Mid-winter greetings from Northern California! As Terence's
singularity came and went and 2013 settled on the lands, the Erowid
crew has been working on 2012 accounting (yay! taxes!), thinking
about old friends (Hail the goer. We'll miss you, Myron!), following
research and legal updates, and filtering experience reports.
Over the next six months, we're going to be scaling back some of our
usual work to focus on finishing up a couple of long-standing
projects and new features, like making the site more mobile friendly.
As always, we welcome your input, suggestions, corrections, praise,
-- Earth, Fire, Jon, and the Erowid Crew
Indian guru Meher Baba (Feb 25, 1894 - Jan 31, 1969), who encouraged
his Western followers in the late 1960s to stop using psychedelics
and other drugs, died 44 years ago today.
On January 6, Myron Stolaroff peacefully passed away in his sleep.
Jon Hanna reflects on Stolaroff's contributions to the
entheogen-interested community. Includes video of his 1997 talk, "The
Trained User: Deepening Meditation Practice and Forestalling Aging".
Waleenstedt and Bbjornstrand describe their careful explorations and
comparisons of 4-MMC, 4-FMC, ethcathinone, and 4-MEC after taking
each substance orally and via insufflation multiple times over a
period of months and in a variety of settings.
Entheogen Review author Lazar presents three techniques for
shortening the duration of some phenethylamines while retaining their
full-blown intensity of peak effects.
The past ten days we've been working on preparing Erowid Center's
2012 tax forms. Wheee! For the first time, in 2012, Erowid Center's
total donations were less than its expenses, though our expenses
stayed about the same as past years. It's a tough economy out there.
One of the benefits of the tax preparation process is that Earth and
Fire repeatedly see all the names of contributors to the project.
After doing this for ten days, it feels like you're all family.
"Yeah, Kathleen is a nurse." "Oh look, Peter moved to Belgium!", etc.
Long-distance hugs to everyone.
After a long absence, the Lycaeum Forums have recently come back
online, and DoseNation editors have revived their blog following a
15-month hiatus. This confluence of activity inspired us to revisit
a tale of an earlier time on the web, from the first issue of
The Resonance Project magazine. Everything old is new again...
A new vault about Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) including photos and
a few experiences reporting clear effects used as a tea or smoked.
Although reports are inconsistent, they include sedation and euphoria.
An hour of video-taped conversation and reflection from numerous
early psychedelic researchers, including Myron Stolaroff, Sidney
Cohen, Al Hubbard, Timothy Leary, Oscar Janiger, and Humphry Osmond.
Neal Goldsmith interviews Greer and Stolaroff about their work with
MDMA and psychedelics, in this extensive conversation from 1998.
A short excerpt from a 2008 chemistry book describing a simple method
for converting iso-LSD into LSD.
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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