This Week in Psychedelics - 9.21.18



  • South Africa Decriminalises Personal Cannabis Use and Cultivation (Talking Drugs)

  • Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Bill, Making History In US Territory (Forbes)

  • Louisiana Congressman Wants To Drug-Test All of Congress (Reason)

  • The first country to legalize pot is taking it slow (CNN)

  • Coca-Cola Is Eyeing the Cannabis Market (Bloomberg)

  • What Is CBD Oil and Why Do People Take It? (Discover Magazine)

  • Can Canadian Online Cannabis Retailer Namaste Technologies Become The Amazon Of Cannabis? (Forbes)

  • Massachusetts Credit Union to Provide Banking Services for Cannabis Companies (High Times)

  • Feds Would Compile Tips For Growing Marijuana Under Proposal Advancing In Congress (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cody Johnson Interview: Cannabis as a Unique Psychedelic and more (Ganjly)

  • Marijuana References In Popular Music Are On the Rise, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • This Oil Infusion Appliance Is The KitchenAid Of Cannabis (Forbes)

  • Canadian Marijuana Users, Workers, Investors Will Face Lifetime Bans from Entering the U.S. (Reason)

  • Democratic lawmaker calls on DHS to clarify border rules for Canadian marijuana users and workers (Politico)

  • Louisiana regulators remove patient cap on marijuana doctors (Associated Press News)

  • Congressman Wants Feds To ‘Buy American’ Marijuana Instead Of Importing From Canada (Marijuana Moment)

  • Election 2018: A Complete Guide to Cannabis on the Ballot (Leafly)

  • Beto O’Rourke Slams Drug War And Police Killing Of Botham Jean At Dallas Event (Marijuana Moment)

  • Dagga smoking an entry point to more serious drugs – Cele (Daily Maverick)

  • Association of Cannabinoid Administration With Experimental Pain in Healthy Adults (The JAMA Network)

  • Police Are Using Pot to 'Smear' a Dead Man, Say Botham Jean Family Attorneys (Reason)

  • Jeff Sessions Breaks Cannabis Silence To Spread Fake News About A Marijuana ‘Myth’ (Marijuana Moment)

  • California Police Chief Claims Legal Weed Delivery Could Lead to ‘Assaults and Homicides’ (Reason)

  • Congressional Black And Hispanic Caucuses Focus On Marijuana Reform At Events (Marijuana Moment)

  • ‘My son is proof medicinal cannabis works’: Alfie Dingley is now seizure-free and learning to ride a bike (

  • Marijuana Legalization Debated By Ohio And New Mexico Gubernatorial Candidates (Marijuana Moment)

  • U.S. should follow Canada's lead, allow military to smoke marijuana (Rooster Magazine)

  • California Gov. Jerry Brown Keeps Saying Mean Things About Marijuana Consumers (Marijuana Moment)

  • Kristen Bell Reveals She Smokes Marijuana Once a Week and Might Host an Ecstasy Party (Us Weekly)

  • Trump FDA Chief More Worried About Teens Using Marijuana Than Nicotine (Marijuana Moment)

  • Marijuana Museum Opens in Las Vegas to Celebrate All Things Cannabis (TIME)

  • Shorting cannabis stocks is getting costly (CNBC)

  • PETA Says Getting Lobsters High On Marijuana Doesn’t Make Eating Them More Humane (Marijuana Moment)

  • Hollywood's Red Carpet Was Sprinkled With Hints Of Cannabis Green For Television's Biggest Night (Forbes)

  • Top Cop Caught On Tape Making Racist Comments About Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • This Canadian Pot Company Had An Unbelievably Wild Day on the Stock Market (TIME)

  • Marijuana Opponent Compares Legalization To Deadly Hurricane Florence (Marijuana Moment)

  • Let Us Congratulate These Florida Cops for Keeping 11 Pounds of Weed Off the Streets (Reason)

  • New York Lawmakers Schedule Marijuana Legalization Hearing (Marijuana Moment)

  • The medicinal cannabis panel is already failing children like my daughter (The Guardian)

  • Cannabis Plant-Raised Pork Is Now a Thing (and It’s Delicious) (Leafly)

  • How high can the world's most-valuable cannabis company go? (Quartz)

  • Cannabis Stocks Will Make More People Rich Before Diving (Forbes)

  • Authorities Smoke Out Cannabis Products at Church Properties (NBC Southern California)

  • Lawmaker Presses Trump Official On Banning Canadians From US For Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Retail investors in Canadian cannabis are 'buying air,' analyst says (CNBC)

  • Job training for cannabis retail staff coming soon to Alberta (Grow)


  • First Ever Trial to Study the Effects of Microdosing LSD Began This Month (High Times)

  • What do blind people see when they take LSD? (Health24)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Legalizing Psilocybin Could Be The Next Frontier In Drug Policy Reform After Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • Like 4/20, mushrooms have their day: 9/20. 'It'll catch on.' (Rooster Magazine)

  • Prof David Nutt reveals how those people with depression who took magic mushrooms are doing now (The Canary)

  • Mushroom legalization in Colorado gains both political and legal support (Rooster Magazine)


  • Octopuses Rolling on MDMA Reveal Unexpected Link to Humans (Inverse)

  • Elementary School Boy Accidentally Shares Father’s Ecstasy with Friends Thinking It was Candy (Nextshark)

  • Clint Eastwood’s daughter Francesca has a drug-fuelled threesome in new movie MDMA (The Sun)

  • Student, 22, died after taking £7 MDMA to celebrate the end of her university exams (The Sun)

  • A guide to taking MDMA for the first time (The Tab)

  • MDMA, the main ingredient in ecstasy, could be key in helping veterans with PTSD (CBS News)

  • What is MDMA? Effects of ecstasy drug and how dangerous it really is (Mirror)


  • Ayahuasca stirs up debate over its effects (Kahpi)

  • DMT trip 'feels like dying' - and scientists now agree (BBC)

  • Welcome Home: My 5-MeO-DMT Experience (Maps Of The Mind)

  • Mother-of-one musician, 32, who went to mountain retreat for hallucinogenic treatment in bid to beat her epilepsy died after seizure on Middle East trip (Daily Mail)

  • Ayahuasca Research Boosts Brazilian 'Psychedelic' Science (Folha de S.Paulo)

  • Was the Prophet Muhammad Tripping on DMT? (SF Weekly)

  • The Marbella retreat run by a British accountant where guests pay £500 to get high on mind-bending drug blamed for student's death (Daily Mail)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • “Healing Powers” Heads to Spain to Feel the Psychedelic Sensations of San Pedro (MERRY JANE)


  • Positive outcomes after ibogaine detoxification linked to persisting changes in mood and life perspective (PsyPost)

Salvia Divinorum

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • Spice Users are Becoming a Cruel Online Joke (VICE)

  • Huge rise in ambulance callouts to deal with spice users (The Guardian)


  • Antidepressant Effects of Ketamine Appear to Require Opioid System Activation (Psychiatry Advisor)

  • Police: Woman who caused disturbance was on PCP (Rutland Herald)


  • The Federal Agency That Fuels the Opioid Crisis (The New York Times)

  • New Heroin User Numbers Are Dropping Amid A Fatal Overdose Epidemic (BuzzFeed News)

  • The Health 202: Obscure provision in House opioids' bill could restart war on drugs (The Washington Post)

  • As opioid death toll worsens, California doctors will soon be required to perform database checks (Los Angeles Times)

  • To avoid overdoses, some test their heroin before taking it (ABC News)


  • Everything I Learned About Using Kratom for Pain (Pain News Network)

  • Man electrocuted in Satun allegedly trying to steal kratom leaves (The Nation)



Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • The Dire Need for Systemic Critique Within Psychedelic Communities (Chacruna)

  • Justice Department Inspector General to Investigate DEA Program Linked to Massacres in Mexico (ProPublica)

  • Are Music Festivals to Blame for Overdose Deaths? (The New York Times)

  • Defqon.1 deaths: sniffer dogs don't deter revellers from drug use, researchers find (The Guardian)

  • 'Absolutely tragic': Premier vows to shut festival down after two overdose deaths (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Lab Testing Anomalous Street Drug Samples in Kensington Philadelphia (Medium)

  • A different kind of house call: Teams bring addiction care to patients, wherever they are (STAT)

  • Trump Administration Plans U.N. Meeting to Ramp Up the International Drug War (The Intercept)

  • Psychedelic Sea Sponges to the Colorado River Toad: Magic Medicine is a Rabbit Hole of Hallucinatory Wisdom (High Times)

  • Drugs, Alcohol and Suicide Are Killing So Many Young Americans That the Country’s Average Lifespan Is Falling (TIME)

  • Pop-Up Museum Psychedelic Robot Coming to The Crescent (Dallas Innovates)

  • Colombia cocaine production acreage at 'record level' (BBC)

  • Britain's drug testing charity is ready to roll out in Australia (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Psychedelic drugs could mimic near-death experience: study (CTV News)

  • Opening the Mind with Psychedelics (GR|MAG)

  • The Origin Story of Con Ciencia Indígena: Interview with Mario Gómez Mayorga (Psychedelic Times)

  • Over four decades, an 'inexorable' epidemic of drug overdoses reveals its inner secrets (Los Angeles Times)

  • People my age shouldn't be dying at music festivals. Pill-testing saves lives (The Guardian)

  • Why Canada Should Legalize Psychedelics Next (VICE)

  • The psychedelic drug debate: why Buddhist ethics matters (Patheos)

  • ‘Psychedelic Indiana Jones’ drug expert claims LSD, mushrooms and MDMA ‘to be made legal’ (Daily Star)

  • Cure for cocaine addiction in reach, say scientists (The Guardian)

  • Psychedelic Drugs to Treat Depression, PTSD? (WebMD)

  • LSD, Magic Mushrooms, and “Tripping All the Time” (SFGate)

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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