This Week in Psychedelics - 12.16.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • New DEA Rule Says CBD Oil is Really, Truly, No-Joke Illegal (Leafly)
  • Federal Marijuana Protections Extended Through April, But Face an Uncertain Future (NORML)
  • Marijuana Is Harder Than Ever for Younger Teens to Find (U.S. News and World Report)
  • Six States That Could Legalize Marijuana Next (ATTN:)
  • The Major Way Israel Is Putting America to Shame on Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Mexico's Senate Passes Medical Cannabis Bill in Landslide Vote (Leafly)
  • Cannabis museum celebrates legal weed in Uruguay (AZ Central)
  • Massachusetts: Over a Century Of Cannabis Criminalization Comes to an End (NORML)
  • Do Animals Benefit From Medical Cannabis? (Weed News)
  • How The Medical Cannabis Program Helps My PTSD (Weed News)
  • What Happens When You Stop Smoking Weed (ATTN:)
  • Seattle cannabis shop sells pet-friendly pot products (KOMO News)
  • How Cannabis Incubators Help Budding Marijuana Startups Grow Into Booming Businesses (Los Angeles Weekly)
  • Canadian Government's Legal Marijuana Task Force Releases Recommendations (NORML)
  • Portland tries to make life easier for cannabis businesses (Portland Business Journal)
  • Colorado Cannabis Shops Hit $1-Billion In Sales (Civilized)
  • Pot task force recommends legal cannabis sales be limited to users 18 and over (CBC)
  • The end of an era in cannabis prosecutions? (Arutz Sheva)
  • Marijuana Side Effects: Regular Cannabis Use Affects Vision And Eye's Retina, Study Finds (Medical Daily)
  • Cannabis used to alleviate pain (Isle of Man Today)


Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Renowned Clinical Pharmacologist Talks Magic Mushrooms & Their Therapeutic Value (Collective Evolution)
  • Psilocybin Mushrooms Shown to Alleviate Both Depression & Anxiety in Cancer Patients (Dr. Axe)
  • How Magic Mushrooms Affect Depression (ATTN:)


  • The Altered State of Medicine: Pros and Cons of Treating PTSD With MDMA Psychotherapy (Psychedelic Times)
  • FDA Approves Stage 3 Medical Trials For MDMA (Dance Music Northwest)
  • Ecstasy sold in US is less pure and more dangerous than in Europe, experts warn (The Guardian)
  • Nearly 60% of All Ecstasy Sold in the US is Not Pure (THUMP)
  • MDMA criminalization delayed research on drug's benefits: Sal Rodriguez (Los Angeles Daily News)
  • Number Of Ecstasy-Related Deaths In The UK At Highest Level In Ten Years (Your EDM)
  • Ecstasy 'teddy bear' pills: Cops' DEADLY warning as teen dies after Warehouse Project (Daily Star)
  • 'I woke up with wires and tubes everywhere' Ecstasy pill teen talks of drug hell which left her in coma (Scottish Daily Record)
  • 'The world has lost one amazing girl': Rugby club boss' agony as his beautician daughter, 19, dies after taking 'teddy bear' Ecstasy pills at an all-night rave (Daily Mail)
  • Teenager dies after taking ecstasy (The Independent)


  • Why Ayahuasca Is a New Age Spiritual Scam (Highsnobiety)
  • Sting takes powerful psychedelic to rehearse for death (New Magazine)


  • Party Drug/Cat Tranquilizer Ketamine Is a Great Antidepressant (Motherboard)
  • Ketamine trial led by Melbourne doctors key to cut lingering pain (Herald Sun)
  • PCP's powerful cousin: 3 things cops need to know about TCP (
  • Down the K-hole: How Ketamine Became Tel Aviv's Drug of Choice (Harretz)
  • My Ketamine Journeys, or Ketamine and the Enchantment of Other Worlds (Reality Sandwich)
  • Dr. Steven Reichbach Opens Only Ketamine Infusion Therapy Center In Sarasota-Manatee Area (Sarasota Post)
  • Philadelphia Ketamine Clinic Offers New Depression Treatment That Works in Hours! (Digital Journal)
  • Bridgeport man on PCP who shouted 'I love ISIS' gets prison for injuring others in crashes (The Times Herald)
  • Man high on PCP punches cop: Police (PennLive)


  • America risks losing the war on terror in Afghanistan unless it legalizes the opium trade (Quartz)
  • Heroin Overdoses Now Kill More in US Than Gun Homicides, CDC Says (Voice of America)
  • Heroin-Related Deaths Rise As Heroin Use Falls (Reason)
  • Make heroin available on prescription, official UK drug advisers say (The Guardian)
  • Fentanyl is not a problem. Drug laws are the problem. (American Thinker)
  • Mexican army faces uphill battle against opium poppies (MSN)
  • Naloxone is now mandatory in all B.C. rehab centres (CBC News)
  • DEA: Heroin Haul Largest Ever in Afghanistan, 'if Not the World' (ABC News)
  • Drug in the times of demonetisation: Chocolate spiked opium is cashless city's new high (India Today)
  • Problems Associated with the Rising Costs of Naloxone and Plausible Solutions (Pharmacy Times)
  • Lethal synthetic 'super heroin' triggers 1st Cook County overdose death (Chicago Tribune)
  • Digging Deeper Into North Carolina's Statewide Standing Order Of Naloxone (WFMY)
  • Utah pharmacists can now dispense naloxone without a prescription (Gephardt Daily)
  • The rising price of naloxone -- risks to efforts to stem overdose deaths (American Pharmacists Association)
  • Sharp Rise in Drug Withdrawal Symptoms in Rural-Born Babies (TIME)


  • How the Social Aspect of Traditional Kambo Ceremonies Creates Bonding and Helps Treat Addiction (Psychedelic Times)
  • Kambo In the West: Balancing Western Applications With Tribal Knowledge (Psychedelic Times)




  • Oman crime: ROP personnel foil bid to smuggle khat (Times of Oman)
  • Norwegian drug mule caught at Dublin Airport with suitcases of khat (Sunday World)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • What Are The Medical Benefits of Psychedelics? (VICE)
  • For the Health Seeker, Micro-Dosing Psychedelics May be the Secret (EcoSalon)
  • Cliff Roth's OG viral video: The Reagans Speak Out on Drugs (Boing Boing)
  • These Harmless-Looking Patches Reveal a Problem With Our Police Culture (ATTN:)
  • Colombia's President Urges Drug Peace While Accepting Nobel Peace Prize (Reason)
  • This Hallucinogenic Honey from Nepal Costs Hundreds of Dollars per Pound (The Daily Meal)
  • Mexico quietly marks 10 years of drug war (
  • White Americans Are Twice as Likely to Take Psychiatric Drugs as Other Racial Groups (TIME)
  • Ending journalism's bad trip – why it's important to communicate responsibly about the health effects of psychedelic drugs (Health News Review)
  • How to Get High on the Nutmeg You Bought for Eggnog (Inverse)
  • These are the European cities that use the most drugs (based on their toilet water) (
  • The psychedelic era goes modern (The Daily Aztec)
  • The Fighter: How Leila de Lima Ended Up Leading the Opposition to Rodrigo Duterte's Drug War (TIME)
  • Tripping the comedy fantastic this weekend (The Daily Iowan)

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 (and other psychoactives) are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.