As September ends, we have a bunch of fun projects moving ahead.
First, a reminder that we're nearing the end of our annual support
drive. Then, read more about other projects below!
Final Day of Erowid's Support-A-Thon, with Matching!
September is Erowid's annual support drive when we seek a new high
for the number of donors in a single month. This year our goal is
1,229 donations ($5+). The first $50 of every donation is MATCHED!
We still have $1,123 in matching funds available. Please donate!
R. Gordon Wasson publishes Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality
in 1968, advancing the theory that Amanita muscaria mushrooms were
the key ingredient in the ritual Soma sacrament described in
east-Indian Vedic texts from 1000 BCE.
Horizons - Perspectives on Psychedelics
October 5-7, New York City
Horizons returns again! The annual NYC gathering examines the role
of psychedelics in science, healing, culture, and spirituality.
Individual day registrations now available.
Shulgin Book Release: Psychedelic Stories, Art, and Cookbooks
October 8 @7pm, Moe's Books, Berkeley, California
Ann Shulgin, Jon Hanna, & David Presti share at a book signing event
for newly released commemorative editions of PiHKAL
Earth & Fire plan to attend.
Over 4,500 experience reports have been published in 2018, more than
any previous year. This goes along with the latest issue of Erowid
Extracts, which is dedicated to information, articles, and stats
about the history and value of the Experience Vaults.
This Microgram describes an unusual seized powder with a roughly
1:1 effective oral dosage of PCP & LSD. Also, a 2nd amusing error of
ibogaine's molecular structure first pointed out by Dr. Shulgin, and
procedures for ID'ing LSA-containing seeds (HBW & Morning Glory).
An editorial from 1967 offers a frightened perspective on the
difficulty of controlling LSD and other lab-synthesized drugs,
followed by an out-of-touch and tellingly arrogant misjudgement
about "flower children" who couldn't (!) synthesize such chemicals.
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.
The project of transcribing Sasha Shulgin's Lab and Notebooks was
started ten years ago by volunteers at Erowid. The crew has nearly
finished transcribing the 14th book in the Pharmacology series. The
Pharmacology notebooks mainly include first-person accounts of
psychedelic experiences by Shulgin's research group.
In a few weeks, we'll be working at the Shulgin Farm with Connie
Littlefield, to help index and digitize materials for use in a
documentary about Sasha and Ann Shulgin.
Erowid is often mentioned in articles and books. Mentions may include
positive or critical reviews, as well as citations of Erowid content.
Another absurd item dug up during the Shulgin Archiving project. This
1969 news article tells the obviously untrue drug scare story of
"youngsters" injecting peanut butter and mayonnaise into their veins.
Ah, Drug War, how little we think of you and the lies you rode in on.
This final Microgram issue from the 1960s reports on inhalant
abuse, etorphine stolen from a university safe, counterfeit Dexamyl
(a combo spansule composed of a barbiturate and an amphetamine), and
sources for reference standards.
Along with reporting changes in drug laws and news of the latest drug
provided valuable commentary about how laws and court
decisions related to entheogens impact Constitutional rights and
police surveillance. This is just one of the 22 issues published
between 1993 and 1999 (Erowid hosts scans of all issues
). They make
for some fun and occasionally disturbing reading.
"The reports were written using extensive written notes from
before, during and after the experience as well as audio recordings
taken during the experiences."
"I handed the pipe back to him, and laid back on the sleeping bag
while still holding the smoke in my lungs, and closed my eyes. Before
I even exhaled, things were beginning to change rapidly."
"It was difficult to think clearly; my mind was enshrouded in
impassable fog. It took me some time to realize what I was there
for, and, in fact, where I was."
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