This Week in Psychedelics - 8.12.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • DEA Rejects Marijuana Rescheduling but Eliminates a Research Barrier (Reason)
  • The FDA Quietly Approved a Synthetic Form of Marijuana as Medicine (ATTN:)
  • Share of Americans Who Admit Current Pot Use Nearly Doubles in Three Years (Reason)
  • Hillary Clinton Campaign Says She Would Reschedule Marijuana (TIME)
  • Marijuana Haters Say They Have Millions to Spend Against Legalization Effort (L.A. Weekly)
  • Robbery of Portland Cannabis Dispensary Points Out a Glaring Vulnerability: Cash (Willamette Week)
  • People Are Shaming Malia Obama for Smoking Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Canada to allow medical patients to grow own cannabis (Reuters)
  • Study: Frequent Marijuana Consumers Not More Likely To Access Health Care Services (NORML)
  • Weed spit test can detect if you're driving high in 3 minutes (Engadget)
  • Arizona Will Vote On Legalizing Marijuana in November (TIME)
  • Build Your Own Cannabis Library with These Must-Read Books About Marijuana (Leafly)
  • Dumped Signatures Push Medical Marijuana Initiative off Missouri's Ballot (Reason)
  • 7 Scientific Effects of Marijuana That Experts Want to Study (TIME)
  • Lupus Can Be Treated by Cannabis (Green Rush Daily)
  • Libertarian presidential candidate's staffers set up booth at cannabis conference (KATU)
  • How to Talk to Your Kids About Pot (TIME)
  • How Cannabis Helps With Glaucoma (Green Rush Daily)
  • Even Cheech and Chong would be impressed with this "Happy Kit" (Boing Boing)
  • Justin Trudeau Lights Up Canadian Cannabis Stocks (New Cannabis Ventures)
  • Warning over using butane to produce super-strength cannabis (BBC)
  • Two dozen people treated for overdose after eating cannabis-laced sweets (The Telegraph)


  • AVN Awards News: 'South Park' Creators Apparently Took Acid At Racy Ceremony [VIDEO] (Enstarz)
  • The Beatles' Revolver and a Half-Century of LSD (TIME)
  • John Waters Remembers 'Multiple Maniacs', His LSD-Fueled Cavalcade of Perversion (VICE)
  • Couple take LSD then attempt to build flat-pack furniture (Daily Star)


  • When Psychiatrists Fought Like Hell to Keep MDMA Legal (Inverse)
  • The Party Drug With The Power To Ease Anxiety, Depression, And PTSD (GOOD Magazine)
  • LETHAL ECSTASY WARNING: British Clubbers in Ibiza warned over deadly pills after bust uncovers drugs with FIVE times the normal strength circulating on the party island (The Sun)


  • Scientists Developed a Way to Make DMT Trips Last Longer Than Ever (VICE)
  • When Headaches Won't Stop: Why Some People Are Choosing DMT and Ayahuasca to Treat Chronic Migraines (Psychedelic Times)
  • An Artist Documented Ayahuasca's Secrets as Sounds and Textile Art (The Creators Project)
  • Tripping on the Psychedelic Ayahuasca, Without the Trip to Peru (Dallas Observer)
  • 9 Investigates: DEA orders Orange County church to stop psychedelic tea ceremonies (WFTV)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • N-Bomb: The new drug on Narcotics Control Bureau's radar (The Indian Express)
  • DRUG TEEN TRAGEDY: Cops find body in search for 16-year-old boy who was last seen 'tripping' on 'N Bomb' drug and running naked near river (The Sun)


  • Talking Psychedelic Spectacles with the Co-director of "Ketamine: The Musical" (Papermag)


  • It's Opium Season in America (Pretend You Don't Know) (Inverse)
  • Treating Heroin Addicts (The New York Times)
  • FDA Supports Greater Access to Naloxone to Help Reduce Opioid Overdose Deaths (FDA Voice)
  • Opioid overdose: What Naloxone can and cannot do (The Weston Forum)
  • Shift in care could reverse the opioid epidemic (The Hill)
  • This man turned an opium field into a sustainable coffee farm in Thailand (Eco-Business)


  • What is Kratom and why won't the FDA approve it as medicine? (KPCC)
  • Can Kratom be detected in Urine test or drug tests? (Kratom Project)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Philippines President Duterte on vigilante drug war: "You can't stop me" (CBS News)
  • DEA regularly mines Americans' travel records to seize millions in cash (USA Today)
  • Integrating a Psychedelic Experience Through Personal and Spiritual Practices (Psychedelic Times)
  • Two Photos Show the Consequences of the World's War on Drugs (ATTN:)
  • The Chemicals Found in Meth (ATTN:)
  • The Diverging Mind (VolteFace)

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.