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This Week in Psychoactives - 9.6.19

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CANNABIS

  • 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)

LSD

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

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • 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

  • 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)

AYAHUASCA

  • 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)

5-MEO-DMT

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

KETAMINE

PCP

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

OPIOIDS

  • 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)

COCAINE

  • Chronic cocaine use modifies gene expression (Medical Xpress)

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

METHAMPHETAMINE

CAFFEINE

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

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

TOBACCO

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

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

ALCOHOL

  • 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)

KRATOM

  • 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)

KAVA

MISCELLANEOUS

  • 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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Johns Hopkins Opens New Center for Psychedelic Research

Benedict Carey, writing for The New York Times:

On Wednesday, Johns Hopkins Medicine announced the launch of the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research, to study compounds like LSD and psilocybin for a range of mental health problems, including anorexia, addiction and depression. The center is the first of its kind in the country, established with $17 million in commitments from wealthy private donors and a foundation. Imperial College London launched what is thought to be the world’s first such center in April, with some $3.5 million from private sources.

First Imperial College London, now Johns Hopkins. It’s amazing to see two psychedelic research centers open up in one year. And $17 million from a group of private donors ain’t too bad.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this announcement is what will be studied:

Within the center, scientists will launch studies of psilocybin (the key psychedelic ingredient in magic mushrooms) as a treatment for a panoply of disorders and conditions: anorexia, opioid addiction, Alzheimer’s, chronic Lyme disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, and alcohol addiction. John Hopkins scientists will also study the effects of micro-dosing on healthy people, and will conduct a study on how psilocybin affects creativity.

Many of these tests of psilocybin are novel: The studies on anorexia, Alzheimer’s, opiate addiction, and Lyme disease will all be the first of their kind. And though there’s currently an advanced trial on using the psychedelic MDMA to treat PTSD, the John Hopkins trial will be the first to systematically evaluate psilocybin.

We’ll have to wait until these studies are published to see if psilocybin can successfully treat any of these ailments, but I’ll wager that it’s good for at least a few.


This Week in Psychoactives - 8.23.19

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CANNABIS

  • Federal Data Shows Youth Marijuana Use Isn’t Increasing Under Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Illicit Cannabis Vape Carts Hospitalized 7 in California, Doctors Say (Leafly)

  • Maryland Court Rules Marijuana Odor Not Enough To Search A Person (NPR)

  • Step Aside, Cannabinoids: Weed’s Flavonoids Fight Cancer, Too (MERRY JANE)

  • Marijuana Flower Offers More Pain Relief Than Other Cannabis Products, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Texas Might Have Accidentally Decriminalized Marijuana (GQ)

  • Bernie Sanders Calls For Legalization Of Marijuana And Safe Injection Sites (Marijuana Moment)

  • Canadian Men Are Twice as Likely to Use Cannabis as Women, Survey Says (MERRY JANE)

  • New Industry-Backed Marijuana Legalization Measure Filed In Florida (Marijuana Moment)

  • The FBI Just Launched a Corruption Probe Into the Weed Industry (MERRY JANE)

  • No eating, no drinking, and now, no marijuana before surgery, doctors say (The Boston Globe)

  • Oklahoma Bans Employment Discrimination Against Marijuana Patients (MERRY JANE)

  • Netflix Curbs Tobacco Use Onscreen, But Not Pot. What's Up With That? (NPR)

  • Elizabeth Warren’s Criminal Justice Plan Involves Legalizing Marijuana And Safe Injection Sites (Marijuana Moment)

  • State shuts down Walled Lake marijuana testing lab for fudging test results (Detroit Free Press)

  • Canadian woman faces lifetime ban after getting caught with CBD oil at U.S. border (CBC)

  • Credit Unions Can Bank Hemp Businesses, Federal Agency Announces (Marijuana Moment)

  • Jacksonville lawyer who claimed marijuana was legal must pay arrested clients $370k (The Florida Times-Union)

  • Fatty meal might affect how you absorb CBD (UPI)

  • North Carolina House OKs Ban on Smokable Hemp (Leafly)

  • Oregon Has Way Too Much Legal Weed. This Is Where It's Going (VICE)

  • Colorado man who says he was delivering hemp charged in SD with selling marijuana (Rapid City Journal)

  • Nearly every single person arrested for weed in NYC this year was black or Latinx (Queens Daily Eagle)

  • CBD Infused Food Products Ruled Illegal in Washington State (Sapling)

  • ‘The system is swamped.’ Canada can’t keep up with requests to study cannabis (Science Magazine)

  • Marijuana Can Boost Risks of Drinking Alcohol (Psych Central)

  • Canadians continue to buy cannabis illegally (Quartz)

  • Contrary to widespread belief, cannabis addiction is possible. Here’s what it’s like (Global News)

LSD

  • Tripping on Broadway: A New Musical Explores LSD Use by Cary Grant and More (The New York Times)

  • How Peter Fonda’s LSD trip with the Beatles produced a classic John Lennon lyric (Los Angeles Times)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

MDMA

  • MDMA treatment for alcoholism reduces relapse, study suggests (The Guardian)

  • Man dies from 'severe reaction' to MDMA days after the authorities warned of a strong batch of the drug circulating in Jersey (Jersey Evening Post)

  • Woman fell off Cornwall cliff and died after quitting social media and taking MDMA pills (Cornwall Live)

  • Girl, one, found CHEWING on MDMA capsule she found in dumped in a playground (The Sun)

DMT

AYAHUASCA

SALVIA DIVINORUM

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Dangerous Synthetic Cannabinoids Found in Liquid Claiming to be CBD (Cannabis Now)

  • Spice crisis deepens as 9 kids collapse after taking zombie drug and deaths surge (Mirror)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Mum died after self-medicating with 100 canisters of laughing gas (Metro)

KETAMINE

  • A single ketamine infusion combined with mindfulness-based therapy shows promise in treatment of cocaine addiction (PsyPost)

  • Ketamine may not be an actual antidepressant, but may decrease the burden of symptoms (Medical Xpress)

  • Boise organization researches ketamine use to treat depression (The Arbiter)

  • Donald Trump Thinks He Can Stop Veteran Suicides With Ketamine (Spin)

OPIOIDS

  • Wide distribution of Naloxone effective in preventing opioid-related deaths (Medical Xpress)

  • ‘Saved from a horrible fate’: Legal heroin prescribed to hundreds of UK drug users, figures reveal (The Independent)

  • 76% of opium produced in the world is discovered in Iran (Tehran Times)

  • Access to naloxone reduces opioid overdose deaths, saves money, study says (UPI)

  • Naloxone, a drug that reverses overdoses, can save lives. Here's why you should learn how to use it. (The Washington Post)

  • How often is fentanyl in your drugs? Some hard data (Rooster Magazine)

  • Canada Might Have Found a Back Door to End the War on Drugs (VICE)

  • How the Shakers Became America’s Best Opium Producers (The Daily Beast)

  • Op-Ed: A drug called buprenorphine saved me from heroin addiction. It could save millions more — if we let it (Los Angeles Times)

  • People Have Used, Abused Opioids For Thousands of Years (The Fix)

  • Opium addiction in Korea's past (Korea Times)

  • Babies born after opioid exposure deserve legal recognition, lawyers argue (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

  • Wisdom teeth removal is contributing to the opioid crisis, experts warn (CBS News)

  • 'What Would You Do?' focuses on the opioid crisis (ABC News)

COCAINE

  • Mexico judge approves recreational cocaine for two users (BBC)

  • Crack Cocaine Makes a Paris Neighborhood ‘Hell’ for Users and Residents (The New York Times)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Meth and heart disease correlation not fully understood (Medical Xpress)

  • The ‘fourth wave’ of the opioid crisis: Feds warn of a rise in meth use (TribLIVE)

CAFFEINE

  • Mormons warn that coffee, vaping are no-nos despite fancy names, alluring flavors (Fox News)

  • Is It Better to Drink Coffee Before or After You Exercise? The Answer Might Surprise You (Yahoo! Lifestyle)

TOBACCO

  • Tobacco industry anti-smoking ads reached less than half of U.S. adults (Reuters)

  • Why US lags behind on graphic cigarette warnings (BBC)

  • NYC Is Coming For Your Flavored Juul Pods (Gothamist)

ALCOHOL

  • Costa Rica Confirms 2 More Suspected Alcohol Poisoning Deaths, Raising Death Toll to 25 (TIME)

  • Why Warning Pregnant Women Not to Drink Can Backfire (The New York Times)

KRATOM

  • Kratom would require prescription in Michigan under Senate bill (WJRT)

  • Kratom Legality In Texas: Is It Legal To Buy, Carry, and Consume In The State? (Kratom Guides)

  • Is It Legal To Carry Kratom Products In Ohio? (Kratom Guides)

  • Does Kratom Really Help Athletes in Sports? (The Sports Daily)

  • What is kratom and why is its safety being questioned? (Health24)

KAVA

  • Kava Consumption Still An Issue Says Methodist Church President (Fiji Sun)

SANANGA

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Dozens of People in Multiple States Have Lung Disease Linked to Vaping, and No One Knows Why (Gizmodo)

  • Vaping May Harm Your Blood Flow—Even Without Nicotine (WIRED)

  • The World’s First Clinical Trials on Microdosing LSD and Psilocybin Are Coming (MERRY JANE)

  • Berkeley, CA May Be Next the City to Decriminalize Natural Psychedelics (Filter)

  • Synthetic Drugs Will Change the Global Drug Trade Forever (VICE)

  • Extinction Rebellion founder calls for mass psychedelic disobedience (New Scientist)

  • Pupils who take drugs, drink and smoke more likely to be unhappy (The Guardian)

  • Americans spend $150B on cocaine, meth, marijuana, heroin (UPI)

  • Use of Marijuana, Meth, Hallucinogens Up in New SAMHSA Survey (Medscape)

  • What Science Says About Using Sleep Medications (Discover Magazine)

  • Psychedelics and Women’s Health (Psychedelic Science Review)

  • Argentina Tries To Stop Synthetic Drug Traffickers Sidestepping Prosecution (InSight Crime)

  • Should Psychedelic Therapists Have First-hand Experience with Psychedelics? (Chacruna)

  • Safe injection rooms are key to halting rise in drug deaths – expert (The Guardian)

  • Psychedelic Yoga (Psychology Today)

  • Man Who Died of OD Was Allegedly “Kicked Out of Treatment for Smoking” (Filter)

  • Why are stimulant-related deaths spiking in the U.S.? (Salon)

  • Turf war between rival drug gangs sparks surge in shootings (Liverpool Echo)

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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, which actually covers the past four weeks’ worth of news since I was away on vacation for a few weeks:


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CANNABIS

  • Scent of unburnt marijuana exclusively is not grounds to search warehouse, SJC rules (The Boston Globe)

  • Vaping linked to marijuana use in young people, research says (CNN)

  • Here Are The Top 20 Most And Least Marijuana-Friendly U.S. Colleges (Marijuana Moment)

  • UC Davis Partners With DEA-Approved Company to Conduct Cannabis Research (UC Davis)

  • Cannabis restaurants are coming to California, with 'budtenders' and 'flower' service (The Washington Post)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Outside Lands Music Festival Raked in $1 Million in Legal Weed Sales (MERRY JANE)

  • Adults who mix cannabis with opioids for pain report higher anxiety, depression (Science Daily)

  • Medicinal cannabis: the hype is strong, but the evidence is weak (The Guardian)

  • Lack of Patient Protection Gets Colorado a "B" Grade in Medical Marijuana (Westword)

  • Is Your Weed Vegan? How Vegan Weed and Veganic Farming Avoids Fertilizers that Impact the Purity and Safety of Cannabis (Psychedelic Times)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • There’s Already a Company Developing Magic Mushroom Tea and Coffee in Denver (MERRY JANE)

  • Oregon Activists Take Next Step To Legalize Psilocybin For Medical Use (Marijuana Moment)

MDMA

  • Swingers Love Combining Ecstasy with Sex, Study Finds (MERRY JANE)

  • Ecstasy 'too child-friendly' as deaths rise to record levels (BBC)

  • Devastated mum of girl, 13, who died after taking ecstasy blames herself and wishes she’d told her ‘I love you’ (The Sun)

IBOGA

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • Synthetic MDMA-Like Drug Banned, Reportedly Linked to 125 Deaths (Your EDM)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

NITROUS OXIDE

OPIOIDS

  • Overdose survival rates high with naloxone, Stockton study finds (The Press of Atlantic City)

  • How to get naloxone, the antidote for an opioid overdose, in Maryland (The Baltimore Sun)

  • ETSU installs overdose drug Naloxone in every residence hall (WCYB)

CAFFEINE

  • Drinking coffee before bed does not affect sleep quality, study finds (Fox17)

  • Comparing different caffeine doses, as opposed to comparing to placebo alone, leads to robust sports nutrition conclusions, paper argues (NutraIngrediants-usa.com)

TOBACCO

  • The World Health Organization Blithely Denies Vaping Science (Filter)

  • FDA Rolls Out New Graphic Warnings For Cigarette Packages And Tobacco Ads (NPR)

  • WHO statement urging governments to ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship at international expositions (World Health Organization)

ALCOHOL

  • Religion and Drinking Alcohol in the U.S. (Gallup)

  • Bud and Booze Make Bad Bedfellows, Study Says (MERRY JANE)

KRATOM

MISCELLANEOUS

  • All U.S. Adults Should Be Screened for Illicit Drug Use, National Panel Urges (U.S. News & World Report)

  • Stay Off Your Phone While You're High, Study Says (MERRY JANE)

  • Benefits and challenges of psychedelic microdosing – as reported by microdosers (BMC Blogs Network)

  • The 40 Best Books About Shamanism and Plant Medicines (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, which actually covers the past four weeks’ worth of news since I was away on vacation for a few weeks:


This Week in Psychoactives - 7.19.19

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CANNABIS

  • California Claims the Crown for the Nation’s First Recreational Pot Cafes (MERRY JANE)

  • Australian Researchers Say You Can Treat Cannabis Dependency with... Cannabis? (MERRY JANE)

  • Senate Schedules Hearing On Marijuana Business Banking Access (Forbes)

  • That Alarming CBD Liver Damage Study Is Bunk—And the Media Should Know Better (Leafly)

  • Were Vikings POTHEADS? Archaeologists uncover evidence of cannabis at 1,000-year-old settlement (The Sun)

  • Legalizing Marijuana Leads To Fewer Illegal Grow Sites In National Forests, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pennsylvania Adds Anxiety as Medical Marijuana Qualifying Condition (MERRY JANE)

  • New Roadside Cannabis Test Approved for Use in Canada (Leafly)

  • Marijuana Legalization Associated With Decreased Interest In Alcohol, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Hampshire: Governor Signs Marijuana Annulment Measure (NORML)

  • As More States Legalize, DEA Chops Down Fewer Marijuana Plants, Federal Data Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pot-smoking parents are harsher with discipline: study (New York Post)

  • Marijuana Legalization Could Be On The Horizon For British Virgin Islands (Marijuana Moment)

  • Recent cannabis use tied to memory deficits, slowed mental processing (Reuters)

  • Kamala Harris Evolved Slowly on Legalization, but She’s All About It Now (Leafly)

  • Thousands Of Comments Urge FDA To Allow CBD In Foods And Supplements (Marijuana Moment)

  • Three Republicans Stand in the Way of Federal Weed Legalization (Rolling Stone)

  • Medical cannabis is gaining momentum in Asia (CNBC)

  • THC Testing is Bullshit and You're Getting Screwed (Beard Bros Pharms)

  • Sound Garden owners plan Maryland’s first medical cannabis lounge in Fells Point (The Baltimore Sun)

LSD

  • Kid Cudi reveals iconic Coachella jam was the result of an LSD trip (Dancing Astronaut)

  • Everything We Know About The YouTube Engineer Who Injured 8 People On LSD Rampage (YourTango)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

MDMA

  • REPORT: First MDMA/Psychotherapy Trial Successful In Combatting Alcoholism (Your EDM)

  • Breakthrough PTSD treatment using party drug MDMA coming soon to Philly region (PhillyVoice)

  • Hamilton schoolboy dies after ‘ecstasy’ horror as three more teens rushed to hospital (The Scottish Sun)

  • Will MDMA Show Up On a Drug Test? (VICE)

  • Mum's unusual pledge after daughter dies from MDMA overdose at festival (Yahoo! News)

AYAHUASCA

  • Olivia Newton-John proposed to boyfriend after taking hallucinogen drug! (All4Women)

Yopo

  • An Introduction to Yopo in the Venezuelan Piaroan Tradition (DMT Times)

5-MEO-DMT

  • Upcoming World Bufo Alvarius Congress Looks to Nurture Global 5-MeO-DMT Community (Psychedelic Times)

SAN PEDRO

  • Man selling giant hallucinogenic cactus says he's not a drug dealer (Newshub)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Kids thought this was 'natural cannabis' vape juice... it was Spice. Nine people who ended up in hospital could have died (Manchester Evening News)

KETAMINE

  • Ketamine-like drug for depression could get UK licence within the year (The Guardian)

  • Ketamine for Depression: Clinical Evidence and Concerns (Psychiatry Advisor)

OPIOIDS

  • "We Didn't Cause the Crisis": David Sackler Pleads His Case on the Opioid Epidemic (Vanity Fair)

  • Delta to carry Narcan on planes after passenger ‘carried out in body bag’ following overdose (The Independent)

  • Media Frame: Fentanyl Panic is Worsening the Overdose Crisis (The Appeal)

  • The Louvre Removed the Name of OxyContin-Linked Sackler Family From Its Walls (TIME)

  • States Are Making Progress on Opioids. Now the Money That's Helping Them May Dry Up (The New York Times)

  • Opioid Shipments Increased by Over 50% as Addiction Crisis Grew, Federal Data Shows (TIME)

  • What to call someone who uses heroin? (ScienceDaily)

COCAINE

  • Passenger from Colombia fails to fool Spanish police with his cocaine-under-the-toupee trick (CBS News)

  • What Does Cocaine Do to the Heart? (VICE)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Asia's meth trade is worth an estimated $61B as region becomes 'playground' for drug gangs (CNN)

  • How Myanmar Became A Global Center For Meth & Other Synthetic Drugs (The Fix)

  • Police Warn Flushing Drugs Could Create Terrifying 'Meth Gators' (People)

CAFFEINE

  • Under 16s set to be 'banned' from buying caffeine-filled energy drinks (Edinburgh Live)

  • Hot coffee or iced? Study says higher temp provides more health benefits (KABC)

  • Daily coffee doesn't affect cancer risk (Medical Xpress)

TOBACCO

  • New York Raises Statewide Smoking Age to 21 (TIME)

  • Raising tobacco sales age to 21: Ohio becomes latest state in national trend (Cincinnati.com)

  • Tobacco Plants Made to Produce Useful Compounds (Scientific American)

ALCOHOL

KRATOM

  • Drug Researchers Raise Concern Over "Misleading" Evidence in Kratom Studies (Inverse)

  • What to know about kratom for depression (Medical News Today)

  • Kratom Ban Back on the Table in Oxford (Hotty Toddy)

KHAT

  • Miraa farmers mull tough sanitary laws with eyes fixed on new export markets (The Star)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Berkeley City Council Considers Decriminalizing Psychedelics This Week (Marijuana Moment)

  • Science of microdosing psychedelics 'remains patchy and anecdotal', says review (Imperial College London)

  • El Chapo, the Notorious Drug Kingpin, Has Been Sentenced to Life in Prison in the U.S. (TIME)

  • New data shows drug overdose deaths fell in 2018. But there’s a big catch. (Vox)

  • Scotland drug deaths – 1,200 deaths recorded in 2018 as worst ever figures released (The Sun)

  • People who microdose psychedelic substances report improved mood and focus (Medical Xpress)

  • New Bill Ensures Some Retroactive Drug War Justice for New Hampshire (High Times)

  • Future of drug-sniffing dogs uncertain after Colorado Supreme Court ruling (The Coloradoan)

  • Microdosing has a critic — one of its pioneers (Rooster Magazine)

  • Police Thought They Beat the Darknet Drug Markets – They Didn't (VICE)

  • Nutrition Is an Overlooked Aspect of Harm Reduction (Filter)

  • Framing addiction as a disease: Research shows that message might backfire (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Survey reveals extent of music festival drug use (The Australian)

  • The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Problematic Process for Religious Exemption for Use of Prohibited Psychoactive Substances (Chacruna)

  • The Risky Business of Psychedelic Therapy (Medium)

  • How Congress can expand access to addiction treatment — immediately (The Hill)

  • Inside the Philippines Prison That Sparked Duterte’s Murderous Drug War (Filter)

  • Mother of festival drug death victim says Gladys Berejiklian needs to show courage (The Guardian)

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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: