This Week in Psychedelics - 4.29.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • The DEA Made an Unexpectedly Bold Move on Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Marijuana is kosher for Passover, leading rabbi rules (The Independent)
  • Cannabis festival in D.C. will push pot legalization (The Washington Times)
  • Nobody Knows How High You Are Right Now—It's Really Hard to Measure (Wired)
  • Early Lessons From Marijuana Legalization in Colorado (Reason)
  • Cannabis CEOs Share The Trends That Spur Their Business (Forbes)
  • This Facebook Post About the Ohio Killings Nails a Major Problem with Marijuana Prohibition (ATTN:)
  • Boston cannabis convention draws thousands (WCVB)
  • Is Cannabis a Friend to the Flaccid or the Enemy of Erections? (Leafly)
  • Bernie Sanders Wants to Legalize Marijuana...and Maybe Ban Cigarettes? (Reason)
  • Study: Cannabis fights arthritis-related cartilage loss (Extract)
  • Maine Will Vote on Marijuana Legalization in November (TIME)
  • Support for medicinal cannabis growing among Grey Power groups and elderly (Stuff.co.nz)
  • Who Smokes Marijuana In America? (NORML)
  • America's Biggest Cannabis Busts (Merry Jane)
  • Here's the Most Beautiful Pot Paraphernalia You Ever Did See (Wired)
  • The Most Powerful People in the Marijuana Industry (Reason)
  • Practical Cannabis: On the Quest for a Legal, Recreational High in America (Reality Sandwich)
  • Cannabis Makes You Watch Cat Videos (According to Google Trends) (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Growers Think Scientists Want to Steal Their Shit (Merry Jane)
  • Why the IRS Taxes State-Licensed Marijuana Merchants on Nonexistent Profits (Reason)
  • Ban on THC-Infused Gummy Bears Advances in Colorado (Reason)
  • Heavy cannabis use could lead to earlier death, study suggests (International Business Times)

LSD

  • Scientists: Shrooms Help People; What About LSD? (Clapway)
  • B.C. scientists to auction off LSD images to raise money for PTSD study (The Province)
  • How Music Enhances Your LSD Experience and May Benefit Psychedelic Therapy (Psychedelic Times)
  • LSD destabilizes the brain's "sense of self" neural network (The Tartan)
  • Could LSD help treat patients with psychiatric disorders? (WWLP)
  • Man took LSD, severed penis and jumped out window (Sunday World)
  • LSD won't stop men from beating women (Politics.co.uk)
  • Alarming Increase Of LSD Users (The Reykjavík Grapevine)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • 'Magic mushrooms' study challenges stereotypes of psychedelic drug use (The Badger Herald)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • My Life As an Ecstasy Dealer On the 90s Club Circuit (VICE)
  • Tales of War and Hope from a MAPS Psychedelic Dinner: Raising Support to Treat PTSD with MDMA (Psychedelic Times)
  • New Research Explores the Use of MDMA Therapy to Treat End-of-Life Anxiety (Psychedelic Times)
  • Researchers throw fundraiser to buy 1 kilo of MDMA (CBC News)
  • Brit drug dealer jailed for six years after smuggling 35,000 ecstasy tablets into Ibiza (Daily Star)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • The Inauguration of the UDV Temple in Santa Fe: A Sweet Taste of Justice (The World Post)
  • Despite risks, Americans flock to Amazon for Ayahuasca ritual and spiritual awakening (Fox News Latino)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Protecting the Peyote for Future Generations: Building on a Legacy of Perservearance (Reality Sandwich)

Dissociatives

  • Off-Label Ketamine Prescribing: US Psychiatrists Troubled (Medscape)
  • Ketamine effective for treatment-resistant depression (Healio)
  • Man high on meth, PCP attacks customers with shard of glass (KIRO)
  • Telltale tint? Police seize heroin, PCP from Lexus stopped for heavily tinted window (Mass Live)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Prince had prescription drugs in his possession when he died, say law enforcement sources (The Guardian)
  • Study: Opioid Abuse Rates Lower In Medical Cannabis States (NORML)
  • Mexico explores regulating opium to fight drug violence (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
  • What is naloxone? (CNN)

Absinthe

  • 7 Things You Didn't Know About Absinthe (Afar)

Kratom

Khat

  • Kenya: Govt Offers Support for Miraa Farmers (AllAfrica.com)
  • Khat pickers with bad fingerprints in Mbeere South denied ID cards (The Star)
  • Police discover huge haul of khat - after dealer flags down patrol car for help (Manchester Evening News)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Here's the Info About Antidepressants the Pharmaceutical Industry Is Keeping From You (Disinfo)
  • Museum of Drug Policy Pops Up in New York For U.N. Special Session on "World Drug Problem" (Reason)
  • I Have a Rare Visual Disorder That's Like Being on Psychedelics All the Time (VICE)
  • The Philippine Election Frontrunner Says He Would Kill His Own Children If They Took Drugs (TIME)
  • UBC study finds psychedelic drugs may reduce domestic violence (EurekAlert!)
  • Victoria police officer can advocate for drug legalization, tribunal rules (The Globe and Mail)
  • Smoking Scorpions for a 'sting of pleasure' (Disinfo)
  • Terence McKenna: Octopus (Visual Language/VR-2) (The Daily Psychedelic Video)
  • Aldous Huxley's Hands - A Mind-Bending Trip into Psychedelic Science (Examiner)

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.