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WHO WANTS TO HELP CHANGE THE WORLD?
Erowid Center is entering a critical period of seeking major new
funders to make up a $60,000 budget shortfall, at a time when our
site requires considerable infrastructure upgrades in order to
continue providing top quality information about psychoactive drugs.
We're excited to have received one new $5,000 grant, and we've had
discussions with other possible funders. But we continue to need
your help in locating potential donors or foundations that support
cutting-edge efforts to break through the educational and harm
reduction gridlock created by prohibitionist regulations.
With 40% of Erowid's members outside of the USA and 30% of our
traffic coming from non-U.S. addresses, our small non-profit has
global impact, influencing information accessibility and public
policy from the United States to Australia, Europe and beyond.
Erowid's primary mission is educational, providing information
about recreational drugs in order to improve health and build the
groundwork necessary for societal reform. We work with you, our
visitors and contributors, as part of a global community, exploring
new information while preserving and archiving existing resources.
We are not an advocacy organization. Erowid acts directly--this
year, this month, today--to foster the cultural changes that are
necessary, given the increasing availability of psychoactive
substances and technologies.
Erowid has over a decade-and-a-half of success in bringing together
doctors, lawyers, parents, and young people, allowing them to share a
reviewed, refereed, high-quality source of information. This global
community of Erowid users now has the opportunity to build on that
success and help ensure that a balanced, non-judgmental, visionary
voice continues to be heard within the dialog regarding shifts in
policy, research, education, and recreational drug use.
We need to locate previously untapped sources of non-advertising
funding, especially in the $5,000 to $50,000 per year range. Please
bear with us as we search for these crucial new funders over the next
few months. We appreciate any assistance that you can provide in our
quest. Contact us at email@example.com with leads or suggestions.
Earth & Fire,
Co-founders, Erowid Center
Big changes may be coming in psychoactive drug research in the USA.
The National Institutes of Health are considering combining the
"National Institute on Drug Abuse" and the "National Institute on
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism" into a new "National Institute of
Substance Use and Addiction Disorders". Entrenched interests will
make this a complex fight, but we're excited that the government's
psychoactive research funding apparatus might recognize that there
is "use" that isn't "abuse". NIH invites feedback:
Published in the 1990s, The Entheogen Law Reporter provides
information and commentary on the various legal issues surrounding
visionary plants and drugs during that decade. Erowid has scanned and
published PDFs of all twenty-two issues of TELR.
David Goldstein, Curator of the PHD (Papers from the History of
Drugs) Archival Library and Database, assembled this comics
collection from 1971 through 1994, featuring assorted newspaper
strips that touch on psychoactive drugs.
This early zine billed itself as "The Magazine of the Psychedelic
Community" in the late 1960s. Issue #1 (1966) included a manifesto
lamenting the lack of "positive useful data" available to the
millions of users, as well as articles by Peter Stafford, Timothy
Leary, and Lisa Bieberman.
Erowid is helping researchers with a new survey looking at the use of
psychedelics (and other psychoactive substances) and synaesthesia.
To participate in the survey, which usually takes 10-30 minutes to
In this short story that appeared in the family paper Leslie's
Chimney Corner, Alcott describes the effects of eating hashish
bonbons on a group of young upper-class Southerners. Alcott's book
Little Women was published around the same time.
A Japanese translation of the popular LSD Trick tract.
The Teafaerie is teaching in Haiti this month, and having had
difficulty securing reliable internet access, she submitted this
short but sweet Teatime via SMS.
A memorial booklet created in November 2007 for John Beresford, the
LSD researcher who first thought of distributing acid as measured
drops placed onto sugar cubes, which was the original source for the
phrase "dropping acid".
This court order from January 2012 blocks the DEA from stopping
the Oregon Santo Daime church from importing and using ayahuasca.
Erowid is frequently mentioned in articles and books. These mentions
may be reviews, recommendations or the use of Erowid as a reference.
In "New recreational drugs and the primary care approach to patients
who use them": Among "Additional educational resources", describes
Erowid as an "extensive database of expert and user opinions on
various legal, prescribed, and illegal substances."
In "The grim reality behind the numbers in the state drug report":
"It's one thing to read about a drug and all of its complexity on
Erowid. It is another to see the side effects in person and know what
to do, and yet another to feel responsible when a good friend has a
tragic consequence as a result of bad advice."
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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