This Week in Psychedelics - 6.17.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • New Report Blasts DEA For Spending 4 Decades Obstructing Marijuana Science (The Huffington Post)
  • Justin Trudeau Makes a Surprising Case for Legalizing Marijuana (TIME)
  • Meet Kevin Sabet, the Marijuana Industry's Public Enemy No. 1 (ATTN:)
  • CDC: Changes In State Marijuana Laws Associated With Declining Teen Use (NORML)
  • Microsoft Partners With Marijuana Software Company (
  • Ever wondered how cannabis affects driving? This advert tests stoners reactions to show them how slow they are (Mirror)
  • Can Cannabis Users Donate Blood? (Leafly)
  • How Cannabis Helps People with Peripheral Neuropathy Manage Pain and Get Back on Their Feet (Psychedelic Times)
  • 9th Circuit Rejects RFRA Defense for Convicted Hawaii Cannabis Ministry Founder (Baptist Joint Committee For Religious Liberty)
  • The Cannabis Craze Has Come To Cocktails (VinePair)
  • Girl Ditches Several Prescription Medications For Raw Cannabis Juice & Look What Happened (Collective Evolution)
  • Cannabis Dosing: A Talk with Dr. Dustin Sulak (Reality Sandwich)
  • Legal Pot Shops Denied Postal Service (Disinformation)
  • How Does Cannabis Affect Your Memory? (Leafly)
  • 10 Photos That Prove Stoners Are Ingenious (ATTN:)
  • Sonoma County agencies coordinate raids on cannabis oil labs (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)


  • Brian Wilson: 'The voices started after LSD' (SFGate)
  • Pittsburgh Pirates Dock Ellis Pitches No-Hitter on LSD (Call to the Pen)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Psilocybin may be safe, effective for treatment-resistant depression (Healio)


  • How MDMA Treats PTSD: A Psychedelic Light for Veterans with PTSD (Psychedelic Times)
  • New Survey Says The World Is Taking Too Much MDMA (Your EDM)
  • Taking ecstasy is more dangerous than ever before (Metro)
  • Super-expensive Ecstasy is probably not even MDMA in New Zealand (
  • Father on losing both sons to ecstasy on same night (BBC)


  • Ayahuasca Goes Global: ICEERS Founder Benjamin De Loenen on the Second World Ayahuasca Conference in Brazil (Psychedelic Times)
  • The Australian ayahuasca debate (SBS)
  • Ayahuasca sends Festival d'Été artist Yann Perreau on a new musical trip (The Georgia Straight)


Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • NBOMe is the dangerous new drug that could truly terrify you for hours on end (
  • TarCo toxicologist warns of dangers of synthetic LSD (WFAA)


  • Why Do the British Love Ketamine So Much? (VICE)
  • Driver on PCP receives prison time for aggravated assault (KAGS)


  • Canadian Doctor Says US Should Give Free Heroin To Addicts (The Daily Caller)
  • Provincial health officials pushing Feds to approve Naloxone inhalers (CKNW)


  • Which Kratom is Best For Opiate Withdrawal? (Kratom Guides)
  • Kratom: Natural painkiller or addictive drug? (WBAL)



  • Ministry works to engage more farmers in yaqona planting (Fiji Village)
  • Tanzania: Khat Chewers Court Both Prosecution, Health Risks (All Africa)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Study Shows That LSD, Psilocybin, and MDMA May Decrease Acts of Domestic Violence (Psychedelic Times)
  • DEA Wants Inside Your Medical Records to Fight the War on Drugs (The Daily Beast)
  • The Times – Decriminalization a 'first step' (Drug WarRant)
  • Meet the Hallucinogenic Fish That Can Give You LSD-Esque Nightmares (Atlas Obscura)
  • How Psychedelic Drugs Might Help Treat Mental Illness (Refinery29)
  • Psychedelic drugs can be the shortcut to a mental state we may be wired to crave (Quartz)
  • Why do humans have an innate desire to get high? (The Conversation)

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.