Erowid has collected 100,000 submitted experience reports!
Thirteen years ago, we developed the software behind the Experience
Vaults, targeting it to support 100,000 entries. At the time, that
seemed a long way off. Thanks to the thousands of contributors who
have shared their stories, and the hundreds of volunteers who filter,
edit, and categorized them, Erowid's collection of first-person
reports about the use of psychoactive plants and chemicals is by far
the largest and most diverse in existence.
Covering 600 different substances, the top five with the most
published reports are psilocybin mushrooms (1846), cannabis (1673),
Salvia divinorum (1592), MDMA (1429), and LSD (1267). On the
other end of the spectrum are 62 substances where only a single
report has been published; these are often more exotic compounds
like AH-7921, allylescaline, gamma-crotonolactone, trihexphenidyl,
xenon, 5-MeO-DET, and myrrh.
Freidrich Wilhelm Adam Serturner discovered morphine. (May 21, 1805)
Albert Hofmann signed the employment contract that began his 42-year
stint working for Sandoz. (May 1, 1929)
Aldous Huxley took his first dose of mescaline, 400 mg. (May 6, 1953)
Gordon Wasson's magic mushroom article appeared in LIFE Magazine.
(May 13, 1957)
Aldous and Laura Huxley's home in the Hollywood Hills burned down,
destroying Aldous's 400-volume library and all of his manuscripts,
except for a draft of his last book, Island. (May 12, 1961)
4th Annual Hemp History Week
(June 3-9, 2013)
Hemp History Week is a nation-wide education campaign that seeks
to renew strong support for hemp farming in the U.S., with grassroots
celebrations in numerous cities.
Harm Reduction International 2013
(June 9-12, 2013) in Vilnius Lithuania
A key event for those interested in harm reduction around the world.
The theme of the 2013 event is 'The Value/s of Harm Reduction'.
Published from 1977 through 2000, Flipside was the longest-
running U.S. punk rock zine. Countless musicians and bands graced its
pages. But of more pointed interest to Erowid users, Flipside also
regularly ran articles about psychoactive drugs. Recently having
scored a small stash of issues from 1994 and 1995, we have archived
some relevant articles in our library.
Published in 1965, this research progress report titled "Use of
Psychedelic Agents to Facilitate Creative Problem Solving" is
substantially more detailed than what appeared the following year in
Psychological Reports. Indeed, we were surprised to discover
some non-trivial details that didn't make it into the peer-reviewed
version! Erowid is happy to make the original report on these study
results available for the first time online along with our commentary
about the differences between it and the subsequent journal article.
Another lab book produced by Sasha Shulgin from the 1960s through the
the 1980s, is now available in a digital, fully searchable edition.
Of Pharmacology Book 3, Shawn--Erowid's lab book transcription
project lead--remarks: "This is the first one where I've been able to
decipher all of Sasha's writing, no 'missing' words in this one at
all. I hope everyone enjoys it!" Also, see our contest in Crew Notes.
Erowid is holding a contest to help pick out interesting content in
the Shulgin lab and pharmacology books that we have published online.
There's so much content in Sasha's lab books, we need the Erowid
community's help to find pages and content that they think others
would be most interested in.
For the top most interesting finds, there will be prizes such as an
autographed Visionary Synthesis poster; a previously unpublished
photo of Sasha sitting in his lab signed on the back by Fire, Earth,
and the lead chemist from the Alexander Shulgin Research Institute;
as well as Erowid T-shirts and gift items, depending on the number
of submissions and interesting selections found.
Submissions to the contest should be sent to email@example.com with
"Shulgin Lab Book Contest" in the subject line and must include the
lab book number, page number, a brief snippet from your text choice,
and a description (50-100 words) of why it's interesting or curious.
The top ten runners-up will receive Erowid memberships including
Erowid Extracts by PDF. Small prizes will also be given for
transcription errors found in the texts.
Sunrise, sunset... Our "From the Vaults" selection focuses on
characters contributing to psychoactive studies who have come or gone
in the month of May.
, psychedelic grandmother (b. 5/5/1922 - d. 5/27/2001)
Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Garcia
, Merry Prankster (b. 5/6/1946)
, LSD researcher (d. 5/8/1987)
, former illicit sacrament chemist (b. 5/10/1941)
Leo J. Zeff
, underground psychedelic therapist (b. 5/14/1912)
, hippie clown (b. 5/15/1936)
, psychedelic researcher (b. 5/18/1936)
, Father of the Drug War (b. 5/20/1892)
, ketamine researcher (b. 5/22/1928)
, entheogen researcher (b. 5/22/1940)
, psychedelic researcher (b. 5/ 27/1939)
Sir Humphry Davy
, nitrous oxide researcher (d. 5/29/1829)
, psychedelic philanthropist (b. 5/29/1949)
, entheogen scholar (b. 5/31, 1919)
, psychedelic prophet (d. 5/31/1996)
Information about the newly FDA approved weight-loss drug which has
DOC (2,5-dimethoxy-chloroamphetamine) is a highly potent psychoactive
substance with effects lasting 12-24 hours. Although there are few
deaths directly associated with DOC, it is also uncommon as a street
drug and therefore it's not known how common serious health risks
could be among those who try it.
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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