This Week in Psychedelics - 8.21.15

Image by  Dahtamnay , courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • These 17 States Could Have Legalized Marijuana After Next Year (ATTN:)
  • The Secret History of Southern Medical Marijuana (Reason)
  • Feds limit research on marijuana for medical use (USA Today)
  • These '420 Games' Athletes Want to Change the Perception of Weed (Time)
  • Exploring the Science Behind Differing Marijuana Highs (The New York Times)
  • Judge Rejects Cops' Argument That Their Behavior During a Medical Marijuana Raid Is a Private Matter (Reason)
  • East New York: It's still law enforcement target for marijuana possession (News 21: America's Weed Rush)
  • How can we keep pot out of the hands of teenagers? By regulating it. (International Centre for Science in Drug Policy)
  • Oregonian/OregonLive seeks freelance marijuana reviewer (Oregon Live)
  • Novak Djokovic complains of cannabis smell during Montreal win over Jérémy Chardy (The Guardian)
  • Is Marijuana Causing More Car Crashes In Washington? (Reason)
  • 'Medical cannabis could be worth more to Israel than natural gas' (The Jerusalem Post)
  • Police poke fun at 'forgetful horticulturist' after open air cannabis farm found abandoned in park (Mirror)
  • Colorado marijuana tax revenues are up nearly 100 percent (ABC 7 News Denver)
  • This Canadian University Offers a Class on the Business of Marijuana (Time)
  • Marijuana Conviction Overturned By Colorado Appeals Court (Huffington Post)
  • Ohio's Vote Could Add New State to Booming US Cannabis Marketplace (MarketWatch)
  • California's tax collector wants to bank legal cannabis (Yahoo! Finance)
  • Colorado Cannabis Tours Takes Us For a Ride — And You're Invited (Westword)
  • Georgia's cannabis registry off to fast start (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
  • Illinois Medical Cannabis: 6 Things You Need to Know before Applying (Huffington Post)
  • Will people with criminal records be allowed to participate in Alaska's cannabis industry? (Alaska Dispatch News)
  • Cannabis-based smoothies coming to Frisco (The Dallas Morning News)
  • Proposed Colorado Rules Require Stop Signs on Marijuana Edibles (Reason)
  • Quitting Cannabis and Preventing Pulmonary Illness (Medscape)



  • Is Ecstasy the Key to Treating Women with PTSD? (Marie Claire)
  • Moms Who Do Molly (Broadly)
  • Ecstasy therapy approved for trial in Marin County (SF Gate)
  • Rave reviews: origins of ecstasy culture to be told in new film (The Guardian)
  • MDMA growing concern on campus (The Brock Press)


Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Treating Depression And Anxiety With Ayahuasca And Huachuma (

Salvia Divinorum

  • A Traditional Medicine Could Help With Addiction Treatment (Care2)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • How Govt Fear Campaigns and Prohibition of Bath Salts, Flakka, and Other Synthetics Is Only Going to Cost More Lives (Alternet)
  • Here's the Truth About "Synthetic Marijuana" (ATTN:)
  • The Truth About Party Drugs (ATTN:)
  • Dissecting the Spice epidemic: Potent batch may have provoked Wilkes-Barre overdoses (Wilkes Barre Times-Leader)



  • Bioengineered yeasts used to make opioids, still 'home brew' opiates not commercially viable (Daily Times Gazette)
  • Scientists Have Figured Out How to Make Sugar into Narcotics (Munchies)
  • In heroin fight, White House will push treatment (The Washington Post)
  • Critics Say New Plan to Stop Heroin Overdoses Shows White House 'Still Doesn't Get It' (VICE News)
  • The Heroin Statistics That Spooked the White House (The Atlantic)
  • Use Of OxyContin For Children 11 And Up Approved By The FDA (Tech Times)
  • Mexico finds opium poppy plantation near capital (Yahoo! News)
  • How Kentucky Embraced A Life-Saving Drug For Opioid Addicts (Huffington Post)
  • Naloxone, Narcan Becoming More Accessible (WBOY-TV)
  • Winnipeg Naloxone-distribution program could prevent fentanyl deaths (CBC News)
  • Massachusetts police department give heroin addicts support, rehab (Fox News)
  • We have a heroin and opioid problem; let's fix it (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  • In The Mix: Can You Make Heroin at Home? (Chem Info)
  • 5 Shocking Facts About the Illinois Heroin Epidemic (Huffington Post)
  • Calgary's 18-year-old fentanyl victim bouncing back to good health (Calgary Sun)
  • New task force created to battle heroin problem in Orange County (WFTV Orlando)
  • They've overdosed, or seen other people die. Now they're learning to save victims' lives (The Washington Post)
  • Washington County officials investigating outbreak of heroin overdoses (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • The 15 NJ towns with the highest rates of heroin treatment (
  • The rising epidemic of heroin addiction (The San Diego Union-Tribute)
  • 5 takeaways from public hearing on heroin, opioid treatment hosted at the Yorktown Hotel (The York Daily Record)
  • Braintree Fire to Receive Donation of 200 Narcan Devices (Patch)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • How Psychedelics And Floatation Therapy Put Me On A Healing Path (
  • Local church invites you to join them in worship ... with psychotropic drugs (Bungalower)
  • Joey Mars, King of Psychedelic Art (The Daily Beast)
  • Two heads are better than one! Double-headed psychedelic sea slug is discovered off the coast of Borneo (Daily Mail)

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.