Consciousness, awareness, mind, and spirit are recursively impacted
by the choices people make about psychoactives. This insight actively
informs our work at Erowid. In June, Fire and Earth participated in a
technical workshop series titled "Technology and Consciousness", and
we've spent the last few months reflecting on related issues, both
personally and professionally.
Following some recent personal losses, and as we begin Erowid's
annual support drive, we want to extend our most positive thoughts
to all conscious beings moving through the challenging, wonderful,
and awe-full experience of being alive.
Support-A-Thon and Matching Drive
Every September we seek a new high for the number of contributors
in a single month. In 2016 we had 1,224, so this year we're seeking
1,225 donors to contribute during the month.
Yesterday, September 7th, a supporter offered up to $6,000 to match
donations of $10 to $500. So your donation will be doubled!
To support the evolution of accurate, fact-based information about
psychoactive drugs, harm reduction, spiritual uses, policy reform,
and visionary research, donate and help us reach this year's goal.
Check out the support-a-thon progress and donate:
Alexander Shulgin recorded first taking MDMA (16 mg) on Sep 8, 1976.
After stepping up doses, he reported first clear effects from 81 mg,
taken Sep 27, 1976. Five years earlier, police had identified MDMA in
samples seized from a recreational drug user near Chicago.
International Drug Policy Reform Conference
(Oct 11-14, 2017) in Atlanta, GA
Brings together people from around the world who believe that the war
on drugs is doing more harm than good.
(Nov 3-4, 2017) in Berlin, Germany
An international gathering of consciousness explorers from all
backgrounds with talks, workshops and rituals about psychedelics,
conscious practices, and social issues.
Along with the continuing growth of entheotourism around the world,
attention on sapo is greater than ever. Thirty years ago, journalist
Peter Gorman described his first agonizing encounter with this
secretion from the Phyllomedusa bicolor frog.
Our team has finished the transcription and publication of the next
of Sasha's pharmacology notebooks. Book C includes reports by people
in his research network about experiences with 10 of the 2C-x series,
Ethyl-LAD, "345", TFMPP, and ketamine, along with other
phenethylamines and tryptamines. Covers Nov 1986 to Aug 1987.
Clonazolam, 1P-LSD, 3-FPM, and 2'-Oxo-PCE are representative of a
range of novel compounds sold in recent years. The recent
multi-agency sting on darknet markets puts a large yet temporary
dent in the economy that produces and distributes such chemicals.
Law enforcement's disastrous prohibition "policies" continue apace.
Two large Tor-only ("darknet") marketplaces for controlled substances
and unclassified drugs went the way of Silk Road and succumbed to law
enforcement sting operations in mid-2017.
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're looking for people to proofread the Romanian version of the
Fundamentals of Responsible Psychoactive Use, as well as a translator
who can draft a Czech version. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for
details, including a version specifically for translators. Thanks!
Erowid is often mentioned in articles and books. Mentions may include
positive or critical reviews, as well as citations of Erowid content.
New York Magazine (Jul 2017)
"Online, she found thrills and comfort: tips on her favorite games;
women talking about wanting other women; Rotten.com's pictures of
autopsies; Erowid's suggestions for how to safely do drugs; and chat
rooms filled with other depressed people who became her support..."
Reduce Opioid Addiction and Overdoses
AlterNet (Jun 2017)
"19. Provide Free Public, Community-Level Access to Drug Checking
Services: Technology exists to test heroin and opioid products for
adulterants via GC/MS analysis, but it has so far been unavailable at
a public level in the U.S. (aside from a mail-in service run by
Edward Elgar Publishing (May 2017)
"That these databases contain information of some scientific and
medical relevance is suggested by neuroscientists who are now doing
meta-data analysis of the anecdotal, subjective reports gathered on
one of the psychonauts' webportals, Erowid vaults."
Documenting a 2011 fatality related to the used of insufflated 2C-E.
If you find Erowid a useful resource and are interested in supporting
its future development, please consider donating or becoming a member.
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