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This Week in Psychoactives - 9.6.19



  • Vitamin E Suspected In Serious Lung Problems Among People Who Vaped Cannabis (NPR)

  • The Mysterious Vaping-Induced Lung Illness Has Officially Killed Two People (MERRY JANE)

  • Mexican Senator Files Marijuana Legalization Bill Ahead Of Supreme Court Deadline (Marijuana Moment)

  • Vape Pen Lung Disease Has Insiders Eyeing Misuse of New Additives (Leafly)

  • Thailand Includes Low Level Cannabis And Hemp Extracts On Its Approved Medical Marijuana list (Forbes)

  • Three million Americans tried weed for the first time last year (Rooster Magazine)

  • Hemp Farming Quadrupled In The U.S. This Year, New Report Shows (Forbes)

  • Medical marijuana laws impact use among sexual minorities differently than heterosexuals (Science Daily)

  • Body Cameras for Cannabis Delivery Raise Concerns About Privacy in Mass. (Leafly)

  • Oakland says big pot grow in homeless encampment is illegal — but leaves it alone (San Francisco Chronicle)

  • Cannabis may hold promise to treat PTSD but evidence lags behind use (Science Daily)


  • Meet the doctor behind historic New Zealand LSD microdosing experiment (Newshub)


  • A multi-million dollar donation just created a bonanza of magic mushroom research (Quartz)

  • Oregon Psychedelics Activists Clash Over Changes To Psilocybin Mushroom Ballot Measure (Marijuana Moment)

  • Why Do Magic Mushrooms Cause Nausea? (Psychedelic Science Review)


  • MDMA for Racial Trauma (DoubleBlind)

  • Several Polk County high school students hospitalized after being exposed to MDMA (ABC Action News)

  • Man who took MDMA had 300 mini-seizures and parents twice told to say goodbye (Mirror)


  • The 21 Best Scientific Papers About Ayahuasca (Chacruna)

  • Ayahuasca and the Problems of the World (Kahpi)

  • Woman, 34, dies after taking psychedelic drug during ‘spiritual cleansing’ ceremony in Cyprus (ItzaGoal365)


  • Inhaling Powdered Toad Secretions Just Once Is Linked to Feeling Happier For a Month (ScienceAlert)



  • Casper PD: Man on PCP Left Teeth Marks in Patrol Car Door (K2 Radio)


  • OxyContin maker prepares 'free-fall' bankruptcy as settlement talks stall (Reuters)

  • Man Charged By Federal Prosecutors In Connection With Mac Miller's Death (NPR)

  • DC is offering the overdose reversing drug Naloxone for free at these select pharmacies (WJLA)

  • Researchers find alarming risk for people coming off opioids (UW Medicine)

  • Treat the fentanyl crisis like a poisoning outbreak (Los Angeles Times)

  • Liverpool's 40-year battle with heroin is reaching terrifying new levels (Liverpool Echo)

  • Hidden History: Humans Have Been Using Opium For Millennia (WGBH)

  • How Britain's opium trade impoverished Indians (BBC)

  • Ben Westhoff's 'Fentanyl, Inc.' confronts horrible truths about America's opioid epidemic (USA Today)

  • Law enforcement seizes enough fentanyl to kill 14 million people (WCVB)


  • Chronic cocaine use modifies gene expression (Medical Xpress)

  • Exercise can help beat cocaine addiction: Study (Times Now)



  • Drinking This Much Coffee Could Protect Against Gallstones (Newsweek)

  • Caffeine Headaches: Telltale Signs And Symptoms (Medical Daily)


  • Michigan becomes first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes (The Washington Post)

  • Walgreens raises minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21 (WILX)


  • A Rat Study Finds that Acupuncture Can Treat Alcohol Addiction... in Rats (Gizmodo)

  • In Europe, people continue to consume more alcohol than in any other place in the world (World Health Organization)

  • Daybreak app more than halves alcohol use in three months (Medical Xpress)


  • Franklin becomes first municipality in state to ban sale of kratom (WMUR)

  • Legislation filed that would regulate sale of kratom and CBD products in Pa. (The Indiana Gazette)

  • Can Kratom be beneficial for MMA fighters and athletes? (Pro MMA Now)

  • Organic Kratom can Improve Mental and Physical Health for an Active Lifestyle (Big Time Daily)



  • Johns Hopkins Opens New Center for Psychedelic Research (The New York Times)

  • Psychedelic Drugs Draw Some Investor Attention—and Much Skepticism (The Wall Street Journal)

  • 'Treatment Facilities' Aren't What You Think They Are (The New York Times)

  • And a million of us tried psychedelics last year, too (Rooster Magazine)

  • Vaping May Hamper the Lungs' Ability to Fend off Infections (WIRED)

  • Mexico’s new drug war may be worse than old one (Associated Press)

  • How I Infiltrated a Chinese Drug Lab (VICE)

  • U of M Medical School to host first Psychedelic Symposium (Detroit Metro Times)

  • She spent more than $110,000 on drug rehab. Her son still died. (Vox)

  • Tim Ferriss, the Man Who Put His Money Behind Psychedelic Medicine (The New York Times)

  • The Science and Healing Benefits of Psychedelics (Chronogram)

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This Week in Psychoactives - 7.26.19



  • 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)


  • Psilocybin Initiative Leader Starting National Decriminalization Group (Westword)

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


  • 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 and Dreaming (Chacruna)

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


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

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


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


  • Summit County concert promotes free app to connect naloxone carriers to people overdosing (

  • 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)


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


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


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


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)

Think Wilder is reader-supported. If you enjoyed this week’s update, please consider helping out by becoming a patron, making a one-time donation, or sharing this post with a friend. Thank you for your support.

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

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