Psychedelics

How to Microdose Mushrooms Without Having a Connect or Breaking the Law

Reilly Capps, writing for Rooster Magazine:

There are two known ways to secure mushroom microdosing material without having any sort of connection, and without breaking the law — or, actually, without breaking the law so much that you risk ending up in the Big House with a new girlfriend named Bruce.

There are some solid microdosing tips here. Just about anyone can figure out a microdosing option that will work from them, even if they don’t know an illegal drug dealer personally.

The only people who can tell the difference between shrooms and 4-AcO at low doses are probably currently following Tipper on tour in a van. 

This cracked me up because it’s almost exactly what I’ll be doing next week. Can’t wait to see ‘ole Dave Tipper again.


High Court Orders Thousands More Drug Cases Dismissed

Wheeler Cowperthwaite, writing for Cape Code Times:

The state Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday ordered that thousands of tainted drug cases be dismissed because a chemist tampered with samples at the state’s Amherest [sic] testing lab and prosecutors with the attorney general’s office withheld evidence. […]

The case is a result of multiple lawsuits over testing by former chemist Sonja Farak, who stole and tampered with drug samples for her personal use and covered up her misconduct in the lab’s computer system.

She pleaded guilty in 2014 to charges of tampering with evidence, stealing cocaine from the lab and unlawful possession.

She also had testified in court cases between 2005 and 2013 while intoxicated on cocaine, LSD, ketamine and other drugs.

A drug sample testing lab that offers easy access to high quality psychoactives must be an incredibly difficult place for some chemists to work. This particular chemist ended up giving into temptation and broke the rules. Even though she’ll be punished for her actions, the bright side in this case is that a lot of other drug users are going to get off scot-free.


What About the Future of the Psychedelic Industry?

Katie Stone, writing for Chacruna:

Medical-only and medical-first approaches might be palatable to prohibitionists, but there is no liberation from the Drug War until all drug users are free. Period. Psychonauts are not morally superior to people who use meth, or alcohol, or heroin. Anyone leading drug policy reform conversations from a platform that suggests otherwise needs to pass the talking stick to a drug policy reformer who leads with compassion. After the war is over, you’ll be free to exercise your superiority complex.

Amen.


DOJ Affirms Free Water and Drug Education Not a Violation of the RAVE Act

Dede, writing for Amend the RAVE Act!:

Dear friends and other steadfast supporters,

I am thrilled to bring you two important updates about our work to amend the RAVE Act.

First, earlier this year, I received a letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) informing me that free water should absolutely be provided at dance music festivals and concerts!

Then, last week the Justice Department added that fact-based drug education material may be distributed at events! In fact, they said that both of these measures have been deemed to be ‘reasonable and appropriate safety measures.’

Free water at music festivals is an absolute no-brainer, and educating drug users about how to use drugs in the safest manner possible can have a huge impact. Lives will definitely be saved because of these changes. This is excellent news for the harm reduction movement.


Capitalism on Psychedelics: The Mainstreaming of an Underground

Erik Davis, writing for Chacruna:

Everyone gets worked up about a showdown, especially when the conflict involves colorful characters and positions you really care about. Like many attendees to the conference Cultural and Political Perspectives on Psychedelic Science, I was familiar with the Statement on Open Science and Open Praxis with Psilocybin, MDMA, and Similar Substances, which had been posted earlier this year on Chacruna and elsewhere. The effort was spearheaded by Bob Jesse, a long-time member of the West Coast psychedelic intelligentsia, and a figure whose ethical, intellectual, and big heart bona fides are impeccable. Intervening in the rapidly developing field of psychedelic medicine, the Statement called for a continuing commitment to scientific integrity, data-sharing, and the spirit of service. It also reflected a growing distrust of the for-profit corporate behaviors that have recently been unleashed in the psychedelic space. Though Jesse was too careful to name names, the main sources of concern were two for-profit companies: Compass Pathways, a one-time nonprofit, now moving aggressively into the psilocybin therapy space in Europe, and Eleusis, a less visible but more cheekily-named outfit that has patented LSD for the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

Scanning the list of names who had signed the Statement, I remarked again on something I noted in a somewhat cranky essay I wrote for Erowid Extracts in 2013: that the science of psychedelics cannot be disentangled from the wider and more multifaceted culture of psychedelics—very much including its underground culture(s). My essay was aimed particularly at MAPS, who at that point had already established its current dominance over the space of “important” psychedelic conferences, all of which stressed the legitimating force of science in their titles and content. My main point was that if the “Multidisciplinary” in MAPS’ name was going to count for anything beyond a groovy brand, the organization had to actually open the doors of the discourse it managed to disciplines other than science and clinical research. Though trained in the humanities myself, I was particularly concerned with the social sciences, which I hoped would provide some of the critical, contextualist, anthropologically-informed, and politically sophisticated correctives to the mainstream juggernaut of individualistic psychedelic pharmaceuticals already in motion.

This must-read essay thoroughly unpacks the ongoing debate concerning MAPS’ involvement with controversial businesspeople, the military-industrial-medical framework, and other elements of mainstream culture. Davis properly recognizes the important role that the underground psychedelic community has played while simultaneously dismantling the idea that this so-called “community” ever existed in the first place. Some people in this space, like DMT Nexus’ David Nickles, are beginning to question the direction that the psychedelic movement is headed, and knowing where we’re collectively going is seemingly becoming more and more important. We ought to make sure that the leaders of this movement have pure intentions and a shared vision of direction, otherwise we run the risk of ending up somewhere we didn’t want to go.