This Week in Psychedelics - 11.9.18



  • Marijuana Won The Midterm Elections (Forbes)

  • Mexico introduces bill to to legalise medical and recreational cannabis use (The Independent)

  • Michigan Becomes the 10th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana (Reason)

  • Missouri Becomes the 32nd Medical Marijuana State (Reason)

  • Utah Becomes the 33rd State to Legalize Medical Marijuana (Reason)

  • Key Mexican Senator Introduces Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales (Marijuana Moment)

  • Weed woes: Canada struggles to meet huge demand for legal cannabis (The Guardian)

  • Five Ohio Cities Decriminalize Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Florida: Voters Pass Amendment Restoring Voting Rights To Marijuana Felons (NORML)

  • Wisconsin Voters Widely Embrace Marijuana Legalization In the Midterms (Marijuana Moment)

  • Lesser-Known Marijuana Votes You Might Have Missed On Election Day (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Legalization Measure Defeated in North Dakota (Reason)

  • Where Jeff Sessions’s Temporary Replacement Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Growing Consensus for Legalizing Marijuana (Reason)

  • Trump Will Legalize Marijuana After Midterms, Anthony Scaramucci Predicts (Marijuana Moment)

  • New insights into the neural risks and benefits of marijuana use (ScienceDaily)

  • The Midwest May Be the Next Frontier In Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Washington, D.C. Mayor Plans Legal Marijuana Sales As Congress Shifts (Marijuana Moment)

  • What The Loss of Marijuana-Friendly Republicans Means For Federal Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • ‘Godfather’ Director Francis Ford Coppola Launches Luxury Marijuana Brand (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis convictions: the push to clear the records that ruin lives (The Guardian)

  • Washington Needs to Legalize Cannabis (The Wall Street Journal)

  • The Entourage Effect: How THC and Other Weed Compounds Mix (WIRED)

  • GPs to prescribe medical cannabis in Jersey (BBC)

  • Does Canada's Cannabis Industry Have Mafia Ties? (Forbes)

  • More Women Are Using Marijuana During Pregnancy, Report Says (TIME)

  • Private Patients to Get Easier Access to Medical Cannabis Than NHS Patients (VICE)

  • Verdict for Marijuana Grower May Reduce Threat of Ruinous RICO Liability (Reason)

  • Judge: California City That Banned Home Growing “Has Gone Too Far” (Cannabis Wire)

  • Unseen Women of Color Who Use Weed Know Why Legalization Is Only a Start (Filter)

  • Medicinal cannabis legalisation could well open the door to allowing recreational use, whatever Sajid Javid says (The Independent)

  • Disgraced at Olympics Over Marijuana, Snowboarder Hopes to Ride to Cannabis Success (The New York Times)

  • The world's largest cannabis dispensary just opened in Vegas—and it has an entertainment complex attached (CNBC)

  • Michael Moore Votes For Marijuana Legalization During Late Night TV Appearance (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cops Showed Up To Stop This Sacramento Restaurant From Selling CBD-Infused Cocktails (Reason)

  • How The Cannabis Landscape Could Change Post Election (Forbes)


  • Why Are So Many Service Members Responsible For Safeguarding America’s Nukes Reportedly Tripping Balls? (Task & Purpose)

  • Student who took LSD found naked at shopping centre (

  • These are the up- and downsides of my one-month experience microdosing LSD (Medium)

  • Two USS Ronald Reagan sailors accused of distributing LSD, other drug charges (Stars and Stripes)

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

  • How You Can Be in the World’s First LSD Microdosing Study (71 Republic)

  • Using MDMA and LSD helped save Ayelet Waldman’s marriage (

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • A millionaire couple is threatening to create a magic mushroom monopoly (Quartz)

  • FDA Recognizes Psychedelic Mushrooms As An Effective Treatment For Depression (

  • ‘Microdosing’ Psychedelics Might Impact Creativity, Study Says (


  • Intentionally-diverse MDMA research at University of Connecticut Cut Short (Psymposia)

  • MDMA Therapy Eliminated PTSD Symptoms In 76 Percent of Patients (Futurism)

  • Largest MDMA drug lab in NSW history uncovered by police (

  • Trick-or-treat girl aged 5 ‘was handed Ecstasy pills’ (The Times)


  • Mimosa Hostilis: Benefits, Side-effects, Dosage & Legality (Kratom Guides)


Morning Glory Seeds

  • Plant seeds with hallucinogenic effects could mean trouble for children (WPLG)


  • Woman Injected With Ketamine Sues Hennepin County, Medical Personnel and Others (KSTP)

  • Minneapolis police oversight official honored for ketamine investigation (Star Tribune)


  • Naloxone still stable months after expiration date, research says (CNN)

  • Mac Miller Toxicology Report Confirms Rapper Died Of Mixed Drug Toxicity From Fentanyl, Cocaine (Live for Live Music)

  • Harsher Federal Penalties for Selling Fentanyl-Laced Drugs Have Taken Effect—Expect Unintended Consequences (Filter)

  • How to Taper Off Suboxone: A Survival Guide (The Fix)

  • Heroin, fentanyl remain among nation’s greatest drug threats, federal report says (PBS NewsHour)

  • The costs of heroin and naloxone: a tragic snapshot of the opioid crisis (STAT)


  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Due to Maternal Kratom Use (AAP News & Journals)

  • Kratom Missing From DEA Report on Drug Threats (Pain News Network)

  • Kratom Wholesale Buying Guide: List of 4 Top Wholesale Kratom Sellers (Kratom Guides)

  • Kratom: Could it help or hurt the opioid addiction crisis? (WVUE)

  • Best Yellow Kratom Strains Explained (Kratom Guides)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • People who ‘microdose’ LSD and magic mushrooms score higher on measures of wisdom, open-mindedness and creativity (PsyPost)

  • Drug Policy Reform Inched Forward in the Midterms: Here Are the Details (Filter)

  • Jeff Sessions Out as Attorney General, Leaving Behind Disastrous Record on Drug Policy (Drug Policy Alliance)

  • The Varieties of the Psychedelic Experience: A Preliminary Study of the Association Between the Reported Subjective Effects and the Binding Affinity Profiles of Substituted Phenethylamines and Tryptamines (Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience)

  • Predicting Responses to Psychedelics: A Prospective Study (Frontiers in Pharmacology)

  • Global Drug Survey set to cover Indians (The Hindu)

  • Police warned that a trick-or-treater may have been given meth. Then they searched his father’s home. (The Washington Post)

  • Supervised injection sites face new roadblocks in Toronto with provincial guidelines (The Star)

  • Why We Long to Dissolve Our Ego in the Psychedelic Ocean (Kahpi)

  • Cannabis first, hallucinogens next? New medical treatments on the NHS (Business Leader)

  • Coroner compares drug prohibition laws to racism (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • New Documentary Shows Veterans Treating PTSD with Psychedelics (Kahpi)

  • Getting My Club Drugs Tested Transformed My Partying Habits (Medium)

  • First Trip in a While. Last Trip for a While. (Rachael Madori)

  • A Whole New High Offers Information about Entheogens, Psychedelics, and Microdosing (Digital Journal)

  • Free Your Mind, and Your Nonprofit Will Follow: Racial Equity in Psychedelic Research (Nonprofit Quarterly)

  • Toronto’s drug-use sites could shut down under new provincial rules, activists say (The Globe and Mail)

  • Time for a truce in Asia’s war on drugs (Asia Times)

  • Psychedelics Have Returned to the Research Mainstream, Potential for a Groundbreaking Change in the Ways We Treat Mental Illness and Addiction (PRWeb)

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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