This Week in Psychedelics - 12.22.17

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  • Legal Pot: Mexico to Sell Space Cakes, Cannabis Drinks and Marijuana Lipsticks (Newsweek)
  • World Health Organization clashes with DEA on marijuana compound CBD (Ars Technica)
  • The Safety of Dabbing: An Honest Terpene Story (Psychedelic Times)
  • Bitcoin offers the cannabis industry an alternative to banks (CNBC)
  • Cannabis ingredient holds promise as antipsychotic medicine (Reuters)
  • Move Over California -- Canada's Opening Its Own $5B Cannabis Market In 2018 (Forbes)
  • DEA Releases Report Citing No Deaths From Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Study: CBD Effective As Adjunctive Therapy For Psychosis (NORML)
  • Mass. Recreational Pot Industry Won't Just Line Pockets Of Big Businesses, Regulators Say (WBUR)
  • Cannabis as a Tool to Fight the Opioid Epidemic (Reality Sandwich)
  • New Policy Lets V.A. Docs Talk to Veterans About Medical Marijuana Use (Reason)
  • An 11-Year-Old Is Suing the Government Over Medical Marijuana Legalization (ATTN:)
  • A marijuana salve won best in show at a cannabis convention this weekend (Boston Globe)
  • Portland Companies are Fighting a Secret Plot to Monopolize Cannabis (The Potlander)
  • Massachusetts May Leap Ahead on Cannabis Cafes (CT Post)
  • Even Without the Rider That Protects Medical Marijuana, a Pot Crackdown Is Unlikely (Reason)
  • These Kids Prove Marijuana Is Medicine (ATTN:)
  • Cannabis and Mental Health: Cause, Cure, or It's Complicated? (Yes) (Leafly)
  • Here's how marijuana does, and doesn't, affect your health (The Mercury News)
  • Universities Are Offering Marijuana Business Classes (ATTN:)
  • This cannabis-infused wine promises to prevent hangovers (Moneyish)
  • A Utah Grandma Explains Why She Gave Her Grandson Medical Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Part 1, Leafly's Faves 2017: Our Strain, Product, and Brand Picks (Leafly)
  • EnviroGrow expands reach in cannabis industry (CT Post)
  • Jury Rejects Damages for Victims of Pot Raid Based on Wet Tea Leaves (Reason)
  • How to Make the Most of Cannabis Plant Count Grow Limits (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Regulators Busy Rolling Out the Rules for Legal Pot (U.S. News & World Report)
  • NORML "Rolls Out" New Rolling Papers (NORML)
  • Cannabis Crunch – Arizona MMJ Battle Ends, Denver Closes 26 Legal Dispensaries And WHO Ok With CBD (Psychedelic Times)


  • How Dock Ellis, Player Who Pitched a No-Hitter on LSD, Is Misremembered (Rolling Stone)
  • Errol Morris talks about teaming up with Netflix to delve into the LSD-laced mystery of a CIA scientist's death (Business Insider)
  • Government staffer's LSD work 'pick-me-up' (NT News)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Santa Is a Psychedelic Mushroom (The New York Times)
  • Are Modern Religions All Modeled Off Amanita Mushroom Trips? (Disinfo)
  • After Cannabis is Legal, Could Magic Mushrooms be Next? (Good Times)
  • 7 mind-bending facts about magic mushrooms (Brinkwire)


  • Anonymous Bitcoin philanthropist donates $1m to prove health benefits of ecstasy (International Business Times)
  • Can the use of MDMA to help treating alcohol addiction make an impact in psychiatric treatment methods? (MIMS)
  • Flamefest raver Steven Graves 'took lethal MDMA dose' (BBC)


  • Ayahuasca Retreats Offers Magical Healing Sessions Based on Sacred Plant Medicine (MilTech)
  • 5-Methoxy-N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT): Patterns of use, motives for consumption, and acute subjective effects (ResearchGate)
  • 'HAMILTON'S PHARMACOPEIA' Digs into the Origins of DMT (VICE)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Huachuma: Healing Medicine For Modern Times (


  • The Ibogaine Conversation Pt 7: Former underground provider, Dimitri Mugianis, on the regulation of ibogaine (Psymposia)
  • The Ibogaine Conversation Pt 8: How Not to Do Ibogaine 101 with Juliana Mulligan (Psymposia)
  • The Avante Institute Pioneers Ibogaine Plant-Based Therapy for Addiction in a Beautiful and Tropical Environment in the Bahamas (Digital Journal)
  • Johnny Tabaie Explains How the Holistic Sanctuary Got a 90% Addiction Recovery Rate (Newswire)


  • Ketamine Relieved Suicidal Thoughts Within Hours in Hospital Study (Gizmodo)
  • Who Laced The Titanic Cast's Chowder With The Hallucinogen, PCP? (Refinery29)
  • Synthesis of methoxetamine, its metabolites and deuterium labelled analog as analytical standards and their HPLC and chiral capillary electrophoresis separation (Royal Society of Chemistry)
  • Oklahoma City woman believed to have passed out on PCP arrested for child neglect (KFOR)


  • Experimental Heroin Vaccine Triggers the Immune System So Mice Can't Get High (Gizmodo)
  • Tech Alone Can't Solve the Opioid Crisis (Wired)
  • Why is Big Pharma Raising Prices on Naloxone? (The Fix)
  • What's the Difference Between Opiates and Opioids? (Pain News Network)
  • Afghanistan has Reached a Record on the Production of Opium Poppy (Novinite)
  • The Opium Wars still shape China's view of the west (The Economist)
  • Vermont's U.S. Attorney Says Injection Sites Encourage Illegal Drug Use. The Research Shows She's Wrong. (Reason)


  • Findings suggest kratom's potential to treat opioid addiction (Medical Xpress)
  • Kratom: An old plant sparks a new challenge (Capital Gazette)
  • Why Banning Kratom May Make the Opioid Epidemic Even Worse (MSN)
  • Polis asks FDA to lift public health warning on Kratom (Jared Polis)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Gordon Wasson's Hidden Ties to the Vatican: Interview with Jerry Brown (Psychedelic Times)
  • Ben Carson Admits War on Drugs Conflicts with War on Poverty (Reason)
  • Microdosing LSD and Mushrooms: Guide To A Better Life (Psychedelics Daily)
  • These Ten Foods Can Trigger Hallucinations if Over-Consumed (Netralnews)

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.