This Week in Psychedelics - 5.18.18



  • Historic House Appropriations Committee Vote On Marijuana (NORML)
  • YouTube's cannabis content purge "a huge loss of cultural history" (Straight Cannabis)
  • U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer Says Cannabis May Be De-Regulated Nationwide Within Four Years (Willamette Week)
  • Legalising cannabis ‘would save £900m’ (The Times)
  • State Democrats plan to endorse marijuana legalization (New York Post)
  • State Marijuana Laws Dodge Supreme Court Bullet (Marijuana Moment)
  • Doctors Want More Information on Medical Cannabis, Study Finds (Leafly)
  • Texas Health Department Considers Cracking Down on CBD (Reason)
  • Many U.S. Oncologists Recommending Medical Marijuana (Hemp Gazette)
  • 4 Must-Read Quotes on Marijuana From DEA Head Robert Patterson (The Motley Fool)
  • California Cannabis Regulations May Make Weed Shippers Report Themselves to the Feds (WIRED)
  • Drugs Minister banned from talking about pot — as hubby runs giant cannabis farm (The Sun)
  • Canadian pot growers say marijuana byproduct a wasted opportunity for industry (ChatNewsToday)
  • These Experts Say Weed Could Help Ease Your Endometriosis Pain (POPSUGAR)
  • On marijuana and opioids — the DEA has no clue what it’s talking about (The Hill)
  • Marijuana Users Don't Mind Being Labeled Stoners And Potheads (Forbes)
  • The Legacy of Stop-and-Frisk in New York's Marijuana Arrests (The New York Times)
  • Chittenden, Windsor set plans to erase marijuana convictions (VTDigger)
  • Cannabis use up among parents with children in the home (Science Daily)
  • Oregon Cannabis Growers Turning to Hemp as CBD Extract Booms (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Advocates Defend Cynthia Nixon's 'Reparations' Comments (Forbes)
  • Marijuana Could Be A $3.1B Business In New York, Report Finds (Patch)
  • Cannabis Cup At Cal Expo Will Have Marijuana After City Council Vote (CBS Sacramento)
  • We Can’t Avoid Menopause But Cannabis Makes It Easier (Leafly)
  • Chart: Putting the $55 billion US retail cannabis market in perspective (Marijuana Business Daily)
  • Cannabidiol significantly reduces seizures in patients with severe form of epilepsy (PsyPost)
  • Weed legal states often have fewest drug problems (Rooster Magazine)
  • Cannabis bills get mixed reception from Legislature (Colorado Springs Independent)
  • Can Massachusetts become a leader in marijuana research? (MassLive)
  • Arizona veterans hope federal bill clears path for cannabis research in the VA (Arizona's Family)
  • Part 3, How to Start a Cannabis ‘Mother Plant’ (Leafly)
  • Marijuana-Growing Nuns Documentary ‘Breaking Habits’ Sells to Cranked Up (Variety)
  • California Today: A Start-Up Steps Up to Help Sweep Away Old Pot Convictions (The New York Times)
  • Medlab kicks off cannabis spray trial for cancer patients at Royal North Shore hospital (Stockhead)
  • Two District Attorneys May Stop Prosecuting Most Marijuana Offenses (The New York Times)
  • Most Georgians want legal recreational cannabis, poll shows (Marijuana Business Daily)
  • New Study Highlights The Social Impacts Of Cannabis Legalization In California (Forbes)
  • Medical Cannabis Is So Expensive, This Mum Might 'End Up On The Street' (Ten Daily)
  • What Do Cannabis Entrepreneurs Owe Victims of the Drug War? (Reason)
  • Should Florida let patients smoke medical marijuana? A judge will now decide (Miami Herald)
  • He lost his daughter, his future, all because of something that's now legal (Rooster Magazine)
  • Big Opportunities In Europe's Cannabis Market Come With Big Risks (Forbes)
  • Medical cannabis should be legalised, says Royal College of Nursing (The Telegraph)
  • California cannot afford to wait on banking for cannabis businesses (The Sacramento Bee)
  • Meet the New Faces of Cannabis—10 People Now Shaping Legal Weed in Oregon (Willamette Week)
  • Bill Shorten Says Conservative Politicians Need To "Get Out Of The Way" Of Medical Cannabis Patients (BuzzFeed News)
  • BDS Analytics, a Boulder-based cannabis data leader, lands $3.5 million investment (The Denver Post)
  • RAND Study Says Cannabis Ads May Increase Underage Use (Leafly)
  • How One Chocolatier Wants to Bring Luxury Cannabis to a Mall Near You (Eater)
  • Nina Fern: "The Highly" Intellectual Cannabis Periodical (Forbes)


Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Denver And Oregon Now Want To Legalize Psychedelic Mushrooms (The Fresh Toast)


  • Brieing is the new cheese and MDMA drug craze middle class women are trying (Metro)
  • The College Student’s Guide To MDMA, Aka Molly (Study Breaks)
  • Dutch researchers find ecstasy and cocaine are getting stronger (Mixmag)
  • MDMA Opens Door for PTSD Patients to Work Through Trauma (UConn Today)
  • DanceSafe Warns Against Super-Strong UPS Shaped Ecstasy Pills (Your EDM)


  • What It's Like to Take Ayahuasca at a Psychedelic Healing Retreat (VICE)

Salvia Divinorum

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • 'Spice epidemic in jails risk to nurses' (BBC)


  • Intranasal Ketamine Succeeds for Resistant Depression in Phase 3 Trial (Medscape)
  • Specific Features in Mood Disorders May Affect Outcome of Ketamine Treatment (MD Magazine)
  • Lily Allen kicked out of awards after accidental ketamine trip (Daily Star)


  • This ‘cure’ only makes the opioid crisis worse (New York Post)
  • The Challenge of Ensuring Accessibility to Naloxone for Those Who Need It Most (The American Journal of Managed Care)
  • Opioid Death Rates Are Not Correlated With Prescription Rates Across States (Reason)
  • Would Naloxone Training Save Lives? (TechnoStalls)
  • The County’s Sitting on Thousands of Doses of Naloxone (Voice of San Diego)
  • FDA Head Acknowledges Suffering Caused by Opioid Crackdown (Reason)
  • Naloxone Reverses Deadly Overdoses, But Then What? (North Carolina Health News)
  • Nevada Records Show 'Opioid-Related' Deaths Usually Involve Illicit Drugs or Mixtures (Reason)


  • Kratom Legalization! Explore What New Research States About It (Kratom Guides)
  • Why Is Kratom So Much Controversial? (Kratom Guides)
  • Lawmakers urge Louisiana Department of Health to study kratom: why? (Best of New Orleans)
  • Kratom: A dangerous opioid or natural panacea? (WTVD)
  • Drug expert says ‘kratom’ substance seized from two Edmonton stores helped wean him off opioids (The Star)



  • Why Ethiopian farmers choose Khat over coffee (Reuters)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Michael Pollan: ‘I was a very reluctant psychonaut’ (The Guardian)
  • Global Study Finds Tobacco, Alcohol More Harmful Than Illicit Drugs (High Times)
  • The struggle to turn psychedelics into life-changing treatments (WIRED)
  • Can Psychedelic Drugs Be Medically Useful? (The Wall Street Journal)
  • The case for legalising drugs is overwhelming – so why won't governments listen? (The Telegraph)
  • Britain's first ever city centre recreational drug testing facility opens in Bristol (ITV News)
  • Michael Pollan Opens Up About His Powerful Psilocybin Trip on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show (Psychedelic Frontier)
  • Drug Use by State: 2018’s Problem Areas (WalletHub)
  • Introduction to Cognitive Enhancement, Microdosing, and Nootropics (Psychedelic Times)
  • Carl Jung on Why You Should Be Wary of Psychedelics (Psychedelic Frontier)
  • How Often Should Psychedelics Be Done? (Psychedelic Heaven)
  • Completed suicide among methamphetamine users: A national study (Drug and Alcohol Research Connections)
  • My Adventures With the Trip Doctors (The New York Times)
  • How to meditate on psychedelics with Vincent Horn of (Psymposia)
  • Northern Ireland drug offences rise by 20% (BBC)
  • After the Ceremony Ends: An Interview with Dr. Katherine Coder Pt. 1 (Psychedelic Times)
  • Review shows lack of evidence supporting use of antidepressants for insomnia (Medical Xpress)
  • Breaking Free From Prohibition: A Human Rights Approach to Successful Drug Reform (Julian Buchanan)
  • Movement to Legalize Drug Use Gains in a Former Soviet Republic (The New York Times)
  • Oliver North Worked With Cocaine Traffickers to Arm Terrorists. Now He'll Be President of the NRA. (The Intercept)
  • Is the ‘war on drugs’ preventing a second revolution in mental health treatment? (WikiTribune)
  • After decades of dormancy, psychedelic research makes a comeback (The Globe and Mail)
  • With governments asleep, a music festival is leading the world on drug policy (The Canary)
  • Thanks to Psychedelic Drugs, "Treatment-resistant" Depression is No Longer a Thing (Andrew Joseph)
  • Take it from someone who spent years taking heroin and crack: addiction isn't a physiological problem. It's a mental health one (The Independent)
  • When will politicians quit the war on drugs? (UnHerd)
  • Walking Backwards, or, The Magical Art of Psychedelic Psychogeography by Greg Humphries & Julian Vayne (Psychedelic Press UK)

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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