This Week in Psychoactives - 1.18.19



  • Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana In The U.S. Virgin Islands (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis in Congress: Why Federally Legal Weed Could Soon Be a Reality (Rolling Stone)

  • What Alex Berenson’s new book gets wrong about marijuana, psychosis, and violence (Vox)

  • A Study Found That People Enjoyed Sex More When High Than When Drunk (Brides)

  • Rhode Island Governor Proposes Legalizing Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Trinidad and Tobago to Decriminalise Cannabis, Consider Legalisation (Talking Drugs)

  • Attorney General Nominee Commits To Leave State-Legal Marijuana Programs Alone (NORML)

  • The technology behind the world's largest cannabis dispensary (Engadget)

  • Now that Canada Legalized, What's Next for Marijuana Law Reform? (Civilized)

  • Is CBD a Miracle Cure or a Marketing Scam? (Both.) (Reason)

  • New Congressional Bill Would Enshrine Rescinded Marijuana Memo Into Federal Law (Marijuana Moment)

  • All the Things the New Anti-Weed Crusade Gets Horribly Wrong (VICE)

  • Surging Cannabis Use Drags Down Beer Sales To Its Lowest Ebb, Says Top Analyst (Forbes)

  • Cannabis Business Booms But That Does Not Mean A Beverage Alcohol Bust (Forbes)

  • Marijuana Legalization Will Be A Top Priority For Hawaii Legislature In 2019 (Marijuana Moment)

  • How Dangerous is Marijuana, Really? (The Marshall Project)

  • Lawmakers In Portugal Debate Two Marijuana Legalization Bills (Marijuana Moment)

  • How Britain became the world’s largest expert in medical marijuana (The Spectator)

  • Gubernatorial Report Card: Learn Where Your Governor Stands on Marijuana Policy (NORML)

  • Now you can get weed delivered to you anywhere in California, even in cities that ban pot (Desert Sun)

  • The mature stoner: why are so many seniors smoking weed? (The Guardian)

  • New York Gov. Cuomo Releases Marijuana Legalization Details (Marijuana Moment)

  • Is Legalizing Marijuana Too Risky? (The New York Times)

  • Canadians Spent $1.6 Billion on Legal Weed in 2018: Report (VICE)

  • New York City Cannabis Film Festival Spotlights the Hard Work Towards Legalization — And the Harder Work Still to Come (Civilized)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Julián Castro Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Don't Call It "Weed," and Other Tips from the Cannabis Media Summit (The New Yorker)

  • Oklahoma Cops Jail Four Men for Transporting Legal Hemp (Reason)

  • What Brooklyn's First Dispensary Says About Medical Marijuana in New York (Civilized)

  • Illinois Governor Pledges To Legalize Marijuana In Inaugural Address (Marijuana Moment)

  • Smoking cannabis just once can change a teenager's brain (The Independent)

  • The Reasonable Way to View Marijuana's Risks (The New York Times)

  • GOP Congressman Refiles Marijuana Research Bill With Important Changes (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis stocks fall after attorney general nominee's comments about marijuana (MarketWatch)

  • It's Time To Unshackle Cannabis Research Efforts (Forbes)

  • Senators Urge Federal Agency To Update Hemp Policies During Government Shutdown (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where the (Legal) Weed At? More States Eye Cannabis Legalization (The Root)

  • OPINION: Some growers complacent about using irradiation on cannabis (The GrowthOp)

  • Kalamazoo pub looks to become cannabis club (WOOD-TV)

  • Bob Marley brand of cannabis-infused drinks on the way (USA Today)

  • What It's Like Running a CBD Company as a One-Woman Show (Civilized)

  • Sen. Chuck Schumer Welcomes Major Cannabis Company To New York’s Hemp Industry (Marijuana Moment)

  • White Rabbit High Tea is a 420-Friendly Wonderland for Grown-Ups (Civilized)

  • The MBA graduate who fired up cannabis distribution (Financial Times)

  • Marijuana Stock Aurora Cannabis Is Rising After It Bought Whistler Medical Marijuana (Barron's)


  • Acid and the sexual psychonauts (Wellcome Collection)

  • This guy wrote a short story about carrier sailors tripping on acid and it’s glorious (Navy Times)

  • Doctors warn trippers of severe danger of using LSD-laden 'deadly stamps' (The Nation)


  • A Melbourne Hospital Will Trial Magic Mushroom Therapy for Dying Patients (VICE)

  • Denver Could Become First City to Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms (Rolling Stone)

  • Magic Mushrooms warning as foragers told mild winter has led to abundance of psychedelic fungi (The Telegraph)

  • Fun with Anxiety: Why I’m Considering Becoming a Scofflaw (Portland Mercury)


  • Police dog went to rave and got high on ecstasy (Metro)

  • The Future of MDMA: Phase 3 and Beyond (Psymposia)

  • MDMA hospitalisation cases in NSW hit record (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • How will MDMA be rescheduled in the future? You may be disappointed. (Psymposia)

  • Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian Admit to Doing Ecstasy After Kim Says Made Her Sex Tape While High (People)

  • Rugby teenager held after boy fell ill 'taking ecstasy' (BBC)




  • What is Synthetic Weed? Know the Side Effects, Street Names and More (Campus Safety Magazine)

  • Intoxication from synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists often missed (MDLinx)

  • Feds to seek 3-year prison sentence for Capitol Petro owner for selling synthetic marijuana (Madison.com)

  • 'Concerning new trends' around synthetic drugs in New Zealand - report (TVNZ)

  • Sheffield police 'in far better position' as war on spice drug abuse continues (The Star)


  • Crawley footballer caught with Sussex’s ‘biggest ever haul’ of laughing gas (Crawley Observer)


  • Crystal Meth, Ketamine 'Godfather' and Former Communist Party Chief Executed (Newsweek)

  • Handcuffed, drugged with ketamine: Truth behind Thai cave rescue (news.com.au)

  • Ketamine a Viable Alternative to Opioids for Severe Pain In ER (Pharmacy Practice News)

  • Ketamine infusions could work better than antidepressants for patients with hard-to-treat depression, anxiety and substance abuse (Daily Mail)



  • New App Uses Sonar to Detect Opioid Overdoses (Scientific American)

  • Police dog given Narcan to reverse overdose at Port Canaveral (WFLA)

  • Report: Americans Are Now More Likely To Die Of An Opioid Overdose Than On The Road (WBUR)

  • The FDA Is Trying to Make It Easier for Drug Companies to Provide Over-the-Counter Opioid Overdose Antidote (TIME)

  • Profiting From Death - The Naloxone Money Story (Psychology Today)

  • Philly paramedics treated more overdoses last year — but used less Narcan (Billy Penn)

  • Man Charged With Homicide For Sharing Drugs With Woman Who Later Died (The Appeal)

  • Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate (The New York Times)

  • Exposure to fentanyl doesn’t kill but misinformation does (Philly.com)

  • B.C. health official questions value of handing out free naloxone nasal spray (CBC)

  • Are Narcan parties real? 'Sounds like something for Hollywood,' addiction expert says (The Enquirer)

  • Jackson County deputy recovering from accidental Fentanyl overdose (WJHG)

  • New bill would make Naloxone more available (Idaho Press)

  • It Happened Here: North Yakima cracks down on ‘underground’ opium dens (Yakima Herald)

  • Mass Overdose in California Kills 1, Injures 12 (TIME)

  • He was a small-time heroin dealer in Virginia. Four women he dated have fatally overdosed. (The Washington Post)

  • Madelyn Linsenmeir to Cops in Booking Video: 'I'm Very Ill Right Now' (Seven Days)

  • Alternative Development Project in Laos enables former opium farmers to learn about Coffee Cultivation from experts (UNODC)

  • Drop in Clallam County opioid deaths attributed to naloxone (Peninsula Daily News)

  • What You Should Know About Using Naloxone (WBUR)


  • Kings of cocaine: how the Albanian mafia seized control of the UK drugs trade (The Guardian)

  • Coke dealers now selling cocaine in eco-friendly reusable packages (Rooster Magazine)

  • Born to run: Just not on cocaine (Science Daily)

  • Florida man chews up seat of police car after cocaine arrest, officials say (Fox News)

  • Cocaine user didn’t know it was fentanyl. He died. Sheriff says the crisis has arrived (The Fresno Bee)


  • Cannabis convictions fall in New Zealand while meth still on the rise (Newshub)

  • Call to Develop Meth Addiction Meds Mustn’t Obscure Woeful Lack of Access to Existing Tools (Filter)


  • A new study says the CDC inflated women’s risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancies (Quartz)

  • How Prohibition Fueled the Klan (The New York Times)

  • Genetic risks play part in fetal alcohol syndrome (UW Medicine)

  • New study calls to end alcohol ads during sport (AdNews)

  • As Americans Drink Less Alcohol, Booze Makers Look Beyond the Barrel (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Tough booze ban for WA's Pilbara to reduce alcohol-related violence (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

  • Wine is different from other alcohols, not responsible for binge drinking, French minister claims (Fox News)

  • 7 states that have strict laws about how and when you can drink alcohol (INSIDER)

  • How to know if an opened bottle of alcohol has gone bad (INSIDER)


  • Case Study Report: Herbal Supplement Kratom Associated With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (Neurology Advisor)

  • Kratom: Lawmaker pushing bill to make Utah first state to regulate the 'miracle cure' (ABC 4)

  • Georgia may regulate popular herbal supplement (FOX 5 Atlanta)

  • How To Market Your Kratom Business Legally (Kratom Guides)

  • Local doctors warn parents about kratom (WHEC)


  • Cheers mate: Australia to allow kava imports to bolster Pacific ties (Reuters)


  • Singapore Creates New Drug Offences with Lengthy Sentences (Talking Drugs)

  • The ‘war on drugs’ is ineffective and violates human rights, say researchers and NGOs (Equal Times)

  • Overwhelming majority of voters support pill-testing – Guardian Essential poll (The Guardian)

  • Former Premier calls for legislation of drugs to stop deaths (Perth Now)

  • Psychedelics appear to have promising effects on human well-being — but rigorous research is lacking (PsyPost)

  • Watch a Florida Cop Botch a Drug Field Test on Video, Then Arrest an Innocent Man (Reason)

  • 'Evidence backs pill testing trials': physicians tell Berejiklian (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Meet the Painter Who Turns His Psychedelic Experiences Into Gallery Art (GQ)

  • Denver Mayor Hancock Used To Support A Safe-Injection Site. Now It’s Not So Clear (Colorado Public Radio)

  • Serotonergic Psychedelics LSD & Psilocybin Increase the Fractal Dimension of Cortical Brain Activity in Spatial and Temporal Domains (bioRxiv)

  • Family of 'beautiful' teen plead for pill testing after suspected festival drug overdose (The Age)

  • Drug-testing service in Durham highlights dangers of the illegal trade (Chronicle Live)

  • Psychedelics: a lost and found weekend (Financial Times)

  • Facing Our Fears With Psychedelic Meditation (Tam Integration)

  • Creating While Clean (GQ)

  • Four-letter word a flaw in anti-pill testing argument (news.com.au)

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This Week in Psychedelics - 12.14.18



  • Congress Lifts Longstanding Ban on Hemp Production (NORML)

  • WHO postpones recommendation for rescheduling cannabis at UN summit (Marijuana Business Daily)

  • Smoking Marijuana Actually Improves Working Memory, Study Indicates (Marijuana Moment)

  • There’s a Movement to Legalize Weed Extracts for Kids With Autism (Tonic)

  • UK Lawmakers Reject Marijuana Legalization In House Of Commons Vote (Marijuana Moment)

  • Recreational marijuana could come to New York State in 2019 (NBC News)

  • New Zealand Government Tells Police Not To Prosecute People For Drug Possession (Marijuana Moment)

  • Big Tobacco Is Getting into Cannabis in a Major Way (The Stranger)

  • Nebraska Lawmakers Form Committee To Put Legal Marijuana Before Voters In 2020 (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis is now getting the Instagram museum treatment (Vox)

  • GOP Congressman Wants Marijuana Consumers To Be Able To Legally Purchase Guns (Marijuana Moment)

  • Shoppers Drug Mart granted licence to sell medical marijuana online (CTV News)

  • Former DNC And RNC Chairs Join One Of The World’s Largest Marijuana Companies (Marijuana Moment)

  • Editorial: Medical marijuana is legal in Missouri. So don't punish its legal users. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

  • Chicago Mayor Wants Legal Marijuana Revenue To Fund Pensions (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cigarette Giant Altria Makes Major Investment in Canadian Cannabis Company (Willamette Week)

  • GOP Senator Seeks To Attach Marijuana Reform To Criminal Justice Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Why are so many countries now saying cannabis is OK? (BBC)

Magic Mushrooms

  • A Playlist for Psilocybin by Kelan Thomas (Chacruna)

  • Trip of a Lifetime? | The Rise of Magic Mushroom Wellness Retreats (Amuse)

  • The Lemon Tek Method for Faster Psilocybin (Magic) Mushroom Trips (Explore Psychedelics)

  • Editorial: Ballot measure on mushrooms seems premature (Corvallis Gazette-Times)


  • Ecstasy found in kid's food wrapper leads to three arrests at Sonic Drive-In in Taylor (KFDM)

  • Colorado man may have been killed by fentanyl in what he thought was 'MDMA,' family members suspect (Rooster Magazine)

  • Revealed: Plaster and brown sugar being sold as MDMA to festival-goers drug users (Chronicle Live)

  • Treating Veterans with Ecstasy (Military.com)

  • Benzino Could Go To Prison For 15 Years Over MDMA Pills And THC Gummies (AllHipHop)


  • Amazon Ayahuasca Sustainability Study Conducted by Medicine Hunter, First of its Kind, Answers Questions, Dispels Erroneous Claims (PRWeb)

  • Ayahuasca for Addiction? That's a Trip (Psychology Today)


Synthetic Cannabinoids

  • BBC South East uncovers black market in banned 'legal highs' (BBC)

  • William and Kate told of Spice devastation (BBC)




  • Overdose Deaths Involving Fentanyl Doubled Every Year From 2013 to 2016 (TIME)

  • Google Searches Could Predict Heroin Overdoses (Scientific American)

  • The Strongest Evidence Yet for a Highly Controversial Addiction Treatment (The Atlantic)

  • Fentanyl-related stocks rebound after China-US agreement to strengthen drug management (Global Times)

  • What I Found When I Applied Hundreds of Fentanyl Tests to Philly’s Street Drugs (Filter)

  • Naloxone-Carrying Nurse Says Her Life Insurance Was Denied. She's Not An Opioid Addict (The Daily Caller)

  • America's Top State for Drug Overdoses Is Handing Out Free Naloxone (U.S. News & World Report)

  • ‘Heroin Was My Life Preserver’ (Medium)

  • Afghanistan Hopeful About Replacing Opium Crops With Saffron (Gandhara)

  • Fentanyl: Deadly in Delaware, tops heroin for America's deadliest drug (The News Journal)



  • Thailand To Review Medical Marijuana, Kratom Legalization Proposal (The Fix)

  • Fears About Kratom Use During Pregnancy Are Overblown (Filter)


  • Ethiopia: Khat farming threatens food security, biodiversity, women, and agroforestry (Mongabay)


  • Testing drugs at festivals is ‘a lifesaver’, study finds (The Guardian)

  • Let’s Talk About Psychedelic-Induced Psychosis (Psymposia)

  • Where Trump’s Pick For Attorney General Stands On Drug Policy (Marijuana Moment)

  • Surge in young people going into private addiction clinics as poorer addicts 'pushed into gangs' (The Independent)

  • DEA Agent Arrested For Participating In Decade-Long Narcotics Conspiracy And Providing Firearms To Drug Trafficking Organization (U.S. Department of Justice)

  • Russia Is Punishing People for Helping Drug Users (VICE)

  • The Little-Known Way Pharma Companies Hook People On Their Costly Drugs (TIME)

  • One Part of Australia’s Economy Is Booming: Illegal Drugs (Bloomberg)

  • Seven Ways (Just for a Start) the War on Drugs Violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Filter)

  • Does the Law Require the Drug Czar To Lie About Legalization? (Reason)

  • Ambassadors to Hidden Territories: Set and Setting in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy (Chacruna)

  • Politicians and police are killing young Australians (Crikey)

  • One dead and three critical after suspected drug overdoses at Sydney dance party (The Guardian)

  • A doctor wants to know which drugs you'd like to trip on (Rooster Magazine)

  • Why professionals are taking psychedelic drugs in the workplace (Financial Review)

  • A Guide to Dream Market (Dark Net Market/DNM) (Explore Psychedelics)

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 - 10.19.18



  • Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational marijuana (BBC)

  • Congressman Issues ‘Blueprint To Legalize Marijuana’ For Democratic House In 2019 (Forbes)

  • Democrats And Republicans Clash Over Which Party Will Lead On Marijuana In 2019 (Marijuana Moment)

  • Still More Evidence That All Weed Is the Same (Motherboard)

  • Marijuana Research Is Exploding In The Age Of Legalization, New Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • As Canada Legalizes Marijuana, It Moves to Pardon Pot Possession (TIME)

  • Cannabis May Be Worse for Teen Brains Than Alcohol (Healthline)

  • Thousands Respond To FDA’s Marijuana Rescheduling Comment Request (Marijuana Moment)

  • Canada Has Legalized Marijuana. Here's What That Means For American Travelers (TIME)

  • Marijuana and the midterms (The Hill)

  • Cannabis Legalization in Canada Is a Giant, Imperfect Leap Forward (Filter)

  • High-end marijuana retailer MedMen just spent $682 million on the largest US cannabis acquisition in history (Business Insider)

  • DECRIM, an Inference from a Year of Data in Atlanta – Most Cops Don’t Care (NORML)

  • CEO Predicts Cannabis Industry Can Bank Legally By Christmas (Forbes)

  • Cannabis health products are everywhere – but do they live up to the hype? (The Guardian)

  • Doctors Who Use Weed Off-Duty Are Getting Their Licenses Suspended (Tonic)

  • Why Big Tobacco Entering The Cannabis Space Makes Sense (Forbes)

  • Trump Administration Has Calm Response To Canadian Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Review: Thousands Of Peer-Reviewed Studies Specific To Medical Cannabis Have Been Published Over Past Decade (NORML)

  • Legalizing cannabis is the best way to protect kids from its harmful effects (CNN)

  • Is the Midwest Ready for Recreational Marijuana? (Governing)

  • Michigan Officials: Legal Marijuana Will Create Even More Revenue Than Activists Predicted (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis could disrupt a $500 billion market, says CEO of top marijuana maker after deal with DEA (CNBC)

  • Marijuana And Tobacco Appear In Almost Half Of Popular Music Videos, Study Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Canada cannabis legalisation: ‘We know the world is watching’ (BBC)

  • Marijuana Ingredient Reduces Anxiety During Public Speaking, Study Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • MS sufferer avoids jail for importing cannabis-based drug (BBC)

  • Zzz Natural: The Cannabis Brand Aiming To Solve America's $400 Billion Sleeping Problem (Forbes)

  • SXSW Goes Big On Marijuana Panels For 2019 (Marijuana Moment)

  • Banking Lobby Surveys Members On Problems Serving Marijuana Businesses (Forbes)

  • GOP Congressman Visits Marijuana Dispensary With Bus Full Of Senior Citizens (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis edibles will soon be a $4 billion business (Yahoo! Finance)

  • Marijuana Legalization in Canada Has Companies Chasing a Green Rush (The New York Times)

  • Man Sends Marijuana Samples To Feds… To Make A Legal Point (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis and coffee: the hippie speedball has been perfected (Rooster Magazine)

  • North Dakota’s Marijuana Legalization Supporters Outraised By Opponents, Filings Show (Marijuana Moment)

  • Voters in One Wisconsin Town Face 7 Marijuana Ballot Questions (Reason)

  • Watch: 80-Year Old Michigan Marijuana Patient Recounts Possession Arrest In New Documentary (Marijuana Moment)

  • Melissa Etheridge Talks Art, Culture and Marijuana Advocacy In The Legalization Era (Marijuana Moment)


  • How LSD influenced Western culture (BBC)

  • LSD turns 75 as scientists again consider medical benefits (Sky News)

  • Russian Faces 10 Years in Prison for LSD Mail Order From Britain (The Moscow Times)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Different cognitive effects of dextromethorphan and psilocybin observed in new study (PsyPost)

  • Beyond Psilocybin: Mushrooms Have Lots of Cool Compounds Scientists Should Study (Discover Magazine)

  • Magic Mushroom Drug Evolved to Mess with Insect Brains (Scientific American)

  • Far-Out Facts About Psychedelic Mushrooms (Maxim)


  • We’re Too Excited About MDMA’s Potential for Treating PTSD (Slate)

  • Sheffield student's MDMA death: Dealers are jailed (BBC)

  • Chilling moment laughing men spike drink with MDMA before forcing woman to down it and sexually assaulting her (The Sun)

  • 'Like a hug from everyone who loves you' — how MDMA could help patients with trauma (The Pharmaceutical Journal)

  • Octopuses on MDMA (University Observer)

  • Ecstacy warning issued by judge as man admits to offering the drug to people in Stealth (Nottinghamshire Live)


  • No charges after death investigation at ayahuasca church (WFTV)

  • Rythmia Review: My Week At a Legal Luxury Plant Medicine Retreat Center in Costa Rica (High Existence)

  • Multiple (and Subtle) Bodies: Entheogenic Incorporation in the Santo Daime Tradition (Part 2) (Reality Sandwich)

  • Ayahuasca ceremonies: Meet the Irish people who've tried the 'key to the universe' (Independent.ie)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • The Peyote People: Interview with Mario Gómez Mayorga on Huichol Plant Medicine Traditions (Psychedelic Times)


  • Ketamine could be legal as an NHS depression treatment in 18 months (Metro)

  • Can ketamine for pain replace opioids in emergency care? (Medical News Bulletin)

  • Springfield man, arrested after firing a gun on Maple Street, found to be in possession of PCP and cocaine, police say (MassLive)


  • Injection site client's fatal OD raises concerns of new naloxone-resistant drugs (Ottawa Citizen)

  • Miami police say they’ll offer opioid addicts rehab instead of arresting them (Miami Herald)

  • Southeast Asia swapping opium with coffee (Geographical)

  • Congress Needs an Opioid Intervention (Reason)


  • Lawrenceville Distilling looks to lift spirits by producing absinthe drink (TribLIVE)

  • Drinking Absinthe With Rupert Everett (And Talking About Oscar Wilde) (Forbes)


  • Ohio Plans to Ban Kratom—And the DEA May Be Close Behind (Filter)

  • PurKratom Vendor Reviews: Strains, Pricing, Coupons (Kratom Guides)



  • Depression, anxiety, and stress and their association with khat use: a cross-sectional study among Jazan University students, Saudi Arabia (Dove Medical Press)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • How meditation and psychedelic drugs could fix tribalism (Vox)

  • Historian Explains How Women Have been Excluded from the Field of Psychedelic Science (Chacruna)

  • Here Comes the Legal Case for Medicinal Psychedelics (VICE)

  • FDA Calls Out Vaping Company for Putting Erectile Dysfunction Drugs in Its Products (TIME)

  • High court orders thousands more drug cases dismissed (Cape Cod Times)

  • On Treading Lightly Through the Lion’s Den: The Path to Psychedelic Legitimacy (Chacruna)

  • The Hidden Victims of Britain's Ecstasy Deaths (VICE)

  • Psychedelic moral enhancement (ResearchGate)

  • Recreational drug use in Australia is now ‘mainstream’ and how it’s dealt is changing rapidly (news.com.au)

  • Trump Slams ‘Very Unfair’ Drug Sentences (Reason)

  • The bid to ban 'poppers': public health necessity or an act of discrimination? (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • The UK should emulate Canada and legalise cannabis – it makes sense from an economic and moral perspective (The Independent)

  • Ohio Will Vote on a Sentencing Reform Bill in November (Reason)

  • An enlightened approach to “illegal” drugs will revolutionise medicine and science (ScienceNordic)

  • California Makes a Fool of VP Mike Pence (Drug WarRant)

  • How MDMA, magic mushrooms and LSD help cancer patients cope, and cure addictions (South China Morning Post)

  • Having a ‘Good Trip’ with comedian Shane Mauss (City Pulse)

  • Acid test – Are hallucinogenics finally shaking off their taboo? (Irish Medical Times)

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 - 9.28.18



  • 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 (Stuff.co.nz)

  • $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 - 8.17.18



  • Study: Medical Cannabis Access Laws Associated With Fewer Workplace Fatalities (NORML)
  • Massachusetts Cannabis Activists Warn Against Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Worker Behavior in Industry (Psychedelic Times)
  • 5 Reasons Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Are Essential in the Cannabis Industry Business (Entrepreneur)
  • Seed-To-Sale Tracking And Compliance: If Coffee Was Regulated Like Cannabis (Forbes)
  • New UMass Medical School study on mice helps explain why cannabis reduces symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (MassLive)
  • UN Launches First-Ever Full Review Of Marijuana’s Status Under International Law (Marijuana Moment)
  • Multiple sclerosis patient calls medical cannabis trial 'a miracle' (Montreal Gazette)
  • Can Article V Federally Legalize Cannabis? (Forbes)
  • Employers In Medical Marijuana States Can Still Drug Test Employees, Federal Judge Rule (Marijuana Moment)
  • Trump Tariffs Set To Hit Cannabis Industry (Forbes)
  • Marijuana Emerges As Key Issue In Nevada U.S. Senate Race (Marijuana Moment)
  • Legalization Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot in North Dakota (NORML)
  • More Americans want legal medical marijuana than legal alcohol or cigarettes, polls say (Rooster)
  • Marijuana Policy Project Welcomes New Executive Director (Marijuana Moment)
  • Texas Medical Marijuana Ad Launched (NORML)
  • New Congressional Bill Would Automatically Seal Marijuana Records (Marijuana Moment)
  • 'I don't think I look like a stoner': the women changing the face of the cannabis industry (The Guardian)
  • Scientists Discover You Can Use Espresso Machines To Make Marijuana Extracts (Marijuana Moment)
  • Working With Pot: Marijuana Job Searches Spike in Canada Ahead of National Legalization (Newsweek)
  • Marijuana-Friendly Gubernatorial Candidates Win Big In Tuesday’s Primaries (Marijuana Moment)
  • Cannabis Now Magazine CEO Eugenio Garcia Talks Marijuana, Publishing And The Future Of It All (Forbes)
  • Anti-Marijuana Group Wants Campaign Finance Transparency, Kind Of (Marijuana Moment)
  • Canadian Cannabis Debut Delayed In Ontario (Forbes)
  • Marijuana Ballot Measures Could Affect Key U.S. Senate Election (Marijuana Moment)
  • Utah’s medical marijuana ballot measure would violate Mormons’ religious beliefs, opponents say in new court filing, which initiative supporters call a ‘Hail Mary’ (The Salt Lake Tribune)
  • One In Four Young Americans Consume Marijuana, Survey Finds (Marijuana Moment)
  • A New Way of Getting High Is as Easy as Applying Deodorant (Tonic)
  • Dogs With Arthritis Benefit From Cannabis Oil, Study Says (Marijuana Moment)
  • Legal Weed: How Republicans Learned to Love Marijuana (Newsweek)
  • DEA Wants More Marijuana Grown And Fewer Opioids Produced In 2019. Really. (Marijuana Moment)
  • Policing of cannabis possession is largely accidental – and many officers don’t think it makes a difference (Policing Insight)
  • Cypress Hill Rapper Who Opposed California Legalization Opens A Marijuana Store (Marijuana Moment)
  • At Weed for Warriors, Military Veterans Harness the Healing Powers of Marijuana (MERRY JANE)
  • South By Southwest Fans Choose From Dozens Of Marijuana-Themed Panels For 2019 (Marijuana Moment)
  • Cannabis Mega Deal Sets Stage for Global Weed Empire (Bloomberg)
  • The Company Behind Corona Beer Is Investing Nearly $4 Billion in Legal Pot (TIME)
  • I’m Mandela not Al Capone — my cannabis speakeasy helps the sick (The Times)


  • Pro jiu-jitsu fighter says LSD helps him whoop ass (Rooster)
  • 9 Facts About LSD Everyone Should Know (Psychedelics Daily)
  • Microdose Acid in 7 Easy Steps (Psychedelics Daily)
  • Naked man high on LSD pees on security vehicle, fights officers in east Lincoln, police say (Beatrice Daily Sun)
  • Student who took LSD, cocaine and alcohol before being found nude outside shopping centre 'mortified' at video, court hears (Independent.ie)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms


  • Ecstasy dealer faces jail after selling deadly dose to schoolgirl, 14, who fell ill after taking two tablets (Mirror)


  • DMT Models the Near-Death Experience (Frontiers)
  • The Connection Between Ayahuasca, Your Stomach, and Your Mind (Tonic)
  • Ayahuasca Healed My Autoimmune Disorder and Depression (Reset.me)
  • The fatal thirst for Peru’s Ayahuasca drug (Channel 4 News)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Huachuma– The Healing Visionary Cactus From Peru (Reset.me)
  • Carlos Castaneda Was Right: High Dose Peyote Initiation (Medium)

Salvia Divinorum

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • The Truth About 'Monkey Dust', UK Media's Latest Drug Obsession (VICE)
  • In hours, about 20 people overdosed in same park. Police say they found the culprit (Miami Herald)
  • New batch of MDMA and ecstasy pills being made with potentially lethal chemical (Metro)
  • Federal Drug Cops Conflate Synthetic Cannabinoids With Marijuana (Deliberately?) (Marijuana Moment)
  • Microdose 4-AcO-DMT in 7 Easy Steps (Psychedelics Daily)


  • Ketamine shows potential in teens with treatment-resistant depression (Healio)
  • Lufkin police: Man possibly high on PCP said white wolves chased him, his family (KTRE)


  • Fentanyl Used to Execute Nebraska Inmate, in a First for U.S. (The New York Times)
  • Does Smoking Heroin Really Cause Brain Damage? (Tonic)
  • Norway to test free heroin for drug addicts (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017 (The New York Times)
  • Facebook cracks down on opioid dealers after years of neglect (TechCrunch)
  • Sending Your Kid to College? Send Them With Fentanyl Testing Strips and Naloxone. (Slate)
  • New report shows increasing trend of EMS-administered naloxone for overdoses (Medical Xpress)
  • Nevada’s Opioid Task Force Continues to Explore Options (NORML)
  • The Western War on Afghan Farmers (Beckley Foundation)
  • Could a Name Change Increase Support for Safe Injection Sites? (Pacific Standard)
  • Ignoring the benefits of supervised injection facilities isn’t just callous. It’s deadly (The Boston Globe)
  • What the media gets wrong about opioids (Columbia Journalism Review)
  • How law enforcement is taking action on the opioid crisis (The Boston Globe)
  • Man dies after swallowing heroin following raid targeting gang with Chicago connections (Chicago Tribune)
  • 81-year-old Woman Tried to Smuggle 92 Lbs. of Heroin Across US-Mexico Border: Police (People)


  • Kratom Association Calls FDA Review of Drug ‘Junk Science’ in Scathing Report (Rolling Stone)
  • New Kratom Death Reports Still Leave More Questions Than Answers (HuffPost)
  • How Often Can You Take Kratom (Kratom Guides)
  • Salmonella scare prompts Kratom recall (Washington Examiner)
  • Herbal supplement sold at gas stations and smoke shops kills Arvada man (9News)
  • What Is Kratom? (Civilized)
  • List of 5 Best Kratom Capsules: Benefits, Dosage & Legality (Kratom Guides)
  • Who Sells The Best Kratom Capsules – 20 Top Kratom Vendors Online (Kratom Guides)


  • Kava Business Launched In Canada (Fiji Sun)
  • Kava Demand Creates Trade Opportunity Between Fiji, Madang (Fiji Sun)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • How America Convinced the World to Demonize Drugs (VICE)
  • These Psychedelic Drugs Show Promise for Treating Mental Health Disorders (Live Science)
  • People With Depression and Anxiety Could Benefit From Hallucinogens (Teen Vogue)
  • The Long Burn: A 30-Day Sananga Challenge (Psychedelic Times)
  • The New Wave of Psychedelics in Buddhist Practice (Lion's Roar)
  • Beyond Psychedelics 2018: Listening, Talking, Filming – Review Of A Psychedelic Forum in Prague (Maps Of The Mind)
  • The War on Drugs Is Inseparable from US Imperialism (VICE)
  • Psychedelic Drugs Shown To Promote Neural Plasticity (Psychedelics Daily)
  • Psychedelics Reduce Violence Against Intimate Partners (Psychedelics Daily)
  • Top 5 Myths About Psychedelics You Need To Know (Psychedelics Daily)

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.