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.
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...
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
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!
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.
pages for this relatively new empathogenic
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