This Week in Psychedelics - 6.15.18



  • Canadian Senate Signs Off On Historic Cannabis Regulation Measure (NORML)
  • President Trump Expresses Support For Bipartisan Marijuana Fix (NORML)
  • Expect Fully Legal Weed Within 5 Years, Says Former Top Pharma Lobbyist and Congressman Billy Tauzin (Reason)
  • Parisians queue for cannabis after softening of drug laws  (The Telegraph)
  • Minneapolis cops halt low-level marijuana stings after racial disparity revealed (StarTribune)
  • CBD Could Help People Smoke Fewer Cigarettes (Tonic)
  • Oklahomans To Decide In Two Weeks On Providing Medical Marijuana Access (NORML)
  • Meet the Cannasexuals: Can your vagina get high? (BBC)
  • UN Drug Committee Finds Cannabis an Effective, ‘Relatively Safe Drug’ (Leafly)
  • Five Danish political parties support legalisation of cannabis (The Local)
  • Senators Include Medical Marijuana Protections In Justice Department Bill (Forbes)
  • The Pot Industry Is Overwhelmingly White, and One Congresswoman Wants to Change That (Rolling Stone)
  • 7 mayors want pot removed from federal list of illegal drugs (Associated Press)
  • House Appropriations Committee Blocks Cannabis Banking Amendment (NORML)
  • Subjective Reports Positive for Cannabis in MS, but Caution Urged (Medscape)
  • Senate Majority Leader Announces Progress On Hemp Reform Legislation (NORML)
  • S.C. Democrats overwhelmingly supported medical marijuana on the ballot Tuesday. Experts weigh in on what that really means. (Charleston City Paper)
  • How Will Employers Handle Cannabis In The Workplace? (Civilized)
  • Congressional Black Caucus Announces Support for Marijuana Law Reforms (NORML)
  • Uruguay struggling to meet demand for legal marijuana (Associated Press)
  • Using Marijuana to Treat Opioid Addiction (The Fix)
  • Can Legal Cannabis Help Slow the Opioid Drug Epidemic in the U.S.? (TheStreet)
  • How Mapping Marijuana DNA Could Change the Future of Pot (Rolling Stone)
  • Rules around marijuana marketing irk some in the cannabis industry (CBC)
  • Marijuana Cultivation Is Where Cannabis Workers Can Earn The Largest Salaries (Forbes)
  • How to Throw a Cannabis Dinner Party (High Times)
  • Ask a Stoner: What Are Some Good Psychedelic Strains? (Westword)
  • Art Of The Deal: Trump Looks To Trade Cannabis Legalization for Justice Department Nominees (Forbes)
  • How The Cannabis Industry Became America's Hotbed Of Invention (Forbes)
  • U.S. Markets 'Definitively' Missing Out on Capital by Barring Cannabis Companies (TheStreet)


  • Did An Acid Trip Change Your Life? Scientists Want To Know About It (Futurism)
  • LSD And Toxic Lies (The Third Wave)
  • '70s Flashback: When Howard Stern Took LSD (CelebStoner)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • LSD and magic mushrooms could heal damaged brain cells in people suffering from depression, study shows (The Independent)


  • Why is Britain suffering from an ecstasy overdose? (ShortList)
  • Cannabis and MDMA use is on the rise among Irish young people (
  • This Piece of Art Is Made Out of 4,000 Ecstasy Pills (VICE)
  • Warning as deadly blue ‘Punisher’ and ‘Duracell’ ecstasy pills found at Manchester’s Parklife Festival (The Sun)


Morning Glory Seeds

  • UAE legal Q&As: What is the punishment for being caught having taken 'Morning Glory'? (The National)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Warning over potent 'fake MDMA' drug which causes psychosis and keeps users awake for three days (The Telegraph)


  • Ketamine is likely one solution to prevent school massacres, doctors agree (Rooster)
  • Ketamine and Psychedelic Drugs Change Structure of Neurons (Neuroscience News)
  • Hit-and-run suspect ran over Deep Ellum bartender while smoking PCP, passenger says (Dallas News)


  • One easy, cost-free thing Trump can do to ease the opioid crisis (The Washington Post)
  • Lack of evidence casts doubt on police claims of officers overdosing after accidental opioid contact (The Star Vancouver)
  • Beyond Books: How Libraries Are the Latest Front in the Opioid Fight (Governing)
  • Big Opium's fines could approach Big Tobacco's as lawsuits mount (Rooster)
  • Afghanistan is producing a lot more opium than before the US invasion. The US just can't stop it (Business Insider)
  • Nan Goldin's Misleading OxyContin Story Feeds the Myth of 'Highly Addictive' Pain Pills (Reason)


  • What Can We Learn About Moral Panics from Absinthe? (Patheos)


  • Kratom Advocates Take Their Fight To Washington As Potential Federal Ban Looms (HuffPost)
  • Kratom Could Be Illegal Before It Gets a Chance to Solve the Opioid Crisis (Inverse)
  • Can Kratom Be Detected In Urine And Drug Test? (Kratom Guides)
  • Photos: US hunger for opioid alternative drives Kratom boom in Indonesia (Hindustan Times)
  • 5 Kratom Strains to Help Increase Your Productivity At Work (Kratom Guides)
  • Edmonton kratom retailer frustrated by 'aggressive' Health Canada raids (CBC)
  • Yellow Maeng da Kratom Review: Origin, Benefits and Side Effects (Kratom Guides)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Psychedelics Promote Structural and Functional Neural Plasticity (Cell Reports)
  • How Big Pharma Hopes to Make Psychedelics Profitable (The Market Mogul)
  • Psychedelic drugs promote neural plasticity in rats and flies (EurekAlert!)
  • Men who have used psychedelics are roughly half as likely to commit intimate partner violence (PsyPost)
  • E3 Attendees Get High on Digital Psychedelics (GlobeNewsWire)
  • Can psychedelics help prevent suicide? (Big Think)
  • Group Therapy for Psychedelic Integration (Chacruna)
  • Balancing Cultural Traditions and Science in Entheogenic Research: A Conversation with Brad Adams, Ph.D. (Psychedelic Times)
  • New Resolution Demands Congress Apologize For Failed Drug War (Marijuana Moment)
  • Why Is Everyone Into Microdosing Right Now? (Girlboss)
  • This Is Why Xanax Is Blowing Up in America (VICE)
  • Trump Should Hurt Sessions by Helping Drug Offenders (Reason)
  • Can Psychedelics Induce Flow States? (The Third Wave)
  • The Holy Trinity of Music, Religion, and Psychedelics: Interview with Tim Ferson of OM Collective (Psychedelic Times)
  • I talked with Adam Strauss about Ketamine for OCD, Trip Sitters, and The Mushroom Cure Los Angeles (Psymposia)
  • Why Are Rhode Island Democrats Pushing a Bill That Could Send Some Drug Dealers to Prison For Life? (Medium)
  • 1 In 3 Adults In The U.S. Takes Medications Linked To Depression (NPR)
  • Drug testers at festivals will tell you if that MDMA you bought is actually sugar (Metro)
  • As Mind-Altering Drugs Meet The Mainstream, The D.C. Psychedelic Society Is Bringing The City's 'Trippy People' Together (DCist)
  • Agony and Ecstasy: Psychedelics as the next big health remedy? (The Irish Times)
  • Psychedelic Drugs Can Cure 'The Most Painful Condition Known to Man' (Andrew Joseph)

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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