Well, it might not be the Silk Road, but next to actually purchasing drugs online, these are some of the best drug-related websites on the Internet! This certainly isn’t a complete list, but I wanted to give a shout out to many of the websites that I visit on a regular basis and that I think my readers might be interested in as well. While all these websites have a different focus, blogging, forums, research and education, they all have one common goal: to help educate drug users and make drug using as safe as possible. However, none of these sites are strictly harm reduction focused. (I am dedicating a separate page specifically for harm reduction websites.) In these sites you’ll find topics ranging from drug culture, pharmacology, community engagement, drug law, recovery, and yes, definitely some harm reduction as well. Slow afternoon at work? Check out these great websites all about drugs! (Just be careful the human resource manager doesn’t catch you in the act! You wouldn’t want any impromptu drug tests being mandated! 😉
MAPS – www.maps.org
MAPS, or Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is a “non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.” Even though research is once again being conducted on psychedelics, government funding is still not available and major institutions are not eager to provide financial backing. MAPS provides fundraising and reaches out to individuals for donations on critical studies that advance modern medicine and that will potentially unleash the full power of psychedelic plants and chemicals. Check on their videos on download one of the free books listed on their site. This is a service that American’s should be proud and eager to support!
Erowid – www.erowid.org
“Erowid is a member-supported organization providing access to reliable, non-judgmental information about psychoactive plants,
chemicals, and related issues. We work with academic, medical, and experiential experts to develop and publish new resources, as well as to improve and increase access to already existing resources. We also strive to ensure that these resources are maintained and preserved as a historical record for the future.”
Bluelight – www.bluelight.ru
Want to learn about the latest research chemicals? Check out the purity/quality of your MDMA? Quitting drugs all together, and want to discuss the daily impact it has on your life? Want to know about the latest case studies and medical research? Or just talk about your favorite drug (skies the limit!)… maybe learn some info on it you didn’t know before? Bluelight is your safe-haven! Just don’t solicit or ask where you can procure said drugs. Tisk-tisk. That’s the biggest faux pas you can make on this site.
Drugs-Forum – www.drugs-forum.com
Very similar to bluelight, a forum where drug users can connect and talk freely about all aspects of drugs, drug use, culture, recovery and addiction. They are the ones who frequently use the acronym SWIM (Someone Who Isn’t Me) to try to protect their identity. Kinda stupid if you ask me, bluelight has a strict No SWIM policy. But regardless, you can find good information on there from time to time. And of course, it’s always funny to read people’s meth fueled post rants 🙂
The Drug War Facts – www.drugwarfacts.org
“Drug War Facts provides reliable information with applicable citations on important public health and criminal justice issues. Most charts, facts and figures are from government sources, government-sponsored sources, peer reviewed journals and occasionally newspapers. In all cases the source is cited so that journalists, scholars and students can verify, check context and obtain additional information. Our mission is to offer useful facts, cited from authoritative sources, to a debate that is often characterized by myths, error, emotion and dissembling. We believe that in time an informed society will correct its errors and generate wiser policies.”
The Heroin Helper – www.heroinhelper.com
The Heroin Helper – Yes, his (good) book might have gone out of print. Yes, the site might have been left untouched for a little while, but No, no no… Dr. H is not pushing daisies! And with two current blogs of his own, (http://www.heroinhelper.com/blog and http://franklycurious.com/) you can get your fill of Dr. H and all your Heroin/Opiate Questions answered while being entertained. Thanks again Dr H, for making one of the lowest casts of US citizens feel welcome and not shunned from society… no matter how bad our track marks are, or how often we might nod off on the subway.
DMT Nexus – www.dmt-nexus.me
DMT Nexus is the resource for everything 4th Dimension. Learn about extraction, consumption and all the many forms of DMT. Check out DMT inspired Art, read about the latest scientific research and talk with other DMT enthusiast. Just be prepared, they take their DMT very seriously. Any hogwash about using to enhance the lights at a Phish show (eh, em….something in my throat) and be prepared for a chastising on the correct usage of DMT and its derivatives and why it should only be used in a spiritual context. ::slight eye roll:: (Although I do love the site.)
Tweaker.org – www.tweaker.org
A site completely dedicated to methamphetamine users. Everything you need to know about crystal methamphetamine. Lots of good harm reduction tips, research and news, real stories, a member forum, all with the intention of helping tweekers stay safe and (as) healthy (as possible).
The Global Drug Survey – www.globaldrugsurvey.com
The Global Drug Survey releases a very comprehensive survey every year on the drug trends. My one complaint is that they don’t include opiates as of now. Although I’ve spoken to them directly they and they assure me it is in the pipelines. Their mission statement: “We strongly support harm reduction and accept that pleasure drives the majority of drug use, which for most people most of the time is not a source of distress or harm in their lives. We acknowledge that drugs can be harmful but that the risk of harm can be significantly mitigated by the adoption of common sense risk reduction strategies. We seek to limit the harm drugs may cause individuals and their communities by being honest, open and transparent about drug use and sharing our findings with the public without government or funder interference.”
Opiophile – forum.opiophile.org
Yet another forum, but this one is exclusively for junkies. Only heroin and other opiates are discussed here. Unfortunately, their membership is closed, unless you’re willing to fork over $20 for the privilege of posting. But you can still peruse all you’d like free of charge. Honestly, I read it more for humor than anything else. Although the thought of some of these dumbasses sticking themselves with pointy objects all the time does make me cringe a little. But every once in a while you might run across a topic of serious interest as well.
Drug Talk on Twitter – projectknow.com/discover/drug-talk-on-twitter
Real-time tracking of drug related Twitter posts. Pretty interesting site. Tweets from users, law makers and activities combine to give you a pretty good picture of what’s trending in today’s drug culture. If you want to stay up to date on what’s trending in the drug word today, this is the site for you.
Black Poppy’s Junky Mail – blackpoppymag.wordpress.com
“Black Poppy Publications is a non-profit making voluntary organization that creates and produces the drug user’s health and lifestyle magazine, Black Poppy. It began in 1998 with a small group of people, drug user’s, who wanted to produce a publication that would address some of the health and lifestyle issues that affect us on a daily basis. We wanted to delve into and tackle some of the other more ‘hidden’ influences on our lives such as discrimination in healthcare settings, social exclusion, stereotyping and often, an unbelievable ignorance about drugs, drug use and drug users. We were acutely aware of the shortage of drug user focused information that really related to us and our lifestyle; the drugs we take, how we take them, the health problems we encounter, the trials of drug treatments and therapies, our relationships with partners and families, prison, harm reduction issues – not to mention the long and often frustrating road through drug & alcohol treatment.”
Psychedelic Frontier – psychedelicfrontier.com
Everything and anything about psychedelics. Their mission statement just about sums it up: “Encourage the responsible exploration of non-ordinary mental states, including the use of psychedelic drugs by qualified persons in safe and legal settings. Provide information that enables people to gain better control over their own minds, both in transcendental states and in everyday life. The lessons and insights gained from peak experiences can be transformative when properly integrated into our lives. My aim is to maximize the positive, therapeutic effects of peak experiences while minimizing the risks…Spread reliable information and ideas on a topic that is fraught with misinformation and controversy. Oppose the dogma, elitism, and pseudoscience that often plague discussions about psychedelics. There are numerous cultures and attitudes surrounding mystical states, ranging from Amazonian shamans to free-wheeling ravers. None of them has a monopoly on the “correct” way to view and undertake the psychedelic experience, but there are lessons to be learned from all approaches.” Sounds like we’re got a lot in common….
The Shroomery – www.shroomery.org
Your comprehensive resource for everything psyclobin. As their website states – they “help spread accurate information about magic mushrooms so people can make informed decisions about what they put in their bodies. You can learn about the effects of shrooms and read trip reports, find out how to grow mushrooms and get mushroom recipes, browse through the gallery and hang out on our message board, or check out the site map for everything the Shroomery has to offer.”