Erowid Monthly
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.
Drug Geek Factlet
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.
Latest Additions
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 international event.
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 discourses.
Crew Notes
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.
From the Vaults
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.
More New Content
  1. Energy Control: TLC and Other Risk Reduction Approaches
    Erowid interviewed the Spanish group Energy Control, which provides thin layer chromatography (TLC) to the public.
  2. A Curious Cure: Anticholinergic Smoking Cessation Therapy
    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 experience reports.
  3. Metaxalone Vault
    Offsite links for this muscle relaxer.
  4. Got Changa?
    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.
  5. The Entheogen Review: A Retrospective
    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.
  6. The Entheogen Review: Articles Archived on Erowid
    Links to articles and experience reports first published in TER.
  7. Casey Hardison Vault: New Appeal (PDF)
    Submitted July 20, 2009, a Draft Application for Leave to Appeal Against Conviction. Casey continues to appeal his conviction on cognitive liberty grounds.
  8. Research Subjects Needed
    A web-based survey for Australians investigates how people achieve change from problematic cannabis use without the assistance of formal treatments.
  9. Psilocybin & Mystical Experience: 14-Month Follow-up
    Brief summary of findings published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, with study participant comments, related references, and news links.
Ecstasy Data is a project of Erowid Center that conducts laboratory testing of street Ecstasy tablets and publishes the results online.
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