This Week in Psychoactives - 5.31.19



  • Illinois Senate Passes the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (NORML)

  • TSA Updates Marijuana Rules To Allow Hemp-Derived CBD On Flights (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis Extracts Are Legal, Arizona High Court Rules (Leafly)

  • Report Says 70% of CBD Products Are Contaminated with Heavy Metals or Pesticides (MERRY JANE)

  • Early Presidential Primary State Voters Oppose Federal Intervention In Local Marijuana Laws, Poll Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Ban in Public Housing Lifted in NYC––And Nation May Be Next (Filter)

  • Legal Medical Marijuana Tied To Lower Opioid Use, Another Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Colorado Springs dispensary pulls THC-free CBD products because of City Code (KOAA)

  • CBD and THC May Help Treat Alzheimer's Disease, New Research Suggests (MERRY JANE)

  • Alberta Lifts Ban on Licensing New Cannabis Stores (Leafly)

  • States Can’t Block Legal Hemp Shipments Within Their Borders, USDA Says (Marijuana Moment)

  • Workplace Deaths Fell 34% After Medical Cannabis Legalization (Leafly)

  • Google won't allow marijuana delivery apps in the Play Store (Engadget)

  • Nigerians Smoke the Most Weed on Earth, Spend Over $15 Billion on Pot Annually (MERRY JANE)

  • Man Shoots Himself in Testicles Before Cops Found Weed Up His Ass (MERRY JANE)

  • Israel is banking on cannabis as its next big industry (Los Angeles Times)

  • Former NFL Pro Chris Long Admits to Smoking Weed His Entire Career (MERRY JANE)

  • eBay Says It Will Continue To Ban People From Selling CBD Products (Marijuana Moment)

  • Most people accept medical use of marijuana: Nida Poll (Bangkok Post)


  • Mushrooms: Today Denver, tomorrow all of Colorado? (GOPUSA)

  • Psilocybin Could Open the Door to Legal Hallucinogens (Medium)


  • Mums of children killed by ecstasy explain why they want drug to be legalised (Mirror)

  • Teacher is jailed for six years after he drugged woman's hot chocolate with MDMA then sexually assaulted her and held her captive in his car for five hours (Daily Mail)

  • Unpredictable MDMA: Here’s why it’s ‘impossible’ to know how the drug affects you (Rave Jungle)


  • Can and Should Ayahuasca Become Part of Western Medicine? (Kahpi)

  • Ayahuasca Community Guide for the Awareness of Sexual Abuse (Chacruna)

  • The Shaman’s Treasure: The Many Plants Added to the Ayahuasca Brew (Kahpi)

  • What It Takes to Hold an Ayahuasca Ceremony (Kahpi)



  • Biosynthesis of an Anti-Addiction Agent from the Iboga Plant (bioRxiv)


  • Researchers Find Synthetic CBD Effective in Treating Seizures in Rats (High Times)

  • Get ready for a new wave of synthetic cannabinoids and derivatives (Greencamp)

  • Man died after taking spice and suffering multiple seizures in prison (WalesOnline)

  • Schoolboy rushed to hospital after eating sweet laced with zombie drug Spice (The Sun)


  • Bill Of The Month: $4,836 Charge For Laughing Gas During Childbirth Is No Joke (NPR)


  • Opioid Maker Agrees to Pay Oklahoma $85 Million Over Claims Company Helped Create Addiction Crisis (TIME)

  • More Drug Users Are Intentionally Using Fentanyl Amid Overdose Crisis, Study Finds (VICE)

  • Murphy presents research on police views of addiction (BCTV)

  • Tory leadership candidate Rory Stewart apologises for smoking opium in Iran (Yahoo! Finance)

  • That guy who made up a story about stealing a brick of heroin from an MS-13 gang member says he now regrets it (Boing Boing)

  • Most Opioid Deaths in MA Involve Other Drugs (U.S. News & World Report)

  • Colorado’s Opioid Crisis Slows, In Part Because Of A Drug That Reverses Overdoses (Colorado Public Radio)

  • The chronic-pain quandary: Amid a reckoning over opioids, a doctor crusades for caution in cutting back (STAT)


  • This is the Best Time of Day to Drink Coffee, According to Science (Civilized)

  • Energy drink consumption rising in the U.S. (WHTC)

  • Energy drinks: Here’s what they do to your heart (WAVE3)

  • Here's the truth about whether you should drink coffee and tea while pregnant (INSIDER)




  • Kratom's reputed pain-relief benefits could come from one of its metabolites (EurekAlert!)

  • Fibromyalgia Stole My Life, Kratom Gave It Back (Pain News Network)

  • Kratom is called a mood enhancer, but three deaths in St. Louis region are causing concern (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

  • St. Charles County pausing decision to ban Kratom, instead of looking at new regulations (KMOV)

  • Herbal supplement kratom could face regulations in Monument (Colorado Springs Gazette)


  • Nyandarua to ban sale of miraa (The Standard)

  • Turning a blind eye to khat use in the west does vulnerable communities in which it is consumed few favours (Illicit Trade)


  • Oakland Lawmakers Advance Psychedelic Decriminalization Measure (Marijuana Moment)

  • Colorado Just Passed a Slew of Groundbreaking Drug Reform Laws (MERRY JANE)

  • Philly’s supervised injection site nonprofit gets tax-exempt status from IRS (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • The Drug War's Hidden Foster Care Crisis (Reason)

  • Nancy Pelosi's Drug Price Compromise Is Bad Policy and Worse Politics (Splinter)

  • DanceSafe Announces Return To Virginia (DanceSafe)

  • The Case for Taking Psychedelics Seriously (National Review)

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On the Monday following each edition of “This Week in Psychoactives,” I post a “Last Week in Psychoactives” video recap to my YouTube channel. After that is done, I retroactively add the video to the corresponding blog post. Here is this week’s video recap:

This Week in Psychedelics - 12.21.18



  • Hemp Is Officially Legalized With President Trump’s Signature On The Farm Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Zealand to hold referendum on legalising recreational cannabis (The Guardian)

  • Barbados to Legalise Medical Cannabis, Hold Referendum on Recreational Legalisation (Talking Drugs)

  • Teen Marijuana Use Remains Lower Than Pre-Legalization Levels, Federally Funded Survey Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Nebraska Petition Seeks Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure in 2020 (The New York Times)

  • Teen Marijuana Use Actually Declined In Washington State After Legalization, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Use Doesn’t Actually Change The Structure Of Your Brain, New Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Michigan Bill to Ban Home Cultivation Fails in Senate (NORML)

  • Deschedule Marijuana, Says Coalition Involving AARP, Labor Unions And NAACP (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cuomo Moves to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in New York Within Months (The New York Times)

  • New York City Mayor De Blasio Backs Marijuana Legalization, Days After Governor Cuomo Does So (Marijuana Moment)

  • Scientists Journey Into the Dark Side of Cannabis (WIRED)

  • More Americans Think Smoking Marijuana Is Safer Than Vaping It, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Boulder County and City of Denver to Allow Expungement of Low-level Marijuana Convictions (NORML)

  • How Legalizing Marijuana Is Securing the Border: The Border Wall, Drug Smuggling, and Lessons for Immigration Policy (Cato Institute)

  • Hemp Hemp Hooray: What the Farm Bill Means For The Future of Hemp Science (Psychedelic Times)

  • 'Dead Skunk' Stench From Marijuana Farms Outrages Californians (The New York Times)

  • Lawmakers In Two States Pre-File Bills To Allow Medical Marijuana At Schools (Marijuana Moment)

  • Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office Moves Forward with Marijuana Expungement Initiative (NORML)

  • FDA To Take Steps Toward Allowing CBD Products Following Hemp Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • AB InBev Enters The Cannabis Space (Forbes)

  • South Carolina Lawmakers Pre-File Four Marijuana Bills For 2019 (Marijuana Moment)

  • Higher percentage of California cannabis passing safety tests (The Press Democrat)

  • Here’s The Text Of The Marijuana Amendment Sen. Gardner Wants Attached To Criminal Justice Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Tax Dollars Support Anti-Bullying Program in Colorado (NORML)

  • Federal Agency Asks Public To Send Studies On Marijuana And Alzheimer’s Disease (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pot jobs could soften the blow for Alberta's oil workers (CBC)

  • Congressional Democrats Release Report On Marijuana Legalization’s Economic Benefits (Marijuana Moment)

  • Use cash to buy legal cannabis if you're worried about privacy, watchdog says (CBC)

  • Missouri Lawmaker Moves To Block Feds From Getting Medical Marijuana Patient Info (Marijuana Moment)

  • Detecting pot use in drivers will be tricky (The Boston Globe)

  • GOP Lawmaker Calls For Marijuana Reform In Fiery Senate Floor Speech (Marijuana Moment)

  • Will Marijuana Legalization Have a ‘Gateway’ Effect? (The Crime Report)

  • Alaska Wants Input On Allowing On-Site Consumption At Marijuana Stores (Marijuana Moment)

  • Rhode Island Might Be Peer Pressured Into Legalizing Marijuana By Neighbors, Governor Hints (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis A Wide-Open Space For Female Pioneers (Forbes)

  • Medical Marijuana is Florida Law (Marijuana Moment)


  • Old Etonian, 26, drowned in the ocean after downing a lethal cocktail of LSD, cocaine and ecstasy at a music festival in Croatia, inquest hears (Daily Mail)

  • What are the Differences Between Psilocybin (Magic) Mushrooms and LSD? (Explore Psychedelics)

Magic Mushrooms

  • Dinosaurs munched on ‘magic mushrooms’ that gave them the same mind-bending high as LSD, scientists reveal (The Sun)

  • Teleporting and psychedelic mushrooms: a history of St Nicholas, Santa and his helpers (The Conversation)

  • North East NHS trust conducts study into whether magic mushroom can treat depression (Chronicle Live)

  • Will Denver Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms? (High Existence)

  • I Took Psychedelic Drugs On A Self-Help Retreat And This Is What I Learnt (HuffPost)

  • Psilocybin (Magic) Mushrooms and Drug Tests: How Long Does Psilocybin Stay in Your System? (Explore Psychedelics)


  • The Dutch Green Party wants government regulation of ecstasy production (Mixmag)

  • What Our Saliva Will Tell Us About MDMA Therapy: Dr. Joe Tafur and the Modern Spirit Epigenetics Project (Psychedelic Times)

  • Why MDMA and the Holidays Could Mix Well (Playboy)

  • Pioneering UConn MDMA Research Focused on People of Color Ends Early: What Are the Next Steps for Equity in Treatment? (Psychedelic Times)

  • Open Enrollment Has Begun For MDMA Trials In 4 Different States (Your EDM)

  • Scientists Gave Octopuses Ecstasy: The Study Went Viral (WCAI)

  • Jada Pinkett Smith says she used ecstasy, weed and alcohol to cope with depression (Fox News)

  • Two friends died at Pryzm after taking Ecstasy for the first time, inquest hears (Plymouth Live)


  • Is Ayahuasca Mainstream Now? (VICE)

  • Jung in the Jungle: Ayahuasca and the Shadow (Kahpi)

  • How a bank robber became a trailer park shaman with Kentucky ayahuasca (Courier Journal)



  • Sydney hospital and BOC face charges after babies given nitrous oxide instead of oxygen (ABC News)

  • Laughing gas for childbirth? More Chicago hospitals offering nitrous oxide to women in labor. (Chicago Tribune)

  • Laughing gas laws not working, says ex-chief crown prosecutor (BBC)

  • Laughing gas cannisters are 'easily available in corner shops, online or over the phone' (Manchester Evening News)


  • Many Say Ketamine Eased Their Depression, But Is It Safe? (HealthDay)


  • Police: Salvation Army bell ringer assaults shopper at Germantown Walmart, was high on PCP (WJLA)


  • Research Shows Opioids Largely Ineffective Against Chronic Pain (Ganjapreneur)

  • New data shows that Fentanyl kills more people than heroin (Popular Science)

  • An opioid epidemic nobody talks about (The Washington Post)

  • HHS Recommends Co-Prescribing Naloxone With Opioids (Medpage Today)

  • In Pennsylvania, People Lined Up For Free Naloxone (NPR)

  • Harm Reduction Is Helping Reduce Ohio Opioid Overdose Deaths (Reason)

  • Opium Farmers in Myanmar: The Lives of Producers of Prohibited Plants (Transnational Institute)

  • FDA must act to increase naloxone availability (The Hill)

  • Punishing Patients Won’t Reduce Opioid Deaths (Reason)

  • Parents warned after student's drugs tested positive for fentanyl in Delta (CBC)


  • HQ Trivia Co-Founder and CEO Colin Kroll Dead at 35 of Apparent Drug Overdose (TMZ)

  • Why Colombia is losing the cocaine war (Vox)

  • Kid Cudi Used One Final Cocaine Binge to Help Himself Go to Rehab (XXL)


  • Former SoBou Bartender is Opening an Absinthe Lounge in the French Quarter (Eater)


  • Despite Government Crackdown, Kratom Scientists Awarded $3.5M for Research (Inverse)

  • FDA Fails to Provide Credible Data and Science to Justify Scheduling Kratom as Schedule I Substance (PR Newswire)

  • Kratom Causes Concerns in Carbondale (WNEP)

  • Kratom Ban Controversies, Attempts & Warnings Continues (Kratom Guides)


  • The first kava company to list on any global exchange just hit the boards of the ASX (Stockhead)

  • Kava kava: Benefits and safety concerns (Medical News Today)


  • Creating The Ideal Psychedelic Retreat (The Third Wave)

  • How to Safely Access Psychiatric Support in Times of Psychedelic Crisis (Chacruna)

  • Welcome to the Church of Safe Injection (STAT)

  • Russia’s Putin Thinks Censoring Rap Will Curb Drug Use In the Country (Marijuana Moment)

  • Theresa May's local force go soft on hard drugs: Thames Valley Police will not punish those caught with heroin, cocaine and ecstasy under controversial new scheme (Daily Mail)

  • DanceSafe Announces Return To Michigan (DanceSafe)

  • Syracuse cops push St. Joe’s to probe man’s rectum for drugs; ‘What country are we living in?’ (

  • The First Step Act Is Not Sweeping Criminal Justice Reform — and the Risk Is That It Becomes the Only Step (The Intercept)

  • The Electric Forest Acid Testers (Pacific Standard)

  • Psychedelic Science, Ontological Mystery, and Political Ideology: A Conversation with Emma Stamm (Psychedelic Times)

  • How Republicans pivoted from the war on drugs to cutting prison sentences (The Washington Post)

  • Women, Spirituality, and Plant-Based Medicines (Chacruna)

  • Only White People Can Get Away With the Microdosing Trend (Tonic)

  • DPA’s Leader Shares Her Roots, Health Challenge and All-Drug Decrim Agenda (Filter)

  • Grays Harbor’s Involvement With Needle Exchange To End In 2019 (KXRO)

  • Psychedelic Technology, Blockchain Woes and Meta Set and Setting: Interview with Emma Stamm (Psychedelic Times)

  • Politicians should stop hiding behind the police over drugs reform and show some leadership (

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 - 5.18.18



  • Historic House Appropriations Committee Vote On Marijuana (NORML)
  • YouTube's cannabis content purge "a huge loss of cultural history" (Straight Cannabis)
  • U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer Says Cannabis May Be De-Regulated Nationwide Within Four Years (Willamette Week)
  • Legalising cannabis ‘would save £900m’ (The Times)
  • State Democrats plan to endorse marijuana legalization (New York Post)
  • State Marijuana Laws Dodge Supreme Court Bullet (Marijuana Moment)
  • Doctors Want More Information on Medical Cannabis, Study Finds (Leafly)
  • Texas Health Department Considers Cracking Down on CBD (Reason)
  • Many U.S. Oncologists Recommending Medical Marijuana (Hemp Gazette)
  • 4 Must-Read Quotes on Marijuana From DEA Head Robert Patterson (The Motley Fool)
  • California Cannabis Regulations May Make Weed Shippers Report Themselves to the Feds (WIRED)
  • Drugs Minister banned from talking about pot — as hubby runs giant cannabis farm (The Sun)
  • Canadian pot growers say marijuana byproduct a wasted opportunity for industry (ChatNewsToday)
  • These Experts Say Weed Could Help Ease Your Endometriosis Pain (POPSUGAR)
  • On marijuana and opioids — the DEA has no clue what it’s talking about (The Hill)
  • Marijuana Users Don't Mind Being Labeled Stoners And Potheads (Forbes)
  • The Legacy of Stop-and-Frisk in New York's Marijuana Arrests (The New York Times)
  • Chittenden, Windsor set plans to erase marijuana convictions (VTDigger)
  • Cannabis use up among parents with children in the home (Science Daily)
  • Oregon Cannabis Growers Turning to Hemp as CBD Extract Booms (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Advocates Defend Cynthia Nixon's 'Reparations' Comments (Forbes)
  • Marijuana Could Be A $3.1B Business In New York, Report Finds (Patch)
  • Cannabis Cup At Cal Expo Will Have Marijuana After City Council Vote (CBS Sacramento)
  • We Can’t Avoid Menopause But Cannabis Makes It Easier (Leafly)
  • Chart: Putting the $55 billion US retail cannabis market in perspective (Marijuana Business Daily)
  • Cannabidiol significantly reduces seizures in patients with severe form of epilepsy (PsyPost)
  • Weed legal states often have fewest drug problems (Rooster Magazine)
  • Cannabis bills get mixed reception from Legislature (Colorado Springs Independent)
  • Can Massachusetts become a leader in marijuana research? (MassLive)
  • Arizona veterans hope federal bill clears path for cannabis research in the VA (Arizona's Family)
  • Part 3, How to Start a Cannabis ‘Mother Plant’ (Leafly)
  • Marijuana-Growing Nuns Documentary ‘Breaking Habits’ Sells to Cranked Up (Variety)
  • California Today: A Start-Up Steps Up to Help Sweep Away Old Pot Convictions (The New York Times)
  • Medlab kicks off cannabis spray trial for cancer patients at Royal North Shore hospital (Stockhead)
  • Two District Attorneys May Stop Prosecuting Most Marijuana Offenses (The New York Times)
  • Most Georgians want legal recreational cannabis, poll shows (Marijuana Business Daily)
  • New Study Highlights The Social Impacts Of Cannabis Legalization In California (Forbes)
  • Medical Cannabis Is So Expensive, This Mum Might 'End Up On The Street' (Ten Daily)
  • What Do Cannabis Entrepreneurs Owe Victims of the Drug War? (Reason)
  • Should Florida let patients smoke medical marijuana? A judge will now decide (Miami Herald)
  • He lost his daughter, his future, all because of something that's now legal (Rooster Magazine)
  • Big Opportunities In Europe's Cannabis Market Come With Big Risks (Forbes)
  • Medical cannabis should be legalised, says Royal College of Nursing (The Telegraph)
  • California cannot afford to wait on banking for cannabis businesses (The Sacramento Bee)
  • Meet the New Faces of Cannabis—10 People Now Shaping Legal Weed in Oregon (Willamette Week)
  • Bill Shorten Says Conservative Politicians Need To "Get Out Of The Way" Of Medical Cannabis Patients (BuzzFeed News)
  • BDS Analytics, a Boulder-based cannabis data leader, lands $3.5 million investment (The Denver Post)
  • RAND Study Says Cannabis Ads May Increase Underage Use (Leafly)
  • How One Chocolatier Wants to Bring Luxury Cannabis to a Mall Near You (Eater)
  • Nina Fern: "The Highly" Intellectual Cannabis Periodical (Forbes)


Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Denver And Oregon Now Want To Legalize Psychedelic Mushrooms (The Fresh Toast)


  • Brieing is the new cheese and MDMA drug craze middle class women are trying (Metro)
  • The College Student’s Guide To MDMA, Aka Molly (Study Breaks)
  • Dutch researchers find ecstasy and cocaine are getting stronger (Mixmag)
  • MDMA Opens Door for PTSD Patients to Work Through Trauma (UConn Today)
  • DanceSafe Warns Against Super-Strong UPS Shaped Ecstasy Pills (Your EDM)


  • What It's Like to Take Ayahuasca at a Psychedelic Healing Retreat (VICE)

Salvia Divinorum

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • 'Spice epidemic in jails risk to nurses' (BBC)


  • Intranasal Ketamine Succeeds for Resistant Depression in Phase 3 Trial (Medscape)
  • Specific Features in Mood Disorders May Affect Outcome of Ketamine Treatment (MD Magazine)
  • Lily Allen kicked out of awards after accidental ketamine trip (Daily Star)


  • This ‘cure’ only makes the opioid crisis worse (New York Post)
  • The Challenge of Ensuring Accessibility to Naloxone for Those Who Need It Most (The American Journal of Managed Care)
  • Opioid Death Rates Are Not Correlated With Prescription Rates Across States (Reason)
  • Would Naloxone Training Save Lives? (TechnoStalls)
  • The County’s Sitting on Thousands of Doses of Naloxone (Voice of San Diego)
  • FDA Head Acknowledges Suffering Caused by Opioid Crackdown (Reason)
  • Naloxone Reverses Deadly Overdoses, But Then What? (North Carolina Health News)
  • Nevada Records Show 'Opioid-Related' Deaths Usually Involve Illicit Drugs or Mixtures (Reason)


  • Kratom Legalization! Explore What New Research States About It (Kratom Guides)
  • Why Is Kratom So Much Controversial? (Kratom Guides)
  • Lawmakers urge Louisiana Department of Health to study kratom: why? (Best of New Orleans)
  • Kratom: A dangerous opioid or natural panacea? (WTVD)
  • Drug expert says ‘kratom’ substance seized from two Edmonton stores helped wean him off opioids (The Star)



  • Why Ethiopian farmers choose Khat over coffee (Reuters)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Michael Pollan: ‘I was a very reluctant psychonaut’ (The Guardian)
  • Global Study Finds Tobacco, Alcohol More Harmful Than Illicit Drugs (High Times)
  • The struggle to turn psychedelics into life-changing treatments (WIRED)
  • Can Psychedelic Drugs Be Medically Useful? (The Wall Street Journal)
  • The case for legalising drugs is overwhelming – so why won't governments listen? (The Telegraph)
  • Britain's first ever city centre recreational drug testing facility opens in Bristol (ITV News)
  • Michael Pollan Opens Up About His Powerful Psilocybin Trip on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show (Psychedelic Frontier)
  • Drug Use by State: 2018’s Problem Areas (WalletHub)
  • Introduction to Cognitive Enhancement, Microdosing, and Nootropics (Psychedelic Times)
  • Carl Jung on Why You Should Be Wary of Psychedelics (Psychedelic Frontier)
  • How Often Should Psychedelics Be Done? (Psychedelic Heaven)
  • Completed suicide among methamphetamine users: A national study (Drug and Alcohol Research Connections)
  • My Adventures With the Trip Doctors (The New York Times)
  • How to meditate on psychedelics with Vincent Horn of (Psymposia)
  • Northern Ireland drug offences rise by 20% (BBC)
  • After the Ceremony Ends: An Interview with Dr. Katherine Coder Pt. 1 (Psychedelic Times)
  • Review shows lack of evidence supporting use of antidepressants for insomnia (Medical Xpress)
  • Breaking Free From Prohibition: A Human Rights Approach to Successful Drug Reform (Julian Buchanan)
  • Movement to Legalize Drug Use Gains in a Former Soviet Republic (The New York Times)
  • Oliver North Worked With Cocaine Traffickers to Arm Terrorists. Now He'll Be President of the NRA. (The Intercept)
  • Is the ‘war on drugs’ preventing a second revolution in mental health treatment? (WikiTribune)
  • After decades of dormancy, psychedelic research makes a comeback (The Globe and Mail)
  • With governments asleep, a music festival is leading the world on drug policy (The Canary)
  • Thanks to Psychedelic Drugs, "Treatment-resistant" Depression is No Longer a Thing (Andrew Joseph)
  • Take it from someone who spent years taking heroin and crack: addiction isn't a physiological problem. It's a mental health one (The Independent)
  • When will politicians quit the war on drugs? (UnHerd)
  • Walking Backwards, or, The Magical Art of Psychedelic Psychogeography by Greg Humphries & Julian Vayne (Psychedelic Press UK)

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 - 2.12.16

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  • Which Presidential Candidates Would Tolerate Legal Pot? (Reason)
  • Facebook Is Waging a War on Weed (ATTN:)
  • Australia Is Pushing to Legalize Marijuana Growth for Medical Research (TIME)
  • Beyond THC And CBD: The Health Benefits Of Terpenes (
  • 'Largest ever' Coventry cannabis factory found (BBC)
  • Review: Cannabinoids Reasonable Option For Chronic Pain Treatment (NORML)
  • Cannabis Science 101: The Complex Chemistry of the Bong (Leafly)
  • Judge Who Sentenced Small-Time Pot Dealer to 55 Years Again Urges Clemency (Reason)
  • Viral Hit: Gwenevere Tries Cannabis Oil (Leafly)
  • Cannabis clubs provide a valuable service (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
  • Why And How I Gave Up Everyday Painkillers In Favor Of Medical Marijuana (
  • Iowa House Republican introduces medical cannabis bill (Quad-City Times)
  • Cannabis Business Expo coming to Tacoma Dome (The Olympian)
  • Tim Farron calls for legalisation of cannabis for recreational use (The Guardian)
  • Your Cannabis-Friendly Valentine's Day Gift Guide (Leafly)
  • Legalizing Marijuana and Your 4th Amendment Protections (NORML)
  • Parliament should allow doctors to prescribe cannabis (The Independent)
  • Cannabis Company Med-X to Sell Shares Under Reg A+ on StartEngine (Crowdfund Insider)
  • Marijuana, Cannabis, Ganja, Weed, Grass, Pot, Reefer, or Maryjane: What's In a Name? (NORML)
  • Marley Natural: Inside Reggae Dynasty's Cannabis Launch (Rolling Stone)
  • Innovative Cannabis Compliance Solution Gains Traction (New Cannabis Ventures)
  • Australia to legalise medical cannabis cultivation if law gets greenlight (Mashable)
  • Marley Natural Debuts New Line of Cannabis Products (Leafly)
  • Australia set to legalize cultivation of medical cannabis (FOX News)
  • How can you tell if a cannabis farm is being grown on your street (Liverpool Echo)


  • When 12 Step Programs Don't Work: AA Founder Bill W. on How LSD Can Help (Psychedelic Times)
  • Taking LSD leads to 'improved psychological wellbeing' - study (The Telegraph)
  • Feed your head: Lockheed's unintentionally hilarious anti-drug "case study" films from the late 60s (Nightflight)
  • Dave Stewart: LSD, Annie Lennox, and Me (The Daily Beast)
  • Taking LSD is actually good for your 'mental wellbeing', scientists say (Metro)
  • Should Lana Del Rey Worry About Acid Flashbacks? Scientists Aren't Sure (Inverse)
  • The paradox of LSD: makes you psychotic in short-term, happier and more creative long term (ZME Science)
  • LSD 'stamps' a big market among city party-goers: Police (The Indian Express)
  • Police: Teen using LSD tried to break into Granger Township home (The Medina-Gazette)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic mushrooms and LSD may prevent domestic violence by providing 'spiritual experiences' (International Business Times)
  • How I Learned To Embrace Infinite Love With Psilocybin Mushrooms (


  • A History Lesson on MDMA & Ecstasy with a Short Video (Magnetic Magazine)
  • DanceSafe Founder Educates Students on MDMA (Daily Nexus)
  • Former ecstasy king-pin explains how the war on drugs, and the American Justice System is failing (Disinfo)
  • Police: $100K in MDMA seized in Paterson drug raid (
  • Tyga Wants to Make Blac Chyna Suffer After Ecstasy Arrest (BET)
  • No permanent ban for Kids Company worker who gave MDMA to client (The Guardian)
  • Grandma Caught With 1,500 Ecstasy Tablets, Crystal Meth at Kualanamu Airport (Jakarta Globe)
  • Over €8,000 worth of MDMA seized ahead of college students' Rag Week (Irish Independent)
  • Teenage cadet's drug arrest as nine youngsters taken to hospital from camp after taking 'ecstasy' (Mirror)
  • Businessman gets weekends in jail for trafficking in ecstasy (The Hamilton Spectator)
  • Canberra man Rory Coghlan denied bail after allegedly selling MDMA to undercover police officer (ABC)
  • Teenager left brain damaged after taking ecstasy celebrates 17th birthday as she continues to recover (Mirror)


Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Native American church, known for using peyote and marijuana, to open branches in former O.C. pot shops (The Orange County Register)
  • Native American church fight for right to use cannabis & peyote (RT)


  • The Evidence for Ibogaine: What New Studies Tell Us About Ibogaine for Addiction Treatment (Psychedelic Times)
  • Ibogaine Treatment Expanded in Brazil: Will the U.S. Take Note? (Drug Policy Alliance)


  • Manic depressives could be treated with KETAMINE say medical experts (Mirror)
  • Ketamine To Treat Depression in Patients Resistant To Other Drugs, Biggest Mental Health Breakthrough In 50 Years (Inquisitr)
  • The Science Of Treating Depression With Ketamine (Psychedelic Press UK)
  • Northern California Clinics Now Serving Ketamine (Special K) to Treat Severe Depression (7x7)
  • Restricting Ketamine Would Have 'Dire Consequences' for Surgery in Low-Resource Countries, Anesthesiologists Warn (Newswise)
  • British vets relieved as ketamine ruled 'not a global health threat' (Horse & Hound)
  • Ketamine found after traffic stop, Bennington police say (WPTZ)
  • Northampton moter jailed for slamming kids heads into floor while high on PCP (MassLive)
  • Man says he stabbed two men, almost killing them, because of PCP (WJLA)
  • Man arrested for causing fatal New Haven crash while driving on PCP (FOX)


  • Super Bowl Ad Exemplifies How Bad The U.S. Opioid Epidemic Has Become (ATTN:)
  • Big Pharma Is Partly to Blame for America's Opioid Epidemic (TIME)
  • FBI, DEA release graphic video about horrors of heroin use (WTOP)
  • Addicted to Heroin? Trump Says Blame the Mexicans (The Daily Beast)
  • Cruz, Like Trump, Plans to Stop Heroin With a Wall (Reason)
  • Walgreens to sell heroin OD antidote naloxone without prescription (Daily Herald)
  • Rapper DMX revived by Narcan – the opioid antidote that stops an overdose in its tracks (Yahoo! News)
  • Lawmakers try to outdo each other on heroin epidemic (USA Today)
  • Drug overdose deaths could be curbed by naloxone kits, says advocate (CBC News)
  • Villagers sow the Mexican opium poppies that feed the US heroin boom (The Tico Times)
  • Opium growers find salvation in coffee (Bangkok Post)
  • Heroin 'apocalypse' shadows New Hampshire primary (USA Today)
  • Is naloxone safe to use? (WKBN)
  • Saudi executes Egyptian for drug trafficking (The Express Tribune)
  • Villagers sow Mexico's booming opium poppies (Digital Journal)
  • The Most Striking Super Bowl Commercial Goes To Heroin (Cinema Blend)
  • Police destroy opium crop in Jharkhand (Business Standard)


  • Absinthe 101: separating fact from fiction (
  • Queenstown stag party and a bottle of absinthe prove bad combination for Christchurch man (


  • SacredKratom Launches New Botanical Store - (Press Release Rocket)
  • Recovering addicts, local officials warn that kratom is dangerous and addictive (News Net 5)
  • Oxford police warn about synthetic drug kratom (WBRC)
  • South Florida lawmaker wants to ban herbal supplement kratom (Local 10)
  • 9 investigates Kratom: Natural herb or deadly drug? (WSOC)



  • Kenya: Doctors Link Throat Cancer Cases to Miraa Chewing in Meru (AllAfrica)
  • Worcester 'khat' cops found guilty (IOL)
  • Police on UK national dealing in Khat (South African Government)
  • Briton caught with khat due in court (IOL)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Hallucinogen Use Could Protect Against Intimate Partner Violence (Newswise)
  • Do Psychedelics Offer a Path To The "God Within"? (Religion Dispatches)
  • Watch How underground therapists are using psychedelics to heal trauma (XFINITY TV)
  • President's drug control budget is a first, but still a whole lot of wasted money (Drug WarRant)
  • Vice Secretly Did Pill Testing At An Aussie Music Festival (Tone Deaf)
  • Tennessee's Welfare Drug Testing Program Was a Complete Failure (ATTN:)
  • Trump: 'Every Single' Person Obama Released Will Sell Drugs Again (TIME)
  • Pre-Orders Are Now Available for a New Book on Yoga, Psychedelics & Enlightenment (EIN News)
  • Pope Francis's Visit to Mexico Highlights the Church's Drug War Woes (TIME)
  • Why some therapists are risking arrest to heal trauma using psychedelics (Al Jazeera)
  • Could LSD, magic mushrooms curb domestic violence? Research finds 'calming' effect (Global News)
  • Can A Drug Help Reduce Domestic Violence? (NDTV)
  • Hallucinogens may protect against domestic violence: study (Daily News & Analysis)

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 (and other psychoactives) are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.

This Week in Psychedelics - 1.15.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • Cigarettes Linked to Lower Grades in Adolescents, Not Cannabis (High Times)
  • Study Concludes Biking While High on Marijuana Isn't Dangerous (
  • Yes, pot is stronger today, but not for the reasons you think (Los Angeles Times)
  • After Healing His Own Cancer with Cannabis, Self-Taught Doctor Helped over 5000 Patients (Anti Media)
  • Will 2016 Be the Year of Cannabis? (The Huffington Post)
  • The Head of the Democratic Party is a Huge Hypocrite on Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • An inside look at the ritziest weed parties in America (The Cannabist)
  • Study: Marijuana Associated With Decreased Migraine Frequency (NORML)
  • Less is More: Medical Cannabis Micro-Dosing (
  • NORML's Legislative Round Up January 14th, 2016 (NORML)
  • How Cannabis Can Help You Cut Back on Alcohol and Live Healthier (Leafly)
  • Serial entrepreneur Mark Hadfield sets his sites on medical cannabis with HelloMD (San Francisco Business Times)
  • Israeli Health Ministry Plans to Lift Restrictions on Growing Medical Cannabis (Haaretz)
  • Smugglers disguise marijuana as carrots (Boing Boing)
  • Dad pushes for medical cannabis to help autistic son (NBC4i)
  • Anti-Legalization Lawsuit Shows Conservative Constitutionalists Have Marijuana-Related Memory Loss (Reason)
  • Study: Cannabis Use Not Predictive Of Lower IQ, Poorer Education Performance (NORML)
  • Windy City Cannabis Set to Open Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Justice (Patch)
  • These Oregon Cities Have Banned Cannabis (Leafly)
  • Medical Marijuana Seller Faces Prison in Washington, Where Pot Is Legal (Reason)
  • Jail for man who grew £12k of cannabis at home (The Gazette)


  • How Taking Acid Helped Me Stop Smoking (Newsweek)
  • Five Facts Besides Steve Jobs and Bill Gates that You Didn't know About LSD (Clapway)
  • Family sues over Tennessee man's death in police custody (Centre Daily Times)
  • Forbes endorses LSD: Is the end near? (SFGate)
  • Camp Lejeune Marine charged with trafficking Ecstasy, LSD (Stars and Stripes)
  • Teen who used LSD to sexually assault victim sentenced to prison (Petoskey News-Review)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • '4-hour Workweek' author Tim Ferriss plans to donate $100,000 toward studying how to treat depression with psychedelics like magic mushrooms (Yahoo! News)
  • Psilocybin Mushrooms Gave Me The Insight I Needed To Ease My Chronic Depression (


  • The Creativity of MDMA Pill Pressing (Magnetic Magazine)
  • How Reversing Drug Stigmas Can Save Lives: Interview with MDMA: The Movie Director Emmanuel Sferios (Psychedelic Times)
  • Kids Company psychologist pleads to keep job after giving MDMA to client (The Guardian)
  • Rikers Island Jail Fairly Confident Its Missing Ecstasy Pills Are Gone For Good (Gawker)
  • Red Wolf, Cookie Monster and Facebook: How 'killer' ecstasy pills are flooding UK streets (Daily Star)
  • Ingleside man gets 6 years for providing Ecstasy before woman's death (Chicago Tribune)
  • Give Me Your Love – ingenious PTSD play boxes itself in (The Guardian)
  • Johor police bust Ecstasy drug lab (The New Paper)
  • MDMA discovered in glasses case of Barnstaple man (North Devon Journal)


  • Ayahuasca And Cancer: One Man's Healing Experience (
  • Sacred Plants: In Praise of Wildflowers and Ayahuasca (Tablet Magazine)
  • How A Spiritual Practice Supports Ayahuasca in Personal Healing (
  • The Canadian Man Who Killed a British Guy at an Ayahuasca Retreat in Peru Speaks Out (VICE)
  • Pope Francis Reveals White Smoke At Papal Conclave Is Actually DMT (Wunderground)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Ayahuasca & Huachuma: One Person's Account Of Their Experience (Neon Nettle)


Salvia Divinorum


  • WHO Opposes Chinese Request to Restrict Access to Ketamine (Psychiatry Advisor)
  • FDA and Congress should let doctors, patients take K train (The Register-Herald)
  • CBS News Features Dr. Ashraf Hanna Describing How IV Ketamine is Successfully Treating Fibromyalgia Pain Patients (PR Newswire)
  • The novel ketamine analog methoxetamine produces dissociative-like behavior in rodents. (National Institutes of Health)
  • New type of antidepressant found to act quickly in mice (EurekAlert!)
  • We're Entering A New Era In How We Treat Depression (Newsy)
  • Chemical fights thoughts of suicide (The Australian)
  • PCP seized from vehicle, two arrested (Your4State)
  • Police seize 25kg of drugs worth HK$6.25 million at private Hong Kong housing estate (South China Morning Post)


  • Anatomy Of Addiction: How Heroin And Opioids Hijack the Brain (NPR)
  • Did Painkiller Crackdown Cause Heroin Epidemic? (WebMD)
  • Delhi sees sharp rise in seizure of opium, poppy heads (The Statesman)
  • Panel recommends FDA approve implant to treat opiate addiction (USA Today)
  • Heroin Is the Worst Thing to Ever Happen to Me, and I've Never Touched It (The Huffington Post)
  • Naloxone overdose antidote should be available over the counter, Health Canada says (CBC News)
  • Heroin laced with pesticide making way through N.J. (
  • Sailor held with 52kg opium denies drug charges (Gulf News)


  • Get out with the Green Fairy: Where to Drink Absinthe in the Bay Area (7x7)




  • Illegal 'miraa' farming blamed for poor student performance (IPPmedia)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • DanceSafe Founder Emmanuel Sferios Discusses Harm Reduction and Festival Drug Testing (Psychedelic Times)
  • Drug Cartel Kingpin 'El Chapo' Guzman Recaptured in Mexico (ATTN:)
  • Baltimore psychologist pioneers team using psychedelics as 'sacred' medicine (The Guardian)
  • 20 Safety Suggestions for Participating in Ceremonies That Use Psychoactive Substances (Reality Sandwich)
  • Everything You Wanted To Know About Microdosing (But Were Afraid To Ask)
  • David Bowie's Infamous Mugshot Is Indicative of Early 'War on Drugs' (ATTN:)
  • How Long Drugs Stay in Your System (ATTN:)
  • What is Psychedelic Therapy? How Visionary Plants and Other Psychedelics Give Hope to the Weary (Psychedelic Times)
  • How a psychedelic sex GIF animator went viral after getting banned on Facebook (Boing Boing)
  • How the Mexican Drug Trade First Began (TIME)
  • Psychedelic Spiritual Experience—An Integral View (Reality Sandwich)
  • 5 books that bust the myths of drug writing (Boing Boing)
  • The band of psychiatrists who are looking to reclaim psychedelics for medicine again (Medical Xpress)
  • Androgyny and psychedelic make-up: David Bowie's impact on fashion can't be overstated (The Telegraph)
  • How the War on Drugs Came Between the U.S. and Mexico (TIME)
  • Bruce's History Lessons: The father of '60s drug culture (Appeal-Democrat)

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 (and other psychoactives) are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.