This Week in Psychedelics - 11.6.15

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Mexico's Supreme Court Declares Individuals Have the Right to Consume and Cultivate Marijuana (Drug Policy Alliance)
  • Is Marijuana The 'New Same-Sex Marriage'? (ATTN:)
  • Groundbreaking Research: Cannabis Treats ADHD Better Than Adderall (Health Nut News)
  • Mexico's Supreme Court Gets Ball Rolling On Marijuana Reform (TIME)
  • Bernie Sanders Just Introduced a Historic Marijuana Bill (ATTN:)
  • Michigan Creates 'Bogus Crimes' by Conflating Cannabis Extracts with Synthetic THC (Reason)
  • Magistrate Snatches Newborn From Mother Who Used Cannabis Tea for Pain Relief (Reason)
  • Massive cardboard box of cannabis flung from van during police chase (Evening Standard)
  • Germany mulls state cannabis body for pain relief (Deutsche Welle)
  • Ohio Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Marijuana Legalization (Reason)
  • 19 Year-Old Suing Orlando Bike Cop Who Punched Him Over Smell of Weed (ATTN:
  • DEA Chief Says Medical Marijuana Is a 'Joke' (TIME)
  • Why Marijuana Bans Are Racist (ATTN:)
  • Napster Co-Founder Backs Push to Legalize Pot in California (TIME)
  • Why Does Cannabis Cause Paranoia in Some But Helps Anxiety in Others (Leafly)
  • After mines, jail closed, town turns to cannabis to boost economy (USA Today)
  • Uruguay's radical cannabis plans (BBC News)
  • Hemp, the sober cannabis cousin to marijuana, is making waves in SC (The Post and Courier)
  • 11 Things Colorado Can Now Fund Thanks to Legal Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Nine Totally Legal Substances Way More Addictive Than Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Marijuana candy: trick or treat? (Scienceline)
  • Cannabis investor hires employees from DEA in expansion push (The Boston Globe)
  • New Book Explains Marijuana Laws For Every U.S. State (Reset.me)
  • DEA Chief Says Medical Marijuana 'Is A Joke' (Reason)
  • Why the Head of the DEA is Wrong About Medical Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Hinkle: Bernie Sanders is right, but not enough (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • GTSO: Edibels Recall Highlights Need for Newer, Better Cannabis Solutions (MarketWatch)
  • Ohio Votes Down Legalizing Pot for Medical and Recreational Use (TIME)
  • Investors should take a deep breath before they try cannabis (The Globe and Mail)

LSD

  • Did the CIA's Experiments With Psychedelic Drugs Unwittingly Create the Grateful Dead? (Collectors Weekly)
  • The Secret Montreal Experiments They Don't Want You To Know About (MTL Blog)
  • Acid Test 50th Anniversary Celebration (Grateful Web)
  • Death Metal, Dylan and LSD: A Q&A with Shakey Graves (American Songwriter)
  • Stamford woman brings pipe and LSD into passport office (The Advocate)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • This Is What An MDMA Assisted Therapy Session Looks Like (Collective Evolution)
  • Insomniac Steps Up Drug Awareness For Annual Halloween Festival (Your EDM)
  • Lisa Ling: I was a '90s rave queen (CNN)
  • Dog nearly dies after eating Ecstasy tablets (Pet Business World)
  • Parklife festival death: Robert Hart 'took ecstasy', inquest told (BBC News)
  • Student Hospitalized for MDMA Poisoning (The Wesleyan Argus)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • Personal Story: How Ayahuasca And A Dieta Helped Me Find Unconditional Love (Reset.me)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

Iboga/Ibogaine

  • 'Herbal seizures'-atypical symptoms after ibogaine intoxication: a case report (7thSpace Interactive)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

Dissociatives

  • All About the Psychedelic Club Drug Being Used to Treat Depression (Health.com)
  • Ketamine May Reduce Chronic Pain in Adolescents (Pharmacy Practice News)
  • The Search for a 'Safer' Ketamine (MedPage Today)
  • Despite "Flurry of Interest," Ketamine Remains Unproven for Depression (Mad in America)
  • Dog ingests PCP At Fort Funston, Still Wigging Out Weeks Later (SFist)
  • CRPS Message Being Heard in Emergency Rooms (National Pain Report)
  • Grandmother who was given party drug Ketamine by the NHS is left with irreversible liver damage after doctors failed to monitor its effects (Daily Mail)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Injection rooms for addicts to open next year in drug law change, says Minister (The Irish Times)
  • In Heroin Crisis, White Families Seek Gentler War on Drugs (The New York Times)
  • $8.4 billion spent on counter-drug efforts in Afghanistan - country remains leading producer of opium (Ottawa Citizen)
  • '60 Minutes' Blames the Pharmaceutical Industry For America's Heroin Epidemic (Forbes)
  • Family doctors encouraged to prescribe naloxone when necessary (Clinical Advisor)
  • Heroin Use is Skyrocketing, DEA Says (TIME)
  • Heroin Deaths Are Surging, But Deadliest Drugs Still Come In Pill Bottles (The Huffington Post)
  • Naloxone is no silver bullet for heroin epidemic but is saving lives (Michigan Live)
  • Take-home Naloxone the new front in Saskatchewan's war against Fentanyl (Global News)
  • Teaching kids to use naloxone robs their childhood (Cincinnati.com)

Absinthe

Kratom

  • Meet up to eat up: Miami food clubs connect online communities in real life (Miami Herald)

Kava

Khat

  • Chewing themselves into madness? Khat is 'finishing' men in the Horn of Africa (Mail & Guardian Africa)
  • Two Somali soldiers killed in khat confrontation (Mareeg)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Cops Around the Country Quietly Begin Rebelling Against the Drug War (The Anti Media)
  • Ireland to 'decriminalise' small amounts of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, for personal use (Independent)
  • More Americans Than Ever Use Prescription Drugs (NBC News)
  • Why Is it Still Illegal to Visit the US if You Admit to Using Drugs? (VICE News)
  • Ecstasy, Fake LSD, and Sort-Of Magic Mushrooms: The Future of Dance Music's Drugs (SPIN)
  • Why Banning Smart Drugs for College Students Is Impossible, Evil (Reason)
  • Chris Christie's Speech on Drugs is a Must-Watch (ATTN:)
  • This is what a sensible drug policy looks like (Boing Boing)
  • Comedians on Acid: Hippie madness at the end of the 60s (Dangerous Minds)
  • Psychiatrist publishes novel based on psychedelic drug research (Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury)
  • 'Driest Place on Earth' Turned into Psychedelic Canvas of Reds, Purples and Greens Flowers (NYC Today)
  • Voodoo Fest 2015: Step inside the Pepsi Dome for a 3-D psychedelic art experience (The Times Picayune)
  • Is Coldplay Making a Psychedelic Album? 'A Head Full of Dreams' Teaser Emerges (Music Times)
  • Air Force Cadet Accused Of Dealing Drugs Faces Court Martial (Colorado Public Radio)

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.