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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 Psychoactives - 6.21.19

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CANNABIS

  • New York’s Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Bill Is Dead (Leafly)

  • Gene Increases Risk for Pot Addiction (Scientific American)

  • Public Cannabis Consumption Now Allowed In Colombia: Is Full Marijuana Legalization Next? (Forbes)

  • Congress Votes To Block Feds From Enforcing Marijuana Laws In Legal States (Forbes)

  • Beijing says US legalization of marijuana is a 'threat to China' (CNN)

  • Three New Studies Explore Link Between Medical Marijuana Dispensaries And Youth Use (Marijuana Moment)

  • Study: Cannabis Safe and Effective in Fibromyalgia Patients (NORML)

  • Maryland Regulators Warn of Possible Lead Contamination in Weed Vape Pens (MERRY JANE)

  • 57% of Arthritis Patients Have Tried Cannabis. 90% Found It Helped (Leafly)

  • House Passes Amendments Stripping DEA Funding And Pushing FDA To Regulate CBD (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Study Finds CBD Can Cause Liver Damage (Forbes)

  • Public Sewage Revealed Shift Away From Illegal Weed After Legalization (Inverse)

  • From Shortage to Surplus: Canada Could Have Too Much Weed by the End of the Year (MERRY JANE)

  • Texas Governor Signs Bill To Expand State’s Medical Marijuana Program (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Study Finds Cannabis May Be 'Unsafe' For Pregnant Women (WBUR)

  • Ex-Novartis Pill Factory Gets a New Life Making CBD Products (Bloomberg)

  • Cannabis Use Doubles Among Pregnant Women In The U.S., Study Finds (WBUR)

  • Americans Want CBD Available Over-The-Counter, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cincinnati: Council Members Vote to Eliminate Marijuana Possession Penalties (NORML)

LSD

  • First controlled study of LSD microdosing finds few benefits — and some downsides (PsyPost)

  • How long is acid detectable in the body? (Medical News Today)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Efforts To Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms Beginning To Sprout Nationally (Forbes)

  • Replication and extension of a model predicting response to psilocybin (Springer Link)

  • Can a psychedelic drug save the terminally ill from their deepest fears of death? (The Age)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Liverpool's streets are littered with laughing gas canisters: the truth about nitrous oxide (The Sun)

KETAMINE

  • The controversial ketamine-like drug that Trump is pushing on veterans (The Guardian)

  • Why the New Ketamine-Like Nasal Spray Is Worrying Some Physicians (Healthline)

  • Imports of ketamine into the Netherlands up to 800 kilograms from 2.6kg in two years (Mixmag)

  • Ketamine center aims to help those with depression, PTSD, chronic pain (The Durango Herald)

PCP

  • Woman shot at, stabbed after man becomes irate after smoking PCP, police say (KMOV)

OPIOIDS

  • Drug addicts to be given free heroin as Home Office awards first licence (The Telegraph)

  • Opiate addiction in UK in the over-40s triples in 12 years (The Independent)

  • Cops bring addiction counselor on drug raids to fight opioid crisis (CBS News)

  • Pharmacists hand out free naloxone spray on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue (CBC)

  • Pharmacies may not stock naloxone, despite statewide orders (Reuters)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Alabama Man On The Lam Insists He Didn’t Give Meth To ‘Attack Squirrel’ (HuffPost)

  • Meth In The Morning, Heroin At Night: Inside The Seesaw Struggle of Dual Addiction (NPR)

  • Arrested While “Panicking on Meth”—An Hour Later, He Was Dead (Filter)

  • Wexford deputy hospitalized after exposure to crystal meth (Cadillac News)

CAFFEINE

TOBACCO

  • Global Forum on Nicotine Asserts Urgency of Tobacco Harm Reduction (Filter)

  • CVS Shifts Anti-Tobacco Fight To E-Cigarettes (Forbes)

ALCOHOL

  • The mysterious deaths in the Dominican Republic reportedly may be linked to illicit alcohol, and it wouldn’t be the first time (Business Insider)

  • Women not aware enough of breast cancer link to alcohol (BBC)

  • Germans thirsty for alcohol-free beer as brewers boost taste (The Guardian)

NOOTROPICS

  • What Is The Effect Of Nootropics On Brain Health? (The Frisky)

KRATOM

KAVA

  • Auckland city set to get its first kava bar at Victoria Park Markets (Stuff.co.nz)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Movement To Decriminalize Psychedelics Spreads Nationally (Marijuana Moment)

  • AOC's Amendment to Expand Psychedelics Research Shot Down by House of Reps (MERRY JANE)

  • The Feds Want To Subject Every Burning Man Attendee to a Warrantless Drug Search (Reason)

  • Woody Harrelson to play LSD guru Timothy Leary, a Springfield native and Holy Cross alum (MassLive)

  • Evidence is mounting that psychedelic drugs can help treat diseases. Here are the most promising uses. (Business Insider)

  • Cory Booker Proposes Thousands of Drug War Commutations If Elected President (Reason)

  • How Portugal tackled its addiction epidemic to become a world model (CBC)

  • 'I would put the son of a gun in jail': Joe Biden said in a 2001 hearing that he wanted to criminalize raves and 'lock up' rave promoters (Business Insider)

  • Drugs are decriminalised in the UK—if you are a white, privileged MP (The BMJ)

  • The Canadian revival of psychedelic drug research (University Affairs)

  • A Change in Russia’s Draconian Drug Laws Could Be on the Horizon (The Moscow Times)

  • Psychedelic Masculinities: Reflections on Power, Violence and Privilege (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 - 5.24.19

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CANNABIS

  • Cannabis Compound Eases Anxiety and Cravings of Heroin Addiction (Scientific American)

  • Racial Arrest Disparities Got Worse After Legalization, Study Finds (Leafly)

  • Scientists Now Believe That Cannabis Evolved in Tibet Over 28 Million Years Ago (MERRY JANE)

  • Presidential Candidates Are Cosponsoring A New Marijuana Descheduling Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Gun-Related Suicides Fell In California After Medical Marijuana Became Legal, Study Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • NJ Lawmakers Advance Medical Cannabis, Expungement Bills (Leafly)

  • Luxembourg Unveils Proposals for Cannabis Legalisation Law (Talking Drugs)

  • NFL Teams Up with Players’ Union to Study Weed for Pain Management (MERRY JANE)

  • Legalization Gave Police Time to Fight Real Crime (Leafly)

  • ‘I Can’t Breathe’: Video Shows Grandmother With Arthritis Arrested For CBD At Disney World (Marijuana Moment)

  • As a Deadline for Legalizing Marijuana in Illinois Approaches, a New Poll Finds Strong Public Support (Reason)

  • Texas expansion of medical cannabis nears finish line after Senate approval (The Texas Tribune)

  • Seven-In-Ten Americans Want Federal Marijuana Convictions Automatically Sealed, Survey Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Colorado Cops Can No Longer Use Drug-Sniffing Dogs Without Probable Cause (MERRY JANE)

  • Study: Presence Of THC In Blood Not Associated With Crash Culpability (NORML)

  • CBD Might Help You Cut Back On Drinking Alcohol And Reduce Its Damaging Effects, Study Says (Marijuana Moment)

  • Kansas Set to Allow Low-THC Cannabis Oil Beginning July 1 (Leafly)

  • Dogs Keep Getting Accidentally High by Eating Human Feces with Residual THC (MERRY JANE)

  • A Sniff by a Pot-Detecting Dog Requires Probable Cause and Does Not Justify a Search, Says Colorado Supreme Court (Reason)

  • Facebook Is Finally Getting Sued for Its Anti-Weed Policies (MERRY JANE)

  • In a World of Legal Weed, Michael Thompson Languishes in Prison for Selling It in 1994 (The Intercept)

  • Study: Seniors Report That Cannabis Positively Impacts Their Quality of Life (NORML)

  • Thailand Will Now Turn Confiscated Weed into Cannabis Medicine (MERRY JANE)

  • Portland’s Cannabis Taxes Were Mostly Used to Backfill Police Budgets (Willamette Week)

  • House Committee Approves Immigration Bill With Marijuana Protections (Marijuana Moment)

  • UFC Inks Multi-Million Dollar Deal with Canadian Pot Company to Study CBD (MERRY JANE)

  • Overpoliced, Underrepresented: Racial Inequality and Cannabis Capitalism (Harvard Political Review)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Bill de Blasio Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Congress Wants To Offer Protections To Universities That Study Cannabis (Big Buds Magazine)

  • Nevada County Directs Nearly $2 Million in Pot Revenue to Help the Homeless (MERRY JANE)

LSD

  • Repair Of Iconic ’60s Era Synthesizer Turns Into Long, Strange Trip For Engineer (KPIX)

  • LSD could help people overcome alcohol dependency (Mixmag)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • 'A grand experiment': how 'shrooms made Denver America's most drug-friendly city (The Guardian)

MDMA

  • MDMA heads to Phase 3 trials for helping PTSD (Big Think)

  • Australian Politician Outs Herself as “Occasional” MDMA User (MERRY JANE)

  • Embracing Ecstasy: Can efforts to bottle MDMA’s magic transform psychiatry? (The Verge)

  • Losing Religion and Finding Ecstasy in Houston (The New Yorker)

  • Mum of teenager who died after taking ecstasy ‘overwhelmed’ by support (Hambleton Today)

AYAHUASCA

  • The Church Where It’s Legal to Use Ayahuasca (VICE)

  • These Ontario police officers are using ayahuasca to treat their PTSD (Global News)

  • Healing Sexual Trauma with Ayahuasca (Chacruna)

  • James English set to spend four days taking mind-bending drugs in Costa Rican jungle for new documentary (The Scottish Sun)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • Emerging threats in addiction: will novel psychoactive substance contribute to exacerbating the ongoing drug overdose epidemic? (Springer Link)

NITROUS OXIDE

KETAMINE

  • Study Finds Ketamine Nasal Spray Effective For Treating Depression: What You Should Know (Forbes)

  • First Sublingual Ketamine Drug for Treatment of Acute Pain to be Evaluated in End-of-Phase 2 Meeting with FDA (Yahoo! Finance)

OPIOIDS

  • How Joe Biden’s Drug Policies Supercharged the Opioid Crisis (Politico)

  • Amid opioid crisis, Texas becomes first state where life-saving drug is sold online (Dallas News)

  • Fighting Fentanyl (The Washington Post)

  • In Cities Where It Once Reigned, Heroin Is Disappearing (The New York Times)

  • State Trooper Said Man Took Bag From Fentanyl Supplier, But Video Demonstrated That the Deal Never Went Down (The Appeal)

  • Improving the use of methadone for drug users with tuberculosis to prevent withdrawal (Medical Xpress)

  • Epic twitter thread from a guy who became an accidental heroin smuggler (Boing Boing)

  • State Senate passes amendment to finance Naloxone bulk purchase program (WWLP)

  • Drug addicts fear arrest if they are caught with kits of lifesaving naloxone (Evening Telegraph)

COCAINE

  • Cocaine use doubles in Britain in five years and purity levels at record high (The Independent)

  • How Your Casual Cocaine Habit Is Affecting Your Health (Refinery29)

  • ‘Cocaine Mitch’ McConnell’s campaign rakes in $70K by selling ‘cartel member’ shirts (Washington Examiner)

CAFFEINE

  • Researchers document impact of coffee on bowels (Science Daily)

  • Mom Is Heartbroken After Son Dies From Guzzling 4 Energy Drinks Per Day, Sounds Warning (The Epoch Times)

  • Barista causes controversy by trying to refuse a pregnant woman caffeine (Her)

TOBACCO

KRATOM

KHAT

  • Starving Yemen's drug problem (CNN)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • How to Legalize Every Drug (VICE)

  • The Scientist’s Drug Dealer: How Researchers Get Illicit Drugs (Discover Magazine)

  • Indonesia Sentences Frenchman to Death for Drug Smuggling (TIME)

  • Getting High Is Damaging the Planet – But Mostly Because of Prohibition (VICE)

  • With Denver’s vote on magic mushrooms, will Colorado anchor a psychedelic medicine revolution? (The Colorado Sun)

  • Activists plan to set up permanent overdose prevention site (Kitchener Today)

  • Drinking Water Should Be Free At All Clubs and Festivals, Here's Why (DJMag.com)

  • Joe Biden Killed Rave Culture (The Slot)

  • 'Sad, Disgusting and Disappointing.' New Mexico Little League Field Littered With Discarded Syringes (TIME)

  • Psychedelics, Sex, and Consent: A Brief History (Chacruna)

  • How to Tell Your Doctor You're Using Drugs (VICE)

  • What's the next step for hallucinogens as a health cure? (Dazed)

  • Dr Richard Evans Schultes’ Explorations with Amazonian Shamans and Medicines (Kahpi)

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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 - 5.17.19

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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 - 4.26.19

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CANNABIS

  • CBS Poll: Nationwide Support For Marijuana Legalization At All-Time High (NORML)

  • All the Top Democrats Running for President Favor Legalizing Marijuana (Reason)

  • Marijuana Legalization Not Linked To Increased Traffic Deaths, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Years After Legalization, Maine Releases First Cannabis Industry Rules (Leafly)

  • Mexican Lawmakers Plan To Tackle Marijuana Legalization This Summer (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Clean Slate Act's Record-Sealing Provisions Go Further Than Cory Booker's Marijuana Justice Act (Reason)

  • North Dakota: Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Laws (NORML)

  • Alabama Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • CBD reduces impairment caused by cannabis (EurekAlert!)

  • Homeland Security Says Cannabis Users Lack ‘Good Moral Character’ (Leafly)

  • USDA Clarifies That Farmers Can Import Hemp Seeds From Other Countries (Marijuana Moment)

  • Texas House Votes To Legalize The Farming Of Industrial Hemp (Marijuana Moment)

  • Wisconsin Legalization Would Save Lives, Bring $1.1B Benefit, Study Says (Leafly)

  • Utah is allowing only 10 cannabis farms. Will that be enough to supply the state’s new medical marijuana program? (Salt Lake Tribune)

  • Denver City Council to vote on allowing cannabis clubs to operate closer to daycare and rec centers (KDVR)

  • Cannabis websites in US and Canada crash on biggest 4/20 day (The Guardian)

  • Lawmakers Want Legal Protections For Universities That Research Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • SFPD Spread Misinformation about Fentanyl-Laced Marijuana (SF Weekly)

  • The Weed Industry Is Burning Millions on DC Lobbyists and Getting Nowhere (VICE)

  • Earth Day Begs The Question: Is Cannabis Farming Sustainable? (Forbes)

  • USDA Accepting Applications For Hemp Intellectual Property Protection (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis, Marijuana, Weed, Pot? Just Call It a Job Machine (The New York Times)

  • How Israel Became the Global Leader in Cannabis Research (Green Entrepreneur)

  • Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome, Without the Hype (Filter)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Joe Biden Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Seth Moulton Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Keeping Score: Major League Sports’ Stance on Cannabis (Leafly)

  • Can Cannabis Replace Wellbutrin? (Civilized)

  • The Indica vs. Sativa Distinction Isn’t Real (Slate)

  • Did a Cannabis Company Just Patent the Spliff? (Leafly)

  • Quitting Cigarettes? Joints Rolled With CBD Might Help (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Paradoxical Power of Medicinal Microdosing (Psychology Today)

  • Uplifting a New Face & Voice of Cannabis: A Happy 4/20 with Safon Floyd of EstroHaze (Psychedelic Times)

LSD

  • “Discover who you truly are.” Albert Hofmann’s Bicycle Day and A Critical Look at LSD (Psychedelic Times)

  • Here's Why You Don't Mix LSD and Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carriers (The National Interest)

  • Is microdosing LSD a solution to the 'crisis of meaning' in modern life? (Montreal Gazette)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Award Winning Filmmaker Brings Psilocybin Documentary To Denver Prior To Decriminalization Vote (Prime Time News)

  • Research shows psilocybin — a Schedule I narcotic — to be of great help to patients with end-of-life problems (Anchorage Press)

MDMA

  • "Japanese Walter White” Accused Of Teaching Students To Make Ecstasy (The Fix)

  • Study Suggests MDMA Could Help People With PTSD, Autism (The Swaddle)

  • War, Morality, and MDMA: A Conversation with an Anonymous Military Psychologist (Psychedelic Times)

  • To Unravel PTSD, She Took MDMA. A Promising Therapy Offers Hope (KJZZ)

AYAHUASCA

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

  • Police intervene in 'healing ceremony' after death: report (NL Times)

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

  • Ayahuasca: the alternative antidepressant (The Vermont Cynic)

5-MEO-DMT

  • Psychedelic Toad Venom Relieves Depression, Anxiety And Stress, Studies Find (Marijuana Moment)

PEYOTE

IBOGA

  • The Future of Medical Ibogaine (Psychedelics Today)

  • Serotonin transporter–ibogaine complexes illuminate mechanisms of inhibition and transport (Nature)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Spice-related overdoses on the rise in Alabama - again; feds warn about ‘disturbing’ trend (AL.com)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Arctic Laughing Gas Emissions Could Accelerate Global Warming (EcoWatch)

  • Hippy crack is no laughing matter (GQ)

KETAMINE

PCP

  • Man accused of PCP-crazed shotgun killing of Chinese missionary pleads guilty in KC (The Kansas City Star)

  • Driver was high on PCP in crash that split car in half, cops say (Lehigh Valley Live)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • The FDA Just Approved the First Generic Nasal Spray to Reverse Opioid Overdoses (TIME)

  • After Leaving Thousands in Agony, the CDC Is Finally Clarifying Its Painkiller Restrictions (Tonic)

  • Demystifying buprenorphine misuse: Has fear of diversion gotten in the way of addressing the opioid crisis? (Taylor and Francis)

  • FDA clears Psychemedics hair test for fentanyl (Seeking Alpha)

  • Do Electronic Health Record Prompts Increase Take‐Home Naloxone Administration for Emergency Department Patients After an Opioid Overdose? (Wiley Online Library)

  • Fentanyl Speedballs Are the Latest Disturbing Trend in America's Opioid Crisis (VICE)

  • Narcan is just the start of fighting the opioid overdose epidemic (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Heroin used to pass through South Africa en route to Europe. Now much of it stays, with devastating effects (Los Angeles Times)

  • Vancouver pot king hopes to brew opium tea to help drug addicts (The Chronicle Herald)

  • How the US military's opium war in Afghanistan was lost (BBC)

  • New “Generic” Naloxone: Expect More Big-Pharma Sleight of Hand (Filter)

  • Fentanyl killed a Penn physician’s son. Now she works to save other families from the same pain. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Life after a life of addiction (Cincinnati Enquirer)

METHAMPHETAMINE

CAFFEINE

  • Beverages containing caffeine more harmful to liver than alcohol? (The Asian Age)

  • Unless we act now, scientists warn, that coffee so many of us love could become extinct (WCPO)

  • Wholesale coffee is cheaper than it’s been in years. That’s not good news. (Vox)

  • Experts Find Out How Many Cups of Coffee Are Needed to Enhance Your Workout (Inverse)

  • Coca-Cola is making a big push into coffee (CNBC)

  • Leading expert warns of dangers after man (34) dies from caffeine toxicity (Irish Independent)

  • SC could ban kids from buying caffeine-packed energy drinks, but not this year (Charleston Post Courier)

  • Is Kombucha Environmentally Friendly? Here’s The Real Tea (Bustle)

  • Dear Pharmacist: Caffeine is a natural option for ADHD (The Gainesville Sun)

  • The One Thing I Gave Up That Made A Massive Difference In My Anxiety (mindbodygreen)

  • 9 Benefits Of Matcha Tea That Will Make You Want To Drink It Every Day (Woman's Health)

TOBACCO

  • Walgreens, Rite Aid to Raise Tobacco Buying Age to 21 and Older (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Vermont House Gives Final Approval To Tobacco 21 Bill (WAMC)

  • 21 and older: Proposal to raise tobacco-buying age nationwide drawing mixed feelings (WEAR)

  • New Evidence of Smoking Disparities Underlines That Tobacco Harm Reduction Is Social Justice (Filter)

  • ‘Tobacco 21’ Proposal Draws Debate In Florida (WLRN)

  • Vaping teens exposed to as much nicotine as tobacco smokers but don't know it (NBC News)

ALCOHOL

  • Why faking positive emotions at work can lead to heavier alcohol consumption (Quartz)

  • Illinois Senate approves statewide rule for alcohol delivery (WQAD)

  • 5 Reasons You're Depressed After Drinking too Much Alcohol (Mens Health)

  • Anne Hathaway doubles down on giving up alcohol until her son is 18, but says she'll spend the 'back half of my life completely sloshed' (INSIDER)

NOOTROPICS

  • An Experiment With Smart Drugs – What I Learned From Modafinil (The Quint)

KRATOM

  • Kratom Craze: After wife’s death, Franklin County man seeks ban on popular substance (KMOV)

  • What is kratom? ‘Controversial’ herbal supplement leads to overdoses in the U.S. (Global News)

  • Kratom: Castle Rock Deciding What to Do About Controversial Substance (Westword)

  • When pregnant women take kratom, their babies may suffer (Medical Xpress)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Another dark web marketplace bites the dust --Wall Street Market (ZDNet)

  • Joe Biden’s long record supporting the war on drugs and mass incarceration, explained (Vox)

  • Survey of subjective "God encounter experiences": Comparisons among naturally occurring experiences and those occasioned by the classic psychedelics psilocybin, LSD, ayahuasca, or DMT (PLOS)

  • Imperial launches world’s first Centre for Psychedelics Research (Imperial College London)

  • Psychedelics as a treatment for disorders of consciousness (Neuroscience of Consciousness)

  • How a drug gang devastated our helpless family (The Guardian)

  • America’s Only Publicly Traded Addiction Treatment Chain Makes Millions Off Patients. What Could Go Wrong? (Mother Jones)

  • Trump Justice Department Goes After Overdose Prevention Sites as ‘Crack Houses’ (The Daily Beast)

  • Psychedelic therapy: The patients paying $2k to get high with their doctor (news.com.au)

  • B.C.’s chief health officer calls for decriminalization of illicit drugs (The Globe and Mail)

  • British Police Are Raising Their Voices Against the Drug War (Filter)

  • Confronting Sexual Misconduct in the Psychedelic Community: An Interview with Daniel Pinchbeck (Chacruna)

  • Trump has been... good?... for psychedelic drugs???... (The Outline)

  • What Politicians Daring Each Other to Be Drug Tested Reveals (Filter)

  • Building a Psychedelic Community During the War on Drugs (Chacruna)

  • Psychedelics to treat mental illness? Australian researchers are giving it a go (The Conversation)

  • Psychedelics as a Path to Social Learning (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Shades of Sobriety: Life Shows That Recovery Needn’t Mean Abstinence (Filter)

  • The Five Phases of Psychedelic Initiation (Chacruna)

  • How drug decriminalization could help stem an epidemic of drug overdoses (The Globe and Mail)

  • Trump Praises China for Killing Drug Traffickers (Reason)

  • Young People of Color As Leaders in The Movement To End the War on Drugs (Psymposia)

  • Prison For Forced Addiction Treatment? A Parent's 'Last Resort' Has Consequences (NPR)

  • The Psychedelic State of South Texas (Texas Monthly)

  • Drug Use in Music Festivals Across the United States (One EDM)

  • Your Guide to Microdosing for Anxiety and Depression (Allure)

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