This Week in Psychedelics - 3.23.18

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Cannabis

  • Congress Protects Medical Marijuana From Jeff Sessions In New Federal Spending Bill (Forbes)
  • Study: Traffic Fatalities Have Not Increased As A Consequence Of Legalization (NORML)
  • The Governor of Utah Just Signed A Medical Marijuana Bill (High Times)
  • Canadians Who Smoke Weed Could Be Banned From Entering US (High Times)
  • Should Medical Schools Start Teaching About Cannabis? (High Times)
  • Research Reveals Link Between Coffee, Cannabis and Brain Function (High Times)
  • Is home delivery for medical marijuana coming to Kentucky? (WCPO)
  • In California, Learning How Marijuana Is an Unlikely Divider (The New York Times)
  • This State Just Shut Down 40 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries (High Times)
  • Colorado Lawmakers Form Nation's First Statewide Cannabis Caucus (NORML)
  • Big Pharma has officially entered the Canadian cannabis industry (VICE)
  • Shatter, Batter, Wax: How Cannabis Extracts Came to Be (Wired)
  • Oklahoma: Lawmakers Move Forward To Preemptively Quash Medical Marijuana Vote (NORML)
  • Mexico is going to have to build a wall to keep out American weed (Herb)
  • Why won't the VA recognize the value of medical marijuana? (Here & There)
  • The law keeping vets from marijuana might not actually exist (Herb)
  • How pot-smoking became illegal in Canada (National Post)
  • Avoid Most Cannabis Investment Funds For Now (Forbes)
  • Dana Rohrabacher's Last Stand: California Conservative's Fate Could Hinge on Cannabis Vote (Leafly)
  • Marijuana Is the New Gold for Mining Companies Going to Pot (Bloomberg)
  • Is Walmart Doing Business With The Cannabis Industry? (Forbes)
  • Racial Disparities Persist Among NYC Cannabis Possession Arrests (Uncle Cliffy)
  • Voters In Illinois' Cook County Approve Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure (Forbes)
  • Chicago Voters Embrace Cannabis Legalization in a Big Way (Leafly)
  • Majority of American Studies Focus on Confirming Negative Myths About Cannabis, Instead of Testing Benefits (Disinfo)
  • Blast From the Past: Ten Funniest Anti-Marijuana Commercials (Westword)
  • Washington's Most Powerful Anti-Pot Official Is Named Sessions. It's Not Who You Think. (Politico)
  • New podcast humorously highlights the heroes and hidden history of cannabis (Los Angeles Times)
  • Major Risk To Cannabis Stocks On Verge Of Lifting (Forbes)
  • Can Employers Rely on Federal Ban on Cannabis? (Workforce)
  • Part 1, The Latest in Cannabis Research: Spring 2018 (Leafly)
  • Iowa State's Marijuana Shirt Ban Case Costs School $1 Mln (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Cannabis crackdown uncovers 10,000 marijuana plants, 30 guns and $50,000 cash (Stuff.co.nz)
  • The Cannabis Industry Needs To Support Advocacy. Here's Why. (Forbes)
  • Green Space Lounge Wants to Be the Upscale, Cannabis-Friendly Social Club Portland Never Knew it Needed (Willamette Week)
  • A Dad Who Was Arrested For Growing Cannabis For His Sick Daughters Has Pleaded Not Guilty (BuzzFeed)
  • Donors to medical marijuana effort are being kept under wraps. A Missouri man thinks that's wrong (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • Cannabis Farmer Gets $1 Million Insurance Payout (Santa Barbara Independent)
  • How Grass Roots Made It Through California's Changing Cannabis Climate (Leafly)
  • O Cannabis: Pot and Pets, THC a No-No but CBD Shows Promise (Valley Advocate)
  • Time for cannabis rethink? (Isle of Man)
  • Part 2, How to Top Dress Cannabis Nutrients (Leafly)
  • Better Marijuana Stock: Aphria vs. Aurora Cannabis (The Motley Fool)
  • True Leaf Announces Cannabis Cultivation Team (Cannabis Business Times)
  • Cannabis Collab Seeking New Members (The Source Weekly)

LSD

  • New LSD Research May Help Explain the Brain Chemistry of Depression and Schizophrenia (Gizmodo)
  • 'Microdosing' LSD is not just a Silicon Valley trend – it is spreading to other workplaces (The Independent)
  • LSD: A wonder drug once again? (CBS News)
  • Acid Drops: An Interview with Andy Roberts (Psychedelic Frontier)
  • LSD blurs boundaries between the experience of self and other (EurekAlert!)
  • South Lyon boy found naked and tripping on LSD (Oakland Press)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Are Mind-Altering Magic Mushroom Retreats the Future of Wellness Travel? (Well + Good)
  • Denver to Vote This November on Whether to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms (Psychedelic Times)
  • 'Magic' mushroom research could lead to help for addicts (The Columbus Dispatch)
  • Scientists trace why magic mushrooms evolved to be "magic" (Herb)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • The UK ecstasy guru from the 90s who influenced MDMA research forever (Dazed)
  • MDMA-assisted Therapy (Sapiensoup)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • New Ayahuasca Study Reveals Its Psychological Benefits (Medium)
  • 5 Common Misunderstandings about Ayahuasca Demystified (Kahpi)
  • I Didn't Need to Drop Ayahuasca to Learn Something Deep About Community From This Coworking Space (Entrepreneur)
  • Johns Hopkins University seeks DMT psychonauts who have met machine elves! (Boing Boing)

Iboga/Ibogaine

  • Exploring the power of ibogaine treatment with The Avante Institute (PR Newswire)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

Dissociatives

  • Column: Are Ketamine Clinics Profiteering or Leading Innovation? (MD Magazine)
  • Study questions efficacy, safety of intranasal ketamine for depression (News-Medical)
  • The Case for Ketamine in Treating Suicidal Ideation (Psychology Today)
  • Snorting Ketamine May Not Be The Best Way to Treat Depression, Study Shows (Science Alert)
  • Florida Woman High on PCP Gouges Mother's Eyes Out, Placed Them on Cardboard Box (Eurweb)

Opiates/Opioids

  • President Trump's New Opioid Plan Includes the Death Penalty for Drug Traffickers (TIME)
  • Sessions 'Strongly Encourages' Federal Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty for Some Drug Dealers (Reason)
  • Opium production in Afghanistan reaches record high (Al Jazeera)
  • Opioid Overdoses May Be Seriously Undercounted (KBIA)
  • The Pain Refugees: The forgotten victims of America's opioid crisis (Harpers)
  • Naloxone, Yes, But 3 Other Drugs Are Essential to Fight the Opioid Epidemic (Forbes)
  • You May Have Traces of Cocaine or Heroin on Your Fingertips Right Now (Fortune)
  • As libraries grapple with overdose crisis, Vancouver tells staff not to intervene (The Globe and Mail)
  • Naloxone: What you need to know about this lifesaving drug (ABC News)
  • US journalism students should undergo anti-overdose training (Al Jazeera)

Absinthe

  • Elon Musk quietly went to 'technological superpower' Israel to drink absinthe and discuss the future of Tesla in the Middle East (Business Insider)

Kratom

  • Kratom linked to Salmonella infections, CDC says (WSPA)
  • Ask the doctors: Not enough is known about kratom to support its use (The Spokesman-Review)

Kava

  • Kava: Inside the All-Natural High That's Sweeping America (Rolling Stone)
  • Kava circles keeping young males away from alcohol and gangs, researcher says (Stuff.co.nz)
  • Tudei issue revists reputational risk for Vanuatu kava industry (Radio New Zealand)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy During Prohibition (Chacruna)
  • Two movements converge in Mexico at CryptoPsychedelic (Psymposia)
  • Psychedelics Panel Invited to Mainstream Healthcare Conference (Chacruna)
  • Norway's drug policies 'could set example for rest of the world' (The Independent)
  • John F. Kennedy. President. Visionary. Meth head. (Rooster)
  • The Art of Burning Man, Without the Burn (The Wall Street Journal)
  • We have a drug that's effective against depression – now the government needs to let us use it (Spectator)
  • Helen Clark backs festival drug-testing and injecting rooms (NZ Herald)
  • Night Lives: Reducing Drug-Related Harm in the Night Time Economy (VolteFace)
  • Into the psyche of Psychedelic Art (Media India Group)
  • Psychedelics in the Age After Aquarius (Harvard Political Review)
  • Nootropedia Teams Up with MAPS to Make Psychedelics Legal (Business Wire)
  • It's time to integrate psychedelics into therapy (Big Think)
  • Breaking the Cycle of Addiction, With Hallucinogens (HowStuffWorks)
  • Clubbers need 'access to drug safety testing' (BBC)
  • It's Not In Your Head - Psychedelics Are Making A Scientific Comeback (KTNV)
  • Psychedelics and the Full-Fluency Phenomenon (Psymposia)

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.