This Week in Psychedelics - 6.22.18



  • Canada becomes second country to legalise cannabis use (The Guardian)
  • Portugal's parliament legalizes cannabis-based medicines (Reuters)
  • Oklahoma voted to legalize medical marijuana (Vox)
  • Marijuana legalization is having its best year ever (Vox)
  • Poll: Record Percentage Of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana (NORML)
  • Texas Republican Party Endorses Marijuana Decriminalization (Forbes)
  • Home Office looks at allowing cannabis oil for boy with epilepsy (The Guardian)
  • Senate Democratic Leader Introduces Far-Reaching Marijuana Descheduling Bill (NORML)
  • New York: State-Commissioned Report Will Recommend Legalizing Marijuana (NORML)
  • What Might Medical Cannabis Mean for our Children? (Beckley Foundation)
  • Why Are Cannabis Industry Leaders Donating to Anti-Immigration Candidates? (Cannabis Wire)
  • Full marijuana legalization up for a vote today in Delaware House (Delaware Online)
  • New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker to Allow Patients who are Prescribed Opioids to Access the State's Medical Marijuana Program (Drug Policy Alliance)
  • Why a Top Conservative Politician Is Calling for Marijuana to Be Legalized in the U.K. (TIME)
  • Counting Canada, More Than 100 Million People Live in Places Where Pot Is Legal (Reason)
  • Alexander discusses DOH's plans to legalize recreational marijuana (Spectrum News)
  • NYPD Will Start Using Summonses, Not Arrests, for Marijuana (The New York Times)
  • Legislation To Protect Legal Consumption In Federal Housing Introduced (NORML)
  • Massachusetts crafts 'social equity' program to help minorities and drug offenders enter marijuana industry (MassLive)
  • Senators Vote To Block Marijuana Banking Amendment (Forbes)
  • Pot pros to budtenders: stop telling pregnant ladies to smoke cannabis (Rooster)
  • PAX’s ‘Session Control’ helps you control your vape high (Engadget)
  • NORML Releases Comprehensive Report Summarizing Local Decriminalization Laws (NORML)
  • Sister-in-law of Home Office Minister who banned cannabis oil confesses: I have used it too, so make it legal (Daily Mail)
  • Will Marijuana Be Legal in the U.S. Anytime Soon? Canada Law Revives Talk of Weed Legalization Nationwide (Newsweek)
  • Denver Contradicts Itself by Targeting Previously Tolerated Cannabis Tour Buses (Reason)
  • What is cannabis oil and how does it work? (The Guardian)
  • Will Doug Ford change how Ontarians buy legal marijuana? (CityNews Toronto)
  • Can cannabis oil really treat epilepsy and what would impact of medicinal reclassification be? (The Independent)
  • This New Data Reveals the Scale of the UK's Cannabis Industry (VICE)
  • Review needed on medicinal cannabis cases, says May (BBC)
  • Cannabis 101: Where Entrepreneurs, Lawyers and Caregivers Go To Learn (Forbes)
  • Higher Standards Pop-up Offers Next-Level Cannabis Accessories (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Marine veteran gets first look at cannabis products (The Gainesville Sun)


  • Meet the Canadian “Psychedelic Revolutionaries” Who Pioneered LSD Research (MERRY JANE)
  • When Timothy Leary Got Artists to Take LSD (Artsy)
  • Considering Microdosing LSD for Treatment-Resistant Depression? Read This First (Third Age)
  • Johnny Depp Admits He Gets Lines Fed to Him on Set, Believes LSD Would’ve Helped Find Osama bin Laden Faster (Indie Wire)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms


  • Study: Ecstasy could be far less dangerous than past research suggests (Big Think)
  • MDMA Being Used in New Trials to Help Beat Alcoholism (Your EDM)
  • FDA Moves Closer to Approving Ecstasy (The Beacon)
  • Ecstasy-assisted psychotherapy is bringing peace to people with PTSD (Yahoo! News)
  • Patrick Coakley died after taking fatal MDMA overdose (Kent Online)
  • Student who supplied killer ecstasy to friend says he should not be blamed as taking drugs is university 'culture' (The Telegraph)


  • New Study: Ayahuasca Tea Rapidly Helps Patients Overcome Severe Depression (Kahpi)
  • Enhancing Your Ayahuasca Experience: Harnessing the Power of Intention and Belief (Kahpi)


  • Gabon's sacred plant 'Iboga' under threat of extinction (Africanews)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Cartoon Dystopia: 25I-NBOMe and Why You Should Test Your LSD (Psymposia)


  • Minneapolis police asked medical workers to use ketamine on suspects (The Seattle Times)
  • First Ketamine Guidelines for Pain Released (WebMD)
  • Ketamine a safer option for agitated patients and providers (
  • Can Ketamine Cure Depression? (Psychedelic Heaven)
  • PD: Man on PCP did pushups in the middle of the road (CT Post)


  • Facebook redirects would-be opioid buyers to crisis helpline (Engadget)
  • How legal drug companies helped revive the heroin trade (The Washington Post)
  • Afghanistan is producing more opium than ever before (We Are The Mighty)
  • Researchers May Have Underestimated the Number of Opioid Overdose Deaths (TIME)
  • Many Doctors Give Morphine to Babies Born With Opioid Addiction. A New Study Suggests There's a Better Way (TIME)
  • Opiate addiction and the history of pain and race in the US (The Conversation)
  • Purdue Pharma, company behind Oxycontin, just laid off its entire sales team (VICE News)
  • Heroin use in Pacific Northwest linked to incurable kidney disease (UW Medicine Newsroom)


  • The House Just Passed a Bill That Could Make Kratom Illegal (Inverse)
  • What Is It Like To Be High On Kratom And What It Feels Like? (Kratom Guides)
  • 3 Best Kratom Strains You Should Try If You Suffer From Anxiety (Kratom Guides)
  • How Much Does An Ounce Of Kratom Cost? (Kratom Guides)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • New law gives critically ill people 'Right to Try' psychedelics (Rooster)
  • The DEA Is Worried Sick About Touching Contaminated Drug Money (The Daily Beast)
  • Alleged Silk Road Mentor Indicted, Extradited to United States (Reason)
  • Can People Who Had a Drug Addiction Ever Drink Alcohol? (Tonic)
  • New Study Shows Drug War Sends Users to Dark Web (Reason)
  • We need to offer safety drugs testing to users across society, not just at festivals and nightclubs (Metro)
  • Psychedelics Are Promising, But Many Psychiatrists Don't Want to Use Them (Tonic)
  • Congress Wants To Give Jeff Sessions Unprecedented New Drug War Powers (Reason)
  • Staten Island Law Enforcement Won’t Stop Fighting the War on Drugs (The Village Voice)
  • Psychedelic Drugs Promote Neural Plasticity (
  • While we discuss cannabis oil, we should remember that the government is blocking life-saving research into MDMA and magic mushrooms (The Independent)
  • Would psychedelics really lead to democratic transformation? (Open Democracy)
  • Mental health of a self-selected sample of psychedelic users and self-medication practices with psychedelics (ResearchGate)
  • Psychedelics and Male-Perpetrated Violence (The Third Wave)
  • Transformational Festivals and the New Psychedelic Revolution: A Conversation with James Oroc (Psychedelic Times)
  • A mind-bending psychedelic art temple is coming to Upstate New York (Time Out)
  • The Underground World of Psychedelics and the Potential of Plant Medicine (NYU News)
  • Psychonautics: A Comic’s Exploration Of Psychedelics (Film Threat)
  • The Power and Promise of Psychedelics: Michael Pollan Show Us How to Change Our Minds (AlterNet)
  • Drug Checking in Latin America: the Countries Leading the Way (Talking Drugs)
  • How underground groups use psychedelic drugs for healing (Futurity)

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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