This Week in Psychedelics - 4.13.18



  • Google and Facebook won’t advertise marijuana, even where it’s legal (The Cannabist)
  • Former House Speaker John Boehner Is Now Working at a Marijuana Firm Advisory Board (TIME)
  • “Salmonella Kratom” and “Rat Poison K2” are two more reasons to go ahead and legalize weed (The Outline)
  • Legalised cannabis could help solve America's opioid crisis, studies suggest (The Independent)
  • Senate Majority Leader Introduces Bi-Partisan Hemp Legalization Bill (NORML)
  • The Ultimate Guide to Cannabinoids in Cannabis (High Times)
  • Can You Get Contact High From Weed? (Real Stoned Times)
  • Senate Hopeful Cynthia Nixon Says She Wants to Legalize Marijuana (TIME)
  • Can Cannabis Help Prevent Domestic Violence? (High Times)
  • The country that pioneered "wellness" is adopting cannabis as a cure (Quartz)
  • Massachusetts Is The New Testbed for Cannabis Legalization (Forbes)
  • Wine veteran hopes to elevate cannabis with wine and food pairings (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • How To Treat Eczema With Cannabis (High Times)
  • How to Host a Cannabis-Themed Game Night (Leafly)
  • Major Coffee Chain Teaming Up With Cannabis Company (High Times)
  • Cannabis rules in CA: Are some cities trying to regulate away Prop 64? (OCRegister)
  • Cannabis Compound CBD May Offer Medical Marijuana Benefits Without The High (CBS New York)
  • Psychiatrist Says Cannabis Should Be Banished From The Planet (High Times)
  • Reader: Legal Cannabis Saved Me From Opioids! (Westword)
  • 9 Things Cannabis Investors Should Know (Visual Capitalist)
  • Why Canadian Cannabis Stocks Are On Sale (Forbes)
  • Louisiana veterans advocate for medical cannabis (Leesville Daily Leader)
  • How Archytas Ventures Helps Capital-Starved Cannabis Startups Get Equipment (Forbes)


  • Scientists keep "discovering" things stoners already know (Quartz)
  • LSD causes congenitally blind man to experience synesthesia-like hallucinations (PsyPost)
  • LSD Cured My Eating Disorder (Psymposia)
  • Deputies: Babysitter on LSD refuses to leave home, tries to steal toys (The Independent Florida Alligator)
  • LSD making comeback as professionals drop ACID before work (Daily Star)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms


  • An analysis of the most common ecstasy pills in the US by name and color (Mixmag)
  • Teenager took so many Ecstasy pills at festival his lungs collapsed (Metro)


  • Two Montreal Religious Groups Can Now Legally Import Ayahuasca (VICE)
  • Message From Santo Daime Dutch Churches in Response to the Verdict That Makes Santo Daime Illegal in the Netherlands (Chacruna)


  • New Research Study Will Look at the Efficacy of Treating Alcoholism with Ibogaine (Psychedelic Times)
  • Americans turning to an illegal treatment for heroin addiction (BBC News)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Fake Marijuana Likely Laced With Rat Poison Has Killed 3 People and Sickened More Than 100 (TIME)


  • Ketamine Shows Promise For Depression Treatment (The Fix)
  • Ketamine Effective as Maintenance Treatment for Anxiety (Psych Congress Network)
  • Morgan Freeman's Granddaughter Recorded Boyfriend High on PCP Before Stabbing Her to Death (
  • Pierce County deputies say man was high on PCP during armed confrontation (Q13 FOX)
  • Stamford woman booked for driving high on PCP (The Stamford Advocate)


  • Surgeon General Advises Greater Use of Naloxone to Help Save Lives (Reason)
  • Naloxone Stops Opioid Overdoses. How Do You Use It? (The New York Times)
  • How to Get Naloxone (Tonic)
  • One Woman Got Facebook to Police Opioid Sales On Instagram (WIRED)
  • Scotland gathers evidence from Australia on safe drug rooms (The Herald)
  • Trump Is Freaking Out About the Wrong Border: Killer Fentanyl Is Coming From Canada (The Daily Beast)
  • Notre Dame researchers say they found link between rising heroin deaths and OxyContin (WSBT)
  • Study: Despite decline in prescriptions, opioid deaths skyrocketing due to heroin and synthetic drugs (The Washington Post)
  • Former Mexican President Fox calls for opium poppy legalization (Reuters)
  • Overdose Deaths Dropping, But Narcan Costs Rising (Firehouse)
  • Carrying Naloxone While Black: When Saving a Life Could Cost Me My Own (Philadelphia Magazine)
  • Narcan in Every Medicine Cabinet: Will Increasing Naloxone Access Save Lives? (The Fix)
  • Maine Lawmakers OK Plan to Lower Age for Naloxone Access (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Naloxone Saves Lives, But Does It Also Enable Opioid Addiction? (WCPO)
  • Overdose Deaths Are the Product of Drug Prohibition (Reason)
  • As the opioid epidemic rages, the fight against addiction moves to an Ohio courtroom (The Washington Post)


  • A mysterious 'supplement' with a viral following has been linked to salmonella — and the outbreak is still spreading (Business Insider)
  • FDA Warns of Dangers to Kratom Consumers (NBC 7 San Diego)
  • Is Kratom as Dangerous as the FDA Claims? It's Hard to Tell (MedShadow)
  • Kratom And Salmonella: AKA Advises All Kratom Vendors To Act Responsibly And Be Transparent (Kratom Guides)
  • Kratom Recall in Colorado Could Lead to More Product Seizures (Westword)
  • Reader: Keep kratom from FDA overreach (Colorado Springs Independent)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit (The New York Times)
  • Australia missing psychedelic drug 'renaissance' for mental health (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Trump Administration Is Considering Allowing Mandatory Drug Testing for Food Stamp Recipients (TIME)
  • Sewage Study Reveals That Americans Took Way More Drugs During Two Major Events In 2017 (IFLScience)
  • Albuquerque New Mexico to End the City's Asset Forfeiture Program (Drug Policy Alliance)
  • Awakening into Psychedelic Spirituality: Interview with Samuel Lee, MD (Psychedelic Times)
  • The FBI Has Announced a $20 Million Reward for a Fugitive Mexican Drug Lord (TIME)
  • Healing with Movement, Psychedelics and Breathwork: Interview with Samuel Lee, MD (Psychedelic Times)
  • Our Ancestors Got High, Too (Discover Magazine)
  • Psychedelic drugs could be the answer to mental illness: study (Starts at 60)

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.

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