This Week in Psychedelics - 7.14.17

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  • DEA Reaffirms Stance That CBD Meets Schedule I Criteria – Reality Says Otherwise (NORML)
  • Nevada's Half-Hearted Marijuana Legalization Guarantees a Healthy Black Market (Reason)
  • Study: Alcohol Use, But Not Cannabis, Associated With Changes In Brain Structure (NORML)
  • Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Passes Veterans Equal Access Amendment (NORML)
  • Study: No Increase In Problematic Cannabis Use By Young People Following Changes In Marijuana's Legal Status (NORML)
  • Rand Paul Presses Jeff Sessions on Industrial Hemp Policy (Reason)
  • Billy Caldwell: Medical cannabis oil named after 11-year-old boy with severe epilepsy (The Independent)
  • Could legal cannabis transform provincial New Zealand? (
  • Michigan: Legalization Coalition Effort Reaches Signature Milestone (NORML)
  • Carl Sagan Was a Lifelong Cannabis User and Advocate (Merry Jane)
  • Three New Marijuana Myth-Busting Studies That the Mainstream Media Isn't Picking up On (AlterNet)
  • High-CBD Cannabis Cigarettes Coming to Swiss Supermarkets (Leafly)
  • Congressional Cannabis Caucus Ready to 'Bump Heads' With Trump's Anti-Pot Attorney General (AlterNet)
  • Infographic: Know Your Rights When Driving With Cannabis (Leafly)
  • Register for the 2017 NORML Conference (NORML)
  • Hemp-growing: first step to medicinal cannabis in Utah? (The Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Cannabis: Can low doses of tetrahydrocannabinol help restore memory? (ABC)
  • This Women's Weed Network Is Empowering Cannabis Entrepreneurs (LA Weekly)
  • Police Destroy Art Installation, Mistaking It for Cannabis Farm (Hyperallergic)
  • Feds Authorized Montana Woman's Hemp Farm, but Now They're Killing It (Reason)
  • How does cannabis actually affect the human body? (
  • Help, and hope: Could cannabis possibly help fight cancer? (The Denver Post)
  • A New Site Selling Luxury Cannabis Cigars Bills Itself as "420 for the 1 Percent"—So We Tried It (The Potlander)
  • Video: Lord Jones Throws Cannabis-Infused Sound Bath Events and They're Incredible (Leafly)
  • Police Leave Homeowner Hilarious Note After Discovering Marijuana Field (TIME)
  • Leafly Staff Picks: Cannabis Strains and Products Perfect for Summer Days (Leafly)
  • Fresno needs a cannabis plan, not a ban (Fresno Bee)
  • Fancy Truffles Filled With Ganache ... And Cannabis? Yes, Please. (East Bay Express)


  • 'Stranger Things 2' Will Pull From The CIA's Infamous Mind Control Program (UPROXX)
  • Carlos Santana Says 'More People Taking LSD' Would Make The World A Better Place (Civilized)
  • The Promise of LSD Microdoses and Other Psychedelic "Medicines" (Scientific American)
  • WATCH: The British Military Doses Some Marines With LSD (AlterNet)
  • Flying higher than Mighty Mouse! Top schools in Hyderabad discover LSD being smuggled in as kids' stickers (Daily Mail)
  • LSD & The Search For God At The Ritz (Silicon Valley's Metro)
  • LSD: educate, Don't get agitated (The New Indian Express)
  • Man Pleads No Contest To LSD-Fueled Assault Of Police Officer (CBS)
  • Milwaukee authorities: Man jumped to death after taking LSD (WSAW

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Religious leaders get high on magic mushrooms ingredient – for science (The Guardian)
  • Shrooms Could Be Legalized Sooner Than You Think (VICE)
  • Research Shows Magic Mushrooms Can Offer Real Benefits in Depression Therapy (Science Alert)


  • Bad Drugs: Ecstasy Often Doesn't Contain Any MDMA, Study Shows (Newsweek)
  • Testing Ecstasy pills at concerts and raves could reduce risks for users (The Hub)


  • What Went Wrong When a Psychiatrist Self-Medicated With DMT (Inverse)
  • Burning Man and Ayahuasca: Interview with Random Rab (Psychedelic Times)
  • CONVERSING WITH THE MOTHER VINE: Life, Death and the Living Universe (Dope Magazine)
  • Powerful hallucinogen can help drug addicts, PTSD veterans conquer their demons (WTSP)
  • 'Icaros: A Vision' is an assured, trippy brew of sound and vision (Los Angeles Times)


  • The Growing Integration of Ketamine into the Major Depressive Disorder Treatment Paradigm and the Implication for Future Fast-Acting Antidepressants: Reflections After the American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting (Decision Resources Group)
  • Driver of vehicle that struck woman in D.C. was high on PCP, police say (The Washington Post)


  • Capitol Watch: NY Weighs Next Steps in Fight Against Heroin (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Meet the Doctor Who Refuses to Stop Prescribing Opioids to Pain Patients (Reason)
  • Homeland Security Head to Mexico: US Drug Use Fuels Violence (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Let Them Die: A Radical Proposal To Deal With The Opioid Epidemic (Reason)
  • A sheriff in an opioid county won't have cops carry a $37.50 dose of life-saving naloxone (Quartz)
  • Naloxone: A miracle medication for the opioid epidemic (The Daily Texan)
  • Facts about the opioid abuse crisis (WTSP)


  • Miraa chewing culture and the stereotype as a cheap twig for truck drivers (Mediamax)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Jeff Sessions Wants to Revive D.A.R.E. (Reason)
  • The Psychedelic Renaissance owes its life to an open internet (Psymposia)
  • It's Time for the U.S. to Decriminalize Drug Use and Possession (Drug Policy Alliance)
  • Oregon Decriminalizes Cocaine, Meth, Heroin And More (MintPress News)
  • House Advances Bill That Would Expand the DEA's Power to Make Legal Highs Illegal (Reason)
  • Senator Schumer Calls On FDA To Regulate 'Snortable Chocolate' (CBS New York)
  • It's Not Just Chocolate Powder. You Shouldn't Be Snorting Anything, Doctors Say (TIME)
  • Did Police Just Take Down the Biggest Dark Web Drug Market in History? (Reason)
  • Trump explains why he wants to be able to 'see through' his border wall (CNBC)
  • Hunting Hallucinogenic Honey In The Himalayas (Teton Gravity Research)
  • Alameda author's new book examines psychedelic drugs' medical use (East Bay Times)
  • WATCH: Microdosing Comes To Silicon Valley: Produces Workplace Productivity (Trill Magazine)
  • Illegal drug market is booming, says UN watchdog (The Guardian)
  • This 'True Blood' Actor's Death Reveals a Hidden Danger of Addiction We Don't Talk About (ATTN:)

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.