This Week in Psychedelics - 6.16.17

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  • In Private Letter, Jeff Sessions Asks Congress for Permission to Go After Medical Marijuana (Reason)
  • This Bill Would Protect Medical Marijuana Suppliers From Jeff Sessions' Whims (Reason)
  • Study: No Increase In Problematic Cannabis Use Following Passage Of Medical Marijuana Laws (NORML)
  • UK gets first publicly available dedicated cannabis research facility (The Independent)
  • Rand Paul And Al Franken Come Together For Weed (Daily Caller)
  • Oregon's Young Cannabis Market Already on Pace With Washington, Colorado (Leafly)
  • Deputy AG: Marijuana is federally illegal and has no medical use (NORML)
  • Why Don't Many Dispensaries Sell Pre-Ground Cannabis? (Leafly)
  • Cannabis expo draws entrepreneurs, as state lawmakers pass marijuana bill (Sun Sentinel)
  • Massachusetts Bill Would Double Cannabis Tax, Globe Reports (Leafly)
  • California Lawmakers Rush to Set Cannabis Regulations (Leafly)
  • Seminole Leader Jim Billie Joins Florida Cannabis Rush (Leafly)
  • Three men admit converting nuclear bunker into huge cannabis factory (The Guardian)
  • Oregon Researchers Find More College Students Consuming Cannabis Since Legalization (Leafly)
  • How to Successfully (and Legally) Advertise Your Cannabis Business in Nevada (Leafly)
  • The War On Cannabis Heats Up (Forbes)


  • LSD king Owsley Stanley's 'Sonic Journals' surface after 50 years (SFGate)
  • LSD or REST? How Float Tanks Mimic the Therapeutic Effects on Psychedelics (Psychedelic Times)
  • LSD could help treat depression and anxiety (Metro)
  • Scientists once gave dolphins LSD in attempt to communicate with them (The Independent)
  • O'Shea Jackson Jr. Will Throw His Own LSD-laced No-Hitter as Dock Ellis in a New Biopic (Okayplayer)
  • LSD 'Microdosing' Is Trending In Silicon Valley – But Can It Actually Make You More Creative? (IFLScience)
  • Cary Grant was one of the first to benefit from LSD therapy (Quartz)
  • John Lennon's First Acid Trip – Animated (Disinfo)
  • Oakland Man Convicted Of Murdering Best Friend During LSD Camping Trip (CBS)


  • Why Dr. Bronner's Soap is Paying Millions on MDMA Research (Inverse)


  • Ibogaine Can Reduce Opioid Use, But May Be Fatal For Some (The Fix)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Man selling fake drugs at Bonnaroo doing 'God's work' (Newshub)
  • Young British woman dies in Paris 'after taking notorious N-bomb drug' (The Local)


  • Should ketamine be used to treat depression? (Tribune-Review)
  • Depression with ECT Therapy Does Not Benefit From Ketamine (Psychiatry Advisor)
  • Man On PCP Evaded Officers Before Getting Naked Outside Hartford Store, Police Say (Hartford Courant)
  • Woman found dead outside home after using PCP, police say (WFMZ)
  • Man picked up in park after allegedly smoking PCP (Fairfield Citizen)


  • Heroin Vaccine Could Turn Body's Defenses Against the Drug (Live Science)
  • With opioid epidemic raging, calls grow for cheaper access to heroin overdose-reversing drug (Los Angeles Times)
  • The FDA Wants This Opioid Drug Pulled From the Market (TIME)
  • The DEA's Opium War with the Taliban (Motherboard)
  • Five Things To Know About Heroin's Curious Chemical History (Forbes)
  • Maryland removes restrictions on sale of naloxone at pharmacies (Capital Gazette)
  • The Increasing Cost of the Heroin Epidemic (WebMD)
  • More fentanyl being found in MDMA, crystal meth in Victoria (Saanich News)
  • Who caused the opium war? British merchants of Canton, argues new book by Singapore academic (South China Morning Post)
  • How heroin moves from Mexico's drug cartels to U.S. street corners (Hamilton Journal-News)
  • Massive Poppy Bust: Why Home-Grown Opium Is Rare (Live Science)


  • Will New Laws Punish Pain Patients? (Pain News Network)
  • The drug addictions devastating Thai villages (BBC)



  • Kenya takes the fight for lost UK miraa market to United Nations (Business Daily)
  • Airline passenger caught with khat and forged residence permit (Times of Malta)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • The DEA's Warrantless Cash Grab (Reason)
  • Teens Are Getting More Depressed But Using Fewer Drugs (TIME)
  • 'Changing Our Minds' explores psychedelic drugs and spiritual healing (Religion News Service)
  • U.S. Customs Seizes Combination Locked Travel Bags as Drug Paraphernalia (Reason)
  • Ontario man says he was tortured, given hallucinogenic drugs at mental-health centre (Global News)
  • Drugs are Big Business in Bali (Bali Discovery Tours)

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.