This Week in Psychoactives - 8.2.19



  • 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)


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


  • 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)


  • 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 (

  • Victorian schoolgirls safely back home after MDMA scare at camp (


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


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


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


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


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



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

  • Ketamine clinics are arriving in Richmond (WTVR)


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


  • 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)


  • 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)



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

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


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


  • 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)



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


  • 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 Psychedelics - 8.24.18



  • Study: 1 in 7 Canadian cannabis users admits to high driving (The Mercury News)
  • Cory Booker Bill Would Let Students With Drug Convictions Keep Financial Aid (Marijuana Moment)
  • Wells Fargo Closes Florida Politician's Account Due To Marijuana Donations (Forbes)
  • Senate Amendment Requires Feds To Study Marijuana Legalization’s Impact (Marijuana Moment)
  • Here’s How Much Marijuana Costs on the West Coast vs East Coast (Priceonomics)
  • Marijuana ‘Farmers Markets’ Won’t Happen In California Yet After Bill’s Failure (Marijuana Moment)
  • North Texas Academy Offers First Cannabis Science Class (NBC Dallas-Fort Worth)
  • New Jersey Could Legalize Weed Next Month (Reason)
  • Baker Who Denied Same-Sex Couple Now Complaining About Marijuana-Themed Cake Requests (Marijuana Moment)
  • Cannabis Is Creating A Boom For Biological Pesticides (Forbes)
  • Pennsylvania Lawmaker Launches Online Petition To Promote Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)
  • Proximity Of Dispensaries To Schools Not Linked With Teen Use (NORML)
  • Ohio Police Plan To Ignore Marijuana Ballot Measure (Marijuana Moment)
  • The Next Big Thing In Cannabis: Tourism (Forbes)
  • Israeli and Swiss Companies Team Up to Breed Better Cannabis for Patients (High Times)
  • Cannabis stocks soar to new highs (CNN)
  • Amid Primary Challenge, Democrat Senator Now Supports Marijuana Bill (Marijuana Moment)
  • Why you shouldn’t dismiss the risk of marijuana addiction (Vox)
  • America’s Invisible Pot Addicts (The Atlantic)
  • How Federal Housing Policy Excludes Poor People From Legal Pot (Rolling Stone)
  • We Fact Checked an ER Doctor Who Said Weed Edibles Can Kill Kids (VICE)
  • U.S. Border Agents Gear Up for Canada’s Marijuana Legalization, Vowing to Enforce Federal Law (Newsweek)
  • How Tech Will Drive The Next Stage Of Cannabis Regulation (Forbes)
  • Alaska Could Be The First State To Legalize And License Marijuana Lounges (Marijuana Moment)
  • The Dark Star of Doobage (Seattle Weekly)
  • Meet Bend And Blaze: A Cannabis-Infused Yoga Class You Need To Take (Forbes)
  • California: Marijuana Expungement Measure Awaits Governor’s Signature (NORML)
  • Big Majority Of Connecticut Voters Support Legalizing Marijuana, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)
  • California Cannabis Goes Luxury, Plans Appellations Just Like Wine (Forbes)
  • Poll: Huge Majority Of Wisconsin Voters Want Marijuana Legalized (Marijuana Moment)
  • Meet The Tattooed Branding Bigwig Who Gave Up Couture For Cannabis (Forbes)
  • Cannabis Now CEO Says Beer And Marijuana Mergers Are Good For Business (Forbes)


  • From Humble Chemist to Father of the Psychedelic Trip (OZY)
  • How To Take LSD (The Third Wave)
  • Can LSD help solve mental health issues? (CBS News)
  • LSD liberated me from the prison I had built for myself (Psymposia)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • FDA Approves Psychedelic Magic Mushrooms Ingredient Psilocybin for Depression Trial (Newsweek)
  • ‘Microdosing’ is touted by ’shroomers and Reddit users. Science is starting to test their claims — and finding some truth (STAT)
  • Can Psilocybin Make People Feel More Empathy to Nature? (Chacruna)
  • Psilocybin Proponents Push Medical Benefits of Drug, Ballot Initiative (Westword)


  • Veteran Treated PTSD And Suicidal Thoughts With ‘Life-Altering’ MDMA Therapy (Inquisitr)


  • What To Expect When You Drink Ayahuasca (The Third Wave)
  • Psychedelic Medicine 101: DMT and the near-death experience (New Atlas)
  • Man sentenced to 11.5 years for bringing bottle of Peruvian Ayahuasca drink to Russia (Pravda)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Strange Drug Overdoses Are Mystifying Hospitals (Discover Magazine)
  • Big Pharma Synthetic Marijuana Leaves 2 Dead, 89 Hospitalized In Illinois (UR Healthinfo)


  • A Doctor Explains How Prescribing Ketamine For Depression Works (Psymposia)
  • Driver, 21, found at wheel by police after being more than twice over the limit for ketamine (The News)
  • Man high on PCP harasses woman, punches her dad and then slugs a valet at Playhouse Square (News 5 Cleveland)


  • Mexican poppy producing state pushes to decriminalize opium (Star Tribune)
  • Dan Bigg, who spent decades fighting heroin crisis in Chicago and saved scores of lives, dies at 59 (Chicago Tribune)
  • On fentanyl: Congress must avoid another drug war (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Trump Says Pain Pills Are 'So Highly Addictive.' He's Wrong. (Reason)
  • This is what happens to your body during a heroin overdose (Health24)
  • Poll: Most Americans Know About Opioid Antidote And Are Willing To Use It (NPR)
  • Why Every Connecticut Home Should Have Naloxone (Hartford Courant)


  • American Kratom Association says forensic pathologist got it wrong in Arvada death (
  • More than 40,000 Americans Petition DEA in Support of Kratom (Markets Insider)
  • Failed NDIs, FDA's Opioid Concerns Don't Stop Kratom Supplement Sales (Rose Sheet)
  • FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Tweets Controversial Statements on Kratom (Inverse)
  • FDA recalls Kratom products due to salmonella concerns (News4Jax)
  • Rep. Vernon Jones appointed to House Study Committee on Risks with Kratom (On Common Ground News)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Like Beer, There's Now 'Craft Cocaine' (VICE)
  • Proposal seeks to improve assessment of drug risks (Science Daily)
  • These Drug Users Don't Want Their Dealer Prosecuted if They OD (VICE)
  • Federal officers have established unconstitutional checkpoints on the road to Burning Man (Boing Boing)
  • Scientists Dosed an Artificial Brain With Meth (Motherboard)
  • Psychedelics Might Be Especially Effective in Treating Depression When Combined With Hypnosis (Tonic)
  • Safe injection sites were thought to reduce drug overdoses. The research isn’t so clear. (Vox)
  • The Healing Powers of Psychedelics Documentary Series: Interview with Mareesa Stertz (Psychedelic Times)
  • Top 3 drugs to use while watching the Trump scandals, and top 3 to avoid (Rooster)
  • Psychedelics And Partying (Psychedelic Heaven)
  • The Myth Of Good And Bad Drugs (Psychedelic Heaven)

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 are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.

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People Are Using Fitbits and Apple Watches to Monitor Their Heart Rate When Binging on Drugs

Christina Farr, writing for CNBC:

It isn't likely to come up in casual face-to-face conversation, but scores of users on Reddit forumsTwitter and other social media sites write about the value of their Fitbit or Apple Watch in tracking their use of cocaine, ketamine, speed, and other drugs. Dozens of these threads have popped up in the past few years on the topic, some focused on cocaine and others on MDMA, also known as ecstasy.

This is the first I've heard about people employing wearable technologies like Fitbits and Apple Watches to monitor their vital signs while under the influence of mind-altering substances. I would argue that this is a good thing, because it obviously highlights the potential negative physical effects of using some of these drugs, and if it helps a drug user understand what is happening in their body, that's a step in the right direction.

There's even a YouTube channel called DrugsLab with more than half a million subscribers. Three hosts perform on-camera tests of drugs suggested by commentators, while their heart rate and body temperature are tracked on a board behind them. The idea, they say, is to promote drug education for millennials.

I haven't mentioned it on the blog before, but DrugsLab is excellent—you should definitely check it out if you haven't already.

But don't expect your doctor to condone the practice. Academics and medical professionals told CNBC that people who rely on a heart rate monitor to protect them from overdosing or from other ill effects of hardcore drugs are giving themselves a false sense of security.

No surprise there. Doctors are simply not going to suggest that patients use these consumer-grade technologies to prevent drug-related casualties, just like they don't encourage or support the use of illicit substances in general. They have reputations to maintain and must protect themselves and their institutions from being sued by patients (or family members of deceased patients) who place so much faith in their Apple Watches that they think it will enable them to safely use drugs without experiencing harm.

However, that doesn't mean that this form of harm reduction should be avoided altogether—just that academics and medical professionals are not going to endorse this practice. At least not for now.

Weekend Thoughts - 4.7.18


Happy Saturday y'all! Below, I have rounded up some things for you to think about this weekend:

1. Remember two weeks ago when the news about Facebook's latest scandal broke? At that time, we thought there were only 50 million Facebook profiles that were affected. Now the latest update is that Cambridge Analytica actually accessed up to 87 million users' data. I'm with Daring Fireball blogger John Gruber on this one—the actual number is probably a lot more than 87 million, and Facebook will probably announce a larger number in the near future. This is known as the "Drip-Drip-Drip" PR strategy, and it allows the company involved to break the news about a scandal with a low number and then increase it after the buzz has died down. A sneaky tactic to be sure, but effective nonetheless.

2. Fans of the front page of the Internet have something to look forward to, as Reddit is getting a major redesign soon. I'm not sure that this will get me to use the site any more than I did previously (which was essentially no use at all), but it's still welcome news.

3. A rumor started going around this week claiming that Apple is going to quit using Intel processors in its Mac lineup, instead opting to manufacture its own chips in-house. I'm interested to see how that plays out—while Apple has been extremely successful with its homemade mobile processors, the desktop processor game is a totally new and uncharted territory for the company.

4. Probably the biggest news this week was that a YouTuber who was frustrated by the company's censorship practices went and shot up YouTube's headquarters in California. She was a vegan and animal rights activist who had a very strange and disturbing YouTube channel. After shooting a few people in the office, she ended up killing herself. It's a really bizarre and tragic story, but on the bright side—at least no YouTube employees were killed.

That's all for this week's edition of Weekend Thoughts. Until next week, keep thinking wilder.

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