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This is a tragic story. Anna Skelly came home from holiday with her husband to find her son dead on her bed after what looks to be a bad reaction to cocaine. Cocaine which he reportedly acquired from an online drug marketplace, financed by Bitcoin transactions. Now the Sydney mother is going on a crusade against the crypto-currency, calling on the Federal Government to ban it in Australia.
Remember that episode of Seinfeld where Elaine fails a drug test after eating a poppy seed bagel? Many modern pee-in-this-cup drug test can’t differentiate between the harmless opiates found in poppy seeds with the eye-rolling opiates found in black tar heroin — and it’s become a big problem. But a newly developed drug test is poised to fix it.
Marijuana may make you feel nice, but according to new research, your brain may not want to go along for the ride: turns out, when your brain senses THC, it produces a hormone that counteracts the drug’s effect. Buzzkill.
Even if intrigue and criminal activity aren’t quite up your alley, you can still cash in on meth. That’s because riding on the coat tails of the meth epidemic is the growing industry of meth lab cleanup. You won’t be Walter White, but you can still wear a fluorescent hazmat suit, and you probably won’t have international drug cartels chasing after you.
If there’s one thing cops don’t like, it’s being disrespected. So when some renegade launches a clone of Silk Road, the underground drug marketplace that authorities recently shut down, they’re just begging to get arrested. They even made the homepage a spoof of an FBI-seized domain. That’s disrespectful!
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the dopamine-boosting compound in marijuana that, technically speaking, “induces euphoria” — science jargon for “gets you high”. It also happens to work on the brain region involved in psychological addiction. Now, a team of researchers has identified a substance that blocks THC’s dopamine effect. Why is that important? Let’s have a grown-up discussion about weed.