"What’s In My Baggie?" is a documentary on the rise of misrepresented illicit substances & a well-rounded critique of ineffective drug policy.
This is a project worth supporting.
Even though the relative safety and potential health risks of numerous illegal drugs have been established through scientific research, adulteration and misrepresentation remain causes for concern. This especially since it’s more cost effective for chemists who are looking to create recreational drugs/ drug dealers to have a more legal operation rather than to go to the trouble of undergoing an operation which might involve, say, acquiring illegal precursors or criminal contract enforcement. Hence the recreational drug market has been flooded in recent years with ‘experience analogues’: people are taking NBOMe instead of LSD, methylone or ketamine instead of MDMA, synthetic cannabinoids instead of marijuana, MDPV, mephedrone, or other substituted cathinones instead of cocaine or amphetamines… and not all of them are the wiser.
We’ve collectively had a few experiences taking stuff that wasn’t what it was represented to be. I’ve knowingly tried 25-I-NBOMe and synthetic cannabis and have not been particularly impressed by either; I’d much rather use LSD and marijuana, which have provided me with qualitatively better (and definitely safer) experiences.
Educational projects like this film are key to getting users to understand why reagent testing and sourcing information are important, and voters to understand why drug prohibition is harmful. Educate yourself. Know exactly what it is that you are taking, selling, and distributing, and never knowingly misrepresent a drug to anyone.
\m/ Raven \m/
This post is a continuation of a prior piece I wrote about my personal experiences with illicit, non-psychedelic drug use. Although the blog’s primary function is personal exploration/ advocacy of responsible psychedelic drug use, I feel it’s also an appropriate platform for discussion of non-psychedelic drug use. The conclusion of Part I was that my use of psychedelics and marijuana has certainly facilitated and influenced my relationship with non-psychedelic drugs. I wouldn’t have considered using or likely encountered these chemicals had I not already been involved in illicit drug use.
I feel confident that content of this nature is relevant to our audience’s interests. Lets talk drugs: I’m not so naïve as to think that ya’ll are ignorant of non-psychedelic narcotics, not with all those silly cocaine .gif files that continually pop up on our dashboard.
If you do have an interest in drugs beyond psychedelics, I’d be willing to bet you’d benefit from reading the original post (I personally consider it one of the better things I’ve written for this blog). You can find it here. Heads up: my writing tends to be a bit verbose and information-dense. (You might want to at least speed-read it before bumping through this one; I’m keeping the same format and treating this post as an extension of Part I.)
Reddit IAMA from Rick Doblin Ph.D, founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).
There’s a lot of worthwhile information in this thread. If you’re interested in supporting the work MAPS does, you can donate to them here.
Among the gems (in response to questions about health concerns with MDMA use):
“We examined cognitive function in our first study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in people with PTSD, and we did not find any indicate that receiving MDMA as compared with inactive placebo reduced performance on these tests.
The animal models have long been in question since they are based on interspecies scaling, and this model is not suitable for compounds with nonlinear pharmacokinetics (meaning, a higher dose has a greater effect than expected), and MDMA has nonlinear pharmacokinetics. Hence most rodent and monkey toxicity studies use inappropriately high doses.
We still inform people of the potential risks of toxicity before they take part in MDMA studies, and we leave three to five weeks between each dose.” -Ilsa Jerome, Ph.D., Clinical Research and Information Specialist
Anonymous asked: may i firstly say you are cool as hell. my question (if you would be so kind as to answer it or refer me to someone who can) is: is it likely that my family would notice if i was a little off if say i was on ket around them? ive already managed to hide full blown lsd tripping around them (they just think im really thoughtful and special) and im often high around them.... is ket the sort of drug that is affected by the mood your are in when you take it? many thanks xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
First off, thanks for the validation.
My guess is that ketamine would be very hard to counter when spending significant time around others who are initially unaware of your use.
I’ve gotten away with being on 25i around nuclear family members who aren’t aware/ approving of my drug use twice. It’s not an experience I would wish to replicate; I’d rather the people I interact with while tripping are informed and approving of/ undisturbed by the events at hand. Personally, I’m not a fan of ketamine. It wacks out your motor skills and IMO doesn’t lend itself to a healthy mindstate. I don’t have enough experience with the drug to speak to how strongly recreational dosage experiences are affected by pre-existing emotional inputs/ elements of set and setting, but I’d highly recommend the practice of only using illict drugs with others who are highly informed both about the immediate situation and the chemicals involved.
This isn’t to say that drug experiences and family can’t go together well. Leopard and myself have both had great success with (carefully) mixing the two.
Stick around; we’re in the process of generating some new stories. I promise I’ll do some serious writing in the next few weeks or so to recap on some recent happenings.
"Why is that so disorienting?"
"Because you are disoriented."
We are grateful to you, you sexy follower, you.
We are also thankful for molecules that let us watch snowstorms on blank walls and see liquid crystalline fractal mirrors on the backs of our eyelids.
I’ve spent a good deal of time over the past few years trying to define for myself a masculinity that rejects patriarchy and is consistent with the goals of feminism.
This wouldn’t have happened without psychedelics. I’ll write a post when my thoughts crystallize adequately.
whereinspirationmeetsaspiration asked: What would your guys' ultimate tripping playlist be? Love the blog by the way!
Hoo boy, this could take a while. I’ll mention some favorites from past trips and then try to list a few albums/artists that I have not yet tripped to but really hope to some day. I’m sure the others will be along shortly to edit this post with their answers.
Raven’s favorite drug is skiing.
The song concluded, I headed back and hung out with Meva and his parents for a while. We waxed philosophical until they were too tired to stay awake, and we decided to head back out and get amongst it once again, this time without our bikes. It must have been somewhere around four in the morning by the time we were back out in the art. We wandered through the installations, gazing in awe and wonder at the various creativities before us. The party was still raging intensely all around, but we were now able to tune it out and just focus on observing.
Had a nice chat with Raven over at PWKtripping on Skype today. Give em a follow if you’re interested in psych culture and such.
Thanks much! We’re trying to use the Skype account more. You can connect with us at pwk.tripping
…but it contains mescaline. You can legally obtain the necessary “for decorative use only” plant material via succulent vendors on e-commerce sites like Amazon or Etsy, and can find easy tea prep instructions here. Be aware that mescaline is a Schedule I drug in the United States; extracting and ingesting the drug are federal offenses. Properly reducing a 12-inch stalk of one of several of the appropriate Trichocereus species usually yields a solid dose of mescaline for one individual. I personally wouldn’t be all that interested in trying to ingest a dose made from more than 24 inches worth of starting material.
Here’s a post I wrote over a year ago that mentions some of the various mescaline-containing cacti that are out there. The limited prep notes might also be useful; I’ll add that you want to reduce the amount of liquid you have to drink as much as possible on a low-heat setting (to avoid burning off the mescaline). Adding a tablespoon of food-grade citric acid to the initial blended cactus/ water stew will aid with the extraction (and IMO also seems to help with the bitter flavor).
The most important prep you can do though is research and prepare yourself for the drug experience, find out the general amounts of psychoactive substances commonly contained in the cacti species you settle on, and check your list of current medications/ supplements/ recreational drugs against the drug you are taking for possibly harmful interactions.
Some of the best moments of my life have been facilitated by ingesting shots of disgusting cactus snot.