This Week in Psychedelics - 4.1.16

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  • US-Made Cannabis Oil That Canadian Kids Rely On Is Stuck at the Border (VICE News)
  • Money Grows on Cannabis Plants (Merry Jane)
  • Use of Medical cannabis makes profound difference in Air Force veteran's life (Belleville News-Democrat)
  • The continuing saga of stoned driving (Drug WarRant)
  • A Cannabis Advocate's Case for Bernie Sanders (Leafly)
  • During Washington State Easter Egg Hunt, Cops Find Huge Pot Operation (TIME)
  • Our Recent Supreme Court Victory and What It Means (NORML)
  • Is Cannabis The Secret To The Cure For HIV? (
  • Gary Johnson Has High Hopes President Obama Will Reclassify Marijuana (Reason)
  • Mississippi Dog Brings 1-Lb Bag of Marijuana Home to Family (TIME)
  • The Brits are Modeling Their Cannabis Legislation After the US (Merry Jane)
  • The Genes for Pot Addiction Have Been Identified (TIME)
  • U.S. firms target investment in Israeli cannabis R&D (Yahoo! News)
  • These 15 Smoke Spot Photos Defy Stoner Stereotypes (ATTN:)
  • Live Well: Why a cannabis oil-infused massage is better than a traditional rubdown (Colorado Springs Gazette)
  • Vermont Governor on Marijuana Legalization: It's What 'Enlightened States' Do (TIME)
  • Women Grabbing Picks and Shovels in the Cannabis Gold Rush - Jane West (Forbes)
  • Cannabis vs. alcohol: economic and social impacts (Medical News Today)
  • A Crowdfunded Cannabis Company That The Crowd Should Avoid (Forbes)
  • Can Marijuana Save Your Skin—And Your Sex Life? Inside the New Topical Cannabis Phenomenon (Vogue)
  • On Marijuana Legalization, Chris Matthews Sounds Dumber Than Donald Trump (Reason)
  • The March Towards Normalization Continues (NORML)
  • From Porn to Pot: Hustler's Larry Flynt Invests in Legal Cannabis Industry (High Times)
  • Whoopi Goldberg Gets Into the Medical Marijuana Business (TIME)
  • Majority of businesses in Massachusetts are against legalizing cannabis (Mashable)
  • 5 Fun Date Ideas for Cannabis-Friendly Couples (Leafly)
  • Colorado Springs ban on cannabis clubs sparks action (Colorado Springs Gazette)
  • Medicinal cannabis 'loophole' may be applied at border, says Customs (
  • Swede who 'put cannabis in coffee' on trial for drug abuse (The Local)


  • Researchers Are Using LSD to Help in the Fight Against Depression (GOOD Magazine)
  • SXSW Film Review: 'Orange Sunshine' (Blogcritics)
  • Naked man, on LSD, approaches woman on Noland Trail (Daily Press)
  • 2 Teens Charged After 8 Chicago Students Sickened by Suspected LSD (5NBC Chicago)
  • Washington Student Charged in Alleged LSD-Fueled Murder (WDJT)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • What's the Right Psychedelic Mushrooms Dosage? Deciding the Best Dose for Psychedelic Treatment (Psychedelic Times)
  • Cops seize 1.5 kilos of pot and 180 grams of magic mushrooms in raid (Thompson Citizen)
  • Men accused of trespassing to search for psychedelic mushrooms (WKMG)
  • Anchorage man found with large stash of heroin, psilocybin, and other drugs (KTUU)


  • A new injectable drug is being trialled to combat MDMA-induced hyperthermia (Mixmag)
  • The USA could legalize medical MDMA – should the UK follow suit? (Metro)
  • An effort to get Ecstasy FDA-approved is moving right along (Tech Insider)
  • 6 UC Santa Cruz Students Face MDMA Felonies, but Throwing Them In Prison Won't Help Anyone (AlterNet)
  • Raleigh police: Wake man, Detroit resident had hundreds of MDMA doses (The News & Observer)
  • Lethal 'Dr Death' ecstasy pills using Chupa Chups sweets logo flood Britain (Daily Star)
  • Father speaks of his anguish as daughter, 16, dies of ecstasy overdose (Sunday Express)
  • Charity Talk To Frank pulls back the curtain on taking ecstasy (Daily Mail)
  • Cops hunt source of deadly ecstasy (Independent Online)
  • Mail Order Ecstasy Pills Lead to Arrest (AviationPros)
  • Young dad caught dealing Ecstasy in Yarm nightclub fell into world of drugs and violence (Gazette Live)


  • The All-Star Shaman Ayahuasca Massacree (Reality Sandwich)
  • Ayahuasca Helped Me Overcome Trauma And Gave Me A New Purpose In Life (
  • 'The Path', Ayahuasca, and South America's Very Real Cults (Inverse)
  • EXCLUSIVE "Peruvian Ayahuasca Ceremony" Clip from HULU's THE PATH (Nuke the Fridge)
  • Ayahuasca-fueled vision sends Aaron Paul down a dark 'Path' (Zap2It)
  • SLO County Sheriff's deputies uncover evidence of psychedelic drug lab (KSBY)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Religious Freedom Acts Born Out Of ... Peyote (HowStuffWorks)
  • How a Seventh-Day Adventist and peyote led to Supreme Court fights over contraception (Daily Kos)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Mason teen indicted in LSD, designer drug trafficking case (WLWT)


  • Professor to share depression study findings at Aware event (Village Living)
  • Ketamine Linked to Bladder Toxicity (Medscape)
  • Officer: Man yelling on MLK emanated the smell of PCP (The Lufkin News)
  • HPD: Man high on PCP taken into custody, ending SWAT standoff in southeast Houston (KPRC)


  • Heroin Epidemic Is Yielding to a Deadlier Cousin: Fentanyl (The New York Times)
  • Can an Implant Stop Heroin Addiction? (The Daily Beast)
  • How Switzerland Could Teach the U.S. To Deal With Its Heroin Problem (ATTN:)
  • Controversial Drug Naloxone Reverses Overdoses – But Here's What It Does To Your Brain (Mic)
  • Coroner Says Selling Heroin Is Murder--He's Wrong (Forbes)
  • Chiefs: Fentanyl outpacing heroin (Gloucester Daily Times)
  • There's a Way to Treat Opiate Addiction, So Why Isn't It Being Used? (TIME)
  • 'Drug Users Need Treatment,' Says President Obama. Not So Fast, Says Dr. Carl Hart (Reason)
  • TBT: In the 1800s, One Opium-Laced Drug Helped Moms Soothe the Pains of Teething Children (Hospitals & Health Networks)
  • President Obama Talks Drug Abuse With Doctors and Addicts (TIME)
  • America's opium war in Afghanistan (ABC Online)


  • Substance abuse counselors say "pain killer" ingredient should be banned (WAAY)
  • Two Phuket women arrested with kratom, bullets and gun (The Phuket News)



Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Lancet Commission Recommends Drug Legalization (Reason)
  • Medical Marijuana, Decriminalization, and Opium: 2016 Looks Big for Drugs in Mexico (VICE News)
  • Tracing Drug Use Patterns Through Nightclub Toilets (CityLab)
  • Could Hallucinogenic Drugs Treat Mental Illness (The Alternative Daily)
  • Why Making the Music Festival Scene Safer Is So Hard (Cosmopolitan)
  • Obama Shortens Sentences of 61 Drug Offenders (TIME)
  • 22 Top Medical Experts Call For A Shift In "Drug" Policies (
  • Mind-altering drugs could treat mental disorders (EurekAlert!)
  • Better Living Through Psychedelics with Comedian Duncan Trussell (Indy Week)
  • Unthinkable: Could we make a computer trip on acid? (The Irish Times)
  • Psychedelics and the Evolution of Festival Culture: David Starfire Talks Psychedelic Music (Psychedelic Times)
  • Public Awareness Campaign on Generosity introduces Drink Cop test cards that arms people with the power to test their drinks for illicit drugs (Digital Journal)
  • How Decades-Old Drug Offenses Kept Two Elected Officials Out of Office (Reason)
  • The Many Lives of Mongolian Shamanism (Reality Sandwich)
  • Idiot Falls for Joke Facebook Post, Gets Arrested (Disinfo)
  • Mexico Detains Top Money Launderer to Drug Lord 'El Chapo' (TIME)
  • Psychedelic compounds like ecstasy may be good for more than just a high (Chemical & Engineering 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 (and other psychoactives) are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.