This Week in Psychedelics - 3.16.18

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  • Ongoing Study Looks at the Efficacy of Cannabis-Based Treatments for PTSD (Psychedelic Times)
  • Study: Marijuana Decriminalization Leads To Decreased Arrests, No Increase In Youth Use (NORML)
  • Jamaica Welcomes Its First Legal Cannabis Retailer (Leafly)
  • Is cannabis the answer to older people's booze problems? (The Guardian)
  • 5 Ways New York City Can Reform Its Outrageous Cannabis Policy (Leafly)
  • First Nations of Canada Petitioning For Cut of Cannabis Tax Revenue (High Times)
  • Why Coffee Could Be the Opposite of Cannabis (Live Science)
  • Could Cannabis Replace Traditional Labor Medications? (High Times)
  • Legal Marijuana Is A Boon To The Economy, Finds Study (Forbes)
  • United Nations Report Scolds Countries for Cannabis Legalization (Leafly)
  • New Jersey Governor Doubles Down on Marijuana Legalization (NORML)
  • Exercise and cannabis combine at Colorado gym (WREG)
  • Iowa gets 21 applications for medical cannabis dispensaries (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • This Woman Created A Cannabis Marketplace For The Design-Minded Stoner (HuffPost)
  • Hollyweed: fledgling cannabis industry struggles to woo the stars (The Guardian)
  • TV Personality Montel Williams to Speak About Medical Cannabis at New York Event (Multiple Sclerosis News Today)
  • New Oakland ordinance blocks cannabis businesses from evicting residents (East Bay Times)
  • Puff: Cannabis sample boxes are perfect for newbies and connoisseurs alike (48 Hills)
  • Part 1, Choosing a Cannabis Plant Container (Leafly)


Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Mushrooms May Have Developed Psilocybin to Ward Off Insects (Psychedelic Times)
  • Will Psychedelic Mushrooms Be on Denver's Ballot in November? (5280)
  • Are magic mushrooms the next medical marijuana? (Yahoo!)


  • MDMA dampens the encoding and retrieval of emotional memories, study finds (PsyPost)
  • Report: Lethal MDMA Substitute Found In 25% Of Ecstasy Pills In New Zealand (Your EDM)
  • Ecstasy bid for post-traumatic stress disorder study (PerthNow)
  • Family of teenager who died after taking MDMA save drug dealers from jail (Cornwall Live)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • 13 hospitalised in Christchurch after taking drugs they thought were MDMA (Newshub)
  • Police concerned by emergence of new drug n-ethylpentylone sold as ecstasy (Newshub)


  • Ketamine Clinics Are Helping to Treat Depression (Chicago Magazine)
  • Chelmsford schoolgirl took ketamine before stepping in front of a train at Shenfield station, inquest hears (Essex Live)



  • 47 more cases of salmonella linked to kratom (CNN)
  • Specific kratom brands recalled amid nationwide outbreak (Food Safety News)
  • Is Concern Around Kratom 'Drug Hysteria'? (Medscape)
  • People Are Worried That the FDA Is Trying to Ban Kratom (Tonic)
  • The Various Medicinal Uses and Effects of Kratom (Times Square Chronicles)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Which Black People Are Allowed To Trip? (HuffPost)
  • DEA twitter account promotes Anslinger (Drug WarRant)
  • Kansas Registers Drug Offenders as Well as Sex Offenders (Reason)
  • ACLU Says Nebraska May Have Illegally Imported Execution Drugs (Reason)
  • Humans of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (Psymposia)

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.