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Erowid Announcement #29
June 27, 2002
Greetings Entheophiles,

Hope everyone's summer is going well. As usual things are busy but running smoothly. for us. Lots of projects are in the works in addition to the usual day to day site additions and management.

In the last two months, Earth and I have spoken at two conferences, one in Los Angeles and one in Bethesda, MD. The Bethesda meeting was a technical conference on "Youth, Drugs, and the Internet", sponsored by NIDA (the National Institute on Drug Abuse). We discussed what the Erowid project is and why we do the work we do. We were surprisingly well received, and we're cautiously hopeful that some of our suggestions for future NIDA research might have a positive impact on their decision making.

Development of Erowid 3.0 (the third incarnation of the site's architecture) is slowly progressing. We're working to consolidate disparate parts of the site so that searching and navigation can be more streamlined, easy to use, and efficient.

As a special note, donations have been a bit low for the past two months. If anyone's been meaning to join or make a donation...now's the time. We could really use the help. We're also looking for those people who can make a monthly pledge, whether $5 or $100/mo (or anywhere in between), it helps us to have even a small steady stream throughout the year. If you think you can help, visit: Erowid.org/donations/.

We welcome submissions, suggestions, criticisms, or corrections at submissions@erowid.org.

peace,
Fire & Earth


INDEX

  1. Visitor Surveys
    Survey 1 -- Survey 2 -- Survey 3

    During three 24-hour periods between May 30 and June 4 we included a series of survey questions at the top of most pages on the site. Approximately 10% of all visitors to Erowid during that period responded.


  2. Bits & Pieces
    Example: 4-methylaminorex Bits & Pieces

    A new category of data has been added to the site. The "Bits & Pieces" sections are intended for random snippets of information which don't easily fit elsewhere and/or which have been newly added, but not yet carefully categorized. So far we have added Bits & Pieces to seven vaults.


  3. Datura Identification Key
    Erowid.org/plants/datura/datura_key/datura_key1.shtml

    A great key which walks you through the process of identifying the various datura species. Erowid is working with Dr. Richard Sanders, the original author of the key, to update and expand the reference to include Brugmansia species as well.


  4. Drug Use Statistics Charts
    Erowid.org/psychoactives/statistics/statistics_drug_use.shtml

    We created charts based on the data from SAMHSA's 2001 Monitoring the Future Survey, which looks at drug use patterns of high school students. The charts currently displayed are Alcohol, Amphetamines, Cannabis, Cocaine, Heroin, Inhalants, LSD, MDMA, Methamphetamine, PCP, Tobacco, Barbiturates, Flunitrazepam, and Steroids.

  5. 8 Timelines Added
    2C-T-2 Timeline
    2C-T-7 Timeline
    BZ Timeline
    Coffee Timeline
    Barbiturates Timeline
    DOM Timeline
    Heroin Timeline
    Ibogaine Timeline


  6. Do Antioxidants Protect Against MDMA Hangover, Tolerance, and Neurotoxicity?
    Erowid.org/chemicals/mdma/mdma_article3.shtml

    This article originally appeared in the December 2001 issue of Erowid Extracts, Erowid's biannual member newsletter.


  7. An Explanation of the Variation in Effects between Batches of Ketamine
    Erowid.org/chemicals/ketamine/ketamine_info5.shtml

    A brief explication of stereoisomer and additive differences among commercial brands of Ketamine.


  8. Types of Inhalants [Chart]
    Erowid.org/chemicals/inhalants/inhalants_info3.shtml

    Inhalant chemicals listed by type, substance and product.


  9. Alcohol Impairment Chart
    Erowid.org/chemicals/alcohol/alcohol_info7.shtml

    This blood alcohol chart, derived from Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board data, can serve as a guide to approximate blood alcohol content based on body weight and amount of alcohol consumed.


  10. New Mulberry Vault
    Erowid.org/herbs/mulberry/mulberry.shtml

    Includes links to mentions of Red Mulberry as a hallucinogen.


  11. New Bryonia Vault
    Erowid.org/herbs/bryonia/bryonia.shtml

    Includes images as well as herbalist Philip Charpentier's notes on Bryonia.


  12. An Introduction to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
    Erowid.org/tech/devices_article1.shtml

    "One of the newest avenues of research into the mind-body relationship has nothing to do with religious ritual, ethnobotany, or tinkering with brain chemistry. It's about altering the way the brain behaves on the most basic level -- the electrical impulses that constantly stream from neuron to neuron." by Grant Balfour.


  13. CYP-2D6 and MDMA Metabolism Overview
    Erowid.org/chemicals/mdma/mdma_pharmacology1.shtml

    We formerly reported that differences in genetic variation in the liver enzyme CYP-2D6 could affect the health of MDMA users. We have changed our opinion on this and have created an overview page describing our current understanding (with references).


  14. Art Vaults Additions
    Erowid.org/art/

    June Artist of the Month : Salayuth

    May Artist of the Month : Alex Grey


  15. Erowid's Favorite Software
    Erowid.org/general/about/about_software.shtml
    A list of the software we use to build Erowid.org and the software we like best.


  16. New Image Vault Additions
    We've added 43 new images to the Vaults. A few highlights include:

    20 New Ecstasy Tablet Images
    GHB Powder
    Phalaris Grass
    Kratom
    Powdered Cocaine
    H.B. Woodrose Fruit
    Leonotis leonurus


  17. 313 New Experience Reports
    Erowid.org/experiences/

    Experience Report reviewing is chugging along, thanks to several dedicated volunteers.


  18. 17 New Ask Erowid Answers
    Erowid.org/ask/


  19. Books Added to the Library / Bookstore
    We've added 17 new books to the library. A few highlights:

    Brugmansia and Datura: Angel's Trumpets and Thorn Apples (2002)
    A Brief History of Drugs: From the Stone Age to the Stoned Age (1996/1999)
    Pharmacracy: Medicine and Politics in America (2001)
    Clinical Management of: Poisoning and Drug Overdose (1983/1990)



For a more complete listing of What's New at Erowid go to: Erowid.org/new.php



EcstasyData.org
http://www.ecstasydata.org/results

Results for 63 tested tablets received and displayed between April 7th and June 24th 2002. Visit the submissions page to find out how to send in a tablet for free testing.


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