The new Erowid Extracts
will be out soon. As we worked on this issue,
focused on twenty years of experience reports, we're reminded of the
importance of what has been a truly collaborative effort to bring
light to topics that have been darkened by a century of prohibition.
A new Erowid shirt, sporting a large Erowid logo on the left side, is
now available as a donation thank you, as are lots of new blotter art
designs (they make great gifts!). Also, DMT and MDMA glass molecules
are back in stock.
November 1996, California Proposition 215 was passed, marking the
beginning of the US medical marijuana movement and the drive towards
recreational legalization, with eight states and Washington DC fully legalizing possession as of December 2016.
In December 1996, Erowid first saw the word "mimosahuasca" used. That
year we received experience reports for the combination of Mimosa
hostilis/tenuiflora and MAOIs including Syrian Rue, B. caapi,
CIIS Event: "Erowid's Psychoactive Encyclopedia"
(Jan 26, 2017) in San Francisco CA
"Erowid's renown is growing, and it came about through the vision of
its founders, Earth and Fire, the Northern California couple who run
the site with a lean staff (and many volunteers). Join Matt Segall
for this rare opportunity to hear Earth and Fire talk about the
origins and history of Erowid, their personal stories and backgrounds,
where their work is headed, and what the hype is all about."
This "Lab Book Devoted to the Reports of Others" comprises accounts
shared with Sasha by members of his research group, friends, and
colleagues. Spanning 1985-1986, it predominantly covers
phenethylamines, anticipating the creation of PiHKAL.
Chemist Paul Daley describes sorting, cataloging, and moving the
contents of Sasha Shulgin's chemical "magic stockroom", where
volunteers identified the collection of compounds he had made,
and cleaned up the material remains of his chemistry.
Another in this historic series, includes 136 ug LSD tablets, TLC
for identifying psilocybin, colorimetric testing for DOM, and DPT
on parsley ("Reportedly, the research chemist manufacturer bragged
that he could keep adding a carbon and stay ahead of the law").
A big thank you to the eleven Erowid volunteers who recently
completed transcribing Shulgin Pharmacology Book A. The Shulgin Lab
Book Transcribing Project is one of our favorites, helping make
Sasha's core documentation searchable and readable. The transcription
of Book B is underway.
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.
The SAGE Handbook of Drug & Alcohol Studies (Dec 2016)
"The Erowid self-reports (as shown in Table 13.4) shed light into
the effects on users who do not come to medical attention, and their
experiences may help elucidate reasons why people use Spice."
Expanding Mind (Oct 2016)
"...the older generations you guys didn't really have the chance for
research, but this generation is really lucky because we have things
"I started to feel really connected to all other people, and
disconnected from my ego. I was used to this with shrooms and LSD,
but here the feeling of love and compassion was growing and growing
"I was asking my father what it would be like, if it would make me
dizzy, having never taken codeine before I had no idea, a friend once
told me it was like being drunk and that didn't sound very good; all
he would say was, 'Just take the pill, it won't hurt you.'..."
"I felt like CRAP the whole night. Every muscle in my body was
extremely sore and it hurt to move at all. My throat was sore and my
lungs hurt when I tried to take in full breaths. Today when I woke up
I still felt extremely sore..."
In 2016's climate of increased openness to and about psychedelics for
self-improvement, a glimpse back to 2003, when "that kind of climate
[was] nowhere in sight".
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