This Week in Psychedelics - 1.12.18

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  • Vermont State House Passes Marijuana Legalization (NORML)
  • More Americans Want to Legalize Marijuana Than Ever Before (TIME)
  • New Hampshire House Votes to Legalize Marijuana Possession and Cultivation (NORML)
  • Australia to Allow Export of Cannabis-Based Medicines (Voice of America)
  • A Top Cannabis Lawyer on What Losing the Cole Memo Means (Leafly)
  • 'Sorry Bro.' Coachella Bans Marijuana Even Though California Just Made it Legal (TIME)
  • Democrats and Republicans Reject Recent Action by AG Sessions (NORML)
  • Kansas Rep. Steve Alford Apologizes for Racist Comments Linking Black People to Marijuana (TIME)
  • Fear of Mexicans, Not Blacks, Led Kansas to Ban Marijuana (Reason)
  • Will New York Finally Consider Legalizing Cannabis This Week? (Forbes)
  • The challenge of showcasing weed tech at CES (Engadget)
  • CHP Seizure of Legal Cannabis Outrages California Farmers (Leafly)
  • Oklahoma: Voters To Decide In June On Sweeping Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative (NORML)
  • 4 Things Congress Can Do to Stop a Cannabis Crackdown (Reason)
  • Here's Why a Marijuana Crackdown Could Spell Disaster for Republicans (TIME)
  • This Marijuana Reform T-Shirt Cost Iowa Taxpayers Half a Million Bucks (Reason)
  • Cannabis Crunch Monthly – What's In Store For Marijuana In 2018 (Psychedelic Times)
  • Unregulated sales of cannabis oil spike in Iowa (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Light-sensitive THC: Intoxicatingly light-sensitive (ScienceDaily)
  • NORML Endorses SQ 788: Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Access Initiative (NORML)
  • Canopy Growth: Best Way To Play The Cannabis Industry (Seeking Alpha)
  • Federalists Can't Support a Cannabis Crackdown (Reason)
  • In the Fight Over LA Weekly, Cannabis Companies Are Caught in the Middle (Leafly)
  • SF cannabis stores open for city's first day of recreational pot sales (SFGate)
  • Cannabis Insiders Share 2018 Industry Wishes (Forbes)
  • 'Breeding Is an Art Form': An Interview with Cannabis Cup Champion, Exotic Genetix (Leafly)
  • California Cannabis Rush May Not Bring A Fortune For Stock Investors (Seeking Alpha)
  • Elderly Christmas Cannabis Couple Arrested Again, Facing New Drug Charges (NPR)


  • Wormwood review – LSD, the CIA and the mysterious death of an army scientist (The Guardian)
  • Nixon's Manhunt For The High Priest Of LSD In 'The Most Dangerous Man In America' (NPR)
  • Kacey Musgraves Says a Moving LSD Trip Inspired New Song (Wide Open Country)
  • California Man's Plot To Dump Tons Of LSD In L.A. Water Supply Thwarted By Police Is Fake News (Business 2 Community)
  • Viktor Ivanelo death: Former Croydon student was found hanged in tunnel after taking LSD (Croydon Advertiser)
  • Man who was Tasered while on LSD in 2012 loses lawsuit against Harris County (Chron)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic mushroom compound might treat depression by reviving emotional responsiveness in the brain (PsyPost)
  • A Spore No More: Magic Mushroom Use Reveals Effective Clinical PTSD Treatment (Sputnik International)
  • Hunting for Hallucinogenic Mushrooms in Eastern Europe (VICE)


  • Quarter of 'MDMA' pills tested turn out to be something else (Newshub)
  • Secret bitcoin philanthropist backs research of ecstasy as treatment for PTSD (Stripes)
  • Dangerously strong batch of ecstasy going around (Newshub)
  • Bank clerk, 29, who 'rarely went out drinking' died from an Ecstasy overdose after mixing the drug with alcohol, inquest hears (Daily Mail)
  • Tragic teenager died after taking ecstasy at Leeds Festival: Coroner warns taking illicit drugs like playing 'Russian roulette' (Yorkshire Evening Post)


  • How Ayahuasca Made This CEO Unplug from the Matrix (High Existence)
  • I Took Ayahuasca and It Did Nothing (Tonic)


  • The Ibogaine Conversation Pt 11: Is ibogaine the cure for opioid addiction? It's not that simple. (Psymposia)

Salvia Divinorum

  • Salvia Leads Chemists on a Psychedelic Existential Journey (Wired)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Drugs tested at festivals found to be 'much more potent' (Radio New Zealand)
  • More festival-goers testing drugs as MDMA substitutes plague black market (TVNZ)


  • Ketamine May Represent an Effective Treatment for the Management of Chronic Noncancer Pain (Clinical Pain Advisor)
  • Ketamine shots are a 'powerful' treatment for depression, doctor says (Metro)


  • Scientists Just Solved a Major Piece of the Opioid Puzzle (Wired)
  • Could Prescription Heroin And Safe Injection Sites Slow The Opioid Crisis? (KAZU)
  • Doctor Had Wife Killed to Keep Her Quiet About Opioid Drug Ring, Police Say (TIME)


  • Using Kratom To Get Off Alcohol And Withdrawal Symptoms (Kratom Guides)
  • CBD Kratom's Customers Swear By Its Product. The Feds Want to Make It Illegal (Riverfront Times)
  • Kratom And 5-HTP: Best Supplements To Use For Your Positive Mood And Relaxation (Kratom Guides)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Continuing Further Education with Psychedelics (Psychedelic Times)
  • Google makes millions from plight of addicts (The Times)
  • The Joy of Psychedelic Healing: Interview with Julian Vayne (Psychedelic Times)
  • Hamilton's back to use his body as a test subject for the world's craziest drugs (SBS)

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.