This Week in Psychoactives - 5.10.19



  • Debunking Reefer Madness: New Study Says Weed Doesn’t Actually Cause Psychosis (MERRY JANE)

  • Top Congressional Democrats Announce Bill To Federally Deschedule Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Study: 80 percent of cannabis users say weed helps their workouts (Fox 8)

  • New Zealand Government Releases Details Of Marijuana Legalization Referendum (Marijuana Moment)

  • China Cashes In on the Cannabis Boom (The New York Times)

  • Illinois Governor Announces Plan to Legalize Marijuana (TIME)

  • THC-Blood Levels Can’t Be Determined Postmortem, Research Finds (Leafly)

  • Cannabis Users Have Worse Sperm Health Than Tobacco Smokers, Study Finds (MERRY JANE)

  • North Dakota: Governor Signs Law Reducing Marijuana Possession Penalties (NORML)

  • The First Arkansas Medical Marijuana Dispensary Just Got Its License (Leafly)

  • TSA to Travelers: We’re Not Looking for Your Weed (MERRY JANE)

  • Louisiana House Unanimously Approves Bill to Allow CBD Sales (Leafly)

  • Cannabis Industry Work Costing U.S. Veterans Their Retirement Pensions (Forbes)

  • The Great White Shortage: Canada May Soon Run Out of CBD (MERRY JANE)

  • Alabama Senate Approves Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Workers Are Smoking Weed More Than Ever, So Employers Are Dropping Drug Tests (MERRY JANE)

  • California Cannabis Market Not Tracked or Traced as Promised (Leafly)

  • Marijuana Patients Are Ditching Benzos for Weed, Study Says (MERRY JANE)

  • The Feds Prosecuted Even Fewer Marijuana Trafficking Cases In 2018 (Marijuana Moment)

  • Ohio May Become First State to OK Medical Marijuana for Depression and Insomnia (MERRY JANE)

  • Federal Agency Clarifies Rules On Adding CBD To Alcoholic Beverages (Marijuana Moment)

  • American Accused of Growing Weed in Myanmar Faces 10 Years in Prison (MERRY JANE)

  • Texas House Votes To Expand State’s Medical Marijuana Program (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Science Behind Combining Cannabis And Caffeine (Benzinga)


  • Denver Voters Approve Measure To Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms (Forbes)

  • California Activists Take First Steps To Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms Statewide (Marijuana Moment)


  • MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD may have benefits beyond reductions in clinical symptoms (PsyPost)

  • MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment of PTSD: study design and rationale for phase 3 trials based on pooled analysis of six phase 2 randomized controlled trials (Springer Link)

  • Consider This Before Self-Medicating With MDMA (The Wall Street Journal)


  • Health Canada allows more religious groups to import ayahuasca (Global News)

  • Ayahuasca and the Twelve Steps: An Anonymous Friendship (Chacruna)

  • The Problem With Ayahuasca (Thrive Global)


  • CDC traces unexplained bleeding outbreak to synthetic cannabinoids (Healio)


  • Former Playboy Model’s Killer Was ‘Out Of His Mind’ On Ketamine During The Brutal Slaying, Lawyer Says (Oxygen)


  • Opioid overdose deaths decline when pharmacists can dispense naloxone (Reuters)

  • Study: Naloxone Prescriptions Low Despite Deadly Opioid Crisis (U.S. News and World Report)

  • Federal Court Rules Inmate Must Have Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment (Reason)

  • Narcan, the lifesaving overdose-reversal drug, is scarce in N.J. cities that need it most (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • AHN Researcher Working To Develop Longer-Lasting Naloxone For Opioid Overdoses (WESA)

  • Inside Elizabeth Warren's $100 Billion Policy Plan to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic (Fortune)

  • White patients far more likely to get popular addiction treatment prescription, study finds (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Report: nurses who carry naloxone denied life insurance coverage (WKBW)

  • Louisiana prisons pilot addiction-fighting implants for inmates; lack of FDA approval draws criticism (The Advocate)

  • Deputy and two firefighters hospitalized after fentanyl exposure (WDBO)


  • Feds: A popular drug from the disco era is making a deadly return (NBC News)

  • The mums who took cocaine during play dates (BBC)

  • FLASHBACK: Bernie Asks Group Of Young Children: ‘Anyone Ever Seen Cocaine?’ (The Libertarian Republic)


  • Meth Abusers At Risk For Little-Known But Potentially Deadly Disease (NBC 7 San Diego)



  • Alcohol use soaring worldwide: The average adult now consumes about 1.7 gallons of pure alcohol per year (USA Today)

  • These policies were supposed to stop pregnant women from drinking. A new study says they’re hurting babies. (Vox)

  • One in five harmed by others drinking alcohol over past year, survey finds (The Guardian)

  • The War On Alcohol: Is This Prohibition 2.0 (Forbes)


  • The Debate Over Kratom, An Opioid-Like Plant Legal In Massachusetts (CBS Boston)

  • Oxford Police proposes ban on Kratom products (The Oxford Eagle)

  • How Cannabis and Kratom Can Help With Addiction Recovery (Civilized)


  • 1,000-Year-Old Pouch Contains Traces of 5 Ancient Psychoactive Drugs (Inverse)

  • Mexico’s President Proposes Drug Decriminalization With Legal Supply Via Prescription (Marijuana Moment)

  • Feds Dismantled the Dark Web Drug Trade—but It's Already Rebuilding (WIRED)

  • Berlin park designates 'pink zone' areas for drug dealers (The Guardian)

  • Drug-testing device gives false positives on poppy seeds, CBD oil, says Vancouver lawyer (CBC)

  • Overdose In An Arizona Prison? Get Ready to Pay Up. (The Appeal)

  • Where Philadelphia stands on supervised-injection sites, per two polls (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Houston Police Shot Man Killed in Fraudulent Drug Raid at Least Eight Times (Reason)

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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:

TSA to Travelers: We’re Not Looking for Your Weed

Zach Harris, writing for MERRY JANE:

According to a new report from Forbes, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) posted a photo of a cannabis leaf on the agency’s official Instagram page on 4/20. The social media post also included a note to travelers, clarifying their hands-off approach to pot.

“Are we cool? We like to think we’re cool,” the TSA caption reads. “We want you to have a pleasant experience at the airport and arrive safely at your destination. But getting caught while trying to fly with marijuana or cannabis-infused products can really harsh your mellow.”

“Let us be blunt,” the tongue-in-cheek warning continues. “TSA officers DO NOT search for marijuana or other illegal drugs. Our screening procedures are focused on security and detecting potential threats. But in the event a substance appears to be marijuana or a cannabis-infused product, we’re required by federal law to notify law enforcement. This includes items that are used for medicinal purposes.”

So they’re not actively looking for cannabis, but if they find it while searching your bags for other contraband they will still get law enforcement involved. Sure, it’s better than going full narc, but at the end of the day this doesn’t sound all that “cool” to me.

This Week in Psychedelics - 11.23.18



  • Massachusetts mayor first in line as recreational marijuana sales begin (CBS News)

  • Federal Marijuana Action Is An ‘Inevitability,’ Trump FDA Chief Says (Marijuana Moment)

  • Joe Kennedy III calls for legalizing marijuana at the federal level (The Hill)

  • Here’s When Michigan’s Marijuana Legalization Law Goes Into Effect (Marijuana Moment)

  • US Senate: Leading Marijuana Prohibitionist Out As Senate Judiciary Chair (NORML)

  • Two New Studies Reveal How Marijuana Can Treat Different Kinds Of Pain (Marijuana Moment)

  • Weed and Pregnancy: How Cannabis Laws Are Hurting Mothers (Rolling Stone)

  • Hemp Will Be A Top 10 Product In 2019, Whole Foods Predicts (Marijuana Moment)

  • The 'Hypocritical' Loophole in New York's Pledge to Stop Prosecuting Marijuana (The Appeal)

  • Canada’s Grand Cannabis Experiment Has Set Scientists Free (The New York Times)

  • Missouri’s Largest County Stops Prosecuting Marijuana Possession (NORML)

  • Here's how N.J. is likely to legalize marijuana under new bill just unveiled by top Democrats (NJ.com)

  • Feds To Discuss Drug Testing Programs In Era Of Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Antigua and Barbuda Set to Pass Inclusive Cannabis Regulation Law (Talking Drugs)

  • Artisanal Edible Cannabis Honey Causes A Buzz (Forbes)

  • Go Ahead and Pack Your Weed This Thanksgiving—the TSA Probably Won't Find It (Reason)

  • FGCU to offer cannabis studies program 2019 (Wink News)

  • 'Blow themselves up:' Police worried about butane hash oil extractions at home (The Daily Courier)

  • Ontario Cannabis Store aware of mouldy products shipped to customers (Daily Hive)

  • How Canada marijuana legalization impacts on Latin American drug policy? (openDemocracy)

  • New Poll Says Cannabis Prohibition Doesn't Work And Americans Don't Want It To (Civilized)

  • Three Incoming House Committee Chairs Call For Marijuana Reform In Next Congress (Marijuana Moment)

  • Teens are trying marijuana before alcohol and tobacco (The Verge)

  • South Africa Cannabis Ruling Leads to Pot-Themed Products (Voice of America)

  • Totally Unchill NASA Orders SpaceX Safety Probe Because Elon Musk Legally Smoked Weed (Reason)

  • What's the deal with cannabis capsules? (The GrowthOp)

  • Do We Need Roadside Marijuana Tests? (The Crime Report)

  • Hope for cannabis as treatment for opioid addiction (The Conversation)

  • Greece eyes pot of gold as medicinal cannabis licensed (Reuters)

  • 6 Ways American Colonists Used Cannabis (Civilized)

  • How medical marijuana made me a better mom (The Washington Post)

  • ‘Outliers’ Author Malcolm Gladwell Is Himself An Outlier On Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • How Much Weed Should Someone Try If It's Their First Time? (WIRED)

  • Legalizing Marijuana Is One Of New Connecticut Governor’s ‘Priorities’ (Marijuana Moment)

  • What You Need To Know About Microdosing Cannabis, The New Wellness Trend (Psychedelics Daily)


  • 'Open-minded, immersive and fun': a review of 'All You need is LSD' (The Boar)

  • News Focus - Dangers of LSD consumption among children (ANTARA News)

  • Yale, Zurich scientists find why LSD makes people trip (Psychedelics Daily)

  • REVEALED: The eerie conspiracy that connects JFK, Charles Manson and Britney Spears (Daily Star)

  • To avoid a bad trip, be prepared before trying LSD (Psychedelics Daily)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • High Dose of Psilocybin in a HIV+ Homeless Shelter (Chacruna)

  • Denver, Colorado Might Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms As Soon As May 2019 (IVN.us)

  • The FDA Has Acknowledged Psilocybin As A Potential Treatment For Depression (Psychedelics Daily)

  • Psychedelic healing: could magic mushrooms help reboot the brain? (Science Focus)


  • People on love drug MDMA still know who to trust (ResearchGate)

  • MDMA is now proven to help those with trauma – so let’s decriminalise it and put it back in the medicine cabinet (The Independent)

  • ‘It can rewire people’s brains’: how traumatised veterans turned to underground MDMA therapy (The Guardian)

  • Horrfying moment mother ‘high on ecstasy’ drops her baby and cracks his skull (Metro)

  • Boy, 16, died after taking ecstasy when pal’s mum didn’t call his parents in case they got into trouble (The Sun)

  • What is MDMA and why have there been so many deaths in the West Country? (ITV News)


  • Controversial hallucinogenic drug use explored in 'Kentucky Ayahuasca,' TV series (Lexington Herald Leader)

  • Everything You Need to Know about Choosing an Ayahuasca Retreat (Kahpi)

  • Welcome to the jungle: experiencing the Amazon in psychedelic virtual reality (The Guardian)

  • A Punch In The Soul: HighExistence Founder Jordan Lejuwaan’s First Ayahuasca Journey (HighExistence)

  • What ayahuasca — Silicon Valleys latest drug of choice — does to your brain and body (Psychedelics Daily)

  • DMT: Learning Science from our Ancestors (in-Training)

  • Ayahuasca Research Boosts Brazilian Psychedelic Science (Psychedelics Daily)

  • What Ayahuasca Is, and What You Should Know About It (Psychedelics Daily)


  • Ibogaine: One Mans Journey To Mexico For Psychedelic Addiction Treatment (Psychedelics Daily)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • 'Legal highs': Street dealers now main source of supply after ban (BBC)


  • The Radical New Fentanyl Trend That Could Save Lives and Screw Dealers (VICE)

  • Sackler family members face mass litigation and criminal investigations over opioids crisis (The Guardian)

  • UN: Afghan Opium Cultivation Down 20 Percent (Voice of America)

  • AMA Decries the Impact of the CDC's Opioid Guidelines on Pain Treatment (Reason)

  • Multiple vials of naloxone now required to resuscitate Metro Vancouver opioid users (Standard-Freeholder)

  • Understanding Naloxone Standing Orders Is Vital (Pharmacy Times)

  • Saving your child from an opioid overdose (CBS News)

  • Opioid Series: 'Naloxone saved my life' (ABC 4)

  • Naloxone: The life-saving drug more Americans Need (CBS News)


  • Mental health hospital admissions linked to cocaine use treble in 10 years (The Guardian)

  • Mother at large after 2-year-old daughter ingests cocaine (KPRC)


  • Scientists Identify the Lethal Dose of Kratom's Active Ingredients (Inverse)

  • Converting Animal Doses to Human Doses (Kratom) (Medium)

  • Federal Authorities Tight-Lipped on When Kratom’s Future Will Be Revealed (Inverse)

  • Is FDA ‘Shadow Ban’ Causing Kratom Shortages? (Pain News Network)

  • American Kratom Association Announces Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Standards for Vendors (PR Newswire)

  • Kratom Erowid – Which Types of Kratom Information You Will See On This Website? (Kratom Guides)

  • Kratom: The leafy green plant that could help with opiate withdrawals (KFMB)

  • Green Bali Kratom: Effects, Dosage, And User Reviews (Kratom Guides)



  • Little-known banned drug is becoming worryingly popular in Liverpool (Liverpool Echo)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Take Part in the World's Biggest Anonymous Drugs Survey (VICE)

  • A Brief History of Swedish Psychedelia (The Oak Tree Review)

  • I Survived Sexual Abuse In The Amazon And Victim Blame At Home (Psymposia)

  • Let’s Talk About Compass And Psychedelic Capitalism: Interview with Rick Doblin (Psychedelic Times)

  • A Brief History of Psychedelics in the Western World (Psychedelics Today)

  • A Vermont needle exchange isn’t just giving out syringes. It’s offering treatment on the spot. (Vox)

  • El Chapo Witness Details Brutal Drug War Murders (The New York Times)

  • Denver City Council will OK supervised drug use to save people from overdosing (Denverite)

  • Drugs and alcohol complicate sexual consent, but context can make things clearer (The Conversation)

  • Radical Risk Reduction For Event And Community Organizers (Chacruna)

  • Opioids Are In the Spotlight. But Meth Hospitalizations Are Surging (TIME)

  • Time’s Up For “Silencing” Tactics (Psymposia)

  • Joe Biden’s Ideal Drug War (Drug WarRant)

  • Harm reduction is the right way to treat drug abuse (The Economist)

  • How 'fixing rooms' are saving the lives of drug addicts (The Guardian)

  • We need harm reduction drug education, not drug prevention education (AOD MEDIA WATCH)

  • Exploring Consciousness with Psychedelics (Psychedelics Daily)

Disclaimer: "This Week in Psychedelics" does not censor or analyze the news links presented here. The purpose of this column is solely to catalogue how psychedelics are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.

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This Week in Psychedelics - 9.28.18



  • Canadians Involved In Marijuana Industry Not Welcome In US, Feds Confirm (Marijuana Moment)

  • DEA Reclassifies Plant-Derived Marijuana Medicine To Schedule V (NORML)

  • FBI: Marijuana Arrests Spike For Second Straight Year, Far Outpace Arrests For All Violent Crimes (NORML)

  • Youth Marijuana Use Isn’t Increasing After States Legalize, Meta-Analysis Of 55 Studies Concludes (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Looks Like An Alien World Under An Electron Microscope (Marijuana Moment)

  • Maine Officials Investigating Restaurant That Calmed Lobsters With Marijuana (TIME)

  • Lawmaker Pushes For Marijuana Legalization In Kenya (Marijuana Moment)

  • Coca-Cola Is Eyeing a Possible Entry Into the Cannabis Market (TIME)

  • Brooklyn DA erases 56 marijuana convictions, vacates over 3,000 pot warrants (New York Daily News)

  • Seattle judges throw out 15 years of marijuana convictions (BBC)

  • Amsterdam’s Marijuana Strategy Means Cops Don’t Have Much To Do, Comedy Central Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Molson Coors Plans To Sell Marijuana-Infused Teas, Seltzers And Beer (Marijuana Moment)

  • Wall Street’s Marijuana Madness: ‘It’s Like the Internet in 1997’ (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Republicans in a US territory just legalized marijuana (Vox)

  • Cannabis Stocks Had A Roller Coaster Of A Week (NPR)

  • Are Police Breaking The Law To Campaign Against Marijuana Legalization? (Marijuana Moment)

  • How EMTs and Doctors Treat Cannabis Overconsumption (Leafly)

  • House GOP Blocks Marijuana Tax Fairness Vote (Marijuana Moment)

  • TSA Will Report Weed at LAX to Cops, Who Can't Do Anything About It (Reason)

  • Researchers Injected People With THC To Test Their Motor Skills (Marijuana Moment)

  • It's Not Just Cannabis Stocks -- Salaries And Jobs In Legal Weed Are Climbing Too (Forbes)

  • Why millennials prefer cannabis to booze: ‘Zero enjoyment out of drinking’ (and it’s cheaper) (MarketWatch)

  • Willie Nelson Wants To Smoke Marijuana With Trump And Putin (Marijuana Moment)

  • Kindergartner can take cannabis drug to school, judge says (Los Angeles Times)

  • O’Rourke And Cruz Clash On Marijuana And Drugs At Senate Debate (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pot Faux Pas: A Cannabis Club Owner Weighs In On Marijuana Etiquette (WBUR)

  • Here’s Where Maine’s US Senate Candidates Stand On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Legal marijuana: Vote for it, even if you aren't going to smoke it (Detroit Free Press)

  • Leading Congressional Marijuana Opponent In Danger Of Losing Seat, Polls Find (Marijuana Moment)

  • Idaho Gubernatorial Candidates Disagree On Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)


  • What Happens When You Give L.S.D. to an Elephant? (The New York Times)

  • Silicon Valley figures remember Steve Jobs's death — and debate the rumor that he was 'tripping' when he died (Business Insider)

  • Could LSD Microdosing Be Beneficial? (Labmate Online)

  • Sofia Boutella on Playing a Character Spiked with LSD in Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’ (Collider)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Reclassification recommendations for drug in 'magic mushrooms' (ScienceDaily)

  • Could "Magic Mushrooms" Help You Stop Smoking? (The Fix)


  • Pilot Study Finds MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Significantly Reduces Social Anxiety in Autistic Adults (Psychedelic Times)

  • Scientists Dosed an Octopus With MDMA and It Engaged In Some Serious Heavy Petting (The Inertia)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • 'Psychedelic Indiana Jones' claims he can 'predict FUTURE' with shamanic drug (Daily Star)

Morning Glory Seeds


  • Ketamine gives hope to patients with severe depression. But some clinics stray from the science and hype its benefits (STAT)

  • Party drug used for depression at UW Health amid research on psychedelics (Wisconsin State Journal)


  • A major study questioned the evidence for safe injection sites. It’s now been retracted. (Vox)

  • Fentanyl crisis: Is China a major source of illegal drugs? (BBC)

  • The Health 202: Congress reaches deal on major opioids' package (The Washington Post)

  • Solving America’s painkiller paradox (Vox)

  • DEA launches '360 Strategy' to combat heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic in Baltimore (Baltimore Sun)

  • Pulitzer Prize winner Terry DeMio on life as a heroin beat reporter (Psymposia)


  • FDA Death Data On Kratom Linked To Adulterated Products, Not The Kratom Plant Itself (Benzinga)

  • Kratom Dosage In Powder And Capsules (Kratom Guides)

  • Kratom In Missouri: Legality And Where To Find Locally (Kratom Guides)



Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Capitalism on Psychedelics: The Mainstreaming of an Underground (Chacruna)

  • For $1000, These ‘Sitters’ Will Save You from a Bad Acid Trip (VICE)

  • The Risks of Long-Term Microdosing (The Third Wave)

  • Why I regret my war on drugs (UnHerd)

  • When supplies of drugs run low, drug prices mysteriously rise, data shows (Ars Technica)

  • Psychedelic Film and Music Festival to feature trippy entertainment ‘for healing’ (AM New York)

  • Get Ready for Your Psychedelic Voyage by Reading Experience Reports (Psychedelic Times)

  • ‘Without drug traffickers, we’d have peace’: Colombian villagers flee new killings (The Guardian)

  • Some 129 countries sign up to Trump's pledge at U.N. to fight drugs (Reuters)

  • Making amyl nitrite an illegal drug would be ineffective, warns former AFP chief (The Guardian)

  • The Invisible Majority: People Whose Drug Use Is Not Problematic (Filter)

  • It's time we walked the talk on treating drugs as a health issue (Stuff.co.nz)

  • $18 Million Worth of Cocaine Found in Bananas Donated to Texas Prison, Authorities Say (TIME)

  • Does Donald Trump Want To Ban Chocolate, Or Is He Just Confused? (Marijuana Moment)

  • Integrating Huichol and Mazatec Wisdom Without Doing Harm: Interview with Mario Gómez Mayorga (Psychedelic Times)

  • Sheffield University criticised over 'never inject alone' drug advice (The Telegraph)

  • Why doctors should support regulated markets in illicit drugs (The BMJ)

  • Drug Tolerance Explained (Psychedelic Heaven)

Disclaimer: "This Week in Psychedelics" does not censor or analyze the news links presented here. The purpose of this column is solely to catalogue how psychedelics are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.

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This Week in Psychedelics - 11.24.17

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  • Study Finds Alcohol 10 Times More Deadly Than Cannabis on the Road (Leafly)
  • Michigan: Legalization Coalition Turns in 360,000 Signatures to Place Issue on 2018 Ballot (NORML)
  • California Weed Club Caught Pretending to Be a Church (TIME)
  • Study: Medical Cannabis Registrants More Likely To Cease Using Opioids Compared To Non-Participants (NORML)
  • California releases cannabis regulations, with no limit on farm size (Sonoma Index-Tribune)
  • Good News: Congo Is Ditching Conflict Metals For Cannabis (High Times)
  • Pennsylvania Couple Sues Drug Warriors Who Thought Hibiscus Was Marijuana (Reason)
  • Is The TSA More Chill About Weed Than San Francisco? (Reason)
  • Caffeine Is More Dangerous Than Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Pennsylvania Town Used Confidential Informant and Undercover Cops to Arrest a Man For Selling Bongs (Reason)
  • Bush-Era Attorney General Cautions Against Cannabis Crackdown (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Crunch – Ex-Cops Selling Weed, Dubious Marijuana 'Overdose' And Don't Trust Sessions (Psychedelic Times)
  • Don't Blame Wildfires for Rising California Cannabis Prices (Leafly)
  • Last stop for cannabis advertising on Muni buses, trains, stations and stops (SFGate)
  • Can The Standard Hotel Really Open a Cannabis Shop in Its Lobby? (Leafly)
  • Does medical marijuana really work? The truth behind the buzz. (HuffPost)
  • Massachusetts Towns Reject Cannabis Bans, Bucking Early Trend (Leafly)
  • RightSciences raises cash to develop cannabis and hemp-based medicinal patches (GeekWire)
  • Across State Lines: One Medical Cannabis Refugee's Journey to Colorado and Back (Leafly)
  • Talk About Marijuana At Thanksgiving This Year (NORML)
  • How One Painting Class Is Bringing Art, Cannabis, and People Together (Leafly)
  • Oakland reviewing 255 permit applications to cultivate, deliver cannabis (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Medical cannabis clinic, possible pot shop coming to Old Strathcona (Edmonton Journal)
  • Italian toddler hospitalized after mistaking cannabis for chocolate (The Local)


  • Observations from 4000 LSD Sessions: A Dialogue with Stanislav Grof (Reality Sandwich)
  • LSD is making a comeback, but not in the way you'd expect (My Fox Boston)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • The California Psilocybin Legalization Initiative Looks to put Magic Mushrooms on the Ballot (The Weed Blog)
  • Johns Hopkins studying effects of psilocybin on brains of long-term meditators (Psymposia)
  • Posttreatment Brain Effects of Psilocybin in Patients With Treatment-Resistant Depression (Psychiatry Advisor)


  • Psychedelics and Psychotherapy: Is There a Role for MDMA in the Treatment of PTSD? (Medical News Bulletin)
  • 'A Void No One Can Fill': Mum's heartbreaking tribute to daughter, 18, who died after 'taking MDMA at Newcastle nightclub' (The Sun)
  • 3 charged after cat allegedly abused and drugged with MDMA, with videos sent to family (CBC News)


  • Criminalization Makes It Harder to Study Ayahuasca, Scientists Say (VICE)
  • How Tripping on Ayahuasca Could Help People with Eating Disorders (Broadly)
  • What is DMT and why you should care. (Psychedelics Daily)
  • NM veterans vouch for ayahuasca therapy (Albuquerque Journal)
  • Wook Describes His Wild Method of Transporting DMT Crosscountry (Your EDM)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals


  • Your Healthy Family: Ketamine being used to treat PTSD and severe depression (KOAA)
  • The Effect of a Single Dose of Intravenous Ketamine on Suicidal Ideation: A Systematic Review and Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis (The American Journal of Psychiatry)
  • OKC grandmother arrested after child swallows PCP (KSWO)
  • Police: Driver arrested after crashing into vehicle while on PCP (The Herald-News)




  • Can Kratom Help With Withdrawal From Methadone? (Kratom Guides)
  • Using Kratom For Suboxone Withdrawal (Kratom Guides)
  • Seeking Alternative Addiction Treatment, Mainers Experiment With Kratom (Maine Public)
  • FDA finally rules on kratom: It's a potential killer (New York Post)
  • Where FDA Sees Deadly Drug, South Florida Advocates See Natural Alternative To Prescription Drugs (WUSF)
  • Denver bans sale of Kratom, drug often used as painkiller (9NEWS)
  • Mom of man killed by kratom calls for research, not ban (WTSP)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Hunting for the Most Potent Psychedelic Toad Venom on Earth (VICE)
  • Psychedelic Treatments for Cluster Headaches (Psychedelic Times)
  • What The Women's Rights Movement Shares With The Drug War (High Times)
  • Could Oregon Be the First State to Legalize Psychedelic Therapy? (Psymposia)
  • Psychedelic society launches in Glasgow to try to change the law on mind-altering drugs (The Herald Scotland)
  • Mainstreaming psychedelics. Are we there yet? (Rick Strassman MD)
  • Hallucination machine lets you blow your mind without taking psychedelic drugs (RT)
  • LAPD Officer Gaxiola Caught Allegedly Planting Cocaine on Suspect by Own Body Cam Footage (ATTN:)
  • Mind menders: how psychedelic drugs rebuild broken brains (New Scientist)
  • WATCH: Fox News host wants you to have a psychedelic experience before you die (Raw Story)

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.