This Week in Psychedelics - 10.27.17

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Cannabis

  • A Record High 64% of Americans Say Cannabis Should be Legal (Leafly)
  • Legal Marijuana Is Becoming the Norm (Reason)
  • Study: Cannabis Use Inversely Associated With Fatty Liver Disease (NORML)
  • Israel Decriminalized Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Digital Currency Looks to Solve Cannabis Industry's Cash Problem (The CoinTelegraph)
  • Washington Tops $1.1 Billion in Cannabis Sales at 9-Month Mark (Leafly)
  • Arizona Judge Rules Medical Cannabis Extracts Are Illegal (High Times)
  • People Who Smoke Pot Have More Sex, Study Says (TIME)
  • #ACT: Medical Marijuana Could Be On The Line (NORML)
  • Five Things Canada's Cannabis Act Will Legalize Besides Possession (Leafly)
  • Eventbrite Is Pulling Some Cannabis Events From Its Site, Leaving Organizers Frustrated (Forbes)
  • Can Cannabis Treat Asthma? (High Times)
  • Marijuana Can Replace Deadly Prescription Drugs (ATTN:)
  • South Carolina Congressman Co-Sponsors Cannabis Business Bill (Leafly)
  • Former NFL Players Say League Should Allow Players to Use Marijuana to Treat Pain, Injuries (Reason)
  • Ex-policewoman's cannabis use to relieve pain from MS (BBC)
  • Sessions Continues to Push 'Gateway Drug' Myth About Marijuana (Reason)
  • Companies That Drug Test for Marijuana Are Losing out on Good Employees (ATTN:)
  • Jeff Sessions: We Will Do Our Best To Enforce The Laws As We're Required To Do (NORML)
  • Colorado's Top Doc Debunks Legalization Fears (NORML)
  • Legal Cannabis Grow and Retail Operations Enjoying Continued Growth and Increasing Revenue Opportunities (MarketWatch)
  • Are Stoned Motorists Driving Amok in Post-Legalization Colorado? (Reason)
  • Non-Antagonistic Medication with Cannabis Oils from Craft 1861 (Forbes)
  • N.J. Cops Say Someone Might Distribute Marijuana Edibles on Halloween (Reason)
  • Police investigate after 65 pounds of weed included with Orlando couple's Amazon order (WFTV)
  • Cannabis Crunch – Texas Medical Marijuana, Weed Delivery Driver Sting And New Zealand Considering Cannabis Legalization (Psychedelic Times)
  • Take Control of Mites in Cannabis Crops (Greenhouse Grower)
  • Facebook is slammed after cannabis seeds including 'lemon haze' and 'double bubble' were brazenly sold on its site (Daily Mail)

LSD

  • Mind-blowing secret of Italy's 'LSD Island' where locals were once so high 24/7 they saw flying witches (The Sun)
  • Could LSD Lessen Lawlessness? (Pacific Standard)
  • Why Colorado Tokers Love LSD (Westword)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic Mushrooms Show Promise As Depression Remedy By 'Resetting' The Brain (Forbes)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Ecstasy users are increasingly young adults with higher education, study finds (PsyPost)
  • The FDA says this recreational drug is 'breakthrough' treatment for PTSD (Metro)
  • Partiers Confuse Ecstasy and Molly Confound Rates of U.S. Drug Use (Inverse)
  • Law Student Dies En Route to BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend After Consuming 2.3 Grams of Molly (YourEDM)
  • Girl, 14, hospitalised after taking 'ecstasy' at Dorset nightclub party as boy, 15, is arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs (The Sun)

Ayahuasca/DMT

Dissociatives

  • Ketamine may help treat migraine pain unresponsive to other therapies (EurekAlert)
  • PCP-addled woman hits pedestrian at Lazarre Park: WMPD (The News Star)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Narcan Opioid Overdose Spray Is Now Stocked By All Walgreens Pharmacies (NPR)
  • How the DEA Changed the Overdose Numbers (Pain News Network)
  • FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Goes to Bat For Evidence-Based Opioid Policies (Reason)
  • President Trump Revealed His Plan to Deal With the Opioid Crisis. Here's What Experts Think (TIME)
  • Heroin: A Clear And Present Danger (HuffPost)
  • The Hidden Tragedy of the Opioid Crisis (TIME)
  • Why Are Local Officials Shutting Down Needle Exchange Programs During an Crisis? (Reason)
  • Puppy That Collapsed From Opioid Overdose Is Saved by Reversal Drug (TIME)
  • U.S. urges Mexico to tackle "increase" in heroin trafficking (CBS)
  • IACP Quick Take: Why the fight against the opioid crisis can't stop with naloxone (PoliceOne)

Kratom

  • American Kratom Association Questions DEA on Kratom Concerns (KNWA)
  • Turning to Kratom For Opioid Withdrawal (WebMD)
  • Critics slam reports linking controversial supplement Kratom to recent deaths (WRIC)
  • Can the kratom plant help fix the opioid crisis? (CNN)
  • Kratom For Pain Relief In Pets: Is That Good Or Bad? (Kratom Guides)
  • "Fake News" Of Kratom Deaths Spurs Demands For Tennessee TV Station Retraction, Reprimands By Georgia County And State Coroners Group (PR Newswire)

Kava

  • No Kava For New Chief (Fiji Sun)
  • Increasing theft of kava plants in Vava'u (Matangi Tonga)
  • Traditional ceremony to be held during the installation of Roko Tui Bau (Fijivillage)

Khat

  • Khat consumer population reaches 16 percent in Ethiopia : Study (Borkena)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Neuroscientists improve human memory by electrically stimulating brain (Medical Xpress)
  • New study suggests psychedelic drugs may reduce criminal behavior (EurekAlert!)
  • An Oxford professor explains what it feels like to take a "true" smart drug (Quartz)
  • The Shadow of Underground Entheogenic Use: Interview With Eleonora Molnar (Psychedelic Times)
  • Massachusetts Mulls Whether to Classify Drug Dealers as Murderers (Reason)
  • Overcoming the trauma through the psychedelic in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (Journal of Advances in Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Thailand Drug Decriminalization Edges Forward - With Little Fanfare (Khaosod English)
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren Discusses Jailing Low-Level Drug Offenders (ATTN:)
  • James Fadiman Discusses the Many Benefits of Microdosing (Psychedelic Frontier)
  • Donald Trump Wants to Spend Big on Anti-Drug Ads. Here's Why They Don't Work (TIME)
  • 'Stranger Things' Actor Charlie Heaton Denied U.S. Entry Over Drugs, Official Says (TIME)
  • Jeff Sessions Says MS-13 Is a Major Player in the Narcotics Trade. The DEA Disagrees. (Reason)
  • Misguided Mainstreaming of Psychedelic Drugs: Challenging Experiences (Rick Strassman MD)
  • Scientists have developed "mini-brains" to test the way psychedelic drugs affect the brain (Addiction Now)
  • Psychedelics and Mental Health (Psymposia)
  • Misplaced Ecstasy? Questioning the Role of Psychedelics as Therapy (Medscape)
  • The necessity of legalizing ecstasy and LSD (The Massachusetts Daily Collegian)
  • Shane Mauss – A Good Trip (Alt Media)
  • This british conservative thinks drug prohibition is about as intelligent as alcohol prohibition in US (Psymposia)

Disclaimer: "This Week in Psychedelics" does not censor or analyze the news links presented here. The purpose of this column is solely to catalogue how psychedelics are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.