Thanks to everyone who contributed towards a new computer for Erowid
last month. While we didn't raise enough to completely cover the
costs, we came close. The new computer is in hand and things are
again running smoothly! Huzzah!
Lots of churning in the laws regarding cathinone-related stimulants
and synthetic cannabinoids around the world in the last six weeks.
We're continuing to track changes. If you know about local legal
changes or new substances showing up for sale in your area, please
let us know and include any related URLs!
Alchemeyez Visionary Arts Congress (May 13-15, 2011) in Hawaii
For a limited time, the Alchemeyez organizers are offering two free
passes to the conference for those who book their Hilton hotel room
now. See details on their Facebook page:
In 2010, we began hearing about urinary tract (UT) issues associated
with the use of ketamine. Having talked to many heavy users over the
past 15 years without hearing about UT problems, we used a series of
surveys in October 2010 to ask visitors about their use of ketamine
and its side effects.
Earth reviews and recommends Kathleen Green's new documentary "The
Secret Life of Mushrooms". This upcoming film offers a fresh look at
the current mushroom-using culture in the Mexican town Huautla de
Jimenez, the influence of entheotourism, and some wonderful footage
of the area.
This catalog of LSD blotter, seized and tested by a DEA laboratory
during the 1970s and 1980s, was published in the Microgram Bulletin
(a DEA publication restricted to law enforcement) in July 1987.
Erowid is testing out accepting donations through Bitcoin, a new
ultra-geeky digital currency. It's one of the most interesting new
online payment methods we've seen. If you're interested in cutting
edge online payments, transaction privacy, or being a web nerd, check
out this new encryption-computing based currency that pays users to
provide their excess CPU time.
The Czech Republic decriminalized personal possession amounts of many
recreational drugs on Jan 1, 2010. Then, in April 2011, the Czech
legislature banned 30 substances, including 4-methylmethcathinone,
and several other stimulants that have recently become available.
Recent research that received wide media coverage reported finding
damage in the hippocampus area of ecstasy-users' brains. The paper
has some methodological issues that were not mentioned in mainstream
science reporting. Read the commentary and responses, a newly
re-vamped feature of the Erowid references section.
EcstasyData is a project of Erowid Center that conducts laboratory
testing of street Ecstasy tablets and publishes these and other test
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