This Week in Psychedelics - 1.22.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • Study: Alcohol, Tobacco Typically Precede Marijuana Use (NORML)
  • Landmark Cannabis Case in Costa Rica Could Lead to Decriminalization (High Times)
  • Poll: Majority Of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana (NORML)
  • Twin Study: Marijuana Use Has No Direct Effect On IQ (NORML)
  • What Marijuana Does to Migraines (ATTN:)
  • Why The Cocaine Capital of the World Wants in on the Cannabis Biz (Fortune)
  • Kosher Pot? Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Health Minister to Revolutionize Cannabis (Breitbart News)
  • Rand Paul Says Pot Prohibition Should Be Replaced (Reason)
  • Italy chills out over medical cannabis cultivators (Yahoo! News)
  • Study: Cannabis Oil Mitigates Symptoms Of Alzheimer's-Induced Dementia (NORML)
  • Nice Day for a Weed Wedding: We Went to Colorado's First Cannabis Wedding Expo (Broadly)
  • Israel's Cannabis Industry Blazes Ahead (TechCrunch)
  • The Rebranding of Reefer: Savvy Startups Work to Class Up Cannabis and Fight the Stoner Stigma (AdvertisingAge)
  • NORML's Legislative Round Up January 22nd, 2016 (NORML)
  • Nosy Neighbors Tell Colorado to Stop Regulating Pot (Reason)
  • Iowans need access to cannabis now (The Des Moines Register)
  • NWI to host first Cannabis Business Workshop (NWI Times)
  • Here Are the Marijuana Strains You Need to Treat Your Disorder (ATTN:)
  • Grandparents call in lawyers to get terminally ill child medical cannabis (Radio New Zealand)
  • Israel seeks to let general practitioners prescribe cannabis (The Times of Israel)
  • Cannabis Community Split As Kansas Hemp Oil Bill Gains Momentum (KCUR)
  • GAA coach convicted for possessing €5,000 of cannabis herb (Breaking News)
  • Browns Plains drug bust: $2m of cannabis found in home (Brisbane Times)
  • Medical Marijuana Merchant Faces at Least Five Years for Bad Timing and 'High-Roller Lifestyle' (Reason)
  • Teens who use cannabis at risk of schizophrenia (Medical News Today)


  • Lawsuit exposes horror story: Cops sicced K9 on man and left him hogtied face down until he died (Raw Story)
  • Meet Lucy, where chaos becomes clarity (The Pioneer)
  • LSD simulator? Dhalsim music video may be more than you can handle (Event Hubs)
  • UNF student overdosed on LSD, boyfriend arrested for intent to sell (WJAX)
  • 3 people in Omaha report they overdosed on LSD (
  • Lockport man admits to LSD possession (The Buffalo News)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Cedar City man arrested for allegedly cultivating, distributing psychedelic mushrooms (St George News)


  • Give Me Your Love review - the ecstasy and agony (The Guardian)
  • Texas police warn of ecstasy pills that look like candy (KHOU)
  • MDMA madness: Teenage pill poppers clogging the courts (Herald Sun)
  • MMA champion Darren Towler jailed after more than 2,000 ecstasy tablets found stashed in car (Mirror)
  • Robbinsville pair found with 50 tabs of MDMA, police say (
  • Teen charged after 100 ecstasy capsules seized in Bonnyrigg (Daily Telegraph)
  • British man weeps in court as he pleads guilty and faces life in an Australian jail after trying to smuggle 2kg of ecstasy hidden in tins of BATH SALTS (Daily Mail)


  • My Experience Drinking Ayahuasca With American War Veterans (The Huffington Post)
  • Canadian man who killed British man in Peru fears trial (Thai Visa News)
  • Bali Police seize package of hallucinogenic drugs, was declared to Customs as $10 coffee (Coconuts Bali)


  • São Paulo Government Opens The Door For Prescription Ibogaine Treatment (

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals


  • Scientists seek fast-acting anti-depressant, from ketamine to laughing gas (STAT
  • Cris Carter speculates Chandler Jones smoked PCP (NBC Sports)
  • Experimental compound mimics antidepressant effects of ketamine in mice (The Pharmaceutical Journal)
  • Parents Charged After Toddler Swallows PCP-Laced Cigarette (NBC Chicago)
  • Rapastinel (GLYX-13) Shown to Improve Ketamine or PCP-Induced Cognitive Impairment in Mice (Pipeline Review)
  • New Haven Child Ingests PCP (Hartford Courant)


  • 7 Habits to Help Overcome Heroin Addiction (The Huffington Post)
  • B.C. supports federal push to make overdose drug naloxone available without prescription (CBS News)
  • London Art Fair organisers seemingly duped by 'Lord Byron's opium pipe' on sale for more than £1m (The Independent)
  • Campaign against opium cultivation in Dumka (The Times of India)
  • Naloxone: What you need to know (The Citizens' Voice)
  • Taliban drive to re-take Afghan opium heartland (World War 4 Report)
  • China Busts 35 Restaurants Using Opium Poppies as Seasoning (ABC News)


  • Violently Purging Frog Poison - My Experience With Kambô Medicine (High Existence)


  • Why Banning the Controversial Painkiller Kratom Could Be Bad News for America's Heroin Addicts (VICE)
  • Undercover buy prompts end to sale of "Kratom" in Saran Lake (North Country Public Radio)
  • Beware of Imported Kratom Leaf (The Legal Examiner)
  • Green Vein Kratom – Benefits, Side-Effects and Dosage (Kratom Guides)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Are We Entering a Modern Renaissance of Psychedelic Research (Psychedelic Times)
  • 40 Secrets & Tips for an Extraordinary Psychedelic Experience (High Existence)
  • DEA Promised TSA Agent a Cut of Passengers' Seizable Cash (Reason)
  • Higher Dimensional Vs. Lower Dimensional Drugs (Disinfo)
  • El Chapo Shows the Folly of the War on Drugs (TIME)
  • '4-Hour Workweek' Author Tim Ferriss Campaigns In Support Of Psychedelic Research (
  • Can Psychedelics Be Used as a Treatment for Mental Disorders? (Psychedelic Times)
  • Q&A: Stewart Brand Revists the Trips Festival, 50 Years Later (KQED)
  • Breaking Convention's First Annual Psychedelic Research Awards (Psychedelic Press UK)
  • These Psychedelic GIFs Show the Future of Brain Mapping (Motherboard)

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.