New DEA head: Marijuana "probably not" as dangerous as heroin

Chuck Rosenberg, the new acting administrator of the US Drug Enforcement Administration: “If you want me to say that marijuana’s not dangerous, I’m not going to say that because I think it is. Do I think it’s as dangerous as heroin? Read the rest

Watch scenes from LSD: The Opera!

Five scenes from "LSD: The Opera" performed at Los Angeles's REDCAT last month. It ain't over 'til Tim Leary sings? Read the rest
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Explosion at NIST offices was a meth lab

An explosion last weekend at a National Institute of Standards and Technology lab in Gaithersburg, MD threw a blast-shield 25 feet. Investigators found "pseudoephedrine, drain cleaner, and a recipe for meth" in the wreckage. Read the rest

Listen to Bill Cosby's "Downers and Uppers" anti-drug song (1971)


Cosby warns against the use of downers, from the Grammy-winning album "Bill Cosby Talks to Kids About Drugs," released in 1971. Read the rest

Beautiful microscope photographs of drugs, legal and illegal: LSD, caffeine, GHB, meth, and more.

Caffeine crystals; formed out of 100% caffeine powder dissolved in demineralised water, made visible by using a cross polarised light microscope with an Berek filter.
Who knew caffeine, aspirin, and LSD were so darn beautiful up close?

Pope Leo XII drank coca wine and also endorsed it in ads


As previously posted, Pope Francis plans to chew coca leaves and already drank tea infused with coca, the raw ingredient in cocaine, during his visit to Bolivia. Psychedelic historian Michael Horowitz points out that Francis is following in the footsteps of Pope Leo XII who appeared in an advertisement for the coca-infused French wine Vin Mariani, popular in the late 19th century. Read the rest

Brief history of Quaaludes


Quaaludes, the pills Bill Cosby admitted giving to women so he could have sex with them, are a prescription sedative that took off as a recreational drug during the 1970s disco era. In 1985, commercial production ceased and clandestine synthesis began. Read the rest

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Toy company that made beads coated with date-rape drug loses lawsuit


In 2007 a 16-month-old toddler swallowed candy-colored Aqua Dots beads and lapsed into a coma. It turned out the beads were manufactured with a coating that dissolves into GHB, an illegal drug in many countries. The child's family sued the companies that designed distributed the toys, and was awarded $435,000.

Spin Master and Moose’s lawyers blamed a Chinese company that made the toy on an outsource basis for secretly spraying the beads with a chemical that metabolizes into GHB. That Hong Kong-based manufacturer wasn’t named as a defendant in the case because it doesn’t do business in the U.S.

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Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht appeals conviction and life sentence

Ulbricht in happier times.
Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht filed an appeal to his life sentence on Thursday with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Police say snapping turtle used to guard drug stash was "aggressive"


"Officers and Troopers searched the car, after finding drugs in the vehicle, and slammed the trunk in fear when this little guy aggressively jumped at them! Oklahoma Game Warden Carlos Gomez (Tulsa Co.) was called to the scene to remove the dangerous snapper, so the vehicle could be inventoried for impound." - Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Game Wardens Facebook page Read the rest

Man chewed through police car seat belt so he wouldn't miss his kid's birthday


Arrested for drugs, Lashon Stuckey, 33, chewed his way through a car seat belt so he could spend time with his son, who was celebrating his birthday. Stuckey was apprehended before he could be reunited with his son. Read the rest

Vintage ads for prescription drugs

Ludes, neocaine, amphetamines, stelazine, and the Bayer rainbow, which ends in a pot of heroin. Read the rest

Portland's sword-wielding "high" elf found guilty

After a long court case, Konrad Bass will serve one and a half years of probation. Bipolar disorder is tough enough without adding a shitload of acid into the mix.

Sketch comedy group reveals the real dangers of saying no to drugs


Things get a little out of hand during an anti-drug class in this new sketch video from Stevedore Comedy. Read the rest

Researchers develop yeast that converts sugar into morphine


Scientists have developed type of yeast that can turn glucose into morphine. It will soon be possible to homebrew opiates just as one homebrews beer.

In principle, anyone with access to the yeast strain and basic skills in fermentation would be able to grow morphine-producing yeast using a home-brew kit for beer-making. If the modified yeast strain produced 10 grams of morphine, users would need to drink only 1–2 millilitres of the liquid to obtain a standard prescribed dose. (Current strains are not this efficient, but titres in this range and even tenfold higher have been achieved for other commercially relevant metabolic products.)

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