This Week in Psychedelics - 11.3.17

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  • Stanford Study Confirms Cannabis Users Have More Sex (Leafly)
  • Trump's Commission Denies Evidence That Cannabis Can Mitigate Opioid Abuse (NORML)
  • Domestic Hemp Production More Than Doubles In Past Year (NORML)
  • Congressional Lawmakers Demand The VA Study Medical Marijuana (NORML)
  • Federal Prohibition Left California Cannabis Farmers Without Insurance or Banks When Wildfires Struck (Reason)
  • Virginia State Crime Commission Holds Hearing On Decriminalization (NORML)
  • 'Corona, Lime, & Cannabis, Please': Big Brewer Enters Marijuana Biz (Leafly)
  • Dazed and Confused: Regulations Remain Hazy as California Looks to Legalize Marijuana Sales (TIME)
  • State Colleges Now Teaching Cannabis, and Harvard Is Playing Catch-Up (Leafly)
  • Ontario's 'Cannabis Act, 2017': Provincial Control, Million-Dollar Penalties (Leafly)
  • American Legion: One in Five Veterans Use Marijuana To Alleviate A Medical Or Physical Condition (NORML)
  • Washington's Cannabis-Tracking Snafu Could Disrupt Sales (Leafly)
  • Finding the 'Green Zone': How Specialty Realtors Are Cashing in on Cannabis (Leafly)
  • Another cultural tipping point? Cannabis ads appear in TSA checkpoint trays at Ontario airport (Los Angeles Times)
  • Using cannabis in place of anxiety meds (The Leaf Online)
  • Is Obama Back on the Cannabis Train? We're Skeptical (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Crunch – Majority of Republicans Support Pot and Sessions Can't Comment on Crackdown (Psychedelic Times)
  • 6 Ways to Save Money by Making Your Cannabis Last Longer (Leafly)
  • Basic Cannabis Growing Setups for Cultivators With Tight Budgets (Leafly)
  • Can cannabis help you get in shape? (The Orange County Register)
  • Pot Doesn't Cure Cancer and Stop Saying It Does, FDA Says (NBC)
  • Medicinal cannabis not miracle epilepsy drug, says professor treating Victorian children (Herald Sun)


  • Acid Trip: Denver's Underground LSD Labs Fueled the Psychedelic Revolution (Westword)
  • Bootsy Collins: 'LSD was a big part of why I left James Brown's band' (The Guardian)
  • Flashback to the 'Acid Test Graduation' 51 years ago (SFGate)
  • Give Us This Day Our Daily Dose: Ergot, LSD and the Israelites (Reality Sandwich)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Legalizing Magic Mushrooms Could Save California Taxpayers Millions of Dollars (L.A. Weekly)
  • Psilocybin Decreases Depressive Symptoms in Treatment-Resistant Patients (MD Magazine)


  • What is pink champagne, is the MDMA party drug illegal and what are its side effects? (The Sun)
  • Ecstasy warning after boy dies following Halloween rave in Wales (The Guardian)


  • In Mid-Life, The Wonderful Non-Deliverance of Ayahuasca (Literary Hub)


  • He pitched investors on a 'miracle cure' in the Bahamas. Now he faces felony charges. (Miami Herald)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Police investigating whether new designer hallucinogen has hit Winnipeg streets (Winnipeg Free Press)


  • Migraine pain could be eased with ketamine, study finds (American Pharmacists Association)
  • Ketamine offers option for people suffering from severe depression (FOX31 Denver)
  • Ketamine Infusions for Depression: Beware Pop-Up (Private?) Clinics (HuffPost)
  • Lufkin PD: Man who crashed into parked vehicles at body shop was high on PCP (KTRE)


  • Naloxone reverses 93% of overdoses, but many recipients don't survive a year (CNN)
  • Trump's Weak Response to Opioid Overdoses (Reason)
  • One in 10 Opioid Overdosers Treated With Naloxone Die (Medscape)
  • DEA to establish team to fight heroin, fentanyl (The Register-Herald)
  • Opioids Haven't Solved Chronic Pain. Maybe Virtual Reality Can (Wired)
  • 'The Drug of Fighters.' Police Seize 24 Million Opioid Tablets Linked to ISIS (TIME)
  • China is using fentanyl in a chemical war against America (The Bellingham Herald)
  • Uruzgan women still give kids opium to silence them (Pajhwok Afghan News)
  • Opioid Commission Mistakenly Blames Pain Treatment for Drug Deaths (Reason)
  • What Doctors Facing the Opioid Crisis Need Next (TIME)
  • In a New Jersey city ravaged by heroin, a needle exchange stalls (The Denver Post)


  • Withdrawing Off Of Opioids Using Kratom: Read This Guide (Kratom Guides)
  • The Fight to Keep Kratom Legal: Interview With an Industry Leader & Latest News (Heavy)
  • Can kratom plant help fix opioid crisis? (KSAT)
  • The Kratom Controversy: Herbal supplement or dangerous drug? (WBIR)



  • Feature: Yemen's unpaid teachers become Khat sellers (Xinhua)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • International Drug Policy Reform Conference Brings Harm Reduction into Spotlight (Psymposia)
  • Psychedelic Drugs Appear to Make People Less Likely to Commit Crimes (Science Alert)
  • Enlisting Marijuana and MDMA to Fight PTSD (Reason)
  • Psychedelics and Drug Addiction (Brain Blogger)
  • Psychedelics Are Making a Comeback Through Microdosing (Westword)
  • Mainstreaming "Psychedelic Medicine" (Rick Strassman MD)
  • The Day the Grateful Dead, Timothy Leary and LSD Turned On City Park (Westword)
  • Smart drugs for stupid people? An argument against the liberal use of pharmacological cognitive enhancers (University College London)
  • Spirit trip: an interview with a psychedelic monk (Political Critique)
  • Your Brain on Psychedelic Drugs (Psymposia)
  • An Arrest Warrant Has Been Issued for Rose McGowan in Connection to Drug Charge (TIME)
  • Fear and Loathing on Flatbrush Avenue (Psymposia)

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.