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Drug Geek Factlet
According to private data collected through IMS Health (a commercial information service), the top 10 most prescribed "psychiatric" pharmaceuticals in 2009 include three benzodiazepines--alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan), and diazepam (Valium)--which were prescribed over 83 million times in the United States last year.
Upcoming Events
Entheogenesis Australis 2010 (Dec 4-5) in Melbourne:
Latest Additions
Since Terence McKenna delivered his last "State of the Stone" talk, digital communication has continued to evolve, novel psychoactives have emerged, and formal psychedelic research has gained ground: What does psychedelic culture look like now?
Amazing field work in a poorly understood field. Trout and Norton present an in-depth description of factors in Lophophora williamsii's development from seed, including local soil creation and the role of 'crust communities', with numerous photos of cacti in various stages of growth.
In September 2010, Erowid analyzed two samples of 5-MeO-DALT, both initially acquired through online vendors. Not surprisingly, results varied. UK researchers are finding that these days, one can unknowingly be in possession of a controlled substance.
The Teafaerie describes the value of thinking ahead, revealing the contents of her own tried-and-true kit of tools and toys that might come in handy during psychedelic explorations...
Crew Notes
Video of presentations made at the Psychedelic Science conference in April are now available online. Fire and Earth's talk -- the basis of their Connecting the Microdots article above -- can be found at the url below. Note that slide transitions did not translate to video.
From the Vaults
Keeping in mind very real concerns about repercussions of revealing substance use to a physician, the authors make the case for full disclosure in emergency department contexts.
More New Content
  1. Cannabinoids Vault
    A new vault for documenting both natural and synthetic cannabinoids, especially those available online, whether in pure form or as part of the various "herbal" cannabis-replacement smoking blends.
Ecstasy Data is a project of Erowid Center that conducts laboratory testing of street Ecstasy tablets and publishes these and other testing results online.
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