This Week in Psychedelics - 9.18.15

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.


  • It's In The Air: Scientists Measure THC in The Atmosphere (High Times)
  • Bernie Sanders: 'Not Acceptable' To Jail Young Pot Smokers And Let Big Bank CEOs Walk (The Huffington Post)
  • Why is Cannabis Not Already on the Shelves for Treating Arthritis? (High Times)
  • Who needs weed when we've got THC-producing yeast? (Engadget)
  • Cannabis prescriptions are eligible medical expense, CRA confirms (CBC News)
  • Defendant cites membership in First Church of Cannabis for pot use (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • Cannabis Drug Shows Promise In Treating Schizophrenia (Medical Daily)
  • A UFC Fighter Was Just Suspended on Dubious Marijuana Charges (ATTN:)
  • Ronda Rousey Takes Stand Against Drug Testing For Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • 11 Benefits of Marijuana That Make it Medicine For Humans Who Are Not "Sick" (High Existence)
  • Colorado has Had Record Lows in Traffic Fatalities Since Marijuana was Legalized (ATTN:)
  • Cannabis for kids seminar held for parents of kids with autism, epilepsy (The Vancouver Sun)
  • California Marijuana Legalization 2015: New Medical Marijuana Law Rankles Top Cannabis Industry Investor (International Business Times)
  • Walla Walla Cannabis Co. ready to watch grass grow (Walla Walla Union-Bulletin)
  • Colorado generates more tax revenue from pot than alcohol, marijuana proponents say (Mass Live)
  • The Biochemist Who Cured His Cancer With Cannabis Oil (
  • Medical cannabis advocates in Iowa take cause to presidential race (KCRG)
  • This Incubator Is Helping Cannabis Businesses Blaze a Trail Forward in a Budding Industry (Entrepreneur)
  • B.C. parents still hope to treat ill baby with cannabis oil (CTV News)
  • Melissa Etheridge: Middle-aged women are leading the marijuana revolution (Fortune)
  • Court Says Misleading Description of Ohio's Marijuana Initiative Must Be Corrected (Reason)
  • Is Cannabis Tourism a Cause for Concern (The Huffington Post)
  • Supposedly Neutral Federal Report Stacks the Deck Against Marijuana Legalization (Reason)
  • Cannabis use in consumer products banned (The Philippine Star)
  • Study: German youths increasingly consuming cannabis (Deutsche Welle)
  • Cannabis use may affect diabetes risk in the middle-aged (National Health Service Choices)


  • Toxicology report refutes police claims that hogtied suspect's death was from LSD (The Daily Dot)
  • This 'peacenik deadhead' will die behind bars — unless Obama steps in to save him (SFGate)
  • Trials find that LSD could cure alcoholics (West - Welfare Society Territory)
  • See Susan Sarandon remember LSD pioneer Timothy Leary at Burning Man (Entertainment Weekly)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Watch: Psilocybin Made Me Grateful To Be Alive (
  • Toronto event seeks to reduce stigma around magic mushrooms (Metro News)
  • Are medical shrooms on the way? Activists hail comeback of psychedelic drugs (Toronto Star)
  • Magic mushrooms for mental health? Shaky basis for story's proposed "paradigm shift" (Health News Review)


  • Meet the Iraq War Veteran Who Says Ecstasy-Assisted Psychotherapy Saved His Life (Mic)
  • From Club To Clinic: How MDMA Could Help Some Cope With Trauma (National Public Radio)
  • On a high: why Britain is back on ecstasy (The Guardian)
  • This Is England '90: Thomas Turgoose recalls the first time he was offered MDMA (Metro)
  • MDMA probably didn't put this Glasgow teenager into a coma (The Daily Dot)
  • Family of Scottish teen who suffered brain damage after taking ecstasy posts video of daughter (Fox News)
  • Teen Overdoses On 'Molly' Capsules (Blackburn News)


  • Integration: How To Get The Most Benefit From Your Ayahuasca Experience (
  • One Hundred Academics for Ayahuasca Dignity in Colombia (Africa is a Country)
  • A Scientist's Journey To The Soul: How Ayahuasca Opened The Door To My Heart (
  • Robin Quivers Takes Ayahuasca — Which Howard Stern Thinks Is Crazy (2paragraphs)


  • Native American Church members fight harassment by authorities (Boing Boing)


Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Mystery surrounds hallucinatory chaos at German homeopathy conference (The Guardian)
  • 60 Minutes investigation into synthetic drug trade in China (
  • I used K2 to stay out of jail (New York Daily News)
  • Europe's Scary, Legal Drug Boom (Yahoo! News)
  • Australia: Father travels to China to expose his dead son's drug suppliers in TV show (Yahoo! News)
  • Huge Synthetic Marijuana Bust Highlights Growing Threat (Time)



  • China's drug habit fuels return of the Golden Triangle (BBC News)
  • Obama Administration Makes Big Announcement Addressing Heroin Epidemic (The Huffington Post)
  • Heroin epidemic puts pressure on schools to get antidote (The Washington Times)
  • Bromley woman buys 'cookie jar' finds out it was probably for opium (Soo Today)
  • Opium crops the right medicine for SA economy (In Daily)
  • Naloxone-Equipped Kits Prevented Fentanyl Overdoses: Alberta Health Services (The Huffington Post)
  • Naloxone Technologies Offer Options for Reducing Opioid Overdoses (Monthly Prescribing Reference)
  • Youth heroin crisis prompts call for schools to keep antidote on hand (The Guardian)
  • Building awareness of heroin addiction, Run for Recovery draws nearly 500 participants (Watertown Daily Times)
  • Price Soars For Key Weapon Against Heroin Overdoses (KTOO)
  • Man jailed by Dubai court for bringing opium poppies into UAE (The National)
  • Heroin bill may give boost to providers treating substance abuse (Modern Medicine Network)


  • Racy cabaret show Absinthe mixes circus, comedy, burlesque and vaudeville (ABC News)




Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Evidence Builds for Medicinal Use of Psychedelic Drugs (Brain Decoder)
  • Psychedelics like LSD, Ayahuasca Ease Anxiety, PTSD — But Don't Self-Medicate (The Inquisitr)
  • These Are the Two Forgotten Architects of Silk Road (Vice: Motherboard)
  • Burning Man Ends, and an Event for Law Enforcement Begins (The New York Times)
  • Operation Naked King: U.S. Secretly Targeted Bolivia's Evo Morales In Drug Sting (The Huffington Post)
  • Interpol Built Its Own Dark Net Drug Marketplace With Cops Posing As Dealers (International Business Times)
  • Bill Bennett: 'Bring Back the War on Drugs' (Reason)
  • Using Psychedelics Shouldn't Be a Crime (Drug Policy Alliance)
  • Yeah, DEA Agents Are Stalking You At Raves (Los Angeles Weekly)
  • I Walked Around a Music Festival Asking to Test People's Drugs (Vice News)
  • Do Adults Have a Privacy Right to Use Drugs? Brazil's Supreme Court Decides (The Intercept)
  • A Passion For Powerful Plants And People (
  • Psychedelic drug reform is not only about policy change — It's a social movement too (Psychedelic Press UK)
  • Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche to hit the auction block (Reuters)
  • Bridget Riley review — pounding psychedelic art that will make you see the world differently (The Guardian)
  • The psychedelic world of Indian truck art (The Keene Sentinel)
  • Psychedelic Drugs Could Be Used As Anxiety Cure (News Everyday)
  • Horizons Conference Celebrates 'Visionary Substances' (The New School News)
  • Psychedelic drugs may help in treating mental disorders (The Tribune Register)
  • Psychedelic baby! Perth Fashion Festival brings back the swinging Sixties with technicolour prints and Go-go boots... but would anyone ACTUALLY wear them? (Daily Mail)
  • Psychedelic science is making a comeback (The Week)
  • Psychedelic Drug Research Re-Emerges (dailyRx News)
  • Psychedelics Could Trigger A 'Paradigm Shift' In Mental Health Care (The Huffington Post)

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.