This Week in Psychedelics - 12.15.17

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  • Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended (NORML)
  • 8 States Let You Smoke Weed, But Massachusetts Might Be the First to Make it Easy (Reason)
  • Could Cannabis Be A Treatment For Dementia? (High Times)
  • Ontario Passes Legislation to Ensure Safe Transition to Federal Cannabis Legalization (Government of Ontario News)
  • WHO Report: No Public Health Problems Attributable To CBD (NORML)
  • California Now Accepting Cannabis License Applications (Leafly)
  • Following marijuana legalization, teen drug use is down in Colorado (The Washington Post)
  • Coffee Shop Wants to Be Denver's First Legal Cannabis Club (Leafly)
  • Broccoli, lifestyle magazine for women who love cannabis (Boing Boing)
  • Cannabis Project Aims To Help Multiple Sclerosis Patients (High Times)
  • With New Cannabis Cafes, You Can Smoke 'Em Where You Bought 'Em (New England Public Radio)
  • Emerald Cup cannabis festival: Better plants, bigger businesses, new rules (The Cannifornian)
  • Stoner Sterotypes Contradict the Truth (ATTN:)
  • These Are the Fastest-Trending Cannabis Products in Every State in 2017 (Leafly)
  • PharmaCann Challenges "Racial Quotas" for Ohio Medical Marijuana Licenses (Reason)
  • Cannabis Crunch – How Alcohol And Opioids Are Falling To Cannabis, Plus Weed Nasal Sprays, Guns In Hawaii (Psychedelic Times)
  • 'It Is Not a Major Public Health Hazard': The Week in Cannabis Quotes (Leafly)
  • Indigent Marijuana Defendants Will Be Covered Under Amended Contract Between Kansas City and Legal Aid of Western Missouri (NORML)
  • Cannabis cultivation may threaten mountain lions of Santa Cruz mountains, scientist says (Santa Cruz Sentinel)


Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Peter Thiel's Unusual Bet on Magic Mushrooms For Treating Depression Is About to Be Tested (Fortune)
  • Counselor Couple Pushes to Legalize 'Magic Mushrooms' in Oregon (Legal Reader)
  • The Secret Psychedelic Mushroom Initiations of Early Christianity: Interview with Jerry Brown (Psychedelic Times)
  • Psychedelic Scientists Put Together the Squarest Psilocybin Playlist Imaginable, On Purpose (Disinfo)


  • Defending MDMA as a Treatment for PTSD (Medscape)
  • How clubbing drug MDMA has left a trail of tragedies in the South West (Plymouth Herald)
  • Two teenagers die tragically thought to have taken MDMA (Devon Live)
  • Warning over ecstasy pills with Ikea and Rolls Royce logos after girl, 16, is left seriously ill (The Sun)


  • Ayahuasca Retreats Gains Phenomenal Popularity Among Spiritual Seekers In USA (MENAFN)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Peyote's Complicated History (Digg)


  • Dying to get clean: is ibogaine the answer to heroin addiction? (The Guardian)
  • The Ibogaine Conversation Pt 4: We are Bwitists and healers in Gabon. Here's what we think of the global interest in iboga. (Psymposia)
  • The Ibogaine Conversation Pt 5: Talking ibogaine research for opioid addiction with Thomas Kingsley Brown (Psymposia)
  • The Ibogaine Conversation Pt 6: Patrick Kroupa, hacker and ex-heroin 'junkie', on microdosing and the medicalization of ibogaine (Psymposia)


  • Ketamine Rapidly Reduces Suicidal Ideation (Medscape)
  • Ketamine provides short term relief from chronic migraine (The Pharmaceutical Journal)
  • My Life as an International Ketamine Smuggler (VICE)
  • Thinking of doing ketamine? Here's what you need to know about the drug that wrecks your bladder (Somerset Live)


  • Watch : U.S. Military Pulverizes $4 Million-Worth of Taliban Opium in Afghanistan (Breitbart)
  • Myanmar sees a 'significant' decrease in opium cultivation (Newstalk)
  • If police use naloxone and someone dies, will they be in trouble? (CBC)


  • From Wormwood Tinctures to Absinthe Mixtures: The Instability of Absinthe in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture (eScholarship)



  • Inside Kratom, the Gas Station Drug That Could End the Opioid Crisis (VICE)
  • FDA Head Tweets New Warning About Kratom (Pain News Network)
  • Despite DEA and FDA warnings over kratom use, substance remains legal for now (The Columbus Dispatch)
  • Getting High on a Thai Tree with Psychoactive Leaves (VICE)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Important Psychedelic Organizations You Should Check Out (Psychedelic Times)
  • States Spent $1.3 Million Drug Testing People on Welfare Last Year, Only 369 Tested Positive (ATTN:)
  • The Government Has Analysed Our Poo To Find Out What Drugs We're All Taking (Junkee)
  • How a Drug-Free School Zone Sent a Tennessee College Student to Prison For 17 Years (Reason)
  • Gnosis Journey: Knowledge of Spiritual Mysteries (The Costa Rica News)
  • Andrew Garfield only takes hallucinogens in 'safe' place (The Gonzaga Bulletin)

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.