This Week in Psychedelics - 11.23.18



  • Massachusetts mayor first in line as recreational marijuana sales begin (CBS News)

  • Federal Marijuana Action Is An ‘Inevitability,’ Trump FDA Chief Says (Marijuana Moment)

  • Joe Kennedy III calls for legalizing marijuana at the federal level (The Hill)

  • Here’s When Michigan’s Marijuana Legalization Law Goes Into Effect (Marijuana Moment)

  • US Senate: Leading Marijuana Prohibitionist Out As Senate Judiciary Chair (NORML)

  • Two New Studies Reveal How Marijuana Can Treat Different Kinds Of Pain (Marijuana Moment)

  • Weed and Pregnancy: How Cannabis Laws Are Hurting Mothers (Rolling Stone)

  • Hemp Will Be A Top 10 Product In 2019, Whole Foods Predicts (Marijuana Moment)

  • The 'Hypocritical' Loophole in New York's Pledge to Stop Prosecuting Marijuana (The Appeal)

  • Canada’s Grand Cannabis Experiment Has Set Scientists Free (The New York Times)

  • Missouri’s Largest County Stops Prosecuting Marijuana Possession (NORML)

  • Here's how N.J. is likely to legalize marijuana under new bill just unveiled by top Democrats (

  • Feds To Discuss Drug Testing Programs In Era Of Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Antigua and Barbuda Set to Pass Inclusive Cannabis Regulation Law (Talking Drugs)

  • Artisanal Edible Cannabis Honey Causes A Buzz (Forbes)

  • Go Ahead and Pack Your Weed This Thanksgiving—the TSA Probably Won't Find It (Reason)

  • FGCU to offer cannabis studies program 2019 (Wink News)

  • 'Blow themselves up:' Police worried about butane hash oil extractions at home (The Daily Courier)

  • Ontario Cannabis Store aware of mouldy products shipped to customers (Daily Hive)

  • How Canada marijuana legalization impacts on Latin American drug policy? (openDemocracy)

  • New Poll Says Cannabis Prohibition Doesn't Work And Americans Don't Want It To (Civilized)

  • Three Incoming House Committee Chairs Call For Marijuana Reform In Next Congress (Marijuana Moment)

  • Teens are trying marijuana before alcohol and tobacco (The Verge)

  • South Africa Cannabis Ruling Leads to Pot-Themed Products (Voice of America)

  • Totally Unchill NASA Orders SpaceX Safety Probe Because Elon Musk Legally Smoked Weed (Reason)

  • What's the deal with cannabis capsules? (The GrowthOp)

  • Do We Need Roadside Marijuana Tests? (The Crime Report)

  • Hope for cannabis as treatment for opioid addiction (The Conversation)

  • Greece eyes pot of gold as medicinal cannabis licensed (Reuters)

  • 6 Ways American Colonists Used Cannabis (Civilized)

  • How medical marijuana made me a better mom (The Washington Post)

  • ‘Outliers’ Author Malcolm Gladwell Is Himself An Outlier On Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • How Much Weed Should Someone Try If It's Their First Time? (WIRED)

  • Legalizing Marijuana Is One Of New Connecticut Governor’s ‘Priorities’ (Marijuana Moment)

  • What You Need To Know About Microdosing Cannabis, The New Wellness Trend (Psychedelics Daily)


  • 'Open-minded, immersive and fun': a review of 'All You need is LSD' (The Boar)

  • News Focus - Dangers of LSD consumption among children (ANTARA News)

  • Yale, Zurich scientists find why LSD makes people trip (Psychedelics Daily)

  • REVEALED: The eerie conspiracy that connects JFK, Charles Manson and Britney Spears (Daily Star)

  • To avoid a bad trip, be prepared before trying LSD (Psychedelics Daily)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • High Dose of Psilocybin in a HIV+ Homeless Shelter (Chacruna)

  • Denver, Colorado Might Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms As Soon As May 2019 (

  • The FDA Has Acknowledged Psilocybin As A Potential Treatment For Depression (Psychedelics Daily)

  • Psychedelic healing: could magic mushrooms help reboot the brain? (Science Focus)


  • People on love drug MDMA still know who to trust (ResearchGate)

  • MDMA is now proven to help those with trauma – so let’s decriminalise it and put it back in the medicine cabinet (The Independent)

  • ‘It can rewire people’s brains’: how traumatised veterans turned to underground MDMA therapy (The Guardian)

  • Horrfying moment mother ‘high on ecstasy’ drops her baby and cracks his skull (Metro)

  • Boy, 16, died after taking ecstasy when pal’s mum didn’t call his parents in case they got into trouble (The Sun)

  • What is MDMA and why have there been so many deaths in the West Country? (ITV News)


  • Controversial hallucinogenic drug use explored in 'Kentucky Ayahuasca,' TV series (Lexington Herald Leader)

  • Everything You Need to Know about Choosing an Ayahuasca Retreat (Kahpi)

  • Welcome to the jungle: experiencing the Amazon in psychedelic virtual reality (The Guardian)

  • A Punch In The Soul: HighExistence Founder Jordan Lejuwaan’s First Ayahuasca Journey (HighExistence)

  • What ayahuasca — Silicon Valleys latest drug of choice — does to your brain and body (Psychedelics Daily)

  • DMT: Learning Science from our Ancestors (in-Training)

  • Ayahuasca Research Boosts Brazilian Psychedelic Science (Psychedelics Daily)

  • What Ayahuasca Is, and What You Should Know About It (Psychedelics Daily)


  • Ibogaine: One Mans Journey To Mexico For Psychedelic Addiction Treatment (Psychedelics Daily)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • 'Legal highs': Street dealers now main source of supply after ban (BBC)


  • The Radical New Fentanyl Trend That Could Save Lives and Screw Dealers (VICE)

  • Sackler family members face mass litigation and criminal investigations over opioids crisis (The Guardian)

  • UN: Afghan Opium Cultivation Down 20 Percent (Voice of America)

  • AMA Decries the Impact of the CDC's Opioid Guidelines on Pain Treatment (Reason)

  • Multiple vials of naloxone now required to resuscitate Metro Vancouver opioid users (Standard-Freeholder)

  • Understanding Naloxone Standing Orders Is Vital (Pharmacy Times)

  • Saving your child from an opioid overdose (CBS News)

  • Opioid Series: 'Naloxone saved my life' (ABC 4)

  • Naloxone: The life-saving drug more Americans Need (CBS News)


  • Mental health hospital admissions linked to cocaine use treble in 10 years (The Guardian)

  • Mother at large after 2-year-old daughter ingests cocaine (KPRC)


  • Scientists Identify the Lethal Dose of Kratom's Active Ingredients (Inverse)

  • Converting Animal Doses to Human Doses (Kratom) (Medium)

  • Federal Authorities Tight-Lipped on When Kratom’s Future Will Be Revealed (Inverse)

  • Is FDA ‘Shadow Ban’ Causing Kratom Shortages? (Pain News Network)

  • American Kratom Association Announces Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Standards for Vendors (PR Newswire)

  • Kratom Erowid – Which Types of Kratom Information You Will See On This Website? (Kratom Guides)

  • Kratom: The leafy green plant that could help with opiate withdrawals (KFMB)

  • Green Bali Kratom: Effects, Dosage, And User Reviews (Kratom Guides)



  • Little-known banned drug is becoming worryingly popular in Liverpool (Liverpool Echo)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Take Part in the World's Biggest Anonymous Drugs Survey (VICE)

  • A Brief History of Swedish Psychedelia (The Oak Tree Review)

  • I Survived Sexual Abuse In The Amazon And Victim Blame At Home (Psymposia)

  • Let’s Talk About Compass And Psychedelic Capitalism: Interview with Rick Doblin (Psychedelic Times)

  • A Brief History of Psychedelics in the Western World (Psychedelics Today)

  • A Vermont needle exchange isn’t just giving out syringes. It’s offering treatment on the spot. (Vox)

  • El Chapo Witness Details Brutal Drug War Murders (The New York Times)

  • Denver City Council will OK supervised drug use to save people from overdosing (Denverite)

  • Drugs and alcohol complicate sexual consent, but context can make things clearer (The Conversation)

  • Radical Risk Reduction For Event And Community Organizers (Chacruna)

  • Opioids Are In the Spotlight. But Meth Hospitalizations Are Surging (TIME)

  • Time’s Up For “Silencing” Tactics (Psymposia)

  • Joe Biden’s Ideal Drug War (Drug WarRant)

  • Harm reduction is the right way to treat drug abuse (The Economist)

  • How 'fixing rooms' are saving the lives of drug addicts (The Guardian)

  • We need harm reduction drug education, not drug prevention education (AOD MEDIA WATCH)

  • Exploring Consciousness with Psychedelics (Psychedelics Daily)

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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