This Week in Psychedelics - 4.20.18



  • Trump To Support Major Marijuana Legislation (Marijuana Moment)
  • Cannabis Component Found in Breast Milk, but Does It Harm Baby? (Medscape)
  • Greens propose full legalisation of cannabis (The Guardian)
  • Senator Sanders Co-Sponsors The Marijuana Justice Act (NORML)
  • 'Cannabis strengthened our bond': can pot make you a better parent? (The Guardian)
  • Cannabis harm to teenagers' brains 'overstated', finds study (The Independent)
  • How Smoking Pot May Hurt the Teenage Brain (TIME)
  • Marijuana-based seizure treatment gets positive review from FDA (Chicago Tribune)
  • The Plan to Save California's Legendary Weed From 'Big Cannabis' (WIRED)
  • Trump is backing off the marijuana fight. Jeff Sessions has not. (The Cannabist)
  • Republicans eye getting in front of marijuana legalization (Michigan Radio)
  • House GOP Blocks Another Marijuana Amendment (Marijuana Moment)
  • Meta-analysis: Cannabis Exposure Not Associated With Residual Adverse Impact On Cognitive Performance (NORML)
  • MassRoots reports net loss of $44 million in 2017 (The Cannabist)
  • Here's Where Your Colorado Marijuana Tax Dollars Go (Westword)
  • Meghan Markle's nephew developing special cannabis strain for royal wedding (The Independent)
  • Oregon Grew More Cannabis Than Customers Can Smoke. Now Shops and Farmers Are Left With Mountains of Unwanted Bud. (Willamette Week)
  • High Times Cannabis Cup 4/20 event rejected in Southern California (NBC)
  • Australia's Medicinal Cannabis Patients Will Get 48-Hour Access...In A Few Months (BuzzFeed News)
  • Legal highs: arguments for and against legalising cannabis in Australia (The Conversation)
  • Bipartisan Legislation Introduced To Facilitate Medical Cannabis Trials For Veterans (NORML)
  • Spliff, a film festival for stoners, by stoners (Boing Boing)
  • Black and Indigenous people are overrepresented in Canada’s weed arrests (VICE)
  • Exclusive analysis: Only one in seven California cities allow recreational marijuana stores (The Mercury-News)
  • The Philosopher's Stoned: An Interview with Liber 420 Author Chris Bennett (Reality Sandwich)
  • The new 4/20: Beyond legalizing it (CNN)
  • Metric Coffee Unveils Cannabis Cold Brew on 4/20 (Eater)
  • Why it can be okay to call it ‘marijuana’ instead of ‘cannabis’ (The Verge)
  • What John Boehner's Pivot On Cannabis Tells Us About The Legal Weed Boom (NPR)
  • Drug Made From Cannabis Plant Gets Backing From FDA Staff (Bloomberg)
  • Medical cannabis treatment: Mother starts a petition for her child (Sunday Express)
  • Pennsylvania to Make Whole-Plant Cannabis Flower Available to Patients (Leafly)
  • Medical cannabis access simplified under unified state agreement (Small Caps)


  • 75 Years After First LSD Trip, Psychedelic Science is Making a Comeback (Seeker)
  • What Do Blind People 'See' When They Take LSD? (Live Science)
  • The Strange History of Bicycle Day (Slate)
  • What was Project MKUltra? Inside the CIA's mind-control program (Big Think)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • We talked with a researcher using psilocybin to treat cocaine addiction in Alabama (Psymposia)
  • Would You Take Mushrooms With Your Mom? Meet One Woman Who Did and Made a Movie About It (PAPER)



  • Can Drinking Ayahuasca Really Change Your Life? (Chacruna)
  • Controversies Around the Toad Medicine (Chacruna)


  • Treatment utilizing psychedelic drug ibogaine significantly reduces opioid withdrawal and cravings (PsyPost)
  • Matthew Mellon was trying controversial addiction treatment before death (Page Six)


  • Ketamine has 'fast-acting benefits' for depression (BBC News)
  • Ketamine Nasal Spray for Suicide Prevention Raises Serious Concerns (Inverse)


  • It's legal to manufacture cocaine and heroin for medical use — and Britain is the world's biggest exporter (Business Insider)
  • How France Cut Heroin Overdoses by 79 Percent in 4 Years (The Atlantic)
  • Drug users to soon have all-hours access to syringes in Ballarat (The Courier)
  • A Drug to End Addiction? Scientists Are Working on It. (The New York Times)
  • The War on Opioids Probably Helped Kill Prince (Reason)
  • U.S. has been quietly helping Mexico with new, high-tech ways to fight opium (Albuquerque Journal)
  • Medicaid Is Helping to Combat the Opioid Crisis, Despite Trump's Attacks (Truthout)
  • Did ancient Mesopotamians get high? Near Eastern rituals may have included opium, cannabis (Science Magazine)
  • As Opioid Prescriptions Fall, Opioid Deaths Rise (Reason)
  • Maine Lawmakers Clash With Governor Over Naloxone Access (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Naloxone-access programs miss many opioid users (Reuters)
  • The Surgeon General Wants More Naloxone, Now What (ModernMedicine)
  • Public Defender Foils Prosecutor’s Murder Charge in Drug Overdose (Injustice Today)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Canada's Liberal party considers decriminalization of all illicit drugs (The Guardian)
  • Drug trafficking by Kiwis using dark web is booming - report (Newshub)
  • These Teens Are Taking A Class On Drugs That Is Definitely Not What Trump Had In Mind (BuzzFeed News)
  • Will psychedelics go corporate like cannabis? (Herb)
  • Beyond Psychedelics 2018: Interview with Eva Césarová (Psychedelic Times)
  • The case for decriminalizing drugs (The Star)
  • Will El Chapo’s Arrest Make the Drug Trade More Deadly? (Reason)
  • Tripping on drugs like ayahuasca and shrooms ‘might be cultural appropriation’ (Metro)
  • An Audio Harm Reduction Guide For Psychedelic Psychotherapy (Chacruna)

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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