This Week in Psychedelics - 6.29.18



  • Oklahoma voters approve medical marijuana measure (CNN)
  • FDA Approves First Marijuana-Based Prescription Drug (TIME)
  • U.S. Senate Votes To Legalize Hemp After Decades-Long Ban Under Marijuana Prohibition (Forbes)
  • Schumer introduces bill to federally decriminalize marijuana (CNN)
  • Cannabis oil: what is it and does it really work as medicine? (New Scientist)
  • Legalising cannabis 'would raise £1bn in tax for the UK' (BBC)
  • Get Too High? 'Undoo' Inventor Wants to Take Cannabis Consumers Down (Phoenix New Times)
  • Mexico opium poppy growers see price drop, turn to marijuana (Tampa Bay Times)
  • Durham police chief calls for legalisation of cannabis in UK (The Guardian)
  • Meet Colorado’s New Single-Issue Voters: The Cannabis Community (The New York Times)
  • For Medical Marijuana, Is it the Whole Plant That Matters? (Undark Magazine)
  • Rite Aid poised to sell its first cannabis-derived drug (CNN)
  • Medical-Cannabis Extracts Like Vape Pen Oil Are Illegal, Arizona Appeals Court Rules (Phoenix New Times)
  • My 10-Year-Old Daughter Takes the First FDA-Approved Marijuana Drug. It's Changed Our Lives (TIME)
  • Cannabis growth is killing one of the cutest (and fiercest) creatures in the US (The Guardian)
  • Cannabis Businesses Hope To Shed Stoner Stereotype By 'Professionalizing Industry' (WBUR)
  • Oklahoma's hypocrites legalize cannabis after suing Colorado for the same (Rooster)
  • #PermitPatty Episode Blows Up on California Cannabis Company (Leafly)
  • What Recreational Cannabis In Mass. Means For Medical Marijuana (WBUR)
  • Cheap cannabis products available before new California rules kick in (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • I Want My Weed Coffeehouses (Seattle Weekly)


  • Microdosing with LSD vs. Psilocybin Mushrooms (The Third Wave)
  • Johnny Depp Wanted To Take Out Osama Bin Laden By Spraying LSD Over His Compound (Esquire)
  • LSD And 'Magic Mushrooms' Can 'Help People Deal With Serious Problems,' According to UC Berkeley Prof (Civilized)
  • Rampant LSD Use Sweeps US Colleges (Liberty Nation)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Psychedelic therapy for smoking cessation: Qualitative analysis of participant accounts (SAGE Journals)


  • ‘Storm Chasers’ Star Joel Taylor Died from MDMA, Ketamine Poisoning (The Blast)
  • MDMA strengths surge to 'potentially fatal' levels (BBC)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • New N-bomb hallucinogenic drug that can bring on ‘extreme paranoia’ sparks cop probe after death links (The Scottish Sun)


  • Rat Study Shows How Ketamine Combats Depression (Psych Central)
  • Revisiting the Hallucinogenic Potential of Ketamine (Psychiatric Times)
  • Minneapolis Police Order EMS Workers To Sedate Suspected Criminals With Ketamine (Herb)
  • Man kills himself in Williamsport apartment after smoking PCP: police (PennLive)


  • Why SITSA Act Will Actually Move the Needle Backward on the Opioid Crisis (Inverse)
  • Needle exchanges have been proved to work against opioid addiction. They’re banned in 15 states. (Vox)
  • A Gallery Owner Was Arrested After Leaving a 10-Foot Heroin Spoon Sculpture Outside OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma (TIME)
  • Ontario Promotes Free Use of Opioid Antidote (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Mexican heroin cannot escape the law of supply and demand (New York Post)
  • Tech Companies Deflect Blame for Opioid Crisis Ahead of FDA Summit (WIRED)
  • Legal uncertainty surrounds overdose-fighting drug (The Gazette)
  • What we know about the crack-fentanyl outbreak in Philly (Philadelphia Weekly)
  • When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic (The New York Times)



  • More Kratom Products Recalled Owing to Salmonella Risk (Medscape)
  • Kratom Users In States That Ban It Discuss How Prohibition Has Made Life Worse (HuffPo)
  • This Bill Could Give Jeff Sessions the Power to Ban Kratom (Tonic)
  • FDA Seeks to Curb Kratom Sales (Blue Virginia)
  • How To Get Kratom Out Of Your System Fast? (Kratom Guides)
  • Meet The “Kratom Warriors” Who Say This Plant Will End The Opioid Epidemic (BuzzFeed News)
  • Which Kratom Strains For Sleep You Can Try in 2018? (Kratom Guides)
  • What you need to know about Green Thai Kratom before Use (The Bona Venture)
  • Can You Buy Kratom On Local GNC, Walmart, Walgreens, And CVS? (Kratom Guides)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • A Microguide to Microdosing Psychedelic Drugs (WIRED)
  • The Dangers and Risks of Microdosing (The Third Wave)
  • It may take hallucinogens to get us through the Trump years (Raw Story)
  • If America wants to stop the migrant crisis, it should decriminalize drugs (The Week)
  • Psychedelics Are Going Mainstream, Because the Mainstream Needs Them (VICE)
  • Can Psychedelics Induce Flow States? (The Third Wave)
  • Groovy, baby! The renaissance in psychedelic science is here (The Globe and Mail)
  • Treating PTSD with a Psychedelic (ThirdAge)
  • Information Update - Drug Use During Festival Season (Markets Insider)
  • Paul Stamets’ Psilocybin Stories on Joe Rogan Podcast Will Blow Your Mind (Psychedelic Times)
  • Taking Psychedelic Drugs to Ease Anxiety Over a Terminal Diagnosis: It’s a Real Option (ThirdAge)
  • Study: Can taking a hallucinogen curb cocaine use? (UAB News)
  • Different Ways Of Using Drugs (Psychedelic Heaven)

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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