This Week in Psychedelics - 7.31.15

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • 10 Reasons Why Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition Is About To Go Up In Smoke (Alternet)
  • Almost Half Of The U.S. Has Smoked Cannabis (
  • Here's What Marijuana Does To Your Bladder (attn:)
  • PotBotics: better cannabis recommendations through science (Engadget)
  • Debunking One of the Most Pernicious Pot Myths (Alternet)
  • Banking for Pot Industry Hits a Roadblock (The New York Times)
  • Australia may legalize medical marijuana in August (RT)
  • Marijuana Legalization In Italy: 250 Italian Lawmakers Support Cannabis Decriminalization Proposal (International Business Times)
  • Turnaround in Health Ministry will allow sales of medical cannabis in pharmacies (The Jerusalem Post)
  • Medical marijuana one step closer in Queensland (The Age)
  • Cannabis decriminalized in Delaware (Culture Magazine)
  • Cannabis petition forces MPs to consider debating legalisation (The Guardian)
  • Durham has 'decriminalised' cannabis. About time too (The Guardian)
  • New DEA Leader: Pot Probably Not as Bad as Heroin (US News)
  • iPhone app helps weed smokers know if they're too high to drive (Business Insider)
  • Olympia Hempfest offers high times for legal-cannabis crowd (The Seattle Times)
  • The burning conservative case for legalising cannabis (The Guardian)
  • Medical cannabis trial: First details revealed (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Cannabis industry insiders talk to their kids about pot (Columbia Daily Tribune)
  • UK: Legalise cannabis petition reaches 150,000 signatures (International Business Times)
  • Edgbaston turns to their cannabis lamps (ESPNcricinfo)
  • Holy smoke: cannabis churches extol 'sacrament' of marijuana (The Guardian)
  • Drone Delivers Bitcoin-Purchased Cannabis in California (Coindesk)
  • For cannabis apps, the road to the app store is paved with rejection (Yahoo Finance)
  • World Famous Cannabis Cafe to reopen Friday in Portland (Oregon Live)
  • Cannabis: Derbyshire, Dorset and Surrey police will no longer seek to arrest pot growers and smokers (International Business Times UK)


  • Why Young Brits Are Taking So Much LSD and Ecstasy (VICE)
  • Microdosing: Is LSD the Shortcut to a Good Day at Work? (Inverse)
  • LSD: The Opera: Psychedelics Hit the Stage (Alternet)
  • LSD played role in Boulder student's deathly confrontation with police (Fox31 Denver)
  • Police: 'Bad batch' of LSD could be going around Boulder County (Boulder Daily Camera)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • David Nutt: Why Banning LSD and Magic Mushrooms is the Worst Censorship of Medicine in World History (Psychedelic Press UK)
  • Psilocybin Mushrooms — Healing From Childhood Trauma And My Spiritual Rebirth (


  • Psychedelics changed the way a mother and daughter experienced death (
  • Molly, a form of MDMA or ecstasy, can cause fatal reactions (The Washington Post)
  • Ecstasy is back - how will Cameron's creaking drug policy cope? (The Guardian)
  • Mother of university student who died after trying ecstasy for the first time blames 'peer pressure' for his death (Mirror)
  • Molly in the news: Details about the EDC death, and a new report on ecstasy (Las Vegas Weekly)



  • Information Update - Unauthorized natural health product "Remogen" containing ibogaine and the risk of abnormal heart rhythms (Newswire)


  • Utah tribal church cites 'religious liberty' in fight against ban on using peyote in ceremonies (Raw Story)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • A Drug Hits Cycling Before It Hits The Market (The New York Times)
  • Family member of teen who died from taking N-bomb discusses dealer's sentencing (Daily Journal)


  • Antigonish ER doc doubts Evolve patrons drugged with PCP-laced glove (The Chronicle Herald)
  • Could 'horse tranquiliser' be a rapid treatment for depression? (Health24)
  • Allergan To Buy Antidepressant Maker For $560 Million With Hopes Of Preventing Suicides (Forbes)
  • South Africa: Could Ketamine Be a Rapid Treatment for Depression? (All Africa)
  • Woman high on PCP, choked by police, settles with Chicopee (WWLP)
  • Brit feeds Ibiza seagull Ketamine-laced chip (Olive Press)


  • The DEA chief said heroin is "probably" more dangerous than pot. Drop the probably, dude. (Vox)
  • Afghanistan: Still the King of Opium (Foreign Policy)
  • Digital eyes to watch over Asia's biggest opium processing plant in Neemuch (Hindustan Times)
  • In Myanmar, Replacing Poppy Plants with Coffee (VOA Learning English)
  • A heroin addict takes a long path to sobriety (Capital Gazette)
  • State program to fight heroin crisis (The Columbus Dispatch)
  • Heroin infiltrating new portion of Bear County population (KSAT)
  • Ohio county hit by heroin gets $100,000 to fight problem (WLWT)
  • Despite strategies, heroin deaths up (Journal-News)
  • A poor man's heroin (Fosters)
  • Heroin use on the rise in Lynchburg area, throughout Virginia (The News & Advance)
  • Falmouth family suffers heroin's tragic toll (Portland Press Herald)
  • Heroin use soars in the suburbs (WKBW)
  • Lawmakers consider how to stem heroin epidemic at its source (CBS News)
  • Authorities investigating four heroin overdoses that killed three in past week (Lebanon Daily News)
  • Efforts To Curb The Nation's Deadly Heroin Epidemic (The Diane Rehm Show)
  • Cortisol a Treatment for Heroin Addiction (Medscape)
  • People looking to score heroin, interrupt police raid of house suspected of drug dealing (Fox 2 Now)
  • Taunton son and mother facing charges they ran heroin distribution ring, federal officials say (Boston Globe)

General Psychedelics

  • The most convincing argument for legalizing LSD, shrooms, and other psychedelics (Vox)
  • Psychedelic Drugs Linked to Reduction in Psychological Distress, Suicide Attempts (MD Magazine)
  • How do you know you're going to have a bad trip? (Hopes and Fears)
  • Psychedelia in Film & TV #1: INtrospeC(EP)TION (The Psychosis of a Seventeen Year Old)

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 (and other psychoactives) are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.