This Week in Psychedelics - 5.26.17

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • Michigan Cannabis Legalization Marches Toward 2018 Ballot (Leafly)
  • Vermont Governor Phil Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization (NORML)
  • Cannabis could help treat epilepsy in children (The Telegraph)
  • The Pot Startups Prepping for Jeff Sessions' New War on Drugs (WIRED)
  • Sign Us Up: WSU Needs Volunteers to Consume Cannabis (Leafly)
  • That Time Joe Cocker Get Kicked Out of Australia for Cannabis (Leafly)
  • The Government's Best Weapon Against Heroin Might Be Marijuana (Benzinga)
  • Veterans Group Calls on Trump To Reschedule Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Epileptic high school athlete at center of cannabis oil debate (WSB-TV)
  • Microdosing With Cannabis: Benefits Without the Buzz (Leafly)
  • Are Cannabis Clubs Coming to Oregon? The Proposed Bill Sounds Promising (Leafly)
  • DIY Cannabis Cultivation App 'WeGrow' Wants To Bring Flower To The People (Forbes)
  • Malcolm X: From Cannabis Peddler to Iconic Civil Rights Activist (Leafly)
  • South Dakota Jury Acquits Tribal Cannabis Consultant of All Charges (Reason)
  • Cannabis Convictions Go up in Smoke With California Legalization (Leafly)
  • Wine and Cannabis? Oregon Vineyards Give Marijuana Farming a Try (Leafly)
  • Growing Cannabis At Home Requires More Than Green Thumb (KUNR)
  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Growing Your Own Cannabis (Leafly)
  • San Diego D.A. Files Charges Against Marijuana Entrepreneur 16 Months After Seizing His Money (Reason)
  • Your Guide to Pruning Cannabis Plants for Maximum Yield (Leafly)


  • 100 Therapeutic LSD Trips Helped Cary Grant Prepare for the Future (Inverse)
  • Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' at 50: John Lennon's Accidental 'Getting Better' Acid Trip (Rolling Stone)
  • Chance the Rapper Seeking Chicago Students to Help Direct His 'LSD' Video (Billboard)
  • A Really Good Day, one woman's chronicle of microdosing with LSD to control her moods (South China Morning Post)
  • Nicholas Sand: Outlaw LSD producer fled to British Columbia (The Globe and Mail)
  • LSD, drugs led to man's death in Snowmass Base Village parking garage (The Aspen Times)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Study finds mushrooms are the safest recreational drug (The Guardian)
  • Research continues on psilocybin's effects on anxiety disorders (Auburn Citizen)


  • MDMA Users Are Still Rolling Wrong, Says Massive New Drug Survey (Inverse)
  • Student-Run Initiative Rolls Out Free MDMA Test Kits (The Bottom Line)
  • Dutch Drug Labs Flooding U.S With Crystal Meth, Ecstasy via the Dark Web: Officials (Newsweek)
  • A Pigeon Can Carry $10K in Street-Value MDMA (Inverse)
  • Why father whose two sons died of an MDMA overdose wants drugs to be decriminalised (The Independent)
  • GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY 2017: Ireland takes MDMA more regularly than any other country in the world (Hot Press)
  • Scots among 'most prolific ecstasy users in the world' (The Scotsman)
  • Schoolboy, 14, is left in a wheelchair after downing brandy then taking ecstasy and anxiety medication he bought from a teenage classmate before plunging 30ft out of a window (Daily Mail)


Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Crazed druggie high on Black Mamba synthetic cannabis hacked his own hooter off with kitchen knife (The Sun)
  • Psychoactive substances, including synthetic cannabis, are still in NZ (


  • Pain patients treated with ketamine less likely to experience depression (The Pharmaceutical Journal)
  • Stanford researcher explores use of ketamine to treat severe mental illness (Scope)
  • Times Square deadly accident - the driver wanted to 'kill them all' (Blasting News)
  • Watch Texas Officer Shoot PCP Suspect Trying To Cut Man's Head Off (Law Officer)
  • PCP, Meth And Heroin Found When Wildomar Man Blows Stop Sign: Police (Lake Elsinore Patch)


  • An Accidental Confession Led Police to a $500 Million Opium Poppy Field in North Carolina (TIME)
  • Website unites families of heroin overdose victims (WREG)
  • Jane Philpott says pharmaceutical heroin a potential lifesaver in opioid epidemic (CBC News)
  • CVS To Sell Opiate Overdose Drug Naloxone Without Prescription In Arizona (KJZZ)
  • Heroin Disguised as Candy Becomes Latest Attempt to Hook Kids (WAER)


  • How Long Does It Take Kratom Tea To Kick In? (Kratom Guides)
  • New York: Harness Trainer Suspended Indefinitely After Four Horses Test Positive For Kratom (Paulick Report)
  • Advisory - Unauthorized "High By Nature" kratom products recalled by Garnoff Botanicals as they may pose serious health risks (Canada NewsWire)
  • Is Red Kratom Good For Opiate Withdrawal? (Kratom Guides)


  • Kava In Our Markets Not Of Good Quality, Says Uraia Waibuta (Fiji Sun)
  • Kava's risks outweigh any potential benefits (Auburn Citizen)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • President Trump Compliments Leader Who Executes His Citizens for Drug Charges (NORML)
  • Help Support MAPS Initiative To Legalize Psychedelic Medicine For Those In Need (Collective Evolution)
  • WATCH: Psychedelics Could Impact the Future of Humanity (AlterNet)
  • We're Starting to Understand How Psychedelic Flashbacks Work (Tonic)
  • The Silk Road Creator's Life Sentence Actually Boosted Dark Web Drug Sales (WIRED)
  • Do Psychedelic Trips Change Your Political Views? (Motherboard)
  • Use of psychedelic drugs may reduce the risk of suicide in female sex workers (Aidsmap)
  • What is Psychedelic Group Coaching? Interview with Deanne Adamson of Being True to You (Psychedelic Times)
  • Mobile drug testing under fire: are the NSW police and policymakers targeting the young and the poor? (Happy
  • Will psychedelics go mainstream for psych treatment? One NYU researcher hopes so (Modern Healthcare)
  • Becoming Certified in Recovery & Psycho-Spiritual Coaching: Interview with Deanne Adamson (Psychedelic Times)
  • This Florida Prosecutor Campaigned on Reform and Fairness. Now She's Ratcheting Up the Drug War (Reason)

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.