Consumer guide to drugs: Tripology


24 Responses to “Consumer guide to drugs: Tripology”

  1. Egypt Urnash says:

    Does Erowid count? It’s a great mix of user stories, sober descriptions of effects, and risks.

    • Em says:

      Yeah, I was going to say… Erowid is the /free/ answer to these questions. I’ve found my experiences have been consistently similar to those described in the vaults, and they’ve lead me to some really interesting articles.

      • Ambiguity says:

         Erowid is great and all, and I think it’s a wonderful resource, but I wouldn’t consider it all that reliable. It’s accuracy and reliability is all over the map, and in the specific sub-domains which, er, I’m intimately familiar with, I’m actually a bit disappointed in said accuracy. (I’m the sys-admin for a popular site on certain related topics, and I’m always surprised at the bad information that people who find our site via Erowid have.)

    • Grey Brower says:

       yes Pihkal as well as Tihkal sre freely available online on erowid and give a pretty damn comprehensive analysis as well as dosage range but probably is a bit too umm “heady” for most people as the usually cant designate the diffrence betqween those and say psychedelic quinolines…. that said it is very informative

    • teapot says:

      Shhh you’re ruining the ad!

  2. rocketpj says:

    Again I realize that my level of experimentation in life has become quite boring.  This spring we planted the peas on a different part of the garden – I am very excited to see the outcome.  Later I might try a different route to work on my bike.  Don’t stop me, you can’t, I am just that crazy.

    This book would have been like a message from the gods 20 years ago however.  I now feel that I dodged a few very large bullets back in the day, and don’t have a heck of a lot of interest in chemical experimentation.  But for those who do, best to go in with full and accurate knowledge.

  3. Ken Cope says:

    Another title in this vein is from 1998, “Trips: How Hallucinogens Work in Your Brain,” by Cheryl Pellerin.

  4. dagny_t says:

    Have you investigated the Bluelight website? In addition to a wiki, there is also a forum for posting about all sorts of drugs. They have sections for oploids,  steroids, ecstasy, amphetamines….

    The url for the site is Hope this helps!

    • The Squidboy says:

      Entertaining site. John McAfee claims he invented a false psychoactive substance and wrote threads about it on Bluelight.

      Your dosage may vary…

  5. Bryan Klingner says:

    Check out Buzzed, it covers a lot more than psychedelics but has a great “just the facts” writing style:

  6. noah django says:

    in the 80s and 90s, From Chocolate To Morphine was the standard for us, but I’m sure it’s out of date now…
    Hey, it’s still in print and in an updated edition from 2004:

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Funnily enough, I have had both chocolate and morphine, and chocolate gets you just as high with fewer side effects.

      • NotBornEveryMinute says:

         Chocolate is a bitch to push through a needle, though.

        • Antinous / Moderator says:

          If Dawn Davenport can mainline eyeliner, I can get Black Tar Godiva through there.

          • Gilbert Wham says:

             Considering how much heroin is cut with makeup, that would be pretty easy…

          • The Squidboy says:

             “Davenport. Dawn Davenport! I’m a thief and a shitkicker, and, uh, I’d like to be famous.”

            – Female Trouble, 1974

            Black Tar Godiva…the artisanal high.

  7. What about the classic “Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers”

  8. ocker3 says:

    David Nutt: Drugs without the hot air. I first read about it here on BoingBoing, and it isn’t just about drugs themselves but also about the politicised drug ranking systems in the UK, but it has a lot of good info. 

  9. Gilbert Wham says:

    Lifeline are a good bunch. They produce a lot of harm reduction books/comics and so forth in a style that gets through to people who wouldn’t be interested in Erowid/Bluelight/Shulgin et al. They do sterling work and have done so for many years. They’re good folks.

  10. mokleTkcuF says:

    Timothy Leary’s – The Psychedelic Experience.

  11. FeeSimple says:

    A lot of great online resources mentioned herein.  Erowid and Bluelight stand out to me as the best places to start any personal research, Erowid for the wealth of static page data, and Bluelight for the vast number of experienced (and surprisingly level-headed) members and moderators, willing to give individualized advice.  Then there is always PIHKAL and TIHKAL for the serious drug geeks who need to know their molecules atom for atom.  :)

  12. I believe the publication you’re referring to was called Microgram Bulletin.  The DEA appears to have published this through 2012.  Earlier issues are more about specific seizures and such.  The archive is here:

  13. Alex3917 says:

    IMHO The Consumer Union’s Guide to Licit and Illicit Substances is the best book on drugs that there is. It’s about 40 years old, but there hasn’t been that much new research (except on marijuana) so it’s still pretty up to date:

    For marijuana I’d recommend the book Marijuana Is Safer:

    Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts is also supposed to be very good but it too is almost ten years old at this point.

    For LSD, the best book right now is probably Jim Fadiman’s book The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide:

    I link to a bunch more good resources from my personal page here:

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