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Spice-like products and cannabinoid receptor agonists continue to inhabit the news. Although the DEA has not yet controlled the chemicals found in these products at the federal level, they are being controlled on a state-by-state basis.

Also, as last year's alphabetamines fade in Europe, they are drawing more publicity in the U.S. This week, the ONDCP (the drug czar's office) issued a press release warning about recreational psychoactive chemicals packaged as "bath salts".
In History...Thirteen Years Ago Today
On February 3, 1998, Nicholas Saunders--well-known author of three books on MDMA and founder of at age 60 in a car accident in South Africa. At the time, he was researching a book on the connection between spirituality and psychoactive drugs.
Manifesting the Mind (April 28-29, 2011) in Madison, WI.

Billing itself as "Further Explorations of Human Consciousness", this conference presents a collection of interesting speakers such as Wade Davis, David Nichols, Roland Griffiths, Jeremy Narby, and others.
Latest Additions
Solandra is a genus of tropane alkaloid-containing vines native to central Mexico. Closely related to Datura and Brugmansia, it has been used ritually by the Huichol, Huastec, and Mixtec groups of Mexico and its use associated with witchcraft.
Wordsmith Erik Davis, who recently released his fifth book, Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica, dialogues with Jon Hanna about the visionary landscape of California in this interview from the Winter 2006 issue of The Entheogen Review.
Out of the prevailing chaos of the research chemical market, another compound compared to MDMA/MDA emerged in 2010. Given the issues of uncertain identity and purity, the effects profile of this unsaturated benzofuran derivative of 6-APDB is unclear.
Crew Notes
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From the Vaults
A vault examining the attitudes about psychoactives and experiences of family members. When it is discussed at all, information on this taboo topic is usually shared privately and is rarely documented.
More New Content
  1. 4-Acetoxy-MIPT Vault
    Similar in effect to psilocin, it is theorized that 4-Acetoxy-MiPT is metabolized into 4-HO-MiPT in the body in much the same way that psilocybin is metabolized into psilocin before it reaches the brain.
  2. The Psychozoic Press, Erowid Editions - Number 3 (PDF)
    The third issue of Erowid's digital edition of the Psychozoic Press deals with psychedelic churches of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and includes discussions about psilocybin-containing mushrooms, San Pedro, and baby Hawaiian woodrose seeds.
  3. Erik Davis Character Vault
    A vault dedicated to the life and work of author Erik Davis.
  4. Visionary Art by Gary Fisher
    Nearly two dozen images of paintings by psychedelic researcher Gary Fisher are now posted at Erowid's Visionary Art Vaults.
Ecstasy Data
EcstasyData is a project of Erowid Center that conducts laboratory testing of street Ecstasy tablets and publishes these and other test results online.
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