This Week in Psychedelics - 7.3.15

  Image by  Dahtamnay , courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Obama Administration Lifts Restrictions On Cannabis Research (Reset.me)
  • Astonishing smokable blunt sculptures (Boing Boing)
  • Marijuana: The Super Antibiotic Of The Future (Reset.me)
  • Inside America's Billion-Dollar Weed Business: The Grass Is Greener (VICE)
  • Cannabis Church leader 'horrified' by link to mass murder-suicide (Indystar)
  • Mother who gave disabled daughter cannabis oil to stop seizures 'treated like a criminal' (Mirror.co.uk)
  • Cannabis farmer grew £20k of the drug to mix into butter and make pain-killing omelettes (Mirror.co.uk)
  • Marijuana Legalization 2015: Leaf's Cannabis Grow System Aims To Turn Home Grows Into A Smartphone Accessory (International Business Times)
  • Minnesota medical cannabis dispensaries ready to open Wednesday (Bring Me The News)
  • Cannabis college hosts D.C. marijuana seminar (Washington's Top News)
  • Eight arrested over Albania's 'cannabis kingdom shootout' (Yahoo! News)
  • Unimpaired motorcyclist charged over cannabis trace after near-fatal crash (Canberra Times)
  • Getting high in senior year: Researchers examine whether reasons for smoking pot are associated (Science Daily)
  • Self-Described 'Cannabis College' Sprouts Offshoots as More States Legalize Marijuana (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
  • If they're bored, teen pot smokers may try other drugs (Futurity)
  • Church of Cannabis Prepares for First Service in Indiana (U.S. News)
  • Why a Teen's Reasons for Using Marijuana Matter (Live Science)
  • Smoking cannabis isn't a gateway to trying harder drugs like cocaine... UNLESS you're a bored teenager, study finds (Daily Mail)
  • Congregants, protestors gather for 1st service at Indiana's First Church of Cannabis (Fox News)
  • Cannabis Day protest turns violent, leads to 4 arrests (CTV Vancouver News)
  • Cops Arrest Veteran for Growing Pot to Treat PTSD. Then CPS Makes Life Hell (Reason)
  • A Cannabis Church Tests Indiana's Religious-Freedom Law (TIME)

LSD

  • What is lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)? Effects and hazards of LSD (Medical News Today)
  • Scientists Are Finally Studying LSD Again (Timewheel)
  • Police in Vail Arrest 8, Seize Cocaine, Ecstasy, LSD, Heroion, Guns & Cash (CBS Denver)
  • Asheville woman charged with selling LSD from Subaru (Citizen-Times)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Psilocybin Helps Terminal Cancer Patients Find New Ways Of Coping (Reset.me)
  • Israel Police find 'magic mushroom' lab in chemistry teacher's house (Haaretz)

MDMA

  • Woman Charged With Robbery After Drug Sting Goes Band In Centralia (The Chronicle)
  • Ecstasy pills, PCP, guns seized during MCSENT arrests (WTVM)
  • Sheriff: City man arrested with 23 MDMA pills on Presidential Boulevard (Paterson Times)
  • Ecstasy for PTSD? Study concludes drug might help (Ocala StarBanner)
  • Cash-strapped father jailed for role in ecstasy trafficking between Adelaide and Perth (ABC.net.au)
  • Valencia Man Arrested After Deputies Find More Than Three Gallons Of Ecstasy (KHTS)
  • Popping at a music festival this summer? Keep in mind most ecstasy is far from pure MDMA (The Georgia Straight)

Ayahuasca/DMT

Iboga

Peyote/Mescaline

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Police seize synthetic drugs in Shamokin sting (Newsitem.com)
  • Army National Guard member, wife indicted in federal drug conspiracy officials say included sales to military members (Sun Herald)
  • New 'legal high' drugs are being discovered (Business Insider)

Dissociatives

  • Rethinking Depression Treatment At VistaGen Therapeutics (Seeking Alpha)
  • How ketamine is revolutionizing the way we treat depression (Fox News)
  • UAB scientists developing blood tests, ketamine treatment for suicidal thoughts (AL.com)
  • Could a Dose of Ketamine Prevent Psychiatric Disorders Such as PTSD? (Health Canal)

Opiates

  • Opium poppies as far as the eye can see - in BRITAIN, not Afghanistan (Mirror.co.uk)
  • Opium Now Bigger Cash Crop than Marijuana in Mexico (Breitbart)
  • It's a relaxing scene... A bumper crop of opium poppies set to become medical morphine being grown in DORSET (Daily Mail)
  • Tamper-resistant opioids will not solve opioid addiction problem, study suggests (Science Daily)
  • Quincy police arrest 4, seize $150,000 in heroin (The Boston Globe)
  • Record Afghan opium output sparks rise in cheaper heroin supply (New Vision)
  • U.N. drug body warns of more heroin deaths on record Afghan supply (Reuters)
  • Portland Police discover 3 kilos of heroin (KOIN)
  • Rise in drug deaths due to opium output (iOL News)
  • Heroin investigation targeting College Park leads to seizure of 700 doses, $60K in cash (Orlando Sentinel)
  • Duo arrested with dozens of balloons filled with heroin (Fox 23)
  • Police dismantle heroin delivery service in Quincy, Braintree (WCVB 5)
  • Long prison terms for armed New York heroin traffickers (The Washington Times)
  • M6 drug raids: Seven charged after £8.5m in heroin recovery (BBC)
  • Report: Wesley Hadsell says stepdaughter did not have heroin problem (Pilot Online)
  • Western Isles opium castle given £4m Lottery boost (The Scotsman)
  • Myanmar promotes success in opium poppy substitution (Myanmar Times)
  • Merrimack holds community meeting to discuss growing heroin epidemic (WMUR 9 ABC)
  • Northern York County was hub for heroin dealers, police say (YDR.com)
  • Afghanistan increases opium production (WBFO)
  • Afghan army general arrested for trafficking heroin: officials (Tribune)
  • Opium in Afghanistan: A New High (The Economist)

General Psychedelics

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.