This Week in Psychedelics - 10.6.17

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  • Marijuana Prohibition Turns 80 (NORML)
  • Pot, Paranoia, and Buddhist Wisdom: A Conversation with Stephen Gray (Psychedelic Times)
  • Atlanta Decriminalizes Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana (Reason)
  • Tom Petty, Musician, Cannabis Advocate and Humanitarian, Dies at 66 (High Times)
  • Holy Smokes: Cannabis as a Catalyst for Spiritual Growth (High Times)
  • 'Dabbing' cannabis may release cancerous toxins (Medical News Today)
  • How a Blue Butterfly Stamp Brought Down One of the Dark Web's Biggest Marijuana Vendors (Reason)
  • Study Finds Top 5 Causes of Cannabis-Related Emergency Visits (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Industry Struggles With Hiring People With Past Pot Convictions (Forbes)
  • Watch This: The 'Sinister' Reason Cannabis Is Illegal (Leafly)
  • Canadian Cannabis Confabs in Countdown to Legalization (High Times)
  • Investing in Cannabis? Consider Going Global With Canadian Companies (Leafly)
  • Voters decisively reject cannabis industry bans in local Alaska elections (Alaska Dispatch News)
  • Will 'Microbusiness' Licenses Let Craft Cannabis Flourish in California? (Leafly)
  • Celebrity Cannabis (SF Weekly)
  • A Pro Chef Envisions the Future of Brick and Mortar Cannabis Restaurants (Leafly)
  • BREAKING: Malta's First Official Cannabis Legalisation Movement Takes Root (Lovin Malta)
  • Cannabis oil relieves chronic seizures suffered by six-year-old niece of Aston Villa star Gabby Agbonlahor (The Independent)
  • Iowa Man Faces Deportation for a Single Gram of Cannabis (Leafly)
  • NORML Weighs In For Personal Cultivation Rights In Washington State (NORML)
  • What Is a Feed Chart and How Can It Improve Your Cannabis Garden? (Leafly)
  • California's Cannabis Priestess Arrested on Felony Charge (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Crunch – Toxins In Dabs, FBI Pot Arrest Stats And Snoop Dogg's Marijuana Tech Company (Psychedelic Times)
  • 8 Common Household Ingredients That Contain Cannabinoids (The Fresh Toast)


  • A Fateful Hunt for a Buried Stash of the Greatest LSD Ever Made (VICE)
  • American Adults See Occasional LSD Use As Riskier Than Regular Binge Drinking (Reason)
  • Silicon Valley's LSD habit is exploding, and now a 27-year old is offering how-to tutorials over Skype (Business Insider)
  • A$AP Rocky Details His Love for LSD and Confirms Skepta Will Feature on Latest Studio Album (Highsnobiety)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms



  • Ayahuasca: Hallucinogenic drug used by indigenous Amazon tribes could help treat eating disorders, study finds (The Independent)
  • This Guy Makes Bootleg Ayahuasca from Traditional Japanese Herbs (VICE)
  • Memories Of Ayahuasca (Adventures Through The Mind)
  • Veterans Are Turning to Ayahuasca for PTSD Relief (Motherboard)


Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals


  • A new study shows how the powerful drug ketamine could help fight severe depression (Mic)
  • Ketamine clinic opens in Aspen with aim to fight severe depression (The Aspen Times)


  • How FIU hopes to pinpoint where heroin comes from and help stop the opioid crisis (Miami Herald)
  • Heroin crisis: New drug addiction treatment could be 'game changer' that saves lives (The Courier-Journal)
  • Nova Scotia pharmacies now offering free naloxone kits for opioid overdoses (The Chronicle Herald)
  • Toronto bars begin carrying naloxone to help combat opioid crisis (CBC)
  • 'The greatest drug fiends in the world': An American opioid crisis – in 1908 (The Washington Post)
  • MetroHealth received $1.9M grant to increase naloxone distribution by law enforcement (
  • Mattis: Trump Afghan Strategy to Combat Opium Trade (Breitbart)
  • The harrowing rise of heroin, in one chart (Vox)
  • Protecting Heroin Clinics From Prosecution (The Atlantic)
  • The Tale of North Indian Opium Cultivators (BW Business World)


  • Kratom Overdose -– Risk Factors And How To Avoid It? (Kratom Guides)
  • Which Are The Most Strongest Kratom Alkaloids? (Kratom Guides)
  • Ketum, There's More To This Controversial Plant Than Meets The Eye (Malaysian Direct)
  • Herbal supplement Kratom linked to death in Florida (KSGF)
  • Upstate NY officer's death intensifies scrutiny of herbal supplement kratom (


  • Somalia Bakool region bans khat for negative effect on al-Shabaab combat (AfricaNews)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Entheogens And The Mind Of Society (Adventures Through The Mind)
  • Psychedelic Renaissance (HuffPost)
  • Sitting, Not Guiding: The Power of Non-Directive Support (Psychedelic Frontier)
  • Study Proves Psychedelics Are Super-Drugs That Can Treat Mental Illness (Outlook India)
  • The Political Correction of Psychedelics. Part 4. Manageable Doses (Rick Strassman MD)
  • DEA Agents Sold Opioids, Stole Cash, and Falsely Identified Drug Suspects, Say Feds (Reason)
  • Healing With Tobacco: Rapé Tribal Snuff (Psychedelic Times)
  • What's so controversial about microdosing? (Psymposia)
  • Bruce Parry on returning to the jungle, hallucinogenic drugs, and why he wants to start a tribe of his own (The Telegraph)
  • I was in the MAPS MDMA for PTSD study. It freed me from a childhood of abuse. (Psymposia)
  • Magic mushrooms and ketamine: The controversial ways we might treat depression in future (Netdoctor)
  • Italy recalls frozen spinach feared to contain hallucinogenic mandrake (The Local Italy)
  • George Mason University student dies after taking hallucinogenic drug, falling from window (The Washington Post)

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.