This Week in Psychedelics - 11.30.18



  • South Korea legalises medical marijuana (Financial Times)

  • New Jersey Lawmakers Move Forward Adult Use Marijuana Legislation (NORML)

  • Brazilian Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Bill to legalise recreational marijuana in ACT has ‘overwhelming support’ (

  • Thailand Legislators Overwhelming Endorse Medical Cannabis Legalisation (Talking Drugs)

  • Using Marijuana Doesn’t Cause Youth Behavioral Problems, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Reconciled Farm Bill Includes Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban (NORML)

  • Pete Sessions And Republicans Block Another Marijuana Amendment (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis expert says we're just scratching the surface in unlocking the plant's potential (

  • First Uruguay, Then Canada, and Now Mexico: Will the United States Be the Next Country to Legalize Cannabis? (Psychedelic Times)

  • Marijuana, mountains and money: How Lesotho is cashing in (BBC)

  • MPP chief sees several more recreational marijuana states in next few years (Marijuana Business Daily)

  • Charity to launch cannabis oil trial in hope of treating skin condition (ITV News)

  • $2.2M spent at Mass. marijuana shops in first five days of sales (WCVB)

  • Bernie Sanders Blasts Marijuana Prohibition In New Book (Marijuana Moment)

  • How to Achieve Weed Equality (VICE)

  • Feds To Host Workshop On Researching Marijuana Under Prohibition (Marijuana Moment)

  • Patents on pot? U.S. lawsuit puts cannabis claims to the test (Reuters)

  • Michael Moore: Put Marijuana On The Ballot To Drive Voter Turnout In 2020 (Marijuana Moment)

  • How The Largest Marijuana Retail Space In The U.S. Plans To Revamp A District (Forbes)

  • A Main Ingredient In Beer Used To Be Marijuana’s ‘Sister,’ Study Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • How Big Will Canada’s Legal Cannabis Market Be? (JSTOR Daily)

  • Marijuana Dispensaries Reduce Local Opioid Overdose Rates, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • You Can't Spell Cannabis Without BS, An Advisor Describes How Not To Get Taken (Forbes)

  • U.S. Air Force Warns About Grandma’s Marijuana-Infused ‘Miracle Sticky Buns’ (Marijuana Moment)

  • Mastering the art and science of cannabis through Canada’s first cannabis sommelier course (The GrowthOp)

  • New Michigan Bills Would Help People Convicted Of Marijuana Offenses (Marijuana Moment)

  • Weed Chefs: Coming to a Screen Near You (Rolling Stone)

  • More Banks Welcome Marijuana Business Accounts, New Federal Report Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • What Women Want: Legal Cannabis That Suits Their Needs (LA Weekly)

  • Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Touts Marijuana Accomplishments In Farewell Speech (Marijuana Moment)

  • Legalizing Marijuana and Gay Marriage Seemed Impossible (Reason)


  • Long-term systemic treatment with lysergic acid diethylamide causes retinal damage in CD1 mice (SAGE Journals)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Medical Psilocybin Initiative Planned for Oregon 2020 Ballot (Ganjapreneur)

  • Magic Mushroom Used As Sleep Aid (Psychedelics Daily)

  • Cannabis, mushrooms should be part of discussion for treating concussion (The Boston Globe)

  • A Mother-Daughter Mushroom Trip Captured on Film (Psymposia)

  • Magic mushrooms are now being legally tested in therapy sessions in the US (Happy Mag)


  • MDMA Clinical Trials Are Now Open for Enrollment at Five Sites in the US (Inverse)

  • Kim Kardashian West Was 'High on Ecstasy' During First Wedding and When She Made a Sex Tape (News18)

  • Put testing labs in town centres to prevent 'needless' deaths, say parents of teens killed by ecstasy overdoses (The Independent)

  • Teen jailed over friends' Basshunter gig MDMA deaths (BBC)

  • Russian gets 18 years for drug smuggling in Vietnam (Crime Russia)

  • MDMA makes people cooperative and helps build trust after betrayal (WIRED)

  • A New High: Phase 2 MDMA Study Results in 76% Success Rate for Treating PTSD (Psychedelic Times)

  • Does MDMA cause brain damage? (GQ)


  • An exploratory study of experiences with conventional eating disorder treatment and ceremonial ayahuasca for the healing of eating disorders. (

  • He Used to Rob Banks. Now he's an Ayahuasca Shaman Performing Psychedelic Healing Ceremonies in Kentucky (Newsweek)

  • Toad Medicine: New Psychedelic Knowledge under Construction? (Chacruna)

  • Returning to Ayahuasca after three years away (Graham Hancock)

  • Returning to Ayahuasca after three years away — nights 2 and 3 (Graham Hancock)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Jeff Goldblum describes taking acid, mescaline (Newshub)


  • A 'party drug' with potential to be the next blockbuster antidepressant is edging closer to the mainstream, but it could set you back $9,000 (Business Insider)

  • Teenager from NSW dead at Schoolies end of year celebrations on Gold Coast (


  • 'The Numbers Are So Staggering.' Overdose Deaths Set a Record Last Year. (The New York Times)

  • A U.S. Panel Says China Isn't Doing Enough to Stem the Flow of Fentanyl (TIME)

  • Confirmation of Five Fentanyl Analogues in Schedule I Following Surge in Fatalities Will Do Nothing to Help (Filter)

  • Western researchers study overdose antidote in high schools (The London Free Press)

  • Dad's incredible reaction after his daughter dies of heroin overdose in bathroom (Mirror)

  • Those on front lines of opioid addiction share stories and numbers of naloxone reversals (The Denver Channel)

  • Opioid-Related Deaths Keep Rising As Pain Pill Prescriptions Fall (Reason)

  • NYers Dying While Cuomo Drags Feet On Heroin Sites, Activists Say (Patch)

  • Getting Off Opioids and Other Drugs With Nature’s Remedies (The Environmental Magazine)


  • Would you pay more for ethically sourced cocaine? (

  • Colombia Tries To Get Farmers Out Of The Cocaine Biz. How's That Going? (NPR)

  • El Chapo smuggled $500M worth of cocaine inside jalapeno cans: testimony (New York Post)

  • Essex police warn of dangerous cocaine batch after man dies (The Guardian)


  • Drink From An Absinthe Fountain At This New Basement Bar Dedicated To The Green Fairy (Londonist)



Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • The U.S. Needs to Decriminalize Drug Possession Now (Rolling Stone)

  • Russia’s Harm Reductionists Are Once Again Under Attack (Filter)

  • Philippine Court Convicts 3 Police Officers for Drug War Murder (TIME)

  • Sex on Drugs at the Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library (Pharmacosexuality)

  • The Bunk Police is looking to destroy dishonesty in the drug market (Psymposia)

  • New IRS Rule Seems to Violate the First Amendment by Denying Tax-Exempt Status to Drug Policy Reform Groups (Reason)

  • New Zealand Team to Estimate Volume of Drug Sales in Seven Major Dark Web Sites (DeepDotWeb)

  • Interview: Bad boy of French cinema Gaspar Noe on making Climax and taking psychedelics (Flicks)

  • A Response to the Government Review of the Blindly Misinformed Psychoactive Substances Act (Beckley Foundation)

  • Woman sues after spending 3 months in jail over cotton candy mistaken for meth (WMC Action News 5)

  • Public health approach at heart of new drug and alcohol strategy (BBC)

  • Mixed feelings about psychedelic science (The Institute for the Advancement of Psychedelic Christianity)

  • Scottish drug users diverted out of justice system to tackle growing crisis (The Scotsman)

  • El Chapo and the Narco-Spectacle (Jacobin)

  • Breitbart's reporting on the drug war in Mexico is outstanding (Rooster Magazine)

  • What if psychedelics could revolutionize the way you die? (The Conversation)

  • 7 of the best psychedelic books ever written (Big Think)

  • This ‘Three Strikes’ Law Sends People to Die in Federal Prison For Drug Crimes (Reason)

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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