This Week in Psychoactives - 10.4.19



  • Tests show bootleg marijuana vapes tainted with hydrogen cyanide (NBC News)

  • Vaping-Related Illness Could be Caused by Toxic Fumes, Study Finds (MERRY JANE)

  • Vaping-Related Death Toll Rises to 18 as Health Officials Sound the Alarm on E-Cigarette Use (TIME)

  • The first cannabis cafe in the U.S. opens in Los Angeles (CBS News)

  • Welfare Recipients in Missouri Now Have Access to Medical Marijuana (MERRY JANE)

  • CDC Says for First Time That THC Could Be Behind Vaping Deaths and Illnesses (TIME)

  • FBI: Marijuana Arrests Rise For Third Straight Year, Outpace Arrests For All Violent Crimes (NORML)

  • Cannabis Terpenes Could Be Adding to Ozone Pollution, Colorado Researchers Say (MERRY JANE)

  • Bill To Legalize Marijuana Through State-Run Model Introduced In Pennsylvania (Marijuana Moment)

  • Thailand Becomes First Asian Nation to Develop Its Own Weed Strain (MERRY JANE)

  • Congressional Bill Would Protect Students From Losing Financial Aid Over Drug Convictions (Marijuana Moment)

  • A Majority of Virginia Residents Support Legalizing Marijuana, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Most Californians want marijuana stores in their communities, new poll shows (Los Angeles Times)

Magic Mushrooms

  • Scientists Engineered a Bacterium That Poops Out Huge Amounts of Psilocybin (ScienceAlert)

  • Activists Take First Step To Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms In California (Marijuana Moment)

  • Usona Institute Beginning Phase 2 Clinical Trials Using Psilocybin to Treat Major Depressive Disorder (Psychedelic Science Review)


  • How to use recreational MDMA safely, straight from a psychotherapist (Your EDM)

  • Australia could be the first country to legalise ecstasy – are we going too far? (The Guardian)

  • Highlights in MDMA’s History: An Infographic Timeline (Psychedelic Times)

  • Drug dealer weeps as he's jailed for selling ecstasy that killed schoolgirl, 14 (Mirror)

  • Toddler suffers seizures after swallowing some of her father's ecstasy supply (The Irish Times)


  • Rick Strassman on DMT and the Mystical State (DoubleBlind)

  • DMT Studies Shine Light on Near Death Experiences and the Illusory Nature of Reality (Psychedelic Times)


  • Hallucinogenic tea ayahuasca is illegal, Dutch supreme court rules (

  • Why Veterans Need Ayahuasca Integration and Access to Plant Medicines: Interview with Wyly Gray (Psychedelic Times)


  • The hottest new psychedelic drug among trendy New Yorkers is illegal toad venom (New York Post)


  • So, What Is Peyote and What Are the Effects of This Drug? (MERRY JANE)

Nitrous Oxide

  • Shocking scene as Nitrous Oxide cannisters litter car park after teens suspected of binging on 'laughing gas' (Grimsby Telegraph)


  • Fort Bend County deputies warn of teen drug trend called 'Robo Tripping' (Chron)


  • Colleges got millions from opioid maker owners (AP News)

  • Virginia Doctor Faces Life in Prison for Prescribing Thousands of Opioid Doses (TIME)

  • Opioid Settlement Encourages Sale of More Opioids, Critics Say (Bloomberg)

  • Breaking the Stigma: FDA wants naloxone available over-the-counter (The Evening Sun)

  • All You Need To Know About Heroin Track Marks (The World Beast)


  • Taking cocaine and alcohol together produces ‘deadly combination’, doctors warn (The Independent)


  • Plant-Based Meth Is the Next Frontier of Afghanistan's Drug Trade (VICE)


  • Washington joins other states in flavored vaping ban (AP News)

  • Altria launches Iqos tobacco device in US, and the timing couldn't be better (CNBC)

  • Minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Ohio increases to 21 this month (Cleveland 19 News)

  • 'As difficult as possible’: You now must be 21 to buy cigarettes, vapes and other tobacco products in Maryland (The Baltimore Sun)

  • Denver bans tobacco sales to those under 21, requires sales license (The Denver Post)

  • Los Angeles County bans flavored tobacco products (The State)


  • Russian alcohol consumption down 40% since 2003 – WHO (The Guardian)

  • Exploring the links between alcohol consumption and dementia risk (

  • Fathers-to-be should avoid alcohol six months before conception (Medical Xpress)

  • Alcohol Must Be Part of the Harm Reduction Conversation (Filter)


  • Recent deaths reignite debate over regulating kratom (Fox News)

  • Point Pleasant Beach Council Pulls 'Kratom' Ban (

  • Kratom Legality In Rhode Island And The Whole Story (Kratom Guides)

  • WTF Is Kratom and What Are the Effects of This Drug? (MERRY JANE)


  • Kava: Everything you need to know (New Idea)


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