Erowid Monthly
October 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of our public launch on the web. A generation has now grown up with Erowid and related resources!

In 1995, the World Wide Web was fresh in popular awareness, no one had the web in their pocket, and prohibitionist data sources dominated public drug information.

For two decades, Erowid has provided reliable resources with consistent URLs and 99.9% uptime, forming a stable cornerstone that the world can rely on. Join us in upcoming months as we trace Erowid's roots and celebrate the evolution of public information about psychoactive plants, chemicals, and technologies.

A huge thanks to everyone who contributed during our support drive in September, helping us meet both of the drive's goals. We hope you'll enjoy Erowid's continued growth as we build on our successes.
In History...20 Years Ago This Month
In October 1995, the Erowid website got one or two visitors a day, mostly savvy young drug geeks from various online communities. We don't have perfect records of how many pages the site had at the time, but our guess is maybe 25-50.
Reform Conference
(Nov 18-21, 2015) in Washington DC, USA

The International Drug Policy Reform Conference brings together people from around the world who believe that the war on drugs is doing more harm than good.
Latest Additions
A new vault for a dissociative anesthetic that has effects overlapping with ketamine, MXE, and PCP. Its recreational use was first publicly reported in mid-2013 and it became commercially available late that year. Several deaths have been associated with its use.
Erowid has been helping Team Shulgin with their archiving. This short update on the Shulgin Archiving Project features a scan of Sasha's 1943 letter to his parents telling them he was changing his college major to organic chemistry.
The tipping point for legal recreational cannabis in the United States has come and gone, with Colorado pioneering the way. The first fully legal open-use U.S. Cannabis Cup took place there in 2014. An Erowid crew member visited the event and reported back.
Crew Notes
Sylvia is back with the Erowid crew! Ok, she never quite went away. But we've missed her daily input and assistance steering the Erowid ship (with her deep understanding of the oh-so-many complexities involved) while she's been off gaining skills in a more conventional job for the past few years. We expect you'll notice the difference in what we can get done with her on board again.
From the Vaults
People sometimes lose track of the fact that cannabis edibles are drug delivery devices. This article from Erowid Extracts #21 explores the risks and benefits and describes the L.E.S.S. method: Start Low. Establish Potency. Go Slow. Supplement as Needed.
More New Content
  1. We'll Miss You, Sasha!
    Short and sweet reminiscing on a friend, mentor, and inspiration, Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Shulgin.
  2. Vintage Opium or Incense?
    Today some headshops sell "potpourri"; in the 1970s there was "incense". RevMeO experiments with a historical curiosity and comes up with more questions than answers.
  3. Erowid September Drive
    Thanks to everyone who contributed to Erowid during our annual public support drive in September. We met both our goals, reaching a new high for the number of supporters in a single month, as well as receiving enough qualifying donations to benefit from the full amount in matching funds that had been offered.
Ecstasy Data
EcstasyData is a project of Erowid Center that conducts laboratory testing of street ecstasy tablets, research chemicals, and other drugs, and publishes the results online.
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