salvia divinorum

This Week in Psychoactives - 8.23.19

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CANNABIS

  • Federal Data Shows Youth Marijuana Use Isn’t Increasing Under Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Illicit Cannabis Vape Carts Hospitalized 7 in California, Doctors Say (Leafly)

  • Maryland Court Rules Marijuana Odor Not Enough To Search A Person (NPR)

  • Step Aside, Cannabinoids: Weed’s Flavonoids Fight Cancer, Too (MERRY JANE)

  • Marijuana Flower Offers More Pain Relief Than Other Cannabis Products, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Texas Might Have Accidentally Decriminalized Marijuana (GQ)

  • Bernie Sanders Calls For Legalization Of Marijuana And Safe Injection Sites (Marijuana Moment)

  • Canadian Men Are Twice as Likely to Use Cannabis as Women, Survey Says (MERRY JANE)

  • New Industry-Backed Marijuana Legalization Measure Filed In Florida (Marijuana Moment)

  • The FBI Just Launched a Corruption Probe Into the Weed Industry (MERRY JANE)

  • No eating, no drinking, and now, no marijuana before surgery, doctors say (The Boston Globe)

  • Oklahoma Bans Employment Discrimination Against Marijuana Patients (MERRY JANE)

  • Netflix Curbs Tobacco Use Onscreen, But Not Pot. What's Up With That? (NPR)

  • Elizabeth Warren’s Criminal Justice Plan Involves Legalizing Marijuana And Safe Injection Sites (Marijuana Moment)

  • State shuts down Walled Lake marijuana testing lab for fudging test results (Detroit Free Press)

  • Canadian woman faces lifetime ban after getting caught with CBD oil at U.S. border (CBC)

  • Credit Unions Can Bank Hemp Businesses, Federal Agency Announces (Marijuana Moment)

  • Jacksonville lawyer who claimed marijuana was legal must pay arrested clients $370k (The Florida Times-Union)

  • Fatty meal might affect how you absorb CBD (UPI)

  • North Carolina House OKs Ban on Smokable Hemp (Leafly)

  • Oregon Has Way Too Much Legal Weed. This Is Where It's Going (VICE)

  • Colorado man who says he was delivering hemp charged in SD with selling marijuana (Rapid City Journal)

  • Nearly every single person arrested for weed in NYC this year was black or Latinx (Queens Daily Eagle)

  • CBD Infused Food Products Ruled Illegal in Washington State (Sapling)

  • ‘The system is swamped.’ Canada can’t keep up with requests to study cannabis (Science Magazine)

  • Marijuana Can Boost Risks of Drinking Alcohol (Psych Central)

  • Canadians continue to buy cannabis illegally (Quartz)

  • Contrary to widespread belief, cannabis addiction is possible. Here’s what it’s like (Global News)

LSD

  • Tripping on Broadway: A New Musical Explores LSD Use by Cary Grant and More (The New York Times)

  • How Peter Fonda’s LSD trip with the Beatles produced a classic John Lennon lyric (Los Angeles Times)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

MDMA

  • MDMA treatment for alcoholism reduces relapse, study suggests (The Guardian)

  • Man dies from 'severe reaction' to MDMA days after the authorities warned of a strong batch of the drug circulating in Jersey (Jersey Evening Post)

  • Woman fell off Cornwall cliff and died after quitting social media and taking MDMA pills (Cornwall Live)

  • Girl, one, found CHEWING on MDMA capsule she found in dumped in a playground (The Sun)

DMT

AYAHUASCA

SALVIA DIVINORUM

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Dangerous Synthetic Cannabinoids Found in Liquid Claiming to be CBD (Cannabis Now)

  • Spice crisis deepens as 9 kids collapse after taking zombie drug and deaths surge (Mirror)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Mum died after self-medicating with 100 canisters of laughing gas (Metro)

KETAMINE

  • A single ketamine infusion combined with mindfulness-based therapy shows promise in treatment of cocaine addiction (PsyPost)

  • Ketamine may not be an actual antidepressant, but may decrease the burden of symptoms (Medical Xpress)

  • Boise organization researches ketamine use to treat depression (The Arbiter)

  • Donald Trump Thinks He Can Stop Veteran Suicides With Ketamine (Spin)

OPIOIDS

  • Wide distribution of Naloxone effective in preventing opioid-related deaths (Medical Xpress)

  • ‘Saved from a horrible fate’: Legal heroin prescribed to hundreds of UK drug users, figures reveal (The Independent)

  • 76% of opium produced in the world is discovered in Iran (Tehran Times)

  • Access to naloxone reduces opioid overdose deaths, saves money, study says (UPI)

  • Naloxone, a drug that reverses overdoses, can save lives. Here's why you should learn how to use it. (The Washington Post)

  • How often is fentanyl in your drugs? Some hard data (Rooster Magazine)

  • Canada Might Have Found a Back Door to End the War on Drugs (VICE)

  • How the Shakers Became America’s Best Opium Producers (The Daily Beast)

  • Op-Ed: A drug called buprenorphine saved me from heroin addiction. It could save millions more — if we let it (Los Angeles Times)

  • People Have Used, Abused Opioids For Thousands of Years (The Fix)

  • Opium addiction in Korea's past (Korea Times)

  • Babies born after opioid exposure deserve legal recognition, lawyers argue (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

  • Wisdom teeth removal is contributing to the opioid crisis, experts warn (CBS News)

  • 'What Would You Do?' focuses on the opioid crisis (ABC News)

COCAINE

  • Mexico judge approves recreational cocaine for two users (BBC)

  • Crack Cocaine Makes a Paris Neighborhood ‘Hell’ for Users and Residents (The New York Times)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Meth and heart disease correlation not fully understood (Medical Xpress)

  • The ‘fourth wave’ of the opioid crisis: Feds warn of a rise in meth use (TribLIVE)

CAFFEINE

  • Mormons warn that coffee, vaping are no-nos despite fancy names, alluring flavors (Fox News)

  • Is It Better to Drink Coffee Before or After You Exercise? The Answer Might Surprise You (Yahoo! Lifestyle)

TOBACCO

  • Tobacco industry anti-smoking ads reached less than half of U.S. adults (Reuters)

  • Why US lags behind on graphic cigarette warnings (BBC)

  • NYC Is Coming For Your Flavored Juul Pods (Gothamist)

ALCOHOL

  • Costa Rica Confirms 2 More Suspected Alcohol Poisoning Deaths, Raising Death Toll to 25 (TIME)

  • Why Warning Pregnant Women Not to Drink Can Backfire (The New York Times)

KRATOM

  • Kratom would require prescription in Michigan under Senate bill (WJRT)

  • Kratom Legality In Texas: Is It Legal To Buy, Carry, and Consume In The State? (Kratom Guides)

  • Is It Legal To Carry Kratom Products In Ohio? (Kratom Guides)

  • Does Kratom Really Help Athletes in Sports? (The Sports Daily)

  • What is kratom and why is its safety being questioned? (Health24)

KAVA

  • Kava Consumption Still An Issue Says Methodist Church President (Fiji Sun)

SANANGA

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Dozens of People in Multiple States Have Lung Disease Linked to Vaping, and No One Knows Why (Gizmodo)

  • Vaping May Harm Your Blood Flow—Even Without Nicotine (WIRED)

  • The World’s First Clinical Trials on Microdosing LSD and Psilocybin Are Coming (MERRY JANE)

  • Berkeley, CA May Be Next the City to Decriminalize Natural Psychedelics (Filter)

  • Synthetic Drugs Will Change the Global Drug Trade Forever (VICE)

  • Extinction Rebellion founder calls for mass psychedelic disobedience (New Scientist)

  • Pupils who take drugs, drink and smoke more likely to be unhappy (The Guardian)

  • Americans spend $150B on cocaine, meth, marijuana, heroin (UPI)

  • Use of Marijuana, Meth, Hallucinogens Up in New SAMHSA Survey (Medscape)

  • What Science Says About Using Sleep Medications (Discover Magazine)

  • Psychedelics and Women’s Health (Psychedelic Science Review)

  • Argentina Tries To Stop Synthetic Drug Traffickers Sidestepping Prosecution (InSight Crime)

  • Should Psychedelic Therapists Have First-hand Experience with Psychedelics? (Chacruna)

  • Safe injection rooms are key to halting rise in drug deaths – expert (The Guardian)

  • Psychedelic Yoga (Psychology Today)

  • Man Who Died of OD Was Allegedly “Kicked Out of Treatment for Smoking” (Filter)

  • Why are stimulant-related deaths spiking in the U.S.? (Salon)

  • Turf war between rival drug gangs sparks surge in shootings (Liverpool Echo)

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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 - 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:


This Week in Psychoactives - 3.8.19

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CANNABIS

  • Bipartisan Legislation To End Marijuana Prohibition Filed (NORML)

  • As of 2019, Legal Cannabis Has Created 211,000 Full-Time Jobs in America (Leafly)

  • Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passes New Mexico Senate (Marijuana Moment)

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

  • Hawaii Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Trump Administration Wants More Input On Marijuana Rescheduling (Forbes)

  • North Dakota’s First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Is Open for Business (Leafly)

  • Elon Musk Could Lose His Pentagon Security Clearance Over Video of Him Smoking Pot (TIME)

  • Higher education: Colleges add cannabis to the curriculum (AP News)

  • Liberal Hawaii Decides Again Not to Legalize Cannabis (Leafly)

  • Cannabis conundrum: California researchers struggling to get their hands on it (The Mercury News)

  • Why scientists are using yeast to make marijuana compounds (The Verge)

  • Amazon Vet Joins Cannabis Site Leafly As New CEO (Forbes)

  • Majority Of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana And Expunging Records, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Hawaii Dispensaries Can Now Serve Out-of-State Cannabis Patients (Leafly)

  • Marijuana Use Before Sex Leads To More Satisfying Orgasms, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Regulations Are Choking Out California's Legal Weed Industry (VICE)

  • Bernie Sanders Hits Campaign Trail With A Big Focus On Marijuana Reform (Marijuana Moment)

  • Beto O’Rourke Rallies Support Around Marijuana Reform Ahead Of Potential 2020 Run (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where Presidential Candidate John Hickenlooper Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • How I Use CBD to Treat Endometriosis (Civilized)

  • Texas Lawmakers Hold Marijuana Decriminalization Hearing (Marijuana Moment)

  • Texas Sheriffs Stand Against Marijuana Policy Reform (The Appeal)

  • The DEA Wants Help Differentiating Marijuana From Hemp (Marijuana Moment)

  • Facebook May Loosen Marijuana Restrictions, Internal Company Presentation Says (Marijuana Moment)

  • Guns or cannabis? Ohio patients must choose. (Cincinnati.com)

  • South Africa's Cannabis Policy is Wildly Confusing, Despite "Dagga" Being Part of the Culture for Centuries (Civilized)

  • Florida Poised to Repeal State Ban on Smokable Cannabis (Leafly)

  • Massachusetts dogs suffering from “cannabis toxicity” now that pot is legal (The Takeout)

  • Meghan McCain Says Marijuana Might Have Extended Her Father’s Life (Marijuana Moment)

  • Boulder company conducting study on effects of CBD on brain injury (Boulder Daily Camera)

  • Where Do The Major North American Sports Leagues Stand On Cannabis? (Yahoo! Sports)

LSD

  • Stanford admissions employee charged in LSD stabbing of girlfriend (Los Angeles Times)

  • How LSD Makes Us Trip, and Why It Might Be Good for Us (Esquire)

  • Taking LSD every morning ‘could be beneficial’, say scientists (Metro)

  • Gaspar Noé provokes again, this time with LSD as lubricant, in 'Climax' (The Boston Globe)

  • This sailor brought acid aboard his carrier (Navy Times)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • A single dose of psilocybin enhances creative thinking and empathy up to seven days after use, study finds (PsyPost)

  • B.C. counsellor wants Health Canada to approve psilocybin to treat death anxiety (Vancouver Sun)

MDMA

  • Israeli approves compassionate use of MDMA to treat PTSD patients (420 Intel)

  • MDMA is purer, more readily available than ever in New Zealand (Newshub)

  • Man died plunging into Amsterdam canal after taking MDMA (Rave Jungle)

  • Schoolgirl, 15, collapsed and died on first day of summer holidays after experimenting with ecstasy (The Sun)

DMT

  • Scientists Microdosed Rats With DMT, and It Was Both Good and "Concerning" (Inverse)

  • The DMT Trip and the Mysteries of Hyperspace Travel (Chacruna)

  • Meet the real-life people probing one part of an Alex Jones DMT conspiracy theory (Rooster Magazine)

AYAHUASCA

  • Ritualistic ayahuasca users tend to have positive health and psychosocial well-being (PsyPost)

  • Six Playful Lessons from a Transgender Journey Through Ayahuasca Integration (Chacruna)

  • Shipibo Women Healers on the Challenges and Opportunities of the Ayahuasca Boom (Psymposia)

  • What I Learned During 15 Years as an Ayahuasca Scientist (Kahpi)

5-MEO-DMT

  • 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) used in a naturalistic group setting is associated with unintended improvements in depression and anxiety (Taylor and Francis Online)

SALVIA DIVINORUM

  • What It’s Like to Smoke Salvia for Science (Motherboard)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • 2C-B Is the Drug Taking Over the UK's Clubs (VICE)

  • What is party drug 2CP and what are the side-effects after first UK death? (Metro)

  • Examining the Tragic Bestival Drug Death of Louella Fletcher-Michie (VICE)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Synthetic cannabinoid use can affect psychological outcomes (Healio)

  • Government moves to increase synthetic cannabinoids penalties (Radio New Zealand)

  • Spice ‘zombies’ triggering NHS cost crisis (Metro)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Boca Regional Offering Nitrous Oxide Therapy For Patients In Childbirth (Boca Newspaper)

  • Why ‘nos’, the nitrous oxide party drug, is no laughing matter (The Times)

KETAMINE

  • A ketamine-like drug is the first new antidepressant to get FDA approval in years (Vox)

  • Esketamine is not a breakthrough new drug: Why the nasal spray for depression is old news (KevinMD.com)

  • How Is Taking Ketamine for Depression Different From Falling Into a K-Hole? (Gizmodo)

  • Driver high on ketamine ploughed into woman walking in Kings Heath (Birmingham Live)

PCP

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • Maryland to distribute fentanyl test strips to allow users to test drugs (The Baltimore Sun)

  • How One Group Is Expanding Access to Overdose-Reversing Drugs Through the Mail  (Tonic)

  • French poppy seed bread found to contain dangerous levels of morphine (The Telegraph)

  • Good News: Opioid Prescribing Fell. The Bad? Pain Patients Suffer, Doctors Say. (The New York Times)

  • Investigation: Where Are Naloxone Confiscations Happening the Most? (Filter)

  • 'Opium-addicted' parrots terrorize Indian poppy farmers (The Jerusalem Post)

  • The Opioid Dilemma: Saving Lives in the Long Run Can Take Lives in the Short Run (The New York Times)

  • Naloxone kits will be added to 29 city-owned public buildings (CBC)

  • Staten Island nonprofit will include naloxone training in CPR classes (SILive.com)

  • Naloxone credited with decrease in overdose reports in Lima region (Lima Ohio)

  • Scott Gottlieb was one of the few Trump officials taking on the opioid crisis. Now he’s out. (Vox)

  • Fulton commission considering ban on synthetic opioids (MDJOnline.com)

  • Report: Man overdosing on heroin crashes into restaurant (News 12 Westchester)

  • Saira Khan: Stop doctors creating a nation of addicts (Mirror)

  • Charges dropped in historic opium poppy bust in Catawba County (WCNC)

  • Why aren’t slots for opioid treatment filled? City tries to turn the tide. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Training Day: Naloxone indications and administration (EMS1.com)

  • Naloxone saves lives and experts say it's easier to get than most people think (9News.com)

COCAINE

  • Insta-gram: How British cocaine dealers got faster and better (Mixmag)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Local dentists show dangers of meth (KRQE)

ALCOHOL

  • Alcohol Reduces Fibromyalgia Pain (Pain News Network)

  • Why You Can't Buy Alcohol on Election Days in Some Countries (VinePair)

  • Drinking Alcohol Is More Harmful To Young People Than Previously Thought, According To Study (Bustle)

  • Push to allow more alcohol in Utah beer hits stumbling block (Standard-Examiner)

  • Locals reflect on first year of having Sunday alcohol sales (WTHI-TV)

  • Is It More Difficult for Women to Quit Drinking Alcohol? (The Bold Italic)

  • More than a dozen Clayton businesses caught selling alcohol to minors (WRAL)

KRATOM

  • Kratom recalled after salmonella bacteria found in products sold by Oregon company (Statesman Journal)

  • Chester County family sues kratom distributor in death of son (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • US Poison Control Is Being Inundated With Calls About an Opioid-Like Herb (ScienceAlert)

  • Two Parents' Kratom Stories: One Nightmare, One Miracle (Westword)

  • Monroe County sheriff to ask for banning of Kratom (WCBI)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Psychedelics and Dying Care: A Historical Look at the Relationship between Psychedelics and Palliative Care (Taylor and Francis Online)

  • The IRS Targets Drug Policy Reformers (Reason)

  • Gwyneth Paltrow thinks psychedelics are the next big wellness trend (Quartz)

  • Labour supports trials of consumption rooms to cut drug deaths (The Guardian)

  • “Never Give Up”—State Commission Urges Mass. to Move for Supervised Consumption Sites (Filter)

  • Leaving The Third Wave: Team Statement (The Psychedelic Scientist)

  • Reframing Psychedelic Integration into a Continuum with Community (Psychedelic Support)

  • Alex Jones Says Secret Government Program Uses Psychedelics To Communicate With Aliens (Marijuana Moment)

  • Can We Quantify the Placebo Effect in Psychedelic Medicine? (Psychedelic Support)

  • Wavepaths Conversations — Jon Hopkins (Medium)

  • Record Number in US Dying From Alcohol, Drugs, Suicide (Newsmax)

  • Teens Need the Truth About Drugs (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Male drug-related deaths up 98% in Northern Ireland (BBC)

  • Yale researchers bolster conversations on psychedelic science (Yale Daily News)

  • Could Microdosing Psychedelics Treat Mood Disorders? (The Fix)

  • Psychedelic Drugs Heal, Too (Washington Square News)


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What It’s Like to Smoke Salvia for Science

Daniel Oberhaus, writing for Motherboard:

In 2008, a report by the New York Times pointed to an abundance of online videos of people experimenting with salvia as “exhibit A” in the push to make the substance illegal throughout the United States. But it wasn't just the videos. The stigma around salvia is also due to the nature of the trip itself, which is characterized by its vivid hallucinations and intense dissociative effects. Almost everyone I know has either tried salvia or knows someone who has, but I’ve yet to meet anyone who enjoyed the experience.

Although I’ve had several unpleasant salvia experiences myself, I recently volunteered to be a participant in the first-ever brain imaging study on salvinorin A, the main psychoactive compound in the salvia plant. Only a handful of salvia studies have ever been conducted on human subjects and this study was the first time that researchers were able to watch the brain as it was tripping on salvinorin.

Tripping in an MRI machine is intimidating enough as it is, but tripping on the hardcore psychedelic dissociative salvia divinorum in an MRI machine really takes the cake. Kudos to Daniel and all the other brave participants in this study. His account is well-worth reading and the experiment went better than you might think.