This Week in Psychedelics - 11.18.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • Marijuana Appears to Benefit Mental Health: Study (TIME)
  • Study: Medical Cannabis Use Associated With Improved Cognitive Performance, Reduced Use Of Opioids (NORML)
  • The Sneaky Reason Federal Studies Into Marijuana Are off Base (ATTN:)
  • Denver Becomes First City to Allow Marijuana Use in Bars and Restaurants (TIME)
  • Cannabis in History: The Journey of the Joint (Leafly)
  • Here Come the Cannabis Cafés (Reason)
  • A People's History of Cannabis Consumption (Leafly)
  • The Tide Turns on Legalizing Pot in Virginia (Reason)
  • The revolution in cannabis law has begun, but Britain is stuck in the past (The Guardian)
  • Cannabis should be legal as a medicine, says Clegg: Former Deputy PM says continuing to criminalise the drug is 'absurd' (Daily Mail)
  • CanPay Debuts First Legitimate Debit Payment System For Cannabis Purchases (Forbes)
  • Maine: Legalization Opponents File Petitions Challenging Election Day Vote (NORML)
  • How Cannabis Transformed My Severely Autistic Son (Collective Evolution)
  • Cannabis cocktails? Constellation is mulling it (CBS News)
  • Broken heart syndrome twice as likely in cannabis users - new study (The Telegraph)
  • Cannabis users age FASTER than those who avoid the drug, study claims (Daily Mail)


  • Why Power Women Are Micro-Dosing LSD at Work (Marie Claire)
  • Can anything - LSD perhaps? - help 'suicide headaches?' (
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Cure (New York Magazine)
  • The Trippy Life of the LSD Manufacturer Who 'Helped Create The 60s' (VICE)
  • Retracing the Steps of Psychedelic Outlaws on an LSD Mission From God (KQED)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • 3 Ways Psilocybin Therapy Could Lead to Healthier Gender Transitions (Psychedelic Times)
  • Meet the Man Dedicating His Life to Uncovering Rare Mushrooms (VICE)


  • Meet KATY The Natural Alternative to Molly – Does It Really Work? (Magnetic Magazine)
  • Ecstasy ingredient touted as treatment for anxiety in autism (Spectrum)


Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Super strength Ecstasy, mega dose opiates and the N-bomb flooding Australia in deadliest summer of drugs (
  • Schoolies drug fear: Teens could be wiped out by "N-Bomb" (Rockhampton Morning Bulletin)
  • Tragic Tony Storrie would be alive today if he hadn't taken N-Bomb legal high, sheriff rules (Scottish Daily Record)


  • Reinforcing properties of an intermittent, low dose of ketamine in rats: effects of sex and cycle (Springer)
  • Police: Bridgeport man on PCP stabbed mom with samurai sword (News 12 Connecticut)
  • Father accused of stabbing his two children was on PCP, family says (The Washington Post)
  • Autopsy: Marion Barry's son died of accidental PCP overdose (WTOP)


  • What Will Trump Do About the Opioid Epidemic? (ATTN:)
  • Despite 15 years of occupation, Afghanistan's opium production has only gone up (Stamford Advocate)
  • Why heroin is Mexican drug cartels' new product of choice (USA Today)
  • Naloxone: Who is it saving and at what cost? (WLKY)
  • America's heroin trail: The outdoor factory that feeds the US (BBC News)
  • A Twist On 'Involuntary Confinement': Some Heroin Users Request It (NPR)


  • An Ancient Tradition Returns: Making Absinthe in Switzerland (Food Republic)


  • The DEA Has The Wrong Priorities And Kratom Is The Wrong Target (The Huffington Post)
  • What the Reversed Kratom Ban Teaches Us About Drug Advocacy in America (Merry Jane)
  • With 2 Weeks To Go: American Kratom Association Urges Kratom Community To "Speak Up Now!" And Get 10,000 Comments In To DEA (PR Newswire)
  • DEA taking a second look at kratom after public outcry (WBRC)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • What's the Future of Psychedelics Therapy? One Researcher's Vision of Psychedelic Public Policy (Psychedelic Times)
  • How Defining Your Spirituality Can Positively Impact Your Psychedelic Experiences (Psychedelic Times)
  • The BMJ Joins The Lancet in Supporting Drug Legalization (Reason)
  • Trump's War on Immigration Will Reprise the War on Drugs (Reason)
  • Inner Worlds, Art and Sacred Plants (Reality Sandwich)
  • The Man in the Yellow Shirt Is Now Dead. Here's How That Could Upend the Philippine Drug War (TIME)
  • Surgeon General Says Addiction Crisis a 'Moral Test for America' (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 (and other psychoactives) are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.