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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:


Book Review - Buddhist Meditation

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I’ve read a lot of meditation books on my quest in an effort to deepen my own practice, but Buddhist Meditation by Edward Conze is without a doubt the most scholarly text on the subject that I have come across thus far. Originally published in 1972, this book wastes no time at all before diving deep into the material. In the introduction, Conze briefly discusses the meaning and purpose of Buddhist meditation, its range and principal divisions, the literary sources from which the practice stems, and a comparison of this Eastern science of mind with modern-day Western psychotherapy.

From there, the book is broken up into four major sections. The first goes over devotional exercises that Buddhist meditators can work on while meditating. The other sections go over three aspects of the practice—mindfulness, trance, and wisdom. The book features advice on how to cultivate and maintain mental and physical awareness, which includes instructions on postures, breathing, rejection of the sensory world, and above all the recollection of the ultimate goal: nirvana.

Buddhist Meditation is considered by many to be a classic text. It’s included in the list of suggested books to read at the end of Ram Dass’ seminal spiritual book Be Here Now, which is where I probably first heard of it. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I had hoped I would. It’s a very dry read. All in all I found it to be a bit esoteric and unhelpful, frankly, which was a disappointment because I think it probably contains helpful information that I would benefit from putting to use in my own meditation practice, but I just couldn’t get past the writing style to those nuggets of wisdom.

I did finish reading this book, and I even highlighted some of the pages. There were some parts that I really liked, and on the whole I have a positive opinion of it. Maybe it’ll be good review material in 20 years after I’ve learned more about these concepts from more entertaining authors and teachers. While I wouldn’t recommend Buddhist Meditation to most people, if you consider yourself to be really interested in Buddhism and want to learn more about the role of meditation in this tradition, then maybe you’ll appreciate it. Anyone else should probably steer clear and pick out a more accessible book on the topic.

3/5 stars. 192 pages.

This Week in Psychoactives - 5.3.19

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CANNABIS

  • Oregon Has So Much Weed It’s Temporarily Freezing Cannabis Production (MERRY JANE)

  • 'Getting Worse, Not Better': Illegal Pot Market Booming in California Despite Legalization (The New York Times)

  • Cannabis cafes may appear in Alaska this summer (KVTA)

  • New Report Says an Adult-Use Cannabis Industry Could Provide $4 Billion for New York State (Leafly)

  • North Dakota: Lawmakers Pass Language Reducing Marijuana Possession Penalties (NORML)

  • Illegal Toronto Dispensary Finds Legal Loophole to Keep Doors Open (Leafly)

  • Ontario Pharmacists Must Now Complete Mandatory Cannabis Education Course (High Times)

  • In Florida, You Can Purchase Cannabis Through a Drive-Thru (Forbes)

  • Las Vegas Will Finally Get Weed Bars and Consumption Lounges (MERRY JANE)

  • Hawaii Legislature Sends Marijuana Decriminalization Bill To Governor’s Desk (Marijuana Moment)

  • Iowa: Lawmakers Approve Medical Cannabis Expansion Legislation (NORML)

  • The Feds Officially Banned CBD From Booze (MERRY JANE)

  • Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says Senate won't pass bill to lower penalties for marijuana (The Texas Tribune)

  • Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Isn’t ‘Dead’ In Texas, Key Senate Chairman Clarifies (Marijuana Moment)

  • Why medical cannabis is still out of patients’ reach—an essay by David Nutt (The BMJ)

  • UK law on medicinal cannabis changed six months ago – what have we learned? (The Conversation)

  • Massachusetts Gives Cannabis Delivery the Green Light (Leafly)

  • Bills Allowing Marijuana Deliveries And Tasting Rooms Head Toward Colorado Governor’s Desk (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Hampshire: Lawmakers Advance Legislation Permitting Patients to Home Cultivate (NORML)

  • Washington: Lawmakers Pass Legislation Facilitating Expungement Of Past Marijuana Convictions (NORML)

  • Wisconsin City Officials Trying to Stop Church From Distributing Cannabis (High Times)

  • Trump Administration Opposes Bills On Medical Marijuana For Military Veterans (Marijuana Moment)

  • Facebook's New A.I. Tech Can Distinguish Weed From Fried Broccoli (MERRY JANE)

  • Florida Is the Nation's Fastest-Growing Medical Marijuana Market (Miami New Times)

  • New Brunswick Considering Privatization After Cannabis NB Loss (Leafly)

  • This Mom Entrepreneur Is Developing Medicinal Cannabis to Treat Kids With Autism (CT Post)

  • Harvard and MIT Receive $9 Million Donation to Expand Cannabis Research (MERRY JANE)

  • 7Investigates: Marijuana Anonymous (WHDH)

  • Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales Approved By Vermont House Committee (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Michael Bennet Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

LSD

  • Once An Alcoholic, I Lost My Desire To Drink After Taking LSD (Reset.me)

  • Air station sailors facing LSD charges (Navy Times)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Denver Could Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms on Tuesday (Leafly)

  • Decriminalize Nature! Interview with Matthew Kahl about the Denver Psilocybin Ballot Measure (Psychedelic Times)

  • 'It makes me enjoy playing with the kids': is microdosing mushrooms going mainstream? (The Guardian)

  • A Growing Movement Wants To Loosen Laws Around Psilocybin, Treat Mushrooms As Medicine (KUNC)

  • The First Psychedelic Mushroom Con Was a ’Shroom School for the Serious (Dallas Observer)

  • The Magic of Mushrooms (Psychology Today)

  • Psilocybin Helped Me Process The Sudden Deaths of My Mom and Close Friend (Reset.me)

MDMA

  • Local Non-Profit Pushes for Medical Use of MDMA (KNWA)

  • Otago rates high on MDMA use (Otago Daily Times)

  • Drug researcher says MDMA shouldn't be included in wastewater testing (Newstalk ZB)

  • MDMA: Why it's 'impossible' to know how the drug affects you (BBC)

  • Boy, 13, died after taking 'Donkey Kong' ecstasy tablets (Mirror)

AYAHUASCA

  • Meet the Person Serving Ayahuasca to Inmates in Brazil: An Interview with Edilsom Fernandes (Kahpi)

  • How the "Ayahuasca Diet" Can Maximize Your Psychedelic Experience (MERRY JANE)

MESCALINE

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Illegal drug lab manufacturing synthetic cannabis explodes in Texas; four injured (The GrowthOp)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Researchers use nitrous oxide to unravel rapid function of antidepressant mechanisms (News-Medical.Net)

  • Ohio University expels fraternity chapter after student's death (The Athens News)

  • Whippits don’t belong in smoke shops (Los Angeles Times)

KETAMINE

  • Team finds ketamine alleviates acute pain during ambulance rides (Medical Xpress)

  • Visions to Heed: Ketamine’s Breakout In Psychedelic Therapy (Psychedelic Support)

  • Costa Rica Sees Growing Demand for Ketamine, Synthetic Drugs (Insight Crime)

  • Columbia Ketamine Program helps patients with treatment-resistant depression (Healio)

PCP

  • Were Cast and Crew on the Film ‘Titanic’ Sickened by PCP-Laced Seafood Chowder? (Snopes)

  • Man Allegedly High On PCP Attempts To Grab OKC Officer's Gun (KWTV)

  • HPD: Man tosses PCP out car window while leading Houston police on chase (Chron)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • Fentanyl use could end the opium era in Mexico: 'the only crop that paid’ (The Guardian)

  • NJ has naloxone 'deserts' in opioid hotspots (Futurity)

  • UK online pharmacies accused of 'aggressive' tactics to sell opiates (The Guardian)

  • Missouri students push for opioid overdose antidote in dorms (San Francisco Chronicle)

  • “Liquid Handcuffs”—A Documentary to Free Methadone (Filter)

  • Drug-Injection Sites Are Battleground in Fight Against Opioid Overdoses (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Why Aren’t More People Taking Naloxone Overdose Reversal Training? (Observer)

  • 5 things responsible for the opioid crisis — besides Big Pharma (Deseret News)

COCAINE

  • Cocaine deaths up in US, and opioids are a big part of it (Lowell Sun)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • As Meth Use Surges, First Responders Struggle To Help Those In Crisis (NPR)

CAFFEINE

  • Caffeine, an alternative for traditional solar cells (The Asian Age)

  • Consumers are drinking more caffeinated beverages nationwide, study finds (Consumer Affairs)

  • Why do people love coffee and beer? It's the buzz, not the taste, study finds (NBC News)

  • Researchers study connection of adolescent caffeine consumption and substance abuse (Medical Xpress)

  • This Portland Coffee Brand Is Creating Zero Waste Cafes (Forbes)

  • Coffee Shops Build Employee Loyalty, According to Science (Inc)

  • Ask the Pharmacist: Caffeine is a natural option for ADHD (Marco News)

TOBACCO

  • A Device That Heats Tobacco, But Doesn't Burn It, Can Now Be Sold in the U.S. Here's What to Know About IQOS (TIME)

  • Why Big Tobacco and Big Vape love comparing nicotine to caffeine (The Verge)

  • US lawmakers push bipartisan bill to raise the federal minimum buying age for tobacco to 21 (CNBC)

  • AHA backs federal efforts to raise tobacco sale age to 21 (Cardiovascular Business)

  • Doctors Speak On Proposal to Raise Tobacco-Buying Age (Spectrum News 1)

ALCOHOL

  • The Average Person In New York City Spends More Than $120000 On Alcohol In A Lifetime (The Daily Caller)

  • Alcohol-Related Liver Disease Deaths Rise Sharply (KUNM)

  • New York City bans alcohol ads on city property (ABC News)

  • A Brewery in Peru Ran For Centuries, Then Burned After One Epic Ancient Party (Discover Magazine)

  • More than 15 million Americans suffer from alcohol abuse (KMOX)

  • Deprogramming From AA—When a Fellowship Resembles a Cult (Filter)

  • State lawmaker pushing to ban powdered alcohol in Texas (KVII)

  • Has new alcohol law changed drinking habits? (BBC News)

  • Texas lawmakers consider earlier Sunday alcohol sales: “This is freedom” (The Takeout)

  • No Amount Of Alcohol Is Safe During Pregnancy: Study (Tech Times)

  • Hangover-free alcohol could be on store shelves in next 5 years (Fox 13 News)

  • Yes, Buying Alcohol Is Still Illegal in Parts of the U.S. (The Daily Beast)

KRATOM

  • Gov. Ducey signs bill regulating the sale of kratom products in Arizona (KTAR)

  • Bill to Criminalize Kratom in Louisiana Under Consideration (Big Easy Magazine)

  • Herbal supplement kratom is tied to more US deaths (Fox5NY)

KHAT

  • Farmers raise concerns over high levies on khat transport (The Standard)

DATURA

  • Scientists examine the ethnobotanical uses of stramonium (Phys.org)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Scientists want to give psychedelics to people in vegetative states (Rooster)

  • Teens tune out zero tolerance of substance-use talk: UBC study (Vancouver Sun)

  • Cocaine, ketamine and banned pesticides found in UK river wildlife, study reveals (The Independent)

  • World-first Centre for Psychedelics Research launched in UK (New Atlas)

  • Profound experiences linked to mental health benefits (The Hub at Johns Hopkins University)

  • Australia's second pill testing trial in Canberra 'overwhelmingly successful' (SBS)

  • New Study: Syringe Service Providers Could Have Prevented the Scott County HIV Outbreak (Filter)

  • Police drug detection dogs encourage festivalgoers to preload, study finds (The Guardian)

  • Former Philly officer sentenced to 9 years for selling drugs stolen by corrupt Baltimore police squad (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • 6 months old and still unauthorized, ‘Church of Safe Injection’ expands (Bangor Daily News)

  • Make America Trip Again (Current Affairs)

  • Getting 'California Sober' Showed Me a Kinder, Gentler Way to Do Drugs (Broadly)

  • Why does the psychedelic community keep platforming abusers? (The Psychedelic Scientist)

  • Sri Lanka President Uses Easter Attacks to Fuel Duterte-Inspired Drug War (Filter)

  • El Paso County residents turn to Denver or Pueblo for clean syringes (Colorado Springs Independent)

  • Teen drug-dealing convictions up two-thirds in five years in England and Wales (The Guardian)

  • Life-saving needle exchange started with a UM med student. Now it’s legal statewide. (Miami Herald)

  • How the World’s Oldest Drug Checking Service Makes High-Risk Pills “Unsellable” (Filter)

  • A Guide to Starting a Community Psychedelic Integration Circle (Psychedelic Support)

  • Why Worldwide Drug Policy Progress Is Driven From the Ground Up (Filter)

  • Why 'Microdosing' LSD & Other Hallucinogens May Be The Saving Grace For People With Severe Depression & Anxiety (YourTango)

  • Psychedelic Communities, Social Justice, and Kinship in the Capitalocene (Kahpi)

  • The government won’t pay for research into psychedelic drugs. Cody Swift will. (KNKX)

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This Week in Psychoactives - 2.22.19

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CANNABIS

  • Tough cannabis policies do not deter young people – study (The Guardian)

  • Marijuana Companies Urged Governor To Ban Cannabis Home Cultivation, Document Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Popular book on marijuana's apparent dangers is pure alarmism, experts say (The Guardian)

  • Legalization Coming ‘Within Weeks,’ New Jersey Advocates Say (Leafly)

  • Vermont Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales Approved By Key Committee (Marijuana Moment)

  • Thanks to New York City Health Officials, New Yorkers Can No Longer Get CBD in Their Coffee (Reason)

  • West Virginia House Passes Medical Marijuana Banking Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Medicinal cannabis: Why has it taken so long to get to patients? (BBC)

  • Scientists Actually Did A Study To Confirm That Marijuana Causes The Munchies (Marijuana Moment)

  • Denver's second cannabis lounge opens in the Green Mile, making history (Rooster Magazine)

  • Marijuana Decriminalization Narrowly Rejected By North Dakota Lawmakers (Marijuana Moment)

  • Wisconsin Could Decriminalize Cannabis, Legalize Medical Use (Leafly)

  • Worldwide Marijuana Conferences Confirm The Business Of Weed Is Officially Legit (Forbes)

  • Liberal Democrats Overwhelmingly Support Marijuana Legalization, Survey Data Reveals (Marijuana Moment)

  • Study Shows That Bees Like Hemp, And That’s Great News For The Environment (Marijuana Moment)

  • Mothers Demand Baltimore Police End Marijuana Arrests And Instead Focus On Murders (Marijuana Moment)

  • Survey Says: Price, Quality, and Access Are Key for Canadian Consumers (Leafly)

  • Marijuana Legalization Bill Approved By Key New Hampshire House Committee (Marijuana Moment)

  • Florida Senate panel takes another step toward lifting ban on smokable medical marijuana (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

  • Virginia Law Would Protect Students Who Use CBD and THC-A Oils (Leafly)

  • Marijuana Businesses Plea For Congress To Provide Banking Access (Marijuana Moment)

  • End the cannabis banking problem (The Hill)

  • Cannabis on Campus: A Deep Dive Inside Higher Education Pot Policy in Medical Marijuana States (Civilized)

  • Proposed packaging regulations for cannabis edibles decried as excessive, wasteful (The GrowthOp)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Alaska cannabis industry cites uncertainty with new governor (The Seattle Times)

  • France's Softening Stance On Cannabis Opens Up Huge Economic Potential (Forbes)

  • CBD Is Now Regulated and That May Be a Good Thing (Pain News Network)

  • Lawmakers Push FDA To Allow CBD-Infused Food Products (Marijuana Moment)

  • Medical marijuana is on the rise in Australia, but we still don't know a lot about how it works (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

LSD

  • We Finally Have Evidence on Whether Microdosing LSD Can Help With Your Work (ScienceAlert)

  • 4th USS Ronald Reagan Nuclear Electrician Pleads Guilty to LSD Posession (The Daily Beast)

  • Tapping the Potential of LSD (Jewish Journal)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Psychedelic mushrooms just put Denver at the center of the national drug debate — again (The Denver Post)

MDMA

  • Victorian MP Admits To Taking Drugs She Believed Were MDMA (Ten Daily)

  • The dangers of taking MDMA when you’re on antidepressants (Metro)

  • Decades ago, ecstasy — yes, MDMA — was used in marriage counseling (Big Think)

  • MDMA Could Revolutionize Care for Trauma, a Social Worker’s Perspective (Psychedelic Support)

DMT

  • From the Vasty Deep: The Reality of DMT Entities and Other Spirits (Psychedelic Times)

AYAHUASCA

  • Plant Hallucinogen Holds Hope for Diabetes Therapy (Infosurhoy)

PEYOTE

IBOGA

  • New Roots Ibogaine Addiction Treatment Clinic brings Ibogaine to California (Digital Journal)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • Louella Michie trial: Drug that killed woman at Bestival 'makes trees look like demons and giant dinosaur creatures', court hears (The Independent)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Autopsy confirms OU student died of asphyxiation due to nitrous-oxide (The Athens News)

  • The laughing gas parties of the 1700s — and how they sparked a medical breakthrough (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

  • Boca Raton Regional Hospital offers nitrous oxide during childbirth (WFLX)

  • Another Austin hospital offering laughing gas to help moms manage pain during labor (KVUE)

  • Warnings issued over nitrous oxide 'drug abuse' after evidence of increasing use across Bromsgrove District (Bromsgrove Standard)

KETAMINE

  • FDA Panel Endorses Johnson & Johnson Ketamine Nasal Spray For Treatment-Resistant Depression (KSRO)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • Purdue’s Sackler embraced plan to conceal OxyContin’s strength from doctors, sealed deposition shows (STAT)

  • For first time in Mass., male inmate will get methadone (The Boston Globe)

  • 'Heroin buyers club' vision unveiled for legal heroin sales in B.C. (CBC)

  • Intranasal naloxone now available in Australia (Australian Journal of Pharmacy)

  • Blaming pharma alone for opioid crisis is shortsighted | Opinion (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Naloxone proposal for London facilities fails committee vote, decision left to council (Global News)

  • Bill Filed in Maryland to Create Safe Opioid Injection Sites (WBOC)

  • Sandoz Inc. launches authorized generic version of buprenorphine and naloxone sublingual film (PR Newswire)

  • FDA may recommend overdose reversal drug alongside opioid prescriptions (CNN)

  • Trump “Most Excited” About China Executing People for Selling Fentanyl (Talking Drugs)

  • A Tale of Two Cities in the Grips of the Opioid Crisis (The Nation)

  • Indiana nonprofit will offer free naloxone, training in Muncie (Muncie Star Press)

COCAINE

  • The Rumours Are True: Sydney Really Is The Cocaine Capital Of Australia (Junkee)

METHAMPHETAMINE

ALCOHOL

  • Drinking contexts associated with early onset of alcohol intoxication among adolescents (ScienceDaily)

  • Daniel Radcliffe says he used alcohol to cope with immense 'Harry Potter' fame (Fox News)

  • Cannabis May Pose a 'Long-Term Risk' to the Alcohol Industry (Fortune)

  • These 52 celebrities don't drink alcohol (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

  • Alcohol is getting expensive - and other reasons why you should drink less (Health24)

ABSINTHE

NOOTROPICS

  • The Best Nootropics for Productivity, Focus, and Cognitive Performance (Better Humans)

KRATOM

  • Poison Control Calls for Kratom Rose Sharply, but the Caveats Are Crucial (Inverse)

  • Backlash continues following Kratom ban (WCBI)

  • Kratom Imported by Denver Company Seized by the Feds (Westword)

  • Kratom: A Nationwide Ban Will Be Deadly (71 Republic)

  • Benefits of Buying Kratom Powder Online vs Capsule Form (WORLDHAB)

  • Is Kratom a Performance Enhancer or a Lethal Opioid? (Outside Magazine)

  • Health Benefits of Kratom Powder and Why You Should Buy It (Kerala News 24/7)

  • What to know about kratom capsules and how to stay best informed (Augusta Free Press)

KHAT

  • Researchers find ties between Africa’s khat use and liver disease (Africa Times)

  • Somali traders say no to Kenyan khat (CGTN)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • The Supreme Court Just Struck a Huge, Unanimous Blow Against Policing for Profit (Slate)

  • El Chapo's Lawyers Are Pushing for a New Trial After Report Jurors Read News Stories About Him (TIME)

  • El Chapo Highlighted Mexican Corruption, but Drug Money Also Lubricates U.S. Border (The New York Times)

  • Phony Houston Drug Warrant Prompts FBI Investigation and Review of 1,400 Cases (Reason)

  • Decades before the pill testing debate these little bins caused an uproar (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

  • How I Started South Carolina’s Only Formal Syringe Exchange (Filter)

  • How to Think about Weird Psychedelic Beings (Kahpi)

  • Study of Microdosing Psychedelics Finds Mixed Bag of Effects (PsychCentral)

  • MAPS Canada charts the way for psychedelic therapy (The McGill Tribune)

  • New Zealand university students offered free drug-testing in 'harm-prevention' first (The Guardian)

  • Australia drug use: Meth and cocaine up, MDMA and heroin down (Infosurhoy)

  • Democratic 2020 Candidates on Cannabis and Other Drug Policy (Talking Drugs)

  • The Harvard Science of Psychedelics Club (The Harvard Independent)

  • Kitty Flipping, Nexus Flipping and other dangerous drug mixtures (Rave Jungle)

  • COLUMN: New medical research shows benefits of psychedelic drugs (Daily Toreador)

  • What IF psychedelics can heal? (Purdue University)


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.

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This Week in Psychoactives - 2.8.19

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CANNABIS

  • World Health Organization Recommends Reclassifying Marijuana Under International Treaties (Forbes)

  • The Most Efficient Way to Smoke Cannabis? Study Says Dabs (Leafly)

  • Jury Convicts Church Of Cannabis Founder On Public Consumption Charges (Colorado Public Radio)

  • Most Strains of Weed Are More Alike Than People Think (Men's Health)

  • Hawaii Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill In Committee (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pennsylvania Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Legalize Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • A New Study Says Pot Smokers May Have Higher Sperm Counts. But There’s a Catch (TIME)

  • Patients Frequently Substituting Cannabis For Anti-Anxiety Drugs (NORML)

  • CBD-Infused Food Banned by Health Department at NYC Restaurant, Owner Says (Eater)

  • After A Decade Of Testing, Israeli Medical Cannabis Comes To The US (Forbes)

  • Republican Senator Pitches Weird Conspiracy Theory About Weed Legalization, Menthol Cigarettes, and the FDA (Reason)

  • Science Backs Most Medical Cannabis Treatment, Study Finds (Leafly)

  • Medicinal cannabis legalisation opens gateway for psychedelic research (Small Caps)

  • Traffic fatalities on a high after cannabis legalisation (Medical Xpress)

  • Nebraska Could Vote On This Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure In 2020 (Forbes)

  • Congressional Democrats Plan Hearing And Vote On Marijuana Business Banking (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pot for pets: Cannabis products for our furry friends increasing in popularity (The GrowthOp)

  • A Hemp Company Sues After Police Mistake Their Product for Weed (Reason)

  • Trump Allies Consider Using Hemp Concrete To Build Border Wall With Private Funds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Here’s Where Ontario’s First Private Cannabis Stores Could Open (Leafly)

  • More Seniors Are Using Marijuana and It May Decrease Their Opioid Use (Green Entrepreneur)

  • New Hampshire Considers Legalization, but Gov. Sununu Vows to Veto It (Leafly)

  • Maryland Lawmakers Introduce Marijuana Legalization Bills (Marijuana Moment)

  • Latest Medical Marijuana Bill Proposes Full Use Of Cannabis Plant In Tennessee (WPLN)

  • Reports Claim Bisexuals Smoke the Most Cannabis. Is There Any Truth to It? (Leafly)

  • Why do so many Americans now support legalizing marijuana? (The Conversation)

  • Study Reveals Little-Known Trick To Make Marijuana Plants Grow More Bud For Less (Marijuana Moment)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Suing Snoop’s Cannabis Brand Over Logo (Leafly)

  • Smoke without fire: Cannabis for the observant Jew (ynetnews)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Cory Booker Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • A Patient’s Guide to Using Cannabis for Cancer (Leafly)

  • Cannabis in Small Commonwealth States: Turning a New Leaf? (Talking Drugs)

  • How To Invest In Cannabis IPOs (Forbes)

  • Why We Should Treat Cannabis like Organic Food or Fine Wine (Civilized)

LSD

  • LSD allows more information to flood into the brain by altering activity in the thalamus (PsyPost)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Denver Will Vote on Psilocybin Decriminalization in May (Westword)

  • The Push to Legalize Magic Mushrooms for Depression and PTSD (WIRED)

  • Shrooms Are the Safest Drug You Can Take (VICE)

  • Oregon "Psilocybin Services" Ballot Measure Has Significant Support, Poll Shows (PR Newswire)

  • 'Magic Mushrooms' May Soon Be Decriminalised in Parts of The US (Science Alert)

  • Magic Truffles in Amsterdam and the Monastic Path: Interview with Chi of Truffles Therapy (Psychedelic Times)

MDMA

  • MDMA users more empathetic than people who take other drugs, study finds (The Independent)

  • Parents whose son died after taking ecstasy want to educate others on dangers of drug (WGN-TV)

  • Antisocial Species Of Octopus Becomes Friendlier On MDMA, Study Finds (Study Finds)

DMT

  • Why Do Jesters and Tricksters Appear in the DMT Experience? (Sam Woolfe)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • Man filmed dying girlfriend at festival after taking 2C-P instead of helping her (Rave Jungle)

  • First National Study on Flakka Finds Disturbing Trend Among Teens (Psychedelics Daily)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Synthetic cannabis may stop colorectal cancer from growing, study suggests (Daily Mail)

  • K2 Overdose Calls Reach Lowest Numbers since 2014 (Spectrum News)

  • Natural and synthetic cannabinoids for agitation and aggression in Alzheimer’s disease: A meta-analysis (MDLinx)

  • 'Spice turns you into a zombie': Battling an addiction with synthetic cannabis (Shropshire Star)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Longmont United Hospital Offers New Pain Management Option for Laboring Mothers (Longmont Observer)

  • Laughing gas now available for women in labor (WGME)

KETAMINE

  • Ketamine Could Be the Key to Reversing America’s Rising Suicide Rate (Bloomberg)

  • New variation of ketamine to be approved by FDA for treatment of depression (Mixmag)

  • Ketamine Noninferior to Fentanyl for Traumatic Injury Pain in Children (Clinical Pain Advisor)

  • Kansas City woman credits controversial depression treatment with saving her life (Fox 4 Kansas City)

  • Can ketamine help depression? (WTSP)

  • Fears grow that Ketamine use by young is on the rise in England (The Guardian)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • U.S. Prosecutors Sue To Stop Nation's First Supervised Injection Site For Opioids (NPR)

  • Family Behind OxyContin Made Billions By Pushing to Keep Patients on Drug Longer, Filing Shows (TIME)

  • Study: Illicit opioid deaths to rise by 147 percent by 2025 (UPI.com)

  • Fentanyl Overdoses Spike on Mexico’s Northern Border But Remain Invisible (Filter)

  • #MSLeg: 'Parker's Law' would punish drug dealers for death or injuries (Clarion Ledger)

  • Struggling to Compete with Fentanyl, Mexico’s Poppy Farmers Ask for Legalization (Filter)

  • Naloxone boxes to be placed in Downtown Cincinnati in new bid to stem overdose deaths (Cincinnati.com)

  • Ohio doctors must now offer overdose antidote naloxone to some pain patients (The Columbus Dispatch)

  • Cops Claimed She Set Up A Drug Deal. Now She's Being Prosecuted for Manslaughter. (The Appeal)

  • Alphabet's Verily is opening an opioid addiction center in Ohio (Engadget)

  • Trump Decries Unjust Crack Sentences but Wants to Repeat the Mistake With Fentanyl (Reason)

  • The Third Opium War (Manitoba Post)

  • New bill clarifies who can dispense, administer Naloxone (KIVI-TV)

  • Program trains high school officials to give naloxone (Tuscaloosa News)

  • Myanmar's opium farmers cling on to lucrative crop (Mail and Guardian)

  • IN PICTURES: Myanmar, the second biggest source of opium in the world (The Courier)

  • Why we need to talk about take-home naloxone (Australian Journal of Pharmacy)

  • How to Get and Use Fentanyl Testing Strips (Lifehacker)

  • Let's define terms to understand the opioid crisis (Murfreesboro Post)

COCAINE

  • This Is Why Cocaine Dealers Should Fear Venezuelan Unrest (OZY)

METHAMPHETAMINE

ALCOHOL

  • Richer, older men more likely to drink to excess, figures show (The Guardian)

  • Heavy Drinking in Teens Causes Lasting Changes in Emotional Center of Brain (Neuroscience News)

  • Utah lawmaker wants to scrap low-alcohol beer rule (KUTV)

  • Some Super Bowl ads seem to suggest that some kinds of alcohol are better for you. Health officials say it's better to punt on the drinking altogether (Deseret News)

  • Alcohol related deaths in England and Wales rocket in past decade (Yahoo! Sports)

  • Know how alcohol is harming your teeth! (Times of India)

  • 10 things that can happen to your body when you give up alcohol (INSIDER)

ABSINTHE

NOOTROPICS

  • Nootropic spearmint extract may improve reactive agility, according to new study (Nutritional Outlook)

  • The future's getting smarter (Mashable)

  • Nootropics: A Necessary Mental Aid in Modern World? (The Frisky)

  • Are ‘smart drugs’ all they claim to be? (ZME Science)

KRATOM

  • Kratom Now Banned in Columbus (WCBI)

  • Advocate: Kratom 'should be regulated,' not illegal (The Dispatch)

  • Residents seek Kratom ban in Lowndes (The Dispatch)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Does microdosing improve your mood and performance? Here’s what the research say (The Conversation)

  • GOP Lawmaker’s Bill Would Legalize Psychedelic Mushrooms And MDMA For Medical Use (Marijuana Moment)

  • How the Drug War Eats the Poor (VICE)

  • El Chapo Jury Begins Deliberation in Bombshell Drug Trafficking Trial (TIME)

  • This is what psychedelic mainstreaming looks like…in Arizona (Psymposia)

  • Houston Narcs Were 'Clearly Labeled' During Deadly Drug Raid, Police Spokesman Says (Reason)

  • Why More and More People Are Leaning Toward Microdosing for Depression (Civilized)

  • Are Electronic Cigarettes Facilitating Illicit Drug Use? (News-Medical.net)

  • Is Permatripping Real? (Gizmodo)

  • Should I Drug Test My Kids? Why the Experts Say No (Filter)

  • Sri Lanka to begin hangings within months, ending 43-year stay on executions (The Guardian)

  • Cory Booker Invites Former Drug War Prisoner To Trump’s State Of The Union (Marijuana Moment)

  • Psychedelic Privilege: Report from the Women and Psychedelics Forum (Chacruna)

  • The GOP Needs A Better Drug Policy to End HIV (Medium)

  • Drug Reform Campaigner Calls For Legal MDMA, Cannabis & Pill Testing in Australia (Your EDM)

  • Meet the Artists Designing Clothes For Businesswomen Who Micro-Dose LSD (Interview)

  • Nine pill testing myths (Australia's Science Channel)

  • This is why you should vote to make drugs safer (The Bristol Cable)

  • I took daily doses of magic mushrooms to improve my performance and mental health. Here’s what happened (news.com.au)

  • Psychedelics could treat mental disorders (4BC)


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