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This Week in Psychoactives - 6.21.19



  • New York’s Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Bill Is Dead (Leafly)

  • Gene Increases Risk for Pot Addiction (Scientific American)

  • Public Cannabis Consumption Now Allowed In Colombia: Is Full Marijuana Legalization Next? (Forbes)

  • Congress Votes To Block Feds From Enforcing Marijuana Laws In Legal States (Forbes)

  • Beijing says US legalization of marijuana is a 'threat to China' (CNN)

  • Three New Studies Explore Link Between Medical Marijuana Dispensaries And Youth Use (Marijuana Moment)

  • Study: Cannabis Safe and Effective in Fibromyalgia Patients (NORML)

  • Maryland Regulators Warn of Possible Lead Contamination in Weed Vape Pens (MERRY JANE)

  • 57% of Arthritis Patients Have Tried Cannabis. 90% Found It Helped (Leafly)

  • House Passes Amendments Stripping DEA Funding And Pushing FDA To Regulate CBD (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Study Finds CBD Can Cause Liver Damage (Forbes)

  • Public Sewage Revealed Shift Away From Illegal Weed After Legalization (Inverse)

  • From Shortage to Surplus: Canada Could Have Too Much Weed by the End of the Year (MERRY JANE)

  • Texas Governor Signs Bill To Expand State’s Medical Marijuana Program (Marijuana Moment)

  • New Study Finds Cannabis May Be 'Unsafe' For Pregnant Women (WBUR)

  • Ex-Novartis Pill Factory Gets a New Life Making CBD Products (Bloomberg)

  • Cannabis Use Doubles Among Pregnant Women In The U.S., Study Finds (WBUR)

  • Americans Want CBD Available Over-The-Counter, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cincinnati: Council Members Vote to Eliminate Marijuana Possession Penalties (NORML)


  • First controlled study of LSD microdosing finds few benefits — and some downsides (PsyPost)

  • How long is acid detectable in the body? (Medical News Today)


  • Efforts To Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms Beginning To Sprout Nationally (Forbes)

  • Replication and extension of a model predicting response to psilocybin (Springer Link)

  • Can a psychedelic drug save the terminally ill from their deepest fears of death? (The Age)


  • Liverpool's streets are littered with laughing gas canisters: the truth about nitrous oxide (The Sun)


  • The controversial ketamine-like drug that Trump is pushing on veterans (The Guardian)

  • Why the New Ketamine-Like Nasal Spray Is Worrying Some Physicians (Healthline)

  • Imports of ketamine into the Netherlands up to 800 kilograms from 2.6kg in two years (Mixmag)

  • Ketamine center aims to help those with depression, PTSD, chronic pain (The Durango Herald)


  • Woman shot at, stabbed after man becomes irate after smoking PCP, police say (KMOV)


  • Drug addicts to be given free heroin as Home Office awards first licence (The Telegraph)

  • Opiate addiction in UK in the over-40s triples in 12 years (The Independent)

  • Cops bring addiction counselor on drug raids to fight opioid crisis (CBS News)

  • Pharmacists hand out free naloxone spray on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue (CBC)

  • Pharmacies may not stock naloxone, despite statewide orders (Reuters)


  • Alabama Man On The Lam Insists He Didn’t Give Meth To ‘Attack Squirrel’ (HuffPost)

  • Meth In The Morning, Heroin At Night: Inside The Seesaw Struggle of Dual Addiction (NPR)

  • Arrested While “Panicking on Meth”—An Hour Later, He Was Dead (Filter)

  • Wexford deputy hospitalized after exposure to crystal meth (Cadillac News)



  • Global Forum on Nicotine Asserts Urgency of Tobacco Harm Reduction (Filter)

  • CVS Shifts Anti-Tobacco Fight To E-Cigarettes (Forbes)


  • The mysterious deaths in the Dominican Republic reportedly may be linked to illicit alcohol, and it wouldn’t be the first time (Business Insider)

  • Women not aware enough of breast cancer link to alcohol (BBC)

  • Germans thirsty for alcohol-free beer as brewers boost taste (The Guardian)


  • What Is The Effect Of Nootropics On Brain Health? (The Frisky)



  • Auckland city set to get its first kava bar at Victoria Park Markets (Stuff.co.nz)


  • Movement To Decriminalize Psychedelics Spreads Nationally (Marijuana Moment)

  • AOC's Amendment to Expand Psychedelics Research Shot Down by House of Reps (MERRY JANE)

  • The Feds Want To Subject Every Burning Man Attendee to a Warrantless Drug Search (Reason)

  • Woody Harrelson to play LSD guru Timothy Leary, a Springfield native and Holy Cross alum (MassLive)

  • Evidence is mounting that psychedelic drugs can help treat diseases. Here are the most promising uses. (Business Insider)

  • Cory Booker Proposes Thousands of Drug War Commutations If Elected President (Reason)

  • How Portugal tackled its addiction epidemic to become a world model (CBC)

  • 'I would put the son of a gun in jail': Joe Biden said in a 2001 hearing that he wanted to criminalize raves and 'lock up' rave promoters (Business Insider)

  • Drugs are decriminalised in the UK—if you are a white, privileged MP (The BMJ)

  • The Canadian revival of psychedelic drug research (University Affairs)

  • A Change in Russia’s Draconian Drug Laws Could Be on the Horizon (The Moscow Times)

  • Psychedelic Masculinities: Reflections on Power, Violence and Privilege (Chacruna)

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This Week in Psychoactives - 4.12.19



  • Israel Decriminalizes Adult Use Cannabis During CannaTech Conference In Tel Aviv (Forbes)

  • FDA Is Taking Public Comments On CBD. Here’s How To Make Your Voice Heard (Marijuana Moment)

  • Police across the UK are given green light to let cannabis users off scot-free and suggest they get treatment instead of punishment (Daily Mail)

  • Alex Berenson and the Last Anti-Cannabis Crusade (The New Republic)

  • Georgia: Lawmakers Advance Bill To Regulate Low-THC Oil Production (NORML)

  • Mother of girl with epilepsy has supply of medical cannabis confiscated (The Guardian)

  • New York City: Lawmakers Advance Bills Limiting Drug Testing for Cannabis as a Condition of Employment, Probation (NORML)

  • Nova Scotia Woman Plans Constitutional Challenge of Roadside Cannabis Test (Leafly)

  • Hawaii Senate Committee Approves Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Senate Bill Would Let Marijuana Businesses Store Profits In Banks (Forbes)

  • California bill to block home delivery of cannabis sidelined for year (Los Angeles Times)

  • Another Connecticut Committee Approves Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Will the European legal cannabis industry prosper? (Health Europa)

  • GOP Congressman’s Bill Would Let Medical Marijuana Patients Possess Guns (Marijuana Moment)

  • Mergers And Acquisitions Light Up The Cannabis Sector (Forbes)

  • Indiana Lawmakers Amend Hemp Bill To Allow Smokeable Flower (Marijuana Moment)

  • People of Color Were Targeted by the War on Drugs. They Must Benefit from Marijuana Legalization (Newsweek)

  • Can Cannabis Help You Get Off Adderall? (Civilized)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Tim Ryan Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis stocks lower as investors await the fate of the States Act (MarketWatch)


  • ‘SNL’ Introduces a Hilarious Film Critic Who Sees Movies on Acid So You Don’t Have To (IndieWire)

  • T.C. Boyle’s new novel takes a trip with LSD evangelist Timothy Leary (Los Angeles Times)


  • China Enters Magic Mushroom Industry – Wuhan, MJMedTech, and M2BIO (Psilocybin Technology)

  • Psilocybin-assisted mindfulness training modulates self-consciousness and brain default mode network connectivity with lasting effects (ScienceDirect)

  • Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee Is Open To Decriminalizing Psychedelic Mushrooms (Marijuana Moment)

  • Seth Rogen Talks About Taking Magic Mushrooms At Cirque du Soleil (Marijuana Moment)

  • I went to a chic fundraiser for Denver's psilocybin mushroom vote (Rooster Magazine)

  • The return of the 'stoned ape' theory (Big Think)

  • Sacred Mushrooms of the Mazatec Tradition: Transforming the Inner Landscape of the Human Psyche (Chacruna)

  • How Psilocybin Reset My Suicidal Thoughts And Taught Me To Love Myself (Reset.me)


  • Inside an Innovative Study of MDMA Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder (Filter)

  • MDMA helps adult mice socialize like their adolescent selves (Quartz)

  • Cate Faehrmann: Why a lawmaker admitted to taking MDMA (BBC)

  • Teenager dies after taking six times the 'safe' level of Ecstasy (Your EDM)

  • 'She didn't get the chance to learn from her mistake': Father's anguish after his daughter, 18, died from her first hit of liquid ecstasy - as he reveals the tragic final words she spoke to him (Daily Mail)

  • Illinois man dies after taking ecstasy; parents now educate others on dangers of drug (WTKR)

  • Psychedelic Drug MDMA May Help Treat PTSD (Tech Times)


  • Translating Ayahuasca Shamanism and Western Medicine (Kahpi)

  • Global Ayahuasca Community Joins Together to Defend Ceremony Leader (Talking Drugs)


  • Study: 5-MeO-DMT May Rapidly Improve Anxiety and Depression (Reset.me)



  • Dutch natural healer gets 8 years for death of Swedish woman (NL Times)


  • Ireland: Controversial ban on new psychoactive substances succeeds in reducing health problems (Scottish Legal News)


  • State forensics lab identifying new synthetic cannabinoids (WLOX)

  • A Bunch of Dutch People Smoked Fake Weed for Science (Civilized)

  • Leeds outreach workers devise revolutionary treatment for Spice addiction (Leeds Live)



  • Ketamine May Relieve Depression By Repairing Damaged Brain Circuits (NPR)

  • Thai boys trapped in cave were sedated with ketamine (The Independent)

  • Ketamine vs. Esketamine for Depression (Psychology Today)

  • Emily Atack reveals she was offered ketamine in a nightclub toilet...as she recalls losing her knickers after an all night romp after the BRIT Awards (Daily Mail)


  • DOJ Charges UK Firm With Conspiracy, Fraud Over Opioid Withdrawal Drug Suboxone Film (Gizmodo)

  • After three years of controversy, CDC clarifies its opioid prescribing guidelines (STAT)

  • More than 10,300 Canadians lost their lives to opioids in less than 3 years (CBC)

  • Poppy Cultivation and Potential Opium Production in Afghanistan (The White House)

  • In poll season, Punjab debates legalising poppy seed and opium farming (Down To Earth Magazine)

  • Public urged to keep free naloxone overdose kits on hand (The London Free Press)

  • Family Dog Survives Eating Five Bags of Heroin (The Epoch Times)

  • Naloxone available at UNT pharmacy without a prescription (North Texas Daily)

  • Alabama school staff trains to administer naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses (CBS News)

  • Forcing treatment and tying the hands of physicians won’t solve the opioid crisis (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Big Pharma’s Millions Won’t Solve the Opioid Crisis (Tonic)

  • Rajasthan farmers caught in ‘opium crisis’ (The Times of India)

  • How eating four slices of multigrain bread at a airport lounge led a fly-in-fly-out miner to failing a drugs test - and him stood down from his job (Daily Mail)

  • Hanover deputy released from hospital following possible fentanyl exposure (WWBT)


  • The United States' 'War on Drugs' Really Did Make Things Worse, New Research Finds (ScienceAlert)

  • Heather Yakin: Cocaine making comeback with new, lethal forms (Times Herald-Record)


  • Meth Mania: From Biker Gangs to the Psych Ward, How Speed Came of Age in California (KQED)

  • Family's dog tests positive for meth, molly after walk in park (WKRG)



  • Illinois Becomes First State in Midwest to Adopt 'Tobacco 21' (NBC Chicago)

  • Delaware House approves raising age to buy tobacco products (Delaware Online)

  • Iowa Senate bill would increase age to buy all tobacco, vape products from 18 to 21 (KGAN TV)

  • Temple University takes major step in becoming tobacco-free: 'It's incredibly important' (KYW Newsradio 1060)

  • Texas could soon increase the legal age to buy tobacco, though active military members might be exempt (The Texas Tribune)


  • Alcohol use disorder: Brain damage may progress despite sobriety (Medical News Today)

  • No, moderate drinking can't protect against stroke. It actually increases risk, study says (USA Today)

  • There's new evidence for why we get the 'drunchies' after a night of heavy drinking (INSIDER)

  • Penn study finds genetic differences between heavy drinkers and alcoholics (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

  • A gene linked to alcohol habits may influence who you choose to marry (New Scientist)

  • Ethiopia passes tough law regulating alcohol sales, adverts (Africanews)

  • Proposed Federal Alcohol Labeling Revisions Retain Constitutionally Suspect Review Standards (Forbes)

  • The Big Number: 17.6 million Americans suffer from alcoholism (The Washington Post)

  • Australian Instagram personalities found to be under influence of alcohol industry (The Guardian)

  • First-Ever Female Libido Pill Gets Relief on Alcohol Warning (Bloomberg)

  • Lawmaker aims to lower blood alcohol limit (WIVB)

  • Does Red Wine Help You Live Longer? Here's What the Science Says (TIME)

  • April is National Alcohol Awareness Month (Marietta Daily Journal)


  • An Herbal Drug Called Kratom Has Been Linked to Almost 100 Overdose Deaths, the CDC Reports (TIME)

  • Castle Rock steps out front on regulating kratom, the popular but controversial herbal extract (The Denver Post)

  • Oregon Lawmakers Could Pass a Law Regulating Kratom (The Portland Mercury)

  • Kratom ban pushed by Pa. parents of son who fatally OD’d on ‘herbal heroin’ (PennLive.com)

  • FDA Report Finds Heavy Metals in Kratom – Is It Really That Bad? (Kratom Guides)

  • Northeast Mississippi counties continue conversation on Kratom (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)

  • 'Kratom literally saved my life' (WGRZ)


  • The World’s Biggest Dark Net Market Has Shut – What Next? (VICE)

  • Sciencing the mystical: the trickery of the psychedelic trip report (Taylor and Francis)

  • California tests if addiction treatment can be incorporated into primary care (Politico)

  • Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Walks Back Pledge To Pardon All Non-Violent Drug Offenders (Marijuana Moment)

  • Rejected Depression Drug Could Provide Relief For Opioid Withdrawal (The Fix)

  • Inside the Legal Struggle Over Safe Consumption Spaces (Filter)

  • The new science of psychedelics: How hallucinogens provide a tool for changing our minds (AlterNet)

  • Psychedelic Plants in a Time of Ecological Crisis (Adventures Through The Mind)

  • How drugs got on the metric system (Rooster Magazine)

  • To Address Addiction, Confront Racism in Our Health and Justice Systems (Filter)

  • Proposal to allow needle exchanges statewide heads to House floor (Tampa Bay Times)

  • How Helpful—Or Harmful—Are Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs? (Filter)

  • Overdose prevention sites can help cities like Philadelphia save lives (STAT)

  • Psychedelic Research and You. Well, Maybe, not You (Chacruna)

  • Vindictive Drug-Induced Homicide Charges Are Set to Surge in Chicago (Filter)

  • LSD, shrooms, and psychiatry: Penn summit highlights clinical applications of psychedelics (The Daily Pennsylvanian)

  • Law enforcement are not drug experts (AOD Media Watch)

  • Playlist for Psychedelic Restoration (Tam Integration)

  • How Open Relationships and Psychedelics Have Shaped This Entrepreneur's Mindset (Entrepreneur)

  • Acetaminophen crisis bigger than opioid epidemic? (Drug WarRant)

  • There’s a way to stem the increase in HIV infections (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Microdosing psychedelics may improve mood and productivity (ZME Science)

  • Psychedelic club emphasizes benefits of shrooms (Rocky Mountain Collegian)

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This Week in Psychedelics - 12.28.18



  • Thailand approves medicinal cannabis (BBC)

  • These States Are Most Likely To Legalize Marijuana In 2019 (Forbes)

  • Alaska poised to become first state to allow on-site cannabis consumption (USA Today)

  • Marijuana Legalization Means Safer Borders And Less Smuggling, Study Shows (Forbes)

  • Study Reveals How Marijuana Components THC And CBD Affect Chronic Pain (Marijuana Moment)

  • 2018 Year In Review: NORML’s Top Ten Events In Marijuana Policy (NORML)

  • What’s Really Behind Americans’ Increased Support for Marijuana Legalization? Study Sheds Light (Marijuana Moment)

  • FDA Weighs In On Legal Status of Commercially Available ‘Hemp-Derived’ CBD Products (NORML)

  • Kansas Supreme Court Says Cops Can Search Your Home Without a Warrant If They Claim It Smells Like Pot (Reason)

  • South Africa poised for cannabis trade despite obstacles (The Washington Post)

  • Getting a handle on cannabis potency labeling (The GrowthOp)

  • Why Calling Different Marijuana Types ‘Strains’ Is Technically Wrong (Marijuana Moment)

  • How do pro leagues feel about marijuana use? It depends. (Boston.com)

  • Veterinarians Want Marijuana Laws Loosened For Pets And Humans, Survey Finds (Marijuana Moment)


Magic Mushrooms

  • Why Santa Claus and Magic Mushrooms Have More in Common Than You Think (Paper)


  • Octopuses High on MDMA Gave Eight-Armed Hugs (Inverse)

  • Vicky Pattison’s ‘Mr Newcastle’ pal Paul Burns died after taking ‘high’ levels of MDMA (Metro)

  • Police issue warning over 'potentially lethal' ecstasy tablets (ITV News)



  • Govt science institute testing for synthetic cannabis (Radio New Zealand)

  • California-Based Opiant Licenses Synthetic Cannabinoid Overdose Drug From Sanofi for $500,000 (BioSpace)

  • Synthetic marijuana: A pot alternative or a silent killer? (The Desert Sun)


  • Shock as 'hippy crack' canisters strewn around popular site for children's activities (Glouchestershire Live)


  • For People Battling Depression, These May Be the Treatments of the Future (Inc.)


  • Police: Man high on PCP caused head-on crash, injuring woman in Annapolis (Capital Gazette)


  • Wristband That Detects Opioid Overdose Joins U.S. Race for Tech Solutions (IEEE Spectrum)

  • After naloxone, when can opioid overdose patients be safely discharged? (EurekAlert!)

  • Ex-Insys CEO Accused of Bribing Doctors to Prescribe Fentanyl Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy, Mail Fraud (Daily Beast)

  • Opium Production in Afghanistan Has Skyrocketed Since 2001 Invasion (People's Pundit Daily)

  • Feds Urge Doctors to Co-Prescribe Naloxone (Pain News Network)

  • In Cincinnati, a winning opioid strategy (The Blade)

  • Greer mother focuses on saving lives after her daughter died of heroin overdose (Greenville News)



  • Thailand Legalizes Medical Marijuana And Kratom (Forbes)

  • Is It Illegal to Fly With Kratom Within the United States? (Aeronautics Online)


  • Study Shows EDM and Heavy Metal Fans Consume the Most Drugs and Alcohol Compared to other Genres (EDM.com)

  • The First Step Act is not the criminal justice reform we need. But it’s a start. (Psymposia)

  • How Does a Writer Put a Drug Trip Into Words? (The New York Times)

  • Altering Memories to Treat Addiction (Undark)

  • Drug Testing Organizations Save Lives, So Why Haven't Rave and Concert Organizers Embraced Them? (The Appeal)

  • Fifty Years After Timothy Leary's Historic Laguna Beach Drug Bust, California Reconsiders Psychedelics (OC Weekly)

  • Young women are warned against taking ‘date rape’ drug GHB as a ‘zero calorie alternative to binge drinking’ after teacher at prestigious Catholic school, 24, dies from accidental overdose (Daily Mail)

  • Will pill testing save lives? (ABC News)

  • All I want for next Christmas is the Church of Safe Injection in Philly (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Jeff Goldblum Talks About His Experiences With Psychedelic Drugs (The Fresh Toast)

  • Psychedelics May Offer Artists a Creative Boost (Artsy)

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 - 6.1.18



  • Marijuana Compound Removes Toxic Alzheimer's Protein From The Brain (Science Alert)
  • Forget protein shakes. The newest workout supplement? Marijuana. (The Boston Globe)
  • Research Finds That Cannabis Used To Grow Wild In Ancient Europe (Herb)
  • Craft brewers walk regulatory tightrope with cannabis-related products (MiBiz)
  • Utah: Medical Access Initiative Certified For 2018 Ballot (NORML)
  • Use of Toxic Pesticides Increased in California’s Illegal Weed Farms (High Times)
  • Cannabis: the new tobacco? (CBC)
  • Florida: Court Strikes Down Legislative Ban On Medical Cannabis Smoking (NORML)
  • Oklahoma: Polling Shows Strong Voter Support For Upcoming Medical Marijuana Vote (NORML)
  • World’s First Cannabis Bank Advances in California (Leafly)
  • Bad Vibes? Heavy Marijuana Users Hold On to Negative Feelings (Live Science)
  • Greece Prepares for First Government-Backed Medical Marijuana Expo (High Times)
  • Senators Approve Funds For Feds To Restore Cannabis Genetics (Forbes)
  • Epileptic HS football player ineligible for college play because of cannabis oil use (FOX4KC)
  • Longtime Cannabis Activist Marc Emery Fined $5,000 For Drug Trafficking (High Times)
  • Georgia Kidnapped This Boy Because His Parents Used Marijuana to Stop His Seizures (Reason)
  • Cannabis Entrepreneurs Specialize Way Beyond Buds And Brownies (Forbes)
  • Nick Etten: Rescue the returned: Medical cannabis could save veterans’ lives (The Spokesman-Review)
  • Cannabis-based autism treatments front and center at suburban conference (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Wine may battle cannabis for key consumers with legalization (North Day Business Journal)
  • Smoking Not Your Style? Try a Cannabis Cocktail. (Reason)
  • Does cannabis kill brain cells? (Mashable)
  • American Cannabis Stocks Offer Compelling Relative Value (Forbes)
  • Reason's Classic Pot Brownies (Reason)
  • Cannabis Tax Relief, Workers' Rights Bills Fail in Sacramento (East Bay Express)
  • This Is Not a Pot Pipe (Reason)
  • Enforcement grapples with new cannabis environment (The Ledger)


  • Security Troops At Wyoming Nuclear Missile Base Used And Distributed LSD – OpEd (Eurasia Review)
  • Does Microdosing LSD Really Improve Cognition? (71Republic)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Fifteen years of crime reporting left me with PTSD. Magic mushrooms helped me begin to recover (The Independent)
  • Mushrooms Aren't Magic (Reason)
  • 'Magic' mushrooms: The next great legalization debate (The Sacramento Bee)


  • We went undercover in a Chinese MDMA factory (Mixmag)
  • Study: Party Drug ‘Molly’ Often Not Really Pure MDMA; Pill-Testing At Concerts Could Curb Use (Study Finds)
  • Dad who lost two sons to MDMA overdoses on same night calls for drugs to be legalised after Mutiny festival deaths (The Sun)
  • Tragic young dad and teenage girl may have taken ‘Green Heineken ecstasy pills’ before festival drug deaths (The Sun)


  • The Muká Diet of the Yawanawá Indigenous People in Acre, Brazil (Chacruna)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals


  • A ‘breakthrough’ depression drug inspired by ketamine is attracting more attention from big pharma (Business Insider)


  • Mexico detains wife of drug baron blamed for U.S. heroin scourge (Reuters)
  • Taliban commander orders closure of opium labs in towns and cities (The Guardian)
  • Naloxone and the High Price of Doing Nothing (The Fix)
  • Tons of Poppies Destroyed in California’s Biggest Opium Bust (FOX40)
  • AMA Castigated for Rightly Opposing a National 3-Day Limit on Opioid Prescriptions (Reason)
  • One-Third of New Heroin Users Become Dependent on It (Live Science)


  • DEA 'waiting for analysis': Kratom may soon be banned (KIRO)
  • Source of Kratom Contaminated With Salmonella Is Unknown, CDC Warns (Inverse)
  • Which Brands Linked With Nationwide Kratom Salmonella Outbreak? (Kratom Guides)
  • Could Kratom Solve the Opioid Epidemic? (San Diego Entertainer Magazine)
  • Is Kratom Legal In Georgia 2018 (Kratom Guides)
  • Confusion persists over Kratom law in Tennessee (WSMV)


  • Authorities arrest three suspects for smuggling Khat leaves (ANTARA News)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • The Psychedelic Renaissance: Trip Reports from Timothy Leary, Michael Pollan, and Tao Lin (The New Yorker)
  • Trips Worth Telling (Medium)
  • Asia's newest drug war leaves more than 90 people dead in less than two weeks (Los Angeles Times)
  • You're Not a Drug Dealer? Here's Why the Police Might Disagree (The New York Times)
  • Ending America's War on Drugs Would Finally Unleash the Therapeutic Potential of Psychadelics (TIME)
  • Navigating Your Way Through the Psychedelic Field: How to Get Involved (Psychedelics Today)
  • LAPSS Into Higher Consciousness: Interview with Brad Adams, Ph.D. (Psychedelic Times)
  • Prohibition, the Constitution, and the Path to Legalization (Andrew Joseph)
  • Bangladesh's Deadly Narcotics Crackdown Sparks Fears of a Philippines-Style Drug War (TIME)
  • Hidden Horrors of "Zero Tolerance" – Mass Trials and Children Taken From Their Parents (The Intercept)
  • Psychedelics And Cluster Headaches (Psychedelic Heaven)
  • An Overdose Is Not a Murder (Reason)
  • Microdosing - All You Need to Know About This Dangerous Fad (The Quint)

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’ (Hollywood.com)
  • 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.

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