This Week in Psychedelics - 11.2.18



  • Mexican Supreme Court Strikes Down Marijuana Prohibition (Marijuana Moment)

  • Thailand Mulling Becoming the First Country in Asia to Legalize Medical Marijuana (TIME)

  • NORML Submits 10,000+ Written Comments to the FDA for the Reconsideration of International Marijuana Prohibition (NORML)

  • Blood-Sucking Flies Love Marijuana, New Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Legal Marijuana Helps Reduce Opioid Harms, Two More New Studies Reveal (Marijuana Moment)

  • 4 More States Could Legalize Medical or Recreational Marijuana Next Week (Reason)

  • Marijuana In The Governor's Mansion: Record Number Of Candidates Say Legalize It (Forbes)

  • Coca-Cola CEO says company has no plans for cannabis drinks (CNN)

  • Vancouver, Canada’s Marijuana Capital, Struggles to Tame the Black Market (The New York Times)

  • Medical cannabis products available on prescription (BBC)

  • New Study Shows How Opinions On Marijuana Shift Based On Who Endorses It (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis oil: Why it could really be the miracle sleep saver (The Telegraph)

  • Australia’s cannabis industry set to boom: report (

  • Kansas Finally Admits It's Okay to Put Hemp in Beer (Reason)

  • Young Advocates Launch Marijuana Legalization Phone Bank To Get Out The Vote (Marijuana Moment)

  • Pot never should have been illegal in the first place (USA Today)

  • Paul Ryan Touts The Benefits Of A Marijuana Ingredient And Industrial Hemp (Marijuana Moment)

  • Quitting cannabis could lead to better memory and cognition (The Guardian)

  • Utah Medical Marijuana Campaign Funding Mainly Slows Down Following Compromise Deal (Marijuana Moment)

  • Everything you need to know about CBD, the cannabis elixir that doesn’t get you high (MarketWatch)

  • Mother says cannabis oil has been saviour for epileptic son Alfie (The Guardian)

  • Advocacy Groups Push Colorado To Make Legal Marijuana Market More Equitable (Marijuana Moment)

  • With pot legalized, job openings surge in Canada’s cannabis industry (The Washington Post)

  • Marijuana Campaign Ads Are Flooding Airwaves Ahead Of The Election (Marijuana Moment)


  • Yale scientists have new insight on how LSD works in the brain (Quartz)

  • U of A student who stabbed 19-year-old to death while on LSD wins shorter sentence on appeal (Edmonton Journal)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Psilocybin Study Shows Beneficial Effects of Microdosing "Trip Truffles" (Inverse)

  • Is Medicalization the Only Way to Legalize Psilocybin and Ibogaine? (Chacruna)

  • Shroom for improvement: FDA lists psychedelic drugs as ‘breakthrough therapy’ for depression (RT)

  • These folks used to raise money for the planet, now psychedelic mushrooms (Rooster Magazine)

  • A handful of psychedelic "Atlantis" mushrooms in Amsterdam (Boing Boing)


  • MDMA-Assisted Therapy For PTSD Edges Closer To FDA Approval After Largest-Ever Trial (IFLScience)

  • DJ David Morales released without charge after ecstasy arrest at Japanese airport (The Sun)

  • Mum recalls heartbreaking moment daughter, 15, died after taking ‘dark web’ MDMA pill (The Sun)


  • DMT Is the Drug for Our Collective Crisis of Meaning (Medium)

  • Ayahuasca For the First Time at 64 Years Old: Interview with Rhea Consalvo (Psychedelic Times)



  • Opioid Antidote Can Save Lives, But Deciding When To Use It Can Be Challenging (NPR)

  • Poppy farmers seek comprehensive solution to illicit drug problem (Myanmar Times)

  • Can you grow opium poppies in New Zealand? (

  • Giant heroin spoon left outside Massachusetts Statehouse (StarTribune)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • What Psychedelic Research Can and Cannot Tell Us about Consciousness (Scientific American)

  • The fix is worse than the problem: A reply to psychedelic researchers (Metaphysical Speculations)

  • Why did shamanism evolve in societies all around the globe? (Aeon)

  • Portugal’s drug policy shows what common-sense approach looks like (San Francisco Chronicle)

  • creates a network for psychedelic therapists (Psymposia)

  • The Ideal Society In Terms Of Psychoactive Substances (Maps Of The Mind)

  • Psychedelics and Witchcraft — The Truth About Hallucinogenic “Hexing Herbs” (Psychedelic Frontier)

  • “Zombies” and Rotting Flesh: The Media Just Loves Halloween-y Depictions of People Who Use Drugs (Filter)

  • DEA Says Meth Use Has Never Been Higher; Survey Data Say Otherwise (Reason)

  • Horizons: The Psychedelic Conference Where Old Meets New (The Third Wave)

  • It’s Time for the Psychedelic Renaissance to Join the Harm Reduction Movement (Chacruna)

  • Global Drug Survey 2019: Kiwis urged to get frank about their drug use (

  • Wave of Burning Man-Related Drug Arrests Won't Go to Trial (Reason)

  • 5-Year-Old Has Meth Poisoning After Trick-or-Treating. It Probably Wasn't the Halloween Candy. (Reason)

  • Evidence is mounting that psychedelic drugs can help treat diseases. Here are the most promising uses (Pulse)

  • Drugs: Perspectives in Social Sciences (Chacruna)

  • Setting the record straight with Robin Carhart-Harris and Enzo Tagliazucchi (Metaphysical Speculations)

  • Further Response to the Psychedelic Neuroimaging Researchers (Metaphysical Speculations)

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.

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