This Week in Psychedelics - 4.8.16

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  • DEA Plans To Decide Whether To Reschedule Marijuana By Mid-Year (The Huffington Post)
  • Where Marijuana Legalization Is on the Ballot in 2016 (ATTN:)
  • Pot Smokers at White House Protest Obama's Disinterest in Reclassifying Marijuana (Reason)
  • How Marijuana Affects Your Pets (ATTN:)
  • Anti-Pot Okla. Legislator Celebrates the Death of His State's Challenge to Legalization in Colo. (Reason)
  • Run a Pot Ad, Go to Jail? (Reason)
  • Leading US Senators Convene Anti-Marijuana Hearing (NORML)
  • Cannabis arrests down 46% since 2010 - police figures (BBC)
  • Free Cannabis Seeds At The White House This Weekend (Green Rush Daily)
  • Research Report Reveals Leading Emerging International Cannabis Markets (New Cannabis Ventures)
  • Senator Says 'Good People Don't Smoke Marijuana' (Reason)
  • Why is the Cannabis Industry So Gosh Darned White? (Merry Jane)
  • Thank You for Pot Smoking: Jeff Kundert of the American Cannabis Society Talks Marijuana Legalization (Psychedelic Times)
  • It's Time to Treat Medical Cannabis Like Medicine (Leafly)
  • The Current State of Cannabis Technology (Forbes)
  • Sensual photos of teens smoking marijuana, taken for the U.S. government in 1973 (Boing Boing)
  • Analysis: How Vermont could change the marijuana legalization game (Daily Herald)
  • How to Customize Your Cannabis High with Temperature (Leafly)
  • It Is Time To Deschedule, Not Reschedule, Cannabis (NORML)
  • Just Don't Inhale: Newspaper Seeks Cannabis Reporter Who Can Pass Drug Test (TIME)
  • Marijuana Startups Like Tokken Aim To Provide The Cannabis Industry With Banking Services, But Will Legal Shifts Put Them Out Of Business? (International Business Times)
  • 5 Pesticides Wrongly Used in Cannabis Cultivation (Merry Jane)
  • Jumping Ahead Of Evidence, Prohibitionists Claim Legalizing Pot Boosts Underage Consumption (Reason)
  • Cannabis terpenes, 101 (Extract)
  • Playing cards for marijuana enthusiasts (Boing Boing)
  • Cannabis helps my epileptic son. If only we had known sooner (The Guardian)
  • Scientists Successfully Breed Kale with Cannabis (High Times)
  • Cannabis Use Threatens Antipsychotic Medication Adherence (Medscape)
  • There is a hidden knife in this marijuana leaf pendant (Boing Boing)
  • Former Tax Judge Indicted for Tax Evasion Wrote Cannabusiness Decision (Reason)


  • LSD could make you smarter, happier and healthier. Should we all try it? (The Washington Post)
  • Medical LSD to be More Useful Than Medical Marijuana (Clapway)
  • This is what it's like to take LSD and go into virtual reality (Metro)
  • Tripping on LSD Makes Mental Time Travel Possible, but Only to the Future (Inverse)
  • That Time the CIA Secretly Dosed Americans With LSD (OZY)
  • Walmsley trial: Girl allegedly woke from LSD stupor to find caregiver raping her (
  • Maidstone man arrested after $13m LSD seized (The Age)
  • Jailed Byron LSD dealer gets chance for appeal (Byron Shire News)
  • Woman arrested on LSD possession, other charges (Terre Haute Tribune Star)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Did Psychedelic Mushrooms and Group Sex Play a Role in Human Evolution? (Big Think)
  • Magic Mushroom Guru Terence McKenna Talks Science and UFOs (AlterNet)
  • Psilocybe Cubensis: A Worth Candidate For The Philosopher's Stone (Disinfo)


  • MDMA Is A Step Closer To Legal Medicinal Use In USA (Deep House Amsterdam)
  • Weekly Dose: ecstasy, the party drug that could be used to treat PTSD (The Conversation)
  • 6 Terrifying Things You Didn't Know Molly Could Do to Your Body (Mic)
  • MDMA could be available over the counter in the chemist in five years (Metro)
  • Molly Love: Resorting to Ecstasy for Intimacy (OZY)
  • Man seen "taking a substance" in the gents of a night club was found with wraps of MDMA, court told (Bristol Post)
  • Man caught bagging up 36,000 ecstasy pills during garda raid jailed (Sunday World)
  • Ecstasy and booze killed young woman at Boonstock festival in Penticton (Global News)
  • Mother heartbroken as second teenage son collapses and dies 'from ecstasy pill' just a year after his brother died the same way (Daily Mail)


  • Michelle Rodriguez Reveals A Psychedelic Brew Made Her Jealous Of Paul Walker's Death (Inquisitr)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Court: Native American church not excused from cannabis laws (FOX News)


  • Dr. Deborah Mash Talks About the Unique Power of Ibogaine Therapy for Drug Addiction (Psychedelic Times)
  • Personal Story: How I Freed Myself From Anxiety With Iboga (

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Street Drug Flakka Ravaged Florida and Then Disappeared (TIME)
  • Psychedelic art collector, 70, becomes UK's 'oldest person to die' after taking legal highs (The Telegraph)


  • This Could Be Big: Intravenous Ketamine for Fibromyalgia (National Pain Report)
  • Ketamine for Excited Delirium Syndrome: Results of a 3-year case series (EMS1)
  • A Pain Patient's Experience with Ketamine (National Pain Report)
  • Ketamine: Party Drug and Essential Anaesthetic in Africa (BBC)
  • Special K: "The Next Big Thing" in Psychiatry? (Law Street)
  • Center PD: Man on PCP stabs woman over can of beer (KTRE)
  • KC postal carrier charged with conspiracy to distribute PCP through mail (KSHB)
  • Paterson man arrested with two glass jars of PCP (Paterson Times)


  • Heroin 'Safe Zones': Coming to the United States? (NBC News)
  • Life-saving overdose treatment naloxone gets user-friendly 3D printed redesign (
  • Rajasthan: Opium users gear up for life post its ban (The Indian Express)
  • Mexican Army Finds Opium Poppies Growing Near US Border (ABC News)
  • Street Heroin Use Could Be Curbed with Morphine-Like Drug (Live Science)
  • Give regulated supply of bhukki to addicts: Patiala MP to Punjab govt (Hindustan Times)
  • Chinese woman who grew opium plants in her backyard held by police (South China Morning Post)




  • Waikato study examines kava's effects on driving (
  • Krave kava bar celebrates first anniversary (The Daily Tar Heel)
  • Kava Lounge Sets Grand Opening For Booze-Free Relaxation On Divis (SFist)


  • Bulgarian authorities bust 28 kg of narcotic substance khat, nearly 5 kg of heroin (Focus News)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Meet Rick Doblin, Psychedelic Pioneer Who Has Expanded the Boundaries of Medicine (AlterNet)
  • This Norweigian Man's UN Speech About People Who Use Drugs Is Extraordinary (The Influence)
  • Psychedelics Could Hold the Key to Mental Health, But Most Research is Illegal (News in Brief)
  • These Trippy Portraits Reveal the Diversity of Drug Users (ATTN:)
  • Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Research 2016 (Psychedelic Press UK)
  • TripSit Wiki is now open for editing (
  • NEW BOOK> Altered States: Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America (H-Net)
  • Coming Out of the Drug War Haze? (Reason)
  • Is Bernie Sanders a Fan of Psychedelic Trance Pioneer Shpongle? (THUMP)
  • Niche market for high-end drugs (The Hindu)

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.