This Week in Psychedelics - 7.20.18



  • Legalizing Marijuana Doesn’t Lead To Higher Youth Use, New Study Shows (Marijuana Moment)
  • House Rules Committee Blocks FY19 Marijuana Amendments (NORML)
  • Cuomo Administration Report Backs Marijuana Legalization In New York (Marijuana Moment)
  • People Really Do Have A Marijuana “Jay-Dar,” New Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)
  • Lebanon to consider legalizing cannabis growing (The Jerusalem Post)
  • Legalizing Marijuana Helps Police Solve Other Crimes, New Study Shows (Marijuana Moment)
  • Anti‐tumoural actions of cannabinoids (British Pharmacological Society)
  • Cannabis Illicit Market Shrinking, New DEA, Homeland Security Numbers Suggest (High Times)
  • Major Alcohol Association Endorses States’ Rights To Legalize Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)
  • Police ‘decriminalising cannabis’ as prosecutions fall away (The Guardian)
  • Why Congressional Democrats Deleted Their Anti-Marijuana Tweet (Marijuana Moment)
  • British public backs legalisation of cannabis so it can be sold like cigarettes and alcohol, poll reveals (The Independent)
  • Jury Acquits Marijuana Patient Who Admitted To Breaking Georgia Law (Marijuana Moment)
  • Oklahoma: Attorney General Warns Regulators Acted Improperly When Amending Voter-Initiated Marijuana Measure (NORML)
  • DoorDash CEO Says Company Not Quite Ready For Marijuana Delivery (Marijuana Moment)
  • £3,655 fee for medicinal cannabis deters patients (The Sunday Times)
  • County Officials From Across The U.S. Push Feds To Reform Marijuana Laws (Marijuana Moment)
  • How Canada legalising recreational marijuana could vault country to forefront of cannabis research (South China Morning Post)
  • Arizona Court Rules Cannabis Extracts Not Protected Under Medical Marijuana Act (High Times)
  • Sen. Jeff Merkley “Disappointed” That Democrats Blocked His Marijuana Banking Amendment (Marijuana Moment)
  • A Guide To Using Cannabis-Infused Tinctures And Topicals During That Time Of The Month (Forbes)
  • Cannabis perfume 'set to become the scent of the summer' (The Telegraph)
  • How Many Medical Marijuana States Are There? Advocates Disagree On The Number (Marijuana Moment)
  • If You're Curious About Cannabis, Try Microdosing (Forbes)
  • Republican politicians continue to screw over their own when it relates to marijuana (Rooster)
  • Thailand Wants to Have Its (Hash) Cake and Eat It Too (Bloomberg)
  • Voters In Key Congressional Districts Support Marijuana Legalization, Poll Says (Marijuana Moment)
  • Marijuana Bills Increasingly Focus on Social Justice (The Pew Charitable Trusts)
  • Cannabis Blockchain Solutions Make Sense in Growing Sector (Crypto Disrupt)
  • Oregon Plans New Cannabis Harvest Regulations to Combat Illicit Market (High Times)
  • Border Patrol Reflects On Feds’ Friendlier Historical Approach To Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)
  • The Cannabis Branding Battle Ahead (Forbes)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Third Time’s A Charm? Denver Keeps Trying To Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms (The Fresh Toast)
  • Brain scientists meet to share data on magic mushrooms and other matters (GeekWire)


  • A Psychedelic Study In Connecticut Aims to Bridge the Racial Gap in MDMA Psychotherapy (Psychedelic Times)
  • Ecstasy For PTSD: ‘It Gave Me My Life Back’ (CBS Denver)
  • Young people 'plan to take drugs' at vigil for Shakira Pellow who died after taking MDMA (Cornwall Live)


  • Australian Grass Got Kangaroos So High on DMT They Couldn't Walk Straight (Inverse)
  • Statement on Ayahuasca (Chacruna)
  • Man receives 10 years for DMT possession (Daily Chronicle)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Festival goers on molly tested, turns out most of them took bath salts (Rooster)



  • Dutch cut overdose deaths by dispensing pure heroin (
  • 'Potential game-changer:' Town of Cary will screen human waste to measure opioid use (WRAL)
  • 'For Me, It's Personal.' CDC Chief Reveals Fentanyl Almost Killed His Son (TIME)
  • How Naloxone Could Be Sold Over-The-Counter (Forbes)
  • Evolving opioid epidemic poses challenge for public health officials (Politico)


  • Kratom Effects At Low Doses And High Doses (Kratom Guides)
  • FDA cracks down on 'opioid-like' substance kratom (WBMF)



Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Can a Comedown Kill You? (VICE)
  • Caves all the way down: Is psychedelics research closer to theology than to science? (Aeon)
  • Senators Honor The DEA On Its 45th Birthday (Even Though They Lost The Drug War) (Marijuana Moment)
  • Should We Loosen the Restrictions on Psychedelics? (Scientific American)
  • For Babies, Life May Be a Trip (The Wall Street Journal)
  • There’s No Rational Way to Justify America’s Drug Laws (VICE)
  • White House Opposes Legalization Of All Drugs, Press Secretary Says (Marijuana Moment)
  • British YouTubers on drugs film themselves taking heroin, LSD and ecstasy for "trip reports" kids as young as 12 watch (Mirror)
  • One in three drug tests at HMP Nottingham positive (BBC)
  • A Conversation about Intersectionality in the Psychedelic Community (Psymposia)
  • Pill testing at festivals has hidden benefits that could reduce drug taking (
  • The 5 drugs that feel the best, according to scientists (Rooster)
  • Why Are Psychedelics Illegal (Medium)
  • Sessions' Escalating Drug War Causing Cold Feet Over Safe Injection Centers (Reason)
  • MADE Festival to provide drug testing in attempt to prevent deaths in Perry Barr (Birmingham Live)
  • Judges Can Require Drug Users On Probation To Remain Drug-Free, Court Rules (WBUR)

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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