This Week in Psychedelics - 12.8.17

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  • Study: Alcohol Sales Fall Following Cannabis Legalization (NORML)
  • Maryland Begins Sales of Medical Marijuana After Delays (TIME)
  • L.A. Just Legalized Recreational Marijuana. Here's When You Can Buy It (TIME)
  • Florida Judge Admits He Made a Mistake Locking up Marijuana Users (ATTN:)
  • U.S. States Tried Decriminalizing Pot Before. Here's Why It Didn't Work (TIME)
  • California's cannabis festivals face uncertain future under new state rules (The Mercury-News)
  • Cannabis linked to bipolar symptoms in young adults (Science Daily)
  • Regenerative Organic Cannabis Farming (High Times)
  • Colorado's Marijuana Profits Continue to Deprive Cartels (ATTN:)
  • An Overview of Cannabis Legalization Driving Politicians Insane (Leafly)
  • 'Cannabis Clubs' Considered By Massachusetts Lawmakers (CBS)
  • Cannabis Crunch – DEA THC Favoritism, California Expunging Pot Offenses, And Italy's Army Weed (Psychedelic Times)
  • Lawyers Walk Fine Line to Navigate State, Federal Cannabis Laws (Leafly)
  • Dallas Marijuana 'Cite & Release' a Half-Assed Measure (Reason)
  • Albania Under Pressure To Catch 'Big Fish' of Cannabis (High Times)
  • Lawlessness on cannabis attracts more tourists in Morocco (Africa News)
  • Delaware Officials Eye Gun Ban for Cannabis Consumers (Leafly)
  • 5 Top Cannabis Stocks to Consider Buying Now (The Motley Fool)
  • High Design: Q&A With a Cannabis Packaging Designer (Leafly)
  • Meet The Herbal Chef, The Man Turning Weed-Infused Food Gourmet (Forbes)
  • 'The Leafly Guide to Cannabis' Is Now Available for Purchase (Leafly)
  • Historic Vapor and Communal Spirit: 5 Takeaways From the Canadian Cannabis Awards (Leafly)


  • New Netflix Documentary Will Explore the CIA's Attempt to Control Minds with LSD (Motherboard)
  • Microdosing LSD: Smart Drug or Placebo? (Sapiensoup Blog)
  • Some Use LSD As Brain Boost, But Dangers Remain (WebMD)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Two Magic Mushroom Studies Suggest Psychedelics Increase Spirituality, Decrease Criminal Behavior (Psychedelic Times)
  • Amanita Muscaria and Psilocybin in Early Christian Art: Interview with Jerry Brown (Psychedelic Times)
  • Group pushes for legal psychedelic mushrooms in Oregon (KATU)
  • This playlist is scientifically curated for your magic mushroom trip (The Daily Dot)
  • COMPASS Pathways Partners With Worldwide Clinical Trials To Conduct World's First Large-Scale Clinical Trials In Psilocybin Therapy For Treatment-Resistant Depression (Clinical Leader
  • FDA Confirms Psilocybin Reduces Risk Of Mindlessly Following Society's Rules Like Fucking Lemming (The Onion)
  • Dude running for mayor in Cali is trying to legalize... magic mushrooms? (Kulture Hub)


  • Linkin Park's Chester Bennington Did Not Take Ecstasy Before He Died (
  • 23-Year-Old Arrested with $40 Million In Pure MDMA (Your EDM)


  • Can Giving Ayahuasca to Prisoners Reduce Recidivism? (Big Think)
  • Yagé: On the Quest for Spiritual Enlightenment in Colombia (The Bogotá Post)


  • The Ibogaine Conversation Pt 1: Ibogaine presents unique challenges in how we approach harm reduction and treat addiction (Psymposia)
  • The Ibogaine Conversation Pt 2: Taking Iboga with the People of Gabon (Psymposia)
  • The Ibogaine Conversation Pt 3: How has Western influence changed the traditional use of iboga in Gabon? We talked to a French guy living there. (Psymposia)


  • Study confirms rapid antidepressant effect of ketamine extends to Taiwanese patients (PsyPost)
  • Down With Depression: Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles Is Saving Lives Using IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy (Digital Journal)
  • Intranasal ketamine or fentanyl for children (American Pharmacists Association)
  • Man found lying in street faces PCP charges (


  • Heroin in Soups and Lollipops: How Drug Cartels Evade Border Security (The New York Times)
  • US General: $50 Million Worth of Taliban Narcotics Destroyed in Afghanistan (Voice of America)
  • Naloxone Safely Reverses Opioid Overdoses in the Field (American Academy of Family Physicians)
  • The Opioid Commission Almost Got Something Right with Their Naloxone Recommendation (Human Rights Watch)
  • It Doesn't Take a Genius to Solve the Opioid Crisis (VICE)
  • Legislators Dust Off Medieval Methods to Address the Opioid Crisis (Reason)
  • Information Gaps Exist about Opioid Antidote Naloxone, Study Says (National Pain Report)
  • Doctors studying psychiatry helped soldiers in Vietnam hooked on heroin (The Buffalo News)
  • Afghan farmers revert to growing opium, sending yields soaring (The National)
  • Drug Users In D.C. Can Now Legally Test Their Dope for Fentanyl. Now How About Over-the-Counter Naloxone? (Reason)
  • Ohio State sells Naloxone kits at student pharmacy (Dayton Daily News)


  • Does Kratom Really Kill? Officials Aren't Telling Us The Whole Story. (HuffPost)
  • What is kratom (mitragyna speciosa)? (Sun Sentinel)
  • Kratom beginning to rival cannabis in controversy over risks, benefits (Standard-Examiner)
  • FDA moves to restrict kratom shipments (WMUR)
  • Push to ban kratom sale to minors in NY (
  • What's Kratom, and Why Are States Banning It? (Governing)
  • Kratom Not the Cause of Yelm Woman's Death (Nisqually Valley News)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Fear of Death? Psychedelics Can Help! (Bedford + Bowery)
  • 'HAMILTON'S PHARMACOPEIA' Traces Peyote's Psychedelic History (VICE)

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.