This Week in Psychedelics - 9.15.17

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • California bans using drones, self-driving cars from delivering weed (The Daily Dot)
  • Congress Passes Three Month Budget Continuation – Marijuana Protections Included (NORML)
  • Ontario Shocker: Province to Restrict Legal Cannabis Sales to 150 Government-Run Stores and One Website (Leafly)
  • International drug treaties need an urgent revamp as more countries legalize cannabis (ZME Science)
  • Patients to get easier access to medicinal cannabis under Greens bill (The Guardian)
  • Blockchain Company Aims to Transform Australia's Medical Cannabis Sector (Leafly)
  • Senator Orrin Hatch introduces medical marijuana research bill (Boing Boing)
  • Hawaii Says It's 1st State to Go Cashless for Cannabis Sales (Leafly)
  • Canadian Cops Claim They Won't Be Ready for Marijuana Legalization by 2018 (Reason)
  • Cannabis Consumption Has Increased, but Not Because of Legalization (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Lounges Looking More Likely in Las Vegas (Leafly)
  • Charities Just Say No To Cannabis Contributions (Forbes)
  • Annual High Times' Cannabis Cup attracts thousands to Clio (Michigan Live)
  • California County Calls for State Aid to Combat Cannabis Farms (Leafly)
  • Want to Get Into California's Legal Pot Market? Expect a Regulatory Morass (Reason)
  • Cannabis advertising takes to the skies (Los Angeles Times)
  • Meet Dr. Dina: Pot Doc to the Stars and 'Cannabis Consultant' on 'Disjointed' (Variety)
  • Last Week in Cannabis — IRS Abuse, Weed Banks, And Putting Pot Up Your Butt (Psychedelic Times)
  • 'Get the Criminal Elements Out of the Sale of Marijuana': The Week in Cannabis Quotes (Leafly)
  • Woman, 49, given just months to live claims cannabis oil CURED her brain tumour after chemotherapy failed (Daily Mail)
  • City told to say no to cannabis (Taft Midway Driller)

LSD

  • Peter Sarsgaard Tackles LSD, CIA Mind-Control and Political Dissent in 'Wormwood' (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • Want to, Like, Really Connect With Nature? Try Some LSD (Lifehacker)
  • Incredible rare footage shows US soldiers being dosed with LSD in government-sponsored experiments that sparked "chaos" (Mirror)
  • Before LSD, I was a militant anti-theist (Psymposia)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic mushrooms take a trip into clinical trials (Financial Times)
  • Two parents' fight to set up the largest ever magic mushroom trial for depression is nearly over (International Business Times)
  • The first time I ate mushrooms a Papua New Guinea shaman showed up (Psymposia)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • FDA Gives Okay For PTSD Sufferers To Start Ecstasy Trials (Inquisitr)
  • MDMA and ecstasy deaths on rise in the south east (Get Surrey)
  • Teen hospitalised after taking 'Blue Transformer' ecstasy pill - which he swapped for two cigarettes (Liverpool Echo)
  • Person from Epsom among nine in South East to die from taking MDMA last year (Surrey Mirror)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • DMT is the Most Unbelievable Psychedelic Drug Known to Man (High Existence)

Salvia Divinorum

  • Scientists Want to Synthesize Salvia's Hallucinogenic Molecule for a Surprising Reason (Gizmodo)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Unintentional drug use continues among molly users in EDM party scene (EurekAlert!)

Dissociatives

  • Is Cough Syrup Hallucinogenic? Medicine Influenced Man to Kill Wife, Toxicologist Says (International Business Times)
  • Intravenous Ketamine Quells Pain in Lyme Disease When Opiates and Other Drugs Fail (ProHealth)
  • Mood Effects of Ketamine Linked to Circadian Timekeeping (MD Magazine)
  • A notorious party drug from the '60s is quietly becoming a treatment for depression in India (Scroll.in)
  • 'A lot of questions about ketamine' - keeping people drug-safe at Electric Picnic's welfare tent (The Journal)
  • D.C. Man Gets 7-Year Prison Sentence For Conspiracy To Distribute PCP (Morningside Maryland)
  • Report: Man Who Died in Struggle With Deputies Had Taken PCP (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Driver Had PCP, Weed & Booze In Her System At Time Of Fatal Crash: Charges (DNAInfo)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Synthetic salvia may be an opiate alternative without the addiction (SlashGear)
  • 2 scientists are locked in a race to develop a groundbreaking vaccine for heroin, but it might not be a 'magic bullet' (Business Insider)
  • U.S. Heroin Deaths Have Increased 533% Since 2002 (Forbes)
  • Virginia Department of Health handing out Naloxone for free (WDBJ)
  • Is U.S. in Afghanistan because of opium poppies?: Letter to the Editor (Cleveland.com)
  • 7 things to know about heroin (Cincinnati.com)

Kratom

Kava

Khat

  • The surprising place where cash is going extinct (BBC)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • The First Graduating Class of the CIIS Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research (Psychedelic Times)
  • The therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs (The Washington Post)
  • Experts Are Hoping to Bring Medical Psychedelics in the Mainstream (ATTN:)
  • 10 Reasons to End the War on Drugs and the War on Sex Workers (Psymposia)
  • I Spent a Month Testing Comedown Cures (VICE)
  • Psychedelic cluster busting headache medication saves me. And it's completely illegal (Psymposia)
  • Dutch YouTubers Get High In The Name Of Science – And Clicks (Worldcrunch)
  • Can Illegal Drugs Save Lives? Stunning Studies Point Toward Endless Possibilities (The Cheat Sheet)
  • Looking back on Silicon Valley in 2016: Unicorns, Psychedelic Drugs, and Disruption (Disinfo)

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.