This Week in Psychedelics - 10.28.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • Marijuana Legalization Looks Likely in Three States (Reason)
  • Fascinating Ways That Virtual Reality and Cannabis Are Intersecting (Merry Jane)
  • Denver Initiative Would Finally Allow Marijuana Use Outside the Home (Reason)
  • California to Vote On Wiping Old Weed Arrests (Motherboard)
  • Drug Busts Still Lead Arrest Statistics, Even as Marijuana Prohibition Fades (Reason)
  • 2,500-Year-Old Burial Hints at Ancient Cannabis Use (Live Science)
  • Values Survey: 63 Percent of Americans Say Marijuana Should Be Legal (NORML)
  • In Switzerland, High-CBD Cannabis Being Sold Legally as 'Tobacco Substitute' (Leafly)
  • The next big billion-dollar cannabis markets investors are rushing to (CNBC)
  • 'This is Your Brain on Drugs' Guy Supports Marijuana Legalization (Reason)
  • Weed Delivery App 'Eaze' Bags $13M As Highest-Funded Cannabis Startup Yet (Forbes)
  • Careers in Cannabis | Public Relations (The Huffington Post)
  • NORML vs Big Alcohol and Big Pharma (NORML)
  • Colorado's Marijuana Industry Had a $2.39 Billion Impact Last Year: Report (TIME)
  • If You're Pro-Cannabis, Why Would You Not Vote for Prop. 64? (Leafly)
  • British Sugar to cultivate cannabis plants in Norfolk for GW Pharmaceuticals (The Telegraph)
  • Illicit cannabis farming thrives in Lebanon (BBC News)
  • Arkansas Won't Hold a Vote to Let People Grow Medical Marijuana (TIME)
  • Want to Try Cannabis with Your Partner? 6 Tips for First-Time Cannabis Couples (Leafly)
  • NORML Releases Gubernatorial Report Card: Learn Where Your Governor Stands On Marijuana Policy (NORML)
  • CBS2 Exclusive: At Underground Dinner, Guests Eat Meals Cooked In Cannabis (CBS New York)
  • Florida Prohibitionists Fight Medical Marijuana With Halloween Legend (Reason)
  • Who Is This Anti-Marijuana Zealot Sheldon Adelson? (NORML)
  • Supplier Negotiations in a Non-Vertically Integrated and Emerging Cannabis Market (Small Business Trends)
  • Heavy Cannabis Use Reduces Bone-Mineral Density (Medscape)


  • Anthony Bourdain: Taking LSD was a 'very, very, very positive experience for me' (MSN)
  • Studies Link LSD Trips to Long-term Bliss (Interesting Engineering)
  • This is what it looks like when you're on LSD (Metro)


  • Can Ecstasy Help Relieve Social Anxiety Epidemic Among Autistic People? (KQED)
  • Is It Safe To Use MDMA, AKA Molly, Every Now And Then? (UPROXX)
  • Sex on Hold, and Sex on MDMA (OZY)
  • Dangerously Strong 'Superman' Pills Are in Circulation (Stoney Roads)
  • Party lad asked couple home to 'watch them have sex' – and dropped dead from MDMA overdose (Daily Star)


  • Women Are Leading Amazon Ayahuasca Ceremonies for the First Time (Motherboard)
  • Millennials on Spirit Quests Are Ruining Everything About Ayahuasca (Motherboard)
  • Ayahuasca—The Fashionable Path of Awakening? (High Existence)
  • The Most Powerful Psychedelic Drug: What Is DMT And What Are The Effects? (The Recovery Village)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • 4 Things Native American Doctors Got Right Long Before Modern Medicine (Medical Daily)


  • What Is Iboga: A Plant With Unparalleled Power Over Addiction (

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals


  • The Effects of Low-Dose Ketamine on Acute Pain in an Emergency Setting: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (PLOS ONE)
  • Father charged after police say PCP, Xanax found in 20-month-old daughter's system (WEAR TV)


  • John Oliver Takes on America's Opioid Crisis on Last Week Tonight (TIME)
  • Michigan Senate approves allowing naloxone in schools (Bedford Now)
  • Report Shows Increase in Afghanistan Opium Poppy Cultivation (ABC News)
  • Naloxone Training Lauded As Key To Preventing Heroin Deaths (WCCO)
  • The overdose crisis is bringing back one of the worst policies of the 'war on drugs' (Business Insider)
  • Opium fuels the stalemate in America's longest war (CNN)
  • How Opium Fuels the Taliban's War Machine in Afghanistan (The Diplomat)
  • As Naloxone Availability Increases, Pharmacist's Role Expands (Pharmacy Times)




  • Royal Oman Police arrests three for smuggling Khat into Oman (Times of Oman)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Should We Legalize Psychedelics For Science? (Seeker)
  • Philippine Senator Calls for International Probe of Rodrigo Duterte's Savage Drug War (TIME)
  • Achieving the "Set" in Set and Setting: 4 Principles to Make the Most of Your Experience (Psychedelic Times)
  • Netflix CEO jokes that the future of entertainment could be drugs (Engadget)
  • Street Drug Names: Molly, Ice, Roxy, And Other Names For Weed, Heroin, and Opioids (International Business Times)
  • Wife of Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Guzman Fears He is 'Losing His Mind' in Mexican Jail (TIME)
  • 10 ways humans have gotten high for centuries (Business Insider)

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.