This Week in Psychedelics - 3.11.16

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  • Legalizing Weed Has Done What 1 Trillion Dollars and a 40 Year War Couldn't (Disinfo)
  • Federal Agents Seizing Far Less Marijuana At Southern Border (NORML)
  • 'Erowid' Analysis Finds People Like Cannabis No Matter What Other Drug They Take (Inverse)
  • These Cannabis Activists Want To Get Arrested In Front Of The White House (ThinkProgress)
  • FDA Sends Warning Letters To Cannabis Companies Over False Claims (Forbes)
  • 5 Rare Disorders That Can Be Treated With Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • This Ivy League doctor believes in medical cannabis' potential (The Cannabist)
  • Study: Cannabis' Influence On Driving Performance Differs Significantly From That Of Alcohol (NORML)
  • Signature Snafu May Doom Maine Marijuana Measure (Reason)
  • Cannabis legalisation in UK 'would raise £1bn a year in taxes' (The Independent)
  • Doctor Destroys Cannabis Myths Once And For All (Illegally Healed)
  • Passage Of State Medical Marijuana Laws Don't Influence Youth Use (NORML)
  • Cannabis Grower, Dispensaries To Donate One-Tenth Of Sales To Bernie Sanders' Campaign (Inquisitr)
  • US Senators' Views On Medical Cannabis and DEA (NORML)
  • Is "kosher" cannabis Israel's next big export? (KRON4)
  • Wikileaf makes finding the best weed, at the best prices, easy (Boing Boing)
  • 9 Problems With the Marijuana Rules Proposed by Massachusetts Legislators (Reason)
  • Cannabis providers discuss future at private meeting in Missoula (NBC Montana)
  • Meet the Man Who Hopes To Stop Marijuana Legalization in California (Reason)
  • Colorado Springs Shuts Down Its Cannabis Eight Years (Reason)
  • Cannabis and Sleep: 10 Things to Know About Your Herbal Nightcap (Leafly)
  • New Jersey 'Weedman' Says Closing Pot Temple Violates Religious Freedom (TIME)
  • 'Uncle Spliffy' Seeks To Change Negative Perceptions About Cannabis And Sports (The Weed Blog)
  • Cannabis Science 101: The Physics and Chemistry of the Joint (Leafly)
  • It's Time To Get Over the Prejudice Against Marijuana! (NORML)
  • Cannapics: 7 Stunning Images of Cannabis Joints (Leafly)
  • Police recover 9000 cannabis plants in Nelson-Marlborough aerial operation (
  • Cannabis in First-Episode Psychosis Linked to Poor Outcomes (Medscape)
  • Couple accused of murdering their 21-month old daughter kept skunk cannabis in the toddler's Tommy Tippee drinking cup, court hears (Daily Mail)
  • Cannabis should be legalised and regulated, Lib Dems say (BBC)


  • Could cuddling and LSD become the norm at work? (The Vancouver Sun)
  • Star Wars animator took LSD during production: 'I got to the green screen and it was like 'Aaagh, I took way too much' (The Independent)
  • What are the Benefits of LSD? Rethinking Acid as a Therapeutic Medicine (Psychedelic Times)
  • Some People Swear That 'Microdosing' LSD on the Job Makes You a Better Worker (TIME)
  • An LSD trip story: "Went to a Donald Trump speech on acid SUPER BAD VIBES" (Boing Boing)
  • Student arrested for LSD in City Hall (The GW Hatchet)
  • N.J. woman skipped court on LSD charge, prosecutor says (
  • Man pleads not guilty to selling LSD (Daily Citizen)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Researchers seek spiritual leaders for magic mushroom study (Extract)
  • Chicago man with psychedelic mushrooms arrested Friday (The News-Gazette)


  • What It Was Like to Be Part of a Major Ecstasy Ring in the 90s (VICE)
  • The Disturbing Truth About How Ecstasy Affects the Brain (Mic)
  • Thames Valley Policeman Ryan Sproat dismissed for taking MDMA at nightclub (Metro)
  • UC Santa Cruz MDMA Ring Busted; Sorority, Fraternity Members Jailed (CBS)
  • Narcotics Agency Chief: Islamic school students mistaking ecstasy for vitamins to make them pray longer (Coconuts Jakarta)
  • Ecstasy caused death of UC Irvine student who went to rave in San Bernardino County, coroner says (Los Angeles Times)
  • Former Canberra doctor who used MDMA suspended for two years (The Canberra Times)
  • New Research Aims To Reveal Cognitive Deficiencies In MDMA Users (Your EDM)
  • MDMA Use May Damage Serotonin Receptors In The Brain, Risk Cognitive Impairment (Medical Daily)
  • Ever taken MDMA? Then this news might concern you (Metro)


Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Finding Psycho Spiritual Healing with a Huachuma Healing Ceremony (Psychedelic Times)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • DOB and 2C-B: The Controversial Legacy of Alexander Shulgin's Research (Psychedelic Times)
  • Three schoolboys aged 15 fighting for life in hospital after taking legal highs 'similar to LSD' (The Sun)
  • Father Of Round Rock Man Accused Of Choking Nurse While On K2 Disputes Police Account (Patch)
  • College student from Salem admits peddling synthetic hallucinogen (The Salem News)
  • Minnesota man gets 9 years for selling synthetic LSD (La Crosse Tribune)


  • What It's Like to Treat Severe Depression With Ketamine (New York Magazine)
  • Paramedics to give ketamine to patients high on flakka (EMS1)
  • 'I was shocked': Man arrested at customs after friend's ashes test positive for illegal drug (CTV News)
  • Police Cripple 'Chinese Connection', Seize Ketamine Worth RM1.3 Million (Bernama)
  • West Haven man on PCP arrested after trying to smother baby (Fox 61)
  • Man high on PCP assaults women at Glen Burnie Target, police say (WBAL)
  • Prosecutor: Driver in Crash That Killed Teens Was on PCP (ABC)



  • Of Absinthe and Garden Laws (Patheos)


  • Shelby Co. officials want stores to stop selling Kratom (WBRC)
  • Five men arrested for growing 'kratom' trees in Bangkok (The Nation)
  • Group working to keep Kratom legal says it's a harmless herb when used properly (WBRC)
  • Kratom: Opiate Withdrawal Help or Another Barrier to Addiction Treatment? (GroundReport)
  • Parents and lawmakers call for Kratom ban (ABC33/40)
  • Red Vein Thai Kratom Effects and Benefits (Kratom Guides)



  • How a mild stimulant generates hundreds of millions of dollars a year (GlobalPost)
  • Third arrest made at O R Tambo in suspected drug syndicate (News24)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Do Psychedelic Drug Laws Violate Human Rights? (The Atlantic)
  • Iran Is About to Execute Another 100 Prisoners for Drug Offenses (VICE News)
  • How 5 Common Drugs Affect Sex (ATTN:)
  • Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Launches PR Blitz for Better Conditions (TIME)
  • The 5 Pills You Definitely Shouldn't Mix With Alcohol (ATTN:)

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 (and other psychoactives) are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.