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This Week in Psychoactives - 8.2.19

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CANNABIS

  • Thailand set to deliver first batch of medical marijuana (Reuters)

  • Pass the Duchy: Luxembourg’s grand plan to legalize cannabis (Politico)

  • Court: DEA Must Explain Its Failure to Act Upon Pending Marijuana Cultivation Applications (NORML)

  • US Government Approves Increased Production of Marijuana for Clinical Research (NORML)

  • Coast Guard Issues Order Barring Active Duty Members From Visiting Marijuana Shops (Marijuana Moment)

  • Scientist Debunks Her Earlier Study That Claimed Weed Causes Brain Damage (MERRY JANE)

  • Chart: Women account for more than a third of marijuana business executives (Marijuana Business Daily)

  • Eggs and Peanuts Could Prevent Birth Defects Caused by Weed (MERRY JANE)

  • New York Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization And Expungements Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • At some colleges, marijuana studies are blooming (CBS News)

  • Florida Activists Clear First Hurdle To Put Marijuana Legalization On State’s 2020 Ballot (Marijuana Moment)

  • California Working Toward Certifying “Almost Organic” Cannabis (Filter)

  • Marijuana during pregnancy might be as dangerous as alcohol (Popular Science)

  • CBN Is Another Cannabis Compound With Beneficial Properties (Forbes)

  • Is cannabis use the same as off-duty drinking by workers? Many companies still say no (CNBC)

  • He admits he once smoked marijuana, now U.S. won’t let him re-enter country (Los Angeles Daily News)

LSD

  • The Truth About The Acid-Dipped Cigarette In Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Refinery29)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • People Are Hungry for Shroom Legalization, and the Money to Fund It Is Growing (VICE)

  • Could magic mushrooms be the next drug legalized in Canada? (Yahoo! Finance)

  • Undesirable Effects from Magic Mushrooms (Psychedelic Science Review)

MDMA

  • To Spot MDMA Users, Festivals May Soon Roll Out Thermal Cameras (MERRY JANE)

  • Study claims ecstasy and cocaine cause less harm than tobacco and alcohol (Dance Music Northwest)

  • Youngsters have no idea when they are safe to drive after ecstasy use (DutchNews.nl)

  • Victorian schoolgirls safely back home after MDMA scare at camp (news.com.au)

AYAHUASCA

  • Ayahuasca Is About More Than Just You. It’s About Planetary Health. (Kahpi)

5-MEO-DMT

  • Holding 5-MeO Practitioners Accountable for Dangerous Behavior: Interview with Rak Razam and Mario Garnier (Psychedelic Times)

PEYOTE

  • Peyote Is Endangered, Spiritually Sacred and Becoming Legal (HowStuffWorks)

IBOGA

  • Gabon prepares for first international forum on Iboga (Africa Times)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Coroner's ruling: Corey-James Brown died from smoking synthetic drugs (New Zealand Herald)

NITROUS OXIDE

KETAMINE

  • Ketamine isn't an opioid and treats depression in a unique way (EurekAlert!)

  • Ketamine clinics are arriving in Richmond (WTVR)

PCP

  • PCP-Crazed Man Attacks Officers After Crash In Stafford: SCSO (Patch)

OPIOIDS

  • Your Methadone History Could Soon Be Shared Without Your Consent (Filter)

  • As Opioid Prescriptions Surged in Germany, Opioid Addiction Held Steady, While Opioid-Related Deaths Fell (Reason)

  • Device for Opioid Overdoses Releases Naloxone Automatically (Medgadget)

  • Opioid Patient Worth $200,000 a Year to Purdue, State Says (Bloomberg)

  • Drought Cripples Taliban's Record-High Opium Production Amid Peace Talks (Breitbart)

  • Colorado Wants You To Know About This Life-Saving Drug (Westword)

COCAINE

  • Exclusive NYPD Data Reveals Just How Often Fentanyl Is in Cocaine (VICE)

  • Colombia will spray Chinese glyphosate to control coca (Diálogo Chino)

  • Weird New Kinds Of Cocaine Could Start A “Hidden Epidemic” Of Health Threats (BuzzFeed News)

METHAMPHETAMINE

CAFFEINE

  • Exceeding healthy caffeine limits during pregnancy can be harmful to babies’ health (Consumer Affairs)

  • Coffee Farmers Are In Crisis. Starbucks Wants To Help. (Forbes)

TOBACCO

  • Most Americans Support Raising Minimum Age to Buy Tobacco (Gallup)

ALCOHOL

  • One in 10 Older Adults Binge Drinks, Study Says (The New York Times)

  • Facebook bans sales of alcohol and tobacco between users (CNBC)

  • Here's the Buzz on Alcohol in Space (HowStuffWorks)

  • How Much Does Alcohol Harm People Besides the Drinker? (Psychology Today)

KRATOM

KAVA

  • MIT Scientists Synthesize The Feel-Good Molecules In Kava, 'Nature's Xanax' (WBUR)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Psychedelic Medicine Is Coming. The Law Isn’t Ready (Scientific American)

  • Another Florida Sheriff's Deputy Arrested For Arresting People on False Drug Charges (Reason)

  • Exclusion, Censorship, Internment: Brazilian Drug Policy Under Bolsonaro (Filter)

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tripping (The Atlantic)

  • A Reddit user surveyed 650 psychedelic drug users, here’s what they found (Happy Mag)

  • Public university to host ‘psychedelic neuroscience’ symposium (The College Fix)

  • Latest update on drug-related deaths and mortality in Europe (EMCDDA)

  • Why Psychedelic Science Should Pay Speakers and Trainers of Color (Chacruna)

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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 - 7.12.19

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CANNABIS

  • Hawaii has decriminalized marijuana (Vox)

  • Congressional Committee Discusses How to Legalize Cannabis (Leafly)

  • Youth Cannabis Use Drops 8% in Legal States, Study Finds (Leafly)

  • In states where marijuana is legal, licensed dispensaries are pushing out drug dealers (MarketWatch)

  • New research indicates that cannabinoids could be efficacious pain management options (PsyPost)

  • Marijuana Gives Men And Women More Sexual Desire And Better Orgasms, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Congress Votes To Allow Home Loans For Veterans Working In Marijuana Industry (Forbes)

  • Israeli college to offer degree specializing in medical cannabis (The Jerusalem Post)

  • Cannabis cake gift eaten by unwitting Warrington nurse (BBC)

  • Over Half of CBD Products Sold in UK Are Inaccurately Labeled, New Study Finds (MERRY JANE)

  • New Evidence on Pot During Pregnancy (The Atlantic)

  • Too high? ‘Parachute’ down with a new pill created by Michigan scientist (mlive.com)

  • Illegal cannabis seeds may be used to make legal medicinal cannabis products (New Zealand Herald)

  • Tulsi Gabbard Files Bill To Study Hemp’s Uses For Just About Everything (Marijuana Moment)

  • FDA Issues CBD Warnings, But No New Regulations – Yet (MERRY JANE)

  • Can cannabis treat anxiety? It's complicated (The Guardian)

  • Most Addiction Specialists Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • West Virginia Is Years Away From Medical Cannabis, Officials Say (Leafly)

  • Colorado grows annual cannabis sales to $1 billion as other states struggle (CNBC)

  • Pete Buttigieg’s Racial Justice Plan Would Legalize Marijuana And Decriminalize Drug Possession (Marijuana Moment)

  • A beloved cafeteria worker nicked his finger on a knife – and got fired for using marijuana at home (The Boston Globe)

  • Illegal cannabis getting even cheaper, as legal gets costlier, StatsCan says (CBC)

  • AOC And Kamala Harris File Bill Protecting Drug Offenders From Losing Public Housing (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis: Misinformation about CBD can be life-threatening (The Conversation)

  • You Can Legally Smoke Weed Naked on the Patio of a Southeast Portland Sex Club (Willamette Week)

  • People in states where marijuana is legal are eating more salty snacks and ice cream (MarketWatch)

  • Jay-Z joins cannabis company Caliva as chief brand strategist (CNN)

  • How Psychedelic Surf Smugglers Invented Dabs (With Help From the CIA?) (Leafly)

LSD

  • A Guy Allegedly Took LSD, Stabbed People With A Pencil And Lawn Light, And Hit Two Women With A Truck (BuzzFeed News)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

MDMA

  • STUDY: Use of MDMA & Similar Drugs May Increase Risk of Valvular Heart Disease (YourEDM)

  • Sydney teen swallowed MDMA pills 'to avoid detection' at a music festival (news.com.au)

  • 'The drug of the moment': five per cent of year 10 students have tried ecstasy (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Music festival MDMA overdose patient waited an hour for an ambulance (7NEWS.com.au)

  • Haunting texts reveal how young woman was scared to take MDMA which killed her at a Sydney music festival (New Zealand Herald)

  • Family devastated after schoolgirl, 16, dies after ‘taking ecstasy’ at party (Metro)

  • MDMA can make 'mild mannered people' aggressive, inquest hears (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Teen took up to nine MDMA capsules before dying at festival, inquest hears (ABC News)

AYAHUASCA

IBOGA

  • Opinion: Miami University must reverse unjust decision to terminate professors (Cincinnati.com)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Study: Seizures, coma more common with synthetic cannabinoids than cannabis (AAP News)

KETAMINE

  • How the approval of esketamine has helped shift the perception of ketamine and other psychedelics (Tahoe Daily Tribune)

  • The Woodlands gets first ketamine infusion center to treat depression (Chron)

OPIOIDS

  • Teens abusing painkillers are more likely to later use heroin (Medical Xpress)

  • Generic Naloxone Approved for Opioid Overdose (Physician's Weekly)

  • Naloxone Dispensing Found Higher at Facilities with Opioid Workflow (Pharmacy Times)

  • The Global Opioid Supply Chain Begins in Tasmania (Pacific Standard)

  • With opium prices down, Mexican poppy planters are packing their bags (The Hustle)

  • Minnesota’s largest naloxone distributor won’t get grant funds (INFORUM)

  • If Cops Don't Die From Incidental Fentanyl Exposure, a Drug Treatment Specialist Warns, They 'Could Become Addicted to It Instantly' (Reason)

  • Portsmouth doctor reprimanded for treatment of chronic pain patient (New Hampshire Union Leader)

  • To fight opioid epidemic, treat drug use with compassion, not judgment (USA Today)

COCAINE

  • People are giving their greyhounds cocaine to make them run faster (GQ)

  • Teen violin prodigy dies of apparent drug overdose in London mansion (New York Post)

CAFFEINE

  • Scientists create ‘molecular coffee' that doesn't require beans (Fox 35 Orlando)

  • Caffeine powder in protein shake led to man's death, family says (Fox News)

  • Research shows that drinking Matcha tea can reduce anxiety (Medical Xpress)

  • World’s Coffee Growers Seek to Set Minimum Price to Help Poor Farmers (The Wall Street Journal)

  • One teaspoon of legal, popular but deadly caffeine powder is like drinking 60 cans of Red Bull (news.com.au)

TOBACCO

  • Netflix Promises to Reduce Depictions of Tobacco in Future Projects (Teen Vogue)

  • Children from deprived areas exposed to six times more tobacco retailing (Medical Xpress)

  • Will e-cigarettes usher in a new tobacco epidemic? Some researchers say yes. (Houston Chronicle)

  • Hennepin County Votes To Raise Tobacco Age To 21 In More Communities (WCCO)

  • Livermore votes to ban the sale of flavored tobacco, e-cigarettes (KGO)

  • Big tobacco shifting to smokeless as smoking becomes ‘less and less’ popular (Fox Business)

  • Maine Law To Prevent Tobacco Use, Streamline Tobacco Taxes (Maine Public)

BENZODIAZEPINES

  • B.C. harm-reduction sites, doctors struggling with new type of overdose (Vancouver Sun)

  • Psychedelic Healing & Benzodiazepines: Are Chill Pills Cool to Combine? (Spirit Pharmacist)

ALCOHOL

NOOTROPICS

  • These Clinically-Proven Nootropics Are Specially Formulated to Improve Cognition and Focus (Futurism)

  • Nootropics is the Fyre Festival of the Supplement Industry (Equities)

  • What’s Phenibut and When Should You Consider Using It? (Prague Post)

KRATOM

  • Kratom Linked to Serious Side Effects and Deaths in New Study (Gizmodo)

  • As some states ban kratom, Michigan considers regulating it (Detroit Metro Times)

  • Local doctor, CDC warn of potential dangers of kratom (WAVY.com)

  • Kratom supporters respond to recent FDA warning (WMBF)

KAVA

  • Kava for Anxiety- Separating Fact from Fiction (MedShadow)

KHAT

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Psychedelics Take the TED Talk Stage for the First Time (Filter)

  • Amnesty International Is Calling for a U.N. Probe Into the Philippine Drug War (TIME)

  • Why Malaysia’s New Proposal Could Change Southeast Asia’s Drugs Debate (The Diplomat)

  • New law allows NC drug dealers to be charged with murder (WTVD)

  • Psychedelic mental health treatment expected to be approved in Australia within five years (The Guardian)

  • Philadelphia supervised injection site plan gets backing from attorneys general in 7 states (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • U.S. Prosecutors Say Drug Lord El Chapo Should Get Life in Prison (TIME)

  • Testing festival goers’ pills isn’t the only way to reduce overdoses. Here’s what else works (The Conversation)

  • Social Factors Are an Essential—And Changeable—Element of Addiction (Filter)

  • I hate drugs, but teenagers are dying while we maintain a supposed moral veneer (The Guardian)

  • Florida Sheriff Deputy Arrested After Planting Drugs on Innocent People (Reason)

  • A man I found guilty of dealing drugs died in prison. I wish I could take that verdict back. (The Washington Post)

  • How Can Harm Reduction Do Better for Transgender People? (Filter)

  • Minister hopes drug deaths record will be 'wake-up call' (BBC)

  • How Psychiatry and Hallucinogenic Drugs Meet in Painting (Hyperallergic)

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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 - 7.5.19

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CANNABIS

  • Congress Schedules Hearing To Discuss Ending Marijuana Prohibition (Marijuana Moment)

  • Study Finds ‘Recreational’ Cannabis Consumers Using It Medically (Leafly)

  • Maine: Governor Signs Legislation Finalizing Rules for Retail Marijuana Sales (NORML)

  • Marijuana Decriminalization Officially Takes Effect In New Mexico (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Cannabis Debate: 63 per cent of Londoners think UK should follow Canada and make drug legal (London Evening Standard)

  • Scientists Sue DEA Over Marijuana Cultivation Application Delay (Marijuana Moment)

  • Virginia: New Medical Cannabis Laws Take Effect July 1 (NORML)

  • New Jersey: Medical Marijuana Expansion Measure Signed Into Law (NORML)

  • Into the light: New Zealand's cannabis growers gear up for referendum (The Guardian)

  • The cannabis-psychosis debate is being driven by fear mongering, not facts (The Globe and Mail)

LSD

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • The psychedelics evangelist: A German financier wants to turn magic mushrooms into modern medicine (STAT)

  • Magic Mushrooms Guide: Where Shrooms Are Legal and How To Take Psilocybin (Newsweek)

  • Do you know the mushroom man? (Mashable)

MDMA

  • Police warn of ‘punisher’ ecstasy after 19-year-old found dead in Shanklin (On The Wight)

  • Teenage Boys Taken To Hospital After Suspected MDMA Incident In Warwickshire (Heart)

  • Mourners asked to wear blue at funeral of Preston teenager killed by MDMA overdose (Lancashire Post)

AYAHUASCA

  • What Is Ayahuasca? Experience, Benefits, and Side Effects (Healthline)

IBOGA

  • The iboga tree affair: A confiscated shrub, hallucinogenics and suspended professors rile Miami University campus (Cincinatti.com)

KETAMINE

  • US Veterans Can Now Get Ketamine for PTSD, But Not Cannabis (MERRY JANE)

OPIOIDS

  • The US opioid epidemic is driving a spike in infectious diseases (Nature)

  • Facebook Is Censoring Posts That Could Save Opioid Users' Lives (VICE)

  • Stop persecuting doctors for legitimately prescribing opioids for chronic pain (STAT)

  • How Mexico Became the World's Second Largest Opium Producer (Sputnik International)

COCAINE

  • Global cocaine production reaches all-time high after soaring 25% in one year, UN study concludes (The Independent)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Meth addiction is an epidemic, and it’s complicating the homeless relief effort (Los Angeles Times)

CAFFEINE

  • Teens Are Probably Drinking Too Much Caffeine (The Atlantic)

  • PBR Just Released a Hard Coffee With Alcohol and Caffeine (Thrillist)

TOBACCO

  • Age for buying tobacco, nicotine products in Virginia now 21 (Channel3000)

  • Governor signs bill to increase tax on all tobacco products in Maine (News Center Maine)

  • Researchers find correlation between vaping cannabis and other tobacco use (Medical Xpress)

  • Can vapes save the world from smoking? (Medical Xpress)

ALCOHOL

  • New report reveals staggering cost to NHS of alcohol abuse (The Guardian)

  • Alcohol's secondhand effects are more serious than we think, study says (Big Think)

  • Trump Says He's 'Never Had a Glass of Alcohol.' These People Say Otherwise. (VICE)

  • Alcohol bottles might be more dangerous than the alcohol (New York Post)

  • What to know about alcohol and brain damage (Medical News Today)

  • Alcoholic beverages should carry cancer warnings, health groups say (CBS News)

  • Man claims he was served ‘toxic’ alcohol instead of water at Bronx eatery (New York Post)

KRATOM

  • As Indonesia Plans to Crack Down on Kratom, the FDA Denies Involvement (Inverse)

  • Current perspectives on the impact of Kratom use (Dove Medical Press)

  • City Council to consider Kratom ban for anyone under 21 (KQ2.com)

KHAT

  • Tough battle against ‘muguka’ chewing culture (Daily Nation)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Canadian Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Decriminalize All Drugs (Marijuana Moment)

  • What to expect when your city is expecting a supervised injection site: Lessons from around the globe (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • How a confidential informant ran a North Philly drug business — all while working for the DEA (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand Praised Anti-Drug Scientology Group (Filter)

  • Why is psychedelic culture dominated by privileged white men? (AlterNet)

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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:


Book Review - Medical Psychedelics

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After a bit of a rocky start last century, the past few decades have seen a healthy resurgence of psychedelic research. And although myriad studies have been carried out by researchers and published in scientific journals during that time, there has always been a glaring absence of academic textbooks available for burgeoning psychedelic nerds, researchers, and academics to reference when trying to learn about the existing body of psychedelic research—until now.

Fortunately for the rest of us, Dr. Oliver Rumle Hovmand, a psychiatry resident in Denmark who has an interest in the clinical use of psychedelics, pored over the existing research, put together a collection of the most important studies, and included them in a new book that was published this March.

Medical Psychedelics explores the clinical applications of some of the better-known psychedelics, including LSD, psilocybin, ayahuasca, DMT, MDMA, and ketamine. In it, Hovmand examines the available pre- and post-prohibition medical literature, focusing on the practical aspects of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. He plans to update the book annually and develop it into a textbook that can be used when (or if) these substances become legal. This blog post is a review of the first of what will hopefully be many editions of this work.

The intended audience for the book would probably consist of medical and psychological professionals, budding researchers, science-minded psychonauts, and laypeople who are interested in learning more about clinical psychedelic research. If you fit into one of these categories, it might be right up your alley.

During the book’s introduction, Hovmand mentions that he uses the term “psychedelics” to refer only to classical psychedelics like psilocybin and LSD, but Medical Psychedelics also covers ayahuasca and DMT, one empathogenic psychedelic (MDMA) and one dissociative psychedelic (ketamine). The primary emphasis is on the classical psychedelics and MDMA, although there may simply be a larger body of research about these psychedelics than ayahuasca, DMT, and ketamine at this time.

Each substance is covered in depth at the beginning of its respective chapter, including the history, effects, and risks surrounding that particular drug. Hovmand then moves on to discuss its potential applications in psychedelic therapy before getting to the real essence of the chapter: a review of the existing clinical research. This consists of a series of actual research studies that are included in the book.

While I did find Medical Psychedelics to live up to its promise as a comprehensive textbook on the subject, there were a few things that I believe could be improved upon in a future edition. For starters, a table of contents would be helpful. This would make it easier to skip to certain sections of the book or find specific studies and would acquaint first-time readers with its structure before they dive in.

Some sections are more fleshed out than others. For example, there is a ton of information available on MDMA research but very little about ketamine. As mentioned earlier, this is may be due to the possibility that there is more research about some drugs than others. In addition, several areas of research into these drugs were excluded that could have been explored, like treating eating disorders with ayahuasca and MDMA or reducing pain with ketamine.

And there are plenty of other psychedelics to cover as well. Delving into the research involving other psychedelics like mescaline, 5-MeO-DMT, iboga, and salvia divinorum would take Medical Psychedelics to another level.

The only other thing I think the book would benefit from is a bit of editorial polish. There are typos here and there, but the overall meaning of the work is not lost and it can be easily overlooked as long as you know to expect that going into it. All of these are simply areas of opportunity, not dealbreakers that should prevent anyone from reading the book who would otherwise be interested in doing so.

Medical Psychedelics is a solid attempt at what may be the first-ever textbook on psychedelic research. Hovmand did an excellent job condensing a ton of valuable information into a fairly small book, and it could prove to be an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to learn about the clinical research into the medical applications of psychedelics. But if you’re looking for anything other than scientific research studies and related commentary then you should probably look elsewhere. It is an academic textbook after all, so you shouldn’t expect an easy read or clever prosaic writing style. But if this book sounds like it would be up your alley, then it probably is.

4/5 stars, 219 pages

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