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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:


This Week in Psychoactives - 4.19.19

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CANNABIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Marijuana legalization is very popular (Vox)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Be an Ethical Weed Consumer (Lifehacker)

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

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

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

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

LSD

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

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

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

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

MDMA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AYAHUASCA

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

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

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

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

5-MEO-DMT

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

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

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

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

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

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

NITROUS OXIDE

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

KETAMINE

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

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

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

PCP

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

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

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COCAINE

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

CAFFEINE

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

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

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

TOBACCO

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

  • Sacramento city council bans flavored tobacco products (KCRA)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALCOHOL

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

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

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

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

NOOTROPICS

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

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

KRATOM

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

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

KAVA

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

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

MISCELLANEOUS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Plant medicines in indigenous cultures (The Psychedelic Scientist)

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

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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 - 4.12.19

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CANNABIS

  • Israel Decriminalizes Adult Use Cannabis During CannaTech Conference In Tel Aviv (Forbes)

  • FDA Is Taking Public Comments On CBD. Here’s How To Make Your Voice Heard (Marijuana Moment)

  • Police across the UK are given green light to let cannabis users off scot-free and suggest they get treatment instead of punishment (Daily Mail)

  • Alex Berenson and the Last Anti-Cannabis Crusade (The New Republic)

  • Georgia: Lawmakers Advance Bill To Regulate Low-THC Oil Production (NORML)

  • Mother of girl with epilepsy has supply of medical cannabis confiscated (The Guardian)

  • New York City: Lawmakers Advance Bills Limiting Drug Testing for Cannabis as a Condition of Employment, Probation (NORML)

  • Nova Scotia Woman Plans Constitutional Challenge of Roadside Cannabis Test (Leafly)

  • Hawaii Senate Committee Approves Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Senate Bill Would Let Marijuana Businesses Store Profits In Banks (Forbes)

  • California bill to block home delivery of cannabis sidelined for year (Los Angeles Times)

  • Another Connecticut Committee Approves Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Will the European legal cannabis industry prosper? (Health Europa)

  • GOP Congressman’s Bill Would Let Medical Marijuana Patients Possess Guns (Marijuana Moment)

  • Mergers And Acquisitions Light Up The Cannabis Sector (Forbes)

  • Indiana Lawmakers Amend Hemp Bill To Allow Smokeable Flower (Marijuana Moment)

  • People of Color Were Targeted by the War on Drugs. They Must Benefit from Marijuana Legalization (Newsweek)

  • Can Cannabis Help You Get Off Adderall? (Civilized)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Tim Ryan Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis stocks lower as investors await the fate of the States Act (MarketWatch)

LSD

  • ‘SNL’ Introduces a Hilarious Film Critic Who Sees Movies on Acid So You Don’t Have To (IndieWire)

  • T.C. Boyle’s new novel takes a trip with LSD evangelist Timothy Leary (Los Angeles Times)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • China Enters Magic Mushroom Industry – Wuhan, MJMedTech, and M2BIO (Psilocybin Technology)

  • Psilocybin-assisted mindfulness training modulates self-consciousness and brain default mode network connectivity with lasting effects (ScienceDirect)

  • Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee Is Open To Decriminalizing Psychedelic Mushrooms (Marijuana Moment)

  • Seth Rogen Talks About Taking Magic Mushrooms At Cirque du Soleil (Marijuana Moment)

  • I went to a chic fundraiser for Denver's psilocybin mushroom vote (Rooster Magazine)

  • The return of the 'stoned ape' theory (Big Think)

  • Sacred Mushrooms of the Mazatec Tradition: Transforming the Inner Landscape of the Human Psyche (Chacruna)

  • How Psilocybin Reset My Suicidal Thoughts And Taught Me To Love Myself (Reset.me)

MDMA

  • Inside an Innovative Study of MDMA Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder (Filter)

  • MDMA helps adult mice socialize like their adolescent selves (Quartz)

  • Cate Faehrmann: Why a lawmaker admitted to taking MDMA (BBC)

  • Teenager dies after taking six times the 'safe' level of Ecstasy (Your EDM)

  • 'She didn't get the chance to learn from her mistake': Father's anguish after his daughter, 18, died from her first hit of liquid ecstasy - as he reveals the tragic final words she spoke to him (Daily Mail)

  • Illinois man dies after taking ecstasy; parents now educate others on dangers of drug (WTKR)

  • Psychedelic Drug MDMA May Help Treat PTSD (Tech Times)

AYAHUASCA

  • Translating Ayahuasca Shamanism and Western Medicine (Kahpi)

  • Global Ayahuasca Community Joins Together to Defend Ceremony Leader (Talking Drugs)

5-MEO-DMT

  • Study: 5-MeO-DMT May Rapidly Improve Anxiety and Depression (Reset.me)

PEYOTE

IBOGA

  • Dutch natural healer gets 8 years for death of Swedish woman (NL Times)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • Ireland: Controversial ban on new psychoactive substances succeeds in reducing health problems (Scottish Legal News)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • State forensics lab identifying new synthetic cannabinoids (WLOX)

  • A Bunch of Dutch People Smoked Fake Weed for Science (Civilized)

  • Leeds outreach workers devise revolutionary treatment for Spice addiction (Leeds Live)

NITROUS OXIDE

KETAMINE

  • Ketamine May Relieve Depression By Repairing Damaged Brain Circuits (NPR)

  • Thai boys trapped in cave were sedated with ketamine (The Independent)

  • Ketamine vs. Esketamine for Depression (Psychology Today)

  • Emily Atack reveals she was offered ketamine in a nightclub toilet...as she recalls losing her knickers after an all night romp after the BRIT Awards (Daily Mail)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • DOJ Charges UK Firm With Conspiracy, Fraud Over Opioid Withdrawal Drug Suboxone Film (Gizmodo)

  • After three years of controversy, CDC clarifies its opioid prescribing guidelines (STAT)

  • More than 10,300 Canadians lost their lives to opioids in less than 3 years (CBC)

  • Poppy Cultivation and Potential Opium Production in Afghanistan (The White House)

  • In poll season, Punjab debates legalising poppy seed and opium farming (Down To Earth Magazine)

  • Public urged to keep free naloxone overdose kits on hand (The London Free Press)

  • Family Dog Survives Eating Five Bags of Heroin (The Epoch Times)

  • Naloxone available at UNT pharmacy without a prescription (North Texas Daily)

  • Alabama school staff trains to administer naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses (CBS News)

  • Forcing treatment and tying the hands of physicians won’t solve the opioid crisis (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Big Pharma’s Millions Won’t Solve the Opioid Crisis (Tonic)

  • Rajasthan farmers caught in ‘opium crisis’ (The Times of India)

  • How eating four slices of multigrain bread at a airport lounge led a fly-in-fly-out miner to failing a drugs test - and him stood down from his job (Daily Mail)

  • Hanover deputy released from hospital following possible fentanyl exposure (WWBT)

COCAINE

  • The United States' 'War on Drugs' Really Did Make Things Worse, New Research Finds (ScienceAlert)

  • Heather Yakin: Cocaine making comeback with new, lethal forms (Times Herald-Record)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Meth Mania: From Biker Gangs to the Psych Ward, How Speed Came of Age in California (KQED)

  • Family's dog tests positive for meth, molly after walk in park (WKRG)

CAFFEINE

TOBACCO

  • Illinois Becomes First State in Midwest to Adopt 'Tobacco 21' (NBC Chicago)

  • Delaware House approves raising age to buy tobacco products (Delaware Online)

  • Iowa Senate bill would increase age to buy all tobacco, vape products from 18 to 21 (KGAN TV)

  • Temple University takes major step in becoming tobacco-free: 'It's incredibly important' (KYW Newsradio 1060)

  • Texas could soon increase the legal age to buy tobacco, though active military members might be exempt (The Texas Tribune)

ALCOHOL

  • Alcohol use disorder: Brain damage may progress despite sobriety (Medical News Today)

  • No, moderate drinking can't protect against stroke. It actually increases risk, study says (USA Today)

  • There's new evidence for why we get the 'drunchies' after a night of heavy drinking (INSIDER)

  • Penn study finds genetic differences between heavy drinkers and alcoholics (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

  • A gene linked to alcohol habits may influence who you choose to marry (New Scientist)

  • Ethiopia passes tough law regulating alcohol sales, adverts (Africanews)

  • Proposed Federal Alcohol Labeling Revisions Retain Constitutionally Suspect Review Standards (Forbes)

  • The Big Number: 17.6 million Americans suffer from alcoholism (The Washington Post)

  • Australian Instagram personalities found to be under influence of alcohol industry (The Guardian)

  • First-Ever Female Libido Pill Gets Relief on Alcohol Warning (Bloomberg)

  • Lawmaker aims to lower blood alcohol limit (WIVB)

  • Does Red Wine Help You Live Longer? Here's What the Science Says (TIME)

  • April is National Alcohol Awareness Month (Marietta Daily Journal)

KRATOM

  • An Herbal Drug Called Kratom Has Been Linked to Almost 100 Overdose Deaths, the CDC Reports (TIME)

  • Castle Rock steps out front on regulating kratom, the popular but controversial herbal extract (The Denver Post)

  • Oregon Lawmakers Could Pass a Law Regulating Kratom (The Portland Mercury)

  • Kratom ban pushed by Pa. parents of son who fatally OD’d on ‘herbal heroin’ (PennLive.com)

  • FDA Report Finds Heavy Metals in Kratom – Is It Really That Bad? (Kratom Guides)

  • Northeast Mississippi counties continue conversation on Kratom (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)

  • 'Kratom literally saved my life' (WGRZ)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • The World’s Biggest Dark Net Market Has Shut – What Next? (VICE)

  • Sciencing the mystical: the trickery of the psychedelic trip report (Taylor and Francis)

  • California tests if addiction treatment can be incorporated into primary care (Politico)

  • Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Walks Back Pledge To Pardon All Non-Violent Drug Offenders (Marijuana Moment)

  • Rejected Depression Drug Could Provide Relief For Opioid Withdrawal (The Fix)

  • Inside the Legal Struggle Over Safe Consumption Spaces (Filter)

  • The new science of psychedelics: How hallucinogens provide a tool for changing our minds (AlterNet)

  • Psychedelic Plants in a Time of Ecological Crisis (Adventures Through The Mind)

  • How drugs got on the metric system (Rooster Magazine)

  • To Address Addiction, Confront Racism in Our Health and Justice Systems (Filter)

  • Proposal to allow needle exchanges statewide heads to House floor (Tampa Bay Times)

  • How Helpful—Or Harmful—Are Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs? (Filter)

  • Overdose prevention sites can help cities like Philadelphia save lives (STAT)

  • Psychedelic Research and You. Well, Maybe, not You (Chacruna)

  • Vindictive Drug-Induced Homicide Charges Are Set to Surge in Chicago (Filter)

  • LSD, shrooms, and psychiatry: Penn summit highlights clinical applications of psychedelics (The Daily Pennsylvanian)

  • Law enforcement are not drug experts (AOD Media Watch)

  • Playlist for Psychedelic Restoration (Tam Integration)

  • How Open Relationships and Psychedelics Have Shaped This Entrepreneur's Mindset (Entrepreneur)

  • Acetaminophen crisis bigger than opioid epidemic? (Drug WarRant)

  • There’s a way to stem the increase in HIV infections (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Microdosing psychedelics may improve mood and productivity (ZME Science)

  • Psychedelic club emphasizes benefits of shrooms (Rocky Mountain Collegian)


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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 Psychedelics - 11.16.18

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Cannabis

  • Will 2019 be the Year of Federal Marijuana Law Reform? (The Marijuana Times)

  • Thai lawmakers back legalizing medical marijuana (Associated Press)

  • Study Finds CBD Alleviates Psychotic Disorder Symptoms (Psychedelic Times)

  • Pot approved for research, medical use (Bangkok Post)

  • Medical cannabis: Death sentence prompts Malaysia to re-think harsh laws (BBC)

  • Why Women Support Legal Marijuana Less Than Men, According To A New Study (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Complicated Relationship Between IP Law & Cannabis (IPWatchdog)

  • Marijuana Use Doesn’t Affect Outcome Of Kidney Transplants, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Will Michigan law push Indiana toward cannabis? (South Bend Tribune)

  • Mitch McConnell Guarantees Industrial Hemp Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Why people love CBD — the cannabis product that won't get you high (CNBC)

  • If Chris Christie Becomes Attorney General, Pot Advocacy Could be Set Ablaze (Reason)

  • VA Will Explore Medical Marijuana, But Only If Federal Law Changes, Secretary Says (Marijuana Moment)

  • A cannabis Coke and a smile? Colorado companies hoping to tap infused beverage craze (The Denver Post)

  • Here’s Where The Next House Speaker Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Canada: officials urge action to keep edible marijuana away from children (The Guardian)

  • Legal Marijuana Would Generate Hundreds Of Millions For Illinois, New Analysis Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Congress: New House Rules Chairman Pledges To Allow Floor Votes On Marijuana-Related Amendments (NORML)

  • The Feds Want Researchers To Study ‘Minor’ Cannabinoids And Terpenes In Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • If This Bill Passes, Possessing Pot in Texas Will Be Treated Less Harshly Than Distributing Straws in San Francisco (Reason)

  • Bipartisan Lawmakers Introduce Three Medical Marijuana Bills For Veterans (Marijuana Moment)

  • Local Officials From Across US Call For Federal Marijuana Rescheduling (Marijuana Moment)

  • Police drugs lead 'impressed' by cannabis clubs (BBC)

  • The DEA Just Got Scolded Over Its Marijuana Eradication Program (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis and the brain: Recent studies shed new light (Medical News Today)

  • The Feds Are Hiring Professional Marijuana Joint Rollers…Kind Of (Marijuana Moment)

  • For a Buck and Sometimes a Buzz, Brewers Are Putting Cannabis Into Cans (The New York Times)

  • Feds Seek New Growers To Produce Thousands Of Kilograms Of Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Texas NORML: Midterm Elections and the 86th Texas Legislature (NORML)

  • Indiana NORML: Midterm Elections Shakeup State Legislature (NORML)

  • Here’s How Much Legal Marijuana Supporters And Opponents Spent Per Vote In Last Week’s Election (Marijuana Moment)

  • Could Pot Help Solve The Opioid Crisis? (BuzzFeed News)

  • Michelle Obama Talks Smoking Marijuana In New Memoir (Marijuana Moment)

  • The UK's Biggest Legal Weed Producer Has Ignited Fresh Criticism (VICE)

  • Cali judge protects right to grow cannabis (The Leaf Online)

  • Holiday Gift Guide 2018: The Ultimate Luxury List For Cannabis Connoisseurs (Forbes)

  • American cannabis expert warns UK government ‘relax laws or be left behind’ (Metro)

  • ‘Walking Dead’ Actor Raises Money For Kids Who Use Medical Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Alfie Dingley: Mum's fresh medicinal cannabis campaign (BBC)

  • Texas Lawmaker Files Marijuana Decriminalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Is the stigma of cannabis preventing more seniors from using it? (WTVF)

  • Mormon Church Faces Potential Lawsuit Over Medical Marijuana Opposition (Marijuana Moment)

  • NORML Chapters Participate in Las Vegas’ First Business-to-Consumer Cannabis Conference (NORML)

  • TV Stations Pulled Anti-Legalization Ads Ahead Of Midterm Marijuana Votes, Advocates Say (Marijuana Moment)

  • Here's What Marijuana Stock Aurora Cannabis Is Saying About Its Future (The Motley Fool)

  • Colorado Governor Touts Marijuana Legalization’s Benefits (Marijuana Moment)

LSD

  • Throwback Thursday: Understanding “South Pacific” With a Little Help from LSD (Dope Magazine)

  • Man ‘gouged’ PCSO’s face while on LSD at Bexhill party (Bexhill-on-Sea Observer)

  • Navy Sailors Dealing LSD in Nuclear Reactor Department of Aircraft Carrier (Citizen Truth)

  • Drug with therapeutic effect: How LSD affects the brain (Infosurhoy)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Psilocybin Could Be Legal for Therapy by 2021 (Rolling Stone)

  • FDA Gives Stamp of Approval for Clinical Psilocybin Trials (Psychedelic Times)

  • Driver on psychedelic mushrooms crashed vehicle on Beltine, walked into traffic, police say (Channel 3000)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • How long will it be until we see the legalisation of MDMA? (The Student)

  • Teenage boy with epilepsy died after secretly taking MDMA on night out (Metro)

  • Girl, 18, died 'after taking "double-strength" ecstasy at Mutiny music festival' (Mirror)

  • Woman, 29, died after taking heroin, ecstasy and cocaine in strip club (Metro)

Ayahuasca/DMT/5-MeO-DMT

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • In The Only State Where Selling Peyote Is Legal, The Cactus Is Threatened And Still Controversial (Texas Public Radio)

Iboga/Ibogaine

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • ‘Testing prisoners for cannabis led to the Spice epidemic,’ says former government adviser (talkRADIO)

Dissociatives

  • Hospital Injected Intoxicated Woman with Ketamine, Enrolled Her in Clinical Trial Without Consent, Lawsuit Says (Newsweek)

  • ‘It’s the PCP’: Man wearing only a towel arrested at shopping center (FOX2Now.com)

  • Ketamine For Depression (Healthy Magazine)

  • Man accused of causing deadly crash was high on PCP, officials say (KOCO)

  • Judge rules woman accused of setting fatal Springfield fire was too high on PCP to confess (MassLive.com)

Opiates/Opioids

  • As if heroin weren’t dangerous enough, it may come with lead poisoning (Ars Technica)

  • 'Dozens' of underground heroin-injection sites operating now in King County (KIRO)

  • Some pharmacies fail to offer easy access to naloxone, or to stock it, despite anti-opioid initiatives (STAT)

  • The Hell of Getting Methadone When You’re Away from Home (Tonic)

  • Philly may require all pharmacies to stock overdose-reversal drug naloxone (WHYY)

  • Growing concern for 'pink death' drug and pure fentanyl (KMSP)

  • Why Some Pharmacies Still Fail To Carry Naloxone (The Fix)

  • Life After Heroin Is Beautiful and Boring (VICE)

  • Find Out the Rate of Opioid-Related Overdoses in Your Town (NBC Chicago)

  • Toronto man sounds alarm about 'drastic need' for naloxone training to battle opioid overdoses (CBC)

  • Viewpoint: Big Pharma didn't drive up the cost of naloxone, 'opportunity has' (Becker's Hospital Review)

Kratom

  • Kratom herbal supplement may cause withdrawal symptoms in newborns (MyNDNow.com)

  • HHS recommended that the DEA make kratom a Schedule I drug, like LSD or heroin (STAT)

  • The U.S. May Ban Kratom. But Are its Effects Deadly or Lifesaving? (Discover Magazine)

  • A ruling is imminent on the legality of a controversial drug that's used to treat addiction — but some have called it a 'dangerous opioid' (Business Insider)

  • Kratom for Fitness, Pre-Workout & Bodybuilding (Kratom Guides)

  • Kratom Plants & Kratom Seeds for Sale Online (Kratom Guides)

Kava

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • The DEA and ICE are hiding surveillance cameras in streetlights (Quartz)

  • Egypt MP Proposes Law to Decriminalise All Drug Use (Talking Drugs)

  • Teenagers boil sanitary pads to get high (The Jakarta Post)

  • My Relationships With Drugs Vary Wildly: We Must Recognize Spectrums (Filter)

  • Drug-Law Violations Account for Over a Quarter of Women Incarcerated in the US (Filter)

  • Greece Health Ministry Plans Drug Consumption Rooms (Talking Drugs)

  • Secret CIA Document Shows Plan to Test Drugs on Prisoners (ACLU)

  • Psychedelic Ethics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Psymposia)

  • Is Psychedelic Science Reaching A Breaking Point? (The Third Wave)

  • Microdosers Are More Creative With Happier Emotions, Study Finds (VICE)

  • The Psychedelic Renaissance Will Be Decided By Access (Chacruna)

  • Get Up, Stand Up, Speak Up (Psymposia)

  • What It's Like to Run the Biggest Drug Encyclopedia in the World (VICE)

  • A New Documentary Shows How Vets Are Using Weed and Ayahuasca to Treat PTSD (Tonic)

  • Ayahuasca for PTSD: Interview with "From Shock to Awe" Producer Janine Sagert (Reality Sandwich)

  • This comedian tried to explain what drugs feel like and it went strangely (Rooster Magazine)

  • Competitive Psychedelic Users Are Chasing 'Ego Death' and Losing Their Sense of Self (VICE)

  • The Global Drug Survey wants to have an honest conversation about your drug habits (Time Out)

  • Can Psychedelics “Cure” Gay People? (Chacruna)

  • The Life and High Times of Psychedelic Bard, Terence McKenna (Kahpi)

  • Oiling the Hinges of the Doors of Perception – Microdosing with Psychedelics (Beckley Foundation)

  • Service workers say supervised injection facilities could cut restroom overdoses (Business Insider)

  • The Island: Recovering Self, Culture and Place through Plant Medicine (Chacruna)

  • Personal drug use should be decriminalized, addictions expert says (CBC)

  • Chris Selley: On safe injection sites, why can't conservatives just let people not die? (National Post)

  • Confirmation Bias And Misreporting Plague Psychedelic Research (The Ticker)

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

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This Week in Psychedelics - 3.16.18

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Cannabis

  • Ongoing Study Looks at the Efficacy of Cannabis-Based Treatments for PTSD (Psychedelic Times)
  • Study: Marijuana Decriminalization Leads To Decreased Arrests, No Increase In Youth Use (NORML)
  • Jamaica Welcomes Its First Legal Cannabis Retailer (Leafly)
  • Is cannabis the answer to older people's booze problems? (The Guardian)
  • 5 Ways New York City Can Reform Its Outrageous Cannabis Policy (Leafly)
  • First Nations of Canada Petitioning For Cut of Cannabis Tax Revenue (High Times)
  • Why Coffee Could Be the Opposite of Cannabis (Live Science)
  • Could Cannabis Replace Traditional Labor Medications? (High Times)
  • Legal Marijuana Is A Boon To The Economy, Finds Study (Forbes)
  • United Nations Report Scolds Countries for Cannabis Legalization (Leafly)
  • New Jersey Governor Doubles Down on Marijuana Legalization (NORML)
  • Exercise and cannabis combine at Colorado gym (WREG)
  • Iowa gets 21 applications for medical cannabis dispensaries (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • This Woman Created A Cannabis Marketplace For The Design-Minded Stoner (HuffPost)
  • Hollyweed: fledgling cannabis industry struggles to woo the stars (The Guardian)
  • TV Personality Montel Williams to Speak About Medical Cannabis at New York Event (Multiple Sclerosis News Today)
  • New Oakland ordinance blocks cannabis businesses from evicting residents (East Bay Times)
  • Puff: Cannabis sample boxes are perfect for newbies and connoisseurs alike (48 Hills)
  • Part 1, Choosing a Cannabis Plant Container (Leafly)

LSD

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Mushrooms May Have Developed Psilocybin to Ward Off Insects (Psychedelic Times)
  • Will Psychedelic Mushrooms Be on Denver's Ballot in November? (5280)
  • Are magic mushrooms the next medical marijuana? (Yahoo!)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • MDMA dampens the encoding and retrieval of emotional memories, study finds (PsyPost)
  • Report: Lethal MDMA Substitute Found In 25% Of Ecstasy Pills In New Zealand (Your EDM)
  • Ecstasy bid for post-traumatic stress disorder study (PerthNow)
  • Family of teenager who died after taking MDMA save drug dealers from jail (Cornwall Live)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • 13 hospitalised in Christchurch after taking drugs they thought were MDMA (Newshub)
  • Police concerned by emergence of new drug n-ethylpentylone sold as ecstasy (Newshub)

Dissociatives

  • Ketamine Clinics Are Helping to Treat Depression (Chicago Magazine)
  • Chelmsford schoolgirl took ketamine before stepping in front of a train at Shenfield station, inquest hears (Essex Live)

Opiates/Opioids

Kratom

  • 47 more cases of salmonella linked to kratom (CNN)
  • Specific kratom brands recalled amid nationwide outbreak (Food Safety News)
  • Is Concern Around Kratom 'Drug Hysteria'? (Medscape)
  • People Are Worried That the FDA Is Trying to Ban Kratom (Tonic)
  • The Various Medicinal Uses and Effects of Kratom (Times Square Chronicles)

Kava

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Which Black People Are Allowed To Trip? (HuffPost)
  • DEA twitter account promotes Anslinger (Drug WarRant)
  • Kansas Registers Drug Offenders as Well as Sex Offenders (Reason)
  • ACLU Says Nebraska May Have Illegally Imported Execution Drugs (Reason)
  • Humans of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (Psymposia)

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.