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)!
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.
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.
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.
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
Erowid is often mentioned in articles and books. Mentions may include
positive or critical reviews, as well as citations of Erowid content.
Drug Testing and Analysis (May 2017)
"EcstasyData.org 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
Royal Society of Chemistry (Apr 2017)
"There have been attempts over many years to collect visual data of
'ecstasy' tablets [...] websites such as www.ecstasydata.org reported
"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..."
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.
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.
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."
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."
"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..."
"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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