This Week in Psychoactives - 8.30.19



  • DEA Says It Will Finally Let Others Grow Research-Grade Cannabis (Leafly)

  • Mexican Marijuana Cartels Are Spraying a Lethal Pesticide Throughout California (MERRY JANE)

  • Crime Rates Drop After Marijuana Dispensaries Open Nearby, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Weed May Put Women at Risk of Miscarriage, But Enhances Male Fertility (MERRY JANE)

  • Marijuana Enhances Sex And Masturbation, Survey Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Chicago to Clear Thousands of Cannabis Arrests During Legalization (Leafly)

  • Washington State Bans CBD in Food and Beverages (Leafly)

  • Americans View Marijuana As Far Less Harmful Than Alcohol And Tobacco, Survey Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Global cannabis use grows 60% in a decade (Cannabis Ground)

  • Green light: ten towns named for legalised cannabis-growing experiment (

  • Chocolate Complicates Marijuana Edibles Potency Testing, Scientists Find (Marijuana Moment)

  • Researchers Unlock What Gives Cannabis Its Anti-Inflammatory Qualities (Yahoo! Finance)

  • Medical cannabis at school? California Assembly OKs bill that would let students take prescription weed (Palm Springs Desert Sun)

  • CBD Companies Positioning Themselves For Cannabis Legalization (Forbes)

  • Weed-Infused Beer Is Coming to California BevMo! Stores This Fall (MERRY JANE)

  • Company creates breath detector for pot and alcohol (WPVI-TV)

  • Disneyland Busted Robert Downey Jr. For Smoking Marijuana, He Reveals While Accepting Disney Award (Marijuana Moment)

  • NJ Governor Vetoes Cannabis Expungement, Calls for Stronger Bill (Leafly)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Joe Walsh Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)


  • The Detail: Modern-day LSD users inspiring a new wave of science (


  • World-first trial investigating psilocybin psychotherapy for anorexia commencing in US (New Atlas)

  • Harry Styles once got so high on magic mushrooms he bit part of his tongue off (Mirror)

  • Do Canadians have a constitutional right to magic mushrooms? (Quartz)

  • The Fight to Make Shroom Therapy Legal in Oregon (VICE)


  • MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy May Help Patients With Severe PTSD, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Socially Anxious People Are Taking MDMA and Other Psychedelics to Cope (VICE)

  • Here are Some of the Toxic Chemicals Being Found in Australian Ecstasy (VICE)

  • Four Deaths At Music Events In The UK This Weekend Spark Warning Over Super Strength Ecstasy (Your EDM)

  • Teenager dies after suspected ecstasy overdose at nightclub (Metro)


  • DMT’s Mind-Bending Science—An Interview with Dr Jimo Borjigin (Kahpi)

  • DMT: Dead Man's Treasure (DMT Times)



  • Just One Puff Of Psychedelic Toad Slime Could Have Sustained Benefits For Well-Being (IFLScience)

  • Watch Tony Robbins and Mike Tyson Share 5-MeO-DMT and Ayahuasca Stories (Psychedelic Times)


  • Ibogaine Treatment And Its Effectiveness In Fighting Opiate Addiction (Longevity)


  • Trump Orders ‘a Lot’ of Ketamine for Depressed Veterans (The Atlantic)


  • Uber driver, passenger killed by man high on PCP in Prince George's County, police say (


  • Cough Medicine A Cheap, Easy Drug Teens can use Instead of LSD (Patch)


  • Johnson & Johnson must pay over $572 million for its role in Oklahoma opioid crisis, judge rules (NBC News)

  • Naloxone to be available at Washington state pharmacies (KIRO)

  • You can now get naloxone online in Virginia — but it’ll cost you (The Virginian-Pilot)

  • Middle school students in North Korea mobilized to harvest opium resin (Daily NK)


  • Lupe Fiasco Wants You to Know the Medical Benefits of Cocaine (XXL Mag)


  • US Customs mistakes honey for meth, man spends 82 days in jail (KCRG)


  • Now You Can Get The Same Health Benefits From Coffee You Used To Get From Red Wine (Forbes)

  • Caffeine does not influence stingless bees (


  • Vermonters must be 21 to buy tobacco, starting September 1 (Burlington Free Press)

  • Arkansas increases legal age to buy tobacco products (WREG)

  • Juul Commits $100 Million to New System to Help Retailers Block Sales to Minors (TIME)

  • Wisconsin bill would set age at 21 to buy tobacco, nicotine (Wisconsin State Journal)


  • Changing treatment practices for alcohol use disorder could save lives (Medical Xpress)

  • Alcohol really is no excuse for bad behaviour – research reveals you’re still the same person after a drink (The Conversation)




  • Hyderabad: Family searched on Internet, found datura to kill dad (Deccan Chronicle)


  • CDC identifies a death potentially linked to vaping (Engadget)

  • Why Psychedelics Look like the Next Billion-Dollar Business (Stockhouse)

  • Psychedelic Treatments Are Ready to Tackle Alcoholism and Alzheimer's Disease (Folha de S.Paulo)

  • Buttigieg Pledges To Decriminalize Possession Of All Drugs In First Term As President (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Normalizing of Burning Man Culture (Forbes)

  • Do Plants Have Something to Say? (The New York Times)

  • Houston Narcotics Cop Who Instigated a Deadly Drug Raid Is Charged With Murder (Reason)

  • Magic mushrooms for better health? Psychedelic drugs are having a moment across US (Medical Xpress)

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On the Monday following each edition of “This Week in Psychoactives,” I post a “Last Week in Psychoactives” video recap to my YouTube channel. After that is done, I retroactively add the video to the corresponding blog post. Here is this week’s video recap, which actually covers the past four weeks’ worth of news since I was away on vacation for a few weeks: