This Week in Psychedelics - 2.5.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Americans spent more on legal pot last year than on Cheetos, Doritos (The Denver Post)
  • British Company Developing Field Sobriety Test for Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Legal Marijuana Sales Projected to Reach $6.7 Billion in 2016 (TIME)
  • Hillary Clinton Just Gave an Underwhelming Response to a Question About Medical Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Facebook is deleting medical marijuana pages (Engadget)
  • Annual Arrests for Marijuana in NYC Drop From Nearly 51,000 in 2011 to Under 17,000 in 2015 (The Huffington Post)
  • See Inside the Himalayan Villages That Grow Cannabis (National Geographic)
  • Organic Cannabis? One Colorado Hemp Farm Has Earned The USDA's Blessing (KUNC)
  • Man tries to buy 12-year-old's fish with fake pot, police say (CBC)
  • Cannabis-based vagina suppositories the latest invention to help ease period pain (International Business Times)
  • Ricky Williams explains his belief that cannabis can help NFL players (CBS Sports)
  • Utah Mom Risks It All To Treat Daughter With Cannabis (Reset.me)
  • Obama Punts on Cannabis Reform (Leafly)
  • Marijuana Federalists Lead the Republican Field (Reason)
  • How Much Money Marijuana Will Make This Year (ATTN:)
  • Phoenix Open Billboard Says Buds Are Safer Than Bud (or Coors) (Reason)
  • Dad Uses Cannabis Oil To Treat Three Year Old Epileptic Daughter (Collective Evolution)
  • Wiz Khalifa Announces Partnership With RiverRock Cannabis for New Product Line (Billboard)
  • 5 Tips for Hosting a Fabulous (and Safe) Cannabis Wedding (Leafly)
  • Vermont Marijuana Legalization: Recreational Cannabis Bill Moves Forward In Senate Committee (International Business Times)
  • Marley Natural's Elegant Pot Gear Is For Smokers Who Say 'Whoa Sir', Not 'Whoa Dude' (WIRED)
  • Study reveals smoking cannabis ruins your vocabulary in later life (Mirror)
  • Cannabis use dulls the brain, but are effects long-term? (OregonLive)
  • Revealed... the impact of cannabis laws so far: Use of marijuana is increasing among adults - but DECREASING in teens (Daily Mail)

LSD

  • LSD: My Life-Saving Drug (GQ)
  • The Turing-Acid Test (Reality Sandwich)
  • LSD to increase focus and creativity (The Spectator)
  • Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Augustus Sol Invictus admits LSD use, describes experiences in journals (Florida Politics)
  • Fireside Chatter: LSD isn't all that bad (The Daily Beacon)
  • Homeowner: Teen who entered home, high on LSD, ate glass from a window he shattered (newsnet5)
  • Longmont man arrested in July LSD incident nabbed again after disturbance. (Longmont Times-Call)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Could Aggressive Coyotes In California Be Tripping On 'Shrooms? (Inquisitr)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • One in five 'legal highs' contain illegal substances - but nearly half of ecstasy tablets don't have any MDMA, report reveals (WalesOnline)
  • Blac Chyna found with ecstasy during airport arrest (Page Six)
  • Effects of MDMA Injections on the Behavior of Socially-Housed Long-Tailed Macaques (PLOS ONE)
  • Blac Chyna Swears The Ecstasy Wasn't Hers, Doesn't Pack Own Bags (Hip-Hop Wired)
  • Does Past Ecstasy Use Make Noah Spence Too Risky to Pick in 1st Round? (Breitbart)
  • Drug dealer who supplied MDMA to tragic Whitstable teenager jailed for three years (Kent News)
  • Two arrested for ecstasy, molly after raid on Buffalo barber shop, home (WIVB)
  • Man rammed cars while high on ecstasy, police say (Albany Times Union)
  • DRUGS DOG FINDS MDMA (The Leader)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • A Closer Look At That "First Legal Ayahuasca Church In America" Story You've Seen Hyped In The Media (Reset.me)
  • Why Addiction Expert Dr. Gabor Maté Treats His Patients with Ayahuasca (Psychedelic Times)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Police issue synthetic cannabis warning as teen dies, two more critically ill (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • The shocking truth about 'synthetic' cannabis: Hallucinations that convince users they're dead and 100 times more potent than real marijuana (Daily Mail)

Dissociatives

  • Could Ketamine be the Ultimate Cure for Depression? (Newsweek)
  • Ketamine Might Be The Cure For Severe Depression (Your EDM)
  • Party drug ketamine may soon show it can do what others can't (Stuff.co.nz)
  • Police Raid Results in One of Edmonton's Largest Ketamine Busts (THUMP)
  • Novel Route for Ketamine in the Treatment of MDD (Psychiatric Times)
  • Ketamine could be most effective cure for severe depression (Mixmag)
  • Police: Liquid PCP found on man after arrest (Asbury Park Press)
  • Ketamine: from party drug to medication (New Zealand Herald)
  • Police say man led officers on chase, possessed PCP (Bryan-College Station Eagle)

Opiates/Opioids

  • At Some Restaurants in China, a Shortcut to Addictive Food: Poppies (The New York Times)
  • Obama Seeks $1 Billion to Fight Heroin Epidemic (TIME)
  • Why the 'heroin antidote' naloxone is now available in pharmacies (ABC)
  • Improvised naloxone nasal sprays lack evidence of absorption and effect (EurekAlert!)
  • Ted Cruz Links New Hampshire's Heroin Epidemic to "Undocumented Democrats" (Mother Jones)
  • Recovered heroin addict goes full circle to serve huge community (SFGate)
  • Fentanyl killing more people in NH than heroin (The Union Leader)
  • CVS to sell heroin overdose antidote in 20 more states (CNN)
  • White And Black Americans Agree That Heroin Abuse Is A Serious Problem (The Huffington Post)
  • Opium seized (The Sangai Express)

Kratom

  • Still Mostly Legal: Kratom May be a Better Choice for Heroin and Pain Pill Users? (AlterNet)
  • Arizona heroin users claim a controversial herbal supplement helps kick addiction (Cronkite News)
  • Asian tree with psychoactive effects on verge of being illegal (The Moultrie Observer)
  • Panel Bans Kratom On Tearful Testimony (WFSU)

Kava

Khat

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • What is Harm Reduction Psychotherapy? Alternative Treatment for Psychedelic Users (Psychedelic Times)
  • Drug Warriors Are Losing Online (Reason)
  • Yale Launches Group To Examine Use Of Psychedelics In Therapy (Reset.me)
  • Scientist David Nutt on the medical benefits of psychedelic drugs (Financial Times)
  • Here's What Mixing Drugs Does to Your Body and Brain (ATTN:)
  • What the 1981 Rat Park Experiment Means for Addiction and Our Need For Human Connection (Psychedelic Times)
  • Psychedelic drugs should be used to treat mental illness (The Rocket)
  • 5 Major Companies That Don't Drug Test (ATTN:)
  • Drugs from the dark web (Brunswickian)
  • How Ted Cruz Turned His Back on Drug War Prisoners (Reason)
  • Gift of the Gods: Why Visionary Plant Medicines Deserve Reverence and Caution (High Existence)
  • West Virginia Lawmaker Counters Drug Testing Welfare Recipients With Legislator Testing (ATTN:)

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.