This Week in Psychedelics - 7.1.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • Is the DEA About To Legalize Marijuana? (Forbes)
  • Marijuana Could Be Legalized in California November Vote (TIME)
  • Scientists claim the US government is still limiting cannabis research (Science Alert)
  • Cannabis conversation urged at North American Leaders Summit (The Hill)
  • The Smart and Big Money Continues to Flow into the Cannabis Market (Forbes)
  • Doctors seek to open lab to test medical cannabis for quality (The Baltimore Sun)
  • Cannabis Church to hold first service, combats marijuana stigma (Lansing State Journal)
  • Corporate Cannabis Has Arrived – and That Might Be a Good Thing (Leafly)
  • Ask a Pot Lawyer: Rescheduling Weed (The Portland Mercury)
  • Colorado City Official: It Will Take Time to Change 'Opinions That Pot is Bad' (TIME)
  • How to Clone Cannabis Plants (Leafly)
  • Public Health Service 'ill-equipped' to provide treatment for cannabis users despite surge in numbers seeking help, experts warn (The Independent)
  • Father who claimed cannabis oil cured his cancer dies a year later aged just 34 (Daily Mail)


  • Watch What Happens When a Portrait Artist Takes LSD (AlterNet)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • What Are the Effects of Psilocybin Mushrooms? The Medicinal and Spiritual Benefits of Psilocybin (Psychedelic Times)
  • Dog accidentally eats Psilocybin Mushrooms, trips tennis balls (theCHIVE)


  • 9 Things That Happen in the Brain and Body on MDMA (The Science Explorer)
  • What Is MDMA and What Are Its Benefits? Treating Anxiety and Mental Illness with Ecstacy (Psychedelic Times)
  • Say Why To Drugs: unravelling the myster-E of MDMA (The Guardian)
  • Would legalising ecstasy save lives? (Closer)


  • 10 Daily Routines to Prepare for Ayahuasca Ceremonies (Eagle Condor Alliance)
  • Australia's DMT Debate Could Reboot Psychedelic Thinking (Inverse)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Mescaline: The Hallucinogenic Equivalent of The Eagles (Inverse)




  • Mexico's opium poppy farmers are fed up with the job's dangers (VICE)
  • Heroin use at 20-year high in US drug 'epidemic', UN says (Fox News)
  • UN report says plunge in opium production won't affect heroin supply (Daily Times)
  • Inside the Twisted Economics of a 1949 Saigon Opium Detox Clinic (TIME)
  • Coprescribing Naloxone With an Opioid Aids Chronic Pain (Medscape)
  • Heroin Overdose Deaths Have Tripled in 5 Years, DEA Says (ABC News)


  • Why Are States Rushing to Ban Kratom? (Merry Jane)
  • Taking Kratom on an Empty Stomach – Is it needed? (Kratom Project)
  • 'Legal Psychoactive' Drug Concerns NC Lawmakers, Health Officials (WCQS)
  • Which Type of Kratom is Good for Sleep and Fibromyalgia? (Kratom Guides)
  • Using Kratom for Premature Ejaculation (Kratom Project)


  • I tried a cup of kava, the South Pacific drink that some say could replace alcohol – here's what it was like (Business Insider)


  • Embu miraa farmers demand inclusion in task force (Citizen TV)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • The fascinating, strange medical potential of psychedelic drugs, explained in 50+ studies (Vox)
  • Four Reasons Gay People Might Have Better Insight Into Addiction and the Drug War (The Influence)
  • How to Tell If Your Drugs Have Gone Bad (VICE)
  • Psychedelic drugs: what hallucinating is all about (The Guardian)
  • The Scientific Way to Create a Music Festival Drug Schedule (Inverse)
  • International Day Against Drug Abuse: How UK deals with new psychoactive substances (International Business Times)
  • Dealers Reveal the Sketchiest Places Your Drugs Have Been (Complex)
  • These maps show how dangerous illegal drugs flow around the globe (Business Insider)
  • 4 types of drugs and what they do to your body: Heroin, Cocaine, Meth and LSD (India Today)
  • Trips and Traps: Psychedelics Seek Legitimacy in the World of Modern Medicine (VolteFace)
  • The Difference Between Being Happy and Being High (VICE)
  • Startups and psychedelics: Founders trip on smart drugs (The Financial Express)
  • Shamanic Healer Anahata Ananda Talks About Shamanic Breathing to Create the Psychedelic Experience and Conscious Relationships on Psychedelic Milk International Podcast (Benzinga)

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.