This Week in Psychedelics - 2.17.17

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  • Ireland to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes (The Independent)
  • So We Have Attorney General Sessions – What's Next For Marijuana? (NORML)
  • Iowa State University's NORML Chapter Fought Back – and Won – in the 8th Circuit Court (NORML)
  • Cannabis and Legalization: A Practical Guide to Using Marijuana For Therapeutic Purposes (Psychedelic Times)
  • Ganja Could Be Legalised In The Future According To Drugs Suppression Police (Buriram Times)
  • NORML Forms Multi-State Workplace Drug Testing Coalition (NORML)
  • Washington State Destroys 2000 Cannabis Plants and Clones Over $29,000 Tax Delinquency (New Cannabis Ventures)
  • Colorado Releases First-of-Its-Kind Guide to Cannabis Worker Rights, Safety (Leafly)
  • A Catapult on the Mexico Border Was Used to Hurl Drugs Into U.S. (TIME)
  • Colorado Governor Talks Cannabis Colleges in California Capitol (Leafly)
  • Georgia senators to work to slash THC potency in medical cannabis (Online Athens)
  • Leafly Investigation: California Has a Dirty Cannabis Problem (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Isn't Making You Lazy, Your Bad Habits Are (Leafly)
  • Cannabis bouquet delivery service (Boing Boing)
  • Swedish patients given cannabis for chronic pain (The Local)
  • Pop Music and Cannabis: A Romance That Began in the 1930s (Leafly)
  • UK set for cannabis boom as GW Pharma storms ahead (The Telegraph)
  • Los Angeles may finally get cannabis right, and help minorities get a stake in the industry (Los Angeles Times)
  • New Luxury Cannabis Brand Brings Haute High To Consumers (Yahoo! Finance)


  • A neuroscientist explains why Donald Trump needs LSD (Raw Story)
  • The Incredible Story of Albert Hofmann and the Birth of LSD (Merry Jane)
  • LSD to Cure Depression? Not So Fast (The New York Times)
  • Bill Gates once coyly defended LSD use by saying 'I never missed a day of work' (Business Insider)
  • LSD 'microdosing' is trending in Silicon Valley – but can it actually make you more creative? (The Conversation)
  • Misadventures In Tuning In: Considering The Limits Of Music, LSD And Science (NPR)
  • Mick Jagger 'bought country estate while high on LSD' (The Telegraph)
  • Legalize LSD – Drug policy should draw from science instead of culture (Argonaut)
  • Inside the bizarre 1960s cult, The Family; LSD, yoga and UFOs (The Guardian)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms


  • Marriage Is Driving Some To Drugs And It May Not Be A Bad Thing (The Huffington Post)
  • Leaked Police Memo Reveals What Was In Melbourne's Deadly MDMA (EDM Tunes)
  • Two Lovers, Two Doses of MDMA (Inverse)
  • Enough chemicals to make one billion ecstasy pills were seized in the Netherlands (The Outline)
  • Ecstasy and other recreational stimulants tied to heart damage: study (The Globe and Mail)
  • Drug-dealing teenager who supplied MDMA that killed schoolgirl at music festival walks FREE from court (Mirror)


  • The Spiritual and Therapeutic Benefits of Icaros Songs in an Ayahuasca Ceremony (Psychedelic Times)
  • Could The Psychedelic Drug Ayahuasca Cure Depression? (MSN)
  • Re-reading Ayahuasca: Cultural complexities of the vine unpicked (Psychedelic Press UK)
  • Uncommon hallucinogen DMT believed to have been found in Leask (CBC News)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline



  • Taking party drug before combat could reduce PTSD in armed forces, study suggests (Plymouth Herald)
  • Ketamine as Preventative PTSD Drug for Troops Headed Into Battle? Not So Fast (Seeker)
  • More Than a Pound of PCP Seized During Federal Drug Interdiction Investigation (United States Department of Justice)
  • Mother of Terence Crutcher's children arrested after car wreck (Tulsa World)
  • Man On PCP Burglarizes Takoma Park Home: Police (Takoma Park Patch)


  • Proposed bill could charge heroin dealers with murder (KTVB)
  • Rite Aid expands naloxone non-prescription availability in six states (Drug Store News)
  • When failed drug war meets failed real war (Personal Liberty Digest)




  • Banned Khat drug 'pushed underground' in Wales, users say (BBC)
  • Experts settle the debate on Miraa and bedroom matters (
  • Tanzania: Army Man in Police Hands for Transporting Khat (allAfrica)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • The Loudest Critic of Duterte's War on Drugs Is Preparing for Arrest (TIME)
  • Four Ways to Access Psychedelic Therapy Without Using Illegal Substances (Psychedelic Times)
  • Alcohol leads to more violence than other drugs, but you'd never know from the headlines (The Conversation)
  • Psychedelics a Viable Therapeutic Option for Depression (Psychiatry Advisor)
  • Psychedelic Advocacy and The Reality of Truth: Interview with Mike "Zappy" Zapolin (Psychedelic Times)

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.