This Week in Psychedelics - 7.28.17

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  • Senate Committee Passes Amendment To Protect Medical Marijuana (NORML)
  • Colorado: Tax Revenue From The Legal Cannabis Industry Surpasses Half-Billion Dollars (NORML)
  • Vote on Veterans' Marijuana Access Is Shut Down (ATTN:)
  • Trump's DOJ gears up for crackdown on marijuana (The Hill)
  • Marijuana is NORML: 45% of Americans Have Tried Cannabis (NORML)
  • The Federal Government is Being Sued Over Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • House Committee Blocks Veterans Equal Access Amendments (NORML)
  • Sessions Boosts Forfeiture and Mandatory Minimums but Lets Pot Prohibition Collapse (Reason)
  • Will cannabis be legalised in the UK, who supports it and where is marijuana already legal? (The Sun)
  • Reefer Madness at The New York Times (Reason)
  • AAA Is Fighting to Stop Legal Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Cannabis and goggles — the latest in concussion treatments and research (Miami Herald)
  • Calgary debates where and how to sell cannabis, eyes liquor store model as template (The Globe and Mail)
  • California Wants to Stop Pot Dispensaries from Branding Merchandise (Reason)
  • On a Boat? Cannabis Is Still Illegal, US Coast Guard Says (Leafly)
  • How Jeff Sessions Could Crack Down on Legal Marijuana (And Why He Might Not) (TIME)
  • Sen. Positive Nelson Wants to Bring Medical Cannabis to the Virgin Islands (Leafly)
  • GANJASANA: An Authentic Relationship With Cannabis Blooms Through Yoga (Dope Magazine)
  • Is microdosing the future of marijuana? (VICE)
  • Medical cannabis grow sites are now almost legal in West Berkeley (Berkeleyside)
  • Pennsylvania Cities Continue to Embrace Decriminalization of Marijuana (NORML)
  • Cannabis Impairment in the Workplace: Easy to Discuss, Difficult to Detect (Leafly)
  • In Vermont, Students And Lawmakers Are Getting The Facts On Cannabis (Forbes)
  • Why Weed Improves Sex For Some But Not Others (ATTN:)
  • Maine Panel Mulls Doubling 10% Tax on Cannabis (Leafly)
  • State's Billboard Got Major Backlash For Trying Tone Deaf Tactic To Stop Teen Pot Use (ATTN:)
  • How Cannabis Is Used for Nausea and Vomiting Relief (Leafly)
  • Online Portals Guide Australian Doctors Through Medical Cannabis Maze (Leafly)
  • Medical Cannabis Education Tour launches Thursday in Philly (
  • Vancouver pot activist calls for open cultivation of cannabis plants (Vancouver Sun)
  • Inside Colorado's psychedelic Church of CANNABIS where chilled-out worshippers smoke joints in the pews while listening to rock music (The Sun)
  • How To Smoke Cannabis Wax Without A Rig (Green Rush Daily)
  • Cannabis Charges Decline in Canada, But Montreal Bucks Hard (Leafly)
  • 5 Keys To Forecasting Sales Of New Products: Cannabis And Other Examples (Forbes)
  • How to Trim Your Cannabis Plants for Beautiful Buds (Leafly)
  • Smoke and Mirrors: Cannabis, Fashion, and How It All Connects to Rihanna (Leafly)


  • You're not tripping: LSD is making a comeback (USA Today)
  • How microdosing psychedelics like LSD could boost your leadership skills (Quartz)
  • Albert Hoffman [sic]: Looking Back At LSD Inventor's First Strange Trip (Worldcrunch)
  • Officer Used 'Reasonable Force' When Shooting Man On LSD: State's Attorney (Grayslake Patch)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • At Johns Hopkins, clergy try mind-altering drugs for scientific research (The Washington Post)
  • Hallucinogenic mushroom blooms in the Nilgiris (The Hindu)


  • Could MDMA Save Your Relationship? (Elle)
  • What are the dangers, effects, and laws when it comes to Molly (or MDMA)? (Metro)
  • The six-month search for a $10-20 million ecstasy lab in Canberra (Newcastle Herald)
  • Charlize Theron admits to taking cocaine and ecstasy in her 20s – but now goes to bed at 8:45pm (The Sun)
  • 'Five friends go out and take ecstasy, one doesn't come home': the rise of super-strength pills (The Guardian)


  • Study Shows Psychedelic Plant Medicine Ayahuasca Stimulates The Birth Of New Brain Cells (Collective Evolution)
  • Ayahuasca: The Dark Side and Dangers (The Recovery Village)
  • Peruvian Ayahuasca Retreat Creates Annual Cash Scholarship Award to Bring Awareness to Amazonian Plant Medicine (Press Release Rocket)
  • Global Ayahuasca Project: how nothing is the same after taking 'The Tea' (ABC)
  • My night on ayahuasca: the Amazonian hallucinogen known as the 'rope of death' (The Times)
  • Incredible pictures show an Amazonian witch doctor introducing his new apprentice, 13 to a sacred and hallucinogenic brew and teaching him the secrets of the forest (Daily Mail)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline


  • Tips for success: Ibogaine therapy success rate for substance dependency and addiction. (iBogaine-Thailand)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Synthetic cannabis: New Zealand police issue warning after spate of deaths (The Guardian)
  • Friends of teen who died from synthetic cannabis warn others (Newshub)



  • How Much More Vicious Will the War on Painkillers Get? (Reason)
  • Another record year for opioid and fentanyl-related deaths (Indianapolis Star)
  • Yes, Poppy Seeds Contain Opiates, And Here's What You Need To Know (The Huffington Post)
  • The Female Warlord Who Had C.I.A. Connections and Opium Routes (The New York Times)
  • Take a Trip Into the Absurd at This Anti-Drug Museum in the Land of Opium (OZY)
  • Heroin highs: Afghani, Pak smugglers use Punjab route (The Times of India)
  • The answer to opioid overdose: Naloxone (The Richmond Register)
  • What it's like to spend 14 years undercover as a heroin addict (Metro)
  • Six overdose deaths linked to two heroin brands, officials say (The News Journal)


  • A One-Stop Explainer For Drinking Absinthe (Essence)



  • Once a Killer Drug, Qat Is Now a Dropout Drug, If You Believe The New York Times (Reason)
  • Remove miraa from harmful drugs list, Munya tells Bett (Citizen TV)
  • For Ethiopia's Underemployed Youth, Life Can Center on a Leaf (Nazret)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Police Body Camera Appears to Catch Baltimore Officer Planting Drugs for a Search (Reason)
  • Psychedelic medicines can help heal the trauma of mass incarceration (Psymposia)
  • When Do Prescription Drugs Really Expire? (ATTN:)
  • Meeting McKenna in His Jungle (The Huffington Post)
  • An Introduction to Shamans of the Global Village (Psychedelic Times)
  • How technology can help government fight the war on drugs (The Hill)
  • We Are All On Drugs... (Collective Evolution)
  • Vigilante Psychopharmacology: An Interview with Psychedelic Comedian Adam Strauss (Reality Sandwich)
  • If Jared Kushner Wants to Reform Federal Drug Sentences, Here's What He Should Keep in Mind (Reason)
  • England's new psychedelic renaissance (PRI)
  • Psychedelics and Normality (The Huffington Post)
  • Reasons to Consider Trying Psychedelics (Fox Weekly)
  • Healing the Hurt at the Center of Addiction (Reality Sandwich)
  • Another Day, Another Article About Psychedelics in an Incredibly Mainstream Publication (Disinfo)

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.