This Week in Psychedelics - 8.11.17

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  • Bill To Exclude Hemp From The Controlled Substances Act (NORML)
  • NFL Owners Agree To Consider Letting Players Use Medical Marijuana (Reason)
  • Study: History Of Marijuana Use Associated With Decreased In-Hospital Mortality In Trauma Patients (NORML)
  • Poll: Nearly Six In Ten Voters Say Legalizing Marijuana "Makes Societies Better" (NORML)
  • First dispensary approved to begin sales of medical cannabis for Hawaii patients (KHON2)
  • After 2015 legalization, Texans may be able to buy medical cannabis oil by January (The Texas Tribune)
  • More Evidence That Jeff Sessions' Cannabis Crackdown May Never Materialize (Reason)
  • Study Shows that Heavy Pot Smokers Are In Fact Outrageously Chill (Disinfo)
  • State Lawmaker's Group Urges Feds to Deschedule Cannabis (Leafly)
  • Rastafarian pot farm shootout sparks religious-use debate (Religion News Service)
  • Cannabis Withdrawal Syndrome: How to Ease the Symptoms (Leafly)
  • Poll: Americans' Support For Marijuana Law Reform At All Time High (NORML)
  • Fentanyl-Laced Cannabis: Forever Feared, Not Yet Found (Leafly)
  • Cannabis Shows Great Promise in Treating Cancer—Let's Not Wreck It With Hyperbole (Leafly)
  • Is cannabis too lucrative to be illegal? (CBS)
  • Sessions Attacks Washington's Cannabis Laws in Letter to Governor (Leafly)
  • The Justice Department Is Asking Legal Marijuana States to Do the Impossible (Reason)
  • Massachusetts Governor Names Five to Cannabis Advisory Board (Leafly)
  • Nevada Regulators Could Scrap Home Cannabis Delivery (Leafly)
  • California's Toxic Pot Problem (ATTN:)
  • The Ultimate Cannabis Road Trip Through California (Leafly)
  • Las Vegas Welcomes Marijuana Buyers but Not Marijuana Consumers (Reason)
  • Company Plans to Turn Desert Town Into Cannabis Paradise (Leafly)
  • 10 Best Cannabis Hair And Skin Products For Women (Green Rush Daily)


  • Microdosing LSD Is Safer Than Taking Antidepressants, Says Neurobiologist (Inverse)
  • The Plan to Prove Microdosing Makes You Smarter (Inverse)
  • Can Someone Really Die From An 'LSD Overdose'? (DanceSafe)
  • LSD could help with depression and anxiety (Pharmacy News)
  • How Silicon Valley rediscovered LSD (Financial Times)
  • Turn On, Tune In, Drop By The Office (The Economist)
  • REPORT: Lightning in a Bottle Death Ruled Accidental Overdose by LSD Toxicity (YourEDM)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Oregon's Psilocybin Society Drafts Framework For Legal Mushroom Therapy (Psychedelic Times)


  • Pentylone: What is it, why should we care and how can Multi Agency Safety Testing help? (Volteface)
  • MAPS to Accept Altcoins for Research on MDMA Psychedelic Medicine (Bitcoin News)
  • French EasyJet pilot convicted for flying 'while suffering the after-effects of ecstasy' (The Telegraph)
  • Fired Up: Why Are Ecstasy-Related Deaths Rising In The UK? (Volteface)
  • How MDMA Could Affect Romantic Relationships, A PhD Candidate Weighs In (Collective Evolution)
  • Tastes Like Tesla: How Tesla Ecstasy Pills Became The Hot Way To Get High (Forbes)
  • Lubbock Sheriff's Office warns about 'extra strong' IKEA-stamped ecstasy (Amarillo Globe-News)


  • First Time Ayahuasca Drinkers: A Primer (Eagle Condor Alliance)
  • Is The Use Of Ayahuasca Helping To Raise Our Global Environmental Consciousness? (Collective Evolution)
  • How An Ayahuasca Trip Changed Me For The Better (Refinery29)
  • John Simpson to get high in the jungle again: BBC journalist to take hallucinogenic drug for a second time while filming documentary in the Amazon (Daily Mail)
  • Experts warn of dangers 'trippy' tea as popularity rises in NL (

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

Salvia Divinorum

  • Neuropathic and inflammatory antinociceptive effects and electrocortical changes produced by Salvia divinorum in rats (PubMed)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Health officials issue warnings of using 'bath salts' and 'cloud nine' (Observer-Tribune)
  • 'LSD Dipped In Spice' Warning To Wrexham Drug Users – Guardian Features Wrexham (Wrexham)


  • Ketamine Use in Electroconvulsive Therapy for Depression: Does it Help? (Medical News Bulletin)
  • Ketamine Could Be the Answer to Treatment-Resistant Depression (Vital Updates)
  • Man charged in fatal crash tells police he smoked PCP, court documents say (The Washington Post)


  • President Trump Just Declared a National Emergency Over the Opioid Epidemic (TIME)
  • An Underground Safe Haven for Drug Users Has Been Operating in the U.S. for Years (TIME)
  • Trump Wants to Arrest His Way Out of the Opioid Overdose Crisis (Reason)
  • Researchers Highlight the Government's Complicity in Heroin Deaths (Reason)
  • No ID? For the homeless on heroin, treatment can be elusive (The Morning Call)
  • Calgary EDM Festival Chasing Summer Criticized for Banning Naloxone Kits (Exclaim!)
  • Where Your Doctor Went To School Could Change How They Prescribe Opioids (ATTN:)
  • In North Carolina, "heroin is more accessible and cheaper than alcohol" (Salon)
  • Dying From an Opioid Overdose Is More Common Than You Think (TIME)
  • Naloxone should be the last resort for opioid overdoses (Toronto Star)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • What China's Growing Role in Illegal Drug Production Tells Us About the Future of the Drug War (Reason)
  • What a Shaman Sees in a Mental Hospital (Educate Inspire Change)
  • Psychedelic Book Suggestions: Classics & Beyond (Psychedelic Times)
  • THE FUTURE OF PSYCHEDELICS: Are LSD and Mushrooms The New Prozac? (Dope Magazine)
  • Nootropic Effects of Psychedelic and Addictive Substances (Brain Blogger)
  • Psychedelic drugs saved my life, So why aren't they prescribed? (Wired)
  • Man trying to bring psychedelic religion to Nova Scotia (The Chronicle Herald)
  • 'Ego-dissolving' psychedelic drugs could assist with mental health (EurekAlert!)
  • The latest piece on psychedelic science in the New York Times is dead wrong (Psymposia)
  • These foods can make you test positive for drugs (BBC)
  • Psychedelic Press journal Volume XXI is now available (Psychedelic Press UK)
  • Tripping For Knowledge: The Psychedelic Epidemiologist (3:AM Magazine)

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.