Several supporters have stepped forward to offer a matching grant of
$24,111 towards our Wisdom Cycle project. Donations of $125 or higher
made by August 31st will be doubled. Donate to help us make the most
of this challenge. It's going to be a tough goal to reach!
THE WISDOM CYCLE
In the real world, where people choose to use psychoactive drugs, we
must explore what choices lead to positive, beneficial experiences.
Erowid Center's "Wisdom Cycle" project is gathering the views of
elders who have used psychedelics, recording what they think about
their lifetime experiences. Our goals are to compile statistical
data, to collect first-hand stories that provide the world with more
in-depth and personalized understanding of the risks and rewards of
psychedelic use, and to distill the collected knowledge into
practical lessons for younger generations.
To read more or to contribute: Erowid.org/wisdom_cycle
France's Breathalyzer Law Just Hot Air?
In July 2012, France passed a law requiring all motorists to carry
in their vehicles at all times a kit containing two single-use,
breathalyzer tests, with at least one unused. Implementation of the
fine for non-compliance (around $14.50 USD) was initially postponed
due to a shortage of breathalyzers, and then in January 2013 it was
announced that implementation of fines was postponed indefinitely.
France's legal BAC limit for drivers is 0.05%.
(August 27-30, 2013) at Burning Man, Black Rock City, NV
Since 2003, Palenque Norte has hosted lectures by visionaries,
scientists, artists, and great thinkers from across the globe. In 2013,
presentations will be held at Camp Soft Landing.
(October 23-26, 2013) in Denver, CO
A gathering of more than 1,000 people who believe the war on drugs is
doing more harm than good. A great opportunity to learn about drug
policy and strategize.
Last summer chemist Dr. Dave Nichols retired from his professorship
in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology at Purdue and relocated to the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before his lab was
dismantled, Jon Hanna and Tania Manning interviewed him for Erowid.
Seventy-six years ago on July 18, Hunter S. Thompson came--kicking
and screaming--into the world. Erowid celebrates the birthday of
this incomparable American author and Gonzo journalist with a new
Author Ernst Junger, who coined the word "psychonaut", waxes poetic
in this chapter from his 1970 book Annaherungen. Drogen und
Rausch (Approaches: Drugs and Ecstatic Intoxication).
Translated from German into English by Stephen Slater.
As Burning Man enthusiasts ready themselves for another installment
of lectures at Palenque Norte--founded by psychedelic podcaster
--it seems appropriate to point Erowid readers
toward Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate
, a new film by Tom
Huckabee and George Wada that charts Lorenzo's spiritual journey from
flag-waving, devout Catholic businessman to radical flower child and
small "a" anarchist, following an accidental MDMA overdose in 1983.
With Burning Man on the summer horizon of 2013, Erowid reflects on
the incredible photo opportunities this event has provided us during
the years since we first attended in 1995. Until 2000, Burningman.com
ran on the same server as Erowid.org, and as of 2013 we still share
server rack space. It's been a few years since Erowid has had a
presence on the playa, but the Burning Man spirit (in the form of
alkali dust) is still very much with us.
We need your help finding interesting images and notes from Sasha
Shulgin's Pharmacology note books. Prizes for most interesting
finds and transcription errors!
Few deaths have ever been connected to the pharmacological action of
psilocybin-containing mushrooms. A case report attributing the death
of a heart transplant recipient to the taking of these mushrooms
brought out three known cases.
According to the EMCDDA, 24 deaths were reported as associated with
this new and relatively uncommon psychedelic stimulant in Europe and
the UK in 2012.
A case report was published identifying a behavioral death following
5-MeO-DALT ingestion, after a young man walked into traffic.
A curious set of case reports detailing LSD experiences from 1961
written from the perspective of the nurses attending during the
administration of LSD to the patients.
Home Secretary Theresa May announced that she plans to ban Catha
edulis in the United Kingdom, making it a Class C drug.
Quick note that the UNODC reports that 2011 had the highest seizures
world-wide of amphetamine type stimulants. We also note that
amphetamines were used widely in World War II by all sides in the
conflict. Some media reports stress Nazi use, but the US, UK, and Japan
also all used amphetamines.
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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