This Week in Psychedelics - 3.30.18

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Cannabis

  • Here’s how much marijuana you’d need to be eligible for the death penalty under federal law (The Washington Post)
  • New Jersey Just Approved Medical Marijuana Program Expansion (High Times)
  • Arizona Legislature Poised to Approve Using Medical Marijuana to Treat Opioid Abuse (Phoenix New Times)
  • Marijuana could soon be LEGAL in parts of Australia - with lawmakers saying legalising the drug is 'better than prohibition' (Daily Mail)
  • French Biotech Targets the Brain to Treat Cannabis Abuse (Labiotech)
  • Does Cannabis Affect Hormone Levels? (High Times)
  • A Stunning Small Home Made From Hemp (Living Big in a Tiny House)
  • Does Cannabis Affect Cardiovascular Health? (High Times)
  • A Dying Southern Town Needed a Miracle. Marijuana Came Calling. (The New York Times)
  • Colombia Strives to Lead Global Pot Market, Pushing Out Peasant Growers (Cannabis Now)
  • Mitch McConnell Wants Hemp Removed From Controlled Substances List (TIME)
  • NOPD marijuana arrests plunged to 1 percent after ordinance change (The Times-Picayune)
  • Alzheimer’s Patients in Puerto Rico May Get Cannabis-Based Treatment (High Times)
  • Could cannabis help cure lung cancer? This man thinks so – and he's already spent £1.5m on research (Metro)
  • Pennsylvania Medical Schools May Start to Study Cannabis (High Times)
  • How Cannabis Tech Can Help Build a Better Cup of Coffee (Wired)
  • Prospective analysis of safety and efficacy of medical cannabis in large unselected population of patients with cancer (European Journal of Internal Medicine)
  • How Cannabis and Other “Drugs” Can be Gateways to a Better Life (Chacruna)
  • Reader: Denver Doesn't Even Pretend to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (Westword)
  • How to Brew Cannabis Kombucha (High Times)
  • Review cannabis laws for potential recreational use in Victoria, report say (Cannabis Club Australia)
  • CBD and the Psychedelic Receptor (Reality Sandwich)
  • 'He's enjoying life more' – Mum of boy on medicinal cannabis scheme speaks about results (Tasmania Talks)
  • Escape from the Underground: Lessons to the cannabis industry from craft beer (The Growler)
  • Cannabis-infused beer is coming to Colorado (The Cannabist)
  • Another view of traffic deaths blamed on cannabis in CDOT study (The Denver Post)
  • Don't Call It Pot: My Dinner With San Francisco's Cannabis Gourmets (Mother Jones)
  • Is Cannabis Allowed in Nursing Homes? (Leafly)
  • Marijuana-Friendly States Want to Meet with Jeff Sessions to Resolve Cannabis' Legal Limbo (TIME)
  • Gene Simmons Says He Was 'Wrong', 'Not Informed', About Cannabis (Ultimate Classic Rock)
  • House committee approves, advances medical cannabis legislation (The Tennessean)
  • Cannabis Activists Give Joints To Washington Lawmakers During Rally (High Times)
  • Rush for Cannabis Business Permits Overwhelms Oakland (East Bay Express)
  • London Group Launches Scare Tactic Campaign Against Cannabis (High Times)
  • How to Correctly Use Marijuana Edibles (Cannabis Now)
  • Cannabis Farmer-CEO Raising Capital, Navigating Complex New Market (Forbes)
  • Medical-cannabis producer again locked up (Echo Net Daily)
  • Cannabis Business Convention Comes to Boston (U.S. News & World Report)

LSD

  • What LSD Taught Researchers About Mental Health Treatment (The Fix)
  • LSD Might Save The World (But Microdosing Won't) (Tech Open Air)
  • LSD at Princeton: New book blows minds (The Daily Princetonian)
  • Boy, 15, stabbed his best friend during 'bad' LSD trip (Metro)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Scientists who want to study psychedelic mushrooms have to pay $7,000 per gram (Quartz)
  • Oregon couple working on ballot initiative to legalize 'magic' mushrooms for therapeutic use (KVAL)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • The Most Popular Ecstasy Pills In the World — Ranked by Name & Color (Digital Music News)
  • 'Is Psychiatry Ready for MDMA?' (ABC)
  • Father's heartbreak at death of sons who died on same night from ecstasy and cocaine (Metro)
  • Police warning to parents over pink ecstasy tablets (ITV)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • If You’ve Met Aliens While on DMT, These Scientists Would Like to Hear From You (Motherboard)
  • A Doctor's Initiation into the Powerful Shamanic Brew Ayahuasca (Kahpi)
  • A little-known hallucinogenic drug called DMT takes people to a place that feels 'more real than real' — here's what researchers know about it (Business Insider)
  • Lawyers and venture capitalists do yoga and meditate in a new type of New York City coworking space that was created after its founder took a psychedelic drug in Peru – see inside (Business Insider)

Iboga/Ibogaine

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Clare taxi driver, 25, dies hours after snorting what he thought was MDMA but was actually a synthetic drug called ‘Dr Death’, inquest hears (The Irish Sun)

Dissociatives

  • Side Effects Stop Small Study of Repeated Intranasal Ketamine (Psych Congress Network)
  • Mom says she gave daughters PCP after confusing bottle with vanilla extract (FOX59)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Medicare Is Cracking Down on Opioids. Doctors Fear Pain Patients Will Suffer. (The New York Times)
  • Senate Passes Bill to Make Increase Availability of Naloxone (U.S. News & World Report)
  • In withdrawal: Treating the babies of Illinois' opioid crisis (Crain's)
  • Prince toxicology report shows very high drug level, experts say (NBC News)
  • Federal Ban On Methadone Vans Seen As Barrier To Treatment (HuffPost)
  • Quitting Heroin in the Sunshine State (The New York Times)
  • Frequent opioid users might be the best candidates for naloxone training, study finds (The Hub)

Kratom

Kava

  • Kava consumption helps cut down alcohol consumption and gang affiliations in male Pacifika youth in New Zealand claims a researcher says. (TVNZ)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Will the Spirit of Burning Man Art Survive in Museums? (The New York Times)
  • High Society: The Universal Impulse to Alter Consciousness (Kahpi)
  • A trip to dreamland (The Boston Globe)
  • The War on Drugs Breeds Crafty Traffickers (The New York Times)
  • Why police boss thinks drug users should get to test their substances at clubs and festivals (Daily Post)
  • The Mystery of the Terrifying Xanax Resurgence in America (VICE)
  • Doing the Plant's Bidding: Reflections on the Congreso de Plantas Sagradas en Las Américas (Reality Sandwich)
  • DREAMing about Drug Reform: An Interview with Arturo Lua Castillo (Psymposia)
  • 'Mad Honey' and 4 Other Naturally Occurring Psychedelics (Inverse)
  • Drug Overdose Death Rates in the U.S. Are Rising Everywhere, CDC Says (TIME)
  • The solution to Australia's drug epidemic starts with a conversation (The Guardian)
  • How China Is Using the Death Penalty for Drug Dealers: An Approach that Works (ExpertClick)
  • What The Hell Is Happening With Pill Testing At Groovin' The Moo? (BuzzFeed News)

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.