This Week in Psychedelics - 7.10.15

Image by  Dahtamnay , courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • One Man's Desperate Quest to Cure His Son's Epilepsy—With Weed (Wired)
  • Insurance Companies Start Noticing The Legal Cannabis Industry (Forbes)
  • California's 50,000 Pot Farms Are Sucking Rivers Dry (Scientific American)
  • Cannabis Construction: Entrepreneurs Use Hemp in Home Building (The New York Times)
  • A Scramble Is On To Save One Of California's Iconic Medical Pot Collectives (Huffington Post)
  • Chile takes step toward cannabis decriminalisation (The Guardian)
  • Edibles in Schools? The Leafly Cannabis Legalization Roundup (Leafly)
  • 'Legalise cannabis but ban fags and booze' under-30s tell new survey (Mirror)
  • Reader: Out-of-States Should Stop Waving Their Cannabis C*ck Around (Westword)


Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Psychedelic Mushroom TRIP 4K ~ Who Am I?... A Psychedelic Journey—"A beautiful one-hour video designed to accompany the first hour of a tripping experience and ease the tripper into the experience." (Daily Psychedelic Video)
  • Podcast Episode #458: "Practical Mushroom Activism" (Psychedelic Salon)


  • Call to make ecstasy legal and sell it at pharmacies (The Age)
  • Push for MDMA to be sold over-the-counter in Australia (Mixmag)
  • Music festival is offering free drug tests to attendees to make sure their pills are pure in bid to minimize the risk of fatal overdoses (Daily Mail)
  • Ecstasy use rising: UN (The Phnom Penh Post)
  • Sex, Drugs, and EDM: high times and overdoses in Toronto's dance festival scene (Toronto Life)
  • China: Echoes of Breaking Bad as real life Walter White caught selling ecstasy substitute (International Business Times)


  • From Alabama to Colombia: Breaking Through to Yagé's Other Side (Paste Magazine)


  • Miracle drug: one man's journey, two years later (WMTV)


  • Cacti-cutters' suspected motivation was drug manufacturing (

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Why banning legal highs won't work, according to the Psychedelic Society (BBC)


  • Report: After Patient Death, UVM Medical Center Waited Weeks To Fix Flawed Systems (VPR)


  • St. Louis heroin addicts get a shot to rebuild lives (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • Deaths from fentanyl-laced heroin surge (The Baltimore Sun)
  • Hepatitis C cases soar with Maine heroin epidemic (WCSH)
  • Heroin Detox in Jail Costing Taxpayer (WHIO)
  • Heroin Use in U.S. Reaches Epidemic Level (Time)
  • As Heroin Use Grows in U.S., Poppy Crops Thrive in Afghanistan (NBC News)
  • Heroin-Related Deaths Quadruple As Drug Epidemic Continues to Impact U.S. (ABC News)
  • Heroin use on the rise among women and higher-income groups (The Boston Globe)
  • Pregnant and Hooked: How One Program Helps Heroin Addicts (NBC News)

General Psychedelics

  • A Psychedelic Journey to Enlightenment (San Diego Metro)
  • Author And Religious Studies Professor Martin W. Ball On 5-meO-DMT And The Mystical Experience (
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Architects: Astounding, Lysergic Iranian Temple Photography (Dangerous Minds)
  • Short Trip? More People Taking 'Microdosing' on Psychedelic Drugs (Live Science)
  • Personal Story: Psychedelics Are A Powerful Tool To Promote Healing (

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.