This Week in Psychedelics - 2.24.17

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • White House Promises 'Greater Enforcement' of Federal Marijuana Laws (TIME)
  • Washington may have finally found bipartisan consensus with Congressional Cannabis Caucus (Salon)
  • Polling: Voters Support Marijuana Law Reform By Record Numbers (NORML)
  • Most Republicans Oppose Federal Interference With Marijuana Legalization (Reason)
  • When Retirement Comes With a Daily Dose of Cannabis (The New York Times)
  • Australia Loosens Cannabis Import Rules to Speed Patient Access (Leafly)
  • Dutch Lawmakers Extend Tolerance Policy to Cannabis Cultivation (Leafly)
  • Houston D.A. Will No Longer Prosecute Pot Cases, Outraging Other Prosecutors (Reason)
  • Understanding the Intersection of Poverty and Access to Medical Marijuana (Psychedelic Times)
  • Which Teens Are Most Likely to Smoke Pot? The Smart Ones, Study Finds (TIME)
  • How a Federal Crackdown on Marijuana Could Affect Mexican Cartels (ATTN:)
  • The Future of Designer Cannabis: Interview with Josh of Level Blends (Psychedelic Times)
  • Which U.S. Presidents Would Have Tried Cannabis? (Leafly)
  • Irvine-Based Lawyer Discusses History of Cannabis and How It'll Effect Employment In The Future (OC Weekly)
  • Colorado's First Drive-Through Cannabis Shop Will Open Next Month (Leafly)
  • Microdosing with Cannabis (Psychedelic Press UK)
  • Cleveland's Cannabis College Is Here to Train Ohio's Next Medical Marijuana Professionals (Merry Jane)
  • What Researchers Found in California's Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • How and where to attend cannabis-infused dinners (and a cooking class) in Los Angeles (Los Angeles Times)
  • The Weed You're Smoking Might Not Be What You Think (ATTN:)
  • Texas Has a Medical Cannabis 'Prescription' Problem (Leafly)


  • Microdosing LSD: Author Ayelet Waldman 'finds insight' through drug experiment (ABC)
  • LSD gets stuck in your brain — literally. This could help us develop better (health) drugs (ZME Science)
  • Acid Flashbacks (VolteFace)
  • LSD 'microdosing' trend popular with tech entrepreneurs may be putting their lives at risk, claim Cambridge University students (Daily Mail)
  • 'I was given LSD at 14': Inside Australia's notorious cult The Family where children were drugged and brainwashed to believe their female leader was Jesus Christ (Daily Mail)


  • Teen Dies of MDMA Overdose After Fear of Sniffer Dogs Finding Her Pills (Noiseporn)
  • Crime lord offered to kill drug dealers who sold ecstasy to teenager Leah Betts (Mirror)
  • Driver took MDMA and crashed into 12 cars (ITV)


  • Ayahuasca, meditation and activism: On cultivating the mindful politics of love (Salon)
  • Powerful hallucinogenic drug DMT seized by police in New Glasgow (CBC News)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Stephen Colbert tells Alex Jones to stop 'mixing steroids with peyote' (Monsters & Critics)


Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • N-bomb inquest told young people need drug education (The Irish Times)
  • Man charged in Prince Albert after six people hospitalized following apparent overdoses of psychedelic drug 2C-B (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)
  • Daniel Horton from London drowned on holiday in Liskeard after taking what he thought was LSD (Cornwall Live)
  • Woman fighting for her life after taking 'bad batch of MDMA' – a month after 20 partygoers were hospitalised with similar drug (Daily Mail)


  • A New Treatment for Depression Could Help Millions of Americans (Digital Journal)
  • New antidepressant works on mice in hours, not weeks (Knowridge Science Report)
  • RESTORE KETAMINE INFUSION: The New Treatment for Depression That Works in Hours is Now Available in Pensacola Florida (MENAFN)


  • Psychedelics Help Reduce Opioid Addiction, According to New Study (AlterNet)
  • Seattle Is Taking a Big Step in the Fight Against Opioid Addiction (ATTN:)
  • 25% of all overdoses are from heroin (CNN)
  • How Doctors Are Fueling the Opioid Epidemic (TIME)
  • Teens Say Heroin Is 'Probably Impossible' to Get (Live Science)
  • America's Opium War: How Fentanyl Will Lead All Overdose Deaths in 2017 (Paste)
  • China White, Mexico's New Heroin Threatening the United States (InSight Crime)
  • The War That Made Asia: How the Opium War Crushed China (The National Interest)
  • Naloxone: How it saves lives by reversing the effects of opioids (Ottawa Citizen)
  • Bloodletting, voodoo and opium: New Orleans museum spotlights medical methods of the past (The Washington Post)
  • What's Disappearing from Veteran's Hospitals Is Alarming (ATTN:)
  • Mexican Heroin Cartel Operating in North Carolina (CNS News)
  • First 'End Heroin' walk happening in Birmingham this weekend (
  • Legislators Who Supported Criminal Justice Reform Now Sponsoring Tougher Heroin Bills (Reason)
  • Where does heroin come from? (Asbury Park Press)



Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Is Eating Hallucinogenic Himalayan Honey A Good Idea? (The Alternative Daily)
  • Understanding How Psychedelics Therapy Uses Rebirth to Treat Psychological Disorders (Psychedelic Times)
  • Photographers in the Philippines Recall Harrowing Scenes of the Drug War (TIME)
  • Psychedelic therapy gains traction as evidence based treatment for IPV (Blasting News)

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.