This Week in Psychedelics - 2.9.18

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Cannabis

  • Seattle To Vacate Criminal Convictions For Former Marijuana Offenders (NORML)
  • German police association calls for complete legalization of cannabis (The Local)
  • The Dirty Secret of California's Cannabis: It's Dirty (Wired)
  • Girl, 6, Becomes First Recipient of Medical Marijuana in Texas (TIME)
  • How A Cannabis Tech Platform Is About To Make Life A Lot Easier For Marijuana Dispensaries (Forbes)
  • The tea costs $60, but the weed is free: Cannabis capitalists exploit loopholes by 'gifting' the drug (Chicago Tribune)
  • Portland's First Cannabis Bodega Mixes Weed and Grocery (Willamette Week)
  • Despite Tough Talk, Oregon's U.S. Attorney Doesn't Plan to Shut Down the Pot Industry (Reason)
  • California's former convicts could get help entering the legal cannabis industry – and get marijuana crimes wiped off their record (Business Insider)
  • How Is Oregon Handling Its Cannabis Surplus? (High Times)
  • Medical cannabis dispensaries are opening in Texas, but the newly legal oils still aren't easy to procure (The Texas Tribune)
  • Cannabis Beer Soon To Be Available  -- In Canada (Forbes)
  • Girl Scout Who Sold Cookies Outside Marijuana Dispensary Could Get in Trouble (TIME)
  • Study: Cannabis Is Safe And Effective For Elderly Patients (NORML)
  • Dow's Big One-Day Drop Doesn't Hurt Cannabis Stocks (Leafly)
  • Canadian Cannabis Companies Correct After Capital Raising Crescendo (Forbes)
  • Nepal Cannabis Crackdown Targets Temple Hashish (High Times)
  • Virginia NORML Considered Instrumental in Passage of Medical Marijuana Expansion Legislation (NORML)
  • California's Race to the Top on Cannabis (CityLab)
  • House Judiciary Democrats Call For Marijuana Hearing (NORML)
  • Cannabis Crunch — Despite Trump Administration, Legalization Still Plows Forward... & All The Other Weed Craziness In January (Psychedelic Times)
  • What Are Cannabis Flavonoids and What Do They Do? (Leafly)
  • Mendocino Cannabis Company In Showdown With Authorities (High Times)
  • Status Report: The Impact Of Adult Use Regulatory Schemes (NORML)
  • Renewed War on Marijuana Spurs Congress to Defend Federalism (Reason)
  • O Cannabis: How to use marijuana at home without smoking it (Valley Advocate)
  • Trust the people and the states on cannabis (The Hill)
  • On Building A Consumer Friendly Market In Nevada (NORML)
  • ABcann Global Is A Potentially Strong Play In Cannabis (Seeking Alpha)
  • Cannabis and Risk for Opiate Misuse (Psychology Today)

LSD

  • Tech workers use LSD to help expand creativity (KIRO)
  • Naked man high on LSD, covered in cooking oil arrested after getting Tasered twice (New York Daily News)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Selling MDMA for My Dad Made Us Close, Then Tore Us Apart (VICE)
  • Drugs in Berlin: Half of partiers periodically take amphetamines and MDMA (Deutsche Welle)
  • MDMA Psychotherapy Trials Showing Promise (7th Space Interactive)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • Entrepreneurs Seeking Business Guidance Through Ayahuasca Are Receiving Spiritual Insights Instead (Entrepreneur)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

Morning Glory Seeds

  • Can Common Household Plant Seeds Be Used As a Party Drug? (Snopes)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

Dissociatives

  • Could ketamine help treat alcohol dependence? (The Guardian)
  • Ketamine could help veterans with PTSD, but clinics may be jumping the gun (San Antonio Express-News)
  • A-hole in a K-hole: Katie Hopkins' ketamine adventures (The Guardian)
  • Ketamine to Treat Suicidal Ideation in Major Depressive Disorder (Psychiatry Advisor)
  • Ketamine gaining popularity as a treatment for the severely depressed (CBS News)

Opiates/Opioids

  • San Francisco to Open Safe Drug Injection Sites by Summer (Reason)
  • Opioid Overdoses and Naloxone: What Everyone Needs to Know (Psychiatric Times)
  • Legal Limits on Opioid Prescriptions May Increase the Number of Pills Dispensed (Reason)
  • Poppies replacing pot in Mexico's drug fields (Mexico News Daily)
  • Homeless. Addicted to Heroin. About to Give Birth. (Mother Jones)
  • Jeff Sessions Says Opioid Addiction Starts With Marijuana. Here Are 6 Studies That Say Otherwise (Reason)

Kratom

Kava

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Festival Psychedelic Use and the Archaic Revival: A Conversation with Julian Vayne (Psychedelic Times)
  • Showtime Documentary Highlights Drug War's Futility (Reason)
  • The hidden side of psychedelics (Felix)
  • Recent News and Updates from TripSit (TripSit)
  • Silk Road's Founder Is in Jail for Life, but the Dark Web Only Grows (Reason)
  • Why Clinicians & Researchers Should Be Interested in The Psychedelic Science Renaissance (Particle)
  • A Woman Shaman Defies the Odds, and Starts her Own Healing Center (Reality Sandwich)
  • Trump Wants Us 'To Get Really, Really Tough, Really Mean with the Drug Pushers' (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 are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.