This Week in Psychedelics - 1.19.18

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Cannabis

  • Vermont: Governor Announces He Will Sign Marijuana Depenalization Measure (NORML)
  • New House Legislation To Stop Jeff Sessions (NORML)
  • Legal Weed Could Create $50+ Billion in Federal Tax Revenue (Reason)
  • Guns or marijuana? Firearm-owning cannabis users facing a choice (The Cannabist)
  • Cannabis Could Be The Most Profitable Ingredient In Skincare, If The U.S. Government Allows It (Forbes)
  • Bill Introduced to Stop Civil Forfeiture Funding of DEA Marijuana Eradication Program (Reason)
  • Will Legal Cannabis Save Canadian Agriculture? (High Times)
  • Marijuana Law Reform Efforts Advance in States Despite a Hostile Attorney General (NORML)
  • Cannabis Comestibles: Building A Better Edible (Forbes)
  • Just Intoduced: The Marijuana Justice Act is in the House (NORML)
  • U.S. Attorney Warns Oregon About Recreational Marijuana Boom (Reason)
  • Bipartisan REFER Act Targets Sessions' War On Cannabis In High Style (Forbes)
  • Pennsylvania Residents And NORML To Rally In Harrisburg For Marijuana Legalization (NORML)
  • Will Robots Take Over the Cannabis Industry? (High Times)
  • Senator Cory Gardner (CO) Addresses President Trump's Hypocrisy on Legal Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Can Landlords Ban Legal Cannabis? Here's What the Law Says (Leafly)
  • Marijuana mixes with sex at first-of-its-kind cannabis club event (FOX31 Denver)
  • Crime Rate Drops but Uruguay Struggles with Illicit Sale of Cannabis to Tourists (TeleSUR)
  • Gavin Newsom on Jeff Sessions' Reversing Policy to Not Prosecute States with Legal Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Cannabis Oversupply in Washington State Drives Prices to Threatening Lows (The Street)
  • Report Supports Help for Minorities in Medical Cannabis Industry (Leafly)
  • 'Cellular Agriculture' Could Be the Future of Cannabis (Leafly)
  • Will Trump Will Divert Funds From Anti-Terrorism To Close Pot Shops? Cannabis CEO's Hope Not (Forbes)
  • Copenhagen Caper Exposes Cannabis Crackdown (High Times)
  • Cannabis: Brain alterations may explain feelings of alienation (Medical News Today)

LSD

  • Microdosing LSD could be a safer option than taking antidepressants, according to expert (Happy)
  • 'The Most Dangerous Man in America' review: When LSD evangelist Timothy Leary led the FBI on an international goose chase (Newsday)
  • President Richard Nixon and LSD guru Timothy Leary, crazy in their own ways (The Washington Post)
  • 50 years ago - Gov. Shafer says LSD blinding story was a hoax (The Times-Tribune)
  • Transcript: Justin Barkley blames liquid LSD, psychosis for deadly shooting at Ithaca Walmart (The Ithaca Voice)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic Mushrooms Could Treat Depression Without Going Through 'Emotional Blunting' (Inquisitr)
  • Quality of Acute Psychedelic Experience Predicts Therapeutic Efficacy of Psilocybin for Treatment-Resistant Depression (Frontiers in Pharmacology)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Bitcoin Could Bankroll MDMA Into the Mainstream as a Therapy Drug (Inverse)
  • Student fell nine floors to his death after drinking heavily and taking MDMA on his night out (Mirror)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • What to Know About Ayahuasca, the Hallucinogen That Blows Your Mind and Makes You Puke Your Guts Out (Men's Health)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • The Psychedelic Cactus Giving People a Spiritual High (VICE)

Iboga/Ibogaine

  • Ibogaine Clinic by David Dardashti Hopes To Bring More Attention to National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (PR Web)

Dissociatives

  • Research Finds Esketamine Effective in Treating the Worst Cases of Depression (Futurism)
  • Painkiller ketamine to be tested as preventative for post-surgical chronic pain (Herald Sun)
  • Man likely high on PCP when he stabbed mom to death, prosecutor says (NJ.com)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Walmart Plans to Offer a Product to Curb Opioid Abuse (TIME)
  • On The Hunt For Poppies In Mexico – America's Biggest Heroin Supplier (NPR)
  • Afghanistan: NATO Claims Crackdown On Taliban Hashish (High Times)
  • To Help Opioid Users, Pennsylvania Tries Deregulating (Reason)
  • Governors Ask Trump and Congress to Do More for Fight Against Opioids (TIME)
  • The overdose drug naloxone is available in many states without a prescription (American Pharmacists Association)

Kratom

  • Kratom Advocates Claim Substance 'Answer to Opioid Epidemic' (Nisqually Valley News)
  • Poison control warns of risks associated with kratom (WSET)

Kava

Khat

  • Miraa exporters to Mogadishu boycott trade over high prices (Suna Times)
  • Coventry man smuggled 35kg of khat worth £20,000 into the UK (Coventry Telegraph)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Meet the 24-year-old Trump campaign worker appointed to help lead the government's drug policy office (The Washington Post)
  • Everyone You Love Did Drugs (Reason)
  • How to Use Shulgin's Rating Scale to Describe Your Psychedelic Experience (Psychedelic Times)
  • Can psychedelic drugs 'reconnect' depressed patients with their emotions? (Imperial College London)
  • Alcohol arrests trend downward while hallucinogens make a comeback (The Exponent)
  • L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Accused of Selling Drugs, Offering Protection to Dealers (Reason)
  • We Do Drugs Because it Feels Good: An Interview with Dr. Ingrid Walker (Reality Sandwich)
  • Transcendental Journeys and Psychedelic Spirituality: Interview with Torsten Klimmer (Psychedelic Times)
  • Young Australians Want Pill Testing At Music Fests And Would Heed The Results (HuffPost)
  • Dalek, Buff Monster Present Spaced Out: A Psychedelic Collaborative Art Gallery In New York (Magnetic Magazine)
  • Is there an end in sight for our country's 'War on Drugs'? (Southgate News-Herald)

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.