This Week in Psychoactives - 7.12.19



  • Hawaii has decriminalized marijuana (Vox)

  • Congressional Committee Discusses How to Legalize Cannabis (Leafly)

  • Youth Cannabis Use Drops 8% in Legal States, Study Finds (Leafly)

  • In states where marijuana is legal, licensed dispensaries are pushing out drug dealers (MarketWatch)

  • New research indicates that cannabinoids could be efficacious pain management options (PsyPost)

  • Marijuana Gives Men And Women More Sexual Desire And Better Orgasms, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Congress Votes To Allow Home Loans For Veterans Working In Marijuana Industry (Forbes)

  • Israeli college to offer degree specializing in medical cannabis (The Jerusalem Post)

  • Cannabis cake gift eaten by unwitting Warrington nurse (BBC)

  • Over Half of CBD Products Sold in UK Are Inaccurately Labeled, New Study Finds (MERRY JANE)

  • New Evidence on Pot During Pregnancy (The Atlantic)

  • Too high? ‘Parachute’ down with a new pill created by Michigan scientist (

  • Illegal cannabis seeds may be used to make legal medicinal cannabis products (New Zealand Herald)

  • Tulsi Gabbard Files Bill To Study Hemp’s Uses For Just About Everything (Marijuana Moment)

  • FDA Issues CBD Warnings, But No New Regulations – Yet (MERRY JANE)

  • Can cannabis treat anxiety? It's complicated (The Guardian)

  • Most Addiction Specialists Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • West Virginia Is Years Away From Medical Cannabis, Officials Say (Leafly)

  • Colorado grows annual cannabis sales to $1 billion as other states struggle (CNBC)

  • Pete Buttigieg’s Racial Justice Plan Would Legalize Marijuana And Decriminalize Drug Possession (Marijuana Moment)

  • A beloved cafeteria worker nicked his finger on a knife – and got fired for using marijuana at home (The Boston Globe)

  • Illegal cannabis getting even cheaper, as legal gets costlier, StatsCan says (CBC)

  • AOC And Kamala Harris File Bill Protecting Drug Offenders From Losing Public Housing (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis: Misinformation about CBD can be life-threatening (The Conversation)

  • You Can Legally Smoke Weed Naked on the Patio of a Southeast Portland Sex Club (Willamette Week)

  • People in states where marijuana is legal are eating more salty snacks and ice cream (MarketWatch)

  • Jay-Z joins cannabis company Caliva as chief brand strategist (CNN)

  • How Psychedelic Surf Smugglers Invented Dabs (With Help From the CIA?) (Leafly)


  • A Guy Allegedly Took LSD, Stabbed People With A Pencil And Lawn Light, And Hit Two Women With A Truck (BuzzFeed News)



  • STUDY: Use of MDMA & Similar Drugs May Increase Risk of Valvular Heart Disease (YourEDM)

  • Sydney teen swallowed MDMA pills 'to avoid detection' at a music festival (

  • 'The drug of the moment': five per cent of year 10 students have tried ecstasy (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Music festival MDMA overdose patient waited an hour for an ambulance (

  • Haunting texts reveal how young woman was scared to take MDMA which killed her at a Sydney music festival (New Zealand Herald)

  • Family devastated after schoolgirl, 16, dies after ‘taking ecstasy’ at party (Metro)

  • MDMA can make 'mild mannered people' aggressive, inquest hears (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Teen took up to nine MDMA capsules before dying at festival, inquest hears (ABC News)



  • Opinion: Miami University must reverse unjust decision to terminate professors (


  • Study: Seizures, coma more common with synthetic cannabinoids than cannabis (AAP News)


  • How the approval of esketamine has helped shift the perception of ketamine and other psychedelics (Tahoe Daily Tribune)

  • The Woodlands gets first ketamine infusion center to treat depression (Chron)


  • Teens abusing painkillers are more likely to later use heroin (Medical Xpress)

  • Generic Naloxone Approved for Opioid Overdose (Physician's Weekly)

  • Naloxone Dispensing Found Higher at Facilities with Opioid Workflow (Pharmacy Times)

  • The Global Opioid Supply Chain Begins in Tasmania (Pacific Standard)

  • With opium prices down, Mexican poppy planters are packing their bags (The Hustle)

  • Minnesota’s largest naloxone distributor won’t get grant funds (INFORUM)

  • If Cops Don't Die From Incidental Fentanyl Exposure, a Drug Treatment Specialist Warns, They 'Could Become Addicted to It Instantly' (Reason)

  • Portsmouth doctor reprimanded for treatment of chronic pain patient (New Hampshire Union Leader)

  • To fight opioid epidemic, treat drug use with compassion, not judgment (USA Today)


  • People are giving their greyhounds cocaine to make them run faster (GQ)

  • Teen violin prodigy dies of apparent drug overdose in London mansion (New York Post)


  • Scientists create ‘molecular coffee' that doesn't require beans (Fox 35 Orlando)

  • Caffeine powder in protein shake led to man's death, family says (Fox News)

  • Research shows that drinking Matcha tea can reduce anxiety (Medical Xpress)

  • World’s Coffee Growers Seek to Set Minimum Price to Help Poor Farmers (The Wall Street Journal)

  • One teaspoon of legal, popular but deadly caffeine powder is like drinking 60 cans of Red Bull (


  • Netflix Promises to Reduce Depictions of Tobacco in Future Projects (Teen Vogue)

  • Children from deprived areas exposed to six times more tobacco retailing (Medical Xpress)

  • Will e-cigarettes usher in a new tobacco epidemic? Some researchers say yes. (Houston Chronicle)

  • Hennepin County Votes To Raise Tobacco Age To 21 In More Communities (WCCO)

  • Livermore votes to ban the sale of flavored tobacco, e-cigarettes (KGO)

  • Big tobacco shifting to smokeless as smoking becomes ‘less and less’ popular (Fox Business)

  • Maine Law To Prevent Tobacco Use, Streamline Tobacco Taxes (Maine Public)


  • B.C. harm-reduction sites, doctors struggling with new type of overdose (Vancouver Sun)

  • Psychedelic Healing & Benzodiazepines: Are Chill Pills Cool to Combine? (Spirit Pharmacist)



  • These Clinically-Proven Nootropics Are Specially Formulated to Improve Cognition and Focus (Futurism)

  • Nootropics is the Fyre Festival of the Supplement Industry (Equities)

  • What’s Phenibut and When Should You Consider Using It? (Prague Post)


  • Kratom Linked to Serious Side Effects and Deaths in New Study (Gizmodo)

  • As some states ban kratom, Michigan considers regulating it (Detroit Metro Times)

  • Local doctor, CDC warn of potential dangers of kratom (

  • Kratom supporters respond to recent FDA warning (WMBF)


  • Kava for Anxiety- Separating Fact from Fiction (MedShadow)



  • Psychedelics Take the TED Talk Stage for the First Time (Filter)

  • Amnesty International Is Calling for a U.N. Probe Into the Philippine Drug War (TIME)

  • Why Malaysia’s New Proposal Could Change Southeast Asia’s Drugs Debate (The Diplomat)

  • New law allows NC drug dealers to be charged with murder (WTVD)

  • Psychedelic mental health treatment expected to be approved in Australia within five years (The Guardian)

  • Philadelphia supervised injection site plan gets backing from attorneys general in 7 states (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • U.S. Prosecutors Say Drug Lord El Chapo Should Get Life in Prison (TIME)

  • Testing festival goers’ pills isn’t the only way to reduce overdoses. Here’s what else works (The Conversation)

  • Social Factors Are an Essential—And Changeable—Element of Addiction (Filter)

  • I hate drugs, but teenagers are dying while we maintain a supposed moral veneer (The Guardian)

  • Florida Sheriff Deputy Arrested After Planting Drugs on Innocent People (Reason)

  • A man I found guilty of dealing drugs died in prison. I wish I could take that verdict back. (The Washington Post)

  • How Can Harm Reduction Do Better for Transgender People? (Filter)

  • Minister hopes drug deaths record will be 'wake-up call' (BBC)

  • How Psychiatry and Hallucinogenic Drugs Meet in Painting (Hyperallergic)

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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 - 7.6.18



  • Luxembourg Is Latest EU Country to Legalise Medical Cannabis (Talking Drugs)
  • Vermont: Law Legalizing Adult Marijuana Use Takes Effect Sunday, July 1 (NORML)
  • Here’s what’s next now that the FDA has approved a cannabis drug for seizures (The Verge)
  • Up in smoke: new California law could send $350m worth of cannabis to incinerator (The Guardian)
  • Marijuana Dispensaries Don’t Increase Crime, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)
  • Defying Congress, Jeff Sessions Keeps Blocking Medical Marijuana Research (Reason)
  • Toke Up and Chow Down on Netflix’s Pot-Infused Cooking Competition (Reason)
  • The US Stopped Other Countries from Legalizing Weed for Generations (VICE)
  • Jeremy Corbyn calls for cannabis to be decriminalised for medical use 'as soon as possible' (Mirror)
  • The Canadian Conundrum: Legalizing Cannabis Is One Thing, Marketization Is Another (Forbes)
  • ‘Keep California Safe’ initiative fails to make the November 2018 ballot (The Orange County Register)
  • It Didn't Have To Be This Way: Policy Decisions Led To Delays In Massachusetts' Cannabis Market (Forbes)
  • Billy Caldwell licensed for cannabis oil use in Northern Ireland (The Guardian)
  • Weighing The Legal Cannabis Industry's Catch-22 Problem (Forbes)
  • South Australia's cannabis crackdown based on 'nonsense', experts warn (The Guardian)
  • How police are preparing to catch drivers under the influence of cannabis (CTV News)
  • If Sacramento's cannabis industry goes corporate, these three men will be to blame (The Sacramento Bee)
  • Major study reveals cannabis is not a miracle pain reliever (New York Post)
  • The first cannabis lounge in Southern California is coming to Palm Springs, and neighbor isn’t pleased (The Press-Enterprise)


  • Millions in Cryptocurrencies Seized in Biggest LSD Bust in European History (Gizmodo)
  • Man found dead in Mississippi River had bad LSD trip during concert, friend says (FOX13)
  • Michael Pollan: Why I started taking LSD and what it helped me to do (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Revisiting the Beatles’ Cartoon LSD Utopia Yellow Submarine (Vulture)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Can Magic Mushrooms Treat Cocaine Dependency? (AlterNet)
  • Psilocybin and Mental Health–Don't Lose Control (Frontiers)
  • Magic Mushroom May Have Cure for Depression (Colorado Daily Ledger)
  • Do Magic Mushrooms Work Better Than Prozac? She Aims to Find Out (OZY)


  • MDMA strengths surge to 'potentially fatal' levels (BBC)
  • Both my sons died after taking ecstasy – that's why I want to legalise it – video (The Guardian)
  • Party drug MDMA is likened to 'Russian roulette' after 18-year-old died after taking the Class A on a night out (Daily Mail)
  • Cops seize orange ecstasy pills shaped like Donald Trump (New York Post)
  • Mum releases shocking photos of her son’s final hours after taking MDMA (Metro)
  • How MDMA is leaving a trail of tragedies in Devon and Cornwall (Plymouth Herald)
  • ‘MDMA gave me anxiety, depression and panic attacks’ (Zloto News)


  • Ayahuasca: The Spiritual Journey Hollywood Is Talking About. (NewsGram)


  • An Almost Unknown Psychedelic to Kick the Habit (ThirdAge)


  • Cops Are Telling Paramedics To Inject Arrestees With Ketamine. Worse, EMS Crews Are Actually Doing It. (Techdirt)
  • Minneapolis Investigates Police Use Of Ketamine On Suspects (WHQR)


  • Searching For The Next Naloxone (The Fix)
  • Investigation Shows How Florida Sparked U.S. Heroin Crisis (WLRN)
  • Overdoses Can Happen Anywhere, So Naloxone Becomes A Part Of First Aid Kits (WESA)
  • Link Between Heroin Addiction And Narcolepsy Examined (The Fix)
  • Chicago’s Black Communities Hit Hardest In Opioid Overdoses (WBEZ)
  • Where Did $8.2 Billion in US Aid to Fight Opiates in Afghanistan Go? (Sputnik International)
  • Heroin may be Mozambique’s second largest export—and it’s being disrupted by WhatsApp (Quartz)
  • OxyContin, Heroin and the Opioid Crisis (Pain News Network)
  • The Opium War and the Humiliation of China (The New York Times)


  • FDA commissioner says kratom not worth the Salmonella risk (Food Safety News)
  • 3 Best Kratom Strains for Opiate Withdrawal In 2018 (Kratom Guides)
  • Kratom Supplements Won’t Make You Healthier — They’ll Probably Just Make You Sick (The Cheat Sheet)
  • Kratom use spreads in Phuket (Pattaya Mail)
  • Kratom And Moisture: What To Do When Kratom Gets Moisture? (Kratom Guides)
  • How Can You Mix Kratom And Cranberry Juice? (Kratom Guides)


  • Kava Bar Places "God Hates Beer" Signs in Front of Saltwater Brewery (Miami New Times)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Suicide is on the rise. Depression therapy is limited. Let’s try psychedelics. (The Washington Post)
  • First-of-Its-Kind Conference Brings Psychedelics Into the Mainstream (High Times)
  • White House lawyer expected to be named new head of DEA (The Washington Post)
  • Could psychedelics transform mental health? (BBC)
  • Duterte is Assassinating Opponents Under the Cover of the Drug War, Philippine Rights Groups Say (TIME)
  • Reclaiming Your Identity As A Drug User (Psymposia)
  • Use of ‘smart drugs’ on the rise (Nature
  • Psychedelics And Cancer (Psychedelic Heaven)
  • Hallucinogens and Depression (Psychology Today)
  • How To Cope With Anxiety And Paranoia During A Trip (The Third Wave)
  • Psychedelics And Schizophrenia (Psychedelic Heaven)
  • Drug abuse: how China is fighting the problem (The Telegraph)

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 - 5.4.18



  • Maine Legislators Override Governor's Veto of Marijuana Legalization (Reason)
  • Zimbabwe legalises marijuana for medicinal use (The Independent)
  • Thailand Authorises Country’s First Medical Cannabis Programme (Talking Drugs)
  • Cannabis versus Cancer (Scientific American)
  • Seattle wipes criminal marijuana convictions for hundreds of people (The Independent)
  • Study: Frequent Cannabis Use Unrelated To Brain Morphology (NORML)
  • Legislation Introduced To End The Federal Government’s Marijuana Production Monopoly (NORML)
  • YouTube Remains Silent as Weed Pages Are Purged (High Times)
  • An easy policy fix: Jeff Sessions should finally reschedule cannabis (The Hill)
  • So far, California has 6,000 licensed cannabis businesses. Here’s what that looks like (The Orange County Register)
  • Ninth Circuit Court Rejects Challenge To DEA’s Classification Of Marijuana Extracts (NORML)
  • NFL player makes medical marijuana history: 'I have a life to live' (CNN)
  • Weed 101: How to Choose Marijuana (Rolling Stone)
  • Igniting A Powder Keg: Discussing Cannabis And Cryptocurrency With Dübercoin CEO Glenn Ballman (Forbes)
  • It's Dumb Not to Have Investments in Cryptocurrencies, Cannabis in a Portfolio (The Street)
  • Trudeau vows cannabis will be legal by summer as senators urge delay (CBC)
  • Marijuana Gives Health-Conscious Consumers Something Alcohol Cannot (Forbes)
  • Feinstein drops opposition to legal pot, giving legal marijuana a new ally (McClatchy DC Bureau)
  • NORML Working With Cory Gardner's Office on Hands-Off-Colorado-Pot Bill (Westword)
  • At 89, legendary psychiatrist and marijuana advocate still wonders about Harvard professorship (Boston Globe)
  • New York Voters Strongly Support Legalizing Marijuana, Poll Shows (Marijuana Moment)
  • Some Prosecutors Are Erasing Old Weed Convictions. Why Isn’t Yours? (HuffPost)
  • Getting off opioids with medical marijuana: Patients turn to pot over pills (CNN)
  • Is Israeli Cannabis a Bubble Waiting to Burst? (Merry Jane)
  • The Quest for an Ancient Culture’s Cannabis-Filled Cooking (Atlas Obscura)
  • Moorenko’s Ice Cream Introduces Cannabis Coffee to Silver Spring (Bethesda Magazine)
  • Veterans' grass-roots movement shares health benefits of marijuana (CNN)
  • Growing 4 cannabis plants for recreational use is not a ‘grow-op,’ experts say (Global News)
  • Investing in Australia’s Cannabis Industry: 5 Companies to Watch (Leafly)
  • Quebec Lawmaker Explains Provincial Ban on Home-Grown Cannabis (High Times)
  • Cannabis tycoons plot to make drug legal in Britain in next five years (The Sun)
  • Lidl offers locally grown cannabis to Swiss shoppers (The Guardian)
  • Medical marijuana may help combat the opioid crisis. But there are better solutions. (Vox)
  • Police Raid Dispensary Over Cannabis-Infused Candy (High Times)
  • Medicinal cannabis should be more than pot luck (Asia and the Pacific Policy Society)
  • Boyack: Medical cannabis initiative opponents are trying to mislead you (Daily Herald)
  • OrganiGram: Medical Cannabis Leader In The Maritimes (Seeking Alpha)
  • Aurora Cannabis Set to Challenge Canopy Growth in Australia? (Smallcap Power)


  • I Had a Bad Trip on LSD: This is My Story (71 Republic)
  • Diplo, Sia and Labrinth Will Drop New Team Effort 'LSD' This Thursday (Billboard)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Shrooms Could Help Scientists Better Understand Consciousness (Tonic)


  • Trials testing MDMA as a treatment for alcoholism have begun (Mixmag)
  • Active ingredient in ecstasy may help veterans with PTSD, study finds (CNN)
  • Ecstasy as PTSD relief for soldiers: ‘I was able to forgive myself.’ (Watertown Daily Times)
  • 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-assisted psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans, firefighters, and police officers: a randomised, double-blind, dose-response, phase 2 clinical trial (The Lancet)
  • Ecstasy as a Remedy for PTSD? You Probably Have Some Questions. (The New York Times)
  • Ecstasy island: The is the story of how MDMA reached the UK in 1988 (Mixmag)
  • Lady Gabriella Windsor's ex claims they took ECSTASY at Windsor Castle and swam NAKED in Queen's swimming pool at Buckingham Palace (Mirror)


  • The Global Ayahuasca Community Is Reeling in the Wake of Recent Murders (VICE)
  • Gun used to kill shaman was purchased by Canadian man lynched in Peru: authorities (Global News)
  • Peru's brutal murders renew focus on tourist boom for hallucinogenic brew (The Guardian)
  • The epidemiology of 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) use: Benefits, consequences, patterns of use, subjective effects, and reasons for consumption (SAGE Journals)
  • I had an 11-year addiction to heroin — and I beat it with ayahuasca (San Francisco Chronicle)


Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Deadly new drug has reached Australia, pill testing reveals (The New Daily)


  • Pharma giants are looking to ketamine for clues to the next blockbuster depression drug — and science says they're onto something big (Business Insider)
  • Police say Bryan man rammed his car into other vehicle, possessed PCP (The Eagle)


  • Cocaine Deaths Are Rising At An Alarming Rate, And It’s Because Of Fentanyl (BuzzFeed News)
  • The US Opioid Crisis Started in India (VICE)
  • Maine Gov. Vetoes Bill Increasing Access to Naloxone Overdose Drug (Governing)
  • To Save Lives, Make Naloxone an Over-the-Counter Drug (Reason)
  • De Blasio Moves to Bring Safe Injection Sites to New York City (The New York Times)
  • Questions Raised About Study Of Device To Ease Opioid Withdrawal (NPR)
  • Afghan Farmers Stick to Growing Opium in the Face of Less Lucrative Options (U.S. News and World Report)
  • The Four Main Reasons People in Denver Overdose on Heroin (Westword)
  • A Vet Helped Smuggle Drugs by Implanting Puppies With Heroin, Police Say (TIME)


  • Experts Are Concerned that Kratom Will Become the Next Marijuana (Tonic)
  • Pro-Kratom Scientist Blasts Denver Ban, Federal Policies as Recipe for Death (Westword)
  • What is Kratom and why is it banned in 5 states? (CBS17)
  • Maya Distribution, LLC Recalls Dragon Label Kratom Because Of Possible Salmonella Contamination (US Recall News)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Politicians Are Finally Getting On Side With Pill Testing After The Success Of Groovin The Moo (Junkee)
  • Antidepressant Use Leads to Worse Long Term Outcomes, Study Finds (Mad in America)
  • Storming the Gates of Psychedelia: Scientists Commit to Collaboration in the Face of Capitalist Competition (Chacruna)
  • The Timothy Leary Project: Interview with Jennifer Ulrich (Psychedelic Times)
  • The New Science of Psychedelics (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Jon Hopkins interview: My new album is a psychedelic experience (Evening Standard)
  • President Duterte’s Son Cleared of Drug Trafficking, as Extrajudicial Killings Continue (Talking Drugs)
  • The FDA receives a petition to prohibit sugar alongside cannabis, LSD and heroin (Herb)
  • Everything You Need to Know About Microdosing (The Cut)
  • Pill Testing Probably Won’t Happen In NSW Any Time Soon Because Of This Idiot (Junkee)
  • A New Netflix Series Tells the Story of the Philippines' Drug War. But Its Critics Are Condemning Amo as Propaganda (TIME)
  • The Best Books About Microdosing and Psychedelic Therapy (The Strategist)
  • New Clues In The Psychedelic Treatment Of Depression (High Existence)
  • Kacey Musgraves: ‘Psychedelics have made me compassionate’ (
  • People Trying to Quit Their Psychiatric Medications Can Get Help from This Online Group (Healthline)
  • Australia’s First Sanctioned Pill Testing Trial Is Just the Beginning (Sydney Criminal Lawyers)

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 - 4.27.18



  • Top Democrats Embrace Marijuana Reform Ahead of Midterm Elections (Truthout)
  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta to Jeff Sessions: Medical marijuana could save many addicted to opioids (CNN)
  • NEW POLL: 63% of Americans Believe “Marijuana Should Be Made Legal” (NORML)
  • Sessions Admits There ‘May Well Be Some Benefits From Medical Marijuana’ (Marijuana Moment)
  • Marijuana Legalization Will Be on Michigan's Ballot in November (Reason)
  • Cannabis is having its 'smartphone' moment (Engadget)
  • How activists are fighting for full cannabis legalization in Washington, D.C. (Psymposia)
  • The End of the Joint As We Know It (The Ringer)
  • NORML Delivers Over 10,000 Citizen Comments To The FDA Calling For The Reconsideration of Cannabis Prohibition (NORML)
  • The best way to fight illegal pot is with legal cannabis (The Hill)
  • Why Are Marijuana Policies So Behind in 4/20-Heavy Places Like New York? (Rolling Stone)
  • How Seniors Joined the Cannabis Craze (The New Yorker)
  • Cannabis Flowers Are Legal in Italy. You Just Can’t Eat or Smoke Them. (The New York Times)
  • How 'dank' became a compliment for both beer and marijuana (Detroit Free Press)
  • Greens' cannabis plan could raise $3.6bn (9NEWS)
  • Isle Of Man Could Be The First Place In The British Isles To Decriminalise Cannabis Possession (HuffPost)
  • These Five States Lead the Nation in Marijuana Arrests (AlterNet)
  • Miracle drug or the devil's lettuce? (The Washington Post)
  • The Complicated History of Cannabis in the US (History)
  • FDA Rejects Anti-Legalization Pharma Co’s Cannabis Drug Request (Marijuana Moment)
  • Legalising marijuana is a lot more complex than you might think (The Age)
  • 4/20 Special: How Advocates and Entrepreneurs of Color Are Fighting for Equity in the Legal Weed Business (Colorlines)
  • Liberal party members overwhelmingly vote for decriminalizing drugs while Trudeau repeats opposition (The Georgia Straight)
  • Assemblyman introduces bill that would allow vets to prescribe cannabis for pets (KABC-TV)
  • Utah Medical Marijuana Measure Has Enough Signatures For Ballot (Marijuana Moment)
  • Is marijuana decriminalization possible in the Middle East? (The Washington Post)
  • Anxiety Relief Without The High? New Studies On CBD, A Cannabis Extract (NPR)
  • YouTube Continues Its Cannabis Purge and Nobody Knows Why (Leafly)
  • Facebook Has a Cannabis Problem That ‘Community Standards’ Don’t Solve (Leafly)
  • Two Cannabis Entrepreneurs Share Their Secrets For Success (Forbes)
  • Police Department Offers Prize For Possessing The Most Cannabis (High Times)
  • Medical cannabis oil is legal in Texas, but epilepsy patients still struggle (The Texas Tribune)
  • A Multibillion-Dollar Cannabis Company Has Announced Its Asia-Pacific Headquarters In Australia (BuzzFeed News)
  • Senator Wants Jeff Sessions To Meet With Drug War Victims (Marijuana Moment)
  • Psychedelic Rapper Challenges New Jersey's Cannabis Laws In New 420 Song (PR Newswire)
  • 'The Truth About Cannabis': Inside New Pro-Pot Web Doc (Rolling Stone)
  • Cannabis Cultivation Will Be A Race To The Bottom (Forbes)
  • 'Women of Cannabis' Cultivate Ideas and Relationships (Seven Days)
  • Cannabis and psychosis: what is the link and who is at risk? (The Conversation)
  • Marijuana moguls optimistic about legalisation of recreational cannabis in Australia (ABC)
  • Can Cannabis Make You Sick? (The Stranger)
  • Is This The Most Expensive Marijuana In The World? (Forbes)
  • Could 'one puff' of cannabis ease depression? (Medical News Today)
  • Understanding Terpenes: Linalool (Cannabis Now)
  • Harvard Medical Students Say Schools Need to Teach More About Medical Marijuana (Civilized)


  • LSD Provokes Synesthetic Hallucinations in a Congenitally Blind Man (Psychedelic Times)
  • Couple drop LSD to see if it makes them better at assembling IKEA furniture (Metro)
  • Psychedelic Cyclists – An Irishman’s Diary about Albert Hofmann and Flann O’Brien (The Irish Times)
  • St. Pete man on LSD punches 13-year-old girl in face, knocks her out (WFLA)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • The Man Who Treated His OCD with Magic Mushrooms (VICE)
  • Inside Jamaica's magic mushroom retreat for women (The Independent)


  • Can MDMA Treat Alcoholism? Scientists Begin First Clinical Trials (Newsweek)
  • MDMA research meets Australian antipathy (Cosmos Magazine)
  • An Amsterdam house had so much MDMA discovered inside it's been locked down (Mixmag)
  • Teen dies after taking 'Netflix and Chill' ecstasy pills (New York Post)
  • Melissa McCarthy Snorts Ecstasy With Sex Crazed Puppets in ‘Happytime Murders’ (Variety)
  • Gardaí fear 'bad batch' of MDMA may have killed teen (17) (


  • Canadian Lynched by Mob After Being Accused of Killing Shaman at Ayahuasca Retreat (VICE)
  • UN condemns murder of Peruvian indigenous leader (Andina)
  • A Judge Has Ordered Arrests Over Killing of a Canadian in the Peruvian Amazon (TIME)
  • Effects and risks of ayahuasca, the hallucinogen sought after by Canadians travelling to the Amazon (CBC)
  • How Did Avicii Die? Details On The Artist's Sudden Passing (EDM Sauce)
  • Doctor sees healing power in psychedelic plant as Peru investigates deaths (The Reminder)


  • Why opioid addicts desperate to quit are turning to this risky treatment (New York Post)


  • Ketamine Nasal Spray May Help Reduce Depression Symptoms, Study Says (The Fix)
  • Oral ketamine does not ease cancer-related neuropathic pain (medwireNews)
  • Beneficial effects of ketamine in a chronic pain state with allodynia, possibly due to central sensitization (Science Direct)
  • Document: Hagerstown man smoked PCP before shooting woman (Herald-Mail Media)
  • Boyfriend of Morgan Freeman's slain kin knew what he was doing despite being in PCP haze (New York Daily News)


  • New York Could Open the First Safe Injection Site in the US (The Nation)
  • asha bandele: Prince could still be alive today if America didn’t shame people for using drugs (Mic)
  • Google uses its search skills to help fight opioid addiction (Engadget)
  • The New York Times Suggests Opioids Should Be Reserved for Terminal Patients (Reason)
  • Will Getting Tough on Dealers Curb the Opioid Crisis? (The Crime Report)


  • Leading Scientists Say Salmonella Outbreak Tied To Kratom May Be Side-Effect Of FDA Crackdown & Underscores Need For Regulation … Not A Ban (PR Newswire)
  • Kratom Products Recalled for Risk of Salmonella (Coherent Chronicle)
  • Kratom Wars: FDA, Proponents Square Off on Controversial Opioid-Like Plant (Pain Medicine News)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Lessons from Portugal: The Case for Drug Policy Reform (Beckley Foundation)
  • Becoming a Psychedelic Researcher: Alan Kooi Davis (Psymposia)
  • Are psychedelics the answer to depression and addiction? (Salon)
  • Not all drug dealers are the same – it’s time to ditch outdated stereotypes (The Conversation)
  • Harm Reduction: More than just clean needles (Julian Buchanan)
  • A Survey Shows The Most Used Drugs At Music Festivals: Here’s What We Learned (Dance Music Northwest)
  • Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories (Mad in America)
  • A revolution in teen drug education (New York Daily News)
  • Police chiefs studying decriminalizing drugs as possible solution to opioid crisis (CBC)
  • Just Because You Can't Stop Taking Antidepressants Doesn't Mean You're Addicted (VICE)
  • Pill-testing trial approved for Groovin the Moo festival in Canberra (ABC)
  • Why we should test drugs for safety (Virgin)
  • The Best Drug Documentaries On Netflix Right Now (HotNewHipHop)
  • 'Archaic and harmful': report condemns strict handling of student drug takers (The Guardian)
  • Psychedelic Scholar Robert Forte Talks Conspiracy Theories and Consciousness (Santa Barbara Independent)
  • New Research Provides First Peek at Ancient Mesopotamian Drug Use (Ancient Origins)

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 - 12.29.17

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  • These States Are Likely To Legalize Marijuana In 2018 (Forbes)
  • The Top 10 Cannabis Stories of 2017: Canada & Jeff Sessions Lead the List (Leafly)
  • Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended (NORML)
  • Will Legal Cannabis Thrive Or Get Shutdown? 2018 Will Tell (Forbes)
  • How were Americans looking for weed (or "marijuana" or "cannabis") in 2017? (The Cannabist)
  • Adult Use Retail Sales To Commence In California (NORML)
  • Nevada's Recreational Marijuana Market Hits $38M, Soars Past Colorado (Forbes
  • Warning: Don't Bring Your Legal Marijuana Through Internal Checkpoints in California (Reason)
  • People Are Successfully Replacing Vicodin, Xanax and Ambien With Marijuana (ATTN:
  • New state law to prohibit drivers, passengers from smoking cannabis while driving (KIEM)
  • Raring to buy recreational pot in Los Angeles? (Not so fast) (Los Angeles Times)
  • Part 1, The Top CBD Cannabis Studies of 2017 (Leafly)
  • Marijuana Stops Boy's Seizure in 30 Seconds (ATTN:)
  • Dear Prime Minister: 'Tis the Season to Discuss Cannabis Advertising (Leafly)
  • Man gets into police car carrying 1,000 cannabis joints because he thought it was a taxi (The Independent)
  • Your Regional Guide to Growing Healthy Cannabis Plants Outdoors (Leafly)
  • With the groundwork laid, the cannabis business likely to take off in 2018 (Wicked Local Natick)
  • Grandmother says cancer has almost gone after taking cannabis oil - now she wants the Government to act (Derby Telegraph)
  • Elderly Couple Busted With 60 Pounds of Christmas-Present Cannabis (The Drive)
  • Does Religious Freedom Mean You Can Smoke Pot? (World Religion News)
  • 'No Rush' to legalise medical cannabis (The Daily Telegraph)


  • 'Wormwood' Is an LSD-Soaked True Crime Masterpiece (Motherboard)
  • These Troops Were Ordered To Take LSD (Inverse)
  • The Grateful Dead, with a side of LSD-laced venison stew (Salon)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • The Grand Humbling of the Third Eye: A Review of Adam Strauss's One Man Show "The Mushroom Cure" (Reality Sandwich)


  • Man high on ecstasy ends up stranded in the middle of a lake, cops say (Fox 32 Chicago)
  • Boy, 17, dies 'after taking ecstasy tablets' days before Christmas as police launch warning over drugs (Mirror)


  • WATCH: Oddball Artist Explains What Painting On DMT Is Like (Trill)
  • Ayahuasca: A Skeptic's Notes (Psychedelic Frontier)
  • Exotic Hallucinogen Has Everyday Israelis Tripping. But Is It Legal? (Haaretz)


  • An End to the Opioid Epidemic? New Study Suggests Ibogaine Treatment Could Be a Game Changer (Psychedelic Times)


  • New Ketamine Findings Give Hope To People Seeking Relief From Suicidal Thoughts (The Fix)
  • Would You Try This Party Drug To Relieve Depression And Suicidal Thoughts? (Alternative Daily)


  • Portugal Ended Their Heroin Epidemic Through Treatment and Decriminalization (ATTN:)
  • India concerned at record opium production in Afghanistan (United News of India)




  • Global Khat (Plant) Sales is Growing at 6% CAGR to 2019 - Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast (Island Post Gazette)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Pineapple Fund Donated 60 Bitcoin to MAPS in Delicate Time for Crypto and Psychedelics (Psychedelic Times)
  • Ross Ulbricht Files Appeal to the Supreme Court on His Life Sentence Without Parole (Reason)
  • Party drugs such as Molly, Meow Meow more popular but ganja most seized in India (Hindustan 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.