2016 is shaping up to be a big year for talking about psychoactive
drugs. Europe's EMCDDA came out with its "The internet and drug
markets" report; people are grumbling about the UK Psychoactive
Substances Bill; MDMA and ayahuasca are getting both positive and
negative media attention, and "novel psychoactive substances" (NPS)
continue to be a big topic of health and law debates.
Is it true that any press is good press? Are the discussions getting
more nuanced, covering more points of view, and leading more people
to recognize that psychoactive drugs are tools that can (and should)
be used with care, and with knowledge of their risks and benefits?
It was cold and foggy in Skylonda in February 1996 as some of the
first Erowid pages were published, including the DMT, GHB, Kava, LSD,
MDMA, Mescaline, Mushrooms, Freedom & Law, and Meditation Vaults.
The 2nd Worlds of Consciousness Conference had just convened
psychedelic and consciousness researchers and 840 participants in
Heidelberg, Germany. Speakers included Betty Eisner, Roland Fischer,
Albert Hofmann, Hanscarl Leuner, Ralph Metzner, and Sasha Shulgin.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference
(April 15-17, 2016) in Washington, DC, USA
Keynote speakers and panels addressing the timely topics in policy,
harm reduction, leadership, organizing, and advocacy.
In 2015, Teafaerie took a deep dive into consciousness exploration
in South America. Upon returning she spent several months doing
seasonal cannabis farm work. Here's her perspective on one of the
most above-ground underground jobs on the North American west coast.
In other news of cannabis-related livelihoods, Casey Hardison ponders
a new, legal twist on chemistry work, building on his years in the
psychedelic trenches. Will he join the company of seasoned trippers
or join forces with newer investors?
EcstasyData is an Erowid project that conducts laboratory testing of
ecstasy tablets, research chemicals, and other drugs. We publish
our results online along with analyses from other testing programs.
Erowid is often mentioned in articles and books. Mentions may include
positive or critical reviews, as well as citations of Erowid content.
Twitter (Dec 2015 to the present)
Twitter bot mash-up of Marmaduke comics and Erowid experience reports,
"combined entirely at random, posts every three hours or so" per
Brain Research Bulletin (Jan 2016)
"We performed a qualitative analysis of reports from the scene
associated website Erowid, showing that users described feelings of
euphoria, physical wellbeing, stimulation and empathogenesis after
Tentative dose data for Ethylphenidate, includes commentary on dose
differences for varying goals of stimulation (functional; euphoria).
Clarifications throughout, redundancies removed, new images, and new
sections on meditation and abuse & dependence.
"Lights in this massive space were blinking in small green flashes,
and I felt a feminine overmind was present with whatever other
lesser entities dwelt there. Synesthesia effects began shortly
"I trip for personal development rather than to visit 'other
worlds', and I feel people are easily caught up in trying to explain
this kind of dissociation and these other realities rather than
seeing them as a learning experience to develop the self."
"I find myself able to operate my fingers at the very least, but it
is extremely difficult. If I am not looking at them I completely
lose track of where they are, and I find my sense of which hand is
left/right crossed many many many times."
A summary of the research into the effects of cannabis on driving
skills. Helps describe how scientists go about answering this
difficult question and offers ideas for drivers to consider.
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