This Week in Psychedelics - 7.27.18



  • Cannabis-based medicines get green light as UK eases rules (The Guardian)
  • 'It hits you very quickly': Canada brews first cannabis beer (The Guardian)
  • N.J. won't prosecute any weed cases until September. It's a big step toward legalization. (
  • Aurora Cannabis Inc. to offer medical pot coverage for employees (The Toronto Star)
  • Federal Report On Marijuana Legalization Required Under New Bill (Forbes)
  • Looming cannabis legalization forces 14 RCMP sniffer dogs into early retirement (The Globe and Mail)
  • California Officials Say No To Marijuana-Infused Alcohol And Bars With Cannabis Consumption (Marijuana Moment)
  • How Self-Care And Women's Health Are Shaping The Cannabis Industry (Forbes)
  • Sessions Says States Are Free To Legalize Marijuana, But DOJ Can Enforce Federal Law (Marijuana Moment)
  • Cannabis companies poaching key talent from the food and beverage sectors (The Globe and Mail)
  • Tennessee GOP Governor Candidate Puts Trump In Medical Marijuana Ad (Marijuana Moment)
  • Pennsylvania: Auditor’s Report Says Marijuana Legalization Would Yield Over $500 Million In New Annual Revenue (NORML)
  • Americans View Marijuana As Significantly Less Harmful Than Cigarettes (Marijuana Moment)
  • Legalizing Marijuana Brings Illicit Consumers To The Legal Market, Study Says (Marijuana Moment)
  • V.A. Shuns Medical Marijuana, Leaving Vets to Improvise (The New York Times)
  • Why Marijuana Consumers Have Smaller Waistlines Than Non-Users (Marijuana Moment)
  • The biggest American cannabis business is in Canada (Quartz)
  • Senators Push Sessions To Stop Blocking Marijuana Cultivation Applications (Marijuana Moment)
  • An exclusive look inside the UK’s legal medical cannabis farm (New Scientist)
  • West Virginia Congressional Candidate Running On Marijuana Gets Political Boost (Marijuana Moment)
  • Most in US think cannabis has health benefits, despite lack of data – study (The Guardian)
  • Cannabis, coworking, and the marijuana-industry land rush (Curbed)
  • Politicians Turn To Facebook To Promote Marijuana Legalization Views (Marijuana Moment)
  • A Look Inside Amsterdam's Cannabis Liberation Day 2018 (Leafly)
  • Blazing a trail: as legal cannabis goes global, will Britain be next? (The Guardian)
  • No, Marijuana DNA Is Not From Outer Space (And Other Cannabis-Related Fake News) (Marijuana Moment)
  • At 70, Founding A Cannabis Startup Can Be Quite A Trip (Forbes)
  • A More Palatable Cannabis Edible (Chicago Magazine)
  • The Paranoid Truth About Edible Weed (Psychedelic Heaven)


  • Exploring Meow Wolf on two hits of acid (Rooster)
  • GMU Student Sentenced to 3 Years for Selling LSD to Frat Brother Who Jumped to His Death (NBC4 Washington)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • No Magic Mushrooms On The Denver Ballot This Year. Supporters Are Looking To 2019 (Colorado Public Radio)
  • Psilocybin Truffles vs. Psilocybin Mushrooms (The Third Wave)
  • A startup backed by Peter Thiel has churned out 20,000 doses of magic mushrooms, and is making more (Business Insider)
  • Op Ed: Kicking Down the Doors of Perception Regarding Psilocybin (Westword)


  • What happens when you give an octopus MDMA? (Psymposia)
  • Sister of teen who died after taking ecstasy shares heartbreaking image of her brother on life support (The Sun)
  • Police warn 'fatal' Ecstasy pills shaped like Darth Vader being sold to schoolchildren online (Bristol Live)


  • Underground 5-MeO-DMT Facilitators: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly with James Oroc (Psychedelic Times)
  • Thieves caught on video stealing psychedelic toads from park (WGAL)
  • Jon Hopkins on Psychedelic Meditation and Taking DMT to His Own Music (SPIN)


  • What is iboga and can it actually cure opioid addiction? (ZME Science)


  • Hennepin Ketamine Study Raises Questions About Ethics And Consent (Forbes)
  • Ketamine could help reduce opioid use in the ER (Medical News Today)
  • Social anxiety is being cured by giving people cat tranquilizers (Rooster)
  • I tried ketamine to treat my depression. Within a day, I felt relief. (Vox)
  • PCP-fueled melee leaves officers injured, earns several assault charges (Maryland Independent)


  • Suboxone: Prescribed for addiction, diverted to the streets – an 'instant relief' for withdrawal (
  • Governor of violent Mexican state wants regulation of opium poppies (WSAU)
  • Prison Inmates 40 Times More Likely to Die From Opioid Overdose Two Weeks After Release (Newsweek)
  • Thank Drug Warriors for the Escalating Death Toll From Superpotent Synthetic Opioids (Reason)
  • Fentanyl killed 763 people in Kentucky - twice as many as heroin (Courier Journal)
  • How to Stop a Heroin Overdose (Teen Vogue)
  • Narcan Saved My Life And Demi Lovato’s. Here’s What You Need To Know About It. (HuffPost)
  • “I really did not want to do it”: Smoking opium to investigate drug crime (New Statesman)


  • New Urban Practices Around Kambô (Chacruna)


  • What Is Kratom? How the Plant Could Help Fight the Opioid Crisis (Inverse)
  • 5 Reasons to add kratom to your life (NetNewsLedger)
  • What Is The Definition Of Kratom And How To Pronounce It? (Kratom Guides)
  • Psychoactive herb kratom on radar of B.C. doctors and poison control centre (Vancouver Sun)
  • White Vein Vs Green Vein Kratom: Differences And Similarities (Kratom Guides)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Czech Drug Tsar calls for legalisation and regulation of drugs (Transform Drug Policy Foundation)
  • Rethinking psychedelics: U of T study looks at the practice of microdosing to ease anxiety and sharpen focus (University of Toronto)
  • Legalizing Drugs Would Boost US Budgets By $100 Billion, Harvard Researcher Concludes (Marijuana Moment)
  • Drug finds in prison increased by 23% in one year, Ministry of Justice reveals (Sky News)
  • Melania Trump to be briefed on babies born addicted to drugs (Associated Press)
  • Colleges just don’t understand harm reduction (Psymposia)
  • Drug Testing Organizations Save Lives, So Why Haven't Rave and Concert Organizers Embraced Them? (The Appeal)
  • Healing With the Psychonauts: Psychedelic Medicine Goes Mainstream (Leafly)
  • How psychedelic microdosing might help ease anxiety and sharpen focus (Medical Xpress)
  • Gen Z Is More Into Coke, Ket and LSD Than We Thought (VICE)

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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