This Week in Psychedelics - 3.10.17

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  • Israel makes it official: Cannabis is not a crime (CNN)
  • George Rohrbacher: Trump Administration Plans To Ramp Up Government Regulation and Stifle New Marijuana Businesses (NORML)
  • Why Trump Could Be Good For The Cannabis Industry (Forbes)
  • The US government grants cannabis patents even though weed is illegal (Quartz)
  • Make drugs dull: legalising cannabis the Canadian way (The Spectator)
  • Does Cannabis Use Lower Your IQ? (Leafly)
  • Pennsylvania Auditor Wants to Close Budget Gap by Legalizing Marijuana (TIME)
  • Cannabis boosts risk of stroke and heart attack, independent of tobacco, new study finds (The Telegraph)
  • A "cannabis gym" is opening in San Francisco (A.V. Club)
  • Pot for pets: Owners treat sick animals with cannabis (ABC News)
  • Dancing but no dank: fed threat means toned-down Cannabis Cup (The Cannabist)
  • Epilepsy patients turning to medicinal cannabis, survey shows (The Guardian)
  • Growing Hemp Legally in Kentucky (Reason)
  • Where to Find the Best Legal Cannabis Lounges (Leafly)


  • LSD doesn't just treat mental illness, 'it could actually heal the brain' (WIRED)
  • LSD 'microdosing' is trending in Silicon Valley – but can it make you more creative? (The Memo)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • The Psilocybin Solution: The Role of Sacred Mushrooms in the Quest for Meaning (Serge De Vrindt)


  • MDMA Overdose Prevention Drug to be Available at all Insomniac Events (EDM Chicago)
  • Local therapists' success treating PTSD with psychedelic drug puts FDA a step closer to approving it (Charleston Post Courier)
  • Chemical used to make MDMA dumped in Surrey pond (The Now)
  • Four schoolgirls aged 13 taken to hospital after 'taking teddy bear ecstasy pills' (The Sun)
  • Colchester student died after taking MDMA on night out (Essex Live)
  • Jordan Duffy fined for supplying MDMA before death of girlfriend Janie Roberts (Bellingen Courier Sun)


Salvia Divinorum

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • After Alex 'N Bomb' tragedy, drug education can prevent more deaths (Irish Independent)


  • Can Ketamine Be Used For Treatment Resistant Depression? (Delray Newspaper)
  • Ketamine no 'wonder drug' for depression (Medical Xpress)
  • Cops say man high on PCP pointed cellphone at drivers like a gun (


  • NYC Area Heroin Epidemic Is Worst In Years If Not Ever, DEA Says (CBS New York)
  • America's heroin epidemic starts in Mexico (The Spokesman-Review)
  • Durham police will give addicts heroin to inject in 'shooting galleries' (The Guardian)
  • CVS to dispense naloxone prescription-free in four more states (Drug Store News)
  • Dozens accused of dealing fentanyl-laced heroin on Chicago's West Side (Chicago Tribune)
  • Surge in opium cultivation posing threat to security (Himalayan Times)
  • This Community's New Plan to Fight the Opioid Epidemic Started a Debate About Criminal Justice (ATTN:)
  • Mysteries at the Museum: The Elixir of Opium (Jacksonville Daily Progress)


  • 5 Things You Should Know About Absinthe (Paste)


  • Kratom: Is the US trying to ban a drug helping heroin addicts beat their habit? (The Independent)
  • How to Make Kratom Tea From Crushed Leaves? (Kratom Guides)
  • Which Kratom is Best for Sleep and Insomnia? (Kratom Guides)



  • East African khat leaf is traded and chewed mostly by men, but it's a global business because of women (Quartz)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • What If Psychedelic Therapy Was Required to Enter Public Service? (Psychedelic Times)
  • What Psychedelics Really Do to Your Brain (Rolling Stone)
  • Psychedelic Science 2017: Interview with MAPS Communications Director Brad Burge (Psychedelic Times)
  • Why Jeff Sessions Is Worrying Drug Policy Experts (ATTN:)
  • Integrating a Psychedelic Experience: Two Meditations to Ease Anxiety and Prevent Panic Attacks (Psychedelic Times)
  • Horrors of Duterte's Drug War Exposed in New National Geographic Film (TIME)
  • Tobacco or No Tobacco? Choosing the Right Rapé Snuff Blend for Your Ceremony (Psychedelic Times)
  • 7 myths about psychedelic drugs like LSD that are doing more harm than good (Business Insider)
  • From College Dropout To Shaman Apprentice: A Story of Becoming A Leader Of The Secoya And Protecting The Vanishing Amazon (High Existence)
  • In a Traumatised World, is Psychedelic Therapy our Best Hope? (Mad in America)
  • Tim Ferriss on suffering, psychedelics, and spirituality (Vox)
  • Bolivia Doubles Area Allowed for the Legal Planting of Coca (TIME)

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.