This Week in Psychedelics - 1.26.18

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  • Vermont Becomes the Ninth State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana (Reason)
  • Medical Cannabis Protections Extended As Part Of Short Term Federal Budget Agreement (NORML)
  • What The Government Shutdown Means For Marijuana (NORML)
  • Bipartisan Members Of Congress Speak Out Against AG Sessions (NORML)
  • Why marijuana retailers can't use banks (The Economist)
  • Washington DC's Cannabis Market Is Still Untested, Untaxed, and Underground (Leafly)
  • What Is THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin) And What Does It Do? (High Times)
  • New Jersey: New Governor Calls For 'Patients First' Expansion Of State's Medical Cannabis Access Program (NORML)
  • Cannabis Stock Investors Should Pay Attention To The U.S. Federal Policy Change (Forbes)
  • Ontario asks for public's opinion on allowing cannabis lounges as legalization looms (Global News)
  • How a Cannabis Ban Turned One California County Into 'Ground Zero for Chaos' (Leafly)
  • Poll Commissioned by Pot Prohibitionists Shows How Unpopular Pot Prohibition Is (Reason)
  • Why No Gadget Can Prove How Stoned You Are (Wired)
  • The PAX Era Ushers in a New Generation of Cannabis Cartridge Technology (Leafly)
  • Most U.S. Attorneys in States With Legal Pot Don't Seem to Be Planning a Crackdown (Reason)
  • Political Commentator Angela Rye on Ending Systematic Racism in the Marijuana Industry (ATTN:)
  • Cannabis measures make headway in Indiana Legislature (WISH-TV)
  • NORML Activists Take Marijuana Reform Fight to Harrisburg (NORML)
  • A 9-Year-Old Accidentally Shared Her Grandpa's Marijuana Gummies With Her Fifth-Grade Class (TIME)
  • Looking For Inspiring Work? Consider Cannabis Marketing. Here's Why. (Forbes)
  • Re-criminalizing cannabis is worse than 1930s 'reefer madness': Guest opinion (The Oregonian)
  • Leafly Readers Share Their Cleverest Hiding Places for a Cannabis Stash (Leafly)
  • WeedMD Commences the Sale of Cannabis Oil (GlobeNewswire)
  • 'Beyonce Takes THC': The Week in Cannabis Quotes (Leafly)
  • Oregon's marijuana industry showcased at cannabis conference (KGW8)
  • Getting to Know the Glossy Cannabis Lifestyle Magazines on the Market (Leafly)
  • Canadian cannabis firm Aurora in talks to buy both CanniMed and Newstrike: sources (Reuters)
  • Introduction to Growing Cannabis with Aquaponics (Leafly)


Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Psychedelic mushrooms reduce authoritarianism and boost nature relatedness, experimental study suggests (PsyPost)
  • Psilocybin (from magic mushrooms) plus meditation and spiritual training leads to lasting changes in positive traits (Research Digest)
  • Psychedelic Mushrooms Is the Potential Anti-depressant Treatment of the Future (Health Aim)
  • New Psilocybin Research Suggests 'Set and Setting' Are Crucial to Helping Patients Get Better (Reason)


  • The psychedelic renaissance: Can Ecstasy really be used to treat mental illness? (International Business Times)
  • MDMA For PTSD Therapy Enters Final Round of Trials, Could Be Approved In U.S. and Canada By 2021 (Newsweek)
  • From "X" to Rx: Discussing MDMA with Rick Doblin (Psychedelic Frontier)
  • Psychedelic-Psychotherapy-QuickFacts (National Post)
  • Fake ambulance worker exposed when teenager died from ecstasy at illegal rave (Metro)
  • MDMA is Vipassana (Disinfo)
  • Grieving mother, 50, whose daughter, 22, died after taking ecstasy in a 'final fling' to celebrate finishing her exams collects her maths degree in moving ceremony just months after her death (Daily Mail)


  • No reason to believe the pineal gland alters consciousness by secreting DMT, psychedelic researcher says (PsyPost)
  • Acute antidepressant effect of ayahuasca in juvenile non-human primate model of depression. (bioRxiv)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • 'MDMA' warning after 8 Thanet men taken to hospital - with one said to be in a serious condition (The Isle of Thanet News)


  • Can Ketamine Improve 'Electroshock' Therapy? (The Fix)
  • Ketamine could prove useful in treatment of severe social anxiety (PsyPost)
  • Ketamine 'cures' suicidal woman of bipolar and severe depression (Metro)
  • Man faces 5 years for sending PCP to Save the Children (CT Post)


  • Why some US cities are opening safe spaces for injecting heroin (Vox)
  • Tom Petty Died of an Accidental Drug Overdose, Coroner Says (TIME)
  • Study of Postsurgical Patients Shows Addiction to Pain Pills Is Rare (Reason)
  • Scripps researcher developing vaccine to battle heroin addiction (Chron)
  • Philadelphia's Government 'Expresses Interest' in Safe Injection Sites (Reason)
  • Opium cultivation down by 40%, narcotics chief says (The Nation)
  • Chinese Drugmakers Are Getting Opioids Into the U.S. Through the Postal Service (TIME)
  • The Feds Are Willing to Let More Medical Workers Treat Opioid Addicts. Now the States Need to Step Up and Allow It. (Reason)


  • Effective Ways To Deal With Kratom Constipation (Kratom Guides)
  • FDA Warns Promoters of Herbal Addiction Treatments (Pain News Network
  • Kratom: Libertarian Party of Colorado Rips Denver Human Use Ban (Westword)
  • The Controversial Painkiller Known As Kratom (TG Daily)
  • Kratom: substitute for opioids? (KOLO)


  • 'Acute pain, sore muscles, anxiety, and lethargy': Athletes are embracing kava as an alternative to everything from supplements to opioids (Daily Mail)
  • Farmers Keep Potential Buyers At Bay So Yaqona Plants Can Mature Properly (Fiji Sun)
  • Kava maker brings popular Polynesian health drink to America (Daily Mail)


  • What Is Khat? (High Times)
  • Chewing khat leaves increases risk for chronic liver disease (Healio)
  • UK Khat Ban Fails To Stop Contraband Imports (High Times)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Your Sloppy Bitcoin Drug Deals Will Haunt You For Years (Wired)
  • A psychedelic trip could tackle depression in a way that antidepressants can't (Business Insider)
  • The Experience Elicited by Hallucinogens Presents the Highest Similarity to Dreaming within a Large Database of Psychoactive Substance Reports (Frontiers in Neuroscience)
  • Cryptocurrency and Psychedelics: Interview with Brian Normand of Psymposia (Psychedelic Times)
  • We Ate the Acid: A Note on Psychedelic Imagery (The Oak Tree Review)
  • Trump's 24-year-old drug policy appointee was let go at law firm after he 'just didn't show' (The Washington Post)
  • The Office of National Drug Control Policy Is on the Chopping Block Again. Here's Why That's Not a Bad Thing (Reason)
  • Herbal Supplements May Be Dangerous When You Take Certain Prescription Drugs (TIME)
  • How to Use TripSit's 'Guide to Drug Combinations' Chart (Psychedelic Times)
  • Building a Modern Eleusis (Reality Sandwich)
  • Bill aims to introduce driver drug testing for MDMA, cannabis and methamphetamine (
  • Group urges safe use of psychedelic substances (The Kingston Whig-Standard)

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.