Misc. news stories

Psychedelics have ‘extraordinarily potent’ anti-inflammatory power. Is there a place for them in mainstream medicine?
17th January 2020 geneticliteracyproject.org | Humans, Misc.

Research on psychedelics, which have been profoundly stigmatized, highly restricted, and tragically undeveloped for more than half a century, is stirring back to life….

Johns Hopkins Scientists Give Psychedelics the Serious Treatment
17th January 2020 | scientificamerican.com | Humans, Misc.

The first research center of its kind in the country is bringing renewed rigor to the investigation of the drugs’ therapeutic uses.

Activists Take Steps To Decriminalize Psychedelics In Washington, D.C.
15th January 2020 | marijuanamoment.net | Humans, Misc.

Psychedelics decriminalization could be coming to the nation’s capital, where advocates recently submitted a ballot initiative to make entheogenic substances among the city’s lowest law enforcement priorities.

‘I wake up and I’m a baby’: an NFL star’s journey into ayahuasca
15th January 2020 | theguardian.com | Humans, Misc.

It was a few hours into his first ayahuasca treatment that Kerry Rhodes vomited a foetus into a bucket and found truth.

Congress Will Debate Two Bills To Legalize Marijuana At Hearing With DEA Witness Next Week
12th January 2020 | marijuanamoment.net | Humans, Misc.

A congressional committee will debate two bills to federally legalize marijuana and several other pieces of cannabis research legislation next week.

Andrew Cuomo promises to legalize cannabis in New York. It could be ‘gigantic
11th January 2020 edition.cnn.com | Humans, Misc.

New York wasn’t able to legalize cannabis last year, but Governor Cuomo vows it’ll happen this time around. Cuomo on Wednesday highlighted adult-use cannabis legalization as one of his 2020 priorities.

Frogs, brain noodles and a lot of vomit – I took ayahuasca and finally found inner peace
10th January 2020 metro.co.uk | Humans, Misc.

Despite a terrifying trip involving ghosts, broccoli, and frogs, I’m so glad I did it. I’ve finally found inner peace and my life has radically changed.

Case of MS patient accused of growing and possessing cannabis is dropped
8th January 2020 | standard.co.uk | Humans, Misc.

The criminal case against an MS sufferer for growing cannabis to treat her illness has been abandoned by the Crown Prosecution Service on public interest grounds.

The ‘psychedelics coach’ with drug-fuelled career advice
7th January 2020 | bbc.com | Humans, Misc.

Following the popularity of ‘microdosing’ psychedelics to improve productivity, some are turning to these substances for career clarity.

Thailand Rolls Out Cannabis Clinic Based on Traditional Medicine
7th January 2020 | nytimes.com | Humans, Misc.

Thailand opened its first full-time clinic specialising in traditional and alternative cannabis-based medicine on Monday, as part of a move by the government towards developing a medicinal cannabis industry.

Scientists Uncover ‘Strong Relationship’ Between Psychedelic Use And Connection With Nature
3rd January 2020 | marijuanamoment.net | Humans, Misc.

People who claim a stronger bond with nature following a psychedelic experience aren’t just blowing smoke, according to new research.

Illinois governor pardons 11,000 for low-level marijuana convictions
3rd January 2020 | theguardian.com | Humans, Misc.

Illinois governor JB Pritzker described this as the step as a first wave of thousands of such expungements anticipated under the state’s new marijuana legalization law.

First Ever ‘Magic Mushroom’ Board Appointed in Denver, Colorado
3rd January 2020 | globenewswire.com | Humans, Misc.

Denver’s Psilocybin Mushroom Policy Review Panel the only municipal body of its kind in the world with a mandate to collect data and report on the impacts of psilocybin decriminalization in a metropolitan area.

Jan Kounen Discusses Virtual Reality Experience ‘Ayahuasca’
31st December 2019 variety.com | Humans, Misc.

Jan Kounen, the Netherlands-born French film filmmaker has delivered his most personal work so far with “Ayahuasca,” a virtual reality experience exploring shamanic medicine from the Peruvian jungle.

Growing cannabis for personal use not illegal, Italy supreme court rules
31st December 2019 | independent.co.uk | Humans, Misc.

Italy’s Supreme Court has ruled growing small quantities of cannabis at home for private usage is legal in a landmark verdict.

For opioid addicts, African psychedelic ibogaine is last-resort detox drug.
27th December 2019 | scmp.com | Humans, Misc.

Medical studies of its use to cure drug addiction show it is effective, but doctors warn it can kill. A former addict who used it says ‘it’s a beautiful thing’.

Miscellaneous news stories.