This Week in Psychedelics - 12.1.17

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  • Canada: House Members Overwhelmingly Pass Adult Use Regulation Bill (NORML)
  • The Swiss cannabis farm aiming to supply 'legal weed' across Europe (The Guardian)
  • How Does Cannabis Help PTSD Patients? (High Times)
  • New Mexico Study Suggests Medical Cannabis Helps Chronic Pain Patients Reduce Opioid Use (Reason)
  • Bipartisan Letter To Congressional Leadership Urges Continued Protections For Medical Marijuana Programs (NORML)
  • Inside Paraguay's illegal cannabis plantations (Al Jazeera)
  • NIDA Study Finds Underage Cannabis Use Alters Brain Connectivity (Leafly)
  • Study Explores Chemical Links Of Cannabis, Exercise, And Sexual Bliss (Forbes)
  • Marijuana Can Replace Sleeping Pills (ATTN:)
  • Supporters Turn in Petition to Legalize Cannabis in North Dakota (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Crunch – Marijuana Tops Conflict Minerals, Florida Ignoring MMJ Law, And We Need More Weed Scientists (Psychedelic Times)
  • State Courts Say Early-Morning Pot Raids Were Gratuitous and Illegal (Reason)
  • If You Fear Having a Panic Attack From Smoking Weed, Read This Before Lighting Up (POPSUGAR)
  • Cannabis could be a boost for state farmers (The Virginia Gazette)
  • Sacramento to Consider Greenlighting Jan. 1 Cannabis Sales (Leafly)
  • Octavia Wellness Launches "Healing without the High" Cannabis Starter Kit Tailored for Seniors (GlobeNewsWire)
  • PBS Travel Host Urges Illinois to Legalize Cannabis (Leafly)
  • Rick Steves Testifies In Illinois In Support Of Legalization (NORML)
  • Two New Import Deals Hurry Medical Cannabis Into Australia (Leafly)
  • Setting The Record Straight (NORML)
  • Proposed Tax Amendments Would Benefit Cannabis Industry (Leafly)
  • Hawaii, Which Registers Guns and Medical Marijuana Users, Starts Disarming Patients (Reason)
  • Here's Why VR and Cannabis Are a Match Made in Heaven (Leafly)
  • Medicinal cannabis: Health Minister signs licence for Ava Barry (BBC)
  • Cannabis plants destroyed (The Hindu)


  • Could LSD Be the Right Prescription for the Terminally Ill? (The Daily Beast)
  • Why It Feels Like You Can Communicate with Nature on LSD (VICE)
  • LSD modulates effective connectivity and neural adaptation mechanisms in an auditory oddball paradigm (ScienceDirect)
  • Applying to Law School on LSD (Psymposia)
  • 'It isn't for everyone and I respect that': Byron Bay hipster Mitch Gobel triggers drug debate on social media after comparing 'freedom' to 'LSD' (Daily Mail)
  • NEW: Judge approves hiring expert to determine LSD's role in stabbing death of Leah Marie Adams (The Winchester Star)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Could These Magic Mushrooms Help Improve Our Political Climate? (The Alternative Daily)
  • After marijuana, are magic mushrooms next to be decriminalised in California? (The Guardian)
  • US Mayoral Runner-Up Says Magic Mushrooms Can Help Deal With 'Trump, Brexit' (Sputnik News)


  • New figures show steadily increasing use of cocaine in Auckland, spike in MDMA usage (New Zealand Herald)
  • Killer ecstasy pill warning: These car-themed 'turbo' drugs contain DEADLY MDMA levels (Daily Star)
  • Son of former Chilworth council leader dies of ecstasy overdose (Daily Echo)
  • Lad, 24, found dead in bed by his mum after taking two MDMA tablets at party (The Scottish Sun)


  • Brazil is giving prisoners ayahuasca as part of their rehab (Salon)
  • What Is Ayahuasca? Psychedelic Drug Used by Ancient Religions Is Trendy but Could Have Serious Benefits (Newsweek)
  • Ayahuasca Helped Me Get Over My Divorce (Tonic)
  • Amazon Jungle Drug Could Be Potential Treatment for Depression (Healthline)
  • The day I drank ayahuasca, the illegal brew (The Times)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • 'Legal highs' posing a big challenge to Bengaluru's NCB sleuths (Deccan Chronicle)


  • Ketamine effective as migraine treatment (Healio)
  • Intranasal Ketamine or Fentanyl for Children: Similar Analgesia, Disproportionate Side Effects (Anesthesiology News)
  • Entertainment Outlets Busted For Serving Ketamine-Drug Flavoured Ice Tea Drinks (Malaysian Digest)
  • 'Party drug' may be a lifesaver to many (Boston Herald)
  • Suspect in fatal Springfield fire was naked, high on PCP and claimed 'she was god', arrest report says (MassLive)


  • This Country Could Soon Legalize Cannabis And Opium (High Times)
  • U.S. strikes on Taliban opium labs won't work, say Afghan farmers (Reuters)
  • Bring Back the Opium Den, Say Drug Campaigners (Gizmodo)
  • The Justice Department's New Opioid 'Tools' Are All About Escalating the Drug War (Reason)
  • Management of Suspected Opioid Overdose With Naloxone in Out-of-Hospital Settings: A Systematic Review (Annals of Internal Medicine)


  • Reader: Big Pharma Would Lose Billions If People Knew the Truth About Kratom (Westword)
  • National Expert: No Cases Show Deaths Solely From Coffee-Like Herb Kratom, Which Should Be Handled No Differently Than Other Substances (PR Newswire)
  • Can Kratom Be Patented? (Pain News Network)
  • Oregon's Public Health Officer Says Kratom Buyers Beware (OPB News)
  • If Kratom Sales Are Banned, Advocate Says, Users May Go Back to Heroin (Westword)
  • Locals react to FDA advisory citing kratom dangers (WTSP)
  • Kratom sales continue despite FDA report on dangers (KOIN)


  • Kraving Kava? Carrboro's first kava bar provides a relaxing experience (The Daily Tar Heel)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • What It's Like to Smoke the World's Strongest Psychedelic Toad Venom (VICE)
  • Drug Checking – How People Use It And What Do They Learn (VolteFace)
  • Scientists Have Built a 'Hallucination Machine' For a Drug-Free Brain Trip (ScienceAlert)
  • How Should Plant Medicines Be Regulated? (Chacruna)
  • Transformational Tripping (High Times)
  • The Psychedelic Gospels: Interview with Jerry Brown, Ph.D. (Psychedelic Times)
  • Science Says: Psychedelic Users Less Likely To Commit Violent Crimes (Dance Music Northwest)
  • Can psychedelics help cancer survivors shake death anxiety? (Salon)
  • How Zendo Training Taught Me To Calm Freaked-Out Festival Fans (Leafly)
  • How a little bit of drugs can make your boss a better boss (TNW)
  • Drug Overdoses Claimed More American Lives Than the Vietnam War (ATTN:)
  • Can Psychedelics Make Us More Content? (Big Think)

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.