This Week in Psychedelics - 1.8.16

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  • The Federal Ban on Medical Marijuana Was Not Lifted (Reason)
  • Marijuana Legalization in U.S. Cuts Mexican Pot Profits by 70 Percent (Breitbart News)
  • Canada and Mexico Must Prove Case With United Nations Before Legalizing Marijuana (High Times)
  • How Does Depression Impact Your Sex Life, and Can Cannabis Help? (Leafly)
  • Drug Investigator Caught Smuggling $2 Million Worth of Pot (TIME)
  • Study: Consumers Infrequently Combine Marijuana And Alcohol (NORML)
  • Sister Act-ivists: Cannabis-growing 'nuns' campaign to save their crop (RT)
  • First Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in New York Are Poised to Open (The New York Times)
  • Cannabis Industry Working to Become More Energy Efficient (High Times)
  • Dog Sniffs Out $400,000 Worth of Marijuana Hidden In Broccoli Shipment (TIME)
  • Georgia Lawmaker Files Medical Cannabis Cultivation Bill (Fox 5)
  • NY Patients Can Now Register For Medical Marijuana Program, But Good Luck Finding A Recommendation (
  • Cannabis church holds job fair for medical marijuana industry (News3LV)
  • The Benefits Of Medical Cannabis: An Interview With Dr. Allan Frankel (
  • Mental Health Practitioner says marijuana helps symptoms of PTSD (KOB4)
  • 'Cannabis for kids' legislation filed (Indianapolis Star)
  • Judge Dismisses Lawsuit by Credit Union Trying to Serve the Marijuana Industry (Reason)
  • Colorado Celebrates Pot Legalization Anniversary: Massive Drop in Arrests and Millions in Revenue (Truthout)
  • Ben Carson Wants Rescheduling but Not Marijuana Legalization (ATTN:)
  • World Famous Cannabis Cafe stays open despite new clean air provisions (The Oregonian)
  • New PSA urges action on growing medical marijuana in-state (11 Alive)
  • Cannabis Credit Union Loses Case Against Fed Reserve Bank (Forbes)
  • Calm Down, East Coast: Cannabis "Shatter" Media Coverage Woefully Overstates Its Dangers (Leafly)
  • A Look at Georgia's Proposed Medical Marijuana Law and How Things Will Change if it is Passed (GeorgiaCannabis)
  • All Smoke Is Not Created Equal (NORML)
  • Inside NYC's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary (Gothamist)
  • 10 Ways to Use Cannabis for Better Health in the New Year (High Times)
  • How I Recovered From A Head Injury With The Help Of Cannabis Oil (
  • Alaska Groups Give Free Cannabis to Severely Ill and Veterans (High Times)
  • Continuing Efforts to Legalize Marijuana Lounges in DC (
  • An Australian Family Rents an Airbnb That Turns Out to Be a Drug Den (TIME)
  • One Mom's Race to Legalize Medical Cannabis in Her State and Potentially Save Her Daughter's Life (AlterNet)
  • NORML's Legislative Roundup January 8th, 2016 (NORML)
  • Mexican Marijuana Farmers Are Losing Profits in Light of U.S. Legalization (ATTN:)
  • Canada Needs Permission From International Treaties to Legalize Marijuana, Says New PM Justin Trudeau (Reason)
  • Despite Tight Timeline, New York's Medical Cannabis Industry Launches on Schedule (Marijuana Business Daily)
  • Trudeau Warned That Marijuana Legalization Would Violate Global Treaties (Right Relevance)
  • Step inside New York City's marijuana black market in the era of legalization (Crain's New York Business)
  • These Nuns Are Growing Marijuana for the Best Reason (ATTN:)
  • Christmas Island medical cannabis plan: community expresses concern (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • How cannabis farms are becoming the criminals' drug trade of choice (Liverpool Echo)
  • The Best Cannabis Strains for Wintertime Activities (Leafly)
  • Police: Fire in Berlin flat uncovers 160 cannabis plants (News24)


  • The man who took LSD – and didn't come down for 30 years (Metro)
  • First LSD scene in cinema, the Tingler 1959 (The Daily Psychedelic Video)
  • Hashish trail leads Delhi cops to international LSD cartel (The Economic Times)
  • Man Arrested After Police Says He Was Attempting To Sell LSD (WBIW)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms


  • What's Actually in the Ecstasy Sold in Your Country (ATTN:)
  • How MDMA Affects the Brain (ATTN:)
  • Five U.K. Ravers Hospitalized After Taking Lethal Ecstasy Pills (Your EDM)
  • Kids Company psychologist admits taking MDMA while with vulnerable children (ITV News)
  • Agony and ecstasy: the war veterans trying MDMA treatment (The Guardian)
  • Field Day Sydney: Party girl out of danger after suspected drug overdose (The Daily Telegraph)
  • Ecstasy coma girl Amy Thomson battles through severe pain as she tries to walk again (Scottish Daily Record)
  • Mum of Ecstasy teenager who died after New Year's Eve party said he'd never done drugs before (Mirror)
  • Friends of MDMA death teenager took his friends to hospital bed (STV)
  • Man, 36, arrested in Darwin after police uncover ecstasy parcel (NT News)
  • Ecstasy teen's death second tragedy for friends two years after pal killed in bus accident (Mirror)
  • Teenager, 16, left brain damaged after taking just one Ecstasy pill takes first painful steps out of her wheelchair (Daily Mail)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • An Interview with Maxwell Wieland: The Power of the Psychedelic San Pedro Cactus and Wachuma (Psychedelic Times)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • ISIS Terrorists Did Not Take Captagon or Any Other Drugs Before the Paris Attacks (Reason)
  • 'Liquid ecstasy' drug hospitalizes two people in Auckland brothel incident (AucklandNOW)
  • Kennewick man gets 8-month sentence for mailing psychedelic drug to friend (Tri-City Herald)


  • WHO Opposes Global Control of Ketamine (The Horse)
  • The Club Drug Ketamine Might Be the Ultimate Anti-Depressant (Inverse)
  • How Ketamine Infusions Saved My Life (Motherboard)
  • Woman Shares Her Experience Undergoing Ketamine Injections for Depression (MSN)
  • Police: One man accused of nudity, another had suspected PCP (NWI Times)
  • Police: Man high on PCP caused crash on I-70, fought troopers at hospital (Frederick News Post)
  • DRI busts party drug factory; seizes contraband worth Rs 2.5 cr (The Chandigarh Tribune)
  • Thatcham man's face was caked in ketamine, court told (Newbury Today)
  • Can Ketamine Injections Cure Treatment-Resistant Depression? (MSN)


  • This Drug Can Reverse Heroin Overdoses – & It's Now Over The Counter (Refinery29)
  • Republicans in Congress ended the decades-long funding ban on needle exchange programs (Vox)
  • Heroin-related deaths were 'still rampant' during 2015 (Reading Eagle)
  • 'Hollywood' heroin is a lethal batch (Boston Herald)
  • Could accused "Hollywood" heroin dealers face manslaughter charges? (WWLP)
  • How to Survive the Heroin Epidemic (The Daily Beast)
  • Florida Man Delivers Heroin-Stuffed Burrito to Hospital (Eater)
  • Police investigating heroin death of 1-year old girl in Provo (KSL)
  • Maine governor blames heroin epidemic on men named 'D-Money,' claims his theory has nothing to do with race (New York Daily News)
  • Vancouver opium dealer sentenced to three years in prison (The Georgia Straight)
  • After Decades, Congress Effectively Lifts Ban On Federally Funded Needle Exchanges (BuzzFeed News)


  • Absinthe now available at P.E.I. distillery for adventurous drinkers (CBC)


  • Kratom, an Addict's Alternative, Is Found to Be Addictive Itself (The New York Times)
  • Why Do We Use Kratom? Kratom Effects at Higher and Lower Doses (Kratom Guides)
  • Heroin Addicts are Flocking to Controversial Treatment (ATTN:)
  • A Testimonial about Kratom (Cato Institute)
  • US Marshals seize dietary supplements containing kratom (FDA)
  • People are flocking to Florida bars for a legal but dangerous drug (Business Insider)
  • Popular Legal High Kratom Helps Addicts Treat One Addiction By Replacing It With Another (Medical Daily)
  • Kratom, legal in Texas, seized by feds in Illinois (KXAN)
  • The government just seized 90,000 bottles of a supplement containing a legal heroin-like drug (Business Insider)
  • Choice for addicts can supply aid, and typically a relapse (The Times)
  • Boyer to New York Times: Beware of kratom (News from the University of Massachusetts)
  • Bali Kratom – A Wonderful Mental Strain (Kratom Guides)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • How the DEA Profits off the War on Drugs (ATTN:)
  • The most convincing argument for legalizing LSD, shrooms, and other psychedelics (Vox)
  • Surgeon General Announces Review of Federal Drug Policies (
  • 7 of 2015's Most Outrageous Killings by the Drug War Police (AlterNet)
  • More Than 47,000 Americans Died of Drug Overdose in 2014, Setting Record (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids)
  • Drugs policies and electronic music culture (Resident Advisor)
  • Mexico's drug war reverses trend of rising male life expectancy, study finds (The Guardian)
  • How to Make Drug Taking Better in 2016 (VICE)
  • Research into psychedelics, shut down for decades, is now yielding exciting results... (Ukiah Community Blog)
  • Yale Medical School Professors Are Starting a Psychedelic Meetup (Motherboard)
  • Psychoactive Soundscapes: The Trippiest Albums of 2015 (Disinformation)
  • Should Tea Leaves Give Probable Cause for Drug Raids? (Reason)
  • Illicit drugs work better with classical (San Diego Reader)
  • New psychedelic science group forms at Yale (Yale School of Medicine)
  • Drug Paraphernalia Laws in the U.S. (ATTN:)
  • GAO: Army should monitor PTSD prescriptions more carefully (Stars and Stripes)
  • Jeb Bush Pens an Emotional Essay on His Family's Struggle With Drug Addiction (TIME)
  • A Book of Art and Essays Explores Psychedelics as a Spiritual Technology (Hyperallergic)
  • Psychedelic Spiritual Experience—An Integral View (Reality Sandwich)
  • William A Richards, Sacred Knowledge: 'Turn on, tune in, see God', book review (The Independent)
  • Visit to Godenholm by Ernst Jünger: A Story of Esoteric Psychedelic Initiation involving Albert Hofmann (Psychedelic Press UK)

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.