This Week in Psychedelics - 10.5.18



  • California: Governor Signs Legislation Expunging Past Marijuana Convictions (NORML)

  • Some cannabis companies turning to temporary foreign worker program ahead of legalization (Financial Post)

  • FDA Says Marijuana Ingredient CBD Doesn’t Meet Criteria For Federal Control (Marijuana Moment)

  • Courts Are Beginning to Rule Against Employers Who Discriminate Against Medical Marijuana Users (TIME)

  • Legalization Doesn’t Increase Problematic Marijuana Use, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • A Complete History of Marijuana, According To Scientists (Marijuana Moment)

  • Canopy Withdraws ‘Chronic by Dre’ Marijuana Trademark Filed By Mistake (Marijuana Moment)

  • Legalization: Is it Working? (NORML)

  • PepsiCo just became the latest beverage company to say it's looking at the fast-growing cannabis market (CNBC)

  • A Cannabis Lawyer in Portland Has an Ambitious Plan to Fund More Women in the Industry (Psychedelic Times)

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

  • Illinois sees sharp rise in medical cannabis applications as cancer patient requests 'explode' (Chicago Tribune)

  • Uruguay Lawmakers Won’t Apply Strict Tobacco Packaging Rules On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Voters In Seven States Will See These Marijuana Questions On Election Day (Forbes)

  • Win Or Lose At The Polls, Medical Marijuana Is Coming To Utah Under New Deal (Marijuana Moment)

  • Boston inches forward with recreational marijuana permits (The Boston Globe)

  • Marijuana Legalization and Workplace Safety: A Short-Lived Hysteria (NORML)

  • Pot group: Michigan set to net $130M a year in new tax revenue (The Detroit News)

  • Two pounds of weed for $20: this is Oregon's medical marijuana program (Rooster Magazine)

  • This Lab Raised $10 Million To Expand Cannabis And Hemp Cloning Production (Forbes)

  • Marketers Are Putting a New Face on Weed as They Navigate Regulations and Battle Stoner Stigma (Adweek)

  • How to Combat Cold Symptoms With Cannabis (

  • Nancy Pelosi Says Marijuana Reform Depends On Trump (Marijuana Moment)

  • Teens aren’t just smoking cannabis, study says — they’re eating and vaping it, too (Fox 13)

  • Cities Across Ohio Will Vote On Marijuana Decriminalization In November (Marijuana Moment)

  • This New Cannabis Craze Has Made Early Investors Rich (The Motley Fool)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • The Health Benefits of Magic Mushrooms May Push Them to Legalization (Inverse)

  • Why Doctors Want to Reclassify Psilocybin, the Drug That Puts the 'Magic' in Mushrooms (Fortune)

  • Psilocybin Healed Me From Crippling Depression And Anxiety (

  • The Not-So-Trippy Reason Mushrooms Are Psychedelic (Inside Science)


  • Weird Science: Octopuses Rolling on MDMA Become More Social (Psychedelic Times)

  • University criticised for publishing advice on how to prepare MDMA (PinkNews)

  • Coroner’s chilling warning after girl, 14, dies of MDMA poisoning from ‘The Punisher’ super-strength ecstasy pill (The Sun)

  • Dad shares final picture of son who died after taking ecstasy for the first time (Metro)


  • Probation ordered for Tampa man who brought South American spiritual ‘tea’ to airport (Tampa Bay Times)


  • The anti-anxiety effects of ketamine are linked to changes in theta brainwaves (PsyPost)

  • Ketamine may be used to ease uncontrollable movements in Parkinson’s patients (WCTV)

  • Ketamine drug trial to treat alcoholism at Exeter University is recruiting (Devon Live)

  • Ketamine for Acute Pain: Highlights from the New Guidelines (Anesthesiology News)


  • Cost of lifesaving heroin withdrawal drug soars by 700% (The Guardian)

  • Punjab CM Amarinder backs Sidhu for legalising opium cultivation (The Economic Times)

  • Ancient Mediterranean 'Juglet' Contained Traces of Opium (Live Science)

  • The $1 Tool That Might Curb the Overdose Epidemic (The Atlantic)

  • How the US Stopped a Possible Solution to the Heroin Epidemic (VICE)



Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Activists Accuse Bangladesh Government of Killing the Innocent in its Drug War (VICE News)

  • Organizer of nude psychedelic parades defends nude psychedelic parades (Rooster Magazine)

  • Gov. Brown Vetoes Bill To Open Safe Injection Sites In San Francisco (CBS San Francisco)

  • Why is Islamic Art and Architecture So Psychedelic? (Sam Woolfe)

  • High Kingdom: Why Animals Take Psychedelic Substances (Kahpi)

  • Black Americans Are Being Left Out of Psychedelics Research (Tonic)

  • Philippines President Duterte Playfully 'Jokes' About All His Drug War Murders (Reason)

  • Exploring Consciousness with Psychedelics (Technology Networks)

  • Awe: a putative mechanism underlying the effects of classic psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy (Taylor & Francis Online)

  • Opening up the future of psychedelic science (The Conversation)

  • Ordinary Doses (Real Life)

  • Was John Lennon a Better Musician After Taking Psychedelics? (Ultimate Guitar)

  • ASU's psychedelic explorers: the Ecstasis Club (The State Press)

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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