This Week in Psychedelics - 12.2.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • On His Way Out the Door, Obama Suggests Marijuana Should Be Legal (Reason)
  • Berlin to Legalize Cannabis Coffee Shops? (Weed News)
  • Legalising cannabis and opium in India (The Asian Age)
  • Some State Leaders Challenging Marijuana Election Results (NORML)
  • Teva Pharm to market medical cannabis inhaler in Israel (Reuters)
  • Opinion: WHO's Silence on Cannabis (The Scientist)
  • The Cannabis Exception to the Second Amendment (Reason)
  • Mapped: The countries that smoke the most cannabis (The Telegraph)
  • Meme Sums up the Debate on Marijuana Use by NFL Players (ATTN:)
  • New Yorkers Will Soon Be Able To Use Pot For Chronic Pain (TIME)
  • Hunter S. Thompson's Widow Plans to Clone and Sell His Marijuana (TIME)
  • First Vape Lounge for Cannabis Patients Opens in Rome (Leafly)
  • GP Michael Harty claims Bill aims to legalise recreational cannabis (Irish Times)
  • Investors Hoping To Ride High On Trailblazing Marijuana Company (TIME)
  • Texas lawyers sing about why you shouldn't eat weed in front of cops (Boing Boing)
  • Minnesota OK's medical pot for post-traumatic stress disorder (MPR News)
  • Pet owners use cannabis for animal ailments (The Recorder)
  • Medical cannabis could see movement in Iowa (Des Moines Register)
  • The Stranger's Cannabis Gift Guide (The Stranger)

LSD

  • The Science Behind LSD Flashbacks: Truth or Myth? (The Science Explorer)
  • The Last Word: Carrie Fisher on LSD, Death and Sex With Han Solo (Rolling Stone)
  • LSD, Sophia Loren and living in Batchelor Hall: thing you didn't know about Cary Grant (The Telegraph)
  • Retracing the Steps of Psychedelic Outlaws on an LSD Mission From God (KQED)
  • Exploding Cigars To LSD Poisoning, These Are The Craziest Plots To Kill Fidel Castro (ScoopWhoop)
  • Accidental Discoveries: LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) (Daily News & Analysis)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic mushroom ingredient psilocybin could be key to treating depression - studies (The Guardian)
  • Psilocybin: A Journey beyond the Fear of Death? (Scientific American)
  • I Took A Psychedelic Drug for My Cancer Anxiety. It Changed My Life (TIME)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • MDMA could be on the market legally by 2021 (Popular Science)
  • How MDMA Treats PTSD: Everything You Need to Know (Rolling Stone)
  • FDA Approves Final Stage of MDMA Drug Trials (Reason)
  • Couples and the Love Drug: Integration Therapy With Your Partner After a Difficult MDMA Experience (Psychedelic Times)
  • The Past, Present, and Future of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy - Preparing for a Post-Prohibition World (SFStation)
  • Can MDMA help combat post-traumatic stress disorder? (CBC News)
  • Three who died after Hard Summer rave overdosed on Ecstasy, coroner says (Los Angeles Times)
  • Funeral held for Jamie Burns who died after taking tablet during Belfast night out (Belfast Telegraph)

Ayahuasca/DMT

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Peyote has no bearing on church registration (Mexico News Daily)
  • Scalia's Legacy Is Great, But Don't Forget The Bind He Left Us In (ValueWalk)

Iboga/Ibogaine

  • An Ancient African Remedy Helped Me Kick My Opioid Addiction Overnight (Woman's Day)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Two 13-Year-Olds Killed By Drug More Powerful Than Heroin (KIIS)
  • A new kind of high (Deccan Chronicle)

Dissociatives

Opiates/Opioids

  • When it comes to opioids, a stronger naloxone dose will save lives today (The Hill)
  • This Drug Reverses Overdoses, But 3 States Make It Hard to Get (Governing)
  • Walgreens makes Naloxone available without prescription in Louisiana (WWLTV)
  • Israeli Cannabis Inhaler May Get Tested With Opium Poppy Next (Bloomberg)
  • Rising Price of Naloxone Concerns Some Addicts' Families (EMSWorld)
  • One Solution to the Threat of the Opioid Epidemic Spreading HIV (ATTN:)
  • Opinion: Geographic shifts in heroin production caused more powerful strains (Maroon)
  • More than 30 percent of North Koreans use meth, opium (UPI)
  • The most horrifying mannequin challenge you'll see: Campaigners create video which shows the scene of a 'heroin overdose' to draw attention to epidemic sweeping America (Daily Mail)

Kratom

  • We Still Have A Chance To Stop Kratom Prohibition – DEA Wants To Hear Your Thoughts (Reset.me)
  • Kratom Research Gains Supporters in the Race to Replace Opioids (Inverse)
  • Kratom: The Bitter Plant That Could Help Opioid Addicts—if the DEA Doesn't Ban It (Wired)
  • Kratom and Adderall combination, does it really work? (Kratom Guides)

Kava

  • What is Kava Kava used for? How well does Kava work for anxiety? (Kratom Guides)

Khat

  • ROP increases border patrolling to crack down on khat smuggling (Muscat Daily)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • From Rapé to Mapacho: Uncovering the Ceremonial and Medicinal Benefits of Sacred Tobacco (Psychedelic Times)
  • Psychedelics and MDMA are helping cure PTSD, addiction, depression and anxiety (News.com.au)
  • Random drug testing is a scam on behalf of big pharma (Echo Net Daily)
  • Ross Ulbricht's Lawyers Think There's More Evidence of Law Enforcement Misconduct in the Silk Road Prosecution (Reason)
  • Global Drug Survey set to peel back curtain on professionals microdosing on LSD and magic mushrooms (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Study Concludes Alcohol is More Harmful Than Psychedelics (Collective Evolution)
  • Q&A - Shane Mauss on The Chemistry of Comedy and Psychedelics (303 Magazine)
  • It's time to give psychedelic drugs another look (USA TODAY)
  • Researchers Say Psychedelic Drugs Could Help Cure Addiction (IFL Science)
  • Psychedelics reduce anxiety, depression in patients, study finds (The Baltimore Sun)
  • Legalizing entheogens? (Telluride Daily Planet)
  • Trump Picks El Chapo to Run D.E.A. (The New Yorker)
  • Conviction rate in drug trafficking sees steep spike in four years (The Times of India)

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.