This Week in Psychedelics - 12.30.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Cops Seize Cannabis Plant Decorated As A Christmas Tree (The Huffington Post)
  • Will German Insurance Companies Start Covering Cannabis in 2017? (Weed News)
  • Nevada accidentally leaks thousands of medical marijuana dispensary applications (ZDNet)
  • 16 cannabis lifestyle trends that helped define 2016 (The Cannabist)
  • Officials warn of medical cannabis scammers (The Baltimore Sun)
  • Can The Cannabis Industry Deliver An Organic, Environmentally Sensitive High (OPB News)
  • Dog treats laced with cannabis a growing business (The Times-Picayune)
  • Doctors For Cannabis Regulation Has A Powerful Message (Weed News)
  • 'I smoked 25 cannabis joints every day': George Michael turned to drugs in grief over lover (Mirror)
  • Thailand Approves Hemp Cultivation as Part of Drug Reforms (Ganjapreneur)
  • Massachusetts: Lawmakers Amend Voter-Initiated Marijuana Legalization Measure (NORML)
  • Cannabis Industry Gets Image Boost from Celebrities in 2016 (Leafly)
  • This Officer's Response to a Teen's Marijuana Offense Is Going Viral (ATTN:)
  • Cannabis And Your Metabolism (Weed News)
  • Bill Maher Just Issued a Dire Warning to Marijuana Advocates (ATTN:)
  • What are Terpenes in Cannabis? (The Weed Blog)
  • Cannabis Wellness And Hormone Levels (Weed News)

LSD

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Here's what magic mushrooms do to your body and brain (ScienceAlert)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • People Have Been Using MDMA to Treat PTSD for Decades (Broadly)
  • The Truth About MDMA & Mental Health (Yahoo! Sports)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • Ayahuasca and the Geometry of Sound: An Interview with Artist Tanya Harris (Psychedelic Times)
  • Hallucinogenic plant ayahuasca gains foothold in US (Daily Mail)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

Dissociatives

  • New Florida therapy center treats depression with ketamine (NEWS10 ABC)
  • Stamford woman allegedly struggled with Darien police while high on PCP (The Advocate)

Opiates/Opioids

  • George Michael's boyfriend reveals he died alone at home and 'battled a secret heroin addiction' (The Telegraph)
  • B.C. veterinarian saves puppy with opioid-reversing naloxone (Vancouver Sun)
  • Heroin Cut With Elephant Tranquilizer Hits Another State As Overdoses Surge (The Daily Caller)
  • Fentanyl deadlier than heroin (Inquirer)
  • Maryland jail inmates to be trained to administer overdose drug (The Baltimore Sun)

Kratom

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Psychedelic Drugs Research And Therapy Have Reached A 'Turning Point', Campaigners Say (The Huffington Post)
  • America Is Finally Ready to Change the Way It Talks About Drugs (WIRED)
  • Three Reasons Advocates Should Understand the Limitations of Psychedelic Therapy (Psychedelic Times)
  • How drugs can lead to an early death (CNN)
  • Have a Hardcore Holiday with a Psychedelic Cyber-Santa (The Creators Project)
  • This Is How Animals Get High (Merry Jane)
  • Federal Appeals Court Nixes Blanket Drug Screening of State College Students (Reason)
  • Psychedelic drugs enlighten $2.5 trillion problem (Breakingviews)
  • The Year's Best Drug Scares (Reason)

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.