This Week in Psychedelics - 5.20.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • Will Canada become America's cannabis capital? (The Guardian)
  • NFL Player Eugene Monroe Donates $80,000 to Medical Cannabis Research (Merry Jane)
  • How One Guy's Illegal U-Turn Brought Down a Cannabis Gang (VICE)
  • Cooking With Cannabis (Medical Jane)
  • Trouble in Bogota: How the Risks of Homemade Cannabis Remedies are Being Felt in Colombia (Leafly)
  • California is poised to become the center of cannabis culture (Los Angeles Times)
  • The case for legalizing cannabis (Toronto Star)
  • NC Support for Medical at All Time High - 2016 (NORML of North Carolina)
  • The Downside to The DEA Rescheduling Cannabis (Merry Jane)
  • Cannabis convention controversy: The 'free' samples that'll run you $299 (Alaska Dispatch News)
  • House Member Vote To Permit Military Veterans Access To Medical Cannabis (NORML)
  • Cannabis-Infused Spa Treatments Are Mom Approved (Merry Jane)
  • First Clinical Trial With Cannabis for Huntington's Disease Shows Promising Results (High Times)
  • Cannabis By The Numbers: How Much Money Will States Bring in From Marijuana in 2016? (Merry Jane)
  • New State Laws Permit Medical Marijuana Use In Hospitals (NORML)
  • They Called It A Miracle: Cannabis Oil Helps Infant Beat Aggressive Eye Cancer (
  • Arizona Cannabis Legalization Has Some Powerful Opponents (ATTN:)
  • Cannabis for Canines (Reason)
  • Say Why To Drugs – the highs and lows of cannabis (The Guardian)
  • Cannabis Prices Are Plummeting Thanks To Legalization (Green Rush Daily)
  • Colorado's Lessons from Legal Pot (Reason)
  • Best Marijuana Strains for People Who Can't Sleep (ATTN:)
  • Cannabis Changes the Game of Real Estate (Eugene Weekly)
  • Baird confronted at cannabis conference by illness sufferers (SBS)
  • Here Are 5 Highly Reviewed Marijuana Strains for Arousal (ATTN:)
  • Anti-Pot Analyst Claims Fatal Crashes in Washington 'Have Risen 122 Percent' (Reason)


  • Watch this brief history of LSD, and glimpse of its future (Boing Boing)
  • The first modern images of a human brain on LSD (The Daily Psychedelic Video)
  • That Escalated Quickly: Why You Should Do Acid (Daily Nexus)
  • Boys take LSD at Donald Trump rally, philosophize about nation's future (Daily Pakistan)
  • Vogue Williams reveals she's not doing LSD for new show: 'No drugs for me' (Irish Examiner)
  • NH police still investigating bad LSD trip at UMass Outing Club last week (MassLive)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic mushrooms lift severe depression in clinical trial (The Guardian)
  • The FDA Calls Psilocybin Trips Food Poisoning, but Mushrooms May Mend the Brain (Inverse)
  • Psilocybin and End-of-Life Anxiety: Reducing Stress for Terminal Cancer Patients (Psychedelic Times)
  • Psychedelic Mushrooms: Strong Medicine For A Troubled World (


  • 7 Ways to Reduce the MDMA Hangover (AlterNet)
  • ILLEGAL! Presents: In Love With EMMA (VolteFace)


Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Alabama church members smoke pot, eat mushrooms and peyote: those are the sacraments (

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Man, 21, who had to learn to eat and walk again after taking psychedelic drug 'NBOMe' shares picture of himself in a 10-day coma in hospital to warn others of the dangers (Daily Mail)


  • Ketamine: painkiller, party drug – and possibly next-generation antidepressant (The Conversation)
  • Promising Data With Ketamine in Chronic and Phantom Limb Pain (Medscape)
  • This Personal Tragedy Gave Me a Mission to Save Our Youth (The Good Men Project)
  • Stamford police: Woman stuffs 20 bags of PCP down pants (Stamford Advocate)
  • Blue Springs man sentenced to 20 years in prison for PCP conspiracy (KMBZ)


  • Mexico debates legalizing opium poppy for medicine (Medical Xpress)
  • Dangerous heroin-fentanyl combination fuels overdoses (CBS)
  • The Price of This Anti-Overdose Drug Is Skyrocketing (ATTN:)
  • 'Opioid Epidemic' Myths (Reason)
  • Church must not condemn opium farmers, says Mexican bishop (The Tablet)



  • Yaqona Industry Recovery Expected To Take 3 To 6 Years (Fiji Sun)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • The War on Drugs May Have Misrepresented Psychedelics; Here's Why That Matters (Medical Daily)
  • LSD-Like Drugs Are Out of the Haze and Back in the Labs (The New York Times)
  • Why psychedelics could be a new class of antidepressant (The Guardian)
  • Psychedelic Artist Alex Grey Plans a Freaky Temple in New York (CityLab)
  • The Lingering Legacy of Psychedelia (The New Yorker)
  • Creatives, designers and drugs: what are they on, and why? (It's Nice That)
  • Countries Show Progress at the UN Meeting, But General Assembly Falls Short on Drug Policy Reform (Psychedelic Times)
  • 1970s magazine ads for cocaine paraphernalia (Boing Boing)
  • Print Your Own Drugs, For Health and Fun (Reason)
  • Psychedelics, Sexuality, and Transformation: An Interview with Author and Podcaster James Jesso (Psychedelic Times)
  • Colombia Seizes 8.8 Tons of Cocaine, President Says It's 'Biggest' Find in History (TIME)
  • Scientists: Mother's Voice is Like LSD or Magic Mushrooms (Clapway)
  • Newsbeat analyses Newcastle University's DIY drug testing kits in a laboratory (BBC)
  • Psychedelic Font: How Wes Wilson Turned Hippie Era Turmoil Into Art (NPR)

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.