This Week in Psychedelics - 2.23.18

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  • Meta-Analysis: Studies Refute Claims That Medical Cannabis Access Encourages Teen Use (NORML)
  • Philadelphia: District Attorney To Cease Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Offenders (NORML)
  • California Sends 'Several Hundred' Warning Letters to Unlicensed Cannabis Businesses (Leafly)
  • Should employers keep testing workers for pot? (CBS News)
  • 'I'm a pot evangelist': meet America's dope queens (The Guardian)
  • Green Rush: How Cannabis Legalization Will Impact California (Visual Capitalist)
  • Government refuses medical cannabis to six-year-old epileptic boy who had 3,000 seizures in a year (The Independent)
  • Keeping medical cannabis from children is callous, and foolish (The Guardian)
  • California: Alameda County District Attorney To Vacate Thousands Of Past Marijuana Convictions (NORML)
  • Admitting You Smoked Pot Can Get You Bounced From White House Job (Reason)
  • Doctors warn against rush to prescribe medicinal cannabis (The Guardian)
  • How Can Cannabis Retailers Implement Sustainable Practices? (Leafly)
  • Less than 1% of California's cannabis growers have state licenses because regulations are too expensive, prohibitive (San Francisco Business Times)
  • Can You Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome With Cannabis? (High Times)
  • 9 Things We Learned From Al Harrington's 'The Concepts of Cannabis' Documentary (Leafly)
  • I shouldn't be criminalised for using cannabis to ease my constant pain (The Guardian)
  • 7 Cannabis Edibles that Changed the Game (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Winners And Losers In Manitoba And Quebec (Seeking Alpha)
  • What Are Feminized Cannabis Seeds? (Leafly)
  • No cannabis events or sales at O.C. fairgrounds, Fair Board decides (Los Angeles Times)
  • Dear Abby Tells It Like It Is: The Week in Cannabis Quotes (Leafly)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Clinical Interpretations of Patient Experience in a Trial of Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy for Alcohol Use Disorder (Frontiers)


  • How ecstasy and magic mushrooms can be used in medicine (Pharmacy News)
  • Teenage clubber Michael Trueman died after taking ecstasy at Rainbow Venues (Birmingham Live)
  • Norwegian man dies following an MDMA overdose while on trip to Essex (Echo)
  • MDMA madness: Two more teenagers hospitalised (The Copenhagen Post)
  • Ecstasy or candy? Wendover Police warning parents (FOX13)


  • The brutal mirror: What an ayahuasca retreat showed me about my life. (Vox)
  • The Psychedelic Tale of Terence McKenna's Forgotten Music About DMT (Noisey)
  • Interview: 'The Shaman and The Scientists' Director Sarah Hutt on Her New Documentary (Outer Places)


  • How ketamine relieves depression by suppressing the brain's "anti-reward" center (New Atlas)
  • Patients angry ketamine treatment trial to end (Otago Daily Times)
  • 'Ketamine saved my life': Users claim depression relief from the controversial drug (Dancing Astronaut)


  • The Opioid Diaries (TIME)
  • Inside the Mexican towns that produce America's heroin (The Washington Post)
  • Police officers take on a bigger role in the fight against opioid deaths (The Sacramento Bee)
  • Fentanyl found in majority of heroin, opioid-related overdoses in 2017 (The Baltimore Sun)
  • Mexican cartels pushing more heroin after U.S. states relax marijuana laws (USA Today)
  • In Asia, the unintended consequence of consequences of fentanyl (The Globe and Mail)
  • Toronto police to issue naloxone to front-line downtown officers (The Globe and Mail)


  • Absinthe Market, Expected to Grow Parallel to Alcoholic Beverages Market (Digital Journal)


  • Kratom Is Linked to a Salmonella Outbreak Across 20 States, CDC Says (TIME)
  • FDA Warns That the Popular Herbal Supplement Kratom Has Been Associated With 44 Deaths (Allure)
  • FDA oversees destruction and recall of kratom products (American Pharmacists Association)
  • Vancouver researchers take issue with U.S. FDA's alarmist memo on kratom (The Georgia Straight)
  • Reader: Kratom Is Just Another Way for Addicts to Get High (Westword)
  • Best Kratom Strains For Pain Relief (Reports Healthcare)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Trump Megadonor Donates $1 Million to MAPS Research (Good Times)
  • Study reveals the similarity between psychedelic states and dreaming (PsyPost)
  • Alcohol more likely to lead to post-sex regret than marijuana or ecstasy (PsyPost)
  • New Research Suggests Psychedelic Drugs Can Improve Mental Health, But There's a Catch (Hornet)
  • Selecting an Appropriate Dosage Level for a New Drug (Psychedelic Times)
  • The Psychedelic Debriefing in Alcohol Dependence Treatment: Illustrating Key Change Phenomena through Qualitative Content Analysis of Clinical Sessions (Frontiers)
  • Rev. Barber: How We Can Address Racial Inequalities in Handling Drug Addiction (TIME)
  • How you speak predicts if psychedelic therapy will help you (New Scientist)
  • Australia lagging behind in psychedelic science renaissance (News-Medical)

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.