This Week in Psychedelics - 2.12.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Which Presidential Candidates Would Tolerate Legal Pot? (Reason)
  • Facebook Is Waging a War on Weed (ATTN:)
  • Australia Is Pushing to Legalize Marijuana Growth for Medical Research (TIME)
  • Beyond THC And CBD: The Health Benefits Of Terpenes (Reset.me)
  • 'Largest ever' Coventry cannabis factory found (BBC)
  • Review: Cannabinoids Reasonable Option For Chronic Pain Treatment (NORML)
  • Cannabis Science 101: The Complex Chemistry of the Bong (Leafly)
  • Judge Who Sentenced Small-Time Pot Dealer to 55 Years Again Urges Clemency (Reason)
  • Viral Hit: Gwenevere Tries Cannabis Oil (Leafly)
  • Cannabis clubs provide a valuable service (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
  • Why And How I Gave Up Everyday Painkillers In Favor Of Medical Marijuana (Reset.me)
  • Iowa House Republican introduces medical cannabis bill (Quad-City Times)
  • Cannabis Business Expo coming to Tacoma Dome (The Olympian)
  • Tim Farron calls for legalisation of cannabis for recreational use (The Guardian)
  • Your Cannabis-Friendly Valentine's Day Gift Guide (Leafly)
  • Legalizing Marijuana and Your 4th Amendment Protections (NORML)
  • Parliament should allow doctors to prescribe cannabis (The Independent)
  • Cannabis Company Med-X to Sell Shares Under Reg A+ on StartEngine (Crowdfund Insider)
  • Marijuana, Cannabis, Ganja, Weed, Grass, Pot, Reefer, or Maryjane: What's In a Name? (NORML)
  • Marley Natural: Inside Reggae Dynasty's Cannabis Launch (Rolling Stone)
  • Innovative Cannabis Compliance Solution Gains Traction (New Cannabis Ventures)
  • Australia to legalise medical cannabis cultivation if law gets greenlight (Mashable)
  • Marley Natural Debuts New Line of Cannabis Products (Leafly)
  • Australia set to legalize cultivation of medical cannabis (FOX News)
  • How can you tell if a cannabis farm is being grown on your street (Liverpool Echo)

LSD

  • When 12 Step Programs Don't Work: AA Founder Bill W. on How LSD Can Help (Psychedelic Times)
  • Taking LSD leads to 'improved psychological wellbeing' - study (The Telegraph)
  • Feed your head: Lockheed's unintentionally hilarious anti-drug "case study" films from the late 60s (Nightflight)
  • Dave Stewart: LSD, Annie Lennox, and Me (The Daily Beast)
  • Taking LSD is actually good for your 'mental wellbeing', scientists say (Metro)
  • Should Lana Del Rey Worry About Acid Flashbacks? Scientists Aren't Sure (Inverse)
  • The paradox of LSD: makes you psychotic in short-term, happier and more creative long term (ZME Science)
  • LSD 'stamps' a big market among city party-goers: Police (The Indian Express)
  • Police: Teen using LSD tried to break into Granger Township home (The Medina-Gazette)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic mushrooms and LSD may prevent domestic violence by providing 'spiritual experiences' (International Business Times)
  • How I Learned To Embrace Infinite Love With Psilocybin Mushrooms (Reset.me)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • A History Lesson on MDMA & Ecstasy with a Short Video (Magnetic Magazine)
  • DanceSafe Founder Educates Students on MDMA (Daily Nexus)
  • Former ecstasy king-pin explains how the war on drugs, and the American Justice System is failing (Disinfo)
  • Police: $100K in MDMA seized in Paterson drug raid (NorthJersey.com)
  • Tyga Wants to Make Blac Chyna Suffer After Ecstasy Arrest (BET)
  • No permanent ban for Kids Company worker who gave MDMA to client (The Guardian)
  • Grandma Caught With 1,500 Ecstasy Tablets, Crystal Meth at Kualanamu Airport (Jakarta Globe)
  • Over €8,000 worth of MDMA seized ahead of college students' Rag Week (Irish Independent)
  • Teenage cadet's drug arrest as nine youngsters taken to hospital from camp after taking 'ecstasy' (Mirror)
  • Businessman gets weekends in jail for trafficking in ecstasy (The Hamilton Spectator)
  • Canberra man Rory Coghlan denied bail after allegedly selling MDMA to undercover police officer (ABC)
  • Teenager left brain damaged after taking ecstasy celebrates 17th birthday as she continues to recover (Mirror)

Ayahuasca/DMT

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Native American church, known for using peyote and marijuana, to open branches in former O.C. pot shops (The Orange County Register)
  • Native American church fight for right to use cannabis & peyote (RT)

Iboga/Ibogaine

  • The Evidence for Ibogaine: What New Studies Tell Us About Ibogaine for Addiction Treatment (Psychedelic Times)
  • Ibogaine Treatment Expanded in Brazil: Will the U.S. Take Note? (Drug Policy Alliance)

Dissociatives

  • Manic depressives could be treated with KETAMINE say medical experts (Mirror)
  • Ketamine To Treat Depression in Patients Resistant To Other Drugs, Biggest Mental Health Breakthrough In 50 Years (Inquisitr)
  • The Science Of Treating Depression With Ketamine (Psychedelic Press UK)
  • Northern California Clinics Now Serving Ketamine (Special K) to Treat Severe Depression (7x7)
  • Restricting Ketamine Would Have 'Dire Consequences' for Surgery in Low-Resource Countries, Anesthesiologists Warn (Newswise)
  • British vets relieved as ketamine ruled 'not a global health threat' (Horse & Hound)
  • Ketamine found after traffic stop, Bennington police say (WPTZ)
  • Northampton moter jailed for slamming kids heads into floor while high on PCP (MassLive)
  • Man says he stabbed two men, almost killing them, because of PCP (WJLA)
  • Man arrested for causing fatal New Haven crash while driving on PCP (FOX)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Super Bowl Ad Exemplifies How Bad The U.S. Opioid Epidemic Has Become (ATTN:)
  • Big Pharma Is Partly to Blame for America's Opioid Epidemic (TIME)
  • FBI, DEA release graphic video about horrors of heroin use (WTOP)
  • Addicted to Heroin? Trump Says Blame the Mexicans (The Daily Beast)
  • Cruz, Like Trump, Plans to Stop Heroin With a Wall (Reason)
  • Walgreens to sell heroin OD antidote naloxone without prescription (Daily Herald)
  • Rapper DMX revived by Narcan – the opioid antidote that stops an overdose in its tracks (Yahoo! News)
  • Lawmakers try to outdo each other on heroin epidemic (USA Today)
  • Drug overdose deaths could be curbed by naloxone kits, says advocate (CBC News)
  • Villagers sow the Mexican opium poppies that feed the US heroin boom (The Tico Times)
  • Opium growers find salvation in coffee (Bangkok Post)
  • Heroin 'apocalypse' shadows New Hampshire primary (USA Today)
  • Is naloxone safe to use? (WKBN)
  • Saudi executes Egyptian for drug trafficking (The Express Tribune)
  • Villagers sow Mexico's booming opium poppies (Digital Journal)
  • The Most Striking Super Bowl Commercial Goes To Heroin (Cinema Blend)
  • Police destroy opium crop in Jharkhand (Business Standard)

Absinthe

  • Absinthe 101: separating fact from fiction (Stuff.co.nz)
  • Queenstown stag party and a bottle of absinthe prove bad combination for Christchurch man (Stuff.co.nz)

Kratom

  • SacredKratom Launches New Botanical Store - SacredKratom.com (Press Release Rocket)
  • Recovering addicts, local officials warn that kratom is dangerous and addictive (News Net 5)
  • Oxford police warn about synthetic drug kratom (WBRC)
  • South Florida lawmaker wants to ban herbal supplement kratom (Local 10)
  • 9 investigates Kratom: Natural herb or deadly drug? (WSOC)

Kava

Khat

  • Kenya: Doctors Link Throat Cancer Cases to Miraa Chewing in Meru (AllAfrica)
  • Worcester 'khat' cops found guilty (IOL)
  • Police on UK national dealing in Khat (South African Government)
  • Briton caught with khat due in court (IOL)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Hallucinogen Use Could Protect Against Intimate Partner Violence (Newswise)
  • Do Psychedelics Offer a Path To The "God Within"? (Religion Dispatches)
  • Watch How underground therapists are using psychedelics to heal trauma (XFINITY TV)
  • President's drug control budget is a first, but still a whole lot of wasted money (Drug WarRant)
  • Vice Secretly Did Pill Testing At An Aussie Music Festival (Tone Deaf)
  • Tennessee's Welfare Drug Testing Program Was a Complete Failure (ATTN:)
  • Trump: 'Every Single' Person Obama Released Will Sell Drugs Again (TIME)
  • Pre-Orders Are Now Available for a New Book on Yoga, Psychedelics & Enlightenment (EIN News)
  • Pope Francis's Visit to Mexico Highlights the Church's Drug War Woes (TIME)
  • Why some therapists are risking arrest to heal trauma using psychedelics (Al Jazeera)
  • Could LSD, magic mushrooms curb domestic violence? Research finds 'calming' effect (Global News)
  • Can A Drug Help Reduce Domestic Violence? (NDTV)
  • Hallucinogens may protect against domestic violence: study (Daily News & Analysis)

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.