It's been a while! We've been super busy here at Erowid, and there's
more to share than we can jam into this announcement. Keep reading
for project updates and some great content below.
But first, it's September! We're in the middle of Erowid's annual
Support-a-thon, when we seek a new high for the number of donors in
a single month. This year our goal is 1,422 donations of $10 or more.
*Donations of $20-$2,000 are DOUBLED*
. We still have an incredible
$79,000 in matching available. Please contribute and help us make
the most of these matching funds.
Oakland Psychedelic Conference
(Sep 16-17, 2023) in Oakland, CA
The Oakland Hyphae / Hyphae Labs event brings together cultivators,
scientists, artists, ceremony holders, activists, and more.
Women's Visionary Council
(Oct 6-8, 2023) in Berkeley, CA
Since 2007, this event has amplified the voices of women and elders
who work with psychedelics.
The Teafaerie returns with an amazing piece of spoken word poetry
that calls out the responsibilities and weirdnesses of facilitating
psychedelic experiences. Some brilliant Teafaerie styling. Best when
listened to, but you can read along with the transcription as well.
The Erowid Crew has put thousands of hours into sorting, scanning
and reviewing items in the physical Shulgin Collection. This is an
update and description of the complexities of the process, with
three examples of gems uncovered by our team.
PharmChem was an important anonymous drug analysis program in the
1970s. They published a newsletter that included both interesting
historical notes about street drugs and row-by-row results of
their analysis. We've just published the six issues from 1972.
Seventy percent of ketamine samples analyzed via Erowid's DrugsData
project since March 2019 have contained "Ketamine Precursor A",
(CAS #6740-87-0). Synonyms include "Ketamine Related Compound A" and
"Ketamine Impurity A". We believe the presence of this precursor
means that a sample is unlikely to be North American or European
pharmaceutical grade ketamine.
DrugsData is an Erowid project conducting lab testing of psychoactive
drugs including ecstasy/molly, blotter, research chems, and opioids.
We publish results online as well as re-publishing analyses from
other testing programs.
Since 2020, we've been doing a lot more street opioid and cocaine
analysis. Check out how horrible some of the opioid results are.
Note that almost all things sold as LSD tested by our lab are LSD.
And also there's a bunch of super potent drugs sold as heroin/fentanyl
that contain "itazenes", such as the "N-desethyl Etonitazene".
Contains Acetaminophen, Metamizole OR 4-Methylaminoantipyrine,
Fentanyl, MSM, 4-ANPP & Phenethyl 4-ANPP; Sold as Fentanyl + Xylazine.
Contains LSD; Sold as LSD. Art unidentified.
Contains Heroin, Noscapine, 6-Acetylcodeine & 6-Acetylmorphine;
Sold as "Real Dope".
Contains MDA 2-amido analog & MDA; Sold as "Ecstasy".
Contains TMA-2; Sold as Mescaline.
Contains N-desethyl Etonitazene; Sold as Deschloroetizolam.
Contains Methamphetamine & Diphenhydramine; Sold as Adderall.
It was great to meet some of you in Denver at the Psychedelic Science
conference in June! Fire & earth gave a State of the Stone talk, and
reflected on the changes since the 2017 MAPS conference in Oakland.
So Much Change.
Meanwhile, a shout out to our volunteer teams especially our
experience report crew (extra thanks to Halfmoon) and the those who
help with DrugsData (extra thanks to roi, Y, EE, and KK.)
Erowid is often mentioned in articles and books. Mentions may include
positive or critical reviews, as well as citations of Erowid content.
"If managing expectations in a more realistic way is key to policy
and cultural success, so are institutions like Erowid, a well-respected
online clearinghouse for all sorts of information about psychedelics."
The Manual (July 22, 2023)
"Many of the old heads within the movement expressed their worry about
how the psychedelic culture will change as commercialization ramps up.
As one of the founders of the renowned drug information website Erowid
told me, it’s clear that what had once been an activist movement is
increasingly becoming a commercial movement."
Microgram monthly newsletter from July 1972. Still labeled as
published by the BNDD (Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs).
Includes some drug sample analysis including an unusual "brown
material" containing a combination of cannabis and methaqualone.
Also a simplified method of separating cocaine from adulterants
and contemporary Federal Registry entries.
After years of working in virtual anonymity, in 2015 Erowid and Team
Shulgin were pleased to finally be able to present the story of a low
profile member of the unapproved research community.
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