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Erowid Announcement #49
November 16, 2004
Friends of Erowid,

The most recent issue of our 24-page print newsletter Erowid Extracts was shipped to members this week. Now is a great time to become a member and get your subscription to this publication. Take advantage of the current matching $33 donation offer and have your donation tripled to become $100 of support for Erowid.

Thanks to everyone who joined in the last month, we've used about half of the available matching funds (10K total). This special offer may well allow us to reach our goal of 1,000 Erowid members by the end of 2004. Help us take advantage of this opportunity, and help change the way the world thinks about psychoactives by joining today.

We welcome submissions, suggestions, criticisms, or corrections at

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  1. Erowid Extracts #7 Index

    This new issue of Erowid Extracts should be arriving in members' mailboxes this week. If you like the look of the contents, sign up to become a member and receive your copy.

  2. Ecstasy Safety Survey Results:
    The Myth that Ecstasy Users Think Ecstasy Is 'Safe'

    A summary of results of an Erowid web survey conducted in the summer of 2002. An article about this survey will soon be published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

  3. eScottology
    A Desperate Cry for Help

    October installment of the monthly column by Scott O. Moore.

  4. "LSD Overdose" Raises Questions

    In October 2004, Pacific Northwest unusual media coverage of an "LSD overdose" raised questions about the actual circumstances of the tragic death of a college student. Toxicology results for the case are still pending.

  5. International Legal Status of Psilocybin Mushrooms

    An interesting look at the international legal status of psilocybin-containing mushrooms with a focus on the U.N. and Europe. There are several cases underway in the Netherlands and Britain that have brought into question exactly what international law says about the legality of fresh, natural plants. Also includes supporting documents, by Ananda Schouten.

  6. UDV Ayahuasca Case Crawls Another Step Forward

    A second hearing by the 10th Circuit Federal Appeals Court upheld a lower court and another apellate-level decision to allow the UDV (an ayahuasca-using church) to continue to use ayahuasca while the case is pending.

  7. Nitrous Oxide and Drug Tests

    New page describing drug testing and nitrous oxide.

  8. New Image Vault Additions
    32 new images were added, including:

    Catha edulis (Khat) plant
    Passiflora x belotii (Passion Flower) flower
    Flowering Trichocereus pachanoi (San Pedro cactus)
    Dried Blue Lotus
    Mitragyna speciosa (Kratom) plant, close-up

  9. Art Vaults
    Three new artist have been added to the art vaults this month.

    November Featured Artist: Steve Hatchett

  10. 132 New Experience Reports

  11. Books Added to the Library / Bookstore
    Erowid uses printed reference materials to help maintain the accuracy of our online library. Please consider contributing a book--see Erowid's wishlist--or contact us about donating from your own collection.

    We've added 7 new books to our library this month, including:

    The True History of Chocolate
    Maria Sabina Selections
    Chilies to Chocolate

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


Conducts laboratory testing of street Ecstasy tablets (NOTE: co-pay is now $30).
Between Oct 15 and Nov 16, results were posted for 15 new tablets.

The lab technician at DDL responsible for field tests and photographs recently left to pursue a new career and the photos have been lagging as the new person gets trained in. Thanks Margaret, we'll miss working with you and good luck!


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