This Week in Psychedelics - 3.4.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Weediquette Takes Viewers Inside the World of Marijuana (Reason)
  • Colorado Hospital Allows First CBD Treatment For Epileptic Infant (Reset.me)
  • What stock photos say about marijuana users (420 Intel)
  • Here's What We Know About Cannabis And Cancer (Reset.me)
  • Cannabis has given my son a gift (Des Moines Register)
  • Vermont Senate Approves Legal Pot as Governor Cheers (Reason)
  • Controlled Medical Marijuana Cultivation Legalized In Australia (Reset.me)
  • Can cannabis gelato change Italy's attitude to weed? (CNN)
  • Denver NORML Files Marijuana Social Use Initiative For 2016 City Ballot (NORML)
  • Banned by Facebook, Cannabis Companies Turn to Pot-Friendly Social Media (Fortune)
  • New Zealand urged to grow cannabis for medicinal purposes (Stuff.co.nz)
  • Has DARE Gone Soft on Marijuana? (Reason)
  • Setting Up a Mindful Marijuana Meditation Practice at Home with Joe Mattia (Psychedelic Times)
  • 'Just Add Weed': How Brand Licensing Allows Cannabis Companies to Expand Across State Lines (Leafly)
  • How One Millennial Started The 'Facebook Of Cannabis' And Got Invited To Richard Branson's Island (Forbes)
  • Cannabis Entrepreneur Turns Dixie Cups And Duct Tape Into Successful Pot Plant-Shipping Business (Forbes)
  • Medical Cannabis measure for Pennsylvania may be on cusp (Reading Eagle)
  • NSW Government claim cannabis stays in system for up to 12 hours questioned by magistrate (ABC)
  • Cannabis use affects processing of emotions (Medical News Today)
  • Smoking marijuana makes me a better mum' Woman reads cannabis book to toddler (Express)
  • Cannabis use linked to worse treatment outcomes for psychosis patients (Medical News Today)
  • Takaka woman's use of cannabis to treat MS 'topical' (Stuff.co.nz)
  • Meet Your Mate in This Stoner Party Bus (Reason)
  • Poll: Florida Voters Back Constitutional Amendment To Permit Medical Cannabis (NORML)
  • Cannabis Use Can Elicit 'Autistic-Like' Behavior (Broadly)
  • Former Gresham bank is nowheadquarters [sic] of Cannabis Nation (Portland Tribune)
  • The Cannabis Taxonomy Debate: Where Do Indica and Sativa Classifications Come From? (Leafly)
  • Editorial: Cannabis issue demands comprehensive approach (Des Moines Register)

LSD

  • Can very small doses of LSD make you a better worker? I decided to try it. (Vox)
  • That time Trey Parker and Matt Stone took acid and went to the Oscars in drag (Death and Taxes)
  • The price of MK-Ultra (Beaufort Observer)
  • Man who stabbed another at Nimbin hostel 'was on LSD' (Echo NetDaily)
  • New charges filed in woman's death on I-39 (Pentagraph)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Can Drug Trips Be Religious? Rabbis Take 'Shrooms for Science (Live Science)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Ecstasy used to treat PTSD: MDMA could be legal before you think (7NEWS Denver)
  • A Nonprofit Is Raising $400,000 for a Kilo of MDMA by Hosting "Psychedelic Dinner" Parties (Thump)
  • Patients Legally Take Ecstasy While Receiving Therapy In Marin County (CBS)
  • Fake electrician attempted to stash pills in electrical box ahead of music festival (The Daily Telegraph)
  • California police find puzzle box filled with ecstasy pills (KTTN)
  • Police officer caught taking MDMA at nightclub is dismissed (ITV)
  • Spring Break Safety: Activities can Bring Danger, Increased Risk (Vinton Today)
  • Alleged Athens ecstasy trafficker fighting forfeiture of $180K seized from home and bank (Athens Banner-Herald)
  • 'Totem OneLove' dance party organisers endorse pill testing at their 'Stereosonic' events - where two people have died after taking lethal doses of ecstasy (Daily Mail)
  • Dumbarton teenager found dead after reportedly taking ecstasy (Daily Record and Sunday Mail)
  • Thousands of Ecstasy pills seized near UCR campus (Inland News Today)
  • Ecstasy overdose caused death of UCLA student who went to rave at county fairgrounds (Los Angeles Times)
  • Hume drug lab: Man caught making MDMA in custody after guilty plea (ABC)
  • 2 charged after police seize 800 ecstasy pills during stop (Boston Herald)
  • Worthing death crash driver had taken MDMA (Shoreham Herald)
  • Naperville-area man accused of dealing ecstasy (Chicago Tribune)
  • Man arrested on drug charges after picking up package from post office (Chicago Tribune)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • Can DMT Prolong Your Life After Clinical Death? (Collective Evolution)
  • What Is the Difference between 5-MeO DMT and DMT? Choosing a DMT Therapy (Psychedelic Times)
  • The Therapeutic Potentials of Ayahuasca: Possible Effects against Various Diseases of Civilization (Frontiers)
  • What's an Ayahuasca Experience Like? 12 Days of Healing at the Temple of the Way of Light (Psychedelic Times)
  • Open a Portal into Consciousness with Psychedelic Sculptures (The Creators Project)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

Iboga/Ibogaine

  • Iboga And Kratom Help Fight Overdose And Addiction – So Shouldn't They Be Legal? (Reset.me)
  • Why is the U.S. Disregarding Plants Like Iboga and Kratom in the Fight Against Overdose and Addiction? (AlterNet)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • New Jersey police captain killed in car crash had 'double the legal level of alcohol, bath salts and prescription drugs in his system' (Daily Mail)
  • Minnesota man gets 9 years for selling synthetic LSD (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Dissociatives

  • Ketamine could be used to sedate aggressive hospital patients (Metro)
  • Is The High Cost Of Legal Ketamine Treatment Driving People To Black Markets? (Vocativ)
  • Potential Risks of Poorly Managed Ketamine Use in Depression Treatment (The American Journal of Psychiatry)
  • Controversial drug offers hope to patients with chronic pain, PTSD (KSAT)
  • PCP-addled woman bites off beau's tongue during make out session, briefly eludes police when victim can't spit out her name (New York Daily News)
  • Depressed? Your doctor might soon prescribe ketamine (The Guardian)
  • Not just a party drug: no ketamine means no surgery in some developing countries (The Guardian)
  • 'Major' Hartford Supplier Found With Liter Of Liquid PCP, Police Say (Hartford Courant)
  • CRPS Physician Says Take Control of Your Treatment (National Pain Report)
  • Man sentenced to prison in drug case (The News-Gazette)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Virtual Reality 'Heroin Cave' Could Help Smack Addicts Kick Habit (NBC)
  • Boston's Heroin Users Will Soon Get A Safer Place To Be High (NPR)
  • Can Naloxone work for potent W-18? (Hanna Herald)
  • More than 30 pounds of opium found in luggage at O'Hare (WLS-TV)
  • Police destroy opium, but only during the harvest (The Kathmandu Post)
  • The surprising path from student athlete to heroin addict (CBS News)
  • Two US employees killed in Pakistan drug-busting operation (The Guardian)
  • Grassroots activists in Myanmar on march to destroy poppies (Walla Walla Union-Bulletin)
  • Schemer's Office Speaks on Naloxone Bill (WICZ)
  • From painkillers to heroin, progression of opioid abuse follows deadly track (Omaha World-Herald)

Kratom

Kava

  • Kava and the Rise of Healthy New York (The New Yorker)
  • Driving following Kava Use and Road Traffic Injuries: A Population-Based Case-Control Study in Fiji (TRIP 14) (PLOS ONE)
  • Tea and Sympathy: SquareRüt spreads the gospel of kava (The Austin Chronicle)

Khat

  • Woman bust at airport with 17kg of Khat (IOL)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Drug Warriors Will Pay $3.6 Million for Maiming a Toddler (Reason)
  • Parents hire K9 teams to search teens' rooms (Courier-Journal)
  • Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Wants to Be Extradited to the U.S., Says Lawyer (TIME)
  • Why the war on drugs is unwinnable (Boing Boing)
  • Latest from the V&A: Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll to recreate the Swinging Sixties - complete with psychedelic hallucinations (Daily Mail)
  • Meet The Erotic Artist Bringing Psychedelic Sex To Instagram (The Huffington Post)
  • How to Run a Drug Cartel (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 (and other psychoactives) are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.