This Week in Psychedelics - 8.19.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Why We Should Demand That Congress Reschedule Marijuana (NORML)
  • 9th Circuit Says Feds May Not Prosecute State-Legal Medical Marijuana Suppliers (Reason)
  • Arizona Is the Fifth State Where Voters Will Decide Whether to Legalize Pot This Year (Reason)
  • Canada to allow medical patients to grow own cannabis (Fox News)
  • Medical cannabis in Israel to become more accessible (Haaretz)
  • Post-Traumatic Marijuana: Some Military Veterans Are Embracing the Drug as Scientists Scramble to Study it Effects (TIME)
  • Cannabis and Blue Dreams of Unity at the DNC Convention (The Weed Blog)
  • When Treating Bipolar Disorder with Cannabis, Research Suggests the Amount of CBD May Be Key (Psychedelic Times)
  • Poll: Two-Thirds Of Californians Support Legalizing Retail Sales Of Marijuana To Adults (NORML)
  • Is Cannabis Better for Chronic Pain Than Opioids? (Leafly)
  • The NHS are testing a cannabis product for the first time (The Independent)
  • Majority back decriminalisation of cannabis use, poll suggests (Radio New Zealand)
  • How an Ailing Artist Helped Unite Italians Around Cannabis (Leafly)
  • SF pot dispensary vibe: The country club of cannabis clubs (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Reasonable Doubt: the history of marijuana law in Canada (NOW Magazine)
  • Marijuana Advocates to DEA: Talk to the Hand (ATTN:)
  • Oregon's cannabis fair celebrates growing pot industry (KHOU)

LSD

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Psychedelic mushrooms growing alarmingly popular among middle schoolers (WTVM)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Why So Many People in the UK Are Dying from Ecstasy Overdoses (VICE)
  • Science Reveals Whether Sex Feels Best on MDMA, Alcohol or Weed (Maxim)
  • Why Do So Many Women Keep Dying At This Music Festival? (Broadly)
  • Mixmag Launches Campaign for Safe Ecstasy Usage (EDM Tunes)
  • Expert discusses MDMA research (Medical Xpress)
  • Brit holidaymaker in hospital after suspected overdose in Ibiza nightclub (The Sun)
  • Man jailed after supplying ecstasy to friend who died at Sterosonic festival (The Guardian)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • Ayahuasca Benefits And Risks: Hallucinogenic Drug May Enhance Meditation (Medical Daily)
  • Visions, purging and Peru: what happened when I went to an ayahuasca retreat (Yahoo! Lifestyle)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • CBP Reminds Public that Peyote is Prohibited Item (KRGV)

Iboga/Ibogaine

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • 'Zombie Drug' Paranoia Resurfaces After Teen's Terrifying Homicidal Outburst (Reason)
  • Proposed N-Bomb drug law change too harsh, contends Drug Foundation (Stuff.co.nz)

Dissociatives

  • Ketamine May Be The Next Great Hope In Treating Mental Illness (The Huffington Post)
  • Australia's largest trial of ketamine to treat depression begins (Scimex)
  • Could ketamine help heavy drinkers cut down on booze? (Dazed)
  • Apparently intoxicated, half-naked man blocks roadway; police suspect PCP (The Examiner)

Opiates/Opioids

  • FDA paves a path for OTC naloxone (Behavioral Health)
  • People Are Overdosing on 'Game of Thrones' Heroin (TIME)
  • A Life-Saving Overdose Drug Is Getting Harder to Afford (ATTN:)

Absinthe

  • This Isn't Your Grandfather's Absinthe (Munchies)

Kratom

Kava

  • Methodist church relaxes certain conditions of smoking and kava ban (Fijivillage)
  • Kava company reached out to the world (The Fiji Times)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Which Drugs Make Your Dick Shrink the Most and Why (VICE)
  • Philippine Leader Duterte Calls U.N. 'Very Stupid' For Criticizing His Drug War (TIME)
  • The global drug wars have failed, how can DU30's 'war' succeed? (The Manila Times)

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.