Erowid Monthly
It's feeling like drug policy is regressing in the US, with the Attorney General reinstituting enforcement of federal mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.

In weirder news, San Francisco Giants baseball players have thrown themselves into being lab rats for unapproved commercial mind-tech, by using transcranial electrical stimulation in an effort to improve their athletic performance (no "drugs" required)!
In History...
A shining star of the 1960s psychedelic chemistry scene left this life last month. Nick Sand, one of the makers of the infamous "Orange Sunshine" LSD tablets and a subject of the recently released documentary The Sunshine Makers, passed away on Apr 24. We first met Nick in 2001 and he was both a friend and part of Erowid's community of experts. Gate gate, para gate, parasam gate, bodhi svaha.
Breaking Convention 2017
(Jun 30 - Jul 2) in London, England

Breaking Convention is a multidisciplinary conference on psychedelic consciousness, featuring presenters from around the world.

Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics
(Oct 6 - 8) in New York, New York

An annual forum in New York City that examines the role of psychedelic drugs in science, healing, culture and spirituality.
Latest Additions
Erowid's EcstasyData project remains the only anonymous mail-in lab analysis project in the US. The proliferation of novel chemicals and online pharmacies makes reliable drug checking more important than ever. A historical view on this essential part of Erowid's work.
One Erowid Center board member teaches and writes about dream work as a means of exploring the mind. In this article Fer describes stages and types of dreaming, as well as techniques to enhance "dream tripping", including the use of "oneirogenic" plants.
The final Microgram of 1968 describes both capsules and tablets being sold on the street as THC, but which instead contained PCP. At the time, PCP had not yet been controlled. Also includes a humorous note describing a teachable moment in which a chemist hallucinated after working with LSD powder in the lab.
Written by his former lab partner and co-creator of Orange Sunshine LSD, this detail-rich look at Sand's storied life covers his early passion for psychedelic chemistry, his time in the lab and on the lam, and his return to the United States.
Ecstasy Data
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.
Crew Notes
We'd like to welcome Emily, who has recently joined the Erowid team. She dazzled us with the torn-corner-of-a-piece-of-paper calling card she handed Fire at an event in January, proclaiming her skills at "Neuropharm, accounting, & herding cats". We'll put all of those to good use!
Erowid is often mentioned in articles and books. Mentions may include positive or critical reviews, as well as citations of Erowid content.
  • "The Emergence of New Psychoactive Substance (NPS) Benzodiazepines: A Review"
    Drug Testing and Analysis (May 2017)
    " is an independent testing laboratory (sic), created primarily to reduce the potential harm of illicit ecstasy by providing data on the composition of ecstasy tablets. [...] drugs that have been found in alprazolam tablets include other clinically-used benzodiazepines, synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic opiates, Z-drugs, piperazines, barbiturates and clinically-used anaesthetics and antihistamines."
  • Detection of Drug Misuse: Biomarkers, Analytical Advances and Interpretation
    Royal Society of Chemistry (Apr 2017)
    "There have been attempts over many years to collect visual data of 'ecstasy' tablets [...] websites such as reported this information."
More New Content
  1. Timothy Leary Letter on Behalf of Nick Sand
    "The bearer of this document, Mr. Nicholas Sand, is a member of the league for Spiritual Discovery [...] You are hereby advised not to question Mr. Sand outside the presence of the league attorney..."
  2. Tim Scully Describes Failed ALD-52 Legal Gambit
    An elaboration on the answer to "was Orange Sunshine acid really ALD-52?", this correspondence from Timothy Scully gives additional details on what transpired during the 1973-1974 court proceedings.
  3. Nick Sand Obituary by Casey Hardison
    The undaunted spirit and psychedelic warrior of love and light, Nick Sand, the outlaw chemist, died in his sleep on Monday April 24th at the age of 75.
  4. Fundamentals of Responsible Psychoactive Use - Polish
    The eighth in the series of translations of Erowid's guide to relating responsibly to psychoactive plants and drugs. #8: "Zastanów się, jakie przewidywalne zagrożenia mogą pojawić się dla Ciebie i dla innych, i postaraj się je zminimalizować."
From the Vaults
An early article in the Erowid 'Meme Cultivation' series. "Everyone makes choices about how to regulate their moods and feelings; some choices lead to happier people and healthier humans and others lead to more depressed people and more disease, but there are no firm lines around what works and what doesn't."
Experience Reports
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  • Less Is More (Various Herbs & Pharms), by cantsleepwontsleep
    "I have found that it is difficult to determine potency, but taking one or two of these an hour before bed will usually result in a feeling of relaxation, calm and promotes easy and restful sleep. Often this sleep will contain dreams that are more vivid than..."
  • The Elsa Flip (H.B. Woodrose & MDMA), by trippMcNippers
    "I swam in and out of reality, dissolving entirely and jumping back to the couch. Typical nitrous epiphanies, the limited memories I was able to retain from these journeys were foggy, but felt as though I could have solved every problem I have ever had..."
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