This Week in Psychedelics - 9.14.18



  • Canadian Military Reveals New Rules Regarding Cannabis Use (High Times)

  • Marijuana Use Is on the Rise Among Baby Boomers According to a New Study (TIME)

  • Legal Canadian Marijuana Workers, Investors Will Be Treated Like Illegal Traffickers, Official Confirms (Newsweek)

  • Did Barack Obama Smoke Marijuana At Disneyland? (Marijuana Moment)

  • NYC Prosecutors Drop 3,000 Weed Cases (Reason)

  • New York: Brooklyn DA Intends To Vacate Thousands Of Past Marijuana Convictions (NORML)

  • Tesla Shares Fall After CEO Elon Musk Smokes Cannabis on Joe Rogan's Live Web Show (News18)

  • The Response To Elon Musk's Cannabis Use Shows That We Have A Giant Double Standard To Overcome (Forbes)

  • Scientists Explore How Cannabis May Fight Psychosis (VOA)

  • Congressional Leadership Strips Provisions Facilitating Medical Marijuana Access For Veterans (NORML)

  • Marijuana Bill Approved By Congressional Committee, Despite Drug Conviction Restriction Dispute (Forbes)

  • Legal Marijuana Access Disrupts The Illicit Market, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • European Parliament Working to Make Medical Marijuana Available on the Continent (

  • Miami-Dade Police Give Most Pot Citations to White People, While Black People Are Jailed (Miami New Times)

  • Federal Court Rules In Favor Of Worker Rejected For Medical Marijuana Use (Marijuana Moment)

  • Republican Members of Congress Just Sent Jeff Sessions Yet Another Letter Asking Him To Stop Holding Up Marijuana Research (Reason)

  • Cannabis for Chronic Nerve Pain: Mechanism Revealed? (Medscape)

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson Warns People Not To Smoke Marijuana In Space (Marijuana Moment)

  • Scottish ministers to hear arguments for medicinal use of cannabis (The National)

  • Most Doctors, Nurses And Pharmacists Support Legalizing Marijuana, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Treat teenage cannabis dealers as potential victims, says thinktank (The Guardian)

  • Marijuana In Texas: Where Ted Cruz And Beto O’Rourke Stand On Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Concerns raised over lack of guidelines for medics regarding use of substances like cannabis oil (Irish Examiner)

  • Top Trump Health Official Signals Support For Marijuana Decriminalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Censorship: A Byproduct of Prohibition (NORML)

  • Colorado Ballot Measure Would Change Industrial Hemp Definition (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis and Crypto: Equal Beneficiaries in the Fight to Hit the Mainstream (Cointelegraph)

  • New Book: Obama Considered Decriminalizing Marijuana, But Then Trump Won (Marijuana Moment)

  • 5 Ways Creatives Are Fixing Cannabis’s Image Problem (Artsy)

  • Here’s Where Indiana’s US Senate Candidates Stand On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Mat Zo Discusses Marijuana Dependence on Twitter (EDMTunes)

  • Brett Kavanaugh Accepts Cory Booker’s Recommendation To Read Drug War Book (Marijuana Moment)

  • Why The Adult Cannabis Market Could Kill Its Medical Counterpart (Forbes)

  • Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Talks Marijuana And Psychedelics With Joe Rogan (Marijuana Moment)

  • Workers In These Industries Are Most Likely To Consume Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pot Prohibition Makes Self-Defense Illegal (Reason)

  • Google Execs Told Marijuana Jokes To Lighten The Mood After Trump’s Election, Leaked Video Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein Signs Onto Marijuana Bill After Decades Of Drug War Advocacy (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis stocks are on fire after a $220 million M&A deal (Quartz)

  • Criminal Justice Reformers Slam Marijuana Bill’s Drug Conviction Ban (Marijuana Moment)


  • After 26 years in prison for LSD, and clemency from Obama, Timothy Tyler is a free man (Psymposia)

  • "I've seen my own DNA": Paul McCartney on his LSD experience with the Beatles in the 1960s (Meaww)

  • ‘Acid’: A hallucinatory novel that overturns traditional ideas of family and motherhood (

  • When Aldous Huxley, Dying of Cancer, Left This World Tripping on LSD, Experiencing “the Most Serene, the Most Beautiful Death” (1963) (Open Culture)

  • Salina woman pleads in LSD-fueled knife attack on a stranger (WIBW)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Psychedelic Mushroom Advocates Push Initiatives for May 2019 Citywide Ballot (Westword)

  • “FDA approve ‘magic mushroom’ treatment” (Talon Marks)

  • Police say York man took psychedelic mushrooms before killing cat (Press Herald)


  • “Reduction in social anxiety after MDMA-assisted psychotherapy with autistic adults: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study” (ResearchGate)

  • UW to test using MDMA to treat PTSD (School of Medicine and Public Health at University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  • 'MDMA' Is The Drug-Fueled Thriller Showing You Another Side Of Asian America (NYLON)

  • Pregnant teen ‘took ecstasy to try and kill her unborn son’ (Metro)

  • Reminisce Festival: Overdoses lead to MDMA warning (BBC)

  • Student Patrick Coakley died after taking MDMA 'bombs' at Canterbury’s Club Chemistry (Kent Online)



  • Ibogaine Therapy Can Offer Addiction Relief During Opioid Withdrawal (Ladybud)

  • Ibogaine: One Man's Journey To Mexico For Psychedelic Addiction Treatment (WBUR)

Salvia Divinorum

  • Nightmare drug Salvia could help end the hellish opioid crisis (Rooster Magazine)


  • Rapid Depression Remission and the “Therapeutic Bends” with Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (Psychedelics Today)

  • Ketamine Works as a Fast-Acting Antidepressant, But the Full Effects Are Still Unknown (Smithsonian)

  • Ketamine: Mechanisms of Action, Uses in Pain Medicine, and Side Effects (Clinical Pain Advisor)

  • Local ketamine clinic sees high success rate in ketamine treatment (KTRE)

  • Grade-A student, 22, gave birth in prison after ‘going off the rails’ and attacking two women while experimenting with Ketamine (The Sun)


  • Opioid billionaire granted patent for addiction treatment (Financial Times)

  • Naloxone nasal spray works best to stop opioid OD: Study (UPI)

  • Overdose is a policy issue, not an individual one. (Sheila Vakharia)

  • FDA Approves New Dosage Strength of Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Film for Opioid Dependence Treatment (Pharmacy Times)

  • Experts Call Bullshit On Backstreet Boy AJ McLean’s Opioid Detox Kits (VICE)

  • I’m So Sick of Opioid Disaster Porn (Slate)

  • Minnesota health officials offer free Naloxone training to public (Chron)

  • Naloxone can reverse opioid overdoses, but does the drug belong in elementary schools? (USA Today)

  • Opium production breaks records again (Daily Times)

  • Police save little girl from hot car after mother overdoses on heroin (Fox 8)


  • Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on new warning letters FDA is issuing to companies marketing kratom with unproven medical claims; and the agency’s ongoing concerns about kratom (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

  • Could the Opioid Crisis Be Solved With Kratom? “A Leaf of Faith” Says Yes (MERRY JANE)

  • Shoplifters snagging liquid kratom from Martin County stores (TCPalm)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Study Explores Religious and Spiritual Roots of Psychedelically-Induced Mystical Experience (Psychedelic Times)

  • Treating Addiction With Psychedelics – Part 1: Overview (The Third Wave)

  • Treating Addiction With Psychedelics – Part 2: Preparation (The Third Wave)

  • Treating Addiction With Psychedelics – Part 3: The Experience (The Third Wave)

  • Treating Addiction With Psychedelics – Part 4: Integration (The Third Wave)

  • Psychedelic Justice: Disrupting the Cultural Default Mode Network (Chacruna)

  • Renaissance or Dead End? The New Debate on Psychedelic Drug Use by North American Buddhists (Buddhistdoor Global)

  • The Psychological Violence of Mexico’s War on Drugs (The Crime Report)

  • Accurately Weigh Your Dose: A Guide on How To Properly and Safely Measure Substances (Psychedelic Times)

  • A Psychedelic Film and Music Festival is set to mellow out NYC (Metro US)

  • Gender and Critical Drug Studies: Reproducing Female Vulnerability in Gendered Drug Discourse (Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society)

  • Camden council OKs return of needle exchange; mayor hopes it's only short-term solution (Courier-Post)

  • Children say cannabis easier to get than alcohol: 'The war on drugs has failed' (The Independent)

  • Gendered violence & overdose prevention sites: A rapid ethnographic study during an overdose epidemic in Vancouver, Canada (Wiley Online Library)

  • Drugs and Creativity: Fact or Fiction? (Neurology Times)

  • Why Did Dallas Police Search a Man's Home for 'Narcotics' After One of Their Own Killed Him? (Reason)

  • New Study Challenges Hallucinogenic Stereotypes (Washington Square News)

  • 'Microdosing' growing in popularity among tech workers, but is it safe? (WRAL)

  • Drug danger chart shows which drugs you should never mix, and which you totally should (Rooster Magazine)

  • The forgotten history of psychedelics and their use in addiction therapy (NOTED)

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.

Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Book Review - The Portable Frank


A few days after reading Jim Woodring's Weathercraft, I moved onto another strange tale in the Frank universe—this time it was The Portable Frank. Unlike the first Frank comic I read, which is a full-length graphic novel with a cohesive plot through and through, The Portable Frank is a more typical book in the Frank universe because it contains various vignettes that are only tangentially related to one another.

This book's description reads:

[A] unique, visionary comic, exquisitely drawn and so fully realized that adults and children alike find themselves drawn deeply into Woodring's hallucinatory landscape. The stories, almost entirely wordless, unravel like a good puzzle, rewarding re-reading, providing an experience as immersive as that first love affair, that first samadhi, or that first breath. Simply put, the world of Frank must be experienced to be understood.

I couldn't put it better myself. The Portable Frank is a special book, capable of launching readers on a journey into outer (and inner) space without the use of any psychoactive substances. The main character, who goes by the name of Frank, is a fun-loving anthropomorph that looks like a cross between Mickey Mouse and Goofy. Frank lives in a peculiar landscape called the Unifactor, where he wanders around on surreal adventures with his housedog-like pet Pupshaw. On their way, they encounter Manhog, the main character from Weathercraft, as well a variety of several other creatures ranging from adorable to downright terrifying.

I really enjoyed this book and I imagine if I read it a few more times I'd probably love it even more. If you're into weird art of the mind-bending variety, then you should get your hands on a copy of The Portable Frank.

4/5 stars. 200 pages.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy my review of Weathercraft.

This Week in Psychedelics - 9.7.18



  • Psychosis: Cannabis extract normalizes brain function (Medical News Today)
  • A silent movement for the legalisation of cannabis is spreading across India (
  • Using Cannabis to Treat the Effects of Trauma (Chacruna)
  • Senate Bill Would Legalize Medical Marijuana For Military Veterans (Forbes)
  • Elon Musk Smokes Marijuana in His First Appearance Since Tweet About Taking Tesla Public (TIME)
  • How dark market cannabis plugs are being taken advantage of. Again. (Rooster Magazine)
  • Senators Press Trump Cabinet Members To Expand Marijuana Research (Marijuana Moment)
  • Utah Medical Marijuana Campaign Exposes Opponents’ Misleading Push Poll (Marijuana Moment)
  • Stockton Offering Minor In Cannabis Studies (CBS Philly)
  • Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh On Marijuana Enforcement And Presidential Pardon Power (Marijuana Moment)
  • The Argument For Smoking Cannabis Flower (Forbes)
  • Major Pro-Legalization California Union Sides With Cops Against Marijuana Deliveries (Marijuana Moment)
  • Nerve Pain in the Legs? Medical Marijuana May Alter Brain Connections, Bring Relief (American Academy of Neurology)
  • Top Lawmakers Talk Hemp Legalization At First Bicameral Congressional Conference Committee Meeting (Marijuana Moment)
  • Individual and combined effects of acute delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol on psychotomimetic symptoms and memory function (Nature)
  • How Many Americans Can Hold A Joint Of Marijuana Without Fear Of Going To Jail? (Marijuana Moment)
  • Support for Prop. 2 dips following LDS Church opposition, but most Utahns still support medical cannabis ballot initiative (Utah Policy)
  • New Jersey Mayors Demand Social Equity In Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)
  • Death Sentence for Malaysia Man Who Gave Patients Free Cannabis Oil (Talking Drugs)
  • Marijuana Consumption Booming Among Baby Boomers, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)
  • Cannabis vapers more welcome in public than nicotine vapers (Rooster)
  • Pro-Legalization Trump Backers Cry ‘Fake News’ Over Report On Anti-Marijuana Committee (Marijuana Moment)
  • Tobacco Giant Altria Is ‘Exploring Options’ On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)
  • Anti-Legalization Rep. Pete Sessions ‘Very Receptive’ To Medical Cannabis Group (Marijuana Moment)
  • Canadian Cannabis Corp Makes Historic Investment in Jamaica (Forbes)
  • A Top House Republican Questions Jeff Sessions’s Anti-Marijuana Moves (Marijuana Moment)
  • Cannabis on the Menu at Your Next Hotel Restaurant or Spa? (The New York Times)
  • XRAY's “This Is Cannabis” Discusses the Science of Weed In Terms Everyone Can Understand (Willamette Week)


  • First ever trials on the effects of microdosing LSD set to begin (The Guardian)
  • Does Microdosing LSD Stimulate Creativity And Productivity? (Science Trends)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms


  • The Differences Between British and American MDMA Users (VICE)


  • Paul McCartney 'saw God' after taking drugs during Beatles heyday (The Guardian)
  • This Incredible VR Film Takes You on an Ayahuasca Journey to the Amazon (VICE)
  • What Ayahuasca Is, and What You Should Know About It (Teen Vogue)
  • What Happens When You Die? Scientists Have Recreated a Near Death Experience to Find Out What It Feels Like (Newsweek)
  • Ayahuasca rituals can be profoundly beneficial – if they’re done properly (The Guardian)
  • Ayahuasca and the Global Marketplace (Psymposia)
  • I spent two days taking the spiritual psychoactive ‘Ayahuasca’ on a reclusive island (The Tab)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • DEA puts "Fake MDMA" in Schedule I (Orlando Sentinel)
  • Meet Dr. Zee, the Chemist Trying to Solve Life’s Problems With One Pill (MERRY JANE)


  • First-Ever IV Ketamine Infusion Consensus Guidelines For Chronic Pain Released (Pain Medicine News)
  • Study: Ketamine acts like an opioid when used to help treat depression (Boston Herald)
  • Man high on PCP gets shot trying to carjack man in Cleveland pizzeria parking lot (
  • Officers, K9 exposed to drug while checking vehicle outside military site: police (
  • Woman arrested on murder complaint tells police man found dead in motel smoked PCP and killed himself (Tulsa World)


  • Purdue Pharma L.P. to Fund Harm Reduction Therapeutics, Inc.’s Work to Develop Inexpensive, Over-the-Counter, Life-Saving Naloxone in the United States (Business Wire)
  • New Research Sheds Light on How Opium Poppies Evolved Their Powerful Painkillers (Gizmodo)
  • Sick River: Can These California Tribes Beat Heroin and History? (The New York Times)
  • I Would Have Started Heroin Recovery Earlier—and Healthier—If I Had Access to a Safe Injection Site (Tonic)
  • Officers in Sterling treated for opioid exposure after responding to overdose (The Boston Globe)
  • Supervised Injection Facilities Save Lives (Reason)
  • Man Who Kicked Heroin Addiction Now On Mission To Give Back To Local Kids (CBS Philly)
  • Naloxone: ‘It’s harm reduction’ (LaSalle News Tribune)


  • Lawsuit says kratom tea caused teen’s brain damage (Tampa Bay Times)
  • Kratom Users Reveal Psychological Symptoms of Withdrawal From the Drug (Inverse)
  • Kratom: Clinical Implications for Nurse Practitioners (AdvanceWeb)


  • Vanuatu welcomes Polish move to re-legalise kava (Radio New Zealand)
  • Man arrested for stabbing employees at Te Mana Kava Bar in West Palm Beach (WPTV)
  • No Harm in Kava (Eugene Weekly)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Misreporting and Confirmation Bias in Psychedelic Research (Scientific American)
  • Addiction Doesn’t Always Last a Lifetime (The New York Times)
  • An Introduction to Eroto-Psychedelic Art (The Oak Tree Review)
  • Psychedelics, Meditation, and Self-Consciousness (Frontiers in Psychology)
  • This Man Took 140 Drugs and Wrote a Harm Reduction Bible (VICE)
  • Abolishing the DEA Would be Good for Your Health (71Republic)
  • Do psychotropic drugs enhance, or diminish, human agency? (Aeon)
  • Sound-based liquid printing could lead to new designer drugs (Engadget)
  • People Say Microdosing Can Increase Cognitive Ability And Regulate Emotions. Here's What We Know About It (BuzzFeed News)
  • What is a Drug? (Medium)
  • The Psychedelic Film And Music Festival Embarks On Inaugural Event This October In NYC (Broadway World)
  • How to Prevent Overdose Deaths—and How Not To (Reason)
  • Thousands of people use drug-testing facilities at UK music festivals (BBC)
  • The Internet Is Acid, and America Is Having a Bad Trip (Medium)
  • Unlocking the Shamanic Perspective for a Profoundly Magical Existence (High Existence)
  • Psychedelics Improve Physical Performance (Andrew Joseph)
  • 4 Plant-Based Alternative Medicines That Show Promise in Treating Addiction (ZME Science)
  • How psychedelic drugs are tackling mental illness (
  • The Prohibition of Psychedelics Burdens the Most Fundamental Right in the Grossest Way Possible (Andrew Joseph)

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.

Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Book Review - Weathercraft


This is a pleasantly (and at times, downright terrifyingly) strange book created by a weird visionary artist and creator by the name of Jim Woodring. I first heard of Jim on the Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast a couple years ago. Their conversation went to several interesting places—art, vedanta, meditation, and of course Jim's Frank series of graphic novels. Even though I'm not necessarily a devotee of the anime/comic book/manga/graphic novel genre, I knew I had to check out this series because Jim's genuine interest in esoteric topics and Duncan's fantastic description of his artistic style really piqued my curiosity.

So I checked out three Frank books from my local library a few months ago and took them to the beach with me for a two-week vacation. My travel partners and I ended up eating a fairly large dose of psilocybin mushrooms (5 grams) in the middle of our vacation and it was during the come-up of that trip that I pulled this book out and started to enter the Frank universe.

Weathercraft seemed like the best Frank comic to start with compared to the other selections I had (The Portable Frank and Fran) because of the book's description on Goodreads:

For over 20 years now, Jim Woodring has delighted, touched, and puzzled readers around the world with his lush, wordless tales of “Frank.” Weathercraft is Woodring’s first full-length graphic novel set in this world—indeed, Woodring’s first graphic novel, period!—and it features the same hypnotically gorgeous linework and mystical iconography.

Without much knowledge about the Frank series, I thought that the "first full-length graphic novel set in this world" would be a good place to start. And I found out that although the reader can certainly jump into this universe with any of the comics, the main character in Weathercraft is merely an extra in the other books, not the protagonist of the series. This one isn't really about Frank much at all.

Even though Frank has a brief supporting appearance in this book, which actually stars Manhog (a pathetic, brutish everyman who regularly shows up in other stories), I really enjoyed reading it. Especially while I was tripping on magic mushrooms—the psychedelic art and bizarre story mixed quite well with them.

So what happens in this story? Well, after enduring a nearly unbearable amount of unfathomable suffering, Manhog sets off on a transformative journey and attains enlightenment. Along the way, he encounters the cruelest foes imaginable, mind-bending landscapes, and various flavors of truly twisted torment. Weathercraft is horrifyingly magnificent and similar to the psychedelic experience by being frustratingly ineffable. It's all very strange and beautiful and must be experienced firsthand to be understood.

Ultimately, even though I was a bit disappointed when I realized that Weathercraft was not about Frank very much at all, I did find it to be an excellent introduction to this world. If you're looking for a trippy book to spend an afternoon or evening with, you should definitely owe it to yourself to check out a Frank book, and Weathercraft would be an excellent one to start with.

4/5 stars. 104 pages.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy my review of The Portable Frank.

The People Who Survive on Psychedelics Even When They Don’t Want To

Reilly Capps, writing for Rooster Magazine:

About once a month, when Ashley Hattle has to take her powerful and effective headache medicine, she preps for the unwanted side effects.

She clears her schedule for eight hours. She gets out the finger paint. She turns on a Harry Potter movie. Why? “Because it’s magic,” she says. And then she downs 1.5 grams of psilocybin mushrooms.

Side effects include: walls that breathe, trees that shimmy, and clouds that morph in geometric patterns.

“If I was just doing it for fun, I might enjoy it,” she says. “But I resent that I have to do this for my health.”

Her medical problem, cluster headaches, is the most painful thing a human can experience — worse than broken bones, childbirth and gunshot wounds. And story after story and study after study says psychedelics like magic mushrooms are about the best medicine.

But tripping, for Hattle, a 27-year-old advertising writer, is a pain. It’s hard to write or make phone calls. She can’t drive. She doesn’t feel comfortable hanging out with most people. And she has to spend the whole next day recovering, feeling groggy and dull.

What an interesting story. I was definitely aware that people have been using psychedelics to treat cluster headaches for years, but I didn't realize that they had to re-dose so often. I couldn't imagine feeling forced to trip multiple times a week—it sounds pretty terrible.