This Week in Psychedelics

This Week in Psychedelics - 10.12.18



  • U.K. to Allow Prescriptions for Medicinal Cannabis (The New York Times)

  • Pew Poll: 62 Percent Of Americans Want Marijuana Legal (NORML)

  • Pennsylvania Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Bill In Committee Vote (Marijuana Moment)

  • Support For Marijuana Legalization Grew Again In 2018, Pew Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • 'Women have been saying it works for 10,000 years': 400 women will use marijuana-infused inserts in a groundbreaking study from a Harvard Medical School professor (Business Insider)

  • U.S. Government Loosens Border Policy For Canadian Marijuana Industry Workers (Marijuana Moment)

  • Trump Plans To Back Legal Medical Marijuana After Midterms, GOP Congressman Says (Marijuana Moment)

  • High Schoolers Are Growing More Tolerant Of Peers Who Use Marijuana, Study Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Survey: Cannabis Use Becoming Common Among Older Adults (NORML)

  • Study Reveals How Older People Use And Obtain Marijuana In Colorado (Marijuana Moment)

  • New California Law Bans Bars, Liquor Stores from Selling Marijuana-Infused Drinks (Reason)

  • Fight To Legalize Medical Marijuana In Missouri Intensifies As Groups Battle Over Tax Rates (Marijuana Moment)

  • Walmart Canada Explores Selling Cannabis-Infused Products (Forbes)

  • Shopify 'confident' on pot e-commerce because 'cannabis isn't Kylie Cosmetics' (CBC)

  • Trump Administration Seeks Public Comments On Marijuana Reclassification (Forbes)

  • Toke Up, Eh? Canada Readies for Marijuana to Become Legal Nationwide (TIME)

  • Canada’s Liquor Stores Will Heavily Outnumber Marijuana Stores On Legalization’s Launch (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Stores Will Be Hard To Find For Most Canadians On Day One Of Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • The jury is in on cannabis legalization in North America: it’s been a success. (LSE USAPP)

  • WestJet bans staff in 'safety-sensitive' jobs from off-duty cannabis use (CBC)

  • THC amounts identical in most cannabis strains, study finds (

  • Celebrity Endorsements and Cannabis (The Stranger)

  • Cannabis In Space Is Just Around The Corner (Forbes)

  • I'm Just a Middle-Aged House Dad Addicted to Pot (The New York Times)

  • This Is Where Arizona’s US Senate Candidates Stand On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Marijuana Midterms are Heating Up in Nevada (NORML)

  • Corporate America is investing in pot because people want to eat and drink it (CNN)

  • Why retail is so important to the burgeoning cannabis beauty and wellness market (Glossy)

  • Marijuana Licensing Bill Has ‘Negligible’ Fiscal Impacts, Congressional Budget Office Says (Marijuana Moment)

  • Coral Cove Cannabis Retreat Is Jamaica's Best Kept Secret (Forbes)

  • The Quest to Make California’s Weed the Champagne of Cannabis (WIRED)


  • A Team of European Researchers Is Crowdsourcing the World’s First ‘Self-Blinded’ LSD Microdosing Study (Psychedelic Times)

  • ‘The CIA introduced LSD into American society. They weaponised it’ (The Irish Times)

  • Nick Kroll Saw The Pattern Of The Universe During An LSD Trip At Burning Man (Marijuana Moment)

  • A Playwright's LSD Trip Becomes a Psychedelic Journey (The New York Times)

  • That time a legendary Batman editor was dared to put LSD in Stan Lee’s coffee (Polygon)

  • From ‘problem child’ to ‘prodigy’? LSD turns 75 (Arab News)

  • People Are Microdosing LSD To 'Make Them More Productive' (LADbible)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Psilocybin Initiative Moves to Signature-Gathering Stage for May 2019 (Westword)

  • Mushroom legalization effort polling at 39 percent (Rooster Magazine)

  • A team of Johns Hopkins researchers is calling for magic mushrooms to be made legally available as medicine (Business Insider)

  • “Magic Mushrooms” May Be an FDA-Approved Drug for Anxiety and Depression in the Near Future (Vogue)

  • Iceland’s Richest Man Invests in Magic Mushrooms (Guide to Iceland Now)


  • $57 million worth of MDMA discovered in sausage-making machines (Mixmag)

  • Superstar DJ David Morales 'arrested at Japanese airport over MDMA smuggling claim' (Mirror)

  • Use of higher purity ecstasy on the rise among young Australians (The Sydney Morning Herald)


  • Breaking News: The first two ayahuasca convictions in the United States (Chacruna)

  • Sexual Seduction in Ayahuasca Shaman and Participants Interactions (Chacruna)

  • What ayahuasca — Silicon Valley's latest drug of choice — does to your brain and body (The Hour)

  • The DMT drug is not a drug, its much stranger (Kahpi)

  • In the mighty jungles (Deccan Herald)

  • Multiple (and Subtle) Bodies: Entheogenic Incorporation in the Santo Daime Tradition (Part 1) (Reality Sandwich)

  • Nathalie Huerta on Founding The Queer Gym and What Ayahuasca Taught Her (Bon Appetit)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • American Indians gather near El Reno to celebrate peyote traditions (Tulsa World)


  • Ibogaine Clinics and their Role in Addiction Treatment (The Urban Twist)

  • The dangerous hallucinogen opioid addicts use to get clean (Big Think)


  • As ketamine clinics spread, so do start-your-own-business courses, sparking concern (STAT)

  • Ketamine infusion for depression requires opioid receptors to be effective (Medical News Bulletin)

  • Hope for Victims of Resistant Clinical Depression Now Comes in Pill Form (Breaking Israel News)

  • My ketamine infusion for chronic pain (The Fix)

  • Police: Naked man possibly on PCP arrested after throwing chairs off Dumfries balcony (WJLA)

  • Expert: Teen 'whacked out' of his mind from PCP night of police shooting (Chicago City Wire)


  • Addiction Treatment Gap Is Driving A Black Market For Suboxone (NPR)

  • Surgeon General Talks About Need To 'Normalize' Naloxone At N.H. Opioids Forum (NHPR)

  • Funeral Homes Stock Overdose Antidote Drug Naloxone Amid Opioid Epidemic (The Inquisitr)

  • Mexico defense chief says legalizing opium 'way out' of violence (The Gazette)

  • Opioid Bill Shows Congress Can Still Work Together (TIME)

  • Prisons Crack Down On An Opioid Treatment Drug, Endangering Lives (The Appeal)

  • Medicaid Expansion and the Opioid Epidemic (Penn LDI)


  • A Czech Distiller Is Resurrecting Pre-Ban Absinthe, Returning the Green Fairy to Rightful Glory (VinePair)


  • Get holes burned into your body as sacred tree frog ceremony comes to Cornwall (Cornwall Live)


  • Ohio Pushes Kratom Ban With Disputed Claims About Deaths, Use Trends (HuffPost)

  • Do Drug Addicts Really Shoot Kratom? (Pain News Network)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • A Big Win – DOJ Affirms Free Water and Drug Education Not a Violation of the RAVE Act! (Amend the RAVE Act!)

  • Fingerprint drug screen test works on the living and deceased (ScienceDaily)

  • Hospital Data Shows How Britain's Drug Problem Is Getting Worse (VICE)

  • Decriminalise drugs, Plaid Cymru says (BBC)

  • Philadelphia Pushing Forward with Safe Injection Site Plans (Reason)

  • 'Just say no' to drug legalisation: WHO chief (Yahoo!)

  • The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival Announces Inaugural Award Winners (Broadway World)

  • Can US overdose deaths be stopped? (Drug WarRant)

  • Introducing Chacruna’s Psychedelic Therapy Music Forum (Chacruna)

  • Reality Is Just a Bunch of Hallucinations We Collectively Agree On (Motherboard)

  • Successful Constitutional Case Against Death Penalty Works For War on Drugs, Too (Marijuana Moment)

  • Magic Medicine: A Trip Through the Intoxicating History and Modern-Day Use of Psychedelic Plants and Substances by Cody Johnson (Psychedelic Press UK)

  • Treating mental disorders with psychedelic psychotherapy (Particle)

  • The Business Of Addiction Treatment (INSCMagazine)

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.

This Week in Psychedelics - 10.5.18



  • California: Governor Signs Legislation Expunging Past Marijuana Convictions (NORML)

  • Some cannabis companies turning to temporary foreign worker program ahead of legalization (Financial Post)

  • FDA Says Marijuana Ingredient CBD Doesn’t Meet Criteria For Federal Control (Marijuana Moment)

  • Courts Are Beginning to Rule Against Employers Who Discriminate Against Medical Marijuana Users (TIME)

  • Legalization Doesn’t Increase Problematic Marijuana Use, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • A Complete History of Marijuana, According To Scientists (Marijuana Moment)

  • Canopy Withdraws ‘Chronic by Dre’ Marijuana Trademark Filed By Mistake (Marijuana Moment)

  • Legalization: Is it Working? (NORML)

  • PepsiCo just became the latest beverage company to say it's looking at the fast-growing cannabis market (CNBC)

  • A Cannabis Lawyer in Portland Has an Ambitious Plan to Fund More Women in the Industry (Psychedelic Times)

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

  • Illinois sees sharp rise in medical cannabis applications as cancer patient requests 'explode' (Chicago Tribune)

  • Uruguay Lawmakers Won’t Apply Strict Tobacco Packaging Rules On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Voters In Seven States Will See These Marijuana Questions On Election Day (Forbes)

  • Win Or Lose At The Polls, Medical Marijuana Is Coming To Utah Under New Deal (Marijuana Moment)

  • Boston inches forward with recreational marijuana permits (The Boston Globe)

  • Marijuana Legalization and Workplace Safety: A Short-Lived Hysteria (NORML)

  • Pot group: Michigan set to net $130M a year in new tax revenue (The Detroit News)

  • Two pounds of weed for $20: this is Oregon's medical marijuana program (Rooster Magazine)

  • This Lab Raised $10 Million To Expand Cannabis And Hemp Cloning Production (Forbes)

  • Marketers Are Putting a New Face on Weed as They Navigate Regulations and Battle Stoner Stigma (Adweek)

  • How to Combat Cold Symptoms With Cannabis (

  • Nancy Pelosi Says Marijuana Reform Depends On Trump (Marijuana Moment)

  • Teens aren’t just smoking cannabis, study says — they’re eating and vaping it, too (Fox 13)

  • Cities Across Ohio Will Vote On Marijuana Decriminalization In November (Marijuana Moment)

  • This New Cannabis Craze Has Made Early Investors Rich (The Motley Fool)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • The Health Benefits of Magic Mushrooms May Push Them to Legalization (Inverse)

  • Why Doctors Want to Reclassify Psilocybin, the Drug That Puts the 'Magic' in Mushrooms (Fortune)

  • Psilocybin Healed Me From Crippling Depression And Anxiety (

  • The Not-So-Trippy Reason Mushrooms Are Psychedelic (Inside Science)


  • Weird Science: Octopuses Rolling on MDMA Become More Social (Psychedelic Times)

  • University criticised for publishing advice on how to prepare MDMA (PinkNews)

  • Coroner’s chilling warning after girl, 14, dies of MDMA poisoning from ‘The Punisher’ super-strength ecstasy pill (The Sun)

  • Dad shares final picture of son who died after taking ecstasy for the first time (Metro)


  • Probation ordered for Tampa man who brought South American spiritual ‘tea’ to airport (Tampa Bay Times)


  • The anti-anxiety effects of ketamine are linked to changes in theta brainwaves (PsyPost)

  • Ketamine may be used to ease uncontrollable movements in Parkinson’s patients (WCTV)

  • Ketamine drug trial to treat alcoholism at Exeter University is recruiting (Devon Live)

  • Ketamine for Acute Pain: Highlights from the New Guidelines (Anesthesiology News)


  • Cost of lifesaving heroin withdrawal drug soars by 700% (The Guardian)

  • Punjab CM Amarinder backs Sidhu for legalising opium cultivation (The Economic Times)

  • Ancient Mediterranean 'Juglet' Contained Traces of Opium (Live Science)

  • The $1 Tool That Might Curb the Overdose Epidemic (The Atlantic)

  • How the US Stopped a Possible Solution to the Heroin Epidemic (VICE)



Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Activists Accuse Bangladesh Government of Killing the Innocent in its Drug War (VICE News)

  • Organizer of nude psychedelic parades defends nude psychedelic parades (Rooster Magazine)

  • Gov. Brown Vetoes Bill To Open Safe Injection Sites In San Francisco (CBS San Francisco)

  • Why is Islamic Art and Architecture So Psychedelic? (Sam Woolfe)

  • High Kingdom: Why Animals Take Psychedelic Substances (Kahpi)

  • Black Americans Are Being Left Out of Psychedelics Research (Tonic)

  • Philippines President Duterte Playfully 'Jokes' About All His Drug War Murders (Reason)

  • Exploring Consciousness with Psychedelics (Technology Networks)

  • Awe: a putative mechanism underlying the effects of classic psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy (Taylor & Francis Online)

  • Opening up the future of psychedelic science (The Conversation)

  • Ordinary Doses (Real Life)

  • Was John Lennon a Better Musician After Taking Psychedelics? (Ultimate Guitar)

  • ASU's psychedelic explorers: the Ecstasis Club (The State Press)

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.

This Week in Psychedelics - 9.28.18



  • Canadians Involved In Marijuana Industry Not Welcome In US, Feds Confirm (Marijuana Moment)

  • DEA Reclassifies Plant-Derived Marijuana Medicine To Schedule V (NORML)

  • FBI: Marijuana Arrests Spike For Second Straight Year, Far Outpace Arrests For All Violent Crimes (NORML)

  • Youth Marijuana Use Isn’t Increasing After States Legalize, Meta-Analysis Of 55 Studies Concludes (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Looks Like An Alien World Under An Electron Microscope (Marijuana Moment)

  • Maine Officials Investigating Restaurant That Calmed Lobsters With Marijuana (TIME)

  • Lawmaker Pushes For Marijuana Legalization In Kenya (Marijuana Moment)

  • Coca-Cola Is Eyeing a Possible Entry Into the Cannabis Market (TIME)

  • Brooklyn DA erases 56 marijuana convictions, vacates over 3,000 pot warrants (New York Daily News)

  • Seattle judges throw out 15 years of marijuana convictions (BBC)

  • Amsterdam’s Marijuana Strategy Means Cops Don’t Have Much To Do, Comedy Central Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Molson Coors Plans To Sell Marijuana-Infused Teas, Seltzers And Beer (Marijuana Moment)

  • Wall Street’s Marijuana Madness: ‘It’s Like the Internet in 1997’ (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Republicans in a US territory just legalized marijuana (Vox)

  • Cannabis Stocks Had A Roller Coaster Of A Week (NPR)

  • Are Police Breaking The Law To Campaign Against Marijuana Legalization? (Marijuana Moment)

  • How EMTs and Doctors Treat Cannabis Overconsumption (Leafly)

  • House GOP Blocks Marijuana Tax Fairness Vote (Marijuana Moment)

  • TSA Will Report Weed at LAX to Cops, Who Can't Do Anything About It (Reason)

  • Researchers Injected People With THC To Test Their Motor Skills (Marijuana Moment)

  • It's Not Just Cannabis Stocks -- Salaries And Jobs In Legal Weed Are Climbing Too (Forbes)

  • Why millennials prefer cannabis to booze: ‘Zero enjoyment out of drinking’ (and it’s cheaper) (MarketWatch)

  • Willie Nelson Wants To Smoke Marijuana With Trump And Putin (Marijuana Moment)

  • Kindergartner can take cannabis drug to school, judge says (Los Angeles Times)

  • O’Rourke And Cruz Clash On Marijuana And Drugs At Senate Debate (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pot Faux Pas: A Cannabis Club Owner Weighs In On Marijuana Etiquette (WBUR)

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

  • Legal marijuana: Vote for it, even if you aren't going to smoke it (Detroit Free Press)

  • Leading Congressional Marijuana Opponent In Danger Of Losing Seat, Polls Find (Marijuana Moment)

  • Idaho Gubernatorial Candidates Disagree On Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)


  • What Happens When You Give L.S.D. to an Elephant? (The New York Times)

  • Silicon Valley figures remember Steve Jobs's death — and debate the rumor that he was 'tripping' when he died (Business Insider)

  • Could LSD Microdosing Be Beneficial? (Labmate Online)

  • Sofia Boutella on Playing a Character Spiked with LSD in Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’ (Collider)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Reclassification recommendations for drug in 'magic mushrooms' (ScienceDaily)

  • Could "Magic Mushrooms" Help You Stop Smoking? (The Fix)


  • Pilot Study Finds MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Significantly Reduces Social Anxiety in Autistic Adults (Psychedelic Times)

  • Scientists Dosed an Octopus With MDMA and It Engaged In Some Serious Heavy Petting (The Inertia)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • 'Psychedelic Indiana Jones' claims he can 'predict FUTURE' with shamanic drug (Daily Star)

Morning Glory Seeds


  • Ketamine gives hope to patients with severe depression. But some clinics stray from the science and hype its benefits (STAT)

  • Party drug used for depression at UW Health amid research on psychedelics (Wisconsin State Journal)


  • A major study questioned the evidence for safe injection sites. It’s now been retracted. (Vox)

  • Fentanyl crisis: Is China a major source of illegal drugs? (BBC)

  • The Health 202: Congress reaches deal on major opioids' package (The Washington Post)

  • Solving America’s painkiller paradox (Vox)

  • DEA launches '360 Strategy' to combat heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic in Baltimore (Baltimore Sun)

  • Pulitzer Prize winner Terry DeMio on life as a heroin beat reporter (Psymposia)


  • FDA Death Data On Kratom Linked To Adulterated Products, Not The Kratom Plant Itself (Benzinga)

  • Kratom Dosage In Powder And Capsules (Kratom Guides)

  • Kratom In Missouri: Legality And Where To Find Locally (Kratom Guides)



Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Capitalism on Psychedelics: The Mainstreaming of an Underground (Chacruna)

  • For $1000, These ‘Sitters’ Will Save You from a Bad Acid Trip (VICE)

  • The Risks of Long-Term Microdosing (The Third Wave)

  • Why I regret my war on drugs (UnHerd)

  • When supplies of drugs run low, drug prices mysteriously rise, data shows (Ars Technica)

  • Psychedelic Film and Music Festival to feature trippy entertainment ‘for healing’ (AM New York)

  • Get Ready for Your Psychedelic Voyage by Reading Experience Reports (Psychedelic Times)

  • ‘Without drug traffickers, we’d have peace’: Colombian villagers flee new killings (The Guardian)

  • Some 129 countries sign up to Trump's pledge at U.N. to fight drugs (Reuters)

  • Making amyl nitrite an illegal drug would be ineffective, warns former AFP chief (The Guardian)

  • The Invisible Majority: People Whose Drug Use Is Not Problematic (Filter)

  • It's time we walked the talk on treating drugs as a health issue (

  • $18 Million Worth of Cocaine Found in Bananas Donated to Texas Prison, Authorities Say (TIME)

  • Does Donald Trump Want To Ban Chocolate, Or Is He Just Confused? (Marijuana Moment)

  • Integrating Huichol and Mazatec Wisdom Without Doing Harm: Interview with Mario Gómez Mayorga (Psychedelic Times)

  • Sheffield University criticised over 'never inject alone' drug advice (The Telegraph)

  • Why doctors should support regulated markets in illicit drugs (The BMJ)

  • Drug Tolerance Explained (Psychedelic Heaven)

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.

This Week in Psychedelics - 9.21.18



  • South Africa Decriminalises Personal Cannabis Use and Cultivation (Talking Drugs)

  • Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Bill, Making History In US Territory (Forbes)

  • Louisiana Congressman Wants To Drug-Test All of Congress (Reason)

  • The first country to legalize pot is taking it slow (CNN)

  • Coca-Cola Is Eyeing the Cannabis Market (Bloomberg)

  • What Is CBD Oil and Why Do People Take It? (Discover Magazine)

  • Can Canadian Online Cannabis Retailer Namaste Technologies Become The Amazon Of Cannabis? (Forbes)

  • Massachusetts Credit Union to Provide Banking Services for Cannabis Companies (High Times)

  • Feds Would Compile Tips For Growing Marijuana Under Proposal Advancing In Congress (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cody Johnson Interview: Cannabis as a Unique Psychedelic and more (Ganjly)

  • Marijuana References In Popular Music Are On the Rise, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • This Oil Infusion Appliance Is The KitchenAid Of Cannabis (Forbes)

  • Canadian Marijuana Users, Workers, Investors Will Face Lifetime Bans from Entering the U.S. (Reason)

  • Democratic lawmaker calls on DHS to clarify border rules for Canadian marijuana users and workers (Politico)

  • Louisiana regulators remove patient cap on marijuana doctors (Associated Press News)

  • Congressman Wants Feds To ‘Buy American’ Marijuana Instead Of Importing From Canada (Marijuana Moment)

  • Election 2018: A Complete Guide to Cannabis on the Ballot (Leafly)

  • Beto O’Rourke Slams Drug War And Police Killing Of Botham Jean At Dallas Event (Marijuana Moment)

  • Dagga smoking an entry point to more serious drugs – Cele (Daily Maverick)

  • Association of Cannabinoid Administration With Experimental Pain in Healthy Adults (The JAMA Network)

  • Police Are Using Pot to 'Smear' a Dead Man, Say Botham Jean Family Attorneys (Reason)

  • Jeff Sessions Breaks Cannabis Silence To Spread Fake News About A Marijuana ‘Myth’ (Marijuana Moment)

  • California Police Chief Claims Legal Weed Delivery Could Lead to ‘Assaults and Homicides’ (Reason)

  • Congressional Black And Hispanic Caucuses Focus On Marijuana Reform At Events (Marijuana Moment)

  • ‘My son is proof medicinal cannabis works’: Alfie Dingley is now seizure-free and learning to ride a bike (

  • Marijuana Legalization Debated By Ohio And New Mexico Gubernatorial Candidates (Marijuana Moment)

  • U.S. should follow Canada's lead, allow military to smoke marijuana (Rooster Magazine)

  • California Gov. Jerry Brown Keeps Saying Mean Things About Marijuana Consumers (Marijuana Moment)

  • Kristen Bell Reveals She Smokes Marijuana Once a Week and Might Host an Ecstasy Party (Us Weekly)

  • Trump FDA Chief More Worried About Teens Using Marijuana Than Nicotine (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Museum Opens in Las Vegas to Celebrate All Things Cannabis (TIME)

  • Shorting cannabis stocks is getting costly (CNBC)

  • PETA Says Getting Lobsters High On Marijuana Doesn’t Make Eating Them More Humane (Marijuana Moment)

  • Hollywood's Red Carpet Was Sprinkled With Hints Of Cannabis Green For Television's Biggest Night (Forbes)

  • Top Cop Caught On Tape Making Racist Comments About Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • This Canadian Pot Company Had An Unbelievably Wild Day on the Stock Market (TIME)

  • Marijuana Opponent Compares Legalization To Deadly Hurricane Florence (Marijuana Moment)

  • Let Us Congratulate These Florida Cops for Keeping 11 Pounds of Weed Off the Streets (Reason)

  • New York Lawmakers Schedule Marijuana Legalization Hearing (Marijuana Moment)

  • The medicinal cannabis panel is already failing children like my daughter (The Guardian)

  • Cannabis Plant-Raised Pork Is Now a Thing (and It’s Delicious) (Leafly)

  • How high can the world's most-valuable cannabis company go? (Quartz)

  • Cannabis Stocks Will Make More People Rich Before Diving (Forbes)

  • Authorities Smoke Out Cannabis Products at Church Properties (NBC Southern California)

  • Lawmaker Presses Trump Official On Banning Canadians From US For Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Retail investors in Canadian cannabis are 'buying air,' analyst says (CNBC)

  • Job training for cannabis retail staff coming soon to Alberta (Grow)


  • First Ever Trial to Study the Effects of Microdosing LSD Began This Month (High Times)

  • What do blind people see when they take LSD? (Health24)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Legalizing Psilocybin Could Be The Next Frontier In Drug Policy Reform After Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Like 4/20, mushrooms have their day: 9/20. 'It'll catch on.' (Rooster Magazine)

  • Prof David Nutt reveals how those people with depression who took magic mushrooms are doing now (The Canary)

  • Mushroom legalization in Colorado gains both political and legal support (Rooster Magazine)


  • Octopuses Rolling on MDMA Reveal Unexpected Link to Humans (Inverse)

  • Elementary School Boy Accidentally Shares Father’s Ecstasy with Friends Thinking It was Candy (Nextshark)

  • Clint Eastwood’s daughter Francesca has a drug-fuelled threesome in new movie MDMA (The Sun)

  • Student, 22, died after taking £7 MDMA to celebrate the end of her university exams (The Sun)

  • A guide to taking MDMA for the first time (The Tab)

  • MDMA, the main ingredient in ecstasy, could be key in helping veterans with PTSD (CBS News)

  • What is MDMA? Effects of ecstasy drug and how dangerous it really is (Mirror)


  • Ayahuasca stirs up debate over its effects (Kahpi)

  • DMT trip 'feels like dying' - and scientists now agree (BBC)

  • Welcome Home: My 5-MeO-DMT Experience (Maps Of The Mind)

  • Mother-of-one musician, 32, who went to mountain retreat for hallucinogenic treatment in bid to beat her epilepsy died after seizure on Middle East trip (Daily Mail)

  • Ayahuasca Research Boosts Brazilian 'Psychedelic' Science (Folha de S.Paulo)

  • Was the Prophet Muhammad Tripping on DMT? (SF Weekly)

  • The Marbella retreat run by a British accountant where guests pay £500 to get high on mind-bending drug blamed for student's death (Daily Mail)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • “Healing Powers” Heads to Spain to Feel the Psychedelic Sensations of San Pedro (MERRY JANE)


  • Positive outcomes after ibogaine detoxification linked to persisting changes in mood and life perspective (PsyPost)

Salvia Divinorum

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Spice Users are Becoming a Cruel Online Joke (VICE)

  • Huge rise in ambulance callouts to deal with spice users (The Guardian)


  • Antidepressant Effects of Ketamine Appear to Require Opioid System Activation (Psychiatry Advisor)

  • Police: Woman who caused disturbance was on PCP (Rutland Herald)


  • The Federal Agency That Fuels the Opioid Crisis (The New York Times)

  • New Heroin User Numbers Are Dropping Amid A Fatal Overdose Epidemic (BuzzFeed News)

  • The Health 202: Obscure provision in House opioids' bill could restart war on drugs (The Washington Post)

  • As opioid death toll worsens, California doctors will soon be required to perform database checks (Los Angeles Times)

  • To avoid overdoses, some test their heroin before taking it (ABC News)


  • Everything I Learned About Using Kratom for Pain (Pain News Network)

  • Man electrocuted in Satun allegedly trying to steal kratom leaves (The Nation)



Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • The Dire Need for Systemic Critique Within Psychedelic Communities (Chacruna)

  • Justice Department Inspector General to Investigate DEA Program Linked to Massacres in Mexico (ProPublica)

  • Are Music Festivals to Blame for Overdose Deaths? (The New York Times)

  • Defqon.1 deaths: sniffer dogs don't deter revellers from drug use, researchers find (The Guardian)

  • 'Absolutely tragic': Premier vows to shut festival down after two overdose deaths (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Lab Testing Anomalous Street Drug Samples in Kensington Philadelphia (Medium)

  • A different kind of house call: Teams bring addiction care to patients, wherever they are (STAT)

  • Trump Administration Plans U.N. Meeting to Ramp Up the International Drug War (The Intercept)

  • Psychedelic Sea Sponges to the Colorado River Toad: Magic Medicine is a Rabbit Hole of Hallucinatory Wisdom (High Times)

  • Drugs, Alcohol and Suicide Are Killing So Many Young Americans That the Country’s Average Lifespan Is Falling (TIME)

  • Pop-Up Museum Psychedelic Robot Coming to The Crescent (Dallas Innovates)

  • Colombia cocaine production acreage at 'record level' (BBC)

  • Britain's drug testing charity is ready to roll out in Australia (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Psychedelic drugs could mimic near-death experience: study (CTV News)

  • Opening the Mind with Psychedelics (GR|MAG)

  • The Origin Story of Con Ciencia Indígena: Interview with Mario Gómez Mayorga (Psychedelic Times)

  • Over four decades, an 'inexorable' epidemic of drug overdoses reveals its inner secrets (Los Angeles Times)

  • People my age shouldn't be dying at music festivals. Pill-testing saves lives (The Guardian)

  • Why Canada Should Legalize Psychedelics Next (VICE)

  • The psychedelic drug debate: why Buddhist ethics matters (Patheos)

  • ‘Psychedelic Indiana Jones’ drug expert claims LSD, mushrooms and MDMA ‘to be made legal’ (Daily Star)

  • Cure for cocaine addiction in reach, say scientists (The Guardian)

  • Psychedelic Drugs to Treat Depression, PTSD? (WebMD)

  • LSD, Magic Mushrooms, and “Tripping All the Time” (SFGate)

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.

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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.