This Week in Psychedelics - 11.20.15

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • Justin Trudeau Takes a First Step Toward Marijuana Legalization in Canada (TIME)
  • Marijuana Legalizers Who Ran For President (Reason)
  • Instagram is Waging a War on Weed (ATTN:)
  • Jamaica's Pioneering Journey Towards Cannabis Regulation (The Huffington Post)
  • Study: Marijuana Consumers Less Likely To Suffer From Metabolic Syndrome (NORML)
  • Bernie Sanders Is Not The First Major-Party Presidential Candidate To Say Marijuana Should Be Legal (Reason)
  • How Your DNA Affects Your Marijuana Habits (ATTN:)
  • Under The Radar: Medicating In A Prohibition State (
  • New marijuana rules get tougher on pesticides in Oregon cannabis industry (The Oregonian)
  • American Medical Association Pushes for Pot Pregnancy Warnings (TIME)
  • Drug Use Is Not a Crime in This One Country (ATTN:)
  • First Legal Cannabis Harvest Happens in New York State (Time Warner Cable News)
  • New cannabis testing rules burden small labs (KTVZ)
  • Study: Cannabinoids are Safe, Effective for Pain Treatment (NORML)
  • Marc Emery: In Canada, cannabis regulation is the new prohibition (
  • In Oregon There Are Now More Marijuana Shops than Starbucks or McDonald's (Disinformation)
  • 5 Things to Know Before Your Interview With a Cannabis Company (Entrepreneur)
  • Veterans fight for the right to use cannabis (KYMA)
  • Terminal patients' cannabis proposal becomes battleground for marijuana in Florida (Miami Herald)
  • Danish cannabis is stronger than ever (Medical Xpress)
  • How to cook a marijuana marinated turkey (Boing Boing)
  • Snoop Dogg's Pot Products Look Like Artisanal Chocolate (Wired)
  • Cannabis Accessories Have Gone High End: a Few Gift Ideas (ABC News)
  • Three Make The Jump From Wall Street To Cannabis Startups And Tell Us What It's Like (Forbes)
  • Can Pot Save This Colorado Town? (Reason)
  • Dover planners OK permit for cannabis dispensary (New Hampshire Union Leader)
  • Illinois State Police warn of new cannabis drug 'shatter' (WLS-TV)


  • The Beckley Foundation calls for regulation of LSD and other psychedelics for recreational use at the International Drug Police Reform Conference. (The Beckley Foundation)
  • Man who took LSD died because Mississippi police hog-tied him, autopsy finds (The Times-Picayenne)
  • Northern California jury rejects LSD-defense in Halloween murder conviction (San Jose Mercury-News)
  • Jersey City man charged with having 2,000 doses of LSD (
  • DOC NYC Exclusive: Cook Up LSD With A Clip From 'The Sunshine Makers' (The Playlist)
  • Athens man tripping on LSD has head-on collision (Online Athens)
  • Police restraints, not LSD, killed Tennessee man (RT)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic Mushrooms, High on the Potential for Treating Depression and Anxiety, Get a Scale (Inverse)
  • Wisconsin Study Looks At How We Metabolize Psilocybin (
  • New Documentary Explores Psilocybin's Role In Embracing Life And Death (
  • Groundbreaking Documentary Unravels New Perspectives On Life & Death (PR Newswire)


  • Here Are Some MDMA Safety Tips That Could Save Your Life (Your EDM)
  • Theatre: ecstasy may be the magic pill for PTSD (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Montreal Cop Caught Selling Ecstasy (MTL Blog)
  • Give Me Your Love reveals the agonies of ecstasy (The Australian)
  • CeeLo on Woman Who Accused Him of Slipping Her Ecstasy: 'It Was Something That Was Blown Out of Proportion' (The Root)
  • Police: Twins charged with distributing MDMA (The Eagle)
  • Popular student fell 60ft to his death after taking a cocktail of drugs (The Argus)
  • Former drag racer jailed for 13 years over ecstasy distribution network (ABC Online)


  • Ayahuasca Retreats USA - 1st Public, Legal Ayahuasca USA Church (Ayahuasca Healings)
  • Demystifying The Dietary Recommendations Prior To An Ayahuasca Ceremony (
  • My Crazy, Scary, Sacred Ayahuasca Story (

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Brain-Melting Drugs Wreak Havoc in Isla Vista (Santa Barbara Independent)
  • Increased Usage of LSD-like Synthetic Drugs Identified in I.V. (The Daily Nexus)
  • Six years' jail for York killer of Liam Miller - the friend who stabbed him 32 times during 'drug-induced psychosis' (York Mix)
  • Court documents show teen admits to selling synthetic LSD at OKC high school (MSN)
  • Autopsy Results Released in Death of UCSB Student (The Daily Nexus)



  • FDA Approves Nasal-Spray Version Of Overdose Drug Naloxone (The Huffington Post)
  • It's Not Just Heroin: Drug Cocktails Are Fueling The Overdose Crisis (Common Health)
  • After six years on the rise, Afghan opium crop cultivation decreases, UN survey (Associated Press of Pakistan)
  • We have a clearer picture of who's fueling the US heroin epidemic — and how they're doing it (AOL News)
  • Heroin antidote Narcan as a nasal spray gets clearance from US regulators (The Guardian)
  • Easier access to drug aids battle against opiates (The Republican American)
  • Barack Obama's doomed new war against drugs (Macleans)
  • ANF foils attempt to smuggle heroin, opium at Port Qasim (Pakistan Today)
  • School nurses equipped to fight heroin, opiate 'epidemic' (Chicago Tribune)
  • FDA clears new, easy-to-use version of heroin antidote (NEWS10 ABC)
  • Heroin on the Highway: Drug use raises new danger for Tri-State drivers (WCPO)
  • History of Vermont's first opium epidemic (Burlington Free Press)
  • Poppy crops given go-ahead (The Naracoorte Herald)



  • Kratom: a legal drug that is gaining popularity, but could be dangerous (KATC)
  • Talladega authorities demand removal of Kratom from stores (WIAT)
  • Working for You: Kratom Dangers (ABC 33/40)
  • Kratom package seized at Phuket Town Post Office (Phuket Gazette)
  • Police arrest 13 in kratom bus-delivery bust (Phuket Gazette)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • The Trip Planners (The New Yorker)
  • How to Follow your Heart ... with Shamanism (Eagle Shaman)
  • How Obama's War on Drugs Destroys Legal Immigrant Families (Reason)
  • 2015 strategy released (Drug WarRant)
  • Space Photos of the Week: Pluto Gets A Little Psychedelic (Wired)
  • Man jailed after cops mistook soap for cocaine on I-78 files suit (The Morning Call)
  • Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery showcases 'Psychedelic Haze' exhibit (The Independent)
  • Merrilee Chaliss' psychedelic visions are mind-bendingly cool (Nashville Scene)
  • One in 10 People in U.S. Have Abused Drugs (TIME)
  • Review: To Fathom Hell or Soar Angelic by Ben Sessa (Psychedelic Press UK)
  • Noumenautics: Metaphysics - Meta-ethics, Psychedelics by Peter Sjöstedt-H is out now (Psychedelic Press UK)

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.