This Week in Psychedelics - 2.16.18

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  • New Federal Legislation To Protect Legal Marijuana States And Businesses (NORML)
  • Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended, Again (NORML)
  • Marijuana sales overtake alcohol in US city for first time (The Independent)
  • Girl Scout sells 300 cookie boxes in six hours after setting up outside cannabis shop (The Telegraph)
  • Cannabis Cleans Up Nuclear Radiation And Toxic Soil (Disinfo)
  • Fox News: Support for Cannabis Legalization at Record High (Leafly)
  • To Placate Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Blocks Medical Marijuana Exports (Reason)
  • DAs Making it Easier to Clear California Cannabis Convictions (Leafly)
  • Lawsuit Argues That Feds' Cannabis Ban Violates Our Constitutional Rights (Forbes)
  • For the legal cannabis trade, some new wrinkles: Older users (Los Angeles Times)
  • Can Olympic Athletes Use Cannabis? Officially No, But... (Leafly)
  • Dream catchers, succulents and joints: a visit to an LA cannabis shop (The Guardian)
  • Prosecutors ask pot regulators to hold off on cannabis cafes (Concord Monitor)
  • Warner Robins athlete C.J. Harris controls seizures with cannabis oil (WMAZ)
  • Federal Judge To Hear Arguments Wednesday In Legal Fight Challenging The Constitutionality Of Marijuana's Illicit Status (NORML)
  • White House Official Resigns Over Cannabis Use 5 Years Ago (Leafly)
  • Berkeley declares itself a sanctuary city for recreational pot (CNN)
  • Cannabis and Romance: It's Complicated (The Portland Mercury)
  • How to Invest in Canada's Coming Legal Cannabis Boom (Leafly)
  • Travel Writer and Television Host Rick Steves Briefed Congress On Marijuana Policy (NORML)
  • Members-only cannabis club opens for business (KOAT)
  • Shopify + Cannabis = Upside (Seeking Alpha)
  • Growing Cannabis Use by Patients Needs to be Matched by Counseling and Awareness of Risks, Report Says (Fibromyalgia News Today)
  • New cannabis products highly potent, pose mental health risks (Science Daily)
  • Growing a book of business in the cannabis market (Employee Benefit Advisor)


  • Neuroimaging study helps explain why LSD makes the familiar seem more surprising (PsyPost)
  • Silicon Valley Is On LSD, And The Government Is Holding Them Back (71 Republic)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion (Quartz)
  • Running Away or Righting The Way: Is Psilocybin a Viable Psychiatric Treatment? (MD Magazine)


  • MDMA-assisted psychotherapy being used to treat eating disorders (The Independent)
  • REPORT: Hip-Hop Lyrics Glorifying "Molly" Have Heavily Influenced MDMA Use (Your EDM)
  • Why ecstasy in the U.S. is getting more dangerous by the day (Big Think)
  • After Dropping Bannon, The Mercers Are Looking Into Dropping Ecstasy (Fast Company)


  • 9 thoughts i had while taking ayahuasca (MTV)


  • Doctors using ketamine for treatment of depression (FOX 5 DC)
  • Anesthesia drug ketamine may fight depression by muzzling 'bursting' brain cells (Science Magazine)
  • Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles is the Leading Clinic Specializing Exclusively in IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Depression and Other Mood Disorders (Digital Journal)


  • OxyContin Maker Will Stop Promoting Opioids to Doctors (TIME)
  • Plans for heroin to be prescribed to addicts in West Midlands (The Guardian)
  • Controversial program gives 'prescription' heroin to users to shoot up (KING5)
  • Naloxone, the medicine helping fight the opioid crisis, explained (Vox)
  • Afghanistan's First Female Coders Designed a Videogame to Protest Opium Production (Paste)
  • Can cannabis save us from the opioid crisis? (KPCC)
  • Heroin vaccine blocks lethal overdose (Science Daily)


  • FDA Informed Consumer Of The Kratom About Its Adverse Effects On Health (Talk Herald)
  • Should We Care That Kratom is Classified as an Opioid? (Healthline)
  • FDA's war on kratom could worsen opioid crisis (Nation of Change)
  • Denver Slapped for Trying to Destroy Kratom From Store Targeted Under Ban (Westword)
  • Understanding The Kratom Potential Benefits, Risks, And Current Scientific Studies (Kratom Guides)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Inside the Mind of Amanda Feilding, Countess of Psychedelic Science (Wired)
  • The Long, Strange History of Psychotropic Drugs in America (VICE)
  • 3 Reasons Why Governments Ignore Scientific Advice on Drug Use (Science Alert)
  • Stossel: Silk Road Founder Jailed, Drug Sales Go Up (Reason)
  • A trip to hell to cure depression? Psychedelics as psychiatry with Adam Laidler (The Mancunion)

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.