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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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This Week in Psychedelics - 10.21.16

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Cannabis

  • WikiLeaks Shows Hillary Clinton Was Against Pot Legalization In 'All Senses Of the Word' (Reason)
  • What Does California's Prop 64 Say About Home Marijuana Cultivation? (Root Simple)
  • Germany's First Legal, Homegrown Cannabis Is Being Sown Now (Leafly)
  • Why Some Growers Oppose Marijuana Legalization (ATTN:)
  • Turkey legalises controlled cannabis production in 19 provinces (The Independent)
  • Does Cannabis Increase Creativity? Studies Suggest It Depends on Dose and Personality (Psychedelic Times)
  • SNP backs decriminalising cannabis for medical use (BBC)
  • Medical Cannabis in Israel: Patients & Caregivers (Dope Magazine)
  • British Regulator Declares Cannabis Compound a Medicine (Reason)
  • NORML Sues Over Missing Ballot Item in Florida (NORML)
  • Two Major Surveys Find Record Support for Legalizing Marijuana (Reason)
  • Cannalytics Survey: Cannabis Consumers Most Likely To Identify As Independent Voters (NORML)
  • Report: Tax Revenue From Retail Marijuana Exceeds Expectations (NORML)
  • Six False Claims About Marijuana From Maine's Governor (ATTN:)
  • Richard Branson to cannabis advocates: Fight to legalize it. (CNET)
  • Not Your Average Medication: Self-Titrating Cannabis Safely (Dope Magazine)
  • Cannabis Company Files To List On The New York Stock Exchange (Forbes)
  • Colorado Cannabis Companies Still Jump Through Financial Hoops (WRTV)
  • Cannabis Opponents in Massachusetts Launch Ludicrous Ad to Combat "Question 4" (Merry Jane)
  • Investors seek high returns in marijuana stocks (CNBC)
  • Publisher launches online cannabis magazine (Page Six)
  • Cannabis users five times more likely to develop schizophrenia than someone who has never smoked it (Daily Mail)

LSD

  • Man 'high on LSD' rescues dog from imaginary fire (Metro)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Ecstasy warning after teenage girl dies following house party (The Independent

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • Ayahuasca: Drink The Jungle, New Must-See Documentary (Reset.me)
  • It's Tea, Not Drugs! Detained Brazilian Healer Appeals to Temer, Putin for Help (Sputnik News)

Iboga/Ibogaine

  • Iboga and the Heart of Harm Reduction: An Interview with Dimitri Mugianis (Psychedelic Times)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Myster drug that put 16 people in hospital at the weekend was hallucinogen N-bomb and not 'flakka' (Daily Mail)

Dissociatives

  • Scientists are increasingly excited about ketamine, a party drug that could prevent depression (Business Insider)
  • Ketamine: an essential veterinary and medical drug that doesn't need further controls (The Telegraph)
  • Chicago PD Releases Graphic Video Footage of Suspect on PCP Attacking Female Police Officer (PJ Media)
  • Naked Cleveland man high on PCP to police: 'I am the Incredible Hulk' (Cleveland.com)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Ultra-potent synthetic heroin is spreading across America (VICE News)
  • Bill to legalise opium, marijuana cleared for tabling in Parliament (Hindustan Times)
  • Naloxone without prescription now offered at 1,300 Ohio pharmacies (The News-Herald)

Kratom

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • We Spoke to a BC Researcher Who Wants to License Psychedelic Trip Sitters (VICE)
  • Philippine President Defends Killing of Children in Drug War—Says They're 'Collateral Damage' (Reason)
  • What Neuroimaging of the Psychedelic State Tells Us about the Mind-Body Problem (Reality Sandwich)
  • Finding Meaning in Difficulty: People Say Their Challenging Psychedelic Experiences are Still Positive (Psychedelic Times)
  • How the War on Drugs Fuels Brazil's Deadly Prison Riots (TIME)
  • In the Zendo Tent: Joe Mattia Talks Psychedelic Harm Reduction at Burning Man (Psychedelic Times)
  • This Is What Drug-Abuse Education Looks Like in Indonesia (TIME)
  • Politicians Should Try Drugs—and Honesty (Reason)

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