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This Week in Psychoactives - 7.26.19



  • Scientists unlock the secrets of marijuana’s pain-relief potential, study says (Miami Herald)

  • Study Explores How Different Marijuana Extracts Kill Types Of Cancer Cells (Marijuana Moment)

  • Senate Banking Committee Holds Hearing On Cannabis Banking (NORML)

  • Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Give Marijuana Businesses Access To Insurance Coverage (Marijuana Moment)

  • Miami Cops Can No Longer Use Just “Weed Odor” as Excuse to Search Cars (MERRY JANE)

  • Marijuana Compound CBD Shows Promise For Treating Cocaine And Meth Addiction, Study Suggests (Marijuana Moment)

  • Top Congressional Chairman And Presidential Candidate File Marijuana Legalization Bills (Forbes)

  • Federal Officials Give Hemp Legalization Update At Senate Hearing (Marijuana Moment)

  • How legal weed companies are starting to address driving while high (Fast Company)

  • Michigan Cuts Cannabis Fees in 19 Cities Impacted by Drug War (Leafly)

  • Presidential Candidate Proposes Medical Marijuana Waivers For Military Veterans (Marijuana Moment)

  • California seizes $30 million in black market cannabis from illegal pot shops (Los Angeles Times)

  • Record number of states considered marijuana legalization in 2019 (The Hill)

  • New York City Council Passes Two Marijuana Reform Resolutions (Marijuana Moment)

  • Former Drug Warrior Biden Unveils Cannabis Decriminalization Plan (Leafly)

  • Enslaved on a British cannabis farm: ‘The plants were more valuable than my life’ (The Guardian)

  • Marijuana Legalization More Popular Than Free College And $15 Minimum Wage, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • UK hemp farm could lose £200,000 in crop destruction (BBC)

  • Why marijuana’s illegal classification is based on politics, not science (The GrowthOp)

  • Entrance to illegal pot dispensary blocked again as cat-and-mouse game continues (The Toronto Star)

  • Pot-smoking teen caused Maui brushfire, police say (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

  • FDA (Again) Rejects Petition To Further Restrict Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Mystery Solved: Icelandic Horses Probably Ate Cannabis (The Reykjavík Grapevine)

  • It’s Getting Harder to Fire People for Using Pot (Bloomberg)

  • Were Vikings Growing Cannabis in Newfoundland 1,000 Years Ago? (Leafly)

  • Young Americans Are More Likely To Smoke Marijuana Than Cigarettes, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Testing CBD: Defenders test finds huge unreported range in THC levels (WCNC)

  • Here's How Much Legal Marijuana Canada Has Sold Since Legalizing Adult-Use Cannabis (Yahoo! Finance)

  • UFC teams with Aurora Cannabis on CBD study in fighters (CNN)

  • Hundreds Of Pet Owners Tell FDA That CBD Is Helping Their Furry Companions (Marijuana Moment)

  • Did Indigenous Canadians use Cannabis Before Europeans Arrived? (Leafly)

  • The Real Difference Between Smoking and Eating Marijuana (The Atlantic)

  • Medical marijuana or your guns: Missourians may have to choose (KSHB)

  • The New, Cool Term For Cannabis? It's Still Up For Grabs. (Green Entrepreneur)


  • Psilocybin Initiative Leader Starting National Decriminalization Group (Westword)

  • Both CBD and Psilocybin show potential in fighting alcohol use disorder (Regina Leader-Post)


  • 3-year-old fights for her life after mistaking ecstasy for candy in Ibiza (New York Post)

  • Girls hospitalised after taking MDMA at Victorian school camp (Geelong Advertiser)


  • Ayahuasca and Dreaming (Chacruna)

  • A Clinical Psychologist’s First Experience with Ayahuasca (Chacruna)


  • Silicon Valley Is Spending Millions Trying to Synthesize THC From Yeast (VICE)

  • Alabama Corrections K-9 dies after allergic reaction inside prison (Montgomery Advertiser)


  • Mindfulness-Based Prevention Outcomes for Cocaine Dependence Improved by Ketamine Injection (Psychiatry Advisor)

  • Spring Center of Hope discusses possible effects of ketamine on mood (Chron)


  • PCP Is ‘No Worse’ Than Other Drugs When Used Properly, Says Hamilton Morris (Inquisitr)


  • Summit County concert promotes free app to connect naloxone carriers to people overdosing (Cleveland.com)

  • The biggest civil trial in U.S. history will start with these Ohio counties (The Washington Post)

  • Five drug companies stop making fentanyl for Canadian market (The London Free Press)

  • Former narcotics officer sues sheriff’s office following fentanyl exposure (WREG)

  • An editorial board of user-activists takes on the opioid crisis (Columbia Journalism Review)


  • Internal Probe Reveals SEAL Team 10 Operators’ Cocaine Use (The Daily Beast)


  • Police Admit They Were Totally Just Joking About Those 'Meth-Gators' (TIME)

  • Rising Meth-Involved Deaths of Major Concern Amid Estimated 2018 Overdose Fall (Filter)


  • Too much caffeine during pregnancy may damage baby's liver (EurekAlert!)

  • The latest on caffeine limits (Medical Xpress)

  • Is Caffeine Fueling Your Anxieties? (HealthDay)

  • Young Man Dies from an Accidental Caffeine Overdose, Coroner Rules (Legal Reader)


  • Daily E-Cigarette Use Can Help Smokers Quit, According to One of the Most Comprehensive Studies Yet (TIME)

  • Nicotine Testing for High Schoolers Is a Drug War-Style Disaster (Filter)

  • Facebook, Instagram is age-restricting alcohol, tobacco content (WITN)

  • FDA targets teens with e-cigarette prevention ads (Engadget)


  • Costa Rica: Tainted alcohol death toll rises to 20; 41 people affected overall (USA Today)

  • Leaked draft of the National Alcohol Strategy shows why Australia can't stop drinking (Australia Broadcasting Corporation)

  • Is it safe to drink alcohol while breastfeeding? (Medical Xpress)

  • Why Some People Have A Higher Alcohol Tolerance Than Others (HuffPost)

  • Pabst Blue Ribbon Seeks Buzz With Hard Coffee (NPR)

  • Playboy model’s skin left rotting from alcohol addiction (New York Post)


  • Kambo: A Powerful Amazonian Frog Secretion That Offers Healing! (MenaFN)


  • Kratom for excessive weight loss (The Bona Venture)

  • Can you use Kratom for Performance-Enhancing? (Chart Attack)

  • Nebraska Regional Poison Center warns of dangers of using Kratom (KPTM)


  • The Role of Khat in Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis (Small Wars Journal)

  • Kenyan khat farmers receive a lifeline as they start exporting the potent twigs to Israel joining rival Ethiopia (Business Insider)


  • Psychedelics Decriminalization Moves Forward In Cities Around The U.S. (Marijuana Moment)

  • More people try drugs for the first time in the summer, study says (CNN)

  • President Duterte’s War on Drugs Is a Pretense (The New York Times)

  • Mark Kleiman, who changed the way we think about crime and drugs, has died at 68 (Vox)

  • Football, basketball and drug testing: Texas school district to randomly test extracurricular students (USA Today)

  • Military police called in to help tackle county lines drug dealers at train stations (Mirror)

  • Vancouver’s overdose task force calls for safer supply of drugs (The Globe and Mail)

  • India Persecutes Leading Legal Advocate for People Who Use Drugs (Filter)

  • When Drug Addiction Is Criminalized We All Lose (The National Interest)

  • Ethical and Sustainable Access to Entheogenic Plants (Chacruna)

  • Will Oakland Lead the Psychedelic Revolution? (The Bold Italic)

  • The complex forces at work behind drug deaths at music festivals (The New Daily)

  • Psychonaut Hamilton Morris on Drugs After Prohibition (Reason)

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This Week in Psychedelics - 2.2.18

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  • San Francisco to Clear Thousands of Marijuana Convictions Dating Back to 1975 (TIME)
  • How to Legally Buy Weed in D.C. Without Actually Buying Any Weed at All (Reason)
  • Study: Marijuana Smoke Exposure Not Linked To Poor Lung Health (NORML)
  • Idaho bill would allow use of cannabis-derived CBD oil (East Idaho News)
  • Marijuana: is it time to stop using a word with racist roots? (The Guardian)
  • California's New Cannabis Laws Squeeze Out Compassionate Care Programs (Forbes)
  • Mondo Cannabis Powder Is Weed Made for Taking at Work (Bon Appetit)
  • California mulls state-owned bank for cannabis industry (Financial Times)
  • Which city in the world has the cheapest cannabis - and the most expensive? (The Guardian)
  • Canadian Cannabis Companies Set Their Sights On South America (Forbes)
  • A startup that makes cannabis oil for vaping wants to be America's first $1 billion 'marijuana unicorn' (Business Insider)
  • Cannabis 'Gifting' Economy Springs up in Massachusetts (Leafly)
  • Oakland selects winners of cannabis dispensary permits (SFGate)
  • Maine: Marijuana Moratorium Measure Expires (NORML)
  • Cannabis Stocks Begin To Reflect The Real Industry (Forbes)
  • Arizona May Finally Begin Lab Testing Medical Cannabis for Contaminants (Leafly)
  • Stronger cannabis linked to rise in demand for drug treatment programmes (The Guardian)
  • What Are CO2 Cannabis Extracts and How Are They Made? (Leafly)
  • The beginner's guide to cannabis (Well+Good)
  • This Texas Cop Is Risking His Career for Cannabis Reform (Leafly)
  • 'You Can't Roll a Joint on the Cover of a Digital Download': Cannabis Quotes of the Week (Leafly)
  • Can pot trigger hallucinations? Report of officers who allegedly ate edibles fuels debate (Luxora Leader)


  • Advice on Taking LSD from Seasoned Acid Afficionados (VICE)
  • When the LSD King Timothy Leary Hid in Africa with the Black Panthers (Daily Beast)
  • Michael Pollan Talks Farm-to-Table Food—and LSD (Austin Monthly)
  • Wormwood's Bad Trip Peddles CIA Conspiracies (Reason)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Study hints magic mushrooms can alter how you feel about nature (and politics) (Medical Xpress)
  • How Magic Mushrooms Could Treat Depression From An Entirely New Angle (Forbes)
  • Startup plans to give mushrooms to depressed patients (New York Post)
  • Can Magic Mushrooms Help Us Come To Terms With Death? (VICE)
  • Do Psilocybin Mushrooms Show Up on Drug Tests? (Psychedelics Daily)
  • Clinical interpretations of patient experience in a trial of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for alcohol use disorder (Frontiers)
  • Three Things To Know About Psychedelic Mushrooms (Psychedelics Daily)



Salvia Divinorum

  • Salvia Divinorum: The Globalization of a Sacred Psychoactive Plant (Reality Sandwich)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Man arrested on suspicion of poisoning and supplying a controlled drug after 'MDMA' hospital cases (The Isle of Thanet News)


  • 'The fog is gone': How ketamine could help lift hard-to-treat depression (CTV News)
  • Israel Says Prison Time Possible for Possessing Unprescribed Ketamine, Fentanyl (Haaretz)
  • Man who allegedly murdered mom while he was high on PCP indicted (NJ.com)


  • FDA Cracks Down on Imodium and Other Anti-Diarrhea Medicine Because of the Opioid Epidemic (TIME)
  • Controversial Portland program uses marijuana and kratom to treat opioid addiction (Press Herald)
  • Why Colorado Tokers Love Opium (Westword)
  • History repeats itself with opioid epidemic (Shreveport Times)
  • The US is forgoing a powerful weapon in the war on opiates (The Boston Globe)
  • Don't Blame Pain Pills for the Opioid Crisis (Reason)
  • To combat opioid deaths, it's time to give away Naloxone for free (Jackson Clarion Ledger)



  • I Tried Kava And It Was Nothing Like Xanax (Paper)
  • Kava, the drink soothing the stress of NY millennials (Daily Mail)
  • Kava thefts increase (The Fiji Times)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • If You Bought Drugs on the Silk Road Using Bitcoin, the Feds Might Know Who You Are (Reason)
  • Cryptocurrency and The War on Drugs: Interview with Brian Normand of Psymposia (Psychedelic Times)
  • Psychedelic Documentaries You Should Definitely Watch (Psychedelic Times)
  • Award-Winning Script On Psychedelic Research In The '60s Gets L.A. Staged Reading (Broadway World)
  • Pill Testing is proven. I Am Hardstyle shows how much we need it (The Guardian)
  • Hamilton Morris on high (quality) filmmaking (The Justice)
  • Vancouver forges new paths in revival of psychedelic research (The Georgia Straight)

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.

This Week in Psychedelics - 1.12.18

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  • Vermont State House Passes Marijuana Legalization (NORML)
  • More Americans Want to Legalize Marijuana Than Ever Before (TIME)
  • New Hampshire House Votes to Legalize Marijuana Possession and Cultivation (NORML)
  • Australia to Allow Export of Cannabis-Based Medicines (Voice of America)
  • A Top Cannabis Lawyer on What Losing the Cole Memo Means (Leafly)
  • 'Sorry Bro.' Coachella Bans Marijuana Even Though California Just Made it Legal (TIME)
  • Democrats and Republicans Reject Recent Action by AG Sessions (NORML)
  • Kansas Rep. Steve Alford Apologizes for Racist Comments Linking Black People to Marijuana (TIME)
  • Fear of Mexicans, Not Blacks, Led Kansas to Ban Marijuana (Reason)
  • Will New York Finally Consider Legalizing Cannabis This Week? (Forbes)
  • The challenge of showcasing weed tech at CES (Engadget)
  • CHP Seizure of Legal Cannabis Outrages California Farmers (Leafly)
  • Oklahoma: Voters To Decide In June On Sweeping Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative (NORML)
  • 4 Things Congress Can Do to Stop a Cannabis Crackdown (Reason)
  • Here's Why a Marijuana Crackdown Could Spell Disaster for Republicans (TIME)
  • This Marijuana Reform T-Shirt Cost Iowa Taxpayers Half a Million Bucks (Reason)
  • Cannabis Crunch Monthly – What's In Store For Marijuana In 2018 (Psychedelic Times)
  • Unregulated sales of cannabis oil spike in Iowa (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Light-sensitive THC: Intoxicatingly light-sensitive (ScienceDaily)
  • NORML Endorses SQ 788: Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Access Initiative (NORML)
  • Canopy Growth: Best Way To Play The Cannabis Industry (Seeking Alpha)
  • Federalists Can't Support a Cannabis Crackdown (Reason)
  • In the Fight Over LA Weekly, Cannabis Companies Are Caught in the Middle (Leafly)
  • SF cannabis stores open for city's first day of recreational pot sales (SFGate)
  • Cannabis Insiders Share 2018 Industry Wishes (Forbes)
  • 'Breeding Is an Art Form': An Interview with Cannabis Cup Champion, Exotic Genetix (Leafly)
  • California Cannabis Rush May Not Bring A Fortune For Stock Investors (Seeking Alpha)
  • Elderly Christmas Cannabis Couple Arrested Again, Facing New Drug Charges (NPR)


  • Wormwood review – LSD, the CIA and the mysterious death of an army scientist (The Guardian)
  • Nixon's Manhunt For The High Priest Of LSD In 'The Most Dangerous Man In America' (NPR)
  • Kacey Musgraves Says a Moving LSD Trip Inspired New Song (Wide Open Country)
  • California Man's Plot To Dump Tons Of LSD In L.A. Water Supply Thwarted By Police Is Fake News (Business 2 Community)
  • Viktor Ivanelo death: Former Croydon student was found hanged in tunnel after taking LSD (Croydon Advertiser)
  • Man who was Tasered while on LSD in 2012 loses lawsuit against Harris County (Chron)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic mushroom compound might treat depression by reviving emotional responsiveness in the brain (PsyPost)
  • A Spore No More: Magic Mushroom Use Reveals Effective Clinical PTSD Treatment (Sputnik International)
  • Hunting for Hallucinogenic Mushrooms in Eastern Europe (VICE)


  • Quarter of 'MDMA' pills tested turn out to be something else (Newshub)
  • Secret bitcoin philanthropist backs research of ecstasy as treatment for PTSD (Stripes)
  • Dangerously strong batch of ecstasy going around (Newshub)
  • Bank clerk, 29, who 'rarely went out drinking' died from an Ecstasy overdose after mixing the drug with alcohol, inquest hears (Daily Mail)
  • Tragic teenager died after taking ecstasy at Leeds Festival: Coroner warns taking illicit drugs like playing 'Russian roulette' (Yorkshire Evening Post)


  • How Ayahuasca Made This CEO Unplug from the Matrix (High Existence)
  • I Took Ayahuasca and It Did Nothing (Tonic)


  • The Ibogaine Conversation Pt 11: Is ibogaine the cure for opioid addiction? It's not that simple. (Psymposia)

Salvia Divinorum

  • Salvia Leads Chemists on a Psychedelic Existential Journey (Wired)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Drugs tested at festivals found to be 'much more potent' (Radio New Zealand)
  • More festival-goers testing drugs as MDMA substitutes plague black market (TVNZ)


  • Ketamine May Represent an Effective Treatment for the Management of Chronic Noncancer Pain (Clinical Pain Advisor)
  • Ketamine shots are a 'powerful' treatment for depression, doctor says (Metro)


  • Scientists Just Solved a Major Piece of the Opioid Puzzle (Wired)
  • Could Prescription Heroin And Safe Injection Sites Slow The Opioid Crisis? (KAZU)
  • Doctor Had Wife Killed to Keep Her Quiet About Opioid Drug Ring, Police Say (TIME)


  • Using Kratom To Get Off Alcohol And Withdrawal Symptoms (Kratom Guides)
  • CBD Kratom's Customers Swear By Its Product. The Feds Want to Make It Illegal (Riverfront Times)
  • Kratom And 5-HTP: Best Supplements To Use For Your Positive Mood And Relaxation (Kratom Guides)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Continuing Further Education with Psychedelics (Psychedelic Times)
  • Google makes millions from plight of addicts (The Times)
  • The Joy of Psychedelic Healing: Interview with Julian Vayne (Psychedelic Times)
  • Hamilton's back to use his body as a test subject for the world's craziest drugs (SBS)

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.

This Week in Psychedelics - 12.8.17

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  • Study: Alcohol Sales Fall Following Cannabis Legalization (NORML)
  • Maryland Begins Sales of Medical Marijuana After Delays (TIME)
  • L.A. Just Legalized Recreational Marijuana. Here's When You Can Buy It (TIME)
  • Florida Judge Admits He Made a Mistake Locking up Marijuana Users (ATTN:)
  • U.S. States Tried Decriminalizing Pot Before. Here's Why It Didn't Work (TIME)
  • California's cannabis festivals face uncertain future under new state rules (The Mercury-News)
  • Cannabis linked to bipolar symptoms in young adults (Science Daily)
  • Regenerative Organic Cannabis Farming (High Times)
  • Colorado's Marijuana Profits Continue to Deprive Cartels (ATTN:)
  • An Overview of Cannabis Legalization Driving Politicians Insane (Leafly)
  • 'Cannabis Clubs' Considered By Massachusetts Lawmakers (CBS)
  • Cannabis Crunch – DEA THC Favoritism, California Expunging Pot Offenses, And Italy's Army Weed (Psychedelic Times)
  • Lawyers Walk Fine Line to Navigate State, Federal Cannabis Laws (Leafly)
  • Dallas Marijuana 'Cite & Release' a Half-Assed Measure (Reason)
  • Albania Under Pressure To Catch 'Big Fish' of Cannabis (High Times)
  • Lawlessness on cannabis attracts more tourists in Morocco (Africa News)
  • Delaware Officials Eye Gun Ban for Cannabis Consumers (Leafly)
  • 5 Top Cannabis Stocks to Consider Buying Now (The Motley Fool)
  • High Design: Q&A With a Cannabis Packaging Designer (Leafly)
  • Meet The Herbal Chef, The Man Turning Weed-Infused Food Gourmet (Forbes)
  • 'The Leafly Guide to Cannabis' Is Now Available for Purchase (Leafly)
  • Historic Vapor and Communal Spirit: 5 Takeaways From the Canadian Cannabis Awards (Leafly)


  • New Netflix Documentary Will Explore the CIA's Attempt to Control Minds with LSD (Motherboard)
  • Microdosing LSD: Smart Drug or Placebo? (Sapiensoup Blog)
  • Some Use LSD As Brain Boost, But Dangers Remain (WebMD)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Two Magic Mushroom Studies Suggest Psychedelics Increase Spirituality, Decrease Criminal Behavior (Psychedelic Times)
  • Amanita Muscaria and Psilocybin in Early Christian Art: Interview with Jerry Brown (Psychedelic Times)
  • Group pushes for legal psychedelic mushrooms in Oregon (KATU)
  • This playlist is scientifically curated for your magic mushroom trip (The Daily Dot)
  • COMPASS Pathways Partners With Worldwide Clinical Trials To Conduct World's First Large-Scale Clinical Trials In Psilocybin Therapy For Treatment-Resistant Depression (Clinical Leader
  • FDA Confirms Psilocybin Reduces Risk Of Mindlessly Following Society's Rules Like Fucking Lemming (The Onion)
  • Dude running for mayor in Cali is trying to legalize... magic mushrooms? (Kulture Hub)


  • Linkin Park's Chester Bennington Did Not Take Ecstasy Before He Died (Radio.com)
  • 23-Year-Old Arrested with $40 Million In Pure MDMA (Your EDM)


  • Can Giving Ayahuasca to Prisoners Reduce Recidivism? (Big Think)
  • Yagé: On the Quest for Spiritual Enlightenment in Colombia (The Bogotá Post)


  • The Ibogaine Conversation Pt 1: Ibogaine presents unique challenges in how we approach harm reduction and treat addiction (Psymposia)
  • The Ibogaine Conversation Pt 2: Taking Iboga with the People of Gabon (Psymposia)
  • The Ibogaine Conversation Pt 3: How has Western influence changed the traditional use of iboga in Gabon? We talked to a French guy living there. (Psymposia)


  • Study confirms rapid antidepressant effect of ketamine extends to Taiwanese patients (PsyPost)
  • Down With Depression: Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles Is Saving Lives Using IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy (Digital Journal)
  • Intranasal ketamine or fentanyl for children (American Pharmacists Association)
  • Man found lying in street faces PCP charges (NJ.com)


  • Heroin in Soups and Lollipops: How Drug Cartels Evade Border Security (The New York Times)
  • US General: $50 Million Worth of Taliban Narcotics Destroyed in Afghanistan (Voice of America)
  • Naloxone Safely Reverses Opioid Overdoses in the Field (American Academy of Family Physicians)
  • The Opioid Commission Almost Got Something Right with Their Naloxone Recommendation (Human Rights Watch)
  • It Doesn't Take a Genius to Solve the Opioid Crisis (VICE)
  • Legislators Dust Off Medieval Methods to Address the Opioid Crisis (Reason)
  • Information Gaps Exist about Opioid Antidote Naloxone, Study Says (National Pain Report)
  • Doctors studying psychiatry helped soldiers in Vietnam hooked on heroin (The Buffalo News)
  • Afghan farmers revert to growing opium, sending yields soaring (The National)
  • Drug Users In D.C. Can Now Legally Test Their Dope for Fentanyl. Now How About Over-the-Counter Naloxone? (Reason)
  • Ohio State sells Naloxone kits at student pharmacy (Dayton Daily News)


  • Does Kratom Really Kill? Officials Aren't Telling Us The Whole Story. (HuffPost)
  • What is kratom (mitragyna speciosa)? (Sun Sentinel)
  • Kratom beginning to rival cannabis in controversy over risks, benefits (Standard-Examiner)
  • FDA moves to restrict kratom shipments (WMUR)
  • Push to ban kratom sale to minors in NY (MPNnow.com)
  • What's Kratom, and Why Are States Banning It? (Governing)
  • Kratom Not the Cause of Yelm Woman's Death (Nisqually Valley News)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Fear of Death? Psychedelics Can Help! (Bedford + Bowery)
  • 'HAMILTON'S PHARMACOPEIA' Traces Peyote's Psychedelic History (VICE)

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.

This Week in Psychedelics - 11.18.16

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  • Marijuana Appears to Benefit Mental Health: Study (TIME)
  • Study: Medical Cannabis Use Associated With Improved Cognitive Performance, Reduced Use Of Opioids (NORML)
  • The Sneaky Reason Federal Studies Into Marijuana Are off Base (ATTN:)
  • Denver Becomes First City to Allow Marijuana Use in Bars and Restaurants (TIME)
  • Cannabis in History: The Journey of the Joint (Leafly)
  • Here Come the Cannabis Cafés (Reason)
  • A People's History of Cannabis Consumption (Leafly)
  • The Tide Turns on Legalizing Pot in Virginia (Reason)
  • The revolution in cannabis law has begun, but Britain is stuck in the past (The Guardian)
  • Cannabis should be legal as a medicine, says Clegg: Former Deputy PM says continuing to criminalise the drug is 'absurd' (Daily Mail)
  • CanPay Debuts First Legitimate Debit Payment System For Cannabis Purchases (Forbes)
  • Maine: Legalization Opponents File Petitions Challenging Election Day Vote (NORML)
  • How Cannabis Transformed My Severely Autistic Son (Collective Evolution)
  • Cannabis cocktails? Constellation is mulling it (CBS News)
  • Broken heart syndrome twice as likely in cannabis users - new study (The Telegraph)
  • Cannabis users age FASTER than those who avoid the drug, study claims (Daily Mail)


  • Why Power Women Are Micro-Dosing LSD at Work (Marie Claire)
  • Can anything - LSD perhaps? - help 'suicide headaches?' (Philly.com)
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Cure (New York Magazine)
  • The Trippy Life of the LSD Manufacturer Who 'Helped Create The 60s' (VICE)
  • Retracing the Steps of Psychedelic Outlaws on an LSD Mission From God (KQED)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • 3 Ways Psilocybin Therapy Could Lead to Healthier Gender Transitions (Psychedelic Times)
  • Meet the Man Dedicating His Life to Uncovering Rare Mushrooms (VICE)


  • Meet KATY The Natural Alternative to Molly – Does It Really Work? (Magnetic Magazine)
  • Ecstasy ingredient touted as treatment for anxiety in autism (Spectrum)


Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Super strength Ecstasy, mega dose opiates and the N-bomb flooding Australia in deadliest summer of drugs (News.com.au)
  • Schoolies drug fear: Teens could be wiped out by "N-Bomb" (Rockhampton Morning Bulletin)
  • Tragic Tony Storrie would be alive today if he hadn't taken N-Bomb legal high, sheriff rules (Scottish Daily Record)


  • Reinforcing properties of an intermittent, low dose of ketamine in rats: effects of sex and cycle (Springer)
  • Police: Bridgeport man on PCP stabbed mom with samurai sword (News 12 Connecticut)
  • Father accused of stabbing his two children was on PCP, family says (The Washington Post)
  • Autopsy: Marion Barry's son died of accidental PCP overdose (WTOP)


  • What Will Trump Do About the Opioid Epidemic? (ATTN:)
  • Despite 15 years of occupation, Afghanistan's opium production has only gone up (Stamford Advocate)
  • Why heroin is Mexican drug cartels' new product of choice (USA Today)
  • Naloxone: Who is it saving and at what cost? (WLKY)
  • America's heroin trail: The outdoor factory that feeds the US (BBC News)
  • A Twist On 'Involuntary Confinement': Some Heroin Users Request It (NPR)


  • An Ancient Tradition Returns: Making Absinthe in Switzerland (Food Republic)


  • The DEA Has The Wrong Priorities And Kratom Is The Wrong Target (The Huffington Post)
  • What the Reversed Kratom Ban Teaches Us About Drug Advocacy in America (Merry Jane)
  • With 2 Weeks To Go: American Kratom Association Urges Kratom Community To "Speak Up Now!" And Get 10,000 Comments In To DEA (PR Newswire)
  • DEA taking a second look at kratom after public outcry (WBRC)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • What's the Future of Psychedelics Therapy? One Researcher's Vision of Psychedelic Public Policy (Psychedelic Times)
  • How Defining Your Spirituality Can Positively Impact Your Psychedelic Experiences (Psychedelic Times)
  • The BMJ Joins The Lancet in Supporting Drug Legalization (Reason)
  • Trump's War on Immigration Will Reprise the War on Drugs (Reason)
  • Inner Worlds, Art and Sacred Plants (Reality Sandwich)
  • The Man in the Yellow Shirt Is Now Dead. Here's How That Could Upend the Philippine Drug War (TIME)
  • Surgeon General Says Addiction Crisis a 'Moral Test for America' (TIME)

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.