This Week in Psychedelics - 12.14.18



  • Congress Lifts Longstanding Ban on Hemp Production (NORML)

  • WHO postpones recommendation for rescheduling cannabis at UN summit (Marijuana Business Daily)

  • Smoking Marijuana Actually Improves Working Memory, Study Indicates (Marijuana Moment)

  • There’s a Movement to Legalize Weed Extracts for Kids With Autism (Tonic)

  • UK Lawmakers Reject Marijuana Legalization In House Of Commons Vote (Marijuana Moment)

  • Recreational marijuana could come to New York State in 2019 (NBC News)

  • New Zealand Government Tells Police Not To Prosecute People For Drug Possession (Marijuana Moment)

  • Big Tobacco Is Getting into Cannabis in a Major Way (The Stranger)

  • Nebraska Lawmakers Form Committee To Put Legal Marijuana Before Voters In 2020 (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis is now getting the Instagram museum treatment (Vox)

  • GOP Congressman Wants Marijuana Consumers To Be Able To Legally Purchase Guns (Marijuana Moment)

  • Shoppers Drug Mart granted licence to sell medical marijuana online (CTV News)

  • Former DNC And RNC Chairs Join One Of The World’s Largest Marijuana Companies (Marijuana Moment)

  • Editorial: Medical marijuana is legal in Missouri. So don't punish its legal users. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

  • Chicago Mayor Wants Legal Marijuana Revenue To Fund Pensions (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cigarette Giant Altria Makes Major Investment in Canadian Cannabis Company (Willamette Week)

  • GOP Senator Seeks To Attach Marijuana Reform To Criminal Justice Bill (Marijuana Moment)

  • Why are so many countries now saying cannabis is OK? (BBC)

Magic Mushrooms

  • A Playlist for Psilocybin by Kelan Thomas (Chacruna)

  • Trip of a Lifetime? | The Rise of Magic Mushroom Wellness Retreats (Amuse)

  • The Lemon Tek Method for Faster Psilocybin (Magic) Mushroom Trips (Explore Psychedelics)

  • Editorial: Ballot measure on mushrooms seems premature (Corvallis Gazette-Times)


  • Ecstasy found in kid's food wrapper leads to three arrests at Sonic Drive-In in Taylor (KFDM)

  • Colorado man may have been killed by fentanyl in what he thought was 'MDMA,' family members suspect (Rooster Magazine)

  • Revealed: Plaster and brown sugar being sold as MDMA to festival-goers drug users (Chronicle Live)

  • Treating Veterans with Ecstasy (

  • Benzino Could Go To Prison For 15 Years Over MDMA Pills And THC Gummies (AllHipHop)


  • Amazon Ayahuasca Sustainability Study Conducted by Medicine Hunter, First of its Kind, Answers Questions, Dispels Erroneous Claims (PRWeb)

  • Ayahuasca for Addiction? That's a Trip (Psychology Today)


Synthetic Cannabinoids

  • BBC South East uncovers black market in banned 'legal highs' (BBC)

  • William and Kate told of Spice devastation (BBC)




  • Overdose Deaths Involving Fentanyl Doubled Every Year From 2013 to 2016 (TIME)

  • Google Searches Could Predict Heroin Overdoses (Scientific American)

  • The Strongest Evidence Yet for a Highly Controversial Addiction Treatment (The Atlantic)

  • Fentanyl-related stocks rebound after China-US agreement to strengthen drug management (Global Times)

  • What I Found When I Applied Hundreds of Fentanyl Tests to Philly’s Street Drugs (Filter)

  • Naloxone-Carrying Nurse Says Her Life Insurance Was Denied. She's Not An Opioid Addict (The Daily Caller)

  • America's Top State for Drug Overdoses Is Handing Out Free Naloxone (U.S. News & World Report)

  • ‘Heroin Was My Life Preserver’ (Medium)

  • Afghanistan Hopeful About Replacing Opium Crops With Saffron (Gandhara)

  • Fentanyl: Deadly in Delaware, tops heroin for America's deadliest drug (The News Journal)



  • Thailand To Review Medical Marijuana, Kratom Legalization Proposal (The Fix)

  • Fears About Kratom Use During Pregnancy Are Overblown (Filter)


  • Ethiopia: Khat farming threatens food security, biodiversity, women, and agroforestry (Mongabay)


  • Testing drugs at festivals is ‘a lifesaver’, study finds (The Guardian)

  • Let’s Talk About Psychedelic-Induced Psychosis (Psymposia)

  • Where Trump’s Pick For Attorney General Stands On Drug Policy (Marijuana Moment)

  • Surge in young people going into private addiction clinics as poorer addicts 'pushed into gangs' (The Independent)

  • DEA Agent Arrested For Participating In Decade-Long Narcotics Conspiracy And Providing Firearms To Drug Trafficking Organization (U.S. Department of Justice)

  • Russia Is Punishing People for Helping Drug Users (VICE)

  • The Little-Known Way Pharma Companies Hook People On Their Costly Drugs (TIME)

  • One Part of Australia’s Economy Is Booming: Illegal Drugs (Bloomberg)

  • Seven Ways (Just for a Start) the War on Drugs Violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Filter)

  • Does the Law Require the Drug Czar To Lie About Legalization? (Reason)

  • Ambassadors to Hidden Territories: Set and Setting in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy (Chacruna)

  • Politicians and police are killing young Australians (Crikey)

  • One dead and three critical after suspected drug overdoses at Sydney dance party (The Guardian)

  • A doctor wants to know which drugs you'd like to trip on (Rooster Magazine)

  • Why professionals are taking psychedelic drugs in the workplace (Financial Review)

  • A Guide to Dream Market (Dark Net Market/DNM) (Explore Psychedelics)

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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