This Week in Psychedelics - 5.12.17

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • Daily dose of cannabis extract could reverse brain's decline in old age, study suggests (The Guardian)
  • Vermont's Legislature Just Became the First to Approve Recreational Marijuana (TIME)
  • Researchers See Potential in Cannabis to Fight Opioid Epidemic (NBC Bay Area)
  • Why Experts Say You're Buying Marijuana the Wrong Way (ATTN:)
  • Delaware Legislature Advances Full Legalization To Full House Vote (NORML)
  • Like Most Americans, NFL Players Think They Should Be Allowed to Use Medical Marijuana (Reason)
  • While There's Money and Hope in Cannabis, Technologists Beware (Philadelphia Magazine)
  • Cannabis: It's Getting Better All the Time (Cannabis Now)
  • Washington: Support For Marijuana Policy Reform Surges Post-Legalization (NORML)
  • 'This Trail Was Blazed by Patients': An Interview With Cannabis Advocate Montel Williams (Leafly)
  • Chile starts selling cannabis medicines at some pharmacies (FOX Business)
  • A Quick Guide to Denver's Proposed Cannabis Club Rules (Leafly)
  • Nevada: Retail Marijuana Sales To Begin This July (NORML)
  • Five-day 'cannabis retreat' in California offers drug-infused meals and activities to help guests 'find themselves' (The Sun)
  • New Hampshire: Decriminalization Passes Senate, Soon Heads To Governor To Sign (NORML)
  • A Wedding Fit For Cannabis Lovers (Leafly)
  • Vermont Awaits Decision From Governor on Cannabis Legalization (Leafly)
  • Cardiff pro-cannabis march calls for drugs cafes (BBC)
  • Trump's Medical Marijuana Threat Contradicts the Law and His Own Position (Reason)
  • Cannabis Legalization Ballot Drive Launches in Michigan (Leafly)
  • Atlanta City Council Considers Decriminalization of Marijuana (NORML)


  • First-Ever LSD Microdosing Study Will Pit the Human Brain Against AI (Motherboard)
  • Does LSD 'Microdosing' Really Work? Study Aims to Find Out (Live Science)
  • Nicholas Sand, manufacturer of LSD in the 1960s – obituary (The Telegraph)
  • LSD: Should We Legalize It? (National Monitor)
  • This is what happens to your brain on LSD (Indy 100)
  • Tragic student in death plunge after taking LSD bought on the Dark Web (Scottish Daily Record)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms



Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Religious Freedom, Brought To You By Animal Sacrifice And Peyote (MTV News)
  • Learning to be an Ayahuasca and San Pedro Shaman (The Professional Hobo)

Morning Glory Seeds

  • These Flowers Hold Clues To Spreading Life Beyond Earth (Gizmodo)


  • Ketamine Has a Reputation: Not Just for Pain, but for Depression (National Pain Report)
  • There's new evidence that a 'party drug' is a rapid-fire treatment for depression (Business Insider)
  • Police: Drunk Woman Driving On I-87 Found With Large Amounts Of PCP, Cocaine (Hudson Valley Post)


  • Trump Is Slashing Fundings for the Agency Fighting the Opioid Crisis (ATTN:)
  • North Korea Is A Major Opium Producer, Making It A Prime Target For The CIA (MintPress News)
  • Heroin epidemic pushing up hepatitis C infections in US (ABC News)
  • Florida Lawmakers Impose Harsh New Mandatory Minimums for Fentanyl (Reason)
  • Mexico Army Fights Surge in Violence for Control of Poppy Country (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Woman Arrested After Trying to Smuggle Heroin Strapped to Her Butt Into the U.S. (Inside Edition)



Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Scientists Want You to Give Them Money to Study Psychedelics (WIRED)
  • Psychedelic Therapy: The Cure for PTSD? (Paste Magazine)
  • Las Vegas Now Has Syringe Vending Machines for Drug Users (ATTN:)
  • Pill Testing May Have Just Got A Whole Lot Easier (Stoney Roads)
  • 'My fear of dying was gone': Former cancer patient says psychedelic drugs helped him cope with end of life anxiety (The Independent)
  • Sessions weighs return to harsher punishments for low-level drug crimes (The Washington Post)
  • Scientists Uncover a Higher State of Consciousness (TrendinTech)
  • Donald Trump Reportedly Plans to Gut the Drug Czar's Office (Reason)
  • Are psychedelics the new medical marijuana? (ABC10)
  • Marijuana, LSD and the story of other schedule 1 drugs (ABC10)

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.