On November 5, Fire and Earth received the Drug Policy Alliance
2011 "Dr. Andrew Weil Award for Achievement in the Field of Drug
Education". Erowid is a group effort and this award is a tribute
to the entire crew. We are grateful to the DPA for recognizing the
work we have done over the past 16 years, and to all the members
and visitors who support the site.
Please remember Erowid in your end-of-the-year giving plans. We need
your financial support to continue to make this resource available.
November 2000: The UDV ayahuasca-using religion filed its lawsuit
against the DEA demanding the right to import its DMT-containing
sacramental tea. In 2010, the UDV won a formal agreement with the
DEA that allows its churches to import and use the brew legally.
Club Health 2011: The 7th International Conference
on Nightlife, Substance Use and Related Health Issues
(Dec 12-14, 2011) Prague, Czech Republichttp://clubhealthprague2011.com/
In the 1960s, the genre of psychedelic-focused print periodicals was
created. It was not unusual for new titles to last only a few issues,
with funding difficult to come by, and readers nervous about signing
up. This timeline traces the evolution of underground psychedelic
Compiled by drug war prisoner Leonard Pickard, this "Guide for
Attorneys, the Courts, and Researchers" explores the history and
scope of the semi-secret database that has become one of the most
widely used tools in drug law enforcement.
A detailed first-hand experience report from 1914 of the ingestion
of intoxicating mushrooms identified as Panaeolus papilionaceus. A
man and woman have a six-hour experience including strong visual
effects, laughter, the "irresistible impulse to run and jump", and
some alarming visions.
Although we wish Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's "Prohibition" series had
drawn more parallels between alcohol and drug prohibition, the Erowid
Crew have been enjoying this detailed retelling of the rise and fall
of alcohol Prohibition in the United States. With its tragic and
doomed failure, the point-by-point parallels with modern recreational
drug prohibition are painfully obvious. Worth watching, with lots of
great photos and quotes.
After Prohibition ended, "There was a great feeling that it was
better to trust people not to drink so much on their own than have a
law saying they couldn't have liquor." (Margot Loines Wilkie)
Photos of psychoactive plants and chemicals are important to Erowid.
This Ask Erowid question covers some key points for taking quality
pictures for submitting to Erowid, including: file types, image
sizes, lighting, composition and background, depth of field, and the
importance of photos that are crisply and clearly in focus.
Information on this substance -- the most commonly used of the NBOMe
series -- continues to be tentative, but some trends are evident.
There are reports that effects can be unpredictable.
Since the mid-1990s, over a dozen publications focused entirely on
the topic of Salvia divinorum have come out in print; here are
descriptions of three of the top single-author books about this
A FAQ-style, introductory report about analysis of street drugs by
Trans European Drug Information (TEDI), an initiative funded by the
EU. TEDI notes that the World Health Organization has endorsed
Drug Checking as an "essential aspect of public health policy".
Erowid is frequently mentioned in articles and books. These mentions
may be reviews, recommendations or the use of Erowid as a reference.
"Novel psychoactive substances, mainly stimulants and cannabinoids
from China sold on the internet, proliferate too quickly for anyone
to keep track of them (though websites such as Erowid.org make an
EcstasyData is a project of Erowid Center that conducts laboratory
testing of street Ecstasy tablets and publishes these and other test
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