If you are looking for truthful
and reliable online information about the War on Drugs, we
recommend beginning at one of the following websites:
- Erowid.org is the Web's best resource
for information about particular substances.
- The Center for Cognitive Liberty
is your best source for the latest information on the legal
front in the War on Drugs.
- The Drug Policy Alliance The guiding
principle of the Alliance is harm reduction, an alternative
approach to drug policy and treatment that focuses on minimizing
the adverse effects of both drug use and drug prohibition.
- MAPS is the place to go to read about
the latest in psychedelic research.
- The Albert Hofmann Foundation is
a treasure house of historical and scientific information
about entheogen research.
- Entheos is the place to go if you
are interested in the spiritual aspects of psychedelics
- Marijuana Policy Project
focuses on removing criminal penalties for marijuana use,
with a particular emphasis on making marijuana medically
available to seriously ill people who have the approval
of their doctors.
While there are many other
good resources on the Internet that deal with the topic of
the War on Drugs, the publishers of the following websites
are personally known by us to be highly reputable and trustworthy.
If you are looking for information in print, there are three
publications that we highly recommend, Entheos,
The Entheogen Review, and
Trip Magazine. All of these
publications are guided by people we know and trust.
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for Cognitive Liberty is an international nonprofit
association of people working in the public interest to protect
the fundamental right to freedom of thought. We celebrate,
foster, and protect cognitive liberty: the right of each individual
to think independently, to use the full spectrum of his or
her mind, and to engage in multiple modes of thought and alternative
states of consciousness. We encourage social policies that
protect cognitive autonomy, the right of each individual to
remain free from compelled or surreptitious manipulations
of consciousness by outside forces. At the collective level,
we believe that some cultural crises are the result of truncated
consciousness. These crises might be overcome by rethinking,
and ultimately removing, some of the prohibitions that currently
constrict creative and innovative thought.
Drug Policy Alliance
Drug Policy Alliance is the leading organization working
to broaden the public debate on drug policy and to promote
realistic alternatives to the war on drugs based on science,
compassion, health and human rights. The Alliance was formerly
known as The Lindesmith Center - Drug Policy Foundation. The
Lindesmith Center, created in 1994, was the leading independent
drug policy reform institute in the United States. The Drug
Policy Foundation, founded in 1987, represented over 25,000
supporters and was the principal membership-based organization
advocating for more sensible and humane drug policies. The
two organizations merged on July 1, 2000 with the objective
of building a national drug policy reform movement.
The guiding principle of the Alliance is harm reduction,
an alternative approach to drug policy and treatment that
focuses on minimizing the adverse effects of both drug use
and drug prohibition. The Alliance and its affiliated organizations
are deeply involved in educating Americans and others about
alternatives to current drug policies on issues ranging from
marijuana and adolescent drug use to illicit drug addiction,
the spread of infectious diseases, policing drug markets and
alternatives to incarceration. Particular attention is paid
to analyzing the experiences of foreign countries in reducing
is an online library of information about psychoactive plants
and chemicals and related topics. The information on the site
is a compilation of the experiences, words, and efforts of
hundreds of individuals including users, parents, health professionals,
doctors, therapists, chemists, researchers, teachers, and
lawyers. Erowid acts as a publisher of new information as
well as a library for the collection of documents published
elsewhere. The information found on the site spans the spectrum
from solid peer reviewed research to fanciful creative writing.
The library contains over 13,000 documents related to psychoactives
including images, research summaries & abstracts, media
articles, experience reports, information on chemistry, dosage,
effects, law, health, traditional & spiritual use, and
drug testing. Over 18,000 people visit the site each day,
making more than 2.8 million unique visitors in the past year.
Hofmann Foundation: Throughout history people have
used mind-expanding substances to explore consciousness and
enhance their lives. Our purpose at the Albert Hofmann Foundation
is to gather the records of these endeavors and to further
the understanding and responsible application of psychedelic
substances in the investigation of both individual and collective
Dr. Albert Hofmann, on the occasion of celebrating the 50th
anniversary of his famous bicycle ride:
"You, my dear friends, and millions all over the world
who now commemorate the 50th birthday of ergot's child, we
all testify gratefully that we got valuable help on the way
to what Aldous Huxley said is the end and the ultimate purpose
of human life--enlightenment, beatific vision, love. I think
all these joyful testimonies of invaluable help by LSD should
be enough to convince the health authorities, finally, of
the nonsense of the prohibition of LSD and of similar psychedelics."
Policy Project Mission Statement: In the United States,
more than 70 million people have tried marijuana, and millions
of adults still consume it on a regular basis. Almost everyone
has a friend, relative, neighbor, or co-worker who consumes
marijuana. Because of the widespread economic and criminal
justice ramifications of the illicit marijuana market and
of Marijuana Prohibition, the marijuana phenomenon touches
nearly everyone's life. . . . All drugs are potentially harmful;
marijuana is no exception -- and the entire range of marijuana
policies, from total prohibition to total legalization, has
drawbacks as well as benefits. As with alcohol and tobacco,
there is no simple solution. . . . The Marijuana Policy Project
(MPP) understands that no one policy will solve all problems.
Each potentially harmful effect of marijuana consumption and
the myriad public and private marijuana control efforts must
be thoroughly evaluated. Each policy option should be judged
according to whether the overall harm is reduced or increased.
Furthermore, public policies must be grounded in the reality
that marijuana consumption is already widespread despite the
present prohibition laws. . . . A "marijuana-free
America" has been proven to be an unrealistic goal.
Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a membership-based
nonprofit research and educational organization with about
1800 members. We assist scientists to design, fund, obtain
approval for and report on studies into the healing and spiritual
potentials of MDMA, psychedelic drugs, and marijuana. MAPS'
goals are to promote scientific research designed to evaluate
psychedelics and marijuana as potential prescription medicines,
and to educate the public honestly about the risks and benefits
of these drugs.
Journey is a determined Mother's journal of what she
had to go through in the battle to be able to treat her son
with medical marijuana. . . . she is faced with losing her
seven year old son to the "system" because nothing
has made a difference in his out-of-control, aggressive, non-compliant
behavior. . . . When faced with this possibility, she wades
into unknown waters and discovers a medication that changes
their lives. . . . Her plight has been highlighted on 48 HOURS,
aired March 6, 2002, and the Sally Jessy Raphael Show. The
audience feedback of support and overwhelming interest in
the subject amazed everyone involved! This is a subject that
touches many, many parents' hearts. . . . Jeffrey's Journey
details the mental/behavioral problems, the legal battle,
how the medical marijuana is actually prepared and administered,
and the undeniable fact that it has changed Jeffrey's life.
a journal of psychedelic spirituality
ENTHEOS is a community of enthusiasts,
scholars and scientists who share a common interest in the
role of entheogens as it pertains to human spirituality. Recognizing
the important role of the 'psychedelic' experience, both past
and present, to the development of spiritual expression, we
intend to publish the most accurate, relevant, and current
research available on the subject.
The Journal ENTHEOS will provide
a much-needed forum for specialists while encouraging a wide
popular readership. It is our intention to provide a balanced
and respectful perspective on this widely misunderstood and
politically volatile subject.
It is also our intention to
help remedy the lamentable under-representation of entheogenic
phenomena in mainstream scholarship. Broad discussion of the
role of entheogens in human history can only widen the scope
of humanity's collective pursuit of understanding.
Though the journal will have
a strong 'Wassonian' slant toward academic questions in anthropology,
religious studies, art history, and history, ENTHEOS will
include topics ranging from contemporary issues and current
events to health and healing, the politics of entheogenic
spirituality, discoveries in chemistry and biology, and the
history of psychedelic scholarship.
Entheogen Review is a quarterly publication that
serves as a clearinghouse for current data about the use of
visionary plants and drugs. All communications are kept in
the strictest confidence--unless otherwise requested, published
material is identified only by the author's initials and state
of residence. The mailing list is not for sale, rent, or loan.
Think of The Entheogen Review as a network newsletter; the
voice of a community of subscribers seeking and sharing information
on the cultivation, extraction, and ritual use of entheogens.
Subjective results experienced by readers are published too.
The Entheogen Review is dedicated to bringing you the latest,
most accurate and novel data possible on these and related
topics--information you cannot find anywhere else!
Times magazine was conceived during the final,
bitter stages of the Viet Nam War, in a nation that had just
reelected Richard Nixon as its President. Although founder
Thomas Hing Forcode was less than thirty years old when the
first issue was published in 1974, he'd already earned a reputation
in the emerging counterculture as an antiwar activist, patron
of the underground press, renegade concert promoter, outlaw
publisher (including Abbie Hoffman's Steal The Book),
and general thorn in the square side of America. Less well
knows was Forcode's more lucrative venture: international
drug smuggling. That's the revenue source he tapped to start
up High Times, which proved to be an immediate success.
In the thirty years of high-minded publishing that followed,
through many evolutions, High Times has remained a
consistent champion of personal freedom in the face of a hypocritical
government and corporate culture run amok.
High Times is also the force behind the Annual
Cannabis Cup. If you are looking for an excuse to visit
Amsterdam, this is it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Magazine, a yearly journal celebrating the ongoing
evolution of psychedelic subculture. Trip Media also publishes
and sponsors the production of small-run art prints, books,
informational pamphlets, and underground music compilations
on CD and vinyl.
(Lawrence Hagerty's essay "To
All Who Are Angry" appeared Trip #7.)
Books: We're a mail-order book store focused on the
"mind-expanding" plants and compounds, also called
psychedelics, entheogens, or hallucinogens. We offer a wide
selection of books, from advanced scientific research to personal
and practical experiences, from how hallucinogenic plants
have been used in other cultures to how we use psychedelics
in our own. We offer a free print catalog; fast and discreet
service worldwide; and easy credit card ordering by email,
mail, phone, or fax.
representation of the psychedelic experience
Terence McKenna often espoused the use of animated computer
graphics to craft a new language in which the psychedelic
experience could be "discussed." This Flash presentation
goes a long way toward realizing McKenna's vision.