This Week in Psychedelics - 9.29.17

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  • More people were arrested last year over pot than for murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery – combined (The Washington Post)
  • Trump Extends Cannabis Protections 'Til December As Plans For Study, States Remain Hazy (Forbes)
  • Marijuana Arrest Data Absent From Latest FBI Uniform Crime Report (NORML)
  • Massachusetts High Court: Field Sobriety Tests Are Not Valid Measures For Determining Marijuana-Induced Impairment (NORML)
  • Cannabis as a Spiritual Tool: Interview with Author Stephen Gray (Psychedelic Times)
  • Pot Busts Rose Last Year After Hitting a Two-Decade Low in 2015 (Reason)
  • College Medical Marijuana Policy Leaves Many Students Unable to Legally Consume (NORML)
  • People Are Successfully Replacing Vicodin, Xanax and Ambien With Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Jeff Sessions Just Made the Head of the DEA Look Like a Pot Head's Hero (Reason)
  • Washington State Releases Update On Legalization Findings—High Hopes Are Rewarded (NORML)
  • 'Hello! Thanks for Visiting Maine. May I Take Your Cannabis Order?' (Leafly)
  • Cannabis-infused drama 'Woodshock' mired in moody death spiral (Los Angeles Times)
  • Bogus Stoned Driving Arrests Highlight Dubious Methods of 'Drug Recognition Experts' (Reason)
  • Cannabis smokers 'incapable of walking' rescued from England's highest mountain (The Telegraph)
  • Philippines Health Committee Passes Medical Cannabis Bill (Leafly)
  • Muchas Gracias: How Spain Brought Cannabis to the Americas and influenced Hispanic Culture (Leafly)
  • Snoop Dogg's venture capital firm is leading an investment in a cannabis tech company (Business Insider)
  • California Cannabis Retail Market Revealed: Big Data Tells All (Forbes)
  • The Wellness Soldier: How War and Cannabis Created a Canadian Force for Good (Leafly)
  • Cannabis dealers in the UK are 'prescribing' weed to treat illnesses (Metro)
  • City Council Considers Cutting Off LA's Cannabis Supply Chain (Leafly)
  • Getting Too Drunk Vs. Getting Too High (ATTN:)
  • Study: McDonald's Is A Big Hit With Cannabis Smokers (Forbes)
  • Wanna Grow Your Own Cannabis? Start With Tin House's New Cannabis Grow Guide (The Potlander)
  • San Jacinto agrees to grant up to 10 more pot business licenses (The Press-Enterprise)
  • By Excluding LGBTQ People, the Growing Cannabis Industry Is Betraying Its Roots (Slate)
  • Cannabis Crunch – Universities Waffle on Marijuana Research; Iceland, Peru Look To Legalize (Psychedelic Times)
  • Stanislaus County could limit marijuana outlets. 'Green fees' also proposed. (The Modesto Bee)


  • Can an LSD Overdose Kill You? (Big Think)
  • 'Suicide headaches' drive patients to try LSD and magic mushrooms to stop the pain (International Business Times)
  • Coroner no longer naming LSD as only cause of Lightning in a Bottle death (Paso Robles Daily News)
  • How The Natural Hallucinatory Effects of Ergotism Influenced Renaissance Artists Like Hieronymus Bosch (Inquisitr)
  • Hilarious footage captures the antics of Royal Marine commandos who were secretly given LSD and then fell about in fits of laughter when they were given orders (Daily Mail)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Hallucinogenic mushrooms found a new use (The Siver Times)
  • From "Shrooms" to CalExit: California Could Have a Wild 2018 Ballot (IVN News)
  • Berkeley police seize $1 million worth of 'magic' mushrooms (San Mateo Daily Journal)
  • Heidi Klum's Ex Busted for Shrooms at Burning Man (Yes, That's Illegal There) (TMZ)


  • Santa Cruz-based MDMA therapy for PTSD reaches final testing phase (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
  • The Killers talk doing MDMA at a Deadmau5 show (NME)
  • Mystery Artist Chemical X & An "Unnamed Supermodel" Unveil Ecstasy-Filled Artwork (Highsnobiety)
  • Deaths related to cocaine and MDMA more than doubles in Ireland over a five-year period (The Irish Sun)
  • Parents alerted over batch of ecstasy circulating among school kids in Fife as cops detain man (The Scottish Sun)


  • Psychedelic brew called ayahuasca shows promise in the treatment of eating disorders (PsyPost)
  • Could psychedelic drug ayahuasca have health benefits? (BBC)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline


  • Ketamine-Induced Glutamatergic Mechanisms of Sleep and Wakefulness (Springer)
  • Efficacy of intravenous tramadol and low-dose ketamine in the prevention of post-spinal anesthesia shivering following cesarean section: a double-blinded, randomized control trial (Dove Medical Press)
  • Man with 'I love ketamine' bumper sticker is pulled over... and busted for ketamine (Metro)


  • This App Tracks Opioid Overdoses in Real-Time All Over the US (Futurism)
  • No, Simply Touching Fentanyl Can't Kill You (Reason)
  • How British scientists are fighting the US heroin crisis (The Times)
  • Vancouver overdoses taking longer, more naloxone to reverse (News1130)
  • A Chinese Lesbian Warlord Used CIA Funding to Traffic Opium in Myanmar (War Is Boring)
  • Mugshots reveal staggering transformation of heroin addict's face in the space of just two years (Mirror)
  • U of S security officers add naloxone kits to tool belts (CBC News)
  • To prevent OD deaths, Philly to give out naloxone as people leave jail (Newsworks)


  • WATCH: Irish people taste testing absinthe for the first time will make you laugh (Irish Mirror)


  • Using Kratom And Other Healing Herbs To Beat Insomnia (Kratom Guides)
  • Exclusive: Hillsborough confirms first ever death by herbal supplement Kratom in the county (WFTS)


  • We tried kava – the national drink of Fiji that gets people high (Business Insider)


  • Man arrested at Zurich Airport with two suitcases of East African drug (The Local)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Dismayed by Trump, Head of Drug Enforcement Administration to Leave (The New York Times)
  • When Drugs Fuck You Up Forever (VICE)
  • How to Win a War on Drugs (The New York Times)
  • Psychedelic Podcasts That Will Stimulate Your Ears and Your Brain (Psychedelic Times)
  • Quantifying Drug Use With Sewage and Cell Phones (Discover Magazine)
  • The Political Correction of Psychedelics. Part 3. Psychedelics as Super-Placebos (
  • 'Robust public funding' needed for psychedelic drug research say researchers (CBC News)
  • What the Scientologists can teach us about drug reform (Psymposia)
  • The visionary conference that is about to happen in Prague (Political Critique)
  • Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. An Interview with Iker Puente on Holotropic Breathwork (Psymposia)
  • Will Psychedelic Therapy Transform Mental Health Care? (NBC News)
  • Jhené Aiko Narrates Her Psychedelic 'Trip' Through Death, Love And Reawakening (NPR)
  • Can Hallucinogens Have You Seeing Dollar Signs? Attend 'The Psychedelics of Money' to Find Out (Bedford + Bowery)
  • Psychedelic Drugs in Biomedicine (Cell Press)
  • Meth-Laced 7Up Reportedly Found in Mexico (Snopes)

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.