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Complete a survey (or four) to help Bluelight!

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Currently we have 4 surveys on the go where the universities have donated to Bluelight. They have helped us upgrade the servers!!! So please consider completing these surveys, if you haven't done so already, and if you are eligible. Thanks so much for your support :)

Do you live in the US and have you ever used Tapentadol, otherwise known as Nucynta, Palexia and Tapal, even just once?
Click here for survey on Tapentadol

Have you used synthetic cannabis (such as spice, K2, noids, Black Mamba, Mad Hatter, JWH, CHMINACA) even just once in your lifetime?
Click here for survey on synthetic cannabis

Do you live in the UK and have you used mephedrone in the last 12 months?
Click here for UK survey about mephedrone

Do you live in the UK and have you used synthetic cannabinoids in the last 12 months?
Click here for UK survey about synthetic cannabinoids

Image from page 1011 of 'The Pharmaceutical era' (1887) by Internet Archive Book Images, on Flickr

Server upgrades! :)

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On behalf of Bluelight leadership I would like to thank all of you for your patience while we sorted out a permanent fix to our server load issues. I'm happy to formally announce that we have made significant upgrades to our hardware, including a newer, faster dedicated server with ample memory.

There is a lot of work that goes into these upgrades, including an analysis of our traffic and our options. We apologize for any inconvenience and feel confident that these upgrades have eliminated all server load issues and will take our community well into the foreseeable future.

Best,

SG

Bluelight turns black the week of February 12th in memoriam

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Sixteen years ago on February 12th, one of our own passed away.

For those who didn't know Ryan Haight, AKA "Quicksilver", he was an extraordinary young man. An honors student with an intellectual curiosity about the world and, perhaps most memorably, Ryan was a wonderful person and friend. He was found dead the morning of February 12th from an overdose of prescription pain medication.

Quicksilver's death was not the first loss this community has suffered, and neither was it our last. But beginning February 12th, the week of "Black Bluelight" is a time for all of us, each year, to remember those we have lost and re-center on our mission of harm reduction. We ask our staff, our members and all who visit Bluelight to reflect on what drug-related harm reduction means to you and how we can further the health, safety and well being of those who visit our forums.

We also welcome you to visit the Bluelight Shrine, where you can pay your respect to those we've lost...

Mix of 25C-NBOMe, 4-FA and MDMA sold as MDMA in Melbourne, Australia

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tl;dr – NBOMe mixtures sold as MDMA are around, don’t snort unknown caps, use test-kits wisely, look after your mates, and get your lab student/worker friends to contact us so we don’t need to rely on labs in Barcelona to access high-quality drug testing in Australia!

On the weekend 15-16 January 2017, there was a spate of poisonings, hospitalisations and deaths that have been associated a batch of capsules that were reportedly sold as MDMA or Ecstasy. Punters at Revolver nightclub and other clubs on Melbourne’s Chapel Street were affected.

The contents of these caps appeared damp, more like a brown sugar consistency than crystals or powder.



We obtained anonymous reports from people who consumed these capsules. The reports describe very strong hallucinogenic symptoms and paranoia. While in most cases, the symptoms resolved without medical intervention, they were very unpleasant, with one person reporting that they ‘felt like they were going to die or never be the...

F.D.A. Agrees to New Trials for Ecstasy as Relief for PTSD Patients

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F.D.A. Agrees to New Trials for Ecstasy as Relief for PTSD Patients

https://static01.nyt.com/images/2016/11/26/us/26ecstasy1/26ecstasy1-master768.jpg

C.J. Hardin, a veteran who served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, at a memorial in North Charleston, S.C. He is a patient in the study of MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — After three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, C. J. Hardin wound up hiding from the world in a backwoods cabin in North Carolina. Divorced, alcoholic and at times suicidal, he had tried almost all the accepted treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder: psychotherapy, group therapy and nearly a dozen different medications.

“Nothing worked for me, so I put aside the idea that I could get better,” said Mr. Hardin, 37. “I just pretty much became a hermit in my cabin and never went out.”

Then, in 2013, he joined a small drug trial testing whether PTSD could be treated with MDMA, the...

Welcome to our new Research Assistant!

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Please welcome toscablue (Nadine van Gelder) to the Bluelight research assistant position, who will also have a moderating role on Drug Studies.

toscablue will help me liaise with researchers who may wish to donate for banner space or to access our archives for research.

She will also join neversickanymore at Drug Studies: focusing on sorting through all of our research studies, matching older studies up with publications, to illustrate how Bluelight is contributing to research more broadly.

toscablue joins us from Amsterdam - she has held a variety of research assistant roles in the drugs area, most recently working at the EMCDDA, so she has some on-ground drug-research skills to offer.

So, thanks and welcome!

Bluelight: We are not about 'sourcing drugs'

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The Journal of Substance Use recently published a paper which represented the international harm reduction community Bluelight.org as a website used for sourcing drugs.

Yet this article’s conclusions were based only on two case studies, with no attempt to review the existing literature regarding Bluelight. Many in this community would be aware of these studies which show that most people come here to learn how to use drugs more safely, that our members actively disseminate information to warn people of highly dangerous adulterated drugs, and that we regularly collaborate with researchers to provide a leading-edge source of data for monitoring new drug trends. Bluelight is regularly cited as a valued source of harm reduction information for people who use drugs.

Bluelight goes to great lengths to avoid hosting discussions about drug sources. Moderators delete all discussions that could be related to sourcing drugs as quickly as they can.

Our response to this journal...

Study completed - thanks for everyone's support!

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A dabs pizza from Waxerz Containers

Researchers from Wright State University (Ohio) have been collaborating with Bluelight (allowing staff to provide feedback on their questionnaire) and supporting Bluelight through a donation to the site.

The study is now closed. Thanks for your support. Results will be posted when complete!

Official advertisement below, for archive purposes:

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine researchers, in collaboration with researchers from Columbia University and the University of Massachusetts, are conducting a survey on cannabis use trends.

This survey is open to all of the Bluelight community, including guest visitors.

To participate in this research study, you need to meet the following requirements:
1) Be 18 years of age or older;
2) Have used cannabis (any form) at least once in your lifetime.

The survey is anonymous - IP addresses will NOT be collected; no identifying information will be asked.
The survey is...

Motivations for novel substance use published!

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A collaboration between researchers at Karlstad University and Bluelight has resulted in a publication exploring motivations for novel substance use in the International Journal of Drug Policy.

The study was promoted exclusively through Bluelight's banner over a 3 month period. 619 users of novel substances responded to the survey, describing a total of 1551 uses of novel substances (up to 3 per respondent).

We would like to congratulate Christophe Soussan and Professor Anette Kjellgren on their successful publication. We are especially grateful for their decision to make the publication open access, so anyone in our community can read it.

If you are a researcher interested in collaborating with us, please see our Research Portal for more information or contact us directly.

February 12th: Bluelight goes "Black" in memoriam

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Fifteen years ago today Bluelighter Quicksilver passed away.

For those who didn't know Ryan Haight, AKA "Quicksilver", he was an extraordinary young man. An honors student with an intellectual curiosity about the world and, perhaps most memorably, Ryan was a wonderful person and friend. He was found dead the morning of February 12th from an overdose of prescription pain medication.

Bluelight has gone black - as it does each February 12th - in memory of all those who have been taken from us. We ask our staff, our members and all who visit Bluelight to reflect on what drug-related harm reduction means to you and how we can further the health, safety and well being of those who visit our forums.

We also welcome you to visit the Bluelight Shrine, where you can pay your respect to those we've lost:

http://www.bluelight.org/vb/forums/89-Bluelight-Shrine

In memoriam,

Sebastians_ghost

New Forum News: Vaping Discussion

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Greetings, Bluelight!

With long-standing excitement, I'd like to announce the creation of a new platform for discussing the rising cultural phenomenon of vaping. Primarily applied to the rising global prevalence of "electronic cigarettes," vaping represents one of the more visible harm reduction hot topics across the world.

The new forum, entitled Vaping Discussion, pertains to all discussion surrounding the science, news, health, culture, safety, hardware, etc. of electronic cigarettes/mods/APVs/ENDS/whatever you'd prefer they be called! :)

As a special nod to the long-standing practice of vaping as it presents in the communities of our Cannabis-consuming members, the parent forum 'Vaping Discussion' includes a sub-forum within it for all things related to vaping cannabis, and is called Cannabis Vaping Discussion.

Though I'll be spending a great deal of time involving myself with both forums as they start up and begin to expand and evolve, we've appointed two...

We need your help - 5-10 minute survey to help fund Bluelight

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Have you ever used hydrocodone IR combination products?

Thanks to those 200+ community members who have already completed the survey. We appreciate your help!

This post is an appeal to the rest of the Bluelight Community to spend a few minutes of your time completing a survey to help fund our website.

The Inflexxion research organisation makes an annual donation to help keep the Bluelight community running. Bluelight and Inflexxion have worked collaboratively on research surveys for 6 years now.

We review Inflexxion's surveys internally before their launch. This survey is short, taking around 5-10 minutes for most people.

We realise not everyone has experiences with hydrocodone IR to share, but if you even tried it just the one time, we urge you to complete the survey and help us get to the target of 500 participants.

Consider it as a way of donating to Bluelight through your time rather than your wallet!

View the community discussion
Go straight to the survey

Announcing Bluelight's Research Assistant!

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Bluelight's new research assistant - Cameron Norton, from Melbourne, Australia.

Cameron has a background in psychology and languages and has spent most of the past 10 years living in Europe and Asia. Building on a long-standing interest in the field, he recently transitioned into working in one of Melbourne’s largest alcohol and other drug treatment agencies. Cameron is passionate about reducing the stigma attached to substance use and promoting a well-informed and rational discussion about how to make substance use safe and non-destructive. As research assistant he hopes to increase the profile of Bluelight in the research community and improve communication between bluelight users and researchers.

Cameron will be working with me (Monica Barratt) maintaining and growing the research aspects of Bluelight. I'm looking forward to having someone to assist with these tasks as well as to introduce their own ideas about how best to make...

New Staffing Update!

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Hi everyone!

Bluelight is bidding a fond farewell to alasdairm who has decided after many years to step down from heading BL's Admin team. It is no secret that he has contributed more than could possibly be condensed within a single post. Ali has been the role model for generations of BL staff of all levels. His positive energies superseded mere staffing, and indeed his guiding hand and sound thinking stretched to all corners of the community. My personal indebtedness to his character both goes very far and runs very deep.

Bluelight will miss having you in its repertoire. As a community, we can be grateful that you're not leaving the site itself!

Au revoir...
:)

Despite Ali's departure, it is with great optimism and gratitude that Bluelight announces its three newest additions to the Administrative Staff!
Please join us in welcoming ebola?, sekio and baooozs to the team!

It's been a short while since Bluelight has had a full-sized team at the administrative level...

Bluelight is hiring!

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Bluelight is seeking volunteers for a couple of positions. We need a research assistant and graphics designers. You can find full details here:

Research Assistant

Graphics Designers

Follow instructions in the posts to apply for either position. Any member can apply, this is not restricted to current staff. We're excited to expand the Bluelight family with these new additions.

Reddit Users: Help Erowid win $82,765!!

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Our friends at Erowid would like our help! I can think of no web resource that has done so much for the online psychedelic community. In fact, Earth and Fire have been important mentors to Bluelight, and have helped us find out own path in the online psychedelic community. We would not be here today if it were not for them. :)

Vote here:

http://www.reddit.com/donate?organization=203256212

Visit link, scroll down, vote for Erowid.
- don't use search field -

If you have ever benefitted from either community, please join me in supporting Erowid, as every vote counts! Only existing Reddit users can vote for this round.

Thanks everyone and thanks to everyone at Erowid for all your hard work!

SG

BLUELIGHT.ORG: Reducing Harm by Educating the Individual

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BLUELIGHT.ORG: Reducing Harm by Educating the Individual

Bluelight is an international, online harm-reduction community, committed to reducing the harm associated with drug use.

Bluelight neither condones nor condemns the use of drugs. Rather, we accept that drug use will always exist irrespective of legal status or societal norms. While there is no truly safe way to use drugs, we understand that prohibition and abstinence are not realistic or desirable solutions for everyone, nor have they been adequate in addressing the serious public health concerns associated with drug use.

While there is no universal definition of drug-related harm reduction, Bluelight believes that through frank and open discussion we are able to deliver accurate information, eliminate misinformation and empower individuals to make wiser, more responsible choices.

Bluelight understands that drug use encompasses a broad range of behaviors, some safer than others, and that drug use can progress...

Our research collaborations

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Have you ever wondered how Bluelight stays online?

Bluelight co-owners have ensured the survival of the website after our benefactor passed away. There were a few options for us to establish our own revenue streams:

1. Constantly run donation drives (annoying to members, diverts from our focus, extremely time consuming for senior staff, and probably wouldn't be sufficient to pay our bills)

2. Sell advertising to the highest bidder (even more annoying to our members, clutters the site, diverts from our focus)

3. Paid memberships: defeats the purpose of providing harm reduction to the masses and would likely fail, anyway

4. Collaborate with researchers: (May have some hypothetical/theoretical drawbacks, but has many practical benefits, not the least of which includes going Bluelight an opportunity to directly contribute to the growing body of scientific research)

For many reasons we believe the last option provides Bluelight with the most benefit and least...

MAPS Receives $2 Million Grant from Colorado for Study of Medical Marijuana for PTSD

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DENVER, COLO.—On Wednesday, December 17, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment awarded a $2 million grant to the non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) for their planned study of marijuana for symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 76 U.S. veterans.

Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council recommended that MAPS receive the grant on November 24. Yesterday’s decision followed the Council’s recommendation, giving MAPS the largest of eight grants awarded by CDPHE at Wednesday’s meeting. All of the other grantees are major research universities.

CNN's Sanjay Gupta interviews Rick Doblin of MAPS: Psychedelic medicine gets a closer look

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CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, M.D., interviews Acid Test author Tom Shroder and Rick Doblin, PhD about past and present research into the benefits of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sPZU6tx4AQk
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