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This Week in Psychoactives - 7.19.19

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CANNABIS

  • California Claims the Crown for the Nation’s First Recreational Pot Cafes (MERRY JANE)

  • Australian Researchers Say You Can Treat Cannabis Dependency with... Cannabis? (MERRY JANE)

  • Senate Schedules Hearing On Marijuana Business Banking Access (Forbes)

  • That Alarming CBD Liver Damage Study Is Bunk—And the Media Should Know Better (Leafly)

  • Were Vikings POTHEADS? Archaeologists uncover evidence of cannabis at 1,000-year-old settlement (The Sun)

  • Legalizing Marijuana Leads To Fewer Illegal Grow Sites In National Forests, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pennsylvania Adds Anxiety as Medical Marijuana Qualifying Condition (MERRY JANE)

  • New Roadside Cannabis Test Approved for Use in Canada (Leafly)

  • Marijuana Legalization Associated With Decreased Interest In Alcohol, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Hampshire: Governor Signs Marijuana Annulment Measure (NORML)

  • As More States Legalize, DEA Chops Down Fewer Marijuana Plants, Federal Data Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pot-smoking parents are harsher with discipline: study (New York Post)

  • Marijuana Legalization Could Be On The Horizon For British Virgin Islands (Marijuana Moment)

  • Recent cannabis use tied to memory deficits, slowed mental processing (Reuters)

  • Kamala Harris Evolved Slowly on Legalization, but She’s All About It Now (Leafly)

  • Thousands Of Comments Urge FDA To Allow CBD In Foods And Supplements (Marijuana Moment)

  • Three Republicans Stand in the Way of Federal Weed Legalization (Rolling Stone)

  • Medical cannabis is gaining momentum in Asia (CNBC)

  • THC Testing is Bullshit and You're Getting Screwed (Beard Bros Pharms)

  • Sound Garden owners plan Maryland’s first medical cannabis lounge in Fells Point (The Baltimore Sun)

LSD

  • Kid Cudi reveals iconic Coachella jam was the result of an LSD trip (Dancing Astronaut)

  • Everything We Know About The YouTube Engineer Who Injured 8 People On LSD Rampage (YourTango)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

MDMA

  • REPORT: First MDMA/Psychotherapy Trial Successful In Combatting Alcoholism (Your EDM)

  • Breakthrough PTSD treatment using party drug MDMA coming soon to Philly region (PhillyVoice)

  • Hamilton schoolboy dies after ‘ecstasy’ horror as three more teens rushed to hospital (The Scottish Sun)

  • Will MDMA Show Up On a Drug Test? (VICE)

  • Mum's unusual pledge after daughter dies from MDMA overdose at festival (Yahoo! News)

AYAHUASCA

  • Olivia Newton-John proposed to boyfriend after taking hallucinogen drug! (All4Women)

Yopo

  • An Introduction to Yopo in the Venezuelan Piaroan Tradition (DMT Times)

5-MEO-DMT

  • Upcoming World Bufo Alvarius Congress Looks to Nurture Global 5-MeO-DMT Community (Psychedelic Times)

SAN PEDRO

  • Man selling giant hallucinogenic cactus says he's not a drug dealer (Newshub)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Kids thought this was 'natural cannabis' vape juice... it was Spice. Nine people who ended up in hospital could have died (Manchester Evening News)

KETAMINE

  • Ketamine-like drug for depression could get UK licence within the year (The Guardian)

  • Ketamine for Depression: Clinical Evidence and Concerns (Psychiatry Advisor)

OPIOIDS

  • "We Didn't Cause the Crisis": David Sackler Pleads His Case on the Opioid Epidemic (Vanity Fair)

  • Delta to carry Narcan on planes after passenger ‘carried out in body bag’ following overdose (The Independent)

  • Media Frame: Fentanyl Panic is Worsening the Overdose Crisis (The Appeal)

  • The Louvre Removed the Name of OxyContin-Linked Sackler Family From Its Walls (TIME)

  • States Are Making Progress on Opioids. Now the Money That's Helping Them May Dry Up (The New York Times)

  • Opioid Shipments Increased by Over 50% as Addiction Crisis Grew, Federal Data Shows (TIME)

  • What to call someone who uses heroin? (ScienceDaily)

COCAINE

  • Passenger from Colombia fails to fool Spanish police with his cocaine-under-the-toupee trick (CBS News)

  • What Does Cocaine Do to the Heart? (VICE)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Asia's meth trade is worth an estimated $61B as region becomes 'playground' for drug gangs (CNN)

  • How Myanmar Became A Global Center For Meth & Other Synthetic Drugs (The Fix)

  • Police Warn Flushing Drugs Could Create Terrifying 'Meth Gators' (People)

CAFFEINE

  • Under 16s set to be 'banned' from buying caffeine-filled energy drinks (Edinburgh Live)

  • Hot coffee or iced? Study says higher temp provides more health benefits (KABC)

  • Daily coffee doesn't affect cancer risk (Medical Xpress)

TOBACCO

  • New York Raises Statewide Smoking Age to 21 (TIME)

  • Raising tobacco sales age to 21: Ohio becomes latest state in national trend (Cincinnati.com)

  • Tobacco Plants Made to Produce Useful Compounds (Scientific American)

ALCOHOL

KRATOM

  • Drug Researchers Raise Concern Over "Misleading" Evidence in Kratom Studies (Inverse)

  • What to know about kratom for depression (Medical News Today)

  • Kratom Ban Back on the Table in Oxford (Hotty Toddy)

KHAT

  • Miraa farmers mull tough sanitary laws with eyes fixed on new export markets (The Star)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Berkeley City Council Considers Decriminalizing Psychedelics This Week (Marijuana Moment)

  • Science of microdosing psychedelics 'remains patchy and anecdotal', says review (Imperial College London)

  • El Chapo, the Notorious Drug Kingpin, Has Been Sentenced to Life in Prison in the U.S. (TIME)

  • New data shows drug overdose deaths fell in 2018. But there’s a big catch. (Vox)

  • Scotland drug deaths – 1,200 deaths recorded in 2018 as worst ever figures released (The Sun)

  • People who microdose psychedelic substances report improved mood and focus (Medical Xpress)

  • New Bill Ensures Some Retroactive Drug War Justice for New Hampshire (High Times)

  • Future of drug-sniffing dogs uncertain after Colorado Supreme Court ruling (The Coloradoan)

  • Microdosing has a critic — one of its pioneers (Rooster Magazine)

  • Police Thought They Beat the Darknet Drug Markets – They Didn't (VICE)

  • Nutrition Is an Overlooked Aspect of Harm Reduction (Filter)

  • Framing addiction as a disease: Research shows that message might backfire (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Survey reveals extent of music festival drug use (The Australian)

  • The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Problematic Process for Religious Exemption for Use of Prohibited Psychoactive Substances (Chacruna)

  • The Risky Business of Psychedelic Therapy (Medium)

  • How Congress can expand access to addiction treatment — immediately (The Hill)

  • Inside the Philippines Prison That Sparked Duterte’s Murderous Drug War (Filter)

  • Mother of festival drug death victim says Gladys Berejiklian needs to show courage (The Guardian)

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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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On the Monday following each edition of “This Week in Psychoactives,” I post a “Last Week in Psychoactives” video recap to my YouTube channel. After that is done, I retroactively add the video to the corresponding blog post. Here is this week’s video recap:


This Week in Psychoactives - 4.26.19

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CANNABIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Alabama Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • CBD reduces impairment caused by cannabis (EurekAlert!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome, Without the Hype (Filter)

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

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

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

  • Can Cannabis Replace Wellbutrin? (Civilized)

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

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

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

  • The Paradoxical Power of Medicinal Microdosing (Psychology Today)

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

LSD

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

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

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

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

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

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

MDMA

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

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

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

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

AYAHUASCA

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

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

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

  • Ayahuasca: the alternative antidepressant (The Vermont Cynic)

5-MEO-DMT

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

PEYOTE

IBOGA

  • The Future of Medical Ibogaine (Psychedelics Today)

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

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

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

NITROUS OXIDE

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

  • Hippy crack is no laughing matter (GQ)

KETAMINE

PCP

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

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

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Life after a life of addiction (Cincinnati Enquirer)

METHAMPHETAMINE

CAFFEINE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOBACCO

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALCOHOL

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

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

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

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

NOOTROPICS

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

KRATOM

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

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

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

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

MISCELLANEOUS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Five Phases of Psychedelic Initiation (Chacruna)

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

  • Trump Praises China for Killing Drug Traffickers (Reason)

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

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

  • The Psychedelic State of South Texas (Texas Monthly)

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

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

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On the Monday following each edition of “This Week in Psychoactives,” I post a “Last Week in Psychoactives” video recap to my YouTube channel. After that is done, I retroactively add the video to the corresponding blog post. Here is this week’s video recap: