This Week in Psychedelics - 11.27.15

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Medical Marijuana Supporters File Petition To Get DEA Chief Fired (ATTN:)
  • Using Marijuana During Pregnancy Does Not Make A Mother Unfit (Reason)
  • How Cannabis Can Take Your Sex Life to the Next Level (Leafly)
  • Sarah Palin Says Legal Pot Is 'Absolutely No Big Deal' (Reason)
  • Myrcene: There's More To Marijuana Than Cannabinoids (Reset.me)
  • Desperate family calls for medicinal cannabis amnesty after police come knocking (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Five Scientific Benefits to Smoking Marijuana on Thanksgiving (ATTN:)
  • Is Cannabis Addictive? (Leafly)
  • Why Driving While High Laws Are Very Troubling (ATTN:)
  • Alaska Regulators Propose Allowing Cannabis Cafés (Reason)
  • How California Will Legalize Pot in 2016 (Reason)
  • Golden Leaf eyes joint listing as cannabis market grows (Financial Times)
  • DHS office says no to cannabis connected food donation (KGW)
  • Mexican girl's medical cannabis win raises hope for others (Yahoo! News)
  • Cannabis Wedding Expo: Plan a weed wedding at this first-of-its-kind event (The Cannabist)
  • Will Denver Okay a Two-Year Moratorium On New Pot Businesses?: Cannabis Events (Westword)
  • Do Pot and Pregnancy Mix? (Reason)
  • 'Godmother' of cannabis meets her tech-happy children at SF pot summit (CNET)
  • Poll shows rising support for Cannabis decriminalization among Israeli college students (The Jerusalem Post)
  • Colorado Cannabis Clubs are Coming -- But How Soon? (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Coffee Makers Are Hoping to Become Bulletproof 2.0 (Bloomberg)
  • Bed heads: Colorado's Airbnb-style website for cannabis lovers (The Guardian)
  • Oregrown: A High Class Cannabis Establishment in Bend, Oregon (Marijuana Politics)
  • Clinical study at CAMH tests how cannabis affects volunteers' driving skills (The Star)
  • Colorado police officers warns of marijunana [sic] dangers (Sioux City Journal)
  • Cannabis oil use in Missouri off to slow start (KMBC)
  • Cannabis Confiscated at North Iceland Farm (Iceland Review)
  • Proof strong cannabis DOES harm your brain: Regularly smoking 'skunk' found to damage area that carries signals - and can lead to mental illness (Daily Mail)

LSD

  • How LSD Microdosing Became the Hot New Business Trip (Rolling Stone)
  • Switzerland Briefly Legalized LSD Therapy and Then Couldn't Let It Go (VICE's Motherboard)
  • Mississippi Man Died After Police Hogtied Him for More Than an Hour (ATTN:)
  • Inside the Plot to Get Every American High on Acid (The Daily Beast)
  • What Happens When Military Troops Are Given LSD? (First to Know)
  • Forget Coffee, Silicon Valley's New Productivity Hack Is 'Microdoses' of LSD (GQ)
  • 'The Sunshine Makers': Film Review (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • LSD Microdosing Is a Thing (The Interrobang)
  • A Brief History of Microdosing (VICE's Motherboard)
  • Forget Coffee, Silicon Valley's Young Professionals Turn to LSD (Social News Daily)
  • Taking LSD for breakfast 'can cure anxiety and insomnia' (Metro)
  • Ex-soldier high on LSD almost killed 3 generations of same family in car crash (Mirror)
  • Man drowns after LSD beach trip (New Zealand Herald)
  • Silicon Valley professionals are taking LSD at work to increase productivity (The Telegraph)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Microdoses of LSD and mushrooms as an alternative to Adderall (or coffee!) (Boing Boing)
  • deGeneration X: Did I Just Eat Mushrooms in Indonesia (Paste Magazine)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • How to Legally Buy a Kilo of Pure MDMA (VICE's Motherboard)
  • US Border Protection Just Seized $880,000 in MDMA (VICE's Thump)
  • This is what ecstasy looks like under a microscope (The Week)
  • This Australian Man's Testimony About The Alleged Long-Terms Effects of Ecstasy Use Is Heartbreaking (VICE's Thump)
  • How ecstasy-related deaths in Britain can be traced to illegal logging in Cambodia (The Telegraph)
  • Former bikini model walks free over ecstasy supply charges (The Courier Mail)
  • Hugging woman exposes bikini model drug dealer (9news.com.au)
  • Ecstasy pills seized at SA schoolies (The Australian)
  • Drug dealer caught with 34kg of MDMA at M6 hotel fails to get sentence cut (Express & Star)
  • College student killed himself while on massive MDMA comedown (Metro)
  • Athens man accused of ecstasy trafficking, $180K seized from Whitehall Road home, banks (Online Athens)
  • 'It all seems like fun and games and a cheap $25 pill but it's not worth it' (News.com.au)
  • Canadian Arrested While Importing Ecstasy (Windsor Square)
  • Student who took MDMA died after suffering 'suicide Tuesday' symptoms (The Times)
  • Trenton man caught eating MDMA (The Trentonian)
  • Businessman raped air stewardess he met on millionaire dating website after spiking drink with ecstasy (Mirror)
  • North Devon homeless man tried to sell ecstasy and methadrone in attempt to 'big himself up' (North Devon Journal)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • What Ayahuasca Taught Me About Taking Care of My Health (VICE's Motherboard)
  • Exclusive Clip: Experience "Jungle Fever" From The Movie "Aya: Awakenings" (Reset.me)
  • DMT Journeys with Devin James Fry (Austin Chronicle)
  • Art of the Day: 'Plant Spirit: After Castaneda', by Merrilee Challiss (Nashville Scene)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Meet the Godfather of the Dangerous LSD Substitute NBOMe on Today's 'Daily VICE' (VICE)
  • 13 hospitalized in San Diego after overdose of synthetic drug Spice (Los Angeles Times)
  • Man stabbed 32 times by friend high on psychedelic drug known as Mr Happy (Mirror)
  • SA man charged over 'liquid acid' (Yahoo! News)
  • Horrifying new drug made knifeman slaughter pal in desperate battle to escape dream world (Daily Star)

Dissociatives

  • Police release 911 call of a suspected PCP overdoes of 500-pound man (The Washington Post)
  • Chicago cop charged with murder in killing of black teen (CBS News)
  • Ketamine as an antidepressant (Kelowna Capital News)
  • Scuba Keeps Offering People Ketamine on Twitter (VICE's Thump)
  • Does it tell the whole story? Video recorded inside West Allis jail cell after man's arrest goes viral (Fox6 Now)
  • Ketamine and Dance Music: The Drug's Surprising Rise in Popularity (Magnetic Mag)
  • Police: Nearly 500 pound man dies after possible PCP overdose (W*USA 9)

Opiates/Opioids

  • FDA Approves Nasal Naloxone To Combat Opioid Overdosing (Hospitals & Health Networks)
  • Heroin, Survivor of War on Drugs, Returns With New Face (The New York Times)
  • America's Heroin Problem Is Helping Mexican Drug Cartels Expand (ATTN:)
  • Injection rooms for addicts to open next year in drug law change, says Minister (The Irish Times)
  • Americans' growing taste for heroin is killing thousands of people outside America (Quartz)
  • Iranian Police Seize 555 Kilograms of Opium (Tasnim News Agency)
  • Delaware's heroin babies: Starting life in withdrawal (Delaware Online)
  • Iranian Official Demands Europe's Cooperation to Curb Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan (Fars News Agency)
  • BRIEF-Indivior says received a complete response letter from FDA on naloxone nasal spray (Reuters)
  • Thousands of drug users are rescuing each other with antidote naloxone (The Washington Post)
  • Rantz: Seattle wants to essentially legalize heroin (My Northwest)
  • Viewpoint: 'Addiction deserves all the same life-saving measures any other disease demands' (Monadnock Ledger-Transcript)
  • Activists promote opiate antidote as U.S. overdoses surge (Reuters)
  • No FDA Nod for Second Nasal Naloxone in Opioid Overdose (Medscape)

Absinthe

  • Eat. Drink. Do. Wigle Whiskey debuts Absint Minded absinthe (Next Pittsburgh)

Kratom

  • Drug task force explains reason behind pulling Kratom off Talladega County shelves (ABC 33/40)
  • Banning kratom: Wisconsin treats safe herbal supplement like a dangerous drug (Wisconsin Watchdog)
  • Will other counties in Alabama outlaw Kratom? (WIAT)
  • Bus Bound for Phuket Packed With Kratom, Alcohol and Cigarettes, say Police (Phuket Wan)
  • Sam Dunkovich: Why is Wisconsin banning natural pain relievers? (The Cap Times)

Khat

  • Man detained after Khat seizure at Dublin Airport (Breaking News)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Never before published photos from Psychedelic Conference II in Santa Barbara, 1983 (Boing Boing)
  • Common Sense: The Need To Improve Harm Reduction Services At Music Events (Reset.me)
  • DEA Boss Clings On Amid Campaign for His Ouster (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Cut Sentences for Low-Level Drug Crimes (The New York Times)
  • The origin story of the Timothy Leary archives (Boing Boing)
  • The stunning paradox of Iran's war on drugs: How it actually makes America look worse (Salon)
  • Psychedelic Parenting Is About More than Just Drugs (VICE's Motherboard)
  • Dream Tripping: Getting High in Deep Sleep (Psychedelic Press UK)
  • Miley Cyrus Brings Her Dead Petz for a Messy, Psychedelic Performance in Detroit: Live Review (Billboard)
  • I Tried Getting 'High' on Drugless Psychedelic Alternatives in the Suburbs (VICE's Motherboard)
  • Kalamazoo Institute of Arts explores psychedelic British and American screen prints of '60s and '70s (Michigan Live)
  • Prosthetic Penises and Spilled Milk: Miley's Psychedelic Tour Wardrobe (Moviepilot)
  • Miley Cyrus review - new psychedelic direction is a bad trip (The Guardian)
  • Turn on, tune in, drop - um - in to check out 'Strange Days' (NIU Today)
  • The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus Share Psychedelic, Colorful "Lighter" Video (Pitchfork)

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 (and other psychoactives) are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.