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On November 5, Fire and Earth received the Drug Policy Alliance 2011 "Dr. Andrew Weil Award for Achievement in the Field of Drug Education". Erowid is a group effort and this award is a tribute to the entire crew. We are grateful to the DPA for recognizing the work we have done over the past 16 years, and to all the members and visitors who support the site.

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In History...11 Years Ago
November 2000: The UDV ayahuasca-using religion filed its lawsuit against the DEA demanding the right to import its DMT-containing sacramental tea. In 2010, the UDV won a formal agreement with the DEA that allows its churches to import and use the brew legally.
Club Health 2011: The 7th International Conference
on Nightlife, Substance Use and Related Health Issues

(Dec 12-14, 2011) Prague, Czech Republic
Latest Additions
In the 1960s, the genre of psychedelic-focused print periodicals was created. It was not unusual for new titles to last only a few issues, with funding difficult to come by, and readers nervous about signing up. This timeline traces the evolution of underground psychedelic information.
Compiled by drug war prisoner Leonard Pickard, this "Guide for Attorneys, the Courts, and Researchers" explores the history and scope of the semi-secret database that has become one of the most widely used tools in drug law enforcement.
A detailed first-hand experience report from 1914 of the ingestion of intoxicating mushrooms identified as Panaeolus papilionaceus. A man and woman have a six-hour experience including strong visual effects, laughter, the "irresistible impulse to run and jump", and some alarming visions.
Crew Notes
Although we wish Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's "Prohibition" series had drawn more parallels between alcohol and drug prohibition, the Erowid Crew have been enjoying this detailed retelling of the rise and fall of alcohol Prohibition in the United States. With its tragic and doomed failure, the point-by-point parallels with modern recreational drug prohibition are painfully obvious. Worth watching, with lots of great photos and quotes.

After Prohibition ended, "There was a great feeling that it was better to trust people not to drink so much on their own than have a law saying they couldn't have liquor." (Margot Loines Wilkie)
From the Vaults
Photos of psychoactive plants and chemicals are important to Erowid. This Ask Erowid question covers some key points for taking quality pictures for submitting to Erowid, including: file types, image sizes, lighting, composition and background, depth of field, and the importance of photos that are crisply and clearly in focus.
More New Content
  1. 2C-C-NBOMe Effects
    Information on this substance -- the most commonly used of the NBOMe series -- continues to be tentative, but some trends are evident. There are reports that effects can be unpredictable.
  2. Divining the Sage
    Since the mid-1990s, over a dozen publications focused entirely on the topic of Salvia divinorum have come out in print; here are descriptions of three of the top single-author books about this fascinating plant.
  3. Factsheet on Drug Checking in Europe
    A FAQ-style, introductory report about analysis of street drugs by Trans European Drug Information (TEDI), an initiative funded by the EU. TEDI notes that the World Health Organization has endorsed Drug Checking as an "essential aspect of public health policy".
Erowid is frequently mentioned in articles and books. These mentions may be reviews, recommendations or the use of Erowid as a reference.
  • The Economist - "The Fire Next Time", Nov 19, 2011
    "Novel psychoactive substances, mainly stimulants and cannabinoids from China sold on the internet, proliferate too quickly for anyone to keep track of them (though websites such as make an impressive attempt)."
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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