This Week in Psychedelics - 9.11.15

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • Here's Why We Hear So Many False Claims About Cannabis (Independent Scientific Committee On Drugs)
  • Study: Young People Are Smoking Less Tobacco, More Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • I Went to a Cannabis Salon to Taste Farm-to-Table Weed (Munchies)
  • Israel Could Grow Into A Global Cannabis Startup Superpower (TechCrunch)
  • We Have No Idea What Kind Of Cannabis We're Buying (Discovery News)
  • How Marijuana Affects Your Workout (ATTN:)
  • Parliament to debate cannabis legalization next month (The Independent)
  • Marijuana Will Be Tax-Free for a Day in Colorado (Time)
  • Vaping: The latest scourge in drug abuse (CNN)
  • Deer Devour Hemp Crops At Southern Oregon Farm (The Associated Press)
  • Southwest Cannabis Conference Coming to Phoenix Next Month (Phoenix New Times)
  • Proponents want Pa. to legalize medical cannabis, farmed hemp (The Standard Speaker)
  • High School Kids Use E-Cigarettes to Smoke Cannabis: Study (NBC)
  • Cannabis farms in Reading drop by half in the last year (Get Reading)
  • Middle School And High School Students Use E-Cigarettes To Vaporize Cannabis: Study (Medical Daily)
  • Cannabis compliance: Why good books, solid security and great tech are key (Upstart)
  • N. Texas cafe will sell cannabis drinks and snacks (Chron)
  • Could Cannabis Be Decriminalized in the UK? (Vice News)
  • Twisted Sister Leads a Yoga and Cannabis Retreat (Westword)


  • Oliver Sacks Used LSD Legally. Is the Drug War Preventing Great Discoveries? (The Huffington Post)
  • Treatment For Anxiety May Be Found Using Mood Enhancing Drug LSD, According To A New Report (Inquisitr)
  • Other Colours: Rob Chapman On Psychedelia And LSD (The Quietus)
  • Music sounds better on LSD, study finds (ZME Science)
  • This YouTuber Taken on Acid (LSD) vs. Alcohol Challenge - Find Out What Happened! (Food World News)
  • The era of love-ins, light shows and LSD (Halifax Courier)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • This Is What It Feels Like to Treat Depression with Magic Mushrooms (Vice)
  • Terence McKenna Had a Bad Trip in the Late 80's and Never Took Mushrooms Again (Disinformation)
  • Doctor enjoyed 'shrooms and ecstasy' (San Diego Reader)


  • The "Amend The RAVE Act" Petition is Going to Congress (Dance Music Northwest)
  • MDMA (Ecstasy) Can Accelerate Personal Growth (
  • DEA Approves Ecstasy For Anxiety, MDMA Trials Begin In California (Practically Viral!)
  • MDMA 'could be used to treat mental illness', scientists say (Metro)
  • What Exactly is MDMA (Ecstasy)? (Press Rocket Release)
  • A Little 'Molly' and then 'She Was Gone' (CBN News)
  • Nearly 200 People Arrested On First Two Days Of Nocturnal, Mostly For Trespassing (Your EDM)
  • 'This is what one tiny pill can do to you': Teen who was left in a wheelchair with slurred speech after taking ecstasy releases video of how her life has changed (Daily Mail)


  • Ayahuasca IN the USA UPDATE! Ayahuasca church opening soon! (YouTube)
  • Personal Story: How Ayahuasca Helped Me Defeat A Demon Called Fear (
  • Ayahuasca & Relationships (Jayson Gaddis)



Salvia Divinorum

  • 5 Drug Scares vs. Reality (Reason)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Psychedelic drug emergency at seminar near Hamburg (Deutsche Welle)
  • Homeopathy conference ends in chaos after delegates take hallucinogenic drug (The Independent)
  • Synthetic cannabis dealing 'an issue throughout the community' (The Timaru Herald)
  • Editorial: NBOMe — a nasty designer drug that parents know too little about (The Dallas Morning News)
  • Drug in teen's system rarely seen by DFW law officers (Star-Telegram)


  • Baltimore drug startup Cerecor launches new study of antidepressant as it plans stock sale (The Baltimore Sun)
  • Bring Me The Horizon's Oil Sykes on drug addiction: 'Ketamine made me want to die' (NME)


  • The stigma against people who use heroin makes it harder for them to get help (The Conversation)
  • The Fantasy of Stopping the 'Heroin Epidemic' by Stopping the Heroin (Reason)
  • Pill crackdown may boost heroin sales (El Paso Times)
  • Thailand's Northern 3rd Army Destroys Thousands of Opium Poppy Fields (Chiangrai Times)
  • Price Soars For Key Weapon Against Heroin Overdoses (National Public Radio)
  • KPD officers now have Naloxone to help overdose victims (WBIR-TV)
  • With rising heroin use, Peninsula doctor lobbies for an antidote (Alaska Public Media)
  • Naloxone prescriptions creating hurdles (Victoria News)
  • As Heroin Epidemic Grows, So Does Rehab Wait (NBC)
  • A new practice (The Times-News)
  • Scituate officials call for action in wake of opiate crisis (Scituate Mariner)
  • Ohio Couple Calls Out Heroin Overdose in Teen Daughter's Obituary (NBC)
  • Naloxone Hydrochloride: An Antidote to Drug Overdose (The Science Times)
  • Tatamy police receive life-saving atomizers for overdose victims (Lehigh Valley Live)
  • In Myanmar's Opium-Rich Shan State, Addicts Without Options (Voice of America)
  • 'Reopening of opium vends in Rajasthan unfortunate' (Times of India)
  • Naloxone reverses effects of drug overdose, experts say (Fox 13 Salt Lake City)
  • As Overdose Deaths Climb, So Does Demand For Their Antidote (Bloomberg)
  • The new war on heroin has only just begun (Business Insider)
  • Families open up about the changing face of heroin addiction (CBS News)
  • Littlest victims of America's heroin epidemic (CBS News)
  • All-Time High: The Narcan/Heroin Complex (Delaware County News Network)
  • Heroin epidemic hits Vermont community hard (CBS News)
  • Illinois Senate rejects Rauner's veto of anti-heroin bill (The Hawk Eye)
  • Heroin Fatalities in Hartford County: 'These Are Not Just Numbers' (Bel Air Patch)
  • Cumberland County police officers to begin carrying Naloxone (The Sentinel)


  • Kambô: Nature's Vaccine For The Mind And Body (


  • Experts Speak Out on Benefits of Kratom: Why it Would be a Mistake to Ban It (Business Wire)
  • Kratom leaves: Are they really a dangerous drug? (Bangkok Post)
  • Man Claims His Wife's Odd Addiction Is Destroying Their Marriage (The Huffington Post)


  • I drank kava -- the trendy, non-alcoholic beverage that's supposed to make you feel high -- but it just made me sick (Business Insider)
  • Kava ruling (The Fiji Times)


  • Mo Farah admits he did take drug Khat - but says he only wanted to try it and used it before it was banned by the authorities (Daily Mail)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Psychedelics Promise a 'Paradigm Shift' in Treating Mental Illness (Newsweek)
  • Susan Sarandon carried LSD guru Timothy Leary's ashes in a Burning Man ceremony (USA Today)
  • Psychedelic drugs could treat several mental conditions (Pulse Headlines)
  • Use of LSD, MDMA and magic mushrooms aid treatment of anxiety, addiction and PTSD (International Business Times)
  • Experts call for study of possible therapeutic uses of psychedelic drugs (The Globe and Mail)
  • Could these psychedelic drugs be making the trip to a B.C. doctor's office near you? (The Province)
  • Psychedelic drugs as treatment for anxiety, addiction (CBS News)
  • Psychedelics Promising for Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, and PTSD (Psychiatry Advisor)
  • LSD, magic mushrooms and ecstasy could be used to treat mental health disorders (Northern Californian)
  • Attend LA's Psychedelic Conference And Learn From The Leading Healers And Experts (
  • How to Change the World review - the psychedelic birth of Greenpeace (The Guardian)
  • 'Ingenious' dark web drug network run from Irish bedroom (

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.