Summer has turned out to be a busy time for the Erowid crew. The
Stolaroff Collection project is deep underway; Earth and Fire are
preparing to give a talk at a hospital in Los Angeles, and we're
finishing up Erowid Center's tax reporting for its first full year of
operation, all while trying to stay cool in the brutal summer heat.
It got to 106F (41C) at Erowid North, 111F (44C) at Erowid Central,
and 102F (39C) at Erowid HQ this week.
According to The LA Times, Los Angeles County has over 400
medical marijuana dispensaries and delivery services, nearly double
Amsterdam's number of cannabis retail shops. More than 800 new LA
dispensaries have filed applications in the last two years.
In August 2008, Erowid ran an information booth at the week-long
Boom Festival in Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal. Read about on-site drug
testing, misrepresented microdots, and other aspects of serving an
While preparing The Stolaroff Collection for scanning, we discovered
both handwritten notes and a copy of a letter from Laura Huxley
poignantly describing the period just before Aldous Huxley's death.
Check out these scans and transcriptions of the original documents.
The Teafaerie has been sharing psychedelic musings in the Teatime
column for over a year. In this month's installment, she ponders her
decision to be filmed by a TV crew and entreats readers to speak their
minds on a controversial topic.
Anthropologist Beatriz Caiuby Labate and colleagues describe some of
the hermeneutic terms and Spiritualist idioms they consider
fundamental for basic understanding of UDV religious activities and
Some sad news: On July 25th, Fire's parents' home and barn burned to
the ground. Everyone got out unharmed, but positive thoughts are
welcome as they deal with the crisis and make decisions about their
future. An important message: Don't use cheap power strips--a faulty
power strip used with their computer was determined to be the cause.
First published eight years ago and still as relevant as ever! Some
people get so excited about being offered mescaline, a relatively
rare drug, that they overlook basic physical laws of mass and volume.
This is Earth's pick for this month's "From the Vaults" section.
Erowid interviewed the Spanish group Energy Control, which provides
thin layer chromatography (TLC) to the public.
Smoking cessation therapy is one of the newer applications for
tropane alkaloids, which are found in Solanaceous plants. Includes
history, effects, description of the treatment, pharmacology, and
Offsite links for this muscle relaxer.
Overview of changa, a smoking blend that may contain several herbs,
but most variants incorporate Banisteriopsis caapi (either
leaves, or shredded stem-bark, or both) and DMT.
Long at the leading edge of unauthorized research into visionary
plants and drugs, the final issue of The Entheogen Review was
published in late 2008. Includes sidebar of noteworthy articles.
Links to articles and experience reports first published in TER.
Submitted July 20, 2009, a Draft Application for Leave to Appeal
Against Conviction. Casey continues to appeal his conviction on
cognitive liberty grounds.
A web-based survey for Australians investigates how people achieve
change from problematic cannabis use without the assistance of formal
Brief summary of findings published in the Journal of
Psychopharmacology, with study participant comments, related references, and news links.
EcstasyData.org is a project of Erowid Center that conducts
laboratory testing of street Ecstasy tablets and publishes the
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