This Week in Psychedelics - 11.17.17

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  • Colorado girl suing U.S. attorney general to legalize medical marijuana nationwide (KDVR)
  • Smoking marijuana shouldn't be a disqualifying factor for federal judgeship: Top senators say (The Washington Times)
  • New York Adds PTSD as Qualifying Condition for Medical Cannabis (Leafly)
  • Marijuana Has the Potential to Reverse Memory Loss in Old Age (ATTN:)
  • Sessions Says He Is Sticking With His Predecessors' Tolerance of State-Legal Marijuana (Reason)
  • We Need Your Help to Protect Patients from Jeff Sessions (NORML)
  • 6 Ways to Advocate for a Pro-Cannabis Local Government (Leafly)
  • The Startup Catering To Women's Curiosity About Cannabis (Forbes)
  • Colorado Is Offering Students the World's First Marijuana-Funded Scholarship (ATTN:)
  • Maryland May See Medical Cannabis This Month, but Diversity Issues Loom Large (Leafly)
  • Delay Makes It Unlikely San Francisco Will Sell Pot Jan. 1 (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Buffalo/Western New York: Blacks Disproportionately Arrested For Minor Marijuana Offenses (NORML)
  • Massachusetts to Hire a Cannabis Inspector (Seven Days)
  • Women Who Weed (NORML)
  • California releases cannabis regulations, with no limit on farm size (The Press Democrat)
  • How Veterans Are Leading the Fight for Cannabis Reform (Leafly)
  • Brilliant Cannabis Commercial Parodies Ridiculous Pharma Ads (Psychedelic Frontier)
  • Master Blasters: Hash-Off Announces Denver's Top Cannabis Concentrates (Westword)
  • Cannabis Crunch – 12-Year-Old Girl Sues Sessions, Billion Dollar Urine Screens And Weed Election Results (Psychedelic Times)
  • Quebec's Cannabis Regulations: 8 Takeaways (Leafly)
  • Cannabis-Infused Fine-Dining Pop-Up to Bring Fancy Edibles to Chicago (Eater)
  • 5 Reddit Communities for Cannabis Enthusiasts (Leafly)
  • Connecticut: NORML Affiliate To Co-Host Gubernatorial Debate (NORML)
  • Can medical cannabis decrease Ark. opioid deaths? (
  • City To Miss Legalization Deadline After Supervisors Postpone Cannabis Vote (Hoodline)
  • Hero dogs save family from house fire 'that started in neighbour's cannabis factory' (Metro)


Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic Mushrooms Take Critical Step Towards Legalization in California (Your EDM)



  • Psychedelic Drink Used By Shamans May Help Treat Mental Illness (Gears of Biz)
  • Ayahuasca and Avocados: A Conversation with Rita Kočárová (Psychedelic Times)
  • Orlando church battles to use hallucinogenic tea (Click Orlando)
  • Well-being, problematic alcohol consumption and acute subjective drug effects in past-year ayahuasca users: a large, international, self-selecting online survey (The University of Queensland)
  • Psychedelic drug known as Vine of the Dead could treat depression says Devon research (Devon Live)
  • Tourists Are Flocking To South America To Take THIS Drug And Cure Diseases (The Alternative Daily)
  • Los Angeles Wook Smuggles DMT in Container Labeled "Nana's Ashes" (Noiseporn)
  • A Spiritual Hand Prepares to Establish a New Ayahuasca Kitchen (Digital Journal)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • The Legend of Zombie Drugs Will Not Die (Reason)


  • New Ketamine Research Points to Wide-Ranging Therapeutic Potential (Psychedelic Times)
  • Steve Levine, MD: Ketamine's Role in Solving the Opioid Crisis (MD Magazine)
  • Use of ketamine for acute suicidal ideation in a patient with chronic pain on prescribed cannabinoids (BMJ Case Reports)


  • FDA clears nerve stimulator to aid recovery from opioids (The Washington Post)
  • The Deadly Designer Opioids (HuffPost)
  • America Is Losing Yet Another Drug War—in Afghanistan (The Nation)
  • The State: The Opioid Epidemic (Psymposia)
  • Reversing opioid overdose: Concentrated naloxone nasal spray as good as injection (Medical Xpress)
  • Why West Virginia's Heroin Overdose Rate Doubled After it Mandated Doctors Use the State Drug-Monitoring Database (Pacific Standard)
  • The Opioid Crisis Is So Bad People Are Using the Anti-Diarrhea Drug Imodium to Get High (ATTN:)
  • Fentanyl Crisis and Naloxone Supply - Omega Laboratories spares no effort to meet demand (Markets Insider)


  • The Federal Government Is Trying to Ban Kratom (Again) (Reason)
  • Is Breastfeeding Possible With Kratom? (Kratom Guides)
  • NY Post Spreads DEA Disinformation Regarding Kratom (Inquisitr)
  • Supplement to 'cure' heroin addiction could be addicting too (New York Post)
  • FDA Warns Of Risks Associated With 'Natural' Opioid Kratom (NPR)


  • Ethiopian Government now links Somali-Oromo region ethnic conflict to Khat trade (Borkena)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Jeff Sessions Used His Scheduling Powers Last Week. Here's What That Means (Reason)
  • You Won't Believe Which Middle East Theocrat Has Okayed Psychedelics Treatment (Drug War Chronicle)
  • Bad Trip Vs. Hard Trip (Adventures Through The Mind)
  • Microdosing Reportedly Safer Than Antidepressants (Noiseporn)
  • Naked Suspects In Alberta Kidnapping Drank Hallucinogenic Tea, Relative Says (HuffPost)
  • How festival pill testing works in the UK, and what it finds in the drugs (ABC)
  • Detroit Cops Posing As Drug Dealers Brawl With Colleagues Posing As Customers (Reason)
  • Villagers in Nepal Risk their Lives for Psychedelic Honey (Addiction Now)
  • Psychedelic drugs may be making a comeback (WSMV)
  • President Trump Praises Philippines' Duterte – and Says Nothing About Thousands Killed in Drug Crackdown (TIME)
  • Cocaine Tourism in Columbia (Psymposia)
  • LAPD Officers Unwittingly Film Themselves Putting Cocaine In A Suspect's Wallet (Digg)
  • My Drug-Induced Psychosis Experience | My First Spiritual Journey (Adventures Through The Mind)
  • The 'Psychedelic Club' at CU Boulder (FOX31 Denver)
  • The Therapeutic Potential of Marijuana and Psychedelics (The American Journal of Managed Care)
  • Rose McGowan Arraigned on Felony Cocaine Charges (TIME)

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.