We've been running a small fundraiser, one that makes it easier for
people to contribute small amounts to support Erowid. If everyone who
read this March Monthly gave $5, it would cover our annual budget!
We're dedicated to providing balanced information about psychoactive
drugs and drug use, to educate, improve health, and encourage
positive cultural reform. If Erowid is useful to you, please
take a minute to keep it online and ad-free another 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.
(April 12-13, 2014) in Amherst, MA
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
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.
"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.
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:
A collection of information about etizolam, a benzodiazepine that has
been seen on blotter in late 2013 and early 2014.
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.
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
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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