This Week in Psychedelics - 5.11.17



  • What Tuesday’s Primary Elections Mean for Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)
  • It’s Time for a New Discussion of Marijuana’s Risks (The New York Times)
  • Illinois bill would use medical marijuana to fight opioids (ABC News)
  • Marches in Peru & Argentina demand new cannabis laws (Euronews)
  • Thousands March in Chile for Legal Cannabis Cultivation (teleSUR)
  • DEA Task Force Backs Group Fighting Medical Marijuana in Utah (Marijuana Moment)
  • Thousands toke and buy weed as Sacramento hosts first legal marijuana fest in California (The Sacramento Bee)
  • Medical marijuana for PTSD and pain signed into Georgia law (Politically Georgia)
  • Legalizing Hemp Brings Schumer And McConnell Together (Forbes)
  • How anti-marijuana Jeff Sessions became the best thing to happen to pot legalization (USA Today)
  • MMJ for Autism Bill Passes Legislature, Moves to Governor (Westword)
  • Canada plans to legalize weed – but will those charged with crimes get amnesty? (The Guardian)
  • Illinois police claim if marijuana is legalized, they'll have to kill their police dogs (The Week)
  • Colorado Cop Debunks lllinois Cop’s Claim That Legal Pot Would Lead to Killing of Police Dogs (Grit Post)
  • Even Where Weed Is Legal, Government Regulation Makes Advertising It a Nightmare (Reason)
  • Missouri Medical Marijuana Initiative Filed (NORML)
  • NORML's New Push to De-schedule Marijuana (Westword)
  • Cannabis Industry Could Be 'A Form Of Reparations,' Says Cynthia Nixon (Forbes)
  • New York: Patients Using Fewer Opioids Following Enrollment In Medical Cannabis Program (NORML)
  • Colorado's Governor Will Decide Whether Cannabis Consumers Get 'Tasting Rooms' (Reason)
  • Senator Kamala Harris Cosponsors The Marijuana Justice Act (NORML)
  • Cannabis Kicks Lyme Disease to the Curb (Health & Fitness)
  • What do we know about women, cannabis and psychosis? (National Elf Service)
  • Interstate Smuggling? How the Vireo Incident Is Testing State Cannabis Laws (Leafly)
  • Mother Credits Marijuana For Transforming Son With Severe Autism (CBS Denver)
  • Cannabis tax revenue in California falls far short of projections (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • How close is New York to legalizing marijuana? (Times-Union)
  • Meghan Markle’s Nephew Is Growing Weed in Oregon—and Created a Cannabis Strain In Her Honor (The Potlander)
  • Report: Rec marijuana consumers use less alcohol, pain medications, sleep aids (Marijuana Business Daily)
  • Lots of Doctors Recommend Weed Without Understanding It (WIRED)
  • Marijuana shops recommend products to pregnant women, against doctors' warnings (CNN)
  • McConnell: I won't support legalizing marijuana (The Hill)
  • Banning home-grown pot would be paternalistic, unenforceable: task force chair (CBC)
  • Marijuana Arrests Soar in Allentown and Bethlehem as Both Cities Consider Marijuana Decriminalization (NORML)
  • Cannabis fans call for legalisation in international celebration of weed (Metro)
  • Letters: ‘Pot’ and cannabis not interchangeable (Palm Beach Post)
  • Avoid These Obvious Mistakes When Investing In Cannabis Stocks (Forbes)
  • Cannabis use among veterans soars as Ottawa cuts paybacks (The Globe and Mail)


  • These LSD-Inspired Paintings Are Wild, Man (VICE)
  • GMU Student Pleads Guilty to Selling LSD to Frat Brother Who Jumped to His Death (NBC4 Washington)
  • Woman allegedly takes LSD before babysitting, stealing child’s toys (WHIO)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • A ‘Magic Mushroom’ Strategy for America’s Opioid Crisis (The Crime Report)
  • First, Marijuana. Are Magic Mushrooms Next? (Daily Beast)
  • Washington Mushroom Hunter Faces Five Years in Prison for Psilocybin (Ladybud)


  • Thank you, New York Times, for asking ‘Who is behind these studies? Where does the money come from?’ (Health News Review)
  • Scientists Want the FDA to Designate MDMA a 'Breakthrough Therapy' for PTSD (Motherboard)
  • Are Ecstasy Induced Serotonergic Alterations Overestimated For The Majority Of Users? (SAGE Journals)
  • Here Are 4 Conditions That the Drug Ecstasy May Help Treat (Healthline)
  • Psychedelic drug provides relief for veterans with PTSD (Military Times)
  • The Cure for PTSD is Illegal (Andrew Joseph)
  • 'Happy and healthy' schoolgirl, 15, died on mountainside beauty spot after taking ecstasy for the first time (Daily Mail)
  • Children turn stepfather into police after bag of ecstasy was found in 3-year-old's pants (FOX13 Memphis)


  • Peru Authorities Say Canadian Killed Respected Ayahuasca Shaman (VICE)
  • The Magazine Interview: Michael Pollan on his new book and what he learnt smoking the psychedelic venom of a toad (The Sunday Times)
  • 6 Ways Ayahuasca Works like a Good Trauma Therapist (Chacruna)
  • The Bizarre Murder Case of a Revered Ayahuasca Shaman (VICE)
  • Inside Peru’s Amazonian mind-altering drug camps where Westerners flock for spiritual highs and cancer cures (The Sun)
  • How I Became an Ayahuasca Sorcerer (Kahpi)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline


Salvia Divinorum

  • Salvinorin A. Is it possible to have a truly powerful painkiller that is not addictive? (Psymposia)


  • Author recounts how he ended up high on green ketamine with the Irish President (Metro)
  • Ketamine Stirs Up Hope—and Controversy—as a Depression Drug (WIRED)
  • A depression drug that researchers have called 'the most important discovery in half a century' just got a big lift (Business Insider)
  • Epic twitter thread about doing ketamine at work is nightmarishly hilarious (The Daily Dot)
  • Police use Taser on PCP-high man at least 6 times, family says (KPRC)


  • Walmart won't provide more than 7 days worth of opioids for some prescriptions (USA Today)
  • Reversing An Overdose Isn't Complicated, But Getting The Antidote Can Be (NPR)
  • People Are Using A $1 Test Strip To Check Their Drugs For Fentanyl (BuzzFeed News)
  • The Complicated Relationship Between Opium and Art in the 20th Century (Artsy)
  • Needle by Needle, a Heroin Crisis Grips California’s Rural North (The New York Times)
  • Arkansas man arrested after 17 pounds of heroin found in fire extinguisher (THV11)


  • The First Kratom Leadership Summit Gain The Support From Scientists, Advocates, And Community (Kratom Guides)
  • Two Manufacturers Recall Kratom Supplements for Possible Salmonella (Food Poisoning Bulletin)


  • Khat (Plant) Market to witness excellent Long-Term Growth Outlook (The Mobile Herald)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • More drug convictions might be tossed because of evidence snorting chemist (Rooster)
  • Usage of Depression Pills Almost Halved Among Children in Denmark (Mad in America)
  • A revival in the scientific study of psychedelics prompts a journalist to take a trip (Science Magazine)
  • PsyCare UK: 10 years of festival harm reduction in the UK (Psychedelic Press UK)
  • More pill-testing at festivals on the cards after Canberra success (WA Today)
  • The crippling stigma of drug addiction (New York Daily News)
  • Psychedelic drugs appear to fundamentally reorganize the brain — and they're starting to turn into approved treatments (Business Insider)
  • Drugs should be legalised, regulated, and taxed (British Medical Journal)
  • Spiritual Warrior on The Psychedelic Path: Interview with Author Richard Haight (Psychedelic Times)
  • Psychedelic Hero’s Journey of a Traveling Nobody by Traveling Nobody (Psychedelic Press UK)
  • Why alcohol health warning labels are a good idea: findings from the latest Global Drug Survey (The Conversation)
  • How Many Chances Should a Drug User Get? (The New York Times)
  • Ohio patrol uses drug dogs more often with black drivers (Miami Herald)
  • Dealer used dark web, bitcoin and U.S. Postal Service to run national drug business from Denver, feds say (The Denver Post)
  • Supervised injection facilities are necessary; adding drug-checking services would save even more lives (New York Daily News)
  • The Pscience of Psychedelics (JSTOR Daily)
  • Cocaine 'delivered faster than pizza' in Scotland (STV News)
  • The Prohibition of Psychedelics Retards the Evolution of Humanity (Andrew Joseph)
  • Bid to make University of Buckingham drug-free called ‘misguided’ by think tank - and Sir Anthony now thinks so too (Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser)
  • Psychedelics and Personality Changes (Psychedelic Heaven)
  • Drug dealers are 'using professional networking site Linkedin to sell cocaine, heroin, ketamine and Xanax' (Daily Mail)
  • Avicii and what we can learn from his death. (Psychedelic Astronaut)

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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