This Week in Psychedelics - 8.5.16

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  • THE STONED AGE: Scientists discover humans have been using cannabis for over 10,000 YEARS (The Sun)
  • Study Finds Lifelong Cannabis Users Are Healthy (
  • A Pathway Towards Marijuana Legalization: The Significance of the Democratic Platform (NORML)
  • DEA: Marijuana Seizures Decline In 2015 (NORML)
  • Illinois Is the Latest State to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Marijuana (TIME)
  • Here's how many cannabis plants Alaskans can now legally possess at home (Alaska Dispatch News)
  • DEA Continues to Delay Decision on Rescheduling Cannabis (Merry Jane)
  • A Police Veteran Explains Why Law Enforcement Should Embrace Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Drug Warriors Start Pulling in Millions to Fight Marijuana Legalization (Reason)
  • How Medical Marijuana Farming in Israel Could Help California's Cannabis Industry (L.A. Weekly)
  • Louis Armstrong and Cannabis: Celebrating the Jazz Legend's Lifelong Love of "the Gage" (Leafly)
  • What Are the Side Effects of High-THC Cannabis? (Leafly)
  • Blue ribbons all round as Oregon hosts America's first cannabis growers fair (International Business Times)
  • Is cannabis really getting stronger? (The Conversation)
  • An Edible Marijuana Pioneer Is Ready for Billion-Dollar Cannabis Brands (Bloomberg)
  • Calif. Cops Are Using Meth Lab Law to Keep Going After Legal Medical Marijuana Companies (Reason)
  • Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program Takes New Step Adding Intractable Pain (KSTP)
  • The Twisty Glass blunt makes rolling papers obsolete (Boing Boing)
  • Detroit's Marijuana Dispensaries Get Lit At Night (Wired)
  • Cannabis chef takes fine dining to new high (Times of India)
  • Is cannabis getting stronger? Scientists claim increased strength can puts users at risk of developing mental health problems (Mirror)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Psilocybin Helps Sufferers of Body Dysmorphic Disorder See Themselves Again (Psychedelic Times)
  • Beat the blues with magic mushrooms (The Hindu)


  • Taboo-Shattering TED Talk Reveals How MDMA Can Improve Your Psychological Immune System (High Existence)
  • Ecstasy And Cocaine Use Surges Among Households Earning More Than £50,000 (The Huffington Post)
  • Las Vegas's Clark County Coroner Confirms EDC Death was Drug-Related (Thump)
  • 'I lost my 15-year-old daughter to ecstasy but I want drugs to be legal' - Mum's fight for change in laws (Mirror)
  • Bristol man died after huge ecstasy overdose from single pill (Bristol Post)


  • 'Ayahuasca is changing global environmental consciousness' (The Guardian)
  • AP Photos: In Brazil's Amazon, worship with psychedelic tea (The Washington Post)
  • A Hallucinogenic Plant, Two Indigenous Tribes And A Trip To Remember (Worldcrunch)
  • Ayahuasca rituals becoming big business in Brazil's Amazon jungles (Fox News Latino)
  • Ayahuasca Shaman Dreading Another Week Of Guiding Tech CEOs To Spiritual Oneness (
  • In Brazil's Amazon, Worship with Psychedelic Tea (
  • The Mystery of DMT, Free Will and the Keys to Creative Success with Mitch Schultz (Disinfo)


  • How a hallucinogen from Africa may have cured N.J. woman's addiction (


  • This Brooklyn Nightclub Created a Musical Entirely About Ketamine (Thump)
  • Cleveland Clinic team approved for $11.8 million to study treatment-resistant depression (
  • Anaesthetically pleasing: 'Ketamine the Musical' opens in Bushwick (Brooklyn Paper)
  • Salem County man nabbed with PCP in drug investigation (


  • Big Pharma is jacking up the price of the 'antidote' to the overdose crisis (Business Insider)
  • Teen athletes less likely to abuse opioids, study finds (CNN)
  • BRIEF-CVS Health to increase access to FDA-approved nasal naloxone for patients without insurance (Reuters)
  • This man turned an opium field into a sustainable coffee farm in Thailand (Ensia)
  • The opium armies: Drugs and war across the ages (Livemint)
  • Fentanyl Is Also Dangerous For Law Enforcement Officers And Dogs (Forbes)


  • The strange and intriguing history of absinthe (Chattanooga Pulse)
  • Exploring The Myth And Reality Of Absinthe (Uproxx)


  • Kratom: New 'Emerging Public Health Threat', Says CDC (Forbes)
  • Kratom – A Creative Solution to America's Addiction Epidemic (Kratom Project)
  • Opioid-Like Herbal Supplement to Stay on Shelves in Texas, At Least For Now (KUT)
  • Kratom Basics for New Users (Kratom Project)
  • Can there be adequate control? (New Straits Times)
  • Kratom's effects on skin (Kratom Project)


Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • The Hidden Psychedelic History of Philosophy: Plato, Nietzsche, and 11 Other Philosophers Who Used Mind-Altering Drugs (High Existence)
  • The Philippines' New War on Drugs Has Killed Hundreds in Just Over a Month (Reason)
  • Obama's Biggest Commutation Announcement Yet Will Help More than 200 Imprisoned in Drug War (Reason)
  • Ross Ulbricht's Conviction, Sentencing for Running Silk Road Should be Overturned, Argues New Reply Brief (Reason)
  • Making Sure Ecstasy is Ecstasy: Volunteers Test Drugs at U.K. Music Fests (NPR)
  • Here's what happens when you take weed, cocaine, LSD, charas, meth or heroin (The Health Site)
  • This Photo Has Given the War on Drugs in the Philippines a Human Face (TIME)
  • Olympic Athletes Are Turning to an Unexpected Drug This Year (ATTN:)
  • Young adults taking less LSD, mephedrone and ketamine (Police Professional)

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.