This Week in Psychedelics - 5.4.18



  • Maine Legislators Override Governor's Veto of Marijuana Legalization (Reason)
  • Zimbabwe legalises marijuana for medicinal use (The Independent)
  • Thailand Authorises Country’s First Medical Cannabis Programme (Talking Drugs)
  • Cannabis versus Cancer (Scientific American)
  • Seattle wipes criminal marijuana convictions for hundreds of people (The Independent)
  • Study: Frequent Cannabis Use Unrelated To Brain Morphology (NORML)
  • Legislation Introduced To End The Federal Government’s Marijuana Production Monopoly (NORML)
  • YouTube Remains Silent as Weed Pages Are Purged (High Times)
  • An easy policy fix: Jeff Sessions should finally reschedule cannabis (The Hill)
  • So far, California has 6,000 licensed cannabis businesses. Here’s what that looks like (The Orange County Register)
  • Ninth Circuit Court Rejects Challenge To DEA’s Classification Of Marijuana Extracts (NORML)
  • NFL player makes medical marijuana history: 'I have a life to live' (CNN)
  • Weed 101: How to Choose Marijuana (Rolling Stone)
  • Igniting A Powder Keg: Discussing Cannabis And Cryptocurrency With Dübercoin CEO Glenn Ballman (Forbes)
  • It's Dumb Not to Have Investments in Cryptocurrencies, Cannabis in a Portfolio (The Street)
  • Trudeau vows cannabis will be legal by summer as senators urge delay (CBC)
  • Marijuana Gives Health-Conscious Consumers Something Alcohol Cannot (Forbes)
  • Feinstein drops opposition to legal pot, giving legal marijuana a new ally (McClatchy DC Bureau)
  • NORML Working With Cory Gardner's Office on Hands-Off-Colorado-Pot Bill (Westword)
  • At 89, legendary psychiatrist and marijuana advocate still wonders about Harvard professorship (Boston Globe)
  • New York Voters Strongly Support Legalizing Marijuana, Poll Shows (Marijuana Moment)
  • Some Prosecutors Are Erasing Old Weed Convictions. Why Isn’t Yours? (HuffPost)
  • Getting off opioids with medical marijuana: Patients turn to pot over pills (CNN)
  • Is Israeli Cannabis a Bubble Waiting to Burst? (Merry Jane)
  • The Quest for an Ancient Culture’s Cannabis-Filled Cooking (Atlas Obscura)
  • Moorenko’s Ice Cream Introduces Cannabis Coffee to Silver Spring (Bethesda Magazine)
  • Veterans' grass-roots movement shares health benefits of marijuana (CNN)
  • Growing 4 cannabis plants for recreational use is not a ‘grow-op,’ experts say (Global News)
  • Investing in Australia’s Cannabis Industry: 5 Companies to Watch (Leafly)
  • Quebec Lawmaker Explains Provincial Ban on Home-Grown Cannabis (High Times)
  • Cannabis tycoons plot to make drug legal in Britain in next five years (The Sun)
  • Lidl offers locally grown cannabis to Swiss shoppers (The Guardian)
  • Medical marijuana may help combat the opioid crisis. But there are better solutions. (Vox)
  • Police Raid Dispensary Over Cannabis-Infused Candy (High Times)
  • Medicinal cannabis should be more than pot luck (Asia and the Pacific Policy Society)
  • Boyack: Medical cannabis initiative opponents are trying to mislead you (Daily Herald)
  • OrganiGram: Medical Cannabis Leader In The Maritimes (Seeking Alpha)
  • Aurora Cannabis Set to Challenge Canopy Growth in Australia? (Smallcap Power)


  • I Had a Bad Trip on LSD: This is My Story (71 Republic)
  • Diplo, Sia and Labrinth Will Drop New Team Effort 'LSD' This Thursday (Billboard)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Shrooms Could Help Scientists Better Understand Consciousness (Tonic)


  • Trials testing MDMA as a treatment for alcoholism have begun (Mixmag)
  • Active ingredient in ecstasy may help veterans with PTSD, study finds (CNN)
  • Ecstasy as PTSD relief for soldiers: ‘I was able to forgive myself.’ (Watertown Daily Times)
  • 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-assisted psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans, firefighters, and police officers: a randomised, double-blind, dose-response, phase 2 clinical trial (The Lancet)
  • Ecstasy as a Remedy for PTSD? You Probably Have Some Questions. (The New York Times)
  • Ecstasy island: The is the story of how MDMA reached the UK in 1988 (Mixmag)
  • Lady Gabriella Windsor's ex claims they took ECSTASY at Windsor Castle and swam NAKED in Queen's swimming pool at Buckingham Palace (Mirror)


  • The Global Ayahuasca Community Is Reeling in the Wake of Recent Murders (VICE)
  • Gun used to kill shaman was purchased by Canadian man lynched in Peru: authorities (Global News)
  • Peru's brutal murders renew focus on tourist boom for hallucinogenic brew (The Guardian)
  • The epidemiology of 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) use: Benefits, consequences, patterns of use, subjective effects, and reasons for consumption (SAGE Journals)
  • I had an 11-year addiction to heroin — and I beat it with ayahuasca (San Francisco Chronicle)


Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Deadly new drug has reached Australia, pill testing reveals (The New Daily)


  • Pharma giants are looking to ketamine for clues to the next blockbuster depression drug — and science says they're onto something big (Business Insider)
  • Police say Bryan man rammed his car into other vehicle, possessed PCP (The Eagle)


  • Cocaine Deaths Are Rising At An Alarming Rate, And It’s Because Of Fentanyl (BuzzFeed News)
  • The US Opioid Crisis Started in India (VICE)
  • Maine Gov. Vetoes Bill Increasing Access to Naloxone Overdose Drug (Governing)
  • To Save Lives, Make Naloxone an Over-the-Counter Drug (Reason)
  • De Blasio Moves to Bring Safe Injection Sites to New York City (The New York Times)
  • Questions Raised About Study Of Device To Ease Opioid Withdrawal (NPR)
  • Afghan Farmers Stick to Growing Opium in the Face of Less Lucrative Options (U.S. News and World Report)
  • The Four Main Reasons People in Denver Overdose on Heroin (Westword)
  • A Vet Helped Smuggle Drugs by Implanting Puppies With Heroin, Police Say (TIME)


  • Experts Are Concerned that Kratom Will Become the Next Marijuana (Tonic)
  • Pro-Kratom Scientist Blasts Denver Ban, Federal Policies as Recipe for Death (Westword)
  • What is Kratom and why is it banned in 5 states? (CBS17)
  • Maya Distribution, LLC Recalls Dragon Label Kratom Because Of Possible Salmonella Contamination (US Recall News)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Politicians Are Finally Getting On Side With Pill Testing After The Success Of Groovin The Moo (Junkee)
  • Antidepressant Use Leads to Worse Long Term Outcomes, Study Finds (Mad in America)
  • Storming the Gates of Psychedelia: Scientists Commit to Collaboration in the Face of Capitalist Competition (Chacruna)
  • The Timothy Leary Project: Interview with Jennifer Ulrich (Psychedelic Times)
  • The New Science of Psychedelics (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Jon Hopkins interview: My new album is a psychedelic experience (Evening Standard)
  • President Duterte’s Son Cleared of Drug Trafficking, as Extrajudicial Killings Continue (Talking Drugs)
  • The FDA receives a petition to prohibit sugar alongside cannabis, LSD and heroin (Herb)
  • Everything You Need to Know About Microdosing (The Cut)
  • Pill Testing Probably Won’t Happen In NSW Any Time Soon Because Of This Idiot (Junkee)
  • A New Netflix Series Tells the Story of the Philippines' Drug War. But Its Critics Are Condemning Amo as Propaganda (TIME)
  • The Best Books About Microdosing and Psychedelic Therapy (The Strategist)
  • New Clues In The Psychedelic Treatment Of Depression (High Existence)
  • Kacey Musgraves: ‘Psychedelics have made me compassionate’ (
  • People Trying to Quit Their Psychiatric Medications Can Get Help from This Online Group (Healthline)
  • Australia’s First Sanctioned Pill Testing Trial Is Just the Beginning (Sydney Criminal Lawyers)

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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