This Week in Psychedelics - 8.4.17

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Cannabis

  • Sen. Cory Booker just introduced a bill that could legalize marijuana nationwide (Vox)
  • Yet Another Study Finds That Cannabis Use Is Not Independently Linked With IQ Decline (NORML)
  • Study: Nearly Half Of People Who Use Cannabidiol Products Stop Taking Traditional Medicines (Forbes)
  • NORML Chapters Hope to Bring Marijuana Discussion To Congressional Town Hall Meetings (NORML)
  • Could a legal quirk bring cannabis tourism to Switzerland? (The Telegraph)
  • A Beginner's Guide to Mindful Cannabis Consumption (Leafly)
  • Colombia's Cannabis Scene Is Currently the Best in the World. Visit Before That Changes (Leafly)
  • 2028 LA Olympics to Be First Ever With Legal Cannabis (Leafly)
  • 80 Years Ago Today: President Signs First Federal Anti-Marijuana Law (NORML)
  • Missouri: Marijuana Medicalization Effort Reaches Signature Milestone (NORML)
  • 5 Best Practices for Using Cannabis Topicals (Leafly)
  • Marijuana Is the New Moneymaker for Wedding Planners (TIME)
  • Cannabis and Meditation: Best Practices for an Elevated Mind (Leafly)
  • What every cannabis investor should be paranoid about (MarketWatch)
  • How to Prepare for a Cannabis Tolerance Break (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Grower Buys California Town to Build Pot-Friendly Outpost (Bloomberg)
  • Washington's Top Cannabis Lab Hit with Suspension (Leafly)
  • Inside a Nerve-Rattling Trip to Pay Cannabis Taxes in Los Angeles (Leafly)
  • Which Types of Packing Are Best for Different Cannabis Products? (Leafly)
  • Chuck Rifici: The Problem-Solving Cannabis Financier (Leafly)

LSD

  • MTA officers punch man high on LSD repeatedly in the head (Daily Mail)
  • Spokane Valley Deputies searching for naked man 'high on LSD' accused of stabbing woman in the neck (KHQ)
  • LSD Overdose Blamed for Death of Music Festival Attendee (U.S. News & World Report)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • New scheme that allows festival-goers to test their drugs finds ecstasy pills containing CONCRETE (The Sun)
  • Legal MDMA Therapy Could Be Just a Few Years Away (VICE)
  • Drug Deaths In England And Wales Hit Record High As Heroin, Cocaine And MDMA Kill More Than Ever (The Huffington Post)
  • LSO issues warning about dangerous ecstasy pills seen in Lubbock (KCBD)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • 'I assumed I'd died': What it's like taking the hallucinogenic DMT (The Tab)
  • Hyderabad drug bust: Not LSD, Dutch national was smoking DMT (The New Indian Express)
  • I wanted ayahuasca to teach me how to love the world despite its violence, destruction, and greed (Psymposia)
  • Tour and cure: "The Last Shaman" (Santa Fe New Mexican)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Life After Death: Vilca and the Most Sacred Psychedelic Ritual in the World (High Existence)

Salvia Divinorum

  • Salvia on the rise in Lebanon, experts sound the alarm (The Daily Star)

Dissociatives

Opiates/Opioids

  • Opioid Addiction Report Uses Panic to Sell More Federal Spending (Reason)
  • Most People Who Misuse Opioids Don't Have a Prescription (TIME)
  • Drug-related deaths are at their highest level in 25 years – here's why (Medical Xpress)
  • Donald Trump Called New Hampshire a 'Drug-Infested Den' in Call With Mexican President (TIME)
  • Opium poppy head thefts spike in Tasmania, worrying industry and police (ABC)
  • Police give naloxone to dog that got into owner's oxycodone (PoliceOne)
  • U.S. Revives Anti-Heroin Efforts in Afghanistan: Opium Seizures, Eradication Up (Breitbart)
  • Naloxone recommended for friends and family to prevent opioid overdose (NBC Right Now)
  • 6 Facts About Naloxone, the Drug That Reverses Overdoses (Health.com)
  • Homeless and on Heroin, but Turned Away From Treatment (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Police Are Spreading a Dangerous Rumor About 'Narcan Parties' (ATTN:)
  • How Profits From Opium Shaped 19th-Century Boston (WBUR)
  • Opium threat from China: A new danger to India (The New Indian Express)
  • Britain faces an 'apocalyptic' future if it does not tackle horror drug fentanyl that is FIFTY times stronger than heroin and has killed 60 people (The Sun)
  • Inside the deadly 'badlands' heroin market on disused Philadelphia train tracks where junkies inject on mountains of used needles and where 900 died last year (The Sun)

Kratom

Kava

  • Commission Approves Work On A Regional Standard For Kava (The Fiji Sun)
  • Drink-driving kava study results hazy for Waikato University (Stuff.co.nz)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • The D.A.R.E. Jeff Sessions Wants Is Better Than The D.A.R.E. You Remember (TIME)
  • Should Physicians Decide Who Gets to Use Psychedelics? (Reason)
  • Why Oregon Is Right to Decriminalize Cocaine, Meth and Heroin (Psychedelic Times)
  • UK festival offers to test partygoers' drugs for safe use (RT)
  • How on-site drug testing at festivals can help save lives (FACT)
  • Baltimore Drops Dozens of Criminal Cases over Allegations of Planted Drugs (Reason)
  • Meditating on Psychedelics: What Camp Are You In? (Medium: Buddhist Geeks)
  • We already know how to stop people dying from drugs – but the Government refuses to do it (The Independent)
  • Another Philippine Mayor Accused of Drug Ties Has Been Killed in a Police Raid (TIME)
  • Neuropsychopharmacologist David Nutt on Alcohol, LSD, and Getting Sacked for His Findings (Reason)
  • Modern psychedelic science is reviving lost research and finding new cures (The Plaid Zebra)
  • The Benefits of Going to Rehab Abroad (Ocean Recovery Centre)
  • A Victory Over Some Illegal "Drug Courier Profile" Traffic Stops in Illinois (NORML)
  • NYPD Is Getting Dragged Over This 'Drug Bust' (ATTN:)
  • An American History: On Drinking, Driving, and the Law (Disinfo)
  • I had my first psychedelic experiences as a teenager. Now I'm a physician. (Psymposia)
  • When lab tests fail to detect drug use (The Hindu)
  • Drug racket appears to have Moscow connection (NYOOOZ)
  • Doctors Caution Festival Goers About Drug Overdose (Middle East North Africa Financial Network)

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.