This Week in Psychedelics - 6.24.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • Is Legalization Coming to Naples, Home of Mafia-Controlled Cannabis? (Leafly)
  • Microsoft is going into the marijuana business, but the cannabis cloud is already crowded (Quartz)
  • Colorado Survey Finds Adolescent Marijuana Use Did Not Rise After Legalization (Reason)
  • How Can Cannabis Help People with Sickle Cell Anemia? (Leafly)
  • Why not allow cannabis clubs in Colorado? Debate rages (The Cannabist)
  • How Does Cannabis Consumption Affect Neurodegenerative Diseases? (Leafly)
  • Croatia Makes Medical Cannabis History: How Did It Happen? (Leafly)
  • We went to one of the largest marijuana business conferences in the world – here's what it was like (Business Insider)
  • What Situations Make You Paranoid When You're High? We Debated Cannabis Paranoia (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Can Literally Mend Your Broken Heart (Green Rush Daily)
  • Titans' Derrick Morgan wants NFL to study health benefits of cannabis (ESPN)
  • Will Cleveland Celebrate Its Next Title with Decriminalized Cannabis? (Leafly)
  • Pot Fans Unite At Cannabis Conference In NYC (CBS New York)
  • Dogs fall ill after eating discarded cannabis in a park (The Telegraph)


  • Scientists: Caffeine is Harmful, Unlike Cocaine and LSD (Clapway)
  • Documentary: Czechoslovak Communists experimented with LSD (Prague Daily Monitor)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms


  • Global Drug Survey Warns It's the "Worst Time in a Generation" to Take MDMA (The Science Explorer)
  • Three 12-year-old girls in hospital after taking ecstasy (The Guardian)
  • Mum whose teenage son died of ecstasy overdose warns predatory drug pushers are deliberately designing pills for children (Mirror)
  • Ecstasy pills increasingly made with child-friendly logos, says expert (The Guardian)
  • Ecstasy link to teenager who died after music event at The O2 (The Wharf)
  • St Columb father-of-two died after MDMA overdose (Cornish Guardian)


  • Plant Medicine Science: How Ayahuasca Works to Treat Depression (GroundReport)
  • SBS2 Celebrates Vice Partnership By Doing Ayahuasca With James Franco (SBS)


  • Bench murder trial for maniac driver who slammed into florist while high on PCP, meth begins (New York Daily News)
  • Police: Drunken man had more than 50 grams of PCP (Bryan-College Station Eagle)
  • Naked man likely took PCP before trying to break into Garfield Heights home, report says (


  • Heroin use in U.S. reaches "alarming" 20-year high (CBS News)
  • Walgreens Leads Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse in Washington with New Programs to Help Curb Misuse of Medications and the Rise in Overdose Deaths (
  • Why Are Dealers Cutting Fentanyl into Recreational Drugs? (VICE)
  • What Gary Johnson Should Have Said About Heroin (Forbes)
  • Popping pain pills: Opiate addiction has become bigger problem than heroin, cocaine in the past (Naples Daily News)
  • Poppylands: Understanding Myanmar's addiction to heroin (Al Jazeera)
  • 5 steps to reverse an overdose: How to use naloxone (CBC News)
  • Mexico is growing 61000 new acres of opium (The Sydney Morning Herald)




  • Kenya: Muguka Farmers Demand Inclusion in Miraa Taskforce (AllAfrica)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Michael Pollan Explains Why Psychedelic Drugs Are the Ultimate Meal for Your Mind (Mother Jones)
  • How Getting High and Listening to Music Games Your Dopamine Reward System (Inverse)
  • Is Brazil the New Epicenter of Psychedelic Science in the World? (The Huffington Post)
  • Drugs and Violence: It's More Complicated Than You Think (VolteFace)
  • Psychedelics on the Dark Web (Deep Dot Web)
  • Here's a Plan: Drug-Test the Rich (ATTN:)
  • Drug trafficker gets 20 years thanks to emails he never sent (Engadget)
  • Beyond Psychedelics 2016: Global Psychedelic Forum in Prague Takes a Holistic Approach (Psychedelic Times)

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.