This Week in Psychedelics - 3.3.17

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Federal Legislation Introduced To Exclude Cannabis From The Controlled Substances Act (NORML)
  • Jeff Sessions Explains Why He Opposes Legal Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Can Cannabis Prevent Dyskinesia in Long-Term Treatment of Parkinson's Disease (Psychedelic Times)
  • Paging Dr. Spicer: Cannabis Could Help Fight Opioid Abuse And Save Us Billions, Actually (Forbes)
  • Senators Urge Sessions to Keep Trump's Promise of Marijuana Federalism (Reason)
  • Consume Cannabis To Lose Weight (The Huffington Post)
  • Trump Says He Wants to Stop Drugs Flowing Over the Border. Marijuana Legalization Would Do That (Reason)
  • California explores energy impacts of cannabis cultivation (SFGate)
  • Nevada U.S. Attorney Sets His Sights on the Las Vegas Cannabis Cup (Reason)
  • What Will Australian Import Changes Mean for Local Cannabis Growers? (Leafly)
  • How Do We Measure the Statistical Significance of Legal Cannabis (Entrepreneur)
  • Growing cannabis outdoors in Alaska is challenging, but not impossible (Alaska Dispatch News)
  • Regulate cannabis potency to reduce psychosis risk, experts say (FOX News)
  • Medical cannabis company ready to expand in Maryland (WBAL)
  • The World's First 'Cannabis Gym' Is Opening in San Francisco (People)
  • Major effort needed to make cannabis use less harmful, say scientists (The Guardian)
  • Avoid These 5 Common Cannabis Growing Mistakes (Leafly)
  • Huge cannabis farm 'was staffed by trafficked Vietnamese teenagers' (The Guardian)
  • Alternative Fact: Marijuana Causes Violence (NORML)

LSD

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic mushrooms 'do in 30 seconds what antidepressants take four weeks to do' (Metro)
  • How psychedelics like psilocybin and LSD actually change the way people see the world (Yahoo! Finance)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Family release shocking picture of boy, 14, after his drink was spiked with MDMA (Metro)
  • Lawyers didn't tell judge girl, 15, had died from dodgy ecstasy pill during dealer's trial (Metro)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • Ayahuasca: The lawyer fighting for those who take the hallucinogenic drug for religious reasons (The Independent)
  • Ayahuasca: the global drug phenomenon that has spread from jungles to our cities (iNews)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • 'My whole jaw had turned to rubber': Martin Kemp on all-night drug bender at height of pop fame (Mirror)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

Dissociatives

  • The Dangers of Using the Club Drug Ketamine for Depression (TIME)
  • Ketamine as a First-Line Agent for Sedation of Agitated Patients? (NEJM Journal Watch)
  • Nude man high on PCP jumps from 2nd floor window, cops say (Lehigh Valley Live)
  • Walkersville man charged with PCP possession after Frederick officers respond to fight (Frederick News Post)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Psychedelics Could Play A Role In Tackling The Opioid Epidemic (The Huffington Post)
  • Deadly U.S. Heroin Overdoses Quadrupled in 5 Years (Scientific American)
  • Naloxone Won't Rescue Us From The Opioid Epidemic, But It's A Start (The Huffington Post)
  • President Trump Vowed to Solve the Opioid Crisis. He Needs to Fix This Problem First (TIME)
  • Lawmakers weigh option of co-prescribing naloxone with opiates (Deseret News)
  • Why James Comey's heroin strategy could just make the problem worse (The Washington Post)
  • Keeping Fentanyl Out of the US Will Take More Than a Wall (WIRED)
  • What does heroin do to the body? We ask an expert (Oberlin News Tribune)

Absinthe

Kambô

  • Breaking Down the Complex Relationship Between Migraines and Kambo (Psychedelic Times)
  • Kambo and the Natural Healing Arts: Interview with Kambo Practitioner Sebastian Hansen (Psychedelic Times)

Kratom

  • Here's Why Banning Kratom Is Bad For Scientific Research (TG Daily)
  • More Than 26000 Petition President Trump To Stop DEA's War On Coffee-Like Herb Kratom (PR Newswire)
  • Winchester Police Department warns public of kratom (WHAG)

Kava

  • Benefits and Dangers of Taking Kava (Test Country)
  • Supply of kava expected to run out as price & demand increases (Fiji One)
  • Trendy revival of a traditional drink (Bend Bulletin)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Ridiculous History: Ancient Armies Waged War With Hallucinogenic Honey (HowStuffWorks)
  • Tainted Drug Tests Sent Thousands to Jail – and They're Still There (ATTN:)
  • The Drunk at the Crossroad: The Spiritual Journey and Psychedelic Plant Medicine (Psychedelic Times)
  • The Accidental Shaman (Reality Sandwich)
  • The Great God Pan is Not Dead: Alfred North Whitehead and the Psychedelic Mode of Perception (Psychedelic Press UK)
  • Psychosis for Mental Health? (Mad In America)

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.