This Week in Psychedelics - 5.27.16

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  • Curbing The Cannabis Industry's Growing Power Consumption (OPB)
  • The Shake: Next President Urged to Give Cannabis a Fair Shake (Leafly)
  • Big Pharma Seeks to Capitalize on Pain-Reducing Compound Derived From Cannabis (Truth-Out)
  • Can Cannabis Change Capitalism? VICE Columnist, Author Thinks So. (Leafly)
  • Bernie Sanders Encourages Californians to Legalize Marijuana This Fall (Reason)
  • What We Know About Using Marijuana While Breastfeeding (ATTN:)
  • The Keurig of weed vaporizers is launching next year (The Verge)
  • A Member of Congress Made a Huge Admission About Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Whoopi Goldberg on the Challenges of Launching a Female-Focused Cannabis Brand (Yahoo! Style)
  • Feds: Marijuana Trafficking Falls Following Statewide Legalization (NORML)
  • VA Docs May Soon Be Allowed to Talk to Vets About Medical Pot (Reason)
  • Radical Rant: Why 'We Need More Research' On Cannabis Is Bullshit (High Times)
  • Nasdaq rejects listing application by cannabis social network (Reuters)
  • How To Grow Cannabis: Starting Marijuana Seeds (
  • Study: Rates Of Problematic Cannabis Use Falling Among Teens (NORML)
  • NYC Police Commissioner Says Marijuana Trade Is Too Violent to Be Legalized (Reason)
  • Here Are the 5 Best Marijuana Strains for Depression (ATTN:)
  • Maitland couple let son grow cannabis farm in their home to pay off his drug debt (Metro)
  • Canadian Police Shut Down Dozens of Unlicensed Marijuana Dispensaries (TIME)
  • The Unexpected Opponent to California's Marijuana Legalization Measure (Reason)
  • This is How Many College Students Drink Alcohol and Smoke Pot (TIME)
  • Marijuana millionaires cash in on cannabis legalisation (The Guardian)
  • Creating reference standards for cannabis testing: an interview with Adam Ross (
  • Effects of Cannabis on Alzheimer's Disease investigated in mice (Pravda)
  • Cannabuzz: Who Hates Cannabis? And Why? (The Portland Mercury)
  • The 5 Best Marijuana Strains for Migraines (ATTN:)
  • Smoking cannabis ALTERS your DNA 'causing mutations that can trigger serious illness, including cancer' (Daily Mail)
  • Stoned sheep went on 'psychotic rampage' after eating cannabis plants dumped in quiet Welsh village (Daily Mail)


  • Swapping LSD for Coffee at Work Is Probably a Bad Idea (The Daily Beast)
  • Had LSD Never Been Discovered Over 75 Years Ago, Music History Would Be Entirely Different (Mic)
  • The Early, State-Sanctioned LSD Experiments in Communist Bulgaria (Atlas Obscura)
  • A Trip Down Memory Lane: LSD at Harvard (The Harvard Crimson)
  • The 52: Was Ellis on LSD when he pitched no-hitter? (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • 'No drugs for me' – Vogue Williams quashes rumours she'll take LSD on TV (Irish Independent)
  • How LSD Changes The Way Our Brains Work (Brain Blogger)
  • Why LSD Is Making A Worrying Comeback (Refinery29)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Long-awaited human trials suggest that magic mushrooms can treat depression (Quartz)
  • Magic Mushrooms Could Be the Future of Antidepressants (VICE)


  • Ecstasy and MDMA are stronger now than ever before! (Stoney Roads)
  • Bitter Life Lessons That Sunk In After 5 Weekends On MDMA (Pedestrian)
  • Teenage boy fighting for life after taking ecstasy known as 'Rockstar' (Manchester Evening News)


  • Indigenous groups unhappy with the growing number of Ayahuasca retreats (Peru this Week)
  • DMT Is the Next Big Hallucinogenic Drug. What Is It, and What Does It Do to Your Brain? (Mic)
  • We Asked Why Someone Would Take Ayahuasca More Than 20 Times (VICE)
  • Americans travel to Kentucky to try 'spiritual enlightenment' drug (WLWT)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Alabama church using psychedelic drugs to worship (WVTM)


  • 'Party Drug' Could Be Johnson & Johnson's Entry Into Antidepressant Market (Guru Focus)
  • Ketamine found more effective for treating highly-agitated patients during transport to hospital (Science Daily)
  • New meta-analysis shows ketamine effective against persistent post-surgery pain and could provide major cost-savings globally (EurekAlert!)
  • Erick Morillo opens up about ketamine addiction (Mixmag)
  • Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Ketamine's Rapid Antidepressant Action (Psychiatry Advisor)
  • Westchester County Man Sentenced For Killing Passenger While Driving On PCP (Daily Voice)
  • Police: Officers investigating possible shooting charge woman with PCP possession (The Frederick News-Post)


  • How a pharma company made billions off mass murder by faking the science on Oxycontin (Boing Boing)
  • How cracking down on America's painkiller capital led to a heroin crisis (The Guardian)
  • Drug Deaths From Fentanyl, Heroin Increasing (Hartford Courant)
  • What You Need to Know About This Critical Anti-Overdose Drug (ATTN:)
  • Naloxone Price Hikes Spark Congressional Interest (Maine Public Broadcasting)
  • 8 Countries that Produce the Most Opium in the World (Tech Insider)
  • Afghan opium farmers celebrate bumper poppy harvest (BDlive)


  • Kratom & Pregnancy Safety (Kratom Project)
  • How to Properly Dose Kratom – Low Medium & High Dosages (Kratom Project)
  • Dangerous drug banned in 6 states, on the rise in SWFL (Wink News)
  • Kratom & Coffee – A Strong Energizing Combination (Kratom Project)
  • What is The Best Way to Take Kratom? (Kratom Revealed)
  • Kratom Testing in Drug Tests (Kratom Project)
  • NC lawmakers consider banning Kratom (WNCT)
  • Arkansas's ban of the natural painkiller Kratom has left sufferers and former opiate addicts in the lurch (Arkansas Times)
  • Wisconsin one of six states to ban drug Kratom (WIZM)
  • Understanding Kratom Pharmacology (Kratom Project)
  • Buying Kratom in Colorado – Is it Legal? (Kratom Project)



  • Herbal stimulant, khat derailing Djibouti's economy (Africa News)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Researchers Are Diving Into The World Of Psychedelic Drugs, And Compelling Results Are Arriving (A Plus)
  • UK legal high ban: Laughing gas, salvia divinorum and mephedrone experiences (Daily Star)
  • A History of Psychedelics (The Huffington Post)
  • Splashes of Brilliance (Volteface)
  • UBC study explores reducing domestic violence through psychedelic drugs (The Ubyssey)
  • It's a 'psychedelic renaissance', as scientists identify medicinal qualities of hardcore drugs (Quartz)
  • Challenging the Stigmas of Psychedelics: An Interview with Ashley Booth of the Aware Project (Psychedelic Times)
  • LSD redux: Psychedelics may help brain functioning (Genetic Literacy Project)
  • Mexico Approves Extradition of Drug Lord 'El Chapo' to the U.S. (TIME)
  • Podcast with Javier Prato on Spiritual Medicine: Covering the Spectrum of Plant Healing (Psychedelic Times)
  • 5 Hidden Dangers of Common Medications (ATTN:)
  • Altered States of Consciousness (Philosophy Talk)
  • Psychedelics, MDMA among drugs expected at Movement, Electric Forest (

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.