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Erowid Announcement #30
October 22, 2002
Greetings Entheophiles,

Four busy months have passed since our last announcement. Summer is often accompanied by a whirlwind of activity, but this one was punctuated by the move of Erowid home and headquarters from Skylonda to Grass Valley, California.

At the recent Mind States conference, held in Jamaica, we presented three talks entitled: "The State of Drug Information 2002", "Grass Roots Peer Review", and "Drug Geeks : The Role of Informed Peers in Psychoactive Drug Information". As soon as we returned home, Issue #3 of our newsletter Erowid Extracts came back from the printers and was mailed out to subscribers.

In the middle of September we were profoundly saddened by the unexpected death of our friend and supporter, Bob Wallace. [see] Bob was instrumental in the development of Erowid, and his wisdom and creativity will be greatly missed.

We will need to work extra hard over the next few months to increase membership to fill in the financial gap left by Bob's death. Whether you are a frequent visitor of Erowid or simply someone who wants to see this type of information remain freely available via the web...we need your support. If you're not a member, please join and we'll send you a copy of the newsletter. If you know others who find the site useful, encourage them to join. If you can make a larger contribution, please do. Visit or email with questions.

We welcome submissions, suggestions, criticisms, or corrections at

Fire & Earth


  1. New Community Salvia divinorum FAQ

    A lot of work went into compiling a new Salvia FAQ that we hope will add some value to the information about the fascinating Salvia divinorum.

  2. Claim that Ecstasy Use May Cause Parkinson's - Review & Links

    The media feeding frenzy was launched by a recent sensationalistic article in the journal Science. This review of the article attempts to shed light on the researchers' methods and conclusions.

  3. New: Families and Psychoactives Vault

    A collection of interviews, personal accounts and links, with a focus on families who value psychedelics. Topics include: Mentoring and Rites of Passage, Coming Out of the Psychedelic Closet, Families Drug Education, and other aspects of how drugs or the discussion of drugs have impacted individual families.

  4. Black Cohosh Vault

    Basic information about the herb Black Cohosh.

  5. Preliminary Injunction Rules that Religious Use of Ayahuasca is Protected by Federal Law in the U.S.

    A refreshing bit of good news, The Uniao De Vegetal (UDV)-USA won a preliminary injunction ruling in New Mexico, on August 12, 2002, when a judge ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) would likely protect their use of ayahuasca.

  6. Major Law Updates

    2C-T-7 Scheduled by DEA
    BZP & TFMPP Scheduled by DEA

  7. Salvinorin Kappa Opioid Receptor Activity

    New research findings show Salvinorin A is a potent kappa-opioid receptor agonist, this is a brief mention of the research and some interesting implications of this finding.

  8. A Look at the Mescaline Content of T.peruvianus and T. pachanoi

    This article first appeared Erowid Extracts Dec 2001. It examines the literature on cactus mescaline content.

  9. Bob Wallace Vault

    In memory of Bob Wallace, friend & supporter of Erowid.

  10. New Drug Testing Vaults


  11. Art Vaults Additions

    October Artist of the Month : Clancy Cavnar

    September Artist of the Month : Kwiksylver

    August Artist of the Month : Hiabx

    July Artist of the Month : Will Cascio

  12. New Image Vault Additions
    It's been a little slow adding images because of the other projects we've been working on . 38 new images added since the last announcement. A few highlights include:

    Dried Acorus calamus Root
    2C-T-2 Powder
    Nitrous Oxide tank
    Ground Tabernanthe iboga root

  13. 396 New Experience Reports

  14. 18 New Ask Erowid Questions

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

    The Simple Plant Isoquinolines (2002)
    Pharmako / Dynamis (2002)
    Transfigurations (2001)
    Drug, Set, and Setting (1984)

For a more complete listing of What's New at Erowid go to:

Results for 89 tested tablets received and displayed between June 25th 2002 and October 21st 2002. Visit the submissions page to find out how to send in a tablet for free testing.


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