This Week in Psychedelics - 5.5.17

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  • Uruguayans sign up for state cannabis in world first (The Telegraph)
  • Congress' 2017 Budget Plan Reauthorizes Protections For State Medical Cannabis Programs (NORML)
  • Report: Legal Approaches to Decriminalize Cannabis in 16 Different Countries (Medical Jane)
  • Study: Cannabis Often Substituted For Prescription Medicines (NORML)
  • Federal Agency Admits That Marijuana Could Curb Opioid Addiction (ATTN:)
  • Roger Goodell Says Marijuana Is Addictive, Believes It's Bad for NFL Players (Bleacher Report)
  • The Legal Reason Why a Conservative Lawmaker Delivers Marijuana in Georgia (ATTN:)
  • Study looks at cannabis ingredient's ability to help children's tumours (The Guardian)
  • The Cannabis Health Index Aims To Be a Bible of Medical Marijuana (The Potlander)
  • The NYPD bragged online about locking up a weed dealer. Twitter was not impressed. (
  • Curious about using cannabis for wellness? This is for you (Los Angeles Times)
  • Leafly Investigation: Is Washington's Top Cannabis Lab Inflating THC Numbers? (Leafly)
  • Impactful and Heartfelt Hearing Creates Historic Support for Texas Medical Cannabis Bill (NORML)
  • The Ferrari-driving millionaire 'Cannabis Club' owner who legally deals 'designer pot' to Hollywood stars (Mirror)
  • A new kind of L.A. coffee house welcomes pot smokers (Los Angeles Times)
  • New Office Will Oversee South Australia's Hemp and Medicinal Cannabis Industries (Leafly)
  • Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Destroys This Stupid 18-Year Sentence for 18 Grams of Pot (Reason)
  • Chris Christie Says Marijuana Legalizers Want to 'Poison Our Kids' for 'Blood Money' (Reason)
  • Part 2, How to Safely Introduce Cannabis Clones Into Your Garden (Leafly)
  • Colorado Seed To Sale System Leaking Cannabis Into Black Market (Oregon Cannabis Connection)
  • Father-to-be, 21, who narrowly avoided ploughing his mother's car into schoolchildren while high on cannabis is jailed for 12 months (Daily Mail)


  • Was Syd Barrett an Acid Casualty? (Paste Magazine)
  • Richmond Mayor on Quest to Find Location of Owsley's LSD Lab (KQED)
  • Anne Hamilton-Byrne: Glamorous Australian Cult Leader's Story Of Stolen Babies, LSD Brainwashing On '48 Hours' (Inquisitr)
  • Cambridge student 'may have been sliding down banisters on LSD' when he fell to his death (The Telegraph)
  • Prudhoe teenager critical in hospital after taking LSD (The Northern Echo)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • QS Amsterdam 2017 Preview: A Year of Psilocybin Micro Dosing (Quantified Self)


  • Psychedelic compound in ecstasy moves closer to approval to treat PTSD (Nature)
  • 'Miracle' teenager, 15, who beat liver cancer as a toddler died after taking a deadly cocktail of cocaine and ecstasy (Daily Mail)


  • Will This Insanely Powerful Psychedelic Drug Someday Help Your Sanity? (Big Think)
  • Meet the Lawyers Defending the Right to Use Ayahuasca Around the Globe (VICE)
  • 7 Ways To Optimize Your Ayahuasca Experience (Chacruna)


  • Clear Sky Recovery's Ibogaine Treatment Program to be Featured on National Geographic (
  • Opioid addicts turn to psychedelic plants to treat withdrawal, but doctors warn of risks (CBC News)

Morning Glory Seeds

  • Morning Glory Could Be One of the First Crops on Mars (Inverse)
  • Morning glory seeds are hardy enough to survive in space, experiment reveals (ZME Science)


  • The rise and fall and rise of ketamine (Mixmag)
  • Ketamine Is Effective Adjunct to Morphine for Controlling Acute Pain (NEJM Journal Watch)
  • Can A Drug Prevent Depression? (The Fix)
  • Driver on PCP Charged With DUI: Trumbull PD (Trumbull Patch)


  • In One Year, Opiates Killed Ten Times as Many Americans as ALL Terror Attacks in Last 20 Years (AlterNet)
  • US Spent $9B Fighting Narcotics, Afghanistan Set New Opium High (The Daily Caller)
  • DEA concerned about naloxone being used for 'Narcan parties' (KSL)
  • Heroin dealer cites religious freedom as his defense. Court says yeah, but what about the buyers? (The Washington Post)
  • 'End the Stigma:' Walk emphasizes heroin, opioid use as health crisis (Poughkeepsie Journal)
  • How to use a naloxone kit (CBC News)
  • New app looks to stir up social engagement, help fight heroin epidemic (FOX 6 Now)
  • Massachusetts Police Warn of 'Very Dangerous' Heroin Batch (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Mother Warns Parents About Fentanyl Epidemic (ATTN:)



  • Health Advance Inc. - Polyoxyfen Vs. Oxycodone: Could Kratom End Opiates Addiction? (PR Newswire)
  • Maine legislature could make controversial drug Kratom illegal (WLBZ)
  • Top 3 Common Benefits of Kratom: Energy, Relaxation, Pain Reliever (TG Daily)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Psychedelic drugs could reduce the risk of suicide (Metro)
  • The Support Groups That Help People Process Psychedelic Trips (VICE)
  • This Is Your Brain on Drugs (Inverse)
  • Recap of Psychedelic Science 2017: Interview with Joe Mattia and Lana Baumgartner (Psychedelic Times)
  • CNN Erroneously Claims Illegal Drugs Are a 'Deadlier' Highway Hazard Than Alcohol (Reason)
  • The Benefits, Risks with 'Microdosing' (Healthline)
  • Hitler's Suicide and New Research on Nazi Drug Use (TIME)
  • How to Find Psychedelic Treatment for your Psychological Disorder (Psychedelic Times)
  • Meth-based drug 'yaba' spreads from Southeast Asia into the rest of the continent (Addiction Now)
  • U.N. Envoy Criticizes Duterte's Drug War on a Surprise Visit to the Philippines (TIME)
  • D.E.A. Warns Parents About These Drug Not So Obvious 'Hiding Places' (ATTN:)
  • Evidence of Altered Consciousness When Using Psychedelic Drugs (Good Therapy)
  • What America Taught a Murderous Drug Warrior (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.