This Week in Psychedelics - 4.27.18



  • Top Democrats Embrace Marijuana Reform Ahead of Midterm Elections (Truthout)
  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta to Jeff Sessions: Medical marijuana could save many addicted to opioids (CNN)
  • NEW POLL: 63% of Americans Believe “Marijuana Should Be Made Legal” (NORML)
  • Sessions Admits There ‘May Well Be Some Benefits From Medical Marijuana’ (Marijuana Moment)
  • Marijuana Legalization Will Be on Michigan's Ballot in November (Reason)
  • Cannabis is having its 'smartphone' moment (Engadget)
  • How activists are fighting for full cannabis legalization in Washington, D.C. (Psymposia)
  • The End of the Joint As We Know It (The Ringer)
  • NORML Delivers Over 10,000 Citizen Comments To The FDA Calling For The Reconsideration of Cannabis Prohibition (NORML)
  • The best way to fight illegal pot is with legal cannabis (The Hill)
  • Why Are Marijuana Policies So Behind in 4/20-Heavy Places Like New York? (Rolling Stone)
  • How Seniors Joined the Cannabis Craze (The New Yorker)
  • Cannabis Flowers Are Legal in Italy. You Just Can’t Eat or Smoke Them. (The New York Times)
  • How 'dank' became a compliment for both beer and marijuana (Detroit Free Press)
  • Greens' cannabis plan could raise $3.6bn (9NEWS)
  • Isle Of Man Could Be The First Place In The British Isles To Decriminalise Cannabis Possession (HuffPost)
  • These Five States Lead the Nation in Marijuana Arrests (AlterNet)
  • Miracle drug or the devil's lettuce? (The Washington Post)
  • The Complicated History of Cannabis in the US (History)
  • FDA Rejects Anti-Legalization Pharma Co’s Cannabis Drug Request (Marijuana Moment)
  • Legalising marijuana is a lot more complex than you might think (The Age)
  • 4/20 Special: How Advocates and Entrepreneurs of Color Are Fighting for Equity in the Legal Weed Business (Colorlines)
  • Liberal party members overwhelmingly vote for decriminalizing drugs while Trudeau repeats opposition (The Georgia Straight)
  • Assemblyman introduces bill that would allow vets to prescribe cannabis for pets (KABC-TV)
  • Utah Medical Marijuana Measure Has Enough Signatures For Ballot (Marijuana Moment)
  • Is marijuana decriminalization possible in the Middle East? (The Washington Post)
  • Anxiety Relief Without The High? New Studies On CBD, A Cannabis Extract (NPR)
  • YouTube Continues Its Cannabis Purge and Nobody Knows Why (Leafly)
  • Facebook Has a Cannabis Problem That ‘Community Standards’ Don’t Solve (Leafly)
  • Two Cannabis Entrepreneurs Share Their Secrets For Success (Forbes)
  • Police Department Offers Prize For Possessing The Most Cannabis (High Times)
  • Medical cannabis oil is legal in Texas, but epilepsy patients still struggle (The Texas Tribune)
  • A Multibillion-Dollar Cannabis Company Has Announced Its Asia-Pacific Headquarters In Australia (BuzzFeed News)
  • Senator Wants Jeff Sessions To Meet With Drug War Victims (Marijuana Moment)
  • Psychedelic Rapper Challenges New Jersey's Cannabis Laws In New 420 Song (PR Newswire)
  • 'The Truth About Cannabis': Inside New Pro-Pot Web Doc (Rolling Stone)
  • Cannabis Cultivation Will Be A Race To The Bottom (Forbes)
  • 'Women of Cannabis' Cultivate Ideas and Relationships (Seven Days)
  • Cannabis and psychosis: what is the link and who is at risk? (The Conversation)
  • Marijuana moguls optimistic about legalisation of recreational cannabis in Australia (ABC)
  • Can Cannabis Make You Sick? (The Stranger)
  • Is This The Most Expensive Marijuana In The World? (Forbes)
  • Could 'one puff' of cannabis ease depression? (Medical News Today)
  • Understanding Terpenes: Linalool (Cannabis Now)
  • Harvard Medical Students Say Schools Need to Teach More About Medical Marijuana (Civilized)


  • LSD Provokes Synesthetic Hallucinations in a Congenitally Blind Man (Psychedelic Times)
  • Couple drop LSD to see if it makes them better at assembling IKEA furniture (Metro)
  • Psychedelic Cyclists – An Irishman’s Diary about Albert Hofmann and Flann O’Brien (The Irish Times)
  • St. Pete man on LSD punches 13-year-old girl in face, knocks her out (WFLA)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • The Man Who Treated His OCD with Magic Mushrooms (VICE)
  • Inside Jamaica's magic mushroom retreat for women (The Independent)


  • Can MDMA Treat Alcoholism? Scientists Begin First Clinical Trials (Newsweek)
  • MDMA research meets Australian antipathy (Cosmos Magazine)
  • An Amsterdam house had so much MDMA discovered inside it's been locked down (Mixmag)
  • Teen dies after taking 'Netflix and Chill' ecstasy pills (New York Post)
  • Melissa McCarthy Snorts Ecstasy With Sex Crazed Puppets in ‘Happytime Murders’ (Variety)
  • Gardaí fear 'bad batch' of MDMA may have killed teen (17) (


  • Canadian Lynched by Mob After Being Accused of Killing Shaman at Ayahuasca Retreat (VICE)
  • UN condemns murder of Peruvian indigenous leader (Andina)
  • A Judge Has Ordered Arrests Over Killing of a Canadian in the Peruvian Amazon (TIME)
  • Effects and risks of ayahuasca, the hallucinogen sought after by Canadians travelling to the Amazon (CBC)
  • How Did Avicii Die? Details On The Artist's Sudden Passing (EDM Sauce)
  • Doctor sees healing power in psychedelic plant as Peru investigates deaths (The Reminder)


  • Why opioid addicts desperate to quit are turning to this risky treatment (New York Post)


  • Ketamine Nasal Spray May Help Reduce Depression Symptoms, Study Says (The Fix)
  • Oral ketamine does not ease cancer-related neuropathic pain (medwireNews)
  • Beneficial effects of ketamine in a chronic pain state with allodynia, possibly due to central sensitization (Science Direct)
  • Document: Hagerstown man smoked PCP before shooting woman (Herald-Mail Media)
  • Boyfriend of Morgan Freeman's slain kin knew what he was doing despite being in PCP haze (New York Daily News)


  • New York Could Open the First Safe Injection Site in the US (The Nation)
  • asha bandele: Prince could still be alive today if America didn’t shame people for using drugs (Mic)
  • Google uses its search skills to help fight opioid addiction (Engadget)
  • The New York Times Suggests Opioids Should Be Reserved for Terminal Patients (Reason)
  • Will Getting Tough on Dealers Curb the Opioid Crisis? (The Crime Report)


  • Leading Scientists Say Salmonella Outbreak Tied To Kratom May Be Side-Effect Of FDA Crackdown & Underscores Need For Regulation … Not A Ban (PR Newswire)
  • Kratom Products Recalled for Risk of Salmonella (Coherent Chronicle)
  • Kratom Wars: FDA, Proponents Square Off on Controversial Opioid-Like Plant (Pain Medicine News)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Lessons from Portugal: The Case for Drug Policy Reform (Beckley Foundation)
  • Becoming a Psychedelic Researcher: Alan Kooi Davis (Psymposia)
  • Are psychedelics the answer to depression and addiction? (Salon)
  • Not all drug dealers are the same – it’s time to ditch outdated stereotypes (The Conversation)
  • Harm Reduction: More than just clean needles (Julian Buchanan)
  • A Survey Shows The Most Used Drugs At Music Festivals: Here’s What We Learned (Dance Music Northwest)
  • Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories (Mad in America)
  • A revolution in teen drug education (New York Daily News)
  • Police chiefs studying decriminalizing drugs as possible solution to opioid crisis (CBC)
  • Just Because You Can't Stop Taking Antidepressants Doesn't Mean You're Addicted (VICE)
  • Pill-testing trial approved for Groovin the Moo festival in Canberra (ABC)
  • Why we should test drugs for safety (Virgin)
  • The Best Drug Documentaries On Netflix Right Now (HotNewHipHop)
  • 'Archaic and harmful': report condemns strict handling of student drug takers (The Guardian)
  • Psychedelic Scholar Robert Forte Talks Conspiracy Theories and Consciousness (Santa Barbara Independent)
  • New Research Provides First Peek at Ancient Mesopotamian Drug Use (Ancient Origins)

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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