Erowid Monthly
We're excited to announce that we're lowering the co-pay for lab testing of non-tablet samples through our EcstasyData project. Though lab costs continue to rise, IsomerDesign is generously sponsoring several months of reduced co-pays for testing of powders. The co-pay is being reduced to $100 from the previous $140.

There has been an explosion of new psychoactive drugs over the last few years, with 60-80 never before seen street drugs identified in 2013. Few of these new substances are being distributed as pressed tablets, instead showing up in crystal or powder form. Samples of these new drugs need to be analyzed, to reduce direct harms from misidentified materials and to document what is being sold.
In History...45 Years Ago This Week
On October 25, 1968, possession of LSD became federally illegal for the first time in the United States when the Staggers-Dodd Bill amended the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to include LSD. It also increased the penalties for manufacturing or selling LSD.
Spirit Plant Medicine
(Oct 26-27) in Vancouver, Canada

The third Spirit Plant Medicine Conference hopes to offer accurate, respectful, and most of all beneficial information and inspiration on the use of and larger context around such plants.

Khanyisa: Psychoactive Plant Conference
(Oct 26-27) in Johannesburg, SA

The vision of this conference is to encourage the research into and bring forth the knowledge of psychoactive plant use in the entire continent of Africa, as well as sharing cutting edge and innovative use of these plants in the global scene...
Latest Additions
Desomorphine is an opioid that has gained attention because of low-quality black market synthesis in Russia, where it began being sold as "krokodil" in 2010. In recent weeks, a few US sources have reported patients seeking treatment for health issues resulting from illicitly manufactured desomorphine.
Earth and Fire spoke at the Horizons conference in New York in early October. Check out the video of their presentation about novel developments in the global underground recreational drug market.
A translation of the introduction to a Portuguese-language collection of academic writings on ritual use of plants that alter perception. This intro includes summaries of each chapter and a discussion of terms, anthropology, history, and current cultural issues. By Bia Labate and colleagues from the Nucleus for Interdisciplinary Studies.
A master's thesis by Adrian Andreacchio examining the use of psychoactive plants as medicines and entheogens prior to the European invasion and colonization. A nice 50-page overview of the subject matter.
Crew Notes
For the past five years, Erowid has been blessed to experience and propogate musings from the Teafaerie, whose Teatime column serves up psychedelic cups of joy, wit, and insight, in perfectly poured doses. Her dexterity is even more impressive, when one considers that some of her articles were written on a cell phone! To facilitate the flow of Teafaerie's wonderful perspective, Erowid is holding a fundraiser to help cover the costs of an 11" MacBook Air laptop. It's for the Faerie, and you're invited to give.

Donations of any amount are appreciated and will unquestionably bring you good karma. Our target for this fundraiser is $1,250, and we've already raised $200. To donate to this worthy cause, simply note with your contribution that it's for the Teafaerie!
From the Vaults
During our trip to Oaxaca for the 2004 Mind States conference, we spent time learning about the importance of agave to Mexico. Known as "maguey" in the local language it has been used for everything from weapons, to clothing, to buildings, to food, and for producing alcohol. While in the Oaxaca area, we learned to enjoy mezcal--the extremely smokey, less refined sibling of tequila.
More New Content
  1. 6-APB Dose & Effects
    Dosage and Effects pages for this relatively new empathogenic stimulant.
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