This Week in Psychedelics - 8.31.18



  • Inside The Trump Administration’s Secret War On Weed (BuzzFeed News)
  • Delaware: Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law (NORML)
  • Medicinal cannabis cultivation licence issued to East Coast business for first time (Newshub)
  • Alarmed By Large Marijuana Purchases, Oregon Imposes Strict Temporary Limits (Marijuana Moment)
  • Lawmakers In US Territory Send Marijuana Legalization Bill To Governor (Marijuana Moment)
  • US Lawmakers Discuss Marijuana Legalization With New Mexican President’s Team (Marijuana Moment)
  • Whole-Plant Marijuana ‘Entourage Effect’ Helps Patients More Than Purified CBD, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)
  • 'Cannabis-Involved' Traffic Fatalities Fall in Colorado (Reason)
  • Clean Slate Act To Seal Records Introduced To Congress (NORML)
  • GOP Senator Pushes Back Against White House Anti-Marijuana Plans (Marijuana Moment)
  • The White House Allegedly Has A Marijuana Smear Squad. Cannabis Experts Say Bring It On. (Forbes)
  • Pediatrician Report Says Risk of Marijuana Use During Pregnancy Remains Uncertain (Reason)
  • Canadian Voters Are Way More Worried About Donald Trump Than Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)
  • Woman Charged for ‘Gifting’ Weed, Which Is Totally Legal in Massachusetts (Reason)
  • Almost Half of Wisconsin Voters Will See Marijuana Ballot Questions In November (Marijuana Moment)
  • Pot Topics: Illinois opioid patients may soon have medical cannabis alternative (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Push To Legalize Marijuana Consumption Spaces In Oregon Kicks Off (Marijuana Moment)
  • 23andMe Data Suggests Cannabis Use Can Be Inherited—and Linked to Schizophrenia (Fortune)
  • Brain scans show how cannabis extract may help people with psychosis (The Guardian)
  • Vermont Democratic Party Calls For Marijuana Legalization Expansion (Marijuana Moment)
  • Burners are stopping at Nevada's pot shops, taking the risk (Reno Gazette Journal)
  • Where Florida’s Gubernatorial Candidates Stand On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)
  • Big Alcohol moves in to dominate the cannabis market (Rooster Magazine)
  • New York Lawmakers Announce Four Marijuana Legalization Hearings This Fall (Marijuana Moment)
  • N.J. to resume minor marijuana prosecutions, but AG asks for discretion (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • Cannabis Marketers Try To Crack The Compliance Code (Forbes)
  • State Financial Regulators Push Congress To Fix Marijuana Banking Problems (Marijuana Moment)
  • A Look At The Limitless Possibilities Of Drinkable Cannabis (Forbes)
  • Cannabis in Spiritual Practice: Celebration of the Life Force (Reality Sandwich)
  • Why Kim Kardashian's Favorite Hair Care Company Cancelled Its Line of CBD Products (Reason)
  • Elizabeth Warren Falsely Claims She Endorsed Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)
  • Cannabis Entrepreneurs Ask For More 'Science' (Forbes)
  • Cannabis And Cancer (Psychedelic Heaven)
  • Why is Homegrown Cannabis Federally Illegal? (Forbes)
  • No, CVS Pharmacy Is Not Entering The California Marijuana Business (Marijuana Moment)
  • With A Wave Of Consolidation, The Cannabis Industry Rises To The Next Level (Forbes)
  • Is Aurora Cannabis Inc. a Buy? (The Motley Fool)
  • Will Canadian Cannabis Producer Aphria Join The M&A Bandwagon? (Forbes)


  • LSD Administered as a Single Dose Reduces Alcohol Consumption in C57BL/6J Mice (Frontiers in Pharmacology)
  • On LSD at a 'Rainbow Gathering,' man strangled woman and bit someone's finger off (Bring Me The News)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Magic Mushrooms Break on Through to Biosynthetic Reality (GEN)
  • FDA Approves Landmark Psilocybin Trial for Treatment-Resistant Depression (MD Magazine)


  • Dutch ecstasy, amphetamine production among world's largest (Deutsche Welle)
  • Mum's horrific warning as 14-year-old son 'left to die' in street after taking 'MDMA' (Scottish Daily Record)


  • Study Investigates Near-Death Experiences and Dimethyltryptamine (Psychedelic Times)
  • Why Some Meth and DMT Users Are Using Vapes (VICE)
  • British teen died after drinking ayahuasca with Colombian tribe (New York Post)
  • Ayahuasca Freed Me From Chronic Depression and Suicidal Thoughts (
  • 'Patients Say Ayahuasca Is Like a Reboot for the Brain' (Haaretz)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Spice should be upgraded to Class A drug, say police and crime commissioners (The Independent)
  • 'Fake MDMA' that keeps users awake for three days found in London for first time (Metro)
  • 'UPS' pills being sold as MDMA can cause "extreme anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations" (Mixmag)


  • Ketamine May Ease Depression By Acting Like an Opioid, Study Suggests (TIME)
  • Ketamine Offers Hope For Chronic Depression But Is Hard To Obtain (Ladybud)


  • Huge North Carolina Fentanyl Bust Turns Out To Be 13 Pounds of Sugar (Reason)
  • Mexicans Urge Legalizing Poppies to Weaken Drug Cartels (Latin American Herald Tribune)
  • Mexico Congress receives initiative to legalize opium poppy (The Yucatan Times)
  • Opioid crisis: breakthrough in hunt for non-addictive painkiller (The Guardian)
  • Fentanyl for sale to UK users through Chinese websites (The Guardian)
  • Beijing rejects Trump's claims that China is behind fentanyl crisis (CNN)
  • Dozens sickened after exposure to heroin, fentanyl at Ohio, Pennsylvania prisons (NBC News)


  • Kratom proponents act as feds push to make it a controlled substance (KNOE)
  • CU Kratom Critic: "We Don't Know If It Works or What the Proof Is" (Westword)
  • Benefits and advantages of kratom powder (Augusta Free Press)


  • Kava bar workers find a new home after striking out at Bushwick tea room (amNY)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Study finds religion influences how you experience psychedelic drugs (PsyPost)
  • Prison officials are blaming inmate letters soaked in K2 for making guards sick (VICE News)
  • Psychedelic Psychotherapy Is Coming: Who Will Be Included? (Psychology Today)
  • The overdose crisis, beyond opioids: Stimulants remain a huge and growing problem to smartly confront (New York Daily News)
  • Here’s What Happens When a Few Dozen People Take Small Doses of Psychedelics (The Atlantic)
  • Why Psychedelic Drugs Are Entering The World Of Psychiatry (GQ)
  • The hidden world of underground psychedelic psychotherapy in Australia (ABC News)
  • Beyond Psychedelics — Why Respectful Integration is the Key to Transformative Experiences (Live Learn Evolve)
  • Fight Drug Abuse, Don't Subsidize It (The New York Times)
  • Duterte's Deadly Drug War Targets a Catholic Priest (Reason)

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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