This Week in Psychedelics - 9.25.15

  Image by  Dahtamnay , courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Cannabis 'forest' discovered in south-west London (The Guardian)
  • Weekend Weirdness: Texas Cannabis Bust Nearly Foiled by...Bigfoot Hunters? (Leafly)
  • Campaigners calling for conversation on cannabis law (The Nelson Mail)
  • Donald Trump Trolls Jeb Bush for Smoking Marijuana as a Teen (Time)
  • How Marijuana Affects Anxiety (ATTN:)
  • Newly Risen From Yeast: THC (The New York Times)
  • Stung by costs, some of Minnesota's medical marijuana patients back to buying on streets (StarTribune)
  • Marijuana Legalization: Disaster or Catastrophe? (Reason)
  • How Marijuana Treats Alzheimer's Disease (ATTN:)
  • Are Underage Cannabis Consumers in Washington Now Felons? (Reason)
  • Snoop Dogg Has Launched a Marijuana-Lifestyle Media Platform Called Merry Jane (Time)
  • DOPE Cup, cannabis competition and consumption event coming to Portland in October (The Oregonian)
  • Men's Wearhouse Founder George Zimmer Voices Support for Weed Legalization (ATTN:)
  • Gellibrand addresses cannabis industry (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
  • Armed cops raid wrong house and accidentally discover indoor cannabis farm (Mirror)
  • Why More Potent Marijuana Isn't a Bad Thing (ATTN:)
  • Choose Cannabis for Wellness, Not Intoxication (Disinformation)
  • Reaction: Moratorium on cannabis clubs in Colorado Springs (KRDO)
  • The Cannabis Manifesto (The Huffington Post)
  • Woman who grew cannabis to help dying husband is spared jail (The Guardian)
  • The link between cannabis and Silicon Valley (The Appalachian Online)
  • That Arctic doomsday seed vault? There's backup copies of cannabis in there, too. Lots. (Boing Boing)
  • California Legislators Lag Behind Voters on Pot (Reason)
  • When a Cannabis Consumer Kills, Should Marijuana Take the Rap? (Reason)
  • Top Mass. Court: Cops Can't Stop a Car Just Because It Smells Like Pot (Reason)

LSD

  • Cloak and Dropper — The Twisted History of the CIA and LSD (Alternet)
  • Grace Jones says years of taking LSD gave her heightened 'insight and sensitivy' (The Independent)
  • I Got Locked Up for 21 Years for Selling LSD (Vice's Thump)
  • John Waters talks gay rights, LSD, and the importance of old movie theaters (LGBTQ Nation)
  • Susan Sarandon carried LSD guru Timothy Leary's ashes in a Burning Man ceremony (Observer)
  • Psychedelic Sunglasses Will Mimic an LSD Experience (PSFK)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • When Are You Going to Get Your Prescription MDMA? (Gizmodo)
  • Boulder study uses MDMA, therapy to treat PTSD sufferers (The Denver Post)
  • Family of Scots teenager who died in Ibiza slam claims her death was caused by ecstasy overdose (Daily Record)
  • Club Drug Presence Grows in Area (WCTV)
  • Teenager admitted to hospital after taking so-called 'Facebook' ecstasy pill (ITV News)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • Shaman Explains How Ayahuasca Can Facilitate A Spiritual Awakening (The Huffington Post)
  • Backpacker, 24, dies in Peru after drinking hallucinogenic liquid and 'purging himself in an ancient Amazon cleansing ceremony' (Daily Mail)
  • Kiwi traveller In Peru dies after Amazon drug ritual (The New Zealand Herald)

Peyote/Mescaline

  • A new peyote plant in Grand Theft Auto 5 turns you into Bigfoot (VG 24/7)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Death of Australian youth in China puts spotlight on new drug (Want China Times)
  • Candies Laced with Hallucinogenic Drug (WHSV)

Dissociatives

  • 5 Treatments to Help You Beat Depression When SSRIs Don't Work (Doctor Tipster)
  • VIDEO: Man says he didn't feed seagull chip laced with ketamine (Sunday World)

Opiates/Opioids

  • A hydra-headed scourge: How the Midwest is battling a drug epidemic (The Economist)
  • Drug Policy Alliance Applauds CVS/pharmacy for Being First Chain Pharmacy in California to Make Overdose Antidote Naloxone Available Without a Prescription (Drug Policy Alliance)
  • Lift ban on opium, says AAP rebel Gandhi (Times of India)
  • Big Pharma CEOs Were Just Called Out by Massachusetts' Gloucester Police (ATTN:)
  • Public Schools To Stock Drug Antidote Naloxone In Response To Heroin Epidemic (Tech Times)
  • Signs show Aspen-area heroin use on the rise (Aspen Times)
  • Virginia joins multi-state task force to combat heroin crisis (ABC News)
  • Heroin abuse: Open up the conversation (The Herald-News)
  • Life-Saving Anti-Opiate Drug Naloxone Now More Widely Available in California (Reason)
  • CVS/pharmacy expands naloxone access in 12 more states (American Pharmacists Association)

Absinthe

  • 5 spirits you need to know more about (GQ)
  • Flipping Birds cocktail is made with whole eggs and spritzed with absinthe (Toronto Star)

Kratom

  • The Latest Target of Regulation -- An Herbal Remedy That's Been Used Since Time Immemorial (The Huffington Post)
  • Online E-Cig Distributor Novelty Supply Now Carrying Kratom (Digital Journal)

Kava

Khat

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • 'Psychedelic Space' Turns Drug Chemistry into an Art Form (Vice's Motherboard)
  • 5 Illegal Drugs You'd Be Arrested For Using — While Doctors Are Prescribing Them As Cures (Mic)
  • Psychedelic Feminism Is Now Tax-Deductible (PR Web)
  • Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porshe to be auctioned (Stuff.co.nz)

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.