This Week in Psychedelics - 7.7.17

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • You Can Now Buy Recreational Marijuana Legally in Nevada (TIME)
  • Study: Cannabinoids Reduce Migraine Frequency (NORML)
  • Legalised cannabis: How free access could impact vulnerable Kiwis (Stuff.co.nz)
  • Study: Crimes Spike Following Closing of Dispensaries (NORML)
  • Nevada Cannabis Sales Exceed Stores' Expectations (Leafly)
  • 6 Things to Watch as the Countdown to Legal Canadian Cannabis Commences (Leafly)
  • Residents Demand Diversity in Cannabis Industry at LA Town Hall (Leafly)
  • How to Spot the Differences Between These Three Types of Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • New Guidelines for Decreasing Health Risks of Cannabis Use (Good Therapy)
  • Two New Virginia Laws Foreshadow Larger Cannabis Policy Changes (NORML)
  • Some psychiatrists think cannabis can be considered a psychedelic drug like shrooms – here's why (Business Insider)
  • The history of cannabis: 8 things you didn't know (Stuff.co.nz)
  • Florida: Lawsuit Filed Challenging Medical Cannabis Smoking Ban (NORML)
  • Cannabis regulations contribute to thriving market in Washington (Puget Sound Business Journal)
  • In Seattle US old-timers rediscover the high life on cannabis tours (The Guardian)
  • Cannabis vs. marijuana: WHAT IT MEANS TO THE INDUSTRY (Northern Nevada Business Weekly)
  • 7 Must-Try Cannabis Topicals for Those Scorching Summer Days (Leafly)

LSD

  • In Hyderabad, Dealers Working At Top Companies Deal LSD To Students As Young As Thirteen (India Times)
  • Police patrol Welsh village after story of huge LSD stash buried since the 70s (Metro)
  • Meet Dock Ellis: the baseball star who pitched best on LSD (The National Student)
  • Is LSD the new coffee? (Factor Daily)
  • Operation Julie: The house that was once an LSD factory (BBC)
  • Salem man ingests LSD before jumping to his death at downtown Milwaukee apartment building (Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • World's first trials of MDMA to treat alcohol addiction set to begin (The Guardian)
  • New warning issued for "stronger than average" ecstasy pills (Mixmag)
  • Student (22) dies after taking MDMA on 'final fling' night out (Independent)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • Is Ayahuasca Tourism Doing More Harm Than Good? (The Third Wave)
  • The brain on DMT: mapping the psychedelic drug's effects (Wired)
  • Ex-MMA fighter seeks religious exemption to use hallucinogen in N.S. ceremonies (Local Xpress)
  • 'Master of natural healing' who raped tourist after giving her Rohypnol-laced drink gets 12 years (South China Morning Post)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Potentially lethal form of spice being mistaken for MDMA, police say (The Guardian)

Dissociatives

  • Could Ketamine Cure Addiction? (VICE)
  • Ketamine Clinics Show Promise For Treatment-Resistant Depression (Inquisitr)
  • Waterbury Man On PCP Crashes Car In North Haven, Injuring Two (Hartford Courant)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Did Pop Culture Help Cause the Opioid Epidemic? (ATTN:)
  • As the Drug That Reverses Opioid Overdoses Gets More Expensive, Can Cities Afford It? (Governing)
  • The Heroin Crisis in Trump's Backyard (Politico)
  • These Counties Have the Most Opioid Prescriptions in the U.S. (TIME)

Kratom

  • Kratom: Antidote or adversary in Canada's opioid crisis? (CBC News)
  • American Kratom Association Announces New Chairman (Inquisitr)
  • Kratom Gaining Popularity As Opioid Alternative In Southern Arizona (KJZZ)
  • The Kratom Controversy: What should be done about it? (WALB)

Kava

  • Kava Root Extract Market Driven by Increasing Demand in Cosmetic & Pharmaceutical Industry (Digital Journal)
  • Kava bar banned over designer-drug rule in Lighthouse Point (Sun Sentinel)
  • Green kava ban warning (The Fiji Times)

Khat

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Watch This Nepalese Man Harvest Hallucinogenic Honey Hundreds of Feet Off the Ground (The Inertia)
  • Psychedelics Could Help Asia's Mental Health Care, But Stigma Remains Roadblock (The Fix)
  • Rethinking Substance Use: 5 Truths that Will Blow Your Mind (Psychedelic Times)
  • What Ritalin Does To Kids' Brains (ATTN:)
  • Test kits can help prevent drug use tragedies (The Register-Guard)
  • What Trump's Plan To Stop Illegal Drugs Misses (ATTN:)
  • Exploring the Formless Edge: A Conversation with Random Rab (Psychedelic Times)
  • The Summer of Love was more than hippies and LSD – it was the start of modern individualism (The Conversation)
  • Dogs Are Testing Positive for Cocaine in Florida. Here's Why. (ATTN:)
  • My grandfather was a death row doctor. He tested psychedelic drugs on Texas inmates. (The Texas Tribune)
  • Cannabist Show: He's psychedelic comedian Shane Mauss (The Cannabist)

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.