This Week in Psychedelics - 12.11.15

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Canada to become first G7 nation to legalize marijuana: government (Yahoo! News)
  • Pot Prohibition Is Over (Reason)
  • Chile Removes Cannabis from Its Schedule of Hard Drugs: The Leafly Legalization Roundup (Leafly)
  • Man finds a bunch of marijuana stashed in Arizona Iced Tea can bought at Walmart (Boing Boing)
  • Concern About the Industry Influence In the Legalization Movement (NORML)
  • Legal hurdles block this Connecticut firm from providing cannabis meds to terminally ill New Yorkers (Crain's New York Business)
  • NORML And Reset Partner To Publish New Easy-To-Use Guide To US Marijuana Laws (Reset.me)
  • Post Office Says Marijuana Ads Make Periodicals 'Nonmailable' (Reason)
  • Survey: Marijuana Access Motivates Colorado Tourism (NORML)
  • 6 Tips For New Cannabis Users (Reset.me)
  • When Pot Becomes Legal Next Year, Thank Glenn Beck - & Reason! (Reason)
  • First Medical Cannabis Oils Now Legally Available for Sale in Canada Through Peace Naturals Project Inc. (Market Wired)
  • Cannabis research task force appointed (East Oregonian)
  • Kevin Sabet Is The Marijuana Movement's Biggest Threat, But Can He Really Stop 'Big Pot'? (International Business Times)
  • Transportation, education and cannabis oil likely big topics again next legislative session (Gainesville Times)
  • Chicago chef to make marijuana-infused edibles for medical pot patients (Chicago Tribune)
  • California Pot Initiative Backed by Gavin Newsom and Sean Parker Gains Support (Reason)
  • A 'Budding' Industry: Asian Americans for Cannabis Education (NBC News)
  • Doesn't America Deserve a Marijuana Rights Movement That Just Wants to Eliminate Legal Penalties Surrounding Marijuana? (Reason)
  • UVM professors craft first course on medical cannabis (WPTZ)
  • DU students travel to Uruguay to learn about the cannabis culture (FOX31 Denver)
  • Two pensioners caught smuggling £250k of cannabis in chicken after neighbors thought rotting meat smell was corpse (Mirror)
  • Green Medicine: New Documentary Highlights Chile's Medical Cannabis Revolution (Medical Jane)
  • Police turned up to investigate Coventry burglary but found cannabis factory instead (Coventry Telegraph)
  • Man allowed cellar to be a cannabis factory to provide daughter with mobility scooter (Express & Star)

LSD

  • Meet the Man Who Did LSD With Steve Jobs in College (Nextshark)
  • These stories about taking LSD in a high security prison will put you off tripping forever (Metro)
  • A tech worker told us how taking weekly 'microdoses' of LSD increases his productivity (Tech Insider)
  • LSD changes consciousness by reorganizing human brain networks (EurekAlert!)
  • Book Nook: Acid Hype - American News Media and the Psychedelic Experience, by Stephen Siff (WYSO)
  • Ex-student pleads to LSD charges, likely headed to prison (The Athens News)
  • Report: Silicon Valley Programmers Turning To LSD For Performance Boost (CBS News)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Active ingredient in magic mushrooms reduces anxiety and depression in cancer patients (EurekAlert!)
  • Why I Take Psychedelic Mushrooms For My Health (Refinery29)
  • Personal Story: Profound, Life Changing Insights From Psilocybin Mushrooms (Reset.me)
  • Cops: Psychedelic mushrooms grown in public housing unit in Hempfield Township (WTAE)
  • Teen claims trio did 'shrooms before fatal homeless beatings (KOAT)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Is ecstasy really that dangerous? All your questions answered (The Guardian)
  • Mother of Deceased Festival Attendee Leads Pill Testing Campaign in Australia (VICE's Thump)
  • A new approach to ecstasy is needed (The Age)
  • Bob Carr offers cautious backing for ecstasy 'pill testing' trial (The Australian)
  • Mollywood: how blockbusters got loved up (The Guardian)
  • Two Australian Experts on Drug Use and Policy Share the Real Facts About Ecstasy (VICE's Thump)
  • Second Death Hits Stereosonic Fest, Calls For Pill Testing Intensifies (Billboard)
  • Ravers switching from tablets to crystal rock form of psychoactive drug MDMA in their quest for a high (The Daily Telegraph)
  • British DJ Ben Rees dies of multiple organ failure after taking ecstasy (Metro)
  • Columnist: Ecstasy or just killer sex? (LaGrange Daily News)
  • Fake ambulance drug smugglers to be sentenced (Daily Mail)
  • Ecstasy tablets seized from boat on New South Wales Central Coast (ABC News)
  • Over 200,000 MDMA Tablets Smuggled (Iceland Review)
  • Minnesota Man Sentenced to Prison for MDMA Possession (KOWB)
  • Police seize 1700 MDMA tablets after man falls from boat (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • America's First Legal Ayahuasca 'Church' (The Daily Beast)
  • Don't believe the hype about the "Legal Ayahuasca Church" going around Facebook—it's not legal, it's dangerous, and here's why (Bia Labate)
  • Ayahuasca, the sacred jungle vine that lures Westerners to the Amazon (The Tico Times)
  • North Atlantic Books releases "Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT" (Press Release Rocket)
  • Tourists warned about risks of 'spiritual cleansing' retreats in Peru (TravelMole)
  • Nun Sense: The Loft screen's [sic] a documentary about a Tucson nun's experience with a hallucinogenic in the Amazon (Tucson Weekly)
  • American 'psychedelic church' to offer tea laced with hallucinogen DMT (Metro)
  • Drink Hallucinogenic 'Tea' Inside A Teepee At America's First Ayahuasca Church (Medical Daily)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

Iboga/Ibogaine

  • A Window Of Opportunity: Reflections On Ibogaine Treatment For Opiate Addiction (Reset.me)
  • Anarchast: Barry Rossinoff: Iboga For Personal Healing, Peace And Freedom (The Dollar Vigilante)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Why College Kids Are Overdosing on the Hallucinogen 25I-NBOMe, 'N-Bombs' (Inverse)
  • Q+A: "N-bomb" synthetic LSD (Stuff.co.nz)
  • Angleton High School student arrested after officials find synthetic LSD (The Facts)

Dissociatives

  • WHO Recommends against International Control of Ketamine (World Health Organization)
  • New Data on Ketamine for Depression (Medscape)
  • Ketamine: We Speak to Top Relief Agency Pharmacists About the Effects of International Control (The Huffington Post)
  • Physician, pharmacist indicted in $17 million painkilling cream scheme (Chron)
  • Topical Ketamine: Potential for Serious Abuse? (Medpage Today)
  • Studies target new approaches for treatment-resistant depression (The Mix)
  • Ketamine Works for Refractory Status Epilepticus (MD Magazine)
  • Police say mouthwash bottle in suspect's jacket contained PCP (The Eagle)
  • Jersey City man could face up to 10 years for PCP charges (NJ.com)
  • Status Epilepticus: Shifts in Thinking on Treatment (MD Magazine)

Opiates/Opioids

Absinthe

  • Enjoy Some Insane Cocktails at Asado the Cocktail Street In Mumbai! (Hungry Forever)
  • New Orleans and its food museums: a foodie pilgrimage (San Diego Reader)

Kratom

  • War on Drugs Ensnares Coffee Relative (Reason)
  • The Psychoactive Opioid Kratom Can Force a Broader Drug Legalization Debate (Inverse)
  • Time for a Natural Alternative to Prescription Drugs: Safe and Effective Herbal Supplements (Business Wire)
  • Phuket riot arrest warrants hit 80, still only 3 arrests (The Phuket News)
  • Couple arrested in Phuket in possession of over 100 kilos of kratom (The Phuket News)
  • Phuket couple busted with 741 bundles of kratom (Phuket Gazette)

Kava

Khat

  • Munya slams report on miraa's negative sexual effects (The Star)
  • Snapshots: Miraa is the best thing that ever happened to Nairobi men (SDE)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Daughter Of DEA Head Busted As A Drug Lord (The Stoner's Cookbook)
  • Tripping Down the Erowid Rabbithole (Inverse)
  • Sacred Knowledge: how psychedelics shaped an academic's life (The Guardian)
  • Two college drug busts, two different fates (60 Minutes)
  • 7 Ways To Help Someone Who's Having A Bad Trip (Refinery29)
  • Stereosonic death: Drug testing at festivals would be just 'guesswork' (The Advertiser)
  • Revelation, Psychedelics, and Everyday Living (Powell's Books)
  • Shane Mauss Talks About Psychedelics, Comedy And Life On The Road (Westword
  • San Jose seeks respect with psychedelic underpasses (SFGate)
  • You Don't Need Psychedelics, Just Play Thumper Instead (Game Revolution)
  • 3D Printed Jigs Connect LEDs in Psychedelic NeoPixel Cube Prototype (3DPrint.com)
  • Janis Joplin's Psychedelic Porsche Up For Sale (Sky News)

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.