This Week in Psychedelics - 12.25.15

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • DEA Eases Cannabis Study Requirements (Forbes)
  • Australia anti-cannabis 'stoner sloth' campaign backfires (The Independent)
  • Did the White House Just Save Colorado's Marijuana from the Supreme Court? (Reason)
  • A Cannabis Tax Can Help Cities Pay For New Infrastructure (The Huffington Post)
  • Pot and Senior Citizens: It's a Natural Fit (NORML)
  • Colorado Marijuana Tourism: Cannabis Tours, Bud Hotels Popular with Visitors, But State Won't Market Legal Pot to Travelers (International Business Times)
  • Illinois' medical cannabis pilot program in trouble because of low patient numbers (Belleville News-Democrat)
  • Medical Marijuana 'Cease Fire' Begins (Disinformation)
  • Canada Plans to Use Its Marijuana Revenue in the Best Possible Way (ATTN:)
  • Colombia To License Medical Cannabis Use (NORML)
  • NTRR: Demand for Cannabis Topicals Booms as Legalization Spreads Across North America (Business Wire)
  • Kansas Couple Whose Tea Was Mistaken for Marijuana Loses Suit Over Fruitless Raid (Reason)
  • Syrian refugees farm cannabis in Lebanon (Reuters)
  • 5 Hot Cannabis Trends from 2015 (Leafly)
  • One Common Anti-Marijuana Argument Just Took a Blow (ATTN:)
  • Do Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Big Business Actually Need Each Other? (Inc.)
  • Uttarakhand To Become First Indian State To Legalise Cannabis Cultivation (India Times)
  • For the First Time, D.C. Residents Can (Legally) Give Cannabis for Christmas (Leafly)
  • Anti-Pot Group Blames 'Big Marijuana' for Possibly Nonexistent Increase in Adolescent Cannabis Consumption (Reason)
  • Why Does Cannabis Make You Laugh? (Leafly)
  • Cannabis opponents take a hit as top ethicist calls for legalization (The Times of Israel)
  • NORML's Weekly Legislative Round Up (NORML)
  • Snoop Dogg Will Get a $5,000 Marijuana Gift From Oregon Pot Community (TIME)
  • Police discover nearly 300 cannabis plants in Berri; man charged with trafficking (ABC News)
  • Cannabis Craftsmanship: How to Make Hash with Funky Skunk Extracts (Leafly)
  • The Top 5 Christmas Cannabis Gifts (Forbes)

LSD

  • Star Wars animator Phil Tippet: 'I took LSD when I was working on Return of the Jedi' (The Telegraph)
  • Meth Will Fry Your Brain, but LSD Could Make Your Steve Jobs (Clapway)
  • Two Irishmen caught with €143k of LSD and cannabis plead guilty to global drug dealing on Dark Net (Irish Independent)
  • Man Allegedly Sold LSD To Lansdale Cop (Patch)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Researchers Find the Active Ingredient in 'Magic Mushrooms' Can Help You Quit Smoking (GOOD)
  • 5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week (Newser)
  • Cuyahoga Falls man busted for psychedelic mushroom grow (Fox 8 Cleveland)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Mind-Altering Drugs Could Cure PTSD (Popular Science)
  • MDMA researchers testing how drug can be used to treat mental illness raise $22000 (The Independent)
  • Police warn of dangerous MDMA tablets circulating in Warwickshire (Kenilworth Weekly News)
  • Naked Toys R Us thug who abducted young boy and attacked grandmother after taking ecstasy to be jailed (Mirror)
  • SA court suspends jail terms of Nicola Jay Vermey, Alexandra Rodriguez and Sarah Louise Mudge for ecstasy trafficking (The Advertiser)
  • A New-Louvain ecstasy dealer arrested at a Brussels party (The Brussels Times)
  • Teen caught with drugs twice at Dunsborough leavers (Busselton-Dunsborough Mail)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • Ayahuasca may have fast-acting and sustained anti-depressive properties (Gran Fondo Online)
  • Ayahuasca Murder Threatens to Set Back Critical Psychedelic Research (Inverse)
  • The profound power of an Amazonian plant - and the respect it demands (The Globe and Mail)
  • Cambridge University graduate killed in psychedelic ceremony in Peruvian Amazon (The Telegraph)
  • Briton killed in Peru ayahuasca ceremony texted girlfriend about 'bad experience' in Amazon (The Telegraph)
  • 'Spiritual tourist' killed during Peruvian ayahuasca ceremony (Latin Correspondent)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • ISIS Is Literally on Drugs (ATTN:)
  • What Is MDA, or Sally, One of the Drugs Scott Weiland Overdosed On? (Rolling Stone)

Dissociatives

  • Scientists a Step Closer to Treating Depression with Ketamine (Psychiatry Advisor)
  • Man arrested for driving under the influence after telling cops 'I lace my blunts with PCP' (New York Daily News)
  • Depression Tied to Overeating can be Reduced by Ketamine, Study Reveals (Latinos Health)
  • Lincolnshire drug dealer caught with more than £1400 worth of ketamine (Lincolnshire Echo)
  • Ketamine Effects Include Antidepressant Properties, And Researchers Have Identified The Brain Circuit Involved (Medical Daily)
  • Yale study: Ketamine may reverse depression in some patients (CT Post)
  • Ketamine may reverse symptoms of depression (University Herald)

Opiates/Opioids

  • One type of legal drug is killing far more people than heroin — and deaths just hit record numbers (Business Insider
  • Here's What Might Explain Why Afghanistan's Opium Production Dropped by Half This Year (VICE News)
  • Heroin trade continues to claim lives as UK drug gangs compete for power (The Guardian)
  • New Hampshire heroin crisis leads presidential candidates to tackle drug abuse (Los Angeles Times)
  • Bernie Sanders Calls Drug Addiction a 'Disease' Not a Crime (TIME)
  • Florida pill mill crackdown also may have curbed heroin deaths, researchers find (The Washington Post)
  • Naloxone for Opioid Overdoes: New Questions Arise in 2015 (MedPage Today)
  • 'Not many people just aspire to become heroin addicts. It just happens.' (Chicago Tribune)
  • Turkish labs turn Afghan opium into heroin for shipping to Europe-Russian anti-drug agency (RT)
  • Afghanistan can't control the Taliban since the Taliban controls the drug trade (PRI)
  • U.S. starts pilot program to prevent overdoses on Native American lands (American Pharmacists Association)

Kratom

  • With Mounting Pressure From FDA, Vivazen Removes Kratom in Product Reformulation (Bevnet)

Kava

  • Divisadero's Kava Lounge Set To Open Jan. 21st (Hoodline)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • There's a big problem with the way we study psychedelic drugs (Business Insider)
  • We Are All Drug Users (Reset.me)
  • The University of Alabama Has Begun "Quietly" Drug Testing Fraternity Members (Cosmopolitan)
  • Psychedelics and Sacred Frequencies: Meet Lovelution, The Ontario Dance Party That's Better Than Therapy (Thump)
  • There's A Hidden Network Of Psychedelic Temples Under The Alps (Collective Evolution)
  • The Scary Reality Behind Sex Pills We Aren't Talking About (ATTN:)
  • ACLU to appeal court ruling in Missouri drug testing case (SFGate)
  • The Five Best Drug Scares of 2015 (Reason)
  • NASA releases a colorful, psychedelic video of Pluto (The Verge)
  • The Sacred and Psychedelic Multimedia Art of Lala Abaddon (The Creators Project)
  • Psychedelic Artist Peter Max in Multi-Million Family Dispute Over Paintings (Artlyst)
  • Finding a new perspective on psychedelics (OUPblog)

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.