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  1. trucha

    Coming soon

    Finally some Bay area showings of Connie Littlefield's Better Living Through Chemistry Tickets for the June 15th Oakland screening have gone on sale at this link: http://www.renaissancerialto.com/Better%20Living.php There is also a Facebook page for the film: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingThroughChemistryTheShulginFilm and a web site for the film: https://betterlivingthroughchemistry.org/
  2. The authors of that forensic journal article assumed a few things that are not true (bridgesii being a perfect example). It is common for people (including medical or scientific researchers) to somehow assume that any specimen of a given species which they encounter is going to follow what has been said about them in the literature. We already know that analytical results can vary wildly due to multiple factors. It is even more fascinating that they don't connect the dots and hear what is being said in the claims they want to dismiss rather than clinging to what is being extrapolated from a few lonely analytical data points. Rather than dismissal of what does not agree with their conclusions, this particular conflict should tell them that more work is merited. That newer paper adds some more weight to that line of thought. "Abuse" or "abused" are loaded words. In most cases what is meant is any use at all that is not approved of by the speaker. This largely comes from the same mindset as would refer to masturbation as self-abuse.
  3. https://zenodo.org/record/6409376#.YkzsKy1h3OS
  4. trucha

    Words about peyote

    The objection is to anyone other than them growing peyote; yet most of the NAC is opposed to cultivation itself. Similarly the comment about mescaline extraction only be allowed for ceremonial purposes omits the fact that no one extracts mescaline for the NAC to use in ceremony as they have always rejected mescaline as a sacrament. Much of what this says is actually untrue and their interpretation of the federal peyote law is not accurate. The amendment to RFRA granted the right to peyote to all people who qualify for federal aid by virtue of their group being recognized as "Indians". Which excludes any indigenous people who did not successfully enter into treaty negotiations. It was said to be protecting traditional culture yet very few of the modern peyote using groups used peyote a century ago and some began to use it only after the 1996 law went into place giving them the right. This is now a traditional practice for all of them but the suggestion that it has always been a traditional sacrament across North America north of Mexico is gaslighting. They also are increasingly objecting to San Pedro use which might be why there is a strange inclusion about peyote being used traditionally in South America. This is likely to be part of the opposition to Decriminalize Nature and its ongoing push to decriminalize psychedelics. A national policy like this might help prevent them repeating their efforts to oppose decrim in every city council meeting or state legislative action as has been the case. The current venue for this is a state referendum in Colorado. Peyote has been excluded from decrim in most places already due to this and San Pedro was also excluded in Santa Cruz after objections were raised about its use being culturally inappropriate. ALL peyote consumed by the NAC comes from the wild. A good bit of it is smuggled in from Mexico and has been for years. The NAC now estimates its membership at 600,000 so those 1 million or so buttons reported to be harvested and sold in Texas each year have not been going far.
  5. trucha

    Words about peyote

    It's worth reading carefully as there is a lot packed into it. https://chacruna.net/national-congress-american-indians-resolution-protect-peyote/
  6. trucha

    Don Eduardo Calderon

    Yes. There were two movies made about him and there have been around half a dozen publications about him or his practice written by or involving Douglas Sharon. One of which was at least partially by Eduardo Calderon (Terapia de la Curanderia). The Spanish language version of that book includes content that somehow never made it into the English version so I would recommend that for anyone who reads Spanish.
  7. It is a reagent test that shows the simple presence of alkaloids due to forming a precipitate. It is made from potassium iodide and bismuth subnitrate in an acidic solution or is available commercially. Concentration of alkaloids can be crudely estimated based on the turbidity if a person has much experience with using it. (Silicotungstic acid has been more commonly used for this same crude application in Australian work and appears to be a better choice.) It does not say what alkaloids are present but is used as a field screening (meaning it is done while a person is still in the field rather than after coming back home) to check if something is worth looking into more deeply. It also is commonly reported to fail with some alkaloids or to work for some people and not for other people. One recurrent element has been a low degree of rigor for people who really want to make a discovery and therefore push things into print prior to having enough facts. That has occurred in a couple of cases. Armatocereus laetus (aka pishicol) being one of them and Brasiliopuntia brasiliensis (aka tchai) being another. In both cases these most likely came about when an informant ran out of things to share with the ethnobotanist but as a friendly host did not want to disappoint them. There is no problem putting tentative and unproven claims into print but having openness to those turning out to be wrong is also important when doing so. When something fails to be supported in analysis or large animal bioassays the burden of proof falls on those who were making the claims not on those pointing out there is a lack of supportive evidence. A lot of wasted time can be saved by recognizing that people can get attached to their theories and may even develop a confirmation bias against evidence that is in conflict with what they want to believe. One confounding problem is there is really no decent venue for publishing a lack of results so analysis finding nothing and other types of evaluation that had negative results are unlikely to find their way into print. A Journal of Negative Outcomes would be useful but seems unlikely.
  8. Anyone growing a plant obtained under this name? I'd love to see images if so. Thanks!
  9. The book itself saw a nice review as well. https://www.lucid.news/on-drugs-freedom-and-human-nature-a-course-with-alexander-shulgin/
  10. I was told that I could share the poster and will add more details ASAP.
  11. Mark Plotkin https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/plants-gods-hallucinogens-healing-culture-conservation/id1549464922?i=1000505515993
  12. trucha

    covid 19 vaccination

    Something that seems to be commonly missed is these vaccines did not somehow magically appear within a few months as is commonly presented and believed. We were really fortunate that quite a few years of work on creating a vaccine for SARS and MERS (other corona viruses) had already been done and those are what allowed this to come to fruition so quickly. If it had not been for that we would almost certainly be looking at something that would still be a decade or more off in the future. Both China and the US had been working with corona viruses for a long time with this in mind. Not just the lab in Wuhan but at Ft. Dietrich. People should do what they feel comfortable with and not do anything they are not comfortable with but it is worth adding that a good bit of the antivaxxer claims I have heard are not on solid footing. Objections are good to raise but they should be based on facts rather than fear and innuendo. I have no argument with the wisdom of distrusting our leadership in general of course. That said, I sure do know a lot of vaccinated people and know no one who had problems from them beyond what we were told to expect. I had two rounds of Moderna myself. At least here in the USA, this set of vaccines CAN'T be approved until after a requisite study (which lasts two years) is completed for each of them but due to the emergency authorization many millions of people have already had them and have been for a few months now so we are not looking at something about which nothing is known. An estimated 3.1 billion doses have been given worldwide so this has actually moved a bit past being at the "experimental" level. 329 million doses have been given in the USA compared to something more like 6 or 7 million in Oz. The FDA would have already approved this in the USA due to that but they can't do so legally until the above testing is completed. It is however already clear, based on the results coming in after those millions of doses, that it will be approved just as soon as the regulations permit it. Censorship is wrong but the propagating of misinformation is in fact a real problem that needs to be addressed so finding some sort of balance is needed that permits debate and discussion yet identifies misinformation for being what it is (whether the bad information is painting a happy spin or dire warnings). When dangerous misinformation is propagated in a way that harms other people. If there is no regard for fact checking and disproven claims continue to be promoted, censorship sadly can become necessary. COVID is actually something that can and should be controlled. I am just old enough to remember the end of polio and still know people who were not fortunate enough to have been included in the vaccine programs in time. I don't agree with the aggressive pro-vaccine stance wanting to blast children with 22 different ones before age two but vaccines can in fact have good outcomes and this appears to be one of those instances.
  13. From last weekend's event. #1 The Shulgin's Pioneering Psychedelic Research https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhtEEogDwIc <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhtEEogDwIc> 2# Stories from the Edge: Trailblazers in Psychopharmacology https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwE01BhnLUo <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwE01BhnLUo> #3 Currents in Psychedelic Research & Regulation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCmewaIShKQ&t=9s <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCmewaIShKQ&t=9s> #4 Psychedelic Psychotherapy & Social Impact https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsIo79Ge6Wo <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsIo79Ge6Wo> 5# Towards a Sane and Healthy Future https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejHFG6VjWdU <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejHFG6VjWdU>
  14. trucha

    Moving slowly forward

    https://www.oaklandhyphae510.com/post/oakland-hyphae-presents-the-spring-2021-psilocybin-cup-final-results
  15. trucha

    Spontaneous variegation?

    Variegation and monstrose growth spontaneously show up in large collections that include other variegated and monstrose plants. This is what underlies the suggestion some sort of minor pathogen is responsible for both phenomenon. I'm not aware of anyone ever identifying an actual culprit though so I still keep that proposal in the "interesting if true" category..
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