psilocybin

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 - 8.16.19

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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 - 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: