This Week in Psychedelics - 10.30.15

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • 50 Pounds of Pot Accidentally Mailed to the Wrong Address (TIME)
  • Will Canada or Mexico legalize pot before the United States? (Boing Boing)
  • The Next Country To Legalize Cannabis: Iran (New Republic)
  • How Important Is the 2016 Election for Cannabis? (The Huffington Post)
  • Bernie Sanders Proposes Removing Marijuana From Federal Drug List (TIME)
  • Disturbing New Video of Teen Killed by Cop Over Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Has The Rate of U.S. Marijuana Usage Really Doubled? (
  • Federal agents seize 30,000 marijuana plants on Menominee Native American tribal land (Boing Boing)
  • The GOP Candidates Failed the Marijuana Test (ATTN:)
  • Marijuana Legalization: A Second Thought (Disinformation)
  • MythPuffers: The Curse Of The White Lighter (NYU Local)
  • Pot Pleasure, Pot Problems (Reason)
  • How America Gets It's Weed (Disinformation)
  • Landmark Case in Mexico's Supreme Court Could Pave the Way for Marijuana Legalization (Drug Policy Alliance)
  • Snoop Dogg Launches Online Platform for All the Cannabis Lovers (BET)
  • Pot for your pup? Startups cash in on cannabis trend (SFGate)
  • Netherlands and Israel, a Marriage of Cannabis (The Times of Israel)
  • Cannabis farm worth more than half a million pounds discovered in Hoylake (Liverpool Echo)
  • How smoking cannabis raises the risk of STROKE: Drug 'significantly narrows blood vessels in the head' (Daily Mail)
  • DEA Raid on Wisconsin Tribe's Cannabis Crop Infuriates and Confuses Reformers (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Peter Dunne backs NZ clinical trials for medicinal cannabis (


  • Report: NIU student 'Timi' Okedina used LSD, pot before falling from dorm window (Northwest Herald)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • What's the best way to give up smoking? Take Magic Mushrooms, says study (Newstalk)
  • Autumn is the season of magic mushrooms and psychedelic maple trees (The Spectator)
  • Ministers and magic mushrooms: Why religion is about more than mysticism (Christian Today)


  • MDMA-assisted psychotherapy could come into play in 2021 (Mixmag)
  • Mississippi Police Just Fell for the Oldest Halloween Drug Myth (ATTN:)
  • Muay Thai fighter bust for supplying MDMA for tattoo bill (The Queensland Times)
  • Queensland news: Former Gold Coast Titan under-20 player Dan Kilian accused of being drug mule (Herald Sun)
  • An Urban Legend Evolves: First Pot, Now MDMA in Trick-or-Treat Bags (Reason)
  • Is that candy or Ecstasy? Halloween warnings spook parents (CBS News)


  • On Finding Ayahuasca and Taking the Psychedelic Drug for the First Time (Inverse)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • North Country Sen. Griffo wants to ban synthetic drug 'N-Bomb,' says mimics LSD's hallucinogenic effects (North Country Now)
  • Punishment for 'N-Bomb' soldiers (New Zealand Herald)
  • Soldiers hospitalised in Palmerston North after taking mystery substance (Manawatu Standard)



  • Now Kids Are Being Trained to Stop Heroin Overdoses (The Daily Beast)
  • Heroin vs. Fentanyl: What's the difference? (WMUR)
  • Children, teens to receive naloxone training (
  • How CVS pharmacies are trying to stop fatal heroin overdoses with an over-the-counter remedy (PIX11)
  • Myanmar anti-drug crusaders uncover $500K ledger of payoffs (WiscNews)


  • The absinthe allure; Oregon distillers make up for liquor's long "absinthe" (The Bulletin)
  • Arbutus Distillery: Delicious craft spirits in bewitching packaging (VUE Weekly)



  • The Investigators: Smugglers Trying To Bring Drugs, Weapons, Fake Money Through FJK Airport (WABC-TV)
  • These are the 9 most popular and bizarre drugs in the Middle East (Al-Bawaba)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Censored UN paper calling for decriminalization marks beginning of the end of drug war as we knew it (Salon)
  • Turn on, tune in to psychedelics as medicine (NOW Magazine)
  • In Search of Burt Shonberg's Lost 1960s Psychedelic Art (Los Angeles Weekly)
  • China's Five-Year Plan Now Has Its Own Psychedelic Music Video (Wall Street Journal)
  • Newly Digitized 'Phenakistocope' Animations That Pre-Date GIFs by Over 150 Years (Colossal)
  • This desert's become a psychedelic wonderland (New York Post)
  • Saudi prince held in massive drug bust in Lebanon (CBS News)
  • Absurd Creatures: Don't Do Drugs. But If You Do, Look At This Trippy Critter (Wired)

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.