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  • The UK's Generation Z is Having None of Past Generation's Drug Use

    Growing up in southwest London in the 1980s, my alcohol and drug use was not abnormal. I must have started drinking at 14, because it was at that age I got a criminal record for causing a road accident after too many lagers. At secondary school,...
  • Life, Death and Rebirth of the Bong

    Though its history goes back centuries, the trusty water pipe is at a crossroads, as marijuana legalization changes how pot enthusiasts consume their cannabis. Several parts of the world lay claim to the invention of the hookah, bong, water...
  • The Opium Wars That Crushed - and Redefined - China

    The Opium Wars made it clear China had fallen gravely behind the West — not just militarily, but economically and politically. Every Chinese government since — even the ill-fated Qing Dynasty, which began the “Self-Strengthening Movement” after...
  • The Dark, Drunken History Behind Today's Sweetly Profitable Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty. But the origins of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody — and a bit muddled. Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one...
  • Lessons of the Opium Wars

    The Opium Wars have left an enduring sense of cultural antagonism between China and the West. The Opium Wars forced China to accommodate the British opium trade, and China's "Century of Humiliation" has led to many of its current foreign...
  1. Alleged Saudi Cannabis Trafficker Receives Prison Time and 1,200 Lashes

    A Saudi trafficker was sentenced to ten years in prison and 1200 lashes for smuggling more than 59kg of cannabis. The Criminal Court in Mecca fined the smuggler SR100,000 and banned him from travelling abroad for ten years on serving his jail term. A police patrol arrested him and discovered the drug which was hidden inside the spare wheel of his vehicle. He was accompanied by his son, aged less than ten years, in an attempt to outsmart the police. Photograph: Alamy
  2. Mumbai Drug Dealers Inspired to Use Bollywood Celebrities' Names as Product-PR Move

    Ranveer Singh is "peddler," Katrina Kaif is "smack" and Sultan is "supplier," but not in a Bollywood movie. These are apparently the drug codes in the world of substance abuse. Mumbai police recently released important information pertaining to Bollywood and Indian crime world and according to the report, drug suppliers use Bollywood celebrities' names as codes in the peddling business. According to a Hindustan Times report, Mumbai's crime branch tapped phone conversations of several...
  3. Tech’s Alcohol-Soaked Culture Isn’t A Party For Everybody

    It’s office holiday party season again, and as usual that means alcohol. Lots and lots of alcohol. For many employees, the holidays are the one time of year that it’s appropriate to have a drink at work. But for tech workers, the annual Christmas party is just another boozy day in the office. Kegerators, or at least well-stocked beer fridges, are standard fixtures at tech companies, right up there with ping-pong tables and beanbag chairs. Some, like GitHub and Yelp, even offer multiple...
  4. Will Massachusetts' Recreational Marijuana Legalization Mellow Harvard Any?

    After a statewide legalization of recreational marijuana took effect in Massachusetts Thursday, some Harvard undergraduates said they think the new legislation will change the University’s campus culture for the better. Massachusetts residents voted Nov. 8 to legalize recreational marijuana, with 53.6 percent of the vote in favor of the measure and 46.4 percent opposed. In Cambridge, the 71.3 percent of voters supported legalization. At the time, many Harvard students said they were...
  5. Characteristics of frequent and high-risk cannabis users

    Introduction Cannabis is Europe’s most commonly used illicit drug, with around 20 million adults (15–64 years) having used it in the last year; around 3 million on a daily, or almost daily, basis. This analysis explores the characteristics of frequent and high-risk cannabis users and reflects on how examination of this group can help design tailored interventions for those most at risk. Part of the ‘Perspectives on drugs’ (PODs) series, launched alongside the annual European Drug Report,...
  6. Table of drug combinations

    I today received a tweet from @drugssafety with a chart attached that is about safety of Drug combinations which origins from wiki.tripsit.me/wiki/Drug_combinations . Nonetheless, take utmost care when combining two or more substances. sorry that the picture is so blurry, please take the original chart at wiki.tripsit.me/wiki/Drug_combinations . BBW
  7. Afghanistan's opium babies

    Three-month-old Kheyamadin is a docile baby. Lying cocooned in the traditional Afghan Turkmen bright hues of tight silk swaddling clothes, he rarely cries. But the reason for his calm demeanour is not a pacifier, toy or milk - it is opium. Kheyamadin and his 25-year-old mother "I feed him opium, [otherwise] he cries all the time," says his 25-year-old mother Bolde Jamalgate as she holds him. The mother of four refuses to look up or unveil herself from her pristine white burqa. Bolde...
  8. The Small North Indian Village Where Cannabis has Grown Unabated for Centuries

    MALANA, India-- For hundreds of years, the tiny village was just a speck lost amid the grandiose mountains of the Indian Himalayas. Nestled at 2,700 meters (8,859 feet) between the higher reaches of the lush Kullu Valley, Malana used to be a four-day hike from the nearest road. Its laws, tradition says, were laid down by the village god Jamlu. People elected their own parliament and disputes were settled in their own court. Villagers would run in terror if an outsider showed up. But...
  9. British Drug User Stereotypes Have Shifted Gears - In a Major Way

    I think if you stare at data long enough you will see the shape of the universe, the meaning of it all. If you look between numbers, rather than at them, you'll access some deeper truth: about life, about love, about the world and the space we occupy in it. Anyway, everyone in the UK is bang into chop and the clap: Cocaine consumption: number one in Europe! Burny piss: number one in Europe! Numero uno! Nummer eins! Numéro uns! RULE BRITANNIA. BRITANNIA RULES THE WAVES. EUROPE CAN SUCK...
  10. Celebrating LSD's Zeitgeist Father, Augustus Owsley Stanley III--aka Bear

    Though not a household name, Augustus Owsley Stanley III, a.k.a. Bear, was an underground hippie legend who some say is largely responsible for the zeitgeist of the 1960s counterculture movement, thanks to the ultra-pure LSD he manufactured. Put it this way: If Bear wasn't on the scene, there would literally be no acid in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Bear manufactured millions of hits of "White Lightning," the cleanest LSD this side of Albert Hofmann, at a time when the drug was still...
  11. Cronulla Sharks Let Ben Barba Go for Testing Positive for Cocaine

    The latest incident in Ben Barba’s chequered NRL career has left the fullback without a playing contract, undergoing intensive rehabilitation in an overseas facility and facing a difficult road back to professional rugby league fields in Australia. The former Dally M medal winner was released by Cronulla after testing positive for cocaine in the wake of the Sharks’ grand final victory last month and was handed a mandatory 12-match suspension by the NRL for contravening the league’s...
  12. Grandparents are Raising Grandkids, Because of Their Grown Kids' Drug Addiction

    The number of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren is going up and increasingly it’s because their own kids are addicted to heroin or prescription drugs, or have died from an overdose. For some, it’s a challenge with little help available. In 2005, 2.5 million children were living with grandparents who were responsible for their care. By 2015, that number had risen to 2.9 million. Child welfare officials say drug addiction, especially to opioids, is behind much of the rise...
  13. Boston Archdiocese Second Biggest Financial Anti-Marijuana Supporter

    The Catholic Church in America has given almost £700,000 to a campaign opposing the legalisation of cannabis. The Archdiocese of Boston confirmed it had given the sum, about $850,000, to the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts. It's a last minute donation ahead of a referendum on the issue to be held in the state on November 8. If passed it would mean cannabis would be available as freely as alcohol. The Catholic Church's donation is the second largest amount given to the...
  14. Looking for a new career? How about 'psychedelic supervisor'?

    How would you like a job that involved guiding people on psychedelic trips? Mark Haden hopes such a career will soon exist, along with the legalization of psychedelic drugs in Canada. Haden, an addictions counsellor and researcher based in Vancouver, is part of a team that's studying the effects of MDMA (also known as ecstacy) in treating post-traumatic stress disorder. If Health Canada approves his research, psychedelic drugs could be legalized in the next five years. And that's...
  15. Tomb Containing Ancient Cannabis 'Burial Shroud' Unearthed

    Archaeologists working in northwestern China discovered what they call an “extraordinary cache” of “ancient, well preserved” cannabis plants serving as part of the burial shroud for a man believed to be approximately 35 years of age at his time of death. The discovery was made by Hongen Jiang of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and his colleagues and occurred at a tomb in the Jiayi cemetery of Turpan, a prefecture-level city...
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