This Week in Psychedelics - 8.24.18



  • Study: 1 in 7 Canadian cannabis users admits to high driving (The Mercury News)
  • Cory Booker Bill Would Let Students With Drug Convictions Keep Financial Aid (Marijuana Moment)
  • Wells Fargo Closes Florida Politician's Account Due To Marijuana Donations (Forbes)
  • Senate Amendment Requires Feds To Study Marijuana Legalization’s Impact (Marijuana Moment)
  • Here’s How Much Marijuana Costs on the West Coast vs East Coast (Priceonomics)
  • Marijuana ‘Farmers Markets’ Won’t Happen In California Yet After Bill’s Failure (Marijuana Moment)
  • North Texas Academy Offers First Cannabis Science Class (NBC Dallas-Fort Worth)
  • New Jersey Could Legalize Weed Next Month (Reason)
  • Baker Who Denied Same-Sex Couple Now Complaining About Marijuana-Themed Cake Requests (Marijuana Moment)
  • Cannabis Is Creating A Boom For Biological Pesticides (Forbes)
  • Pennsylvania Lawmaker Launches Online Petition To Promote Marijuana Legalization Bill (Marijuana Moment)
  • Proximity Of Dispensaries To Schools Not Linked With Teen Use (NORML)
  • Ohio Police Plan To Ignore Marijuana Ballot Measure (Marijuana Moment)
  • The Next Big Thing In Cannabis: Tourism (Forbes)
  • Israeli and Swiss Companies Team Up to Breed Better Cannabis for Patients (High Times)
  • Cannabis stocks soar to new highs (CNN)
  • Amid Primary Challenge, Democrat Senator Now Supports Marijuana Bill (Marijuana Moment)
  • Why you shouldn’t dismiss the risk of marijuana addiction (Vox)
  • America’s Invisible Pot Addicts (The Atlantic)
  • How Federal Housing Policy Excludes Poor People From Legal Pot (Rolling Stone)
  • We Fact Checked an ER Doctor Who Said Weed Edibles Can Kill Kids (VICE)
  • U.S. Border Agents Gear Up for Canada’s Marijuana Legalization, Vowing to Enforce Federal Law (Newsweek)
  • How Tech Will Drive The Next Stage Of Cannabis Regulation (Forbes)
  • Alaska Could Be The First State To Legalize And License Marijuana Lounges (Marijuana Moment)
  • The Dark Star of Doobage (Seattle Weekly)
  • Meet Bend And Blaze: A Cannabis-Infused Yoga Class You Need To Take (Forbes)
  • California: Marijuana Expungement Measure Awaits Governor’s Signature (NORML)
  • Big Majority Of Connecticut Voters Support Legalizing Marijuana, Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)
  • California Cannabis Goes Luxury, Plans Appellations Just Like Wine (Forbes)
  • Poll: Huge Majority Of Wisconsin Voters Want Marijuana Legalized (Marijuana Moment)
  • Meet The Tattooed Branding Bigwig Who Gave Up Couture For Cannabis (Forbes)
  • Cannabis Now CEO Says Beer And Marijuana Mergers Are Good For Business (Forbes)


  • From Humble Chemist to Father of the Psychedelic Trip (OZY)
  • How To Take LSD (The Third Wave)
  • Can LSD help solve mental health issues? (CBS News)
  • LSD liberated me from the prison I had built for myself (Psymposia)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • FDA Approves Psychedelic Magic Mushrooms Ingredient Psilocybin for Depression Trial (Newsweek)
  • ‘Microdosing’ is touted by ’shroomers and Reddit users. Science is starting to test their claims — and finding some truth (STAT)
  • Can Psilocybin Make People Feel More Empathy to Nature? (Chacruna)
  • Psilocybin Proponents Push Medical Benefits of Drug, Ballot Initiative (Westword)


  • Veteran Treated PTSD And Suicidal Thoughts With ‘Life-Altering’ MDMA Therapy (Inquisitr)


  • What To Expect When You Drink Ayahuasca (The Third Wave)
  • Psychedelic Medicine 101: DMT and the near-death experience (New Atlas)
  • Man sentenced to 11.5 years for bringing bottle of Peruvian Ayahuasca drink to Russia (Pravda)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Strange Drug Overdoses Are Mystifying Hospitals (Discover Magazine)
  • Big Pharma Synthetic Marijuana Leaves 2 Dead, 89 Hospitalized In Illinois (UR Healthinfo)


  • A Doctor Explains How Prescribing Ketamine For Depression Works (Psymposia)
  • Driver, 21, found at wheel by police after being more than twice over the limit for ketamine (The News)
  • Man high on PCP harasses woman, punches her dad and then slugs a valet at Playhouse Square (News 5 Cleveland)


  • Mexican poppy producing state pushes to decriminalize opium (Star Tribune)
  • Dan Bigg, who spent decades fighting heroin crisis in Chicago and saved scores of lives, dies at 59 (Chicago Tribune)
  • On fentanyl: Congress must avoid another drug war (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Trump Says Pain Pills Are 'So Highly Addictive.' He's Wrong. (Reason)
  • This is what happens to your body during a heroin overdose (Health24)
  • Poll: Most Americans Know About Opioid Antidote And Are Willing To Use It (NPR)
  • Why Every Connecticut Home Should Have Naloxone (Hartford Courant)


  • American Kratom Association says forensic pathologist got it wrong in Arvada death (
  • More than 40,000 Americans Petition DEA in Support of Kratom (Markets Insider)
  • Failed NDIs, FDA's Opioid Concerns Don't Stop Kratom Supplement Sales (Rose Sheet)
  • FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Tweets Controversial Statements on Kratom (Inverse)
  • FDA recalls Kratom products due to salmonella concerns (News4Jax)
  • Rep. Vernon Jones appointed to House Study Committee on Risks with Kratom (On Common Ground News)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Like Beer, There's Now 'Craft Cocaine' (VICE)
  • Proposal seeks to improve assessment of drug risks (Science Daily)
  • These Drug Users Don't Want Their Dealer Prosecuted if They OD (VICE)
  • Federal officers have established unconstitutional checkpoints on the road to Burning Man (Boing Boing)
  • Scientists Dosed an Artificial Brain With Meth (Motherboard)
  • Psychedelics Might Be Especially Effective in Treating Depression When Combined With Hypnosis (Tonic)
  • Safe injection sites were thought to reduce drug overdoses. The research isn’t so clear. (Vox)
  • The Healing Powers of Psychedelics Documentary Series: Interview with Mareesa Stertz (Psychedelic Times)
  • Top 3 drugs to use while watching the Trump scandals, and top 3 to avoid (Rooster)
  • Psychedelics And Partying (Psychedelic Heaven)
  • The Myth Of Good And Bad Drugs (Psychedelic Heaven)

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.

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