This Week in Psychedelics - 8.25.17

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  • A Cannabis Industry PR Exec Explains Why the Future of Pot is Old People and Office Workers (Reason)
  • HUD Secretary Ben Carson Spreads Marijuana Myths (NORML)
  • Cannabis Potency: How Does Lab Testing for THC and CBD Work? (Leafly)
  • Cannabis congeniality: A handful of bed and breakfasts are just fine with their guests lighting up (The Register-Guard)
  • California Is Still Arresting Too Many People of Color for Cannabis (Leafly)
  • Denver to Start Licensing First Cannabis Clubs, but Few May Apply (Leafly)
  • Trump Comments Spark Boycott of LA Cannabis Expo (Leafly)
  • Cannabis conference in Arcata celebrates women industry leaders (KIEM)
  • Oakland's Marijuana Equity Permit Program (NORML)
  • Gavin Newsom Racking Up Cannabis $$$ in California Governors Race (Leafly)
  • Lagunitas Unleashes New IPA Made With Cannabis (Eater)
  • Australian States Split on Medical Cannabis (Leafly)
  • Medical Marijuana Protections Offered Again, But Will They Receive A Vote? (NORML)
  • Hispanic caucus: Criminalization of cannabis rooted in bias (Wisconsin Gazette)
  • Clearing the Haze Around Cannabis Delivery Services (Voice of San Diego)
  • Does Cannabis Make You Walk Funny? (Leafly)
  • Cannabis companies eager to take growing biz to the bank (CBS News)
  • The latest cannabis-related news from the pages of the Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles Times)
  • I Became a Pot Felon at 18. I'm Owed More Than an Apology. (Reason)
  • 4 Ways to Make Use of Male Cannabis Plants (Leafly)
  • Philly-area law firms bullish on cannabis despite grave legal risks (
  • A Professional Dominatrix Walks Into a Cannabis Investor Conference... (Leafly)
  • Corte Madera prepares moratorium on cannabis business (Marin Independent Journal)


  • No way woman died from LSD overdose at local music fest, experts say—'It's not possible' (The Tribune)
  • Microdosing with LSD and its Research Potential (Heffter Research Institute)
  • Watch Jamila Woods' new video for "LSD" featuring Chance The Rapper (HUH.)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic mushroom chemical may be a hallucinogenic insect repellent (New Scientist)
  • Scientists Unlock Magic Mushrooms' Mysterious Chemical Compound (Smithsonian)
  • How Mushrooms Became Magic (The Atlantic)
  • Is Psilocybin Is [sic] The World's Safest Recreational Drug? (Collective Evolution)


  • Police Seize Thousands of Donald Trump-Inspired Ecstasy Tablets (TIME)
  • Report: Only 34.7% of Pills Marketed as MDMA Are Pure (Noiseporn)
  • Illegal schemes in India offer "rave packages" with MDMA and hashish (Mixmag)


  • Ayahuasca Stimulates the Birth of New Brain Cells (Beckley Foundation)
  • Life Coaching and Death Coaching: Comedian Myq Kaplan on the Benefits of Ayahuasca (Psychedelic Times)
  • Assessing the Psychedelic "After-Glow" in Ayahuasca Users: Post-Acute Neurometabolic and Functional Connectivity Changes Are Associated with Enhanced Mindfulness Capacities (Beckley Foundation)
  • Can Ayahuasca Alleviate Depression and Poverty? (Indian CountryToday)
  • DMT showed me how my ego influenced my emotions (Psymposia)
  • It's Time To Reflect On WTF Happened In That 'Rick And Morty' Trip Scene (Movie Pilot)


Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • V Festival organisers warn about 'extremely dangerous' Pentylone drug being sold as MDMA on site... and urge revellers to seek IMMEDIATE help if they think they've taken it (The Sun)
  • Family of 20-year-old Amy Vigus who died after taking what she thought was MDMA release heart-breaking video (East Anglian Daily Times)


  • That Time David Letterman Accidentally Smoked Animal Tranquilizer (Cinema Blend)
  • Ketamine alone is best sedative for children's emergencies (American Pharmacists Association)
  • An old medication used in new ways spells relief for chronic pain and other ailments (WZZM)
  • To prevent more needless deaths like Ellie's, we need an open conversation about drugs (Left Foot Forward)
  • Ketamine suspected as factor in death of care worker Hannah Bennett in Great Ellingham crash (Norwich Evening News)
  • Lufkin PD: Woman who passed out on stranger's back porch was high on PCP (KTRE)


  • The federal government is systematically undercounting heroin users (The Washington Post)
  • Golden retriever digs up heroin in Oregon backyard (Albany Times Union)
  • Initiative to ban heroin safe-injection sites in King County qualifies for ballot (The Seattle Times)
  • New law requires naloxone to be placed in all Maryland schools (WUSA)
  • NYC councilman wants naloxone kits in schools to prevent overdoses (
  • How to save a life: Officials push Naloxone trainings into the community (The Baltimore Sun)
  • Kaleo Pharmaceuticals Donates Naloxone to Fight Opioid Epidemic (Community Idea Stations)
  • How Medicaid Rescued This Man From Opioid Addiction (ATTN:)


  • Healing with the Frog: Interview with Joe Mattia about IAKP Kambo Training (Psychedelic Times)


  • Call To Legalise Kratom And Allow Its Use For Medicinal Purposes (Buriram Times)
  • Families allowed to grow kratom trees for cultural reasons (The Nation)
  • Best Tips on How to Take Kratom (TG Daily)
  • The newest energy drink? 'Kratom' (Phuket Gazette)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • AI Is Edging Into the Art World in Psychedelic Ways (Smithsonian)
  • Feds Bust 'Dark Web' Drug Ring Operating Out Of Altadena Gated Community (CBS Los Angeles)
  • People Are Getting High on Drugs for the Eclipse (Newsweek)
  • 2001: A Psychedelic Odyssey (Psymposia)
  • You've had a life changing experience with psychedelics. Do you tell your kids? (Psymposia)
  • How to help young people minimise drug harm (The Age)

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.