Never before published photos from Psychedelic Conference II in Santa Barbara, 1983

Albert Hofmann in the Cafe.

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13 hospitalized in San Diego after overdose of synthetic drug Spice


Thirteen people were hospitalized on Sunday after they were found vomiting, convulsing, and behaving oddly in downtown San Diego, California. According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, they had all overdosed on Spice, a dried plant mixture laced with synthetic cannabinoids that are structurally similar to the THC, the natural cannabinoid in marijuana.

Unlike THC, which is has very low toxicity, synthetic cannabinoids can affect different brain receptors and can cause blood pressure spikes, vomiting, seizures, and other serious conditions.

Synthetic cannabinoids have been illegal since 2013, but some people favor them over weed because they can use them and pass a urine test and keep their job or not violate probation. [via] Read the rest

Microdoses of LSD and mushrooms as an alternative to Adderall (or coffee!)


Self-experimenters, inspired by a 2011 presentation by The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide author James Fadiman, are taking tiny "sub-perceptual" doses of LSD and psilocybin to encourage workplace creativity and give them pep and a positive outcome in life overall. Read the rest

Man jailed for a month when cops said his artisanal soap was cocaine is now suing the crap out of them

Soap. Not cocaine.

A New York man who spent a month in jail after Pennsylvania state police mistook homemade soap he was traveling with for cocaine has filed a lawsuit.

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The unusual couple behind an online field guide to psychoactive substances


In the New Yorker's annual tech issue, Emily Witt profiles the founders of Erowid, "a couple in their mid-forties -- a man and a woman who call themselves Earth and Fire, respectively."

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This trippy 1971 government-endorsed Alice in Wonderland anti-drug film makes drugs look fun


"Oh! Oh wow! Everythings's different. Even me!"

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Snoop Dogg now slangin dope

Rapper and proud pothead Snoop Dogg is launching a line of cannabis products, called Leafs By Snoop.

"It's a true blessing that I can share the products I love so much with y'all today," Mr. Dogg said. "From the flower, to the concentrates, and edibles - it's all hand-picked by yours truly so you know it's the hottest product out there. It's the real deal and you gotta get out to Colorado to try it first!"

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Mexican cops find loads of cocaine in bags of “cancer patient” boarding emergency air ambulance

The seized cocaine. Photo: @PoliciaFedMx

Police in Mexico say they found 84 pounds (38 one-kilogram packets) of cocaine inside the luggage of a guy who claimed to be a cancer patient, as he boarded a Learjet “air ambulance’ from Tijuana to New York City.

The “cancer patient” arrived at the Tijuana airport in an ambulance, and was accompanied by two female paramedics.

Drug-sniffing dogs found 38 packages of cocaine inside the man's three suitcases.

The supposed cancer patient, the supposed paramedics, and four others aboard the jet were all detained pending investigation.

More: Associated Press, Frontera, Diario, Informador, Proceso. Read the rest

Irish government to decriminalise personal quantities of many drugs


Aodhán Ó Ríordáin the Irish Minister of State for New Communities, Culture and Equality, announced that his government is opening safe injection sites, will introduce a new Misuse of Drugs Bill bill in early 2016 that will decrminalise possession of "small amounts" of drugs including heroin, cocaine, and marijuana, and "as far as possible drug addiction should be removed from the criminal justice system." Read the rest

@trippingbot: Character Level Recurrent Neural Network twitterbot tweets on "hallucinogens"


Shardcore's latest twitterbot (previously) is @trippingbot, which trains a Character Level Recurrent Neural Network with drug reports from Erowid, where people post running logs of their drug experiences. Read the rest

In Mexico, police find 4 severed heads in coolers with “Happy Day of the Dead” note


In the Mexican state of Zacatecas, authorities announced today they have found the severed heads of four men. The heads were left in Styrofoam coolers, along with gang messages that appear to have been written by members of one drug cartel, directed at a rival cartel.

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What was this Saudi prince doing with 2 tons of drugs on his private jet?


In Saudi Arabia, drug smugglers are routinely executed. But it's hard to imagine that the Saudi prince, who is being held in Lebanon after officials found two tons of amphetamine stuffed in his private jet bound for Saudi Arabia, will receive any punishment beyond a stern talking to.

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Meet the psychedelic honey-hunters of Nepal


"One month a year, giant Himalayan bees, the biggest bees in the world, come to collect nectar from a poisonous flower, giving the honey they make certain medicinal, aphrodisiac, and hallucinogenic properties."

In this short documentary, filmmaker Raphael Treza meets with a Nepalese tribe to learn about this honey, and how they use it. During the making of the film, the translator eats too much of the honey and falls unconscious.

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Ukrainian botmaster who tried to frame Brian Krebs extradited to US


When security-researcher/hornet-nest-kicker Brian Krebs outed Sergey "Flycracker" Vovnenko as administrator of a darknet crime site and botmaster of a 13,000-PC-strong botnet used to attack sites and launder stolen data, Vovnenko allegedly masterminded a plot to frame Krebs by mailing him heroin. Read the rest

Stoned man who called 911 found surrounded by junk food


Police responding to a 911 call turned up at an the Austintown, Ohio home to find the 22-year-old man who called for emergency help "laying on the floor, in the fetal position... surrounded by a plethora of Doritos, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, and Chips Ahoy cookies."

According to the police report, the fellow said he “smoked too much weed” and was “too high and could not feel his hands."

"Too High" Man Surrounded By Snacks" (Smoking Gun) Read the rest

Crystal meth found in pawned Sega Genesis


A gentleman in Moultrie, Georgia pawned his Sega Genesis console but was arrested later after the pawn shop employees found a stash of crystal meth in the console's cartridge slot.

According to WALB, "There was no word on whether the Sega Genesis console was in working condition." Read the rest

DARE: feel-good bullshit that made it more likely kids would take drugs


Priceonomics reports that the DARE anti-drug program has never worked.

Students who went through DARE weren’t any less likely to do drugs than the students who didn’t. In fact, there’s some well-regarded research that some groups of students were actually more likely to do drugs if they went through DARE. …

This deep-seated, folksy belief in DARE’s ability to combat a publicly reviled problem gave it a decades-long stranglehold on the American education system. ''We suspect that there are gaping holes in the program and that it may not be cost-effective, but legislators are politicians,'' a legislator told the New York Times in 2004, on the condition that his name not be used. ''No one's going to risk their political future by doing anything other than standing up with the parents. Parents vote.''

When I lived in smalltown Hobbs, N.M., I wrote an op-ed for the local paper saying plainly that DARE was bunk. I expected a lot of complaints! Though not the book-burning hole that, say, Alamogordo, N.M. is, Hobbs is still the sort of place that breaks 70% for Romney and has funeral homes in old banks.

Not a peep! Not even from the DARE officers. Even there, in New Methsico at the turn of the century, DARE was just a bored sigh, something everyone knew was nonsense even as they went through the motions. They put on DARE the way a minimum-wager puts on a Lady Liberty costume to hawk payday loans at the roadside.

I don't buy that DARE persisted because the public demanded it. Read the rest

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