 'deeply concerned' by rise (BBC)

  • Brit who snorted cocaine off Pablo Escobar's grave receives death threats (Mirror)

KRATOM

KHAT

  • Embu miraa farmers fight tag of khat variety as bhang (The Standard)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Saudi Arabia Begins 2019 with Three Executions for Drug Offences (TalkingDrugs)

  • The Big Trip: How psychedelic drugs are changing lives and transforming psychiatry (CBC)

  • A Journey of the Mind and Soul | Alan Badiner on Buddhism and Psychedelics (VICE)

  • Overdoses, Riots, and Escapes Roil a Rural Kentucky Jail (The Appeal)

  • New ‘Church’ Wants To Save Lives — By Offering A Safe Place To Shoot Up (HuffPost)

  • Psychedelic Stories (The Third Wave)

  • From Facebook: Harahan police would like to test the public’s crystal meth (WAFB)

  • 'Dangerous orange pill' prompts Australia festival warning (BBC)

  • What's really inside illegal New Year's party drugs - horrific cocktail revealed (Mirror)

  • Editorial: Testing drugs for safety can send the wrong message (New Zealand Herald)

  • I-Team: As 'Microdosing' Explodes in Popularity, New Look at Benefits, Side Effects of Daily Psychedelics Use (NBC New York)


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This Week in Psychedelics - 8.31.18

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Cannabis

  • Inside The Trump Administration’s Secret War On Weed (BuzzFeed News)
  • Delaware: Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law (NORML)
  • Medicinal cannabis cultivation licence issued to East Coast business for first time (Newshub)
  • Alarmed By Large Marijuana Purchases, Oregon Imposes Strict Temporary Limits (Marijuana Moment)
  • Lawmakers In US Territory Send Marijuana Legalization Bill To Governor (Marijuana Moment)
  • US Lawmakers Discuss Marijuana Legalization With New Mexican President’s Team (Marijuana Moment)
  • Whole-Plant Marijuana ‘Entourage Effect’ Helps Patients More Than Purified CBD, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)
  • 'Cannabis-Involved' Traffic Fatalities Fall in Colorado (Reason)
  • Clean Slate Act To Seal Records Introduced To Congress (NORML)
  • GOP Senator Pushes Back Against White House Anti-Marijuana Plans (Marijuana Moment)
  • The White House Allegedly Has A Marijuana Smear Squad. Cannabis Experts Say Bring It On. (Forbes)
  • Pediatrician Report Says Risk of Marijuana Use During Pregnancy Remains Uncertain (Reason)
  • Canadian Voters Are Way More Worried About Donald Trump Than Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)
  • Woman Charged for ‘Gifting’ Weed, Which Is Totally Legal in Massachusetts (Reason)
  • Almost Half of Wisconsin Voters Will See Marijuana Ballot Questions In November (Marijuana Moment)
  • Pot Topics: Illinois opioid patients may soon have medical cannabis alternative (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Push To Legalize Marijuana Consumption Spaces In Oregon Kicks Off (Marijuana Moment)
  • 23andMe Data Suggests Cannabis Use Can Be Inherited—and Linked to Schizophrenia (Fortune)
  • Brain scans show how cannabis extract may help people with psychosis (The Guardian)
  • Vermont Democratic Party Calls For Marijuana Legalization Expansion (Marijuana Moment)
  • Burners are stopping at Nevada's pot shops, taking the risk (Reno Gazette Journal)
  • Where Florida’s Gubernatorial Candidates Stand On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)
  • Big Alcohol moves in to dominate the cannabis market (Rooster Magazine)
  • New York Lawmakers Announce Four Marijuana Legalization Hearings This Fall (Marijuana Moment)
  • N.J. to resume minor marijuana prosecutions, but AG asks for discretion (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • Cannabis Marketers Try To Crack The Compliance Code (Forbes)
  • State Financial Regulators Push Congress To Fix Marijuana Banking Problems (Marijuana Moment)
  • A Look At The Limitless Possibilities Of Drinkable Cannabis (Forbes)
  • Cannabis in Spiritual Practice: Celebration of the Life Force (Reality Sandwich)
  • Why Kim Kardashian's Favorite Hair Care Company Cancelled Its Line of CBD Products (Reason)
  • Elizabeth Warren Falsely Claims She Endorsed Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)
  • Cannabis Entrepreneurs Ask For More 'Science' (Forbes)
  • Cannabis And Cancer (Psychedelic Heaven)
  • Why is Homegrown Cannabis Federally Illegal? (Forbes)
  • No, CVS Pharmacy Is Not Entering The California Marijuana Business (Marijuana Moment)
  • With A Wave Of Consolidation, The Cannabis Industry Rises To The Next Level (Forbes)
  • Is Aurora Cannabis Inc. a Buy? (The Motley Fool)
  • Will Canadian Cannabis Producer Aphria Join The M&A Bandwagon? (Forbes)

LSD

  • LSD Administered as a Single Dose Reduces Alcohol Consumption in C57BL/6J Mice (Frontiers in Pharmacology)
  • On LSD at a 'Rainbow Gathering,' man strangled woman and bit someone's finger off (Bring Me The News)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic Mushrooms Break on Through to Biosynthetic Reality (GEN)
  • FDA Approves Landmark Psilocybin Trial for Treatment-Resistant Depression (MD Magazine)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Dutch ecstasy, amphetamine production among world's largest (Deutsche Welle)
  • Mum's horrific warning as 14-year-old son 'left to die' in street after taking 'MDMA' (Scottish Daily Record)

Ayahuasca/DMT/5-MeO-DMT

  • Study Investigates Near-Death Experiences and Dimethyltryptamine (Psychedelic Times)
  • Why Some Meth and DMT Users Are Using Vapes (VICE)
  • British teen died after drinking ayahuasca with Colombian tribe (New York Post)
  • Ayahuasca Freed Me From Chronic Depression and Suicidal Thoughts (Reset.me)
  • 'Patients Say Ayahuasca Is Like a Reboot for the Brain' (Haaretz)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Spice should be upgraded to Class A drug, say police and crime commissioners (The Independent)
  • 'Fake MDMA' that keeps users awake for three days found in London for first time (Metro)
  • 'UPS' pills being sold as MDMA can cause "extreme anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations" (Mixmag)

Dissociatives

  • Ketamine May Ease Depression By Acting Like an Opioid, Study Suggests (TIME)
  • Ketamine Offers Hope For Chronic Depression But Is Hard To Obtain (Ladybud)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Huge North Carolina Fentanyl Bust Turns Out To Be 13 Pounds of Sugar (Reason)
  • Mexicans Urge Legalizing Poppies to Weaken Drug Cartels (Latin American Herald Tribune)
  • Mexico Congress receives initiative to legalize opium poppy (The Yucatan Times)
  • Opioid crisis: breakthrough in hunt for non-addictive painkiller (The Guardian)
  • Fentanyl for sale to UK users through Chinese websites (The Guardian)
  • Beijing rejects Trump's claims that China is behind fentanyl crisis (CNN)
  • Dozens sickened after exposure to heroin, fentanyl at Ohio, Pennsylvania prisons (NBC News)

Kratom

  • Kratom proponents act as feds push to make it a controlled substance (KNOE)
  • CU Kratom Critic: "We Don't Know If It Works or What the Proof Is" (Westword)
  • Benefits and advantages of kratom powder (Augusta Free Press)

Kava

  • Kava bar workers find a new home after striking out at Bushwick tea room (amNY)

Khat

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Study finds religion influences how you experience psychedelic drugs (PsyPost)
  • Prison officials are blaming inmate letters soaked in K2 for making guards sick (VICE News)
  • Psychedelic Psychotherapy Is Coming: Who Will Be Included? (Psychology Today)
  • The overdose crisis, beyond opioids: Stimulants remain a huge and growing problem to smartly confront (New York Daily News)
  • Here’s What Happens When a Few Dozen People Take Small Doses of Psychedelics (The Atlantic)
  • Why Psychedelic Drugs Are Entering The World Of Psychiatry (GQ)
  • The hidden world of underground psychedelic psychotherapy in Australia (ABC News)
  • Beyond Psychedelics — Why Respectful Integration is the Key to Transformative Experiences (Live Learn Evolve)
  • Fight Drug Abuse, Don't Subsidize It (The New York Times)
  • Duterte's Deadly Drug War Targets a Catholic Priest (Reason)

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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