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Book Review - Buddhist Meditation

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I’ve read a lot of meditation books on my quest in an effort to deepen my own practice, but Buddhist Meditation by Edward Conze is without a doubt the most scholarly text on the subject that I have come across thus far. Originally published in 1972, this book wastes no time at all before diving deep into the material. In the introduction, Conze briefly discusses the meaning and purpose of Buddhist meditation, its range and principal divisions, the literary sources from which the practice stems, and a comparison of this Eastern science of mind with modern-day Western psychotherapy.

From there, the book is broken up into four major sections. The first goes over devotional exercises that Buddhist meditators can work on while meditating. The other sections go over three aspects of the practice—mindfulness, trance, and wisdom. The book features advice on how to cultivate and maintain mental and physical awareness, which includes instructions on postures, breathing, rejection of the sensory world, and above all the recollection of the ultimate goal: nirvana.

Buddhist Meditation is considered by many to be a classic text. It’s included in the list of suggested books to read at the end of Ram Dass’ seminal spiritual book Be Here Now, which is where I probably first heard of it. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I had hoped I would. It’s a very dry read. All in all I found it to be a bit esoteric and unhelpful, frankly, which was a disappointment because I think it probably contains helpful information that I would benefit from putting to use in my own meditation practice, but I just couldn’t get past the writing style to those nuggets of wisdom.

I did finish reading this book, and I even highlighted some of the pages. There were some parts that I really liked, and on the whole I have a positive opinion of it. Maybe it’ll be good review material in 20 years after I’ve learned more about these concepts from more entertaining authors and teachers. While I wouldn’t recommend Buddhist Meditation to most people, if you consider yourself to be really interested in Buddhism and want to learn more about the role of meditation in this tradition, then maybe you’ll appreciate it. Anyone else should probably steer clear and pick out a more accessible book on the topic.

3/5 stars. 192 pages.

How Psychedelic Virtual Reality Can Help End Society’s Mass Bad Trip

Jenny Valentish, writing for The Guardian:

So tonight there’s the opportunity to try out virtual reality and augmented reality experiences that go beyond recreational use – there’s no diving with sharks or rollercoaster rides here. But users should strap in tightly anyway: these experiences are designed to expedite a different kind of journey.

Mimicking synesthesia, visual meditation apps leveraging biofeedback, exposure therapy, and a full-blown near-death experience—this is the kind of stuff that makes VR interesting.


This Week in Psychoactives - 2.15.19

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CANNABIS

  • Senator Files '420' Marijuana Bill To Legalize It Federally (Forbes)

  • Mexican Senate Report Lays Out Marijuana Legalization Considerations (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Mexico Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill At Committee Hearing (Marijuana Moment)

  • Oregon has more legal cannabis than the state can consume in six years (Quartz)

  • States With Legal Medical Marijuana Have Lower Teen Use Rates, Large-Scale Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Why CBD Works Better With a Little THC (Even If You Don’t Want to Get High) (Leafly)

  • Study Shows How Marijuana Component CBD Can Help People With Substance Use Disorders (Marijuana Moment)

  • Veterans Medical Marijuana Access Legislation Introduced In House and Senate (NORML)

  • European Parliament Approves Medical Marijuana Resolution (Marijuana Moment)

  • Bill to Provide Greater Access for Virginia Medical Cannabis Patients Succeeds (NORML)

  • Missouri Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Expungement Bill For Medical Cannabis Patients (Marijuana Moment)

  • Kamala Harris Got So High Smoking Weed in College She Thought She Was Listening To Snoop Dogg and Tupac (Reason)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Michigan’s First Cannabis Lounge Is the Chill Alternative to Bars (Leafly)

  • Marijuana possession bill reintroduced in state Senate (Winston-Salem Journal)

  • Maury Povich Smoked A Marijuana Strain Named After His Wife, Journalist Connie Chung (Marijuana Moment)

  • Dan Bilzerian's Weed Company Is Keeping Sexist Cannabis Ads Alive (VICE)

  • If you support marijuana legalization, you should support safe injection sites (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Here's How New Mothers are Using CBD to Combat Baby Brain (Civilized)

  • Aurora Cannabis earnings show big growth in pot sales, but worrisome profit trend (MarketWatch)

LSD

  • The Man who Mapped LSD (OUPblog)

  • Microdoses of LSD change how you perceive time (Big Think)

  • Amanda Feilding: ‘LSD can get deep down and reset the brain – like shaking up a snow globe’ (The Guardian)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • $1m kicked into campaign for magic mushroom therapy (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Push to legalize psychedelic mushrooms gains traction in Eugene (KEZI)

  • Hallucinogenic Mushrooms Are Having a Moment. Here's What It's All About. (Cheddar)

  • Magic Mushrooms Show Promising Results for Treating PTSD and Depression (San Diego Entertainer Magazine)

MDMA

  • MDMA Users May Have a Social Advantage Over People Who Use Other Drugs (Inverse)

  • Israel's Health Ministry Approves Compassionate Use of MDMA to Treat PTSD (Haaretz)

  • MDMA Expanded Access is almost here. What’s it all about? (Psymposia)

  • Use of Ecstasy spreading in Cebu: PDEA 7 (Sun.Star)

  • Police issue a warning for yellow octopus ecstasy pills (Mixmag)

  • Daniel Eades, 19, took MDMA at Halo and Wetherspoon (Bournemouth Echo)

  • Young dad dies after taking ecstasy on New Year's Eve (Derbyshire Live)

AYAHUASCA

  • The First Indigenous Ayahuasca Conference (Yubaka Hayrá) in Acre Demonstrates Political, Cultural and Spiritual Resistance (Chacruna)

  • Ayahuasca Shows Huge Potential As a Treatment For Severe Depression (Reset.me)

  • What Ayahuasca is Trying to Teach Us: An Interview with Dennis McKenna (Reality Sandwich)

  • Mindful Eating as a support for Ayahuasca Dieta (Tam Integration)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Severe bleeding associated with use of tainted synthetic cannabinoids (AAP News)

  • Colorectal cancer: Scientists halt growth with cannabinoid compounds (Medical News Today)

  • Children as young as THREE are treated in hospital after taking Spice as Britain's synthetic drug crisis deepens (Daily Mail)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Laughing gas now an option for women giving birth (Everything Lubbock)

  • Residents 'disgusted' after piles of 'hippy crack' canisters dumped outside Cambridge home (Cambridgeshire Live)

  • Everything you need to know about nangs, the worrying craze growing amongst Aussie teens. (Mamamia)

KETAMINE

  • Taking Ketamine Can Feel a Lot Like a Near-Death Experience (Tonic)

  • F.D.A. Panel Recommends New Depression Treatment (The New York Times)

  • Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles Commemorates Five Years of Patient Success Stories (New Kerala)

PCP

  • Man who killed USA Today reporter in PCP-fueled crash sentenced to six years in prison (The Washington Post)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease (The New York Times)

  • Mapping the Opioid Epidemic (New America)

  • Overdose remedy naloxone now carried by all Ventura police officers (Ventura County Star)

  • Mass. Issues Guidelines After Boston Nurse Was Denied Life Insurance For Carrying Naloxone (WBUR)

  • Even in best-case scenario, opioid overdose deaths will keep rising until 2022 (Los Angeles Times)

  • Opioid-Related Deaths Decreasing in Iowa, Report Shows (WHO-TV)

  • Veterinarian sentenced to 6 years for stitching heroin into puppies and turning them into drug mules (INSIDER)

  • Why the Rural Opioid Crisis Is Different From the Urban One (CityLab)

  • Opium cultivation business squeezed by market shift towards meth (Myanmar Times)

  • Vet saves Victoria puppy with naloxone injection (Maple Ridge News)

  • Offer: help solve the opioid crisis, have your student loans forgiven (Rooster Magazine)

  • Indy coffee shop is the newest place to offer life-saving drug naloxone (Fox 59)

  • Coroner: No carfentanil spike locally, but OD deaths are up (Dayton Daily News)

  • 'Church Of Safe Injection' Offers Needles, Naloxone To Prevent Opioid Overdoses (NPR)

  • It's too late to save my son's life, but this drug can save others (The Sacramento Bee)

  • Houston Cop Involved in Deadly Drug Raid Relieved of Duty Due to 'Ongoing Questions' (Reason)

  • Naloxone training could help save numerous lives (KVAL)

METHAMPHETAMINE

BENZODIAZEPINES

  • The Deadly Worst Case Scenario for America's Xanax Obsession (VICE)

ALCOHOL

  • Beer before wine, you'll feel fine? Not according to a new study (CTV News)

  • More than 100 dead after drinking bootleg alcohol in India (Reuters)

  • Man 'under influence of alcohol' allegedly beats stepdaughter to death (Jakarta Post)

  • How heavy drinking might boost your appetite for alcohol (Health24)

  • Alcohol Problems Grow as Booze Gets a Bigger Kick (WebMD)

  • Alcohol’s effects on the brain (The Ithacan)

  • Plan to raise alcohol limits in beer at Utah stores approved (Cache Valley Daily)

  • Report says Utah has lowest alcohol consumption per capita in country (KUTV 2News)

  • Thousands sign petition to stop ban of alcohol on some Michigan rivers (WXYZ)

  • I Stopped Drinking For 30 Days — & My Skin Got So Much Better (Refinery29)

  • Giving up alcohol made our lives better — and turned us into terrible guests (The Washington Post)

ABSINTHE

  • Does absinthe really make drinkers hallucinate? (Fox News)

NOOTROPICS

  • Brain‑Enhancing 'Smart Drugs' Promise a Boost in Creativity, Memory (The Swaddle)

  • Seven Mental and Athletic Performance Benefits of Nootropics (Youth Health Magazine)

  • Noopept: one of the most potent brain boosters on the market (London Post)

KRATOM

  • Kratom Is A Drug, But Indonesia Really Wants It To Remain An Unlicensed Supplement (Science 2.0)

  • The FDA is wrong about kratom (The Washington Post)

  • Regulations Are On Hold as Kratom Debate Rages (WebMD)

  • Kratom No Longer Allowed In Columbus (WCBI)

  • What Is Kratom & Why Is It Being Used For Opiate Self-Detox? (Psychology Today)

  • Miracle treatment or dangerous drug? (The Star Online)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • El Chapo, the Notorious Drug Kingpin, Has Been Found Guilty in His U.S. Trial (TIME)

  • 'Kitty Flipping' and the Psychonaut Obsession with Mixing Drugs (VICE)

  • FDA explores using blockchain to track drug supplies (Engadget)

  • How Brexit Will Shape Britain's Drug Supply (VICE)

  • GOP Iowa lawmaker proposes decriminalizing psychedelic drugs for medical use (The Hill)

  • Sri Lanka hiring hangmen, inspired by Philippines' war on drugs (Reuters)

  • Will El Chapo's conviction change anything in the drug trade? (The Guardian)

  • Victoria city councillors call on B.C. to provide safe-inhalation sites for drugs (Times Colonist)

  • Tennessee bill would charge pregnant women using drugs if baby born addicted (KMPH)

  • Students Turn To Study Drugs And Alcohol To Cope With Campus Life (Forbes)

  • Is there something divine about gender and psychedelics? (The Psychedelic Scientist)

  • Microdosing Hallucinogens Has Positive Effects—but Not What You Might Suspect (Pacific Standard)

  • Riverstyx: A Small Family Foundation That Funds Psychedelic Research and Other Fringe Causes (Inside Philanthropy)

  • Sex On Drugs (PSU Vanguard)

  • The case for drug decriminalization in Baltimore (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Japan managed to win its war on drugs, why can’t we? (The Spectator)

  • Trip Sitters and Conscious Bachelorette: Interview with Chi of Truffles Therapy (Psychedelic Times)

  • Psychedelics Live Up to Early Promise (Discover Magazine)

  • How 'Russian Doll' flirts with psychedelic therapy (The Outline)

  • Becoming an Entheogen (Medium)

  • Psychedelic Meditation (The Third Wave)


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This Week in Psychoactives - 1.25.19

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CANNABIS

  • Does marijuana use really cause psychotic disorders? (The Guardian)

  • 2018 Was A Major Year For Cannabis Legislation And 2019 Is Shaping Up To Be Much Bigger (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Study on Cannabis and Autism Supports Parents’ Longtime Claims (Leafly)

  • Study Debunks Claim That Traffic Deaths Increase On The 4/20 Marijuana Holiday (Marijuana Moment)

  • Want To Minor In Cannabis? This SUNY Program Could Be For You (Forbes)

  • Virginia Medical Cannabis Bills Clear Senate Committee (NORML)

  • First Senate Marijuana Bill Of 2019 Would Force Study On Medical Cannabis For Veterans (Marijuana Moment)

  • Massachusetts Dispensary Replaces Lines With App (Ganjapreneur)

  • Most U.S. Mayors Support Legalizing Marijuana, Survey Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis Cafes Are Coming (Forbes)

  • Women And Baby Boomers Are Increasingly Embracing Marijuana, New Market Report Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Weed Website Offers Unpaid Federal Workers Free Medical Marijuana That They Can’t Legally Smoke (Reason)

  • Young people in liberal states use more cannabis, but have lower rates of dependence (The Verge)

  • DC Lawmaker Proposes Same-Day Medical Marijuana Access And Social Use Spaces (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis equity aimed at helping those most affected by the war on drugs (The News Tribune)

  • Future Weed: Formulations, Patents and Where Cannabis Is Going Next (Rolling Stone)

  • Federal Judge Rules For Medical Marijuana Grower In Free Speech Case (Marijuana Moment)

  • CBS Blocked a Medical Marijuana Commercial From Playing During the Super Bowl (TIME)

  • Can Cannabis Actually Boost Concentration? (Civilized)

  • Lawmakers File Competing Medical Marijuana Research Bills Amid Language Dispute (Marijuana Moment)

  • Potential Contaminants in CBD and THC Oils (News-Medical.net)

  • Opioid Addiction Is Now A Medical Marijuana Qualifying Condition In New Jersey (Marijuana Moment)

  • On Pot and Psychosis: Five Questions for Alex Berenson (Undark)

  • Pennsylvania Governor Announces Statewide Marijuana Legalization Listening Tour (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Next Attorney General May Not Bar Progress On Cannabis Policy After All (Forbes)

  • Good Luck Getting Medical Cannabis On the NHS (VICE)

  • Cannabis can help with better sex, but low doses are key (Global News)

  • DC Mayor Considers How To Legalize Marijuana Sales In Light Of Congressional Block (Marijuana Moment)

  • 9 Governors Get 'A' Grades for Marijuana Reform, Up From 2 Last Year (Reason)

  • Potential 2020 Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Calls Marijuana Legalization ‘Nonsensical’ (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Meet America's Youngest Cannabis CEO (Civilized)

  • If these Northeast states legalize adult-use marijuana, they could generate billions of dollars in sales (Marijuana Business Daily)

  • Hallucinogenic Strains of Cannabis (Seattle Weekly)

  • What LA's First Weed Rave Means for the Future of Cannabis and Nightlife (Civilized)

  • U.S. Surgeon General Deletes Tweet About Medical Marijuana And Children (Marijuana Moment)

  • Alex Berenson: Pot is not a cure-all medicine – I told the truth and the backlash has been incredible (Fox News)

  • The cannabis business is booming — but that’s not necessarily good if you’re an investor (CNBC)

  • Goop CCO Is Eyeing CBD, THC, Psychedelics as Wellness Empire Expands (Cheddar)

LSD

  • Marc Emery Gave LSD, Ecstasy To Underage Girls: Ex-Employees (HuffPost)

  • Not a transit point, Kolkata now an LSD market: Cops (The Times of India)

  • Police: Ohio student on LSD attacked and grabbed staffers' breasts (NBC4 WCMH-TV)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Psilocybin combined with psychological support might correct pessimism biases in depression (PsyPost)

  • Most Oregon Voters Favor Legalizing Psilocybin Mushrooms For Medical Use, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Terminally ill patients to be given magic mushroom hallucinogen (Metro)

  • Magic mushrooms to soothe the dying (Crikey)

  • Dutch retreat claims magic truffles could be ‘the secret to improving your relationship’ — but do they really work? (The Sun)

  • 10 potential risks of taking 'magic' mushrooms (INSIDER)

MDMA

  • Will MDMA-assisted psychotherapy be covered by health insurance? (Psymposia)

  • How does ecstasy kill? (The Conversation)

  • Most ecstasy pills tested by WA’s ChemCentre found they contained no MDMA (PerthNow)

AYAHUASCA

  • Behind the scenes at Kenzo’s ayahuasca-fueled Fall/Winter 2019 show (Document Journal)

PEYOTE

  • The Supreme Court's 'peyote decision' limited freedom of religion. Is it in trouble? (Los Angeles Times)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Disturbing moment ‘spice zombie’ howls and writhes on ground in front of city centre shoppers in broad daylight (The Sun)

  • Police raid two Savannah businesses selling synthetic cannabinoids (11Alive)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • More women choosing nitrous oxide to help them through labor (KXAN)

  • Nitrous Oxide stolen from QA Hospital in Portsmouth (ITV News)

KETAMINE

  • Ketamine May Be Equally Effective in Anxious vs Nonanxious Depression (Psychiatry Advisor)

  • Ketamine Reduced Opioid Need in Severely Injured Subgroup (General Surgery News)

  • Hennepin Healthcare ketamine probe recommends more training, internal reviews (KMSP-TV)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • Police and Media Keep Spreading the Myth That Merely Touching Fentanyl Can Kill You (Gizmodo)

  • Study Links Drug Maker Gifts for Doctors to More Overdose Deaths (The New York Times)

  • A New Drug Policy Approach Can Alleviate Poverty in Rural India (Talking Drugs)

  • Free naloxone kits, training being offered in Chico after mass overdose (KRCR)

  • FDA Pushing for Over-The-Counter Sales of Naloxone (Pain News Network)

  • What’s Taking So Long for Naloxone to Be Made Available Over the Counter? (Filter)

  • Wound Botulism Outbreak Linked to Heroin Raises Concern of Opioid Epidemic Effects (Contagion Live)

  • Thunder Bay paramedics report naloxone use jumped 5 times over previous year (CBC)

  • Buprenorphine May Be an Optimal Treatment for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (Monthly Prescribing Reference)

  • Design team creates a naloxone dispenser (Medical Xpress)

  • Post-Naloxone Observation of ED Patients is Focus of Study (Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences News)

  • Yes, Opium Soaked Tampons Were Actually A Thing Roman Ancients Used To Cure Headaches (Rare)

  • Libraries saving lives: Pilot program trains employees to administer naloxone (KPTV)

  • The Importance Of Patient-Centric Opioid Prescribing Guidelines (Forbes)

  • Vermont prison staff will carry opioid rescue medication Narcan after rise in overdoses (Burlington Free Press)

  • Lancaster County tops list for charging heroin dealers with homicide (WITF)

  • Volunteer medical first responders not allowed to administer Naloxone (Regina Leader-Post)

  • Is Medically Prescribed Heroin the Answer to the Opioid Crisis? (Healthline)

  • Rantz: Seattle public health officials give tips to be a better heroin user (KTTH)

COCAINE

  • Cocaine in London river is making eels 'hyperactive,' researchers say (Fox News)

  • Scientists Kept Rats Sober by Deleting Memories of Cocaine (Futurism)

  • Steve-O from Jackass admits he once snorted cocaine splattered with HIV-positive blood (Newshub)

  • Cocaine found in singer Chris Brown's hotel room not his, he wants to sue rape accuser for defamation: Lawyer (The Straits Times)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Why Crystal Meth Has Made a Big Comeback in Philadelphia (Filter)

  • Amid South Dakota's meth epidemic, recovering addict helps others find sobriety (The Dickinson Press)

ALCOHOL

  • Alcohol-Linked Disease Overtakes Hep C As Top Reason For Liver Transplant (Kaisser Health News)

  • New study finds areas in brain that cause alcohol addiction (The Drinks Business)

  • Alcohol marketers face sobering times as moderation trend grows (Ad Age)

  • Singapore lifts ban on sale of food products containing alcohol (The Drinks Business)

  • This Is Why Anne Hathaway Has Given Up Alcohol (Marie Claire)

  • Many migraine sufferers wary of alcohol as a headache trigger (Reuters)

ABSINTHE

  • Chasing the green fairy: Absinthe, fact and fiction (Earth.com)

NOOTROPICS

  • Nootropics, or ‘Smart Drugs,’ Are Gaining Popularity. But Should You Take Them? (TIME)

KRATOM

KAVA

  • Fiji Kava Applauds Australian Government’s Decision To Ease Kava Import Regulations (Fiji Sun)

  • Drinking kava can tackle the root of your stress problems (The Daily Texan)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • How can we take power away from criminal gangs? Legalise drugs (The Guardian)

  • The Pentagon Spent Billions Fighting the War on Drugs Without Even Asking for a Plan (Motherboard)

  • A Brief History of Microdosing Research (Psychedelic Times)

  • Needle and syringe programmes cost-effectively prevent hepatitis C transmission (Medical Xpress)

  • More people in recovery from substance use problems are quitting smoking than ever before (EurekAlert!)

  • ‘Example to the world': Sri Lanka president plans to copy Duterte's war on drugs (The Guardian)

  • More Companies Should Offer Bathroom Syringe Disposals Like Starbucks (Filter)

  • I'm 'coming out' about drugs: it's time get real about pill testing (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Drug deaths at music festivals: one overdose victim 'took up to nine MDMA pills' (The Guardian)

  • Three Charts on who uses illicit drugs in Australia (The Conversation)

  • SW's resistance to pill testing will drive dealers to sell 'more dangerous drugs', ACT warns (The Guardian)

  • Combining Psychedelics with Capitalism May Cause Unintended Side Effects (Chacruna)

  • Which ACT politicians have tried cannabis, MDMA and acid? (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Cosmic Sister and #PsychedelicFeminism: Interview with Zoe Helene (Psychedelic Times)

  • A Supervised Drug Use Site? Meet the Leaders Behind Denver's Push. (Westword)

  • Psychedelics & Meditation – How They’ve Informed Each Other On My Path (Maps Of The Mind)

  • Should all drugs be legalised now? (The London Economic)

  • Carbondale hosts ‘non-hallucinogenic’ psychedelic seminar (The Aspen Times)

  • Reforming Regulation to Promote Medical Use of Psychedelic Drugs (The Regulatory Review)

  • Injecting centre for Cork drug addicts still under evaluation (Echo Live)

  • What Is Harm Reduction, Anyway? (Filter)

  • 'War on drugs' doesn't tackle the drug problem (The Hill)


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This Week in Psychoactives - 1.18.19

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CANNABIS

  • Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana In The U.S. Virgin Islands (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis in Congress: Why Federally Legal Weed Could Soon Be a Reality (Rolling Stone)

  • What Alex Berenson’s new book gets wrong about marijuana, psychosis, and violence (Vox)

  • A Study Found That People Enjoyed Sex More When High Than When Drunk (Brides)

  • Rhode Island Governor Proposes Legalizing Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Trinidad and Tobago to Decriminalise Cannabis, Consider Legalisation (Talking Drugs)

  • Attorney General Nominee Commits To Leave State-Legal Marijuana Programs Alone (NORML)

  • The technology behind the world's largest cannabis dispensary (Engadget)

  • Now that Canada Legalized, What's Next for Marijuana Law Reform? (Civilized)

  • Is CBD a Miracle Cure or a Marketing Scam? (Both.) (Reason)

  • New Congressional Bill Would Enshrine Rescinded Marijuana Memo Into Federal Law (Marijuana Moment)

  • All the Things the New Anti-Weed Crusade Gets Horribly Wrong (VICE)

  • Surging Cannabis Use Drags Down Beer Sales To Its Lowest Ebb, Says Top Analyst (Forbes)

  • Cannabis Business Booms But That Does Not Mean A Beverage Alcohol Bust (Forbes)

  • Marijuana Legalization Will Be A Top Priority For Hawaii Legislature In 2019 (Marijuana Moment)

  • How Dangerous is Marijuana, Really? (The Marshall Project)

  • Lawmakers In Portugal Debate Two Marijuana Legalization Bills (Marijuana Moment)

  • How Britain became the world’s largest expert in medical marijuana (The Spectator)

  • Gubernatorial Report Card: Learn Where Your Governor Stands on Marijuana Policy (NORML)

  • Now you can get weed delivered to you anywhere in California, even in cities that ban pot (Desert Sun)

  • The mature stoner: why are so many seniors smoking weed? (The Guardian)

  • New York Gov. Cuomo Releases Marijuana Legalization Details (Marijuana Moment)

  • Is Legalizing Marijuana Too Risky? (The New York Times)

  • Canadians Spent $1.6 Billion on Legal Weed in 2018: Report (VICE)

  • New York City Cannabis Film Festival Spotlights the Hard Work Towards Legalization — And the Harder Work Still to Come (Civilized)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Julián Castro Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Don't Call It "Weed," and Other Tips from the Cannabis Media Summit (The New Yorker)

  • Oklahoma Cops Jail Four Men for Transporting Legal Hemp (Reason)

  • What Brooklyn's First Dispensary Says About Medical Marijuana in New York (Civilized)

  • Illinois Governor Pledges To Legalize Marijuana In Inaugural Address (Marijuana Moment)

  • Smoking cannabis just once can change a teenager's brain (The Independent)

  • The Reasonable Way to View Marijuana's Risks (The New York Times)

  • GOP Congressman Refiles Marijuana Research Bill With Important Changes (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis stocks fall after attorney general nominee's comments about marijuana (MarketWatch)

  • It's Time To Unshackle Cannabis Research Efforts (Forbes)

  • Senators Urge Federal Agency To Update Hemp Policies During Government Shutdown (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where the (Legal) Weed At? More States Eye Cannabis Legalization (The Root)

  • OPINION: Some growers complacent about using irradiation on cannabis (The GrowthOp)

  • Kalamazoo pub looks to become cannabis club (WOOD-TV)

  • Bob Marley brand of cannabis-infused drinks on the way (USA Today)

  • What It's Like Running a CBD Company as a One-Woman Show (Civilized)

  • Sen. Chuck Schumer Welcomes Major Cannabis Company To New York’s Hemp Industry (Marijuana Moment)

  • White Rabbit High Tea is a 420-Friendly Wonderland for Grown-Ups (Civilized)

  • The MBA graduate who fired up cannabis distribution (Financial Times)

  • Marijuana Stock Aurora Cannabis Is Rising After It Bought Whistler Medical Marijuana (Barron's)

LSD

  • Acid and the sexual psychonauts (Wellcome Collection)

  • This guy wrote a short story about carrier sailors tripping on acid and it’s glorious (Navy Times)

  • Doctors warn trippers of severe danger of using LSD-laden 'deadly stamps' (The Nation)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • A Melbourne Hospital Will Trial Magic Mushroom Therapy for Dying Patients (VICE)

  • Denver Could Become First City to Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms (Rolling Stone)

  • Magic Mushrooms warning as foragers told mild winter has led to abundance of psychedelic fungi (The Telegraph)

  • Fun with Anxiety: Why I’m Considering Becoming a Scofflaw (Portland Mercury)

MDMA

  • Police dog went to rave and got high on ecstasy (Metro)

  • The Future of MDMA: Phase 3 and Beyond (Psymposia)

  • MDMA hospitalisation cases in NSW hit record (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • How will MDMA be rescheduled in the future? You may be disappointed. (Psymposia)

  • Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian Admit to Doing Ecstasy After Kim Says Made Her Sex Tape While High (People)

  • Rugby teenager held after boy fell ill 'taking ecstasy' (BBC)

AYAHUASCA

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • What is Synthetic Weed? Know the Side Effects, Street Names and More (Campus Safety Magazine)

  • Intoxication from synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists often missed (MDLinx)

  • Feds to seek 3-year prison sentence for Capitol Petro owner for selling synthetic marijuana (Madison.com)

  • 'Concerning new trends' around synthetic drugs in New Zealand - report (TVNZ)

  • Sheffield police 'in far better position' as war on spice drug abuse continues (The Star)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Crawley footballer caught with Sussex’s ‘biggest ever haul’ of laughing gas (Crawley Observer)

KETAMINE

  • Crystal Meth, Ketamine 'Godfather' and Former Communist Party Chief Executed (Newsweek)

  • Handcuffed, drugged with ketamine: Truth behind Thai cave rescue (news.com.au)

  • Ketamine a Viable Alternative to Opioids for Severe Pain In ER (Pharmacy Practice News)

  • Ketamine infusions could work better than antidepressants for patients with hard-to-treat depression, anxiety and substance abuse (Daily Mail)

PCP

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • New App Uses Sonar to Detect Opioid Overdoses (Scientific American)

  • Police dog given Narcan to reverse overdose at Port Canaveral (WFLA)

  • Report: Americans Are Now More Likely To Die Of An Opioid Overdose Than On The Road (WBUR)

  • The FDA Is Trying to Make It Easier for Drug Companies to Provide Over-the-Counter Opioid Overdose Antidote (TIME)

  • Profiting From Death - The Naloxone Money Story (Psychology Today)

  • Philly paramedics treated more overdoses last year — but used less Narcan (Billy Penn)

  • Man Charged With Homicide For Sharing Drugs With Woman Who Later Died (The Appeal)

  • Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate (The New York Times)

  • Exposure to fentanyl doesn’t kill but misinformation does (Philly.com)

  • B.C. health official questions value of handing out free naloxone nasal spray (CBC)

  • Are Narcan parties real? 'Sounds like something for Hollywood,' addiction expert says (The Enquirer)

  • Jackson County deputy recovering from accidental Fentanyl overdose (WJHG)

  • New bill would make Naloxone more available (Idaho Press)

  • It Happened Here: North Yakima cracks down on ‘underground’ opium dens (Yakima Herald)

  • Mass Overdose in California Kills 1, Injures 12 (TIME)

  • He was a small-time heroin dealer in Virginia. Four women he dated have fatally overdosed. (The Washington Post)

  • Madelyn Linsenmeir to Cops in Booking Video: 'I'm Very Ill Right Now' (Seven Days)

  • Alternative Development Project in Laos enables former opium farmers to learn about Coffee Cultivation from experts (UNODC)

  • Drop in Clallam County opioid deaths attributed to naloxone (Peninsula Daily News)

  • What You Should Know About Using Naloxone (WBUR)

COCAINE

  • Kings of cocaine: how the Albanian mafia seized control of the UK drugs trade (The Guardian)

  • Coke dealers now selling cocaine in eco-friendly reusable packages (Rooster Magazine)

  • Born to run: Just not on cocaine (Science Daily)

  • Florida man chews up seat of police car after cocaine arrest, officials say (Fox News)

  • Cocaine user didn’t know it was fentanyl. He died. Sheriff says the crisis has arrived (The Fresno Bee)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Cannabis convictions fall in New Zealand while meth still on the rise (Newshub)

  • Call to Develop Meth Addiction Meds Mustn’t Obscure Woeful Lack of Access to Existing Tools (Filter)

ALCOHOL

  • A new study says the CDC inflated women’s risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancies (Quartz)

  • How Prohibition Fueled the Klan (The New York Times)

  • Genetic risks play part in fetal alcohol syndrome (UW Medicine)

  • New study calls to end alcohol ads during sport (AdNews)

  • As Americans Drink Less Alcohol, Booze Makers Look Beyond the Barrel (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Tough booze ban for WA's Pilbara to reduce alcohol-related violence (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

  • Wine is different from other alcohols, not responsible for binge drinking, French minister claims (Fox News)

  • 7 states that have strict laws about how and when you can drink alcohol (INSIDER)

  • How to know if an opened bottle of alcohol has gone bad (INSIDER)

KRATOM

  • Case Study Report: Herbal Supplement Kratom Associated With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (Neurology Advisor)

  • Kratom: Lawmaker pushing bill to make Utah first state to regulate the 'miracle cure' (ABC 4)

  • Georgia may regulate popular herbal supplement (FOX 5 Atlanta)

  • How To Market Your Kratom Business Legally (Kratom Guides)

  • Local doctors warn parents about kratom (WHEC)

KAVA

  • Cheers mate: Australia to allow kava imports to bolster Pacific ties (Reuters)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Singapore Creates New Drug Offences with Lengthy Sentences (Talking Drugs)

  • The ‘war on drugs’ is ineffective and violates human rights, say researchers and NGOs (Equal Times)

  • Overwhelming majority of voters support pill-testing – Guardian Essential poll (The Guardian)

  • Former Premier calls for legislation of drugs to stop deaths (Perth Now)

  • Psychedelics appear to have promising effects on human well-being — but rigorous research is lacking (PsyPost)

  • Watch a Florida Cop Botch a Drug Field Test on Video, Then Arrest an Innocent Man (Reason)

  • 'Evidence backs pill testing trials': physicians tell Berejiklian (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Meet the Painter Who Turns His Psychedelic Experiences Into Gallery Art (GQ)

  • Denver Mayor Hancock Used To Support A Safe-Injection Site. Now It’s Not So Clear (Colorado Public Radio)

  • Serotonergic Psychedelics LSD & Psilocybin Increase the Fractal Dimension of Cortical Brain Activity in Spatial and Temporal Domains (bioRxiv)

  • Family of 'beautiful' teen plead for pill testing after suspected festival drug overdose (The Age)

  • Drug-testing service in Durham highlights dangers of the illegal trade (Chronicle Live)

  • Psychedelics: a lost and found weekend (Financial Times)

  • Facing Our Fears With Psychedelic Meditation (Tam Integration)

  • Creating While Clean (GQ)

  • Four-letter word a flaw in anti-pill testing argument (news.com.au)


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