This Week in Psychedelics - 7.21.17

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  • Uruguay pharmacies start selling cannabis straight to consumers (The Guardian)
  • Cops Conducting Fewer Traffic Searches Following Marijuana Legalization (Freedom Leaf)
  • Smoking Marijuana While Black (The New York Times)
  • Analysis: Criminal Justice Referrals Driving Youth Marijuana Treatment Admissions (NORML)
  • How Weed Interacts With Popular Prescription Drugs (ATTN:)
  • New Hampshire: Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Signed Into Law (NORML)
  • Colorado Hits Another Cannabis Milestone With Half A Billion In Tax Revenue (Forbes)
  • Psychiatrists Say Cannabis Medicine Has Psychedelic Properties (The Marijuana Times)
  • Should We Reclassify Marijuana as a Hallucinogen? (Big Think)
  • Cannabis cigarettes are being sold legally at this supermarket chain (USA Today)
  • 5 Differences Between the United States' and Canada's Medical Cannabis Programs (Leafly)
  • Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana Patients' Afforded Workplace Protections, High Court Rules (NORML)
  • Could Cannabis Be A Tourist Attraction For Nevada? Officials Want To Find Out (Civilized)
  • San Francisco Creates Centralized 'Office of Cannabis' (Leafly)
  • WATCH: Marijuana in the Halls of Congress! (NORML)
  • Nonmedical Marijuana Use Is (Mainly) Recreational, So Why Not Call It That? (Reason)
  • What Jeff Sessions is getting wrong about legal weed (CNBC)
  • When To Use Cannabis as a Substitute for Pharmaceuticals (ATTN:)
  • Marijuana Legalization Is Another Reason Dogs Should Not Issue Search Warrants (Reason)
  • Tell AAA To Stop Lying About Legalization (NORML)
  • Nearly Half of All Americans Have Tried Cannabis, Poll Finds (Leafly)
  • The High Cost of Being a Medical Marijuana Patient (ATTN:)
  • The Stages of Cannabis Plant Growth (Leafly)
  • Activists Plan Marijuana Ceremony Inside D.C. Basilica During Eclipse (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Ohio's Aspiring Cannabis Growers: A Closer Look (Leafly)
  • Video Footage Offers Glimpse of Australia's Secret Medical Cannabis Crops (Leafly)
  • Spot-On Memes Highlight Undeniable Facts About Weed Everyone Should Know (ATTN:)
  • The Future of California Cannabis Depends on Rain (Leafly)
  • What Is 'Larf' Cannabis and What Is It Good For? (Leafly)
  • Watch This: The Guy Who Won't Shut Up About Cannabis (Leafly)
  • Oregon Town Cracks Down on Pot-Selling Robotic Blonde Mannequins (Reason)


  • Young woman left screaming, fitting and gasping for breath after drink spiked with LSD on night out (Mirror)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Religious leaders rebuked for taking psychedelics to be more 'effective' (WND)
  • The 'Stoned Ape' Theory Might Explain Our Extraordinary Evolution (Inverse)
  • Two dose investigation of the 5-HT-agonist psilocybin on relative and global cerebral blood flow (ResearchGate)


  • New UK Study Treats Alcoholism with MDMA Therapy (Psychedelic Times)
  • Medical Researchers Are Steps From Legalizing Ecstasy. Here's How They Did It. (Reason)
  • Ecstasy Tablets Shaped Like Donald Trump's Head With High MDMA Floods UK Streets (
  • Friend blames ecstasy for woman's death after night out in Fife (BBC)
  • Boy (16) in State care died due to MDMA toxicity, inquest hears (The Irish Times)


  • How Our Santo Daime Church Received Religious Exemption to Use Ayahuasca in Canada (Chacruna)
  • The alkaloids of Banisteriopsis caapi, the plant source of the Amazonian hallucinogen Ayahuasca, stimulate adult neurogenesis in vitro (Beckley Foundation)
  • Avicii Takes Part In Ayahuasca Ceremony And Continues To Tease New Music (EDM Sauce)
  • DMT: Living in an alien world and we don't even know it (Boulder Weekly)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Bill in congress would rein in abuse of religious freedom act (Gay Star News)


  • Ibogaine for Opiate Addiction Treatment: Miracle Cure or Illegal and Dangerous? (iBogaine Thailand)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • New psychoactive substances: How to know if someone is taking the new trend of drugs (Devon Live)



  • Violence over opium crops plagues Mexico's Guerrero state (TRT World)
  • Discarded Syringes from Heroin Crisis Create Health, Environmental Problems (NBC)
  • Woman Shares Graphic Photos to Show What Addiction Really Looks Like (ATTN:)
  • Afghanistan's Opium Trade: A Free Market of Racketeers (The Diplomat)
  • Study Finds Opium Cultivation On The Rise In Balkh (TOLONews)
  • How a Reddit forum has become a lifeline to opioid addicts in the US (The Guardian)


  • Absinthe and Jazz Party Dispels the Green Fairy's 'Strange, Outlandish Reputation' (Bedford + Bowery)


  • Congress Wants More Power To Ban Drugs—Kratom Could Be Next (Psychedelic Times)
  • Christopher Miller Sets Legal Precedent In Tennessee Kratom Case (Inquisitr)



Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Can Psychedelics Be Therapy? Allow Research to Find Out (The New York Times)
  • Oregon Set to Make Psychedelics a Misdemeanor (Disinfo)
  • No, Oregon Isn't Decriminalizing Heroin & Cocaine – But It Should (Refinery29)
  • Cop Suspended After Body Camera Video Shows Him Planting Drugs (TIME)
  • This magical drug mansion in Upstate New York is where the psychedelic '60s took off (Timeline)
  • Donald Trump Admits Border Wall Won't Stop Drugs From Mexico (Reason)
  • Teenagers are using a secret emoji code to buy drugs online (Metro)
  • What Happens When You Eat Psychedelic 'Mad Honey'? (Inverse)
  • Downtown Atlanta's Lost Psychedelic Theme Park (Atlas Obscura)
  • Psychedelic drugs could tackle depression in a way that antidepressants can't (Business Insider)
  • Selling the Silk Road Soap Opera (Reason)
  • Exactly How Addictive Are Party Drugs? (The Debrief)
  • How a techie turned into the 'drug king' of Hyderabad (Asianet Newsable)
  • Police make first major drug bust using app popular with dealers (The Jerusalem Post)
  • Should drug dealers face murder charges for overdoses? State Attorney Melissa Nelson thinks so (The Florida Times-Union)
  • Book review: Examination of psychedelic drug therapy a timely read (Vancouver Sun)
  • Quitting alcohol cold turkey could be deadlier than kicking heroin (New York Post)

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.