On April 19, 1943, the inventor of LSD, Dr. Albert Hofmann, took the
first intentional acid trip after swallowing 250 ug. As the effects
came on, he left his workplace at Sandoz laboratories and biked home.
Since the early 1980s, this landmark event has been celebrated by
counterculture aficionados as "Bicycle Day".
We wish you all a happy 69th anniversary of Bicycle Day and we are
taking this opportunity to renew our pledge--to work together with
researchers and psychoactive users alike to gather and publish
quality information about the history, science, and use of
psychoactive plants and chemicals. Please join us in reducing the
harms and improving the benefits associated with these substances
by submitting an experience report or image, participating in
surveys, providing corrections, telling people about Erowid, or
making a financial contribution.
Using newly created legal powers, the UK Home Office has temporarily
controlled methoxetamine for one year. Methoxetamine is a chemical
that has gained popularity over the past year as a replacement for
ketamine, especially in the United Kingdom. This is the first use of
the UK's new instant temporary scheduling power.
There has also recently been a novel prosecution of a group of people
using a website called "the Farmer's Market" for selling illegal
drugs internationally online. From 2006 to 2010, they used Hushmail,
then switched to the anonymizing web browsing system called TOR.
Originally built by the Navy, TOR is funded partially by the US
Defense Department to provide privacy support for dissidents
worldwide. The indictment for selling cannabis, LSD, and MDMA through
the Farmer's Market does not indicate how the group's security was
breached. As far as we know, this represents the first major
prosecution of any of the public black markets available via TOR.
The "smart drug" GABA receptor agonist Β-phenyl-γ-aminobutyric
acid (Phenibut, Noofen) is sold as a nutritional supplement in the
United States and prescribed as an anxiolytic and sedative in Russia.
Psychedelic archivist Michael Horowitz has been researching, reading,
and writing about psychoactive plants and chemicals since the 1960s.
He was Timothy Leary's archivist, has written several books, and
continues to be involved with spreading information in this field.
"Phanerothyme" advocate Lisa Bieberman worked with Leary in the early
1960s. Over the course of nearly a decade, she wrote and edited
several publications and ran her own organization, which provided
practical information on the use of LSD and other psychedelics.
Ethylphenidate is a lesser-known cousin of methylphenidate (Ritalin).
While it has been sporadically available on the research chemical
market, it is also formed when methylphenidate is co-consumed with
During the last week in March, Jon Hanna and Tania Manning visited
Jean Stolaroff in Lone Pine, California, where they dropped off a
hard copy of Erowid's index to the Stolaroff Collection
are happy to have recently completed this stage of cataloging Myron
Stolaroff's invaluable papers, and we look forward to actively making
more of the materials available online.
The New Living Expo being held in San Francisco will feature
presentations by Erowid crew member Jon Hanna, board member Jennifer
Dumpert, and friends including Ann Shulgin, Dale Pendell, Ralph
Metzner, and Daniel Pinchbeck.
In 1976, Michael Horowitz interviewed Hofmann for High Times, a first
for an English-language publication. Despite Hofmann's initial
misgivings about having the conversation appear in a magazine that
celebrated illegal drug use, he eventually agreed. It offers a
thorough account of the creation of LSD, as well as his discovery of
psilocybin/psilocin in mushrooms and ergine in morning glories.
This is the full-length version of the biography of Lisa Bieberman.
A shortened form appears as the main text at the top of her character
Following an increase in use of this extremely potent 2C-I analog,
we've disambiguated it from the NBOMe Series. Its vault includes
Dose, Effects, and Law pages. Until recently our info on the NBOMe
Series concentrated on 2C-C-NBOMe
, which now also has its own vault.
The Teafaerie's first encounter with psychedelic synchronicity.
Describes a classic psychedelic apotheosis scene.
A travelogue by Rak Razam of visiting Basel on the occasion of Dr. Albert Hofmann's 100th birthday and the international LSD conference. Written in January 2006.
We've archived the available National Drug Control Strategy reports
issued annually by the ONDCP.
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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