This Week in Psychedelics - 10.2.15

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • $10,000 of Marijuana Fell From The Sky and Crashed Outside A Family's Home (Time)
  • FBI: There's A Marijuana Arrest Every 45 Seconds in the U.S. (ATTN:)
  • The Problem With Using 'Marijuana Goggles' (ATTN:)
  • Why "Craft Cannabis" is the Future of Marijuana (The Huffington Post)
  • Marijuana arrests in U.S. increased last year for the first time since 2009 (Boing Boing)
  • 'Forest Of Cannabis' Found Growing In London (Fox News)
  • Cannabis Forest Discovered Near London, Police Say It's Larger Than A Soccer Field (The Inquisitr)
  • Ex-police chief to head pro-legalization National Cannabis Coalition (The Guardian)
  • Holy Smoke: Cannabis Churches Extol "Sacrament" of Marijuana (AlterNet)
  • Three months in, cannabis users complain of high costs, difficult access (Minnesota Public Radio News)
  • Stunned holiday makers watch as brazen drug smugglers offload heavy bundles of cannabis from a dinghy onto a packed Spanish beach in broad daylight (Daily Mail)
  • Marijuana: Will Legalization Create an Economic Boom? (The Huffington Post)
  • Paul O'Grady: I swallowed cannabis at Thai airport to avoid arrest (The Independent)
  • Healthy Options: Medicinal cannabis effective for pain, and more (The Union of Grass Valley)
  • Washington Prosecutor Explains Why He Charged Teenaged Pot Smokers With Felonies (Reason)
  • How one Mediterranean County is pushing the frontiers of medical cannabis knowledge (Nature)
  • Drug War's End: Oregon Is Expunging Pot Records (East Bay Express)
  • Cannabis Party Rejects Government's New Drug Policy (Scoop Independent News)
  • I tried recipes from the Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook, then I needed a long nap (The Guardian)
  • Results from medical cannabis trials in Georgia show early promise (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • SF Government Tries Again with Cannabis — Come Meet the City's Weed Deciders (SF Weekly)
  • How Eastern Washington Cannabis Growers Weathered This Year's Fire Season (The Stranger)
  • Recreational cannabis sales start in Oregon (Al Jazeera)
  • What We Know About the Country's First Marijuana Resort (ATTN:)


  • Shotguns, LSD and burning crayfish on planes: The Pretty Things are among the wildest thing in rock (Oxford Mail)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic Mushrooms Are the New Pot, According to Psilocybin Enthusiasts (Vice News)


  • MDMA and the Electronic Woodstock (Al Jazeera)
  • Katy Perry Getting Groped by a Female Fan Isn't Funny (The Daily Beast)
  • I was jailed for smuggling 6500 ecstasy tablets, but now I'm a self-made millionaire (Mirror)
  • Heartbroken mum: "This is what one ecstasy pill can do - don't play with your life" (Closer)


  • Ayahuasca, Hollywood's Hip, Heavy Hallucinogen: "It's Hardly What You Call Partying" (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Amazon leaders and academics denounce ayahuasca rituals led by outsiders (Al Jazeera)
  • Deadly Brew Linked To Suicides, Murders And Insanity, Hallucinogenic Drink Comes To U.K. (HNGN)
  • A shaman, hallucinogenic drinks and a ritual in the middle of the Amazon jungle: The bizarre retreat that killed a Kiwi tourist - but one man defends the ceremony and credits it with turning his life around (Daily Mail)
  • Suicides, sects, murder and insanity: The disturbing truth about the trendy 'spiritual' hallucinogenic brew being taken by gap year backpackers in the Amazon (and even in British sitting rooms) (Daily Mail)


  • John McCain Fought For Native Religious Freedom, Then Sold Sacred Oak Flat (The Huffington Post)


  • Personal Story: Iboga Helped Me Solve A Problem I Didn't Know I Had (

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Surprise: Now-Illegal 'Legal Highs' Are Widely Available on the Dark Web (Vice's Motherboard)
  • Teen Dies After Ingesting Synthetic Psychedelic Drug, Police Say (ABC News)


  • Club Drug Ketamine Gains Traction As A Treatment For Depression (National Public Radio)
  • Spike in ketamine overdoses prompts tighter controls (The Tico Times)
  • Dark web drug dealer jailed for selling horse tranquiliser drug ketamine disguised as health food (Mirror)


  • How Prohibition Causes Deaths From Fentanyl-Spiked Heroin (Reason)
  • CVS pharmacies in 12 more states will carry drug to treat heroin overdose (The Verge)
  • Does heroin really kill? A look at the science of overdoses (The Week)
  • Depths of heroin addiction: US sets record high for opium abuse (Al Jazeera)
  • Middle America Waking Up to a Mexican Cartel Heroin Nightmare (Breitbart News)
  • At the Khun Sa Museum, the House that Drugs Built (The Irrawaddy)
  • Should The Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Naloxone Be Sold Without A Prescription? (The Inquisitr)
  • CVS to sell naloxone without prescription (The Tennessean)
  • AMC Ohio Pharmacy offering naloxone without prescription (This Week Community News)
  • All-Time High: Naloxone, lifesaver or enabler? (Delaware County News Network)
  • Over-the-Counter Naloxone Is 'A Great Thing,' Docs Say (Live Science)
  • Naloxone Nasal Spray Seeks FDA Nod (Pharmacy Times)



  • DJ Justin Hoffman Is Helping Addicts the Holistic Way (Vegas Seven)


  • The Alternative Substance That Changed My Life (BlogHer)
  • Ex Phuket civilian police volunteer busted with 4kg of kratom leaves (Thai Visa News)


  • Pau Hana Kava Cafe Unveils an Alternative Zen Zone in Wailuku (Maui Time)
  • Improve Your Health and Wellness with Wakaya Perfection Kava Powder (Digital Journal)
  • Kava exports to US expected to earn Fiji USD $15M in 3 years (Fiji Village)


  • Slovak police seize 16 kilograms of khat from Ethiopia; 2 suspects arrested (Zegabi)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

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