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This Week in Psychoactives - 5.10.19

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CANNABIS

  • Debunking Reefer Madness: New Study Says Weed Doesn’t Actually Cause Psychosis (MERRY JANE)

  • Top Congressional Democrats Announce Bill To Federally Deschedule Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Study: 80 percent of cannabis users say weed helps their workouts (Fox 8)

  • New Zealand Government Releases Details Of Marijuana Legalization Referendum (Marijuana Moment)

  • China Cashes In on the Cannabis Boom (The New York Times)

  • Illinois Governor Announces Plan to Legalize Marijuana (TIME)

  • THC-Blood Levels Can’t Be Determined Postmortem, Research Finds (Leafly)

  • Cannabis Users Have Worse Sperm Health Than Tobacco Smokers, Study Finds (MERRY JANE)

  • North Dakota: Governor Signs Law Reducing Marijuana Possession Penalties (NORML)

  • The First Arkansas Medical Marijuana Dispensary Just Got Its License (Leafly)

  • TSA to Travelers: We’re Not Looking for Your Weed (MERRY JANE)

  • Louisiana House Unanimously Approves Bill to Allow CBD Sales (Leafly)

  • Cannabis Industry Work Costing U.S. Veterans Their Retirement Pensions (Forbes)

  • The Great White Shortage: Canada May Soon Run Out of CBD (MERRY JANE)

  • Alabama Senate Approves Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Workers Are Smoking Weed More Than Ever, So Employers Are Dropping Drug Tests (MERRY JANE)

  • California Cannabis Market Not Tracked or Traced as Promised (Leafly)

  • Marijuana Patients Are Ditching Benzos for Weed, Study Says (MERRY JANE)

  • The Feds Prosecuted Even Fewer Marijuana Trafficking Cases In 2018 (Marijuana Moment)

  • Ohio May Become First State to OK Medical Marijuana for Depression and Insomnia (MERRY JANE)

  • Federal Agency Clarifies Rules On Adding CBD To Alcoholic Beverages (Marijuana Moment)

  • American Accused of Growing Weed in Myanmar Faces 10 Years in Prison (MERRY JANE)

  • Texas House Votes To Expand State’s Medical Marijuana Program (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Science Behind Combining Cannabis And Caffeine (Benzinga)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Denver Voters Approve Measure To Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms (Forbes)

  • California Activists Take First Steps To Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms Statewide (Marijuana Moment)

MDMA

  • MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD may have benefits beyond reductions in clinical symptoms (PsyPost)

  • MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment of PTSD: study design and rationale for phase 3 trials based on pooled analysis of six phase 2 randomized controlled trials (Springer Link)

  • Consider This Before Self-Medicating With MDMA (The Wall Street Journal)

AYAHUASCA

  • Health Canada allows more religious groups to import ayahuasca (Global News)

  • Ayahuasca and the Twelve Steps: An Anonymous Friendship (Chacruna)

  • The Problem With Ayahuasca (Thrive Global)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • CDC traces unexplained bleeding outbreak to synthetic cannabinoids (Healio)

KETAMINE

  • Former Playboy Model’s Killer Was ‘Out Of His Mind’ On Ketamine During The Brutal Slaying, Lawyer Says (Oxygen)

OPIOIDS

  • Opioid overdose deaths decline when pharmacists can dispense naloxone (Reuters)

  • Study: Naloxone Prescriptions Low Despite Deadly Opioid Crisis (U.S. News and World Report)

  • Federal Court Rules Inmate Must Have Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment (Reason)

  • Narcan, the lifesaving overdose-reversal drug, is scarce in N.J. cities that need it most (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • AHN Researcher Working To Develop Longer-Lasting Naloxone For Opioid Overdoses (WESA)

  • Inside Elizabeth Warren's $100 Billion Policy Plan to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic (Fortune)

  • White patients far more likely to get popular addiction treatment prescription, study finds (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Report: nurses who carry naloxone denied life insurance coverage (WKBW)

  • Louisiana prisons pilot addiction-fighting implants for inmates; lack of FDA approval draws criticism (The Advocate)

  • Deputy and two firefighters hospitalized after fentanyl exposure (WDBO)

COCAINE

  • Feds: A popular drug from the disco era is making a deadly return (NBC News)

  • The mums who took cocaine during play dates (BBC)

  • FLASHBACK: Bernie Asks Group Of Young Children: ‘Anyone Ever Seen Cocaine?’ (The Libertarian Republic)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Meth Abusers At Risk For Little-Known But Potentially Deadly Disease (NBC 7 San Diego)

TOBACCO

ALCOHOL

  • Alcohol use soaring worldwide: The average adult now consumes about 1.7 gallons of pure alcohol per year (USA Today)

  • These policies were supposed to stop pregnant women from drinking. A new study says they’re hurting babies. (Vox)

  • One in five harmed by others drinking alcohol over past year, survey finds (The Guardian)

  • The War On Alcohol: Is This Prohibition 2.0 (Forbes)

KRATOM

  • The Debate Over Kratom, An Opioid-Like Plant Legal In Massachusetts (CBS Boston)

  • Oxford Police proposes ban on Kratom products (The Oxford Eagle)

  • How Cannabis and Kratom Can Help With Addiction Recovery (Civilized)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • 1,000-Year-Old Pouch Contains Traces of 5 Ancient Psychoactive Drugs (Inverse)

  • Mexico’s President Proposes Drug Decriminalization With Legal Supply Via Prescription (Marijuana Moment)

  • Feds Dismantled the Dark Web Drug Trade—but It's Already Rebuilding (WIRED)

  • Berlin park designates 'pink zone' areas for drug dealers (The Guardian)

  • Drug-testing device gives false positives on poppy seeds, CBD oil, says Vancouver lawyer (CBC)

  • Overdose In An Arizona Prison? Get Ready to Pay Up. (The Appeal)

  • Where Philadelphia stands on supervised-injection sites, per two polls (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Houston Police Shot Man Killed in Fraudulent Drug Raid at Least Eight Times (Reason)

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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 - 4.26.19

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CANNABIS

  • CBS Poll: Nationwide Support For Marijuana Legalization At All-Time High (NORML)

  • All the Top Democrats Running for President Favor Legalizing Marijuana (Reason)

  • Marijuana Legalization Not Linked To Increased Traffic Deaths, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Years After Legalization, Maine Releases First Cannabis Industry Rules (Leafly)

  • Mexican Lawmakers Plan To Tackle Marijuana Legalization This Summer (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Clean Slate Act's Record-Sealing Provisions Go Further Than Cory Booker's Marijuana Justice Act (Reason)

  • North Dakota: Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Laws (NORML)

  • Alabama Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • CBD reduces impairment caused by cannabis (EurekAlert!)

  • Homeland Security Says Cannabis Users Lack ‘Good Moral Character’ (Leafly)

  • USDA Clarifies That Farmers Can Import Hemp Seeds From Other Countries (Marijuana Moment)

  • Texas House Votes To Legalize The Farming Of Industrial Hemp (Marijuana Moment)

  • Wisconsin Legalization Would Save Lives, Bring $1.1B Benefit, Study Says (Leafly)

  • Utah is allowing only 10 cannabis farms. Will that be enough to supply the state’s new medical marijuana program? (Salt Lake Tribune)

  • Denver City Council to vote on allowing cannabis clubs to operate closer to daycare and rec centers (KDVR)

  • Cannabis websites in US and Canada crash on biggest 4/20 day (The Guardian)

  • Lawmakers Want Legal Protections For Universities That Research Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • SFPD Spread Misinformation about Fentanyl-Laced Marijuana (SF Weekly)

  • The Weed Industry Is Burning Millions on DC Lobbyists and Getting Nowhere (VICE)

  • Earth Day Begs The Question: Is Cannabis Farming Sustainable? (Forbes)

  • USDA Accepting Applications For Hemp Intellectual Property Protection (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis, Marijuana, Weed, Pot? Just Call It a Job Machine (The New York Times)

  • How Israel Became the Global Leader in Cannabis Research (Green Entrepreneur)

  • Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome, Without the Hype (Filter)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Joe Biden Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Seth Moulton Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Keeping Score: Major League Sports’ Stance on Cannabis (Leafly)

  • Can Cannabis Replace Wellbutrin? (Civilized)

  • The Indica vs. Sativa Distinction Isn’t Real (Slate)

  • Did a Cannabis Company Just Patent the Spliff? (Leafly)

  • Quitting Cigarettes? Joints Rolled With CBD Might Help (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Paradoxical Power of Medicinal Microdosing (Psychology Today)

  • Uplifting a New Face & Voice of Cannabis: A Happy 4/20 with Safon Floyd of EstroHaze (Psychedelic Times)

LSD

  • “Discover who you truly are.” Albert Hofmann’s Bicycle Day and A Critical Look at LSD (Psychedelic Times)

  • Here's Why You Don't Mix LSD and Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carriers (The National Interest)

  • Is microdosing LSD a solution to the 'crisis of meaning' in modern life? (Montreal Gazette)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Award Winning Filmmaker Brings Psilocybin Documentary To Denver Prior To Decriminalization Vote (Prime Time News)

  • Research shows psilocybin — a Schedule I narcotic — to be of great help to patients with end-of-life problems (Anchorage Press)

MDMA

  • "Japanese Walter White” Accused Of Teaching Students To Make Ecstasy (The Fix)

  • Study Suggests MDMA Could Help People With PTSD, Autism (The Swaddle)

  • War, Morality, and MDMA: A Conversation with an Anonymous Military Psychologist (Psychedelic Times)

  • To Unravel PTSD, She Took MDMA. A Promising Therapy Offers Hope (KJZZ)

AYAHUASCA

  • Do Ayahuasca Shamans See Microbial Worlds in Their Visions? (Kahpi)

  • Police intervene in 'healing ceremony' after death: report (NL Times)

  • Ayahuasca Spirits Are Special Because They Are Not Real (Kahpi)

  • Ayahuasca: the alternative antidepressant (The Vermont Cynic)

5-MEO-DMT

  • Psychedelic Toad Venom Relieves Depression, Anxiety And Stress, Studies Find (Marijuana Moment)

PEYOTE

IBOGA

  • The Future of Medical Ibogaine (Psychedelics Today)

  • Serotonin transporter–ibogaine complexes illuminate mechanisms of inhibition and transport (Nature)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Spice-related overdoses on the rise in Alabama - again; feds warn about ‘disturbing’ trend (AL.com)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Arctic Laughing Gas Emissions Could Accelerate Global Warming (EcoWatch)

  • Hippy crack is no laughing matter (GQ)

KETAMINE

PCP

  • Man accused of PCP-crazed shotgun killing of Chinese missionary pleads guilty in KC (The Kansas City Star)

  • Driver was high on PCP in crash that split car in half, cops say (Lehigh Valley Live)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • The FDA Just Approved the First Generic Nasal Spray to Reverse Opioid Overdoses (TIME)

  • After Leaving Thousands in Agony, the CDC Is Finally Clarifying Its Painkiller Restrictions (Tonic)

  • Demystifying buprenorphine misuse: Has fear of diversion gotten in the way of addressing the opioid crisis? (Taylor and Francis)

  • FDA clears Psychemedics hair test for fentanyl (Seeking Alpha)

  • Do Electronic Health Record Prompts Increase Take‐Home Naloxone Administration for Emergency Department Patients After an Opioid Overdose? (Wiley Online Library)

  • Fentanyl Speedballs Are the Latest Disturbing Trend in America's Opioid Crisis (VICE)

  • Narcan is just the start of fighting the opioid overdose epidemic (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Heroin used to pass through South Africa en route to Europe. Now much of it stays, with devastating effects (Los Angeles Times)

  • Vancouver pot king hopes to brew opium tea to help drug addicts (The Chronicle Herald)

  • How the US military's opium war in Afghanistan was lost (BBC)

  • New “Generic” Naloxone: Expect More Big-Pharma Sleight of Hand (Filter)

  • Fentanyl killed a Penn physician’s son. Now she works to save other families from the same pain. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Life after a life of addiction (Cincinnati Enquirer)

METHAMPHETAMINE

CAFFEINE

  • Beverages containing caffeine more harmful to liver than alcohol? (The Asian Age)

  • Unless we act now, scientists warn, that coffee so many of us love could become extinct (WCPO)

  • Wholesale coffee is cheaper than it’s been in years. That’s not good news. (Vox)

  • Experts Find Out How Many Cups of Coffee Are Needed to Enhance Your Workout (Inverse)

  • Coca-Cola is making a big push into coffee (CNBC)

  • Leading expert warns of dangers after man (34) dies from caffeine toxicity (Irish Independent)

  • SC could ban kids from buying caffeine-packed energy drinks, but not this year (Charleston Post Courier)

  • Is Kombucha Environmentally Friendly? Here’s The Real Tea (Bustle)

  • Dear Pharmacist: Caffeine is a natural option for ADHD (The Gainesville Sun)

  • The One Thing I Gave Up That Made A Massive Difference In My Anxiety (mindbodygreen)

  • 9 Benefits Of Matcha Tea That Will Make You Want To Drink It Every Day (Woman's Health)

TOBACCO

  • Walgreens, Rite Aid to Raise Tobacco Buying Age to 21 and Older (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Vermont House Gives Final Approval To Tobacco 21 Bill (WAMC)

  • 21 and older: Proposal to raise tobacco-buying age nationwide drawing mixed feelings (WEAR)

  • New Evidence of Smoking Disparities Underlines That Tobacco Harm Reduction Is Social Justice (Filter)

  • ‘Tobacco 21’ Proposal Draws Debate In Florida (WLRN)

  • Vaping teens exposed to as much nicotine as tobacco smokers but don't know it (NBC News)

ALCOHOL

  • Why faking positive emotions at work can lead to heavier alcohol consumption (Quartz)

  • Illinois Senate approves statewide rule for alcohol delivery (WQAD)

  • 5 Reasons You're Depressed After Drinking too Much Alcohol (Mens Health)

  • Anne Hathaway doubles down on giving up alcohol until her son is 18, but says she'll spend the 'back half of my life completely sloshed' (INSIDER)

NOOTROPICS

  • An Experiment With Smart Drugs – What I Learned From Modafinil (The Quint)

KRATOM

  • Kratom Craze: After wife’s death, Franklin County man seeks ban on popular substance (KMOV)

  • What is kratom? ‘Controversial’ herbal supplement leads to overdoses in the U.S. (Global News)

  • Kratom: Castle Rock Deciding What to Do About Controversial Substance (Westword)

  • When pregnant women take kratom, their babies may suffer (Medical Xpress)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Another dark web marketplace bites the dust --Wall Street Market (ZDNet)

  • Joe Biden’s long record supporting the war on drugs and mass incarceration, explained (Vox)

  • Survey of subjective "God encounter experiences": Comparisons among naturally occurring experiences and those occasioned by the classic psychedelics psilocybin, LSD, ayahuasca, or DMT (PLOS)

  • Imperial launches world’s first Centre for Psychedelics Research (Imperial College London)

  • Psychedelics as a treatment for disorders of consciousness (Neuroscience of Consciousness)

  • How a drug gang devastated our helpless family (The Guardian)

  • America’s Only Publicly Traded Addiction Treatment Chain Makes Millions Off Patients. What Could Go Wrong? (Mother Jones)

  • Trump Justice Department Goes After Overdose Prevention Sites as ‘Crack Houses’ (The Daily Beast)

  • Psychedelic therapy: The patients paying $2k to get high with their doctor (news.com.au)

  • B.C.’s chief health officer calls for decriminalization of illicit drugs (The Globe and Mail)

  • British Police Are Raising Their Voices Against the Drug War (Filter)

  • Confronting Sexual Misconduct in the Psychedelic Community: An Interview with Daniel Pinchbeck (Chacruna)

  • Trump has been... good?... for psychedelic drugs???... (The Outline)

  • What Politicians Daring Each Other to Be Drug Tested Reveals (Filter)

  • Building a Psychedelic Community During the War on Drugs (Chacruna)

  • Psychedelics to treat mental illness? Australian researchers are giving it a go (The Conversation)

  • Psychedelics as a Path to Social Learning (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Shades of Sobriety: Life Shows That Recovery Needn’t Mean Abstinence (Filter)

  • The Five Phases of Psychedelic Initiation (Chacruna)

  • How drug decriminalization could help stem an epidemic of drug overdoses (The Globe and Mail)

  • Trump Praises China for Killing Drug Traffickers (Reason)

  • Young People of Color As Leaders in The Movement To End the War on Drugs (Psymposia)

  • Prison For Forced Addiction Treatment? A Parent's 'Last Resort' Has Consequences (NPR)

  • The Psychedelic State of South Texas (Texas Monthly)

  • Drug Use in Music Festivals Across the United States (One EDM)

  • Your Guide to Microdosing for Anxiety and Depression (Allure)

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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 - 3.29.19

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CANNABIS

  • Guam Becomes First U.S. Territory To Send Marijuana Legalization To Governor In 2019 (Marijuana Moment)

  • House Will Vote To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition Within ‘Weeks,’ Key Chairman Says (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis Out! New York Drops Legalization From Budget Bill (Leafly)

  • Marijuana Legalization Vote Cancelled Due To Lack of Support In New Jersey Senate (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Banking Bill Approved By Congressional Committee (Forbes)

  • Louisiana Takes a Step Toward Finally Delivering Medical Marijuana (Leafly)

  • Marijuana Legalization Bill Clears Another Major Hurdle In New Hampshire (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis-related ER visits in Colorado jump threefold after legalization, study says (CNN)

  • Mexican Government Launches Poll To Ask Citizens If Marijuana Should Be Legal (Marijuana Moment)

  • Connecticut Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill In Key Committee (Marijuana Moment)

  • CVS Ignores DEA, Says It’s Already Selling CBD Products (Leafly)

  • Texas: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Advances Out Of Key Committee (NORML)

  • San Diego Considers Cannabis Cafes (NBC Los Angeles)

  • States With More Immigrants Are More Likely To Legalize Marijuana, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Seth Rogen launches weed company 'to make it easier for people to learn to love cannabis' (CNBC)

  • FDA Chief Clarifies Enforcement Priorities For CBD Products (Marijuana Moment)

  • Flood of products containing marijuana extract puts FDA in a bind (Politico)

  • CBD for sport: legality and benefits (The Sports Daily)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

LSD

  • Missouri Man Spikes Coworkers' Drinks With LSD (KOLR)

  • Stanford double checking applications following LSD and admissions scandals (Palo Alto Daily Post)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Explorer’s Guide: Taking Magic Psilocybin Truffles in Amsterdam (& The Netherlands) (Maps of the Mind)

MDMA

  • 'Popular' schoolgirl, 13, died at home after taking ecstasy (Mirror)

AYAHUASCA

  • We Need to Talk About When People Feel Worse After Ayahuasca (Kahpi)

  • Considerations for Engaging with Amazonian Ancestral Practices, People, and Places (Psymposia)

  • How Ayahuasca Can Be Used to Build Cohesion and Better the World (Reset.me)

  • Wade Davis on the Popularization of Ayahuasca and the Climate Crisis (Reality Sandwich)

  • How Ayahuasca Connected Me To The Divinity Of The Universe (Reset.me)

5-MEO-DMT

  • Study Finds 5-MeO-DMT Effective in Relieving Depression and Anxiety (Psychedelic Times)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • Mice tripping on psychedelics help explain neural origins of hallucinations (New Atlas)

  • The Dangers of Synthetic Drugs (The Fix)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

NITROUS OXIDE

  • No laughing matter – nitrous oxide helps to unravel rapid antidepressant mechanisms (Medical Xpress)

  • Florida man was high on erotic-themed nitrous oxide when he killed lawyer, cops say (Miami Herald)

  • Jim Nielsen’s bill to ban sale of nitrous oxide passes committee (Chico Enterprise-Record)

  • Frat denies hazing claims in lawsuit over student's death (San Antonio Express-News)

KETAMINE

  • From Popular Anesthetic to Antidepressant, Ketamine Isn’t the Drug You Think It Is (Discover Magazine)

  • Ketamine: A Promising Novel Therapy for Anxiety and PTSD (Psychiatry Advisor)

  • FDA Approves Ketamine Derivative as Depression Treatment for First Time (Discover Magazine)

  • Ketamine IV Infusions Made Me Myself Again. Here’s Everything You Need To Know (High Times)

  • Esketamine to become available for Yale students (Yale News)

  • Ketamine: can it really be an antidepressant? (The Guardian)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • Purdue Pharma and Sacklers Reach $270 Million Settlement in Opioid Lawsuit (The New York Times)

  • You can’t overdose on fentanyl by touching it (Vox)

  • As They Profited From the Opioid Crisis, Sacklers Funded Anti-Muslim Network (Sludge)

  • The White House And Federal Scientists Are Pushing The Myth That Marijuana Is Laced With Fentanyl (BuzzFeed News)

  • New York State Sues Billionaire Sackler Family Behind OxyContin (TIME)

  • Want to Reduce Opioid Deaths? Get People the Medications They Need (The New York Times)

  • How I overcame my heroin addiction – and started to live (The Guardian)

  • ‘Mistreatment’ centers shouldn’t be adding to the opioid crisis (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Vt. committee approves bill decriminalizing drug (WCAX)

  • What NJ is doing to take down unimaginable number of heroin mills (New Jersey 101.5)

  • Mother charged in Mount Holly man's overdose death (The Sentinel)

  • FINDING HOPE: Utah law allows librarians to distribute opioid reversal drug, Naloxone (KiviTV)

  • Pharmacists Role in Providing Naloxone Is Expanding (Pharmacy Times)

COCAINE

  • Here’s What a Legal Market for Cocaine Could Look Like (Filter)

  • 'Special offers' on crack cocaine fuelling big rise in use in England (The Guardian)

  • Deaths from cocaine and fentanyl mixtures a growing concern in Northeast Ohio: What you need to know (Cleveland.com)

  • Cocaine making comeback amid opioid epidemic, officials say (WCVB)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Florida Woman Faced 10 Years For 'Meth' That Was 'Just a Rock' (The Appeal)

CAFFEINE

  • There's Evidence Coffee Acts on Your Brain Like Cannabis, But in Reverse (ScienceAlert)

  • Myanmar to try growing, exporting more coffee as alternative to opium (Myanmar Times)

  • Mouse Studies Suggest Protective Effects of Caffeine in Parkinson’s Disease (Parkinson's News Today)

  • If you have a daily caffeine habit, do you know how much is too much? (WXYZ)

  • Can Taking Caffeine During Your Workout Actually Be Dangerous? (Runners World)

  • 10 health benefits of living caffeine-free (MDLinx)

TOBACCO

  • As Pa. prisons ban tobacco, new informal currencies arise: chips, ice cream tickets, ramen (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • How Big Tobacco uses Big Tech to hook new smokers (Fast Company)

  • Washington State Legislature Votes to Raise Age for Buying Tobacco to 21 (KPQ)

  • Two more Minnesota cities make 21 the legal age for tobacco purchases (MPR News)

  • New Denver proposal would ban tobacco sales to people under 21 years of age (FOX31 Denver)

ALCOHOL

  • Could ‘alcosynth’ provide all the joy of booze – without the dangers? (The Guardian)

  • Scientists Have Cured Alcoholic Rats by Shooting Lasers at Their Brains (ScienceAlert)

  • Utah's New Beer Law Isn't Lifting Many Spirits (Reason)

NOOTROPICS

KRATOM

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Acid test: how psychedelic virtual reality can help end society's mass bad trip (The Guardian)

  • Researchers examine classic versus novel psychedelic use in United States (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

  • Ralph Metzner, Bay Area expert on hallucinogens, death and psychology, dies (San Francisco Chronicle)

  • German biotech startup raises $43 million for psychedelic medicines (Axios)

  • Stigma Is Barrier to Health Care for People Who Inject Drugs (Boston University School of Public Health)

  • Schedule I Sacrament (Harvard Political Review)

  • Going to Burning Man? The Feds Want You Searched for Drugs (Reason)

  • A New Resource to Measure Good and Bad Drug Policies (Filter)

  • Investors are starting to bet big on psychedelic medicine (CNBC)

  • Wicked Ecstasy: Altered States in The Name of the Rose (The Oak Tree Review)

  • Jump in antidepressant prescriptions in England (BBC)

  • Houston police investigator probing failed drug raid relieved of duty (Chron)

  • Legal Syringe Programs Could Finally Be Arriving in Iowa (Filter)

  • Kensington neighbors angered by potential location of supervised injection site (WHYY)

  • Psychedelic Integration: The Importance of Community and a Daily Practice (Psychedelics Today)

  • Houston Narcs Implicated in Deadly Drug Raid Will Soon Be Receiving Pensions (Reason)

  • Here are 6 psychedelic trips from legal drugs you probably didn’t know about (Raw Story)

  • Could psychedelic medicine be the new cannabis? (Proactive Investors)

  • Are psychedelics the new anti-depressants? (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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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 - 3.22.19

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CANNABIS

  • Two years after voters approved it, Florida legalizes smoking medical marijuana (CNN)

  • Legal weed for N.J. takes a huge step forward. We now expect final votes next week. (NJ.com)

  • New Mexico Lawmakers Send Marijuana Decriminalization Bill To Governor (Marijuana Moment)

  • Minnesota: Attorney For State’s Largest County To No Longer Criminally Prosecute Marijuana Possession Offenses (NORML)

  • Top Ten Equity Must-Haves in Any Legalization Bill (LinkedIn)

  • Legalizing Marijuana, With a Focus on Social Justice, Unites 2020 Democrats (The New York Times)

  • Support for US Cannabis Legalization Reaches New High, Poll Finds (Leafly)

  • Daily Marijuana Use And Highly Potent Weed Linked To Psychosis (NPR)

  • NORML Responds To Latest Cannabis and Psychosis Claims (NORML)

  • Marijuana Consumers Gain Less Weight Than Non-Users, Study Confirms (Marijuana Moment)

  • Oklahoma: Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Regulatory Measure (NORML)

  • Marijuana Activists Protest John Boehner’s SXSW Speech (Marijuana Moment)

  • Denver’s Teen Marijuana Education Campaign Seems To Be Working, Survey Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Medicinal cannabis: 'Patients still in limbo' (BBC)

  • CBD Is In Jelly Beans, Pet Food and Shampoo. But Many Benefits Are Untested (Discover Magazine)

  • U.S. Postal Service Issues Advisory On Mailing Hemp-Derived CBD (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis 101 At The University Of Connecticut (WUNC)

  • Hawaii Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Bill In Joint Committee Hearing (Marijuana Moment)

  • NHL Alumni Study Centres on CBD, Puts THC on Ice (Leafly)

  • Wisconsin Voters Will Decide On More Marijuana Ballot Questions In April (Marijuana Moment)

  • CVS Pharmacy, America's Largest Drug Store Chain, Will Carry CBD Products (Reason)

  • Family sues after Pennsylvania man with 10 pot plants is crushed by bulldozer in police chase (NBC News)

  • South Carolina Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill In Subcommittee Vote (Marijuana Moment)

LSD

  • Beto O'Rourke Said He's Never Done LSD (Esquire)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Most Oregon Voters Favor Legalizing Psilocybin Mushrooms in 2020 Election (Reset.me)

  • Mazatec Mushroom Usage: Notes on Approach, Setting and Species for Curious Psilonauts (Reality Sandwich)

  • Veteran hopeful Denver will vote to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms (ABC15 Arizona)

  • The Decriminalization Train Keeps Rolling – Up Next Psilocybin? (Longmont Observer)

MDMA

  • Genetic reductions in serotonin transporter may cause some people to respond differently to MDMA (PsyPost)

  • UN report attributes rising ecstasy use in South America to electronic music events (Resident Advisor)

  • Ecstasy can cause the user to develop memory problems: study (Top Health Journal)

  • Less cocaine, more MDMA found in Antwerp waste water (The Brussels Times)

AYAHUASCA

  • The “Traditional” Ayahuasca Ceremony Is Probably a Recent Invention (Kahpi)

  • What Does Ayahuasca Have To Do with Ancestors and the Dead? (Kahpi)

  • Ayahuasca Integration Means Facing the Shadow in Daily Life (Kahpi)

  • Integrating Ayahuasca Experiences Requires an Integrated Approach (Kahpi)

  • What Is DMT? How Ayahuasca Tea Affects Your Brain (YourTango)

5-MEO-DMT

  • Short-acting psychedelic offers promising new treatment pathway for depression and anxiety (New Atlas)

  • I Was Recorded During A 5-MeO DMT Ceremony Without My Consent (Psymposia)

PEYOTE

IBOGA

  • What Is Ibogaine? New Details About What Gwyneth Paltrow Calls The 'Next Big Thing' In Wellness (YourTango)

SALVIA DIVINORUM

  • Salvia divinorum: from recreational hallucinogenic use to analgesic and anti-inflammatory action (Dove Press Medical)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Even low doses of synthetic cannabinoids can impair cognitive performance (EurekAlert!)

  • Identifying Metabolites of Synthetic Cannabinoids (News-Medical.Net)

  • Owner of Madison convenience store chain gets 30 months in prison for synthetic marijuana, contraband tobacco (Madison.com)

  • Yeast Could Help Fill Demand for Cannabinoid Compounds (Drovers Magazine)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Some Women Turning To Laughing Gas As Alternative To Drugs During Childbirth (CBS Philly)

KETAMINE

  • Scientists Gave Alligators Ketamine and Headphones to Understand Dinosaur Hearing (Motherboard)

  • High Holy Strangeness: A Playlist for Ketamine by Eric Sienknecht (Chacruna)

  • Ketamine Prohibition Across the Globe Has Deadly Effects (71 Republic)

  • VA to offer new ketamine-based nasal spray to help combat depression (Task and Purpose)

  • Long known as a party drug, ketamine now used for depression, but concerns remain (San Francisco Chronicle)

PCP

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • FDA to Review Higher Dose Naloxone Injection for Opioid Overdose Treatment (Monthly Prescribing Reference)

  • Opium prices plummeted as much as 80% in 2018, hurting farmers (Mexico News Daily)

  • Methadone Helped Her Quit Heroin. Now She’s Suing U.S. Prisons to Allow the Treatment. (The New York Times)

  • Fentanyl-Linked Deaths: The U.S. Opioid Epidemic's Third Wave Begins (NPR)

  • Naloxone use up as overdose deaths begin to plateau (WBIR)

  • Puerto Rico approves sale of naloxone amid opioid crisis (Medical Xpress)

  • Former DEA official now working for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma (NBC News)

  • Naloxone now available at every emergency room in the state (Journal Inquirer)

  • Vermont state trooper exposed to suspected heroin revived with Narcan (UPI)

  • Vermont’s police chief said cops risk death from opioid exposure. He’s wrong. (PolitiFact)

  • Opioid response team offers help, hope to overdose survivors (KENS5)

COCAINE

  • Bristol named cocaine capital of Europe (Mixmag)

  • Cocaine Poses Silent US Drug Threat as Production Nears Record Levels (Homeland Security)

METHAMPHETAMINE

ALCOHOL

  • Scientists hunt down the brain circuit responsible for alcohol cravings (ScienceDaily)

  • Elementary school bans kombucha over alcohol content (The Takeout)

  • Big Alcohol Is Bracing for a More Sober Future (Bon Appetit)

  • The dangers of alcohol extend to those who don’t even drink (Earth.com)

  • Contrary to folklore, alcohol does not help with rheumatoid arthritis (Cosmos)

  • Now, There Is Zero Proof That Alcohol Is What Makes A Great Cocktail (NPR)

  • March Madness Alcohol Study Shows One Demographic Is Affected the Most (Inverse)

  • Is ‘Breaking the Seal’ When You Drink Alcohol Really a Thing? (SELF)

KRATOM

KHAT

  • Somalia- Khat-Munching: A Connecting Factor in East Africa (MENAFN)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Activists Plan Initiative To Decriminalize Psychedelic Drugs In Oakland (Marijuana Moment)

  • First supervised drug injection site in U.S. offered lease in Philadelphia’s Kensington district (Philly.com)

  • It’s Time to Reject the Racist “Drug Dealer” Stereotype (Filter)

  • 'It's about saving lives': inside the UK's first licensed drug testing service (The Guardian)

  • Germany named drug use capital following Europe-wide sewage study (Deutsche Welle)

  • Psychedelic pioneer, consciousness researcher Ralph Metzner dies in Sonoma (Sonoma Index-Tribune)

  • “Addicted to the War on Drugs” Is Right, Despite the Rhetoric (Filter)

  • What Groovin the Moo musicians think about the pill testing trial (The Canberra Times)

  • The European Psychedelic Renaissance: Interview with Dr. Henrik Jungaberle (Psychedelic Times)

  • Hallucinogen Therapy Is Coming (Nautilus)

  • From “Meth Crisis” to “Opioid Crisis” to “Fentanyl and Meth Crisis” to… (CATO Institute)

  • Legalization Is the Only Viable Drug Policy (Project Syndicate)

  • Here are the 10 most seductive drugs — and their fascinating histories (AlterNet)

  • What's the deal with microdosing? (The Telegraph)

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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:


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CANNABIS

  • Vermont Senate Passes Marijuana Sales Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • San Francisco will remove more than 9,300 marijuana-related crimes from people’s records (Los Angeles Times)

  • THC found more important for therapeutic effects in cannabis than originally thought (Science Daily)

  • Portugal Rejects Recreational Cannabis, as Medical Becomes Legal (Talking Drugs)

  • Cory Booker just reintroduced a bill that would legalize weed (Roll Call)

  • Yeast produce low-cost, high-quality cannabinoids (Science Daily)

  • New Hampshire House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Multistate Cannabis Operators Facing Unique Challenges (Forbes)

  • Uh-Oh, California Could Run Out of Legal Cannabis by Summer (Leafly)

  • Denver just made a big change on social-use cannabis: It will be permanent (The Denver Post)

  • Marijuana Decriminalization Approved By Hawaii House Committee (Marijuana Moment)

  • Studies: Cannabis Exposure Not Associated With Significant Changes In Brain Morphology (NORML)

  • This ER doctor is about to launch the first marijuana breathalyzer, and it could completely upend how we do drug testing (Business Insider)

  • Maryland Sets Sights on Cannabis Bills—18 of Them (Leafly)

  • Florida Senator Wants To Let Voters Decide On Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Delaware: Attorney General Calls For Expanding Use Of Civil Penalties For Marijuana Violations (NORML)

  • This Anti-Vaping Bill Bans Everything But Edibles Indoors and Outdoors (Civilized)

  • GOP Congressman Files Bill To Protect Native American Tribes That Legalize Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Weston-super-Mare cannabis centre to show 'safe use' (BBC)

  • Federal Reserve Head Calls For Clarity On Marijuana Banking Issues (Marijuana Moment)

  • As Expected The UN Delays Voting On Cannabis (Forbes)

  • USDA Gives Farmers A Status Update On Hemp Legalization Plans (Marijuana Moment)

  • Rhode Island: Gov. Raimondo’s Proposed Marijuana Legalization Budget Plan (NORML)

  • Elizabeth Warren Talks Marijuana In New Hampshire Presidential Campaign Stop (Marijuana Moment)

  • Don't Expect A Big, National Cannabis Brand Anytime Soon (Forbes)

  • Oregon Lawmakers Weigh Bill Allowing Marijuana Lounges And Cannabis Business Tours (Marijuana Moment)

  • Legalized Cannabis Remains a Burning Topic for Employers (Workforce Management)

  • FDA Head Reveals New Details About Agency’s CBD Regulation Plans (Marijuana Moment)

  • Behind The Scenes With Cannabis Charities (Forbes)

  • Marijuana Tax Revenue Should Fund Subway Improvement, New York’s Cuomo And De Blasio Say (Marijuana Moment)

LSD

  • Bootsy Collins Explains How LSD Played A Role In His Split With James Brown’s Band (Live for Live Music)

  • Life inside notorious cult The Family where children were starved, tortured and given LSD is revealed by former member (The Scottish Sun)

  • A trip with the acid countess: Amanda Feilding and the medical case for drugs reform (New Statesmen)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

MDMA

  • Capsule v zip lock bag: How the law views the way party drugs are carried (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • What It’s Like to Treat a Psychopath with MDMA Therapy: Interview with Luna (Psychedelic Times)

  • Wedded Ecstasy: The Couples Using MDMA to Fix Their Marriages (Fatherly)

  • Brit died plunging into Amsterdam canal after taking MDMA and 'behaving strangely' (Daily Star)

  • Teen placed in juvenile facility for providing fatal dose of MDMA (The Intelligencer)

  • Homicide rap filed against boyfriend of Cebu teen who died of ecstasy overdose (ABS-CBN News)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • What is 2-CP, what does it do and where does it come from? (Mixmag)

  • Remembering the Great British Mephedrone Craze (VICE)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

KETAMINE

  • Ketamine Seems to Ease Depression. We’ll Soon See What Else It Does. (Bloomberg)

  • Psychedelic Afterlife? Researchers Determine Which Hallucinogenic 'Trip' is Most Similar to the Near-Death Experience (Daily Grail)

  • Ketamine is becoming increasingly popular under clubbers in the Netherlands (Rave Jungle)

  • Ontario clinic treating depression with ketamine (CTV News)

  • Old drug with racy history is a new suicide prevention weapon (Standard-Examiner)

PCP

  • PCP smoker gets prison time for assaulting ex-girlfriend and trying to set her apartment door on fire (Hartford Courant)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • Opium-Addicted Parrots Keep Raiding Poppy Farms in India (VICE)

  • Allegations Against the Maker of OxyContin Are Piling Up. Here’s What They Could Mean for the Billionaire Family Behind Purdue Pharma (TIME)

  • US Quietly Ends Anti-Opium Airstrikes Amid Taliban Peace Talks (Breitbart)

  • The Opioid Crisis Isn’t White (The New York Times)

  • “Mom, When They Look at Me, They See Dollar Signs” (Mother Jones)

  • Bus Driver Overdosing on Heroin Crashes Bus With 12 Students Aboard, Police Say (TIME)

  • FDA May Recommend Naloxone Be Co-Prescribed With Opioids (The Fix)

  • Carfentanil found in heroin siezed in Uxbridge (Worcester Telegram)

  • Naloxone in Maryland schools (WMDT)

  • Pain patients on opioids also are getting rescue drug naloxone to prevent overdose (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

COCAINE

  • Woman calls police, complains drug dealer sold her sugar instead of cocaine (Newshub)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • KTLA Anchor Chris Burrous Dies After Putting Crystal Meth In Anus (Hip-Hop Wired)

  • North Koreans reportedly use crystal meth as casually as cigarettes and are shipping the drug to China (INSIDER)

ALCOHOL

  • The Alcohol Crisis In America Has Been Overshadowed By Opioids, But Can No Longer Be Ignored (Forbes)

  • Mothers return to pre-pregnancy drinking within five years: study (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Arkansas county sells alcohol after 70-year ban (KLFY)

  • New bill would lower blood alcohol content limit for some drivers (ABC 13)

  • Smoking and alcohol: Double trouble for the brain? (Science Daily)

  • Online poll finds Chinese university students favour alcohol ban on campus (The Drinks Business)

  • India toxic alcohol: At least 130 tea workers dead from bootleg drink (BBC)

  • Liver transplants tied to alcohol use in the US doubled since 2002 (Health24)

  • Is alcohol consumption more helpful than harmful? It depends on your age (EurekAlert!)

  • Increasing alcohol limits in Utah beer gets Senate support (AP News)

NOOTROPICS

  • Nootropics Found to be Useful Memory Aid (The Avion)

KRATOM

  • Can You Drive on Kratom? Is It Safe To Drive After Taking Kratom? (Kratom Guides)

  • Poison reports related to herbal drug kratom soar, new study says (USA Today)

  • Is kratom nature’s answer to opioids? (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

  • Some patients use Kratom to fight opioid addiction (WESH)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Home Office gives green light to first drug testing clinic (The Guardian)

  • Is Scanning Inmates' Mail To Stop the Spread Of Drugs Legal? (The Fix)

  • Has the decade-old war on drugs in Asia succeeded? (Al Jazeera)

  • Psychedelic therapy — the metamorphosis of mental health care (Medium)

  • Legal Weed Did More to Stop Drug Smuggling Than Any Wall (Reason)

  • To Fight Addiction, Neronha Calls For Reclassifying Simple Drug Possession From Felony To A Misdemeanor (The Public's Radio)

  • Pharma execs offer Senate ideas to lower drug costs – except actually cutting prices (CNBC)

  • Joe Biden’s Drug War Record Is So Much Worse Than You Think (Leafly)

  • Peganum Harmala, the “Ayahuasca” of North Africa and Eurasia (Kahpi)

  • Climax Is The Scariest Movie About Drugs You Will Ever See (Refinery29)

  • Magic in the Margins: Interview with an Underground Psychedelic Therapist (Psychedelic Times)

  • New study claims microdosing improves focus and fights depression (Mixmag)

  • Psychedelics: A Historical Account of Use and Rejection (71 Republic)


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:


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

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

Image by Psychedelic Astronaut.