In late January, Seattle approved the first official "safe injection"
sites in the US. Although technically illegal under federal law, the
local county and city say these sites are necessary to reduce health
risks of the increased use of heroin and other opioids. Some US
organizations now also give out Naloxone and IM syringes, distributed
as "overdose reversal kits".
It's heartening to have civil administrations in the US recognize and
endorse the basic concept of harm reduction. Such locations could be
amazing community resources, offering life-saving training and tools
to users, as well as to family and friends. These moves towards harm
reduction could save many lives.
In February 1906, Jean Lanfray, a French laborer in Switzerland,
murdered his wife and child and was quickly convicted, then committed
suicide. His lawyers blamed the murders on his ingestion of 2 glasses
of absinthe (accompanied by 7 glasses of wine, 6 glasses of cognac,
2 brandy-laced coffees, and a crème de menthe). The event contributed
to a rising moral panic against the wormwood-infused liquor, leading
to absinthe being banned in Switzerland, then across most of Europe.
Women & Cannabis Salon
(March 4 & 5) in the Bay Area, California, USA
Women's Visionary Congress is hosting two days of workshops and
discussions to explore the human relationship with cannabis.
25th International Harm Reduction Conference
(Mar 14-17) in Montreal, Canada
Presentations, panels, workshops and other sessions on innovative
harm reduction services, ground-breaking research, successful
advocacy campaigns, and key policy discussions.
Shulgin Lab Book transcribing team lead, Shawn Corrado, discusses the
challenges of translating Sasha's handwriting and "dirty pictures" to
searchable text, as well as the history and impressive scope of the
project he took on.
A review of the 2016 Global Ibogaine Conference, which attracted
over 250 attendees. A prominent theme was the contrast between
treatment based on the medical model and others that use a
This Microgram includes a brief about Hawaiian Baby Woodrose and
Morning Glory seeds, the "Identification of STP" (DOM), a notice of
proposed legal control of synthesized THC, and a 12-page chart of
"Ultraviolet Absorption Data of Pharmaceuticals".
In response to a Sydney Morning Herald article criticizing "on-site
drug testing", we review issues raised, including how a primary goal
of drug checking is to create opportunities to engage more people
about adulteration, health effects, and how to minimize risks.
"#1 - Undersök hälsorisker och faror med den specifika psykoaktiva
substansen och även klassen av substanser som den tillhör." The sixth
in the series of translations of Erowid's guide to relating
responsibly to psychoactive plants and drugs.
Fire & Earth were interviewed in front of a lively audience at the
California Institute of Integral Studies last month; while microphone
issues prevented a proper podcast recording, the audience posed great
questions and some have followed up with research ideas.
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.
As director of Transform Press and Ann Shulgin's daughter, Wendy
Tucker had unique opportunities to work Sasha Shulgin, who she says
"feared that if he didn't get the information in print, for all to
see, it might be destroyed or forgotten."
The Shulgin's assistant, Tania, reminisces about traveling with Sasha
and Ann to conferences and events, their inspiring personalities,
and the special quality of love that they exuded.
Erowid is often mentioned in articles and books. Mentions may include
positive or critical reviews, as well as citations of Erowid content.
J Pharm Biomed Anal. (Feb 2017)
"dose calculated based on common single dose reported in trip reports
(https://www.erowid.org) and scaled by dose-by-factor approach from
man to rat according to Sharma and McNeill..."
Internazionale (Jan 2016)
"[... Erowid, who first realized the potential of the Internet to
disseminate scientifically accredited information on plants and
synthetic molecules too often painted by the media with the same
brush as hard drugs.]" (Translated from Italian.)
"Though this trip was not enjoyable at the time, in hindsight it
taught me a lot. The next day I went for a long walk in the spring
sun, thinking about what had occurred that night. I realized that
I had forgotten many beautiful things that I had in my life..."
"With Hexen there was definitely frequent urination, but it was
manageable and not that uncomfortable. My appetite was suppressed,
but I still managed to eat a grilled cheese and some fries, so it is
definitely possible to eat on this substance."
"...the bed sheets began to look like tiny fish swimming through a
stream. I would describe my state at this point as very 'floaty',
my body felt very light and I could feel energy waving between
myself and other objects."
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