This Week in Psychedelics - 10.12.18



  • U.K. to Allow Prescriptions for Medicinal Cannabis (The New York Times)

  • Pew Poll: 62 Percent Of Americans Want Marijuana Legal (NORML)

  • Pennsylvania Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Bill In Committee Vote (Marijuana Moment)

  • Support For Marijuana Legalization Grew Again In 2018, Pew Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • 'Women have been saying it works for 10,000 years': 400 women will use marijuana-infused inserts in a groundbreaking study from a Harvard Medical School professor (Business Insider)

  • U.S. Government Loosens Border Policy For Canadian Marijuana Industry Workers (Marijuana Moment)

  • Trump Plans To Back Legal Medical Marijuana After Midterms, GOP Congressman Says (Marijuana Moment)

  • High Schoolers Are Growing More Tolerant Of Peers Who Use Marijuana, Study Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Survey: Cannabis Use Becoming Common Among Older Adults (NORML)

  • Study Reveals How Older People Use And Obtain Marijuana In Colorado (Marijuana Moment)

  • New California Law Bans Bars, Liquor Stores from Selling Marijuana-Infused Drinks (Reason)

  • Fight To Legalize Medical Marijuana In Missouri Intensifies As Groups Battle Over Tax Rates (Marijuana Moment)

  • Walmart Canada Explores Selling Cannabis-Infused Products (Forbes)

  • Shopify 'confident' on pot e-commerce because 'cannabis isn't Kylie Cosmetics' (CBC)

  • Trump Administration Seeks Public Comments On Marijuana Reclassification (Forbes)

  • Toke Up, Eh? Canada Readies for Marijuana to Become Legal Nationwide (TIME)

  • Canada’s Liquor Stores Will Heavily Outnumber Marijuana Stores On Legalization’s Launch (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Stores Will Be Hard To Find For Most Canadians On Day One Of Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • The jury is in on cannabis legalization in North America: it’s been a success. (LSE USAPP)

  • WestJet bans staff in 'safety-sensitive' jobs from off-duty cannabis use (CBC)

  • THC amounts identical in most cannabis strains, study finds (

  • Celebrity Endorsements and Cannabis (The Stranger)

  • Cannabis In Space Is Just Around The Corner (Forbes)

  • I'm Just a Middle-Aged House Dad Addicted to Pot (The New York Times)

  • This Is Where Arizona’s US Senate Candidates Stand On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Marijuana Midterms are Heating Up in Nevada (NORML)

  • Corporate America is investing in pot because people want to eat and drink it (CNN)

  • Why retail is so important to the burgeoning cannabis beauty and wellness market (Glossy)

  • Marijuana Licensing Bill Has ‘Negligible’ Fiscal Impacts, Congressional Budget Office Says (Marijuana Moment)

  • Coral Cove Cannabis Retreat Is Jamaica's Best Kept Secret (Forbes)

  • The Quest to Make California’s Weed the Champagne of Cannabis (WIRED)


  • A Team of European Researchers Is Crowdsourcing the World’s First ‘Self-Blinded’ LSD Microdosing Study (Psychedelic Times)

  • ‘The CIA introduced LSD into American society. They weaponised it’ (The Irish Times)

  • Nick Kroll Saw The Pattern Of The Universe During An LSD Trip At Burning Man (Marijuana Moment)

  • A Playwright's LSD Trip Becomes a Psychedelic Journey (The New York Times)

  • That time a legendary Batman editor was dared to put LSD in Stan Lee’s coffee (Polygon)

  • From ‘problem child’ to ‘prodigy’? LSD turns 75 (Arab News)

  • People Are Microdosing LSD To 'Make Them More Productive' (LADbible)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Psilocybin Initiative Moves to Signature-Gathering Stage for May 2019 (Westword)

  • Mushroom legalization effort polling at 39 percent (Rooster Magazine)

  • A team of Johns Hopkins researchers is calling for magic mushrooms to be made legally available as medicine (Business Insider)

  • “Magic Mushrooms” May Be an FDA-Approved Drug for Anxiety and Depression in the Near Future (Vogue)

  • Iceland’s Richest Man Invests in Magic Mushrooms (Guide to Iceland Now)


  • $57 million worth of MDMA discovered in sausage-making machines (Mixmag)

  • Superstar DJ David Morales 'arrested at Japanese airport over MDMA smuggling claim' (Mirror)

  • Use of higher purity ecstasy on the rise among young Australians (The Sydney Morning Herald)


  • Breaking News: The first two ayahuasca convictions in the United States (Chacruna)

  • Sexual Seduction in Ayahuasca Shaman and Participants Interactions (Chacruna)

  • What ayahuasca — Silicon Valley's latest drug of choice — does to your brain and body (The Hour)

  • The DMT drug is not a drug, its much stranger (Kahpi)

  • In the mighty jungles (Deccan Herald)

  • Multiple (and Subtle) Bodies: Entheogenic Incorporation in the Santo Daime Tradition (Part 1) (Reality Sandwich)

  • Nathalie Huerta on Founding The Queer Gym and What Ayahuasca Taught Her (Bon Appetit)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • American Indians gather near El Reno to celebrate peyote traditions (Tulsa World)


  • Ibogaine Clinics and their Role in Addiction Treatment (The Urban Twist)

  • The dangerous hallucinogen opioid addicts use to get clean (Big Think)


  • As ketamine clinics spread, so do start-your-own-business courses, sparking concern (STAT)

  • Ketamine infusion for depression requires opioid receptors to be effective (Medical News Bulletin)

  • Hope for Victims of Resistant Clinical Depression Now Comes in Pill Form (Breaking Israel News)

  • My ketamine infusion for chronic pain (The Fix)

  • Police: Naked man possibly on PCP arrested after throwing chairs off Dumfries balcony (WJLA)

  • Expert: Teen 'whacked out' of his mind from PCP night of police shooting (Chicago City Wire)


  • Addiction Treatment Gap Is Driving A Black Market For Suboxone (NPR)

  • Surgeon General Talks About Need To 'Normalize' Naloxone At N.H. Opioids Forum (NHPR)

  • Funeral Homes Stock Overdose Antidote Drug Naloxone Amid Opioid Epidemic (The Inquisitr)

  • Mexico defense chief says legalizing opium 'way out' of violence (The Gazette)

  • Opioid Bill Shows Congress Can Still Work Together (TIME)

  • Prisons Crack Down On An Opioid Treatment Drug, Endangering Lives (The Appeal)

  • Medicaid Expansion and the Opioid Epidemic (Penn LDI)


  • A Czech Distiller Is Resurrecting Pre-Ban Absinthe, Returning the Green Fairy to Rightful Glory (VinePair)


  • Get holes burned into your body as sacred tree frog ceremony comes to Cornwall (Cornwall Live)


  • Ohio Pushes Kratom Ban With Disputed Claims About Deaths, Use Trends (HuffPost)

  • Do Drug Addicts Really Shoot Kratom? (Pain News Network)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • A Big Win – DOJ Affirms Free Water and Drug Education Not a Violation of the RAVE Act! (Amend the RAVE Act!)

  • Fingerprint drug screen test works on the living and deceased (ScienceDaily)

  • Hospital Data Shows How Britain's Drug Problem Is Getting Worse (VICE)

  • Decriminalise drugs, Plaid Cymru says (BBC)

  • Philadelphia Pushing Forward with Safe Injection Site Plans (Reason)

  • 'Just say no' to drug legalisation: WHO chief (Yahoo!)

  • The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival Announces Inaugural Award Winners (Broadway World)

  • Can US overdose deaths be stopped? (Drug WarRant)

  • Introducing Chacruna’s Psychedelic Therapy Music Forum (Chacruna)

  • Reality Is Just a Bunch of Hallucinations We Collectively Agree On (Motherboard)

  • Successful Constitutional Case Against Death Penalty Works For War on Drugs, Too (Marijuana Moment)

  • Magic Medicine: A Trip Through the Intoxicating History and Modern-Day Use of Psychedelic Plants and Substances by Cody Johnson (Psychedelic Press UK)

  • Treating mental disorders with psychedelic psychotherapy (Particle)

  • The Business Of Addiction Treatment (INSCMagazine)

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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