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In History: 93 Years Ago And 16 Years Ago
On May 31...

BORN: Houston Smith (b. 1919)
DIED: Timothy Leary (1920-1996)

Leary first took psilocybin-containing mushrooms in 1960 during a trip to Mexico. When he returned he began the Harvard Psilocybin Project, studying the effects of psilocybin on humans. Under the aegis of this project, Smith, a noted religious studies scholar, participated in the 1962 Marsh Chapel psilocybin experiment led by Walter Pahnke.
Women's Visionary Congress
(July 27-29, 2012) near Petaluma, CA

Cosmo Festival
(June 1-4, 2012) near Taunton, Somerset, UK

(July 20-21, 2012) near Dorking, Surrey, UK
Latest Additions
The Teafaerie discusses the Internet as a metaphor for psychedelic experience. Is DMT-accessed hyperspace a catalyst for rapid acceleration of human evolution, a mere artifact of internal exploration, or could something else entirely be going on?
At a 1988 memorial held for underground psychedelic psychotherapist Leo Zeff, Terence McKenna stood up to say a few words about why he dubbed Zeff "The Secret Chief". This recording, recently digitized from the Stolaroff Collection, presents McKenna's remembrances.
Is the spiritual instinct an evolutionary mechanism? Are our brains hardwired to believe in God? Were the mystics divinely influenced, or simply affected by electromagnetism or migraine-induced auras? Allen James presents his primer on Neurotheology.
Originally limited to remote Amazonian areas, use of the secretions of the Phyllomedusa bicolor frog ("kambo") has spread to Brazilian cities. As a result, for the Katukina people, it has also become an affirmation of their ethnic identity.
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From the Vaults
Derived from the venom of various toad species, chan su contains numerous bioactive chemicals. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is used to "resolve toxicity", reduce swelling, and alleviate pain. Four people died in the early 1990s in the United States after orally ingesting chan su that had been marketed as a topical aphrodisiac.
More New Content
  1. ER on Salvia divinorum Quantification
    In September 2006, Pharmacotherapy published a flawed analysis of the salvinorin A content in five commercial herbal products. Jon Hanna took them to task in this article from The Entheogen Review.
  2. Ethylcathinone (Ethcathinone, E-cat) Dose & Effects
    Tentative dose and effects profiles for this lesser-known substituted cathinone. The upcoming issue of Erowid Extracts features an article about cathinones, including ethylcathinone.
  3. Shamanism in Siberia
    An excerpt from "Aboriginal Siberia: a Study in Social Anthropology", from 1914.
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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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