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Erowid Announcement #81
Jul 31, 2007
Friends of Erowid,

Since the last announcement we've attended two different psychoactive related conferences: Mind States in Costa Rica, and the Women's Visionary Congress in Northern California.

We've also been making progress on our IRS application to receive 501(c)(3) tax-deductible charity status. We've just finished submitting our responses to the IRS's first round of questions. We'll keep everyone updated as we continue to work our way through the process.

A sizable list of new content has been published in the past seven weeks. Plus, a whopping 900 experience reports were reviewed thanks to our amazing volunteer reviewers.

As always, we welcome submissions, suggestions, criticisms, or corrections at

Fire, Earth, & the Erowid Crew


  1. Erowid Extracts Issue 12: Index

    A description of the articles from Erowid Extracts issue #12. If you aren't an Erowid member yet, join now at and receive the full issue of Extracts in the mail.

  2. Women & Psychoactives Vault

    A new vault for information about issues relevant to women who use psychoactives.

  3. Women & Psychoactives: A Brief Overview

    An overview of some of the issues related to the use of psychoactives pertaining to the physical, psychological, and cultural differences between genders.

  4. Women and Prohibition, by Annie Harrison

    Women have played a pivotal role in every stage of the prohibition debate. During the 1930s, women organized to overturn alcohol prohibition when it became a threat to their families and communities. Similarly, contemporary women are now seeking alternatives to the damage caused by the War on Drugs.

  5. Psychoactives & Pregnancy Vault

    Special health questions arise when considering the maternal use of psychoactives during pregnancy. Many substances cross the placental barrier, and some are known to be harmful to the developmental cycle of the fetus. The teratogenic effects of many psychoactive drugs is a matter of debate.

  6. Chan Su: A traditional Chinese toad venom medicine

    Overview of a traditional Chinese medicine derived from the venom of various toad species, especially Duttaphrynus melanostictus and Bufo gargarizans.

  7. Ground Control: A Primer, by The Teafaerie

    Excellent review of the fundamental principles of set, setting and dose, and basic protocols and considerations related to acting as a sitter during a psychedelic trip.

  8. eScottology: Bliss Potential

    New installment of the column by Scott O. Moore.

  9. Naloxone Vault

    Summary, Law and related links for an opioid antagonist used to counter the effects of opioid overdose.

  10. Miracle Berry Vault

    Basics and links for an evergreen shrub native to western Africa whose berries, when ingested, can make sour foods taste sweet.

  11. DMT for the Masses: Mimosa hostilis Root Bark Extraction, by Noman

    A new simple technique describing the extraction of DMT from Mimosa hostilis.

  12. Oxycodone Timeline

    Some significant dates in the history of the opiate analgesic oxycodone.

  13. MKULTRA Vault

    A collection of information and links about MKULTRA, the CIA mind control program.

  14. MKULTRA Timeline

    Important dates in the history of MKULTRA.

  15. MKULTRA White House Memos

    Ford White House memos regarding the official U.S. government response to the Frank Olsen LSD-related "suicide" or murder.

  16. Bromo-Dragonfly-related Death in Norway?

    A Feb 2007 death originally reported as GHB-related may have involved Bromo-Dragonfly.

  17. What No One Wants to Know About Marijuana, by Dr. Andrew Weil

    A short excerpted from Weil's 1986 book "The Natural Mind".

  18. Conference Reports: Mind States Costa Rica

    Notes from the lectures presented at Mind States Costa Rica (Jun 2007).

  19. New Image Vault Additions
    Twenty-four new images were added, including:

    Peganum harmala Plant

    Anandenanthera peregrina Seeds

    Cannabis "Bubbler" Pipe

    Piracetam Tablets

  20. Art Vaults

    July/August Featured Artist: Professor Slicebox

  21. Library/Bookstore - three books added:

    Real Drugs in a Virtual World, (Eds.) Murguía, Tackett-Gibson & Lessem

    Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom, by Andy Letcher

    Cannabis and Meditation: An Explorer's Guide, by Simon Jackson

  22. The Erowid Review, nine reviews added, including:

    "Sex, Drugs, Einstein & Elves", reviewed by Mark Pesce

    "Mushroom Wisdom", reviewed by gregoryp(tm)

    "Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley", reviewed by J. Case

    "A Psychonaut's Guide To The Invisible Landscape", reviewed by C. Pollux

  23. 908 New Experience Reports

    One of the top rated experiences published was:

    "Beautiful Introduction to a New Substitution" (4-HO-MET), by Lightwarden

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