As 2017 unfurls, we're prepping for some big changes in the world,
and at Erowid. There are many reasons to be hopeful in our field,
and always more information that requires review and improvement. For
example, there's fantastic progress in expanding on-site and lab drug
checking in many countries, but we're also seeing a corresponding
uptick in misunderstandings surrounding drug analysis.
At Erowid, the primary server needs replacing. It's been seven years
since we installed the server that currently hosts most of Erowid
and EcstasyData. The new machine will make it possible to provide
additional services, faster response times, and better handling of
the constant blizzard of robot attacks. We're looking to raise $7,000
USD in the next month for this upgrade. (http://erowid.org/donate)
UI/UX updates are underway, and we're starting the process of finding
part-time paid help in the Portland and Grass Valley areas.
Stay safe, take less, be hopeful, enjoy the good, and work to
re-engineer the not-so-good!
January 1907: The US Pure Food and Drug Act went into effect. The new
law began regulating the labeling of products containing alcohol,
opiates, cocaine, and cannabis, among other ingredients.
Fire and Earth are speaking at CIIS
(Jan 26, 2017) in San Francisco CA
Earth and Fire will be in conversation with Matt Tarnas Segall about
Erowid's Psychoactive Encyclopedia. They will talk about the origins
and history of Erowid, their personal stories and backgrounds, and
where their work is headed. (Tickets still available)
Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference
(Mar 24-27, 2017) in Portland, OR, USA
This annual conference addresses timely topics in drug policy,
harm reduction, leadership, organizing, and advocacy.
In 1981, Sasha and his compatriot Peyton Jacob bid on a surplus
nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer at the old Ford Ord
Army base. They soon found themselves in possession of a 1969 model
60-MHz Hitachi NMR, later dubbed "Shulgin's Folly".
Archiving efforts at the Shulgin Farm have unearthed more about
Alexander Shulgin's family history, genealogy, and naming traditions.
Material evidence of Sasha's interests, like the Rubik's Cube, is
mixed in with photos of relatives and other mementos.
Includes dosage, effects, images, and law pages for this relatively
new psychedelic dissociative. 3-MeO-PCP, like PCP, causes euphoria
and dissociation at low doses, and delirious ambulatory psychosis
at high doses. Careful!
"#1 - Investigue los riesgos de salud y los peligros del psicoactivo
en cuestión, y de la clase o familia de sustancias a la que
pertenece." The fifth in the series of translations of Erowid's guide
to relating responsibly to psychoactive plants and drugs.
The new feature documentary, The Sunshine Makers
, about '60s
LSD producers Tim Scully and Nick Sand, is coming out in cinemas and
video-on-demand in the US on Jan 20th.
Directed by Cosmo Feilding, friend of Erowid, it's got some great
footage and brand new interviews with key players. Watch the trailer:
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.
Erowid is often mentioned in articles and books. Mentions may include
positive or critical reviews, as well as citations of Erowid content.
CNN Indonesia (Dec 2016)
["For kratom, there are at least 290 testimonies of detailed reports
of user experiences recorded and posted on Erowid since 2001... "]
VolteFace (Dec 2016)
"Without official recognition, Erowid especially has maintained
themselves at the level of an institution, providing a framework for
what is largely thought of essentially as a body of folk knowledge."
The 1960s issues of Microgram bring our attention to the rate
of information exchange among colleagues prior to email. This issue
announced the new 38-year-old head of the BoNDD, papers of interest,
and "Hog" (PCP) and "LBJ" (JB-366, an anticholinergic) samples.
For technical reasons related to the differences in masses of
different molecular forms of MDMA, the DIMS service reports pure
MDMA crystal (MDMA HCl) as being 84% pure. To reach 100% purity by
their definition would require one have MDMA freebase oil.
A summary of known information about N-ethylhexedrone, put out by
BEWSD (the Belgian Early Warning System on Drugs).
"T-4:30+ The effects of the plants are fading. The peak is
decidedly over. The next 3 hours are a gentle return to near
baseline. When I go to bed I am exhausted. My dreams are complex
and deeply detailed"
"A stray ray of light crept between my eyelids, and when I slowly
opened my eyes all the jeweled lights were spread over as lines over
my visual field. The stray light was the strongest one of them, and
in my mind it was as if I the heart of god was gazing at me."
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