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In History...140 Years Ago This Year
In 1874, heroin was first synthesized from morphine by chemist C.R. Alder Wright at St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London. It was created in a search for a less addictive alternative to morphine. Bayer Pharmaceutical went on to produce heroin from 1888 to 1913.
Events
Psymposia
(April 12-13, 2014) in Amherst, MA

http://psymposia.com

Titled "The Nature of Psychedelics", this conference at UMass Amherst features Dennis McKenna, Hamilton Morris, Lily Kay Ross, Jag Davies, Alexandre Tannous, Clint Canal, and many others. For $10, you can watch it live online.

Ayahuasca World Conference 2014
(Sept 25-27) in Ibiza, Spain

http://www.aya2014.com

This conference includes leading scientists, practitioners, environmentalists, and other experts involved in the ayahuasca field. They will be facilitating the interchange of knowledge and the birth of new synergies and collaborations. Simultaneous English and Spanish language translation provided.
Latest Additions
"Solve et Elucido" is a limited-edition giclée by visionary artist Vibrata Chromodoris. The image pulses and shifts as it wraps around the edges of the stretched 12"x12" canvas. Show your support for Erowid Center, then hang it on your wall and see who recognizes the transformed Erowid logo. (Signed by Vibrata and Earth & Fire Erowid)
Although mainstream media descriptions suggest that hash oil is a new danger, cannabis concentrates have been used by humans for a long time. Sarah Maiden dives into hash oil and cannabis concentrates, exploring their history and the current distribution of potentially contaminated products in recreational and medicinal markets.
Erowid's David Bey reviews Oliver Sacks' book Hallucinogens, in which Sacks addresses the remarkable transformations in consciousness and experience that occur as a result of conditions such as migraines, sensory-deprivation, sleep disorders, neurological traumas, and yes, even the use of psychoactive drugs.
Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) has gained attention over the last few years. This new health page covers medical issues related to the use of kratom and kratom products. Although most health issues are due to its sedative effects and possible habituation or addiction, there are also a few reports of liver health problems.
Crew Notes
Fire and Earth, co-founders of Erowid, spoke at the meeting of the American College of Medical Toxicologists on March 27. Medical toxicologists are doctors who specialize in poisonings, envenomations (think snakes! scorpions!) pharmaceutical interactions, and recreational drugs. They train poison control professionals and often work in emergency departments of major hospitals.

We've learned that there's a natural collaboration between Erowid and medical toxicologists, and we had a fabulous two days discussing toxicology with many of the top medical drug geeks in the U.S.

We don't yet have a write-up of this event, but you can read about our experience speaking at a similar conference in 2006:

http://erowid.org/conferences/conference_2006_nacct.shtml
From the Vaults
In the 1950s and 1960s, mimeograph copies of this handbook by Blewett and Chwelos were shared among pioneering therapists exploring the therapeutic utility of LSD. To this day, it remains one of the most relevant documents exploring guided psychedelic sessions.
More New Content
  1. Etizolam Vault
    A collection of information about etizolam, a benzodiazepine that has been seen on blotter in late 2013 and early 2014.
  2. Leo Zeff Remembrance by Terence McKenna
    Transcription of Terence's remembrance from audio recording of eulogies given at the funeral for Leo Zeff, aka the Secret Chief. Zeff was a pioneer in using MDMA and psychedelics in underground psychotherapy during the 1970s and 1980s.
  3. Brazil Schedules a Bunch of Newer Psychoactives
    The -NBOMe series of psychoactives became controlled in Brazil on Feb 18, 2014. The newly illegal drugs include ten NBOMes, as well as 2C-C, 2C-D, 2C-E, 2C-F, 2C-I, 2C-T-2, 2C-T-7, methylone, and methoxetamine.
Ecstasy Data
EcstasyData is a project of Erowid Center that conducts laboratory testing of street ecstasy tablets, research chemicals, and other drugs, and publishes the results online.
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