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This Week in Psychoactives - 7.26.19

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CANNABIS

  • Scientists unlock the secrets of marijuana’s pain-relief potential, study says (Miami Herald)

  • Study Explores How Different Marijuana Extracts Kill Types Of Cancer Cells (Marijuana Moment)

  • Senate Banking Committee Holds Hearing On Cannabis Banking (NORML)

  • Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Give Marijuana Businesses Access To Insurance Coverage (Marijuana Moment)

  • Miami Cops Can No Longer Use Just “Weed Odor” as Excuse to Search Cars (MERRY JANE)

  • Marijuana Compound CBD Shows Promise For Treating Cocaine And Meth Addiction, Study Suggests (Marijuana Moment)

  • Top Congressional Chairman And Presidential Candidate File Marijuana Legalization Bills (Forbes)

  • Federal Officials Give Hemp Legalization Update At Senate Hearing (Marijuana Moment)

  • How legal weed companies are starting to address driving while high (Fast Company)

  • Michigan Cuts Cannabis Fees in 19 Cities Impacted by Drug War (Leafly)

  • Presidential Candidate Proposes Medical Marijuana Waivers For Military Veterans (Marijuana Moment)

  • California seizes $30 million in black market cannabis from illegal pot shops (Los Angeles Times)

  • Record number of states considered marijuana legalization in 2019 (The Hill)

  • New York City Council Passes Two Marijuana Reform Resolutions (Marijuana Moment)

  • Former Drug Warrior Biden Unveils Cannabis Decriminalization Plan (Leafly)

  • Enslaved on a British cannabis farm: ‘The plants were more valuable than my life’ (The Guardian)

  • Marijuana Legalization More Popular Than Free College And $15 Minimum Wage, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • UK hemp farm could lose £200,000 in crop destruction (BBC)

  • Why marijuana’s illegal classification is based on politics, not science (The GrowthOp)

  • Entrance to illegal pot dispensary blocked again as cat-and-mouse game continues (The Toronto Star)

  • Pot-smoking teen caused Maui brushfire, police say (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

  • FDA (Again) Rejects Petition To Further Restrict Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Mystery Solved: Icelandic Horses Probably Ate Cannabis (The Reykjavík Grapevine)

  • It’s Getting Harder to Fire People for Using Pot (Bloomberg)

  • Were Vikings Growing Cannabis in Newfoundland 1,000 Years Ago? (Leafly)

  • Young Americans Are More Likely To Smoke Marijuana Than Cigarettes, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Testing CBD: Defenders test finds huge unreported range in THC levels (WCNC)

  • Here's How Much Legal Marijuana Canada Has Sold Since Legalizing Adult-Use Cannabis (Yahoo! Finance)

  • UFC teams with Aurora Cannabis on CBD study in fighters (CNN)

  • Hundreds Of Pet Owners Tell FDA That CBD Is Helping Their Furry Companions (Marijuana Moment)

  • Did Indigenous Canadians use Cannabis Before Europeans Arrived? (Leafly)

  • The Real Difference Between Smoking and Eating Marijuana (The Atlantic)

  • Medical marijuana or your guns: Missourians may have to choose (KSHB)

  • The New, Cool Term For Cannabis? It's Still Up For Grabs. (Green Entrepreneur)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Psilocybin Initiative Leader Starting National Decriminalization Group (Westword)

  • Both CBD and Psilocybin show potential in fighting alcohol use disorder (Regina Leader-Post)

MDMA

  • 3-year-old fights for her life after mistaking ecstasy for candy in Ibiza (New York Post)

  • Girls hospitalised after taking MDMA at Victorian school camp (Geelong Advertiser)

AYAHUASCA

  • Ayahuasca and Dreaming (Chacruna)

  • A Clinical Psychologist’s First Experience with Ayahuasca (Chacruna)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Silicon Valley Is Spending Millions Trying to Synthesize THC From Yeast (VICE)

  • Alabama Corrections K-9 dies after allergic reaction inside prison (Montgomery Advertiser)

KETAMINE

  • Mindfulness-Based Prevention Outcomes for Cocaine Dependence Improved by Ketamine Injection (Psychiatry Advisor)

  • Spring Center of Hope discusses possible effects of ketamine on mood (Chron)

PCP

  • PCP Is ‘No Worse’ Than Other Drugs When Used Properly, Says Hamilton Morris (Inquisitr)

OPIOIDS

  • Summit County concert promotes free app to connect naloxone carriers to people overdosing (Cleveland.com)

  • The biggest civil trial in U.S. history will start with these Ohio counties (The Washington Post)

  • Five drug companies stop making fentanyl for Canadian market (The London Free Press)

  • Former narcotics officer sues sheriff’s office following fentanyl exposure (WREG)

  • An editorial board of user-activists takes on the opioid crisis (Columbia Journalism Review)

COCAINE

  • Internal Probe Reveals SEAL Team 10 Operators’ Cocaine Use (The Daily Beast)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Police Admit They Were Totally Just Joking About Those 'Meth-Gators' (TIME)

  • Rising Meth-Involved Deaths of Major Concern Amid Estimated 2018 Overdose Fall (Filter)

CAFFEINE

  • Too much caffeine during pregnancy may damage baby's liver (EurekAlert!)

  • The latest on caffeine limits (Medical Xpress)

  • Is Caffeine Fueling Your Anxieties? (HealthDay)

  • Young Man Dies from an Accidental Caffeine Overdose, Coroner Rules (Legal Reader)

TOBACCO

  • Daily E-Cigarette Use Can Help Smokers Quit, According to One of the Most Comprehensive Studies Yet (TIME)

  • Nicotine Testing for High Schoolers Is a Drug War-Style Disaster (Filter)

  • Facebook, Instagram is age-restricting alcohol, tobacco content (WITN)

  • FDA targets teens with e-cigarette prevention ads (Engadget)

ALCOHOL

  • Costa Rica: Tainted alcohol death toll rises to 20; 41 people affected overall (USA Today)

  • Leaked draft of the National Alcohol Strategy shows why Australia can't stop drinking (Australia Broadcasting Corporation)

  • Is it safe to drink alcohol while breastfeeding? (Medical Xpress)

  • Why Some People Have A Higher Alcohol Tolerance Than Others (HuffPost)

  • Pabst Blue Ribbon Seeks Buzz With Hard Coffee (NPR)

  • Playboy model’s skin left rotting from alcohol addiction (New York Post)

KAMBÔ

  • Kambo: A Powerful Amazonian Frog Secretion That Offers Healing! (MenaFN)

KRATOM

  • Kratom for excessive weight loss (The Bona Venture)

  • Can you use Kratom for Performance-Enhancing? (Chart Attack)

  • Nebraska Regional Poison Center warns of dangers of using Kratom (KPTM)

KHAT

  • The Role of Khat in Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis (Small Wars Journal)

  • Kenyan khat farmers receive a lifeline as they start exporting the potent twigs to Israel joining rival Ethiopia (Business Insider)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Psychedelics Decriminalization Moves Forward In Cities Around The U.S. (Marijuana Moment)

  • More people try drugs for the first time in the summer, study says (CNN)

  • President Duterte’s War on Drugs Is a Pretense (The New York Times)

  • Mark Kleiman, who changed the way we think about crime and drugs, has died at 68 (Vox)

  • Football, basketball and drug testing: Texas school district to randomly test extracurricular students (USA Today)

  • Military police called in to help tackle county lines drug dealers at train stations (Mirror)

  • Vancouver’s overdose task force calls for safer supply of drugs (The Globe and Mail)

  • India Persecutes Leading Legal Advocate for People Who Use Drugs (Filter)

  • When Drug Addiction Is Criminalized We All Lose (The National Interest)

  • Ethical and Sustainable Access to Entheogenic Plants (Chacruna)

  • Will Oakland Lead the Psychedelic Revolution? (The Bold Italic)

  • The complex forces at work behind drug deaths at music festivals (The New Daily)

  • Psychonaut Hamilton Morris on Drugs After Prohibition (Reason)

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This Week in Psychedelics - 12.14.18

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Cannabis

  • Congress Lifts Longstanding Ban on Hemp Production (NORML)

  • WHO postpones recommendation for rescheduling cannabis at UN summit (Marijuana Business Daily)

  • Smoking Marijuana Actually Improves Working Memory, Study Indicates (Marijuana Moment)

  • There’s a Movement to Legalize Weed Extracts for Kids With Autism (Tonic)

  • UK Lawmakers Reject Marijuana Legalization In House Of Commons Vote (Marijuana Moment)

  • Recreational marijuana could come to New York State in 2019 (NBC News)

  • New Zealand Government Tells Police Not To Prosecute People For Drug Possession (Marijuana Moment)

  • Big Tobacco Is Getting into Cannabis in a Major Way (The Stranger)

  • Nebraska Lawmakers Form Committee To Put Legal Marijuana Before Voters In 2020 (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis is now getting the Instagram museum treatment (Vox)

  • GOP Congressman Wants Marijuana Consumers To Be Able To Legally Purchase Guns (Marijuana Moment)

  • Shoppers Drug Mart granted licence to sell medical marijuana online (CTV News)

  • Former DNC And RNC Chairs Join One Of The World’s Largest Marijuana Companies (Marijuana Moment)

  • Editorial: Medical marijuana is legal in Missouri. So don't punish its legal users. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

  • Chicago Mayor Wants Legal Marijuana Revenue To Fund Pensions (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cigarette Giant Altria Makes Major Investment in Canadian Cannabis Company (Willamette Week)

  • GOP Senator Seeks To Attach Marijuana Reform To Criminal Justice Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Why are so many countries now saying cannabis is OK? (BBC)

Magic Mushrooms

  • A Playlist for Psilocybin by Kelan Thomas (Chacruna)

  • Trip of a Lifetime? | The Rise of Magic Mushroom Wellness Retreats (Amuse)

  • The Lemon Tek Method for Faster Psilocybin (Magic) Mushroom Trips (Explore Psychedelics)

  • Editorial: Ballot measure on mushrooms seems premature (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

MDMA

  • Ecstasy found in kid's food wrapper leads to three arrests at Sonic Drive-In in Taylor (KFDM)

  • Colorado man may have been killed by fentanyl in what he thought was 'MDMA,' family members suspect (Rooster Magazine)

  • Revealed: Plaster and brown sugar being sold as MDMA to festival-goers drug users (Chronicle Live)

  • Treating Veterans with Ecstasy (Military.com)

  • Benzino Could Go To Prison For 15 Years Over MDMA Pills And THC Gummies (AllHipHop)

Ayahuasca

  • Amazon Ayahuasca Sustainability Study Conducted by Medicine Hunter, First of its Kind, Answers Questions, Dispels Erroneous Claims (PRWeb)

  • Ayahuasca for Addiction? That's a Trip (Psychology Today)

Iboga

Synthetic Cannabinoids

  • BBC South East uncovers black market in banned 'legal highs' (BBC)

  • William and Kate told of Spice devastation (BBC)

KETAMINE

PCP

Opiates/Opioids

  • Overdose Deaths Involving Fentanyl Doubled Every Year From 2013 to 2016 (TIME)

  • Google Searches Could Predict Heroin Overdoses (Scientific American)

  • The Strongest Evidence Yet for a Highly Controversial Addiction Treatment (The Atlantic)

  • Fentanyl-related stocks rebound after China-US agreement to strengthen drug management (Global Times)

  • What I Found When I Applied Hundreds of Fentanyl Tests to Philly’s Street Drugs (Filter)

  • Naloxone-Carrying Nurse Says Her Life Insurance Was Denied. She's Not An Opioid Addict (The Daily Caller)

  • America's Top State for Drug Overdoses Is Handing Out Free Naloxone (U.S. News & World Report)

  • ‘Heroin Was My Life Preserver’ (Medium)

  • Afghanistan Hopeful About Replacing Opium Crops With Saffron (Gandhara)

  • Fentanyl: Deadly in Delaware, tops heroin for America's deadliest drug (The News Journal)

Cocaine

Kratom

  • Thailand To Review Medical Marijuana, Kratom Legalization Proposal (The Fix)

  • Fears About Kratom Use During Pregnancy Are Overblown (Filter)

Khat

  • Ethiopia: Khat farming threatens food security, biodiversity, women, and agroforestry (Mongabay)

Miscellaneous

  • Testing drugs at festivals is ‘a lifesaver’, study finds (The Guardian)

  • Let’s Talk About Psychedelic-Induced Psychosis (Psymposia)

  • Where Trump’s Pick For Attorney General Stands On Drug Policy (Marijuana Moment)

  • Surge in young people going into private addiction clinics as poorer addicts 'pushed into gangs' (The Independent)

  • DEA Agent Arrested For Participating In Decade-Long Narcotics Conspiracy And Providing Firearms To Drug Trafficking Organization (U.S. Department of Justice)

  • Russia Is Punishing People for Helping Drug Users (VICE)

  • The Little-Known Way Pharma Companies Hook People On Their Costly Drugs (TIME)

  • One Part of Australia’s Economy Is Booming: Illegal Drugs (Bloomberg)

  • Seven Ways (Just for a Start) the War on Drugs Violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Filter)

  • Does the Law Require the Drug Czar To Lie About Legalization? (Reason)

  • Ambassadors to Hidden Territories: Set and Setting in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy (Chacruna)

  • Politicians and police are killing young Australians (Crikey)

  • One dead and three critical after suspected drug overdoses at Sydney dance party (The Guardian)

  • A doctor wants to know which drugs you'd like to trip on (Rooster Magazine)

  • Why professionals are taking psychedelic drugs in the workplace (Financial Review)

  • A Guide to Dream Market (Dark Net Market/DNM) (Explore Psychedelics)

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 - 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.

Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.