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Welcome to the EADD Essential Reading thread!



In an effort to make access of harm minimisation (HR) and drug discussion (DD) threads easier, the EADD Essential Reading thread has been created as a resource thread that contains and catalogues links to particularly useful HR/DD threads.

If you have a question, this thread might be able to point you in the direction of an answer.

Each substance covered has it's own section, broken down into five rough areas: overview, usage, contra-indications & combinations, legal discussion, general discussion. Because the aim of the thread is to collate and highlight threads from the EADD forums on Bluelight, some substances will not have all areas covered. However, this is an ongoing project and each section will be updated as threads are created.

Although some sections are thin on the ground (and in some cases non-existant), there's no reason why this resource should be considered as a stop-gap, temporary measure. There's a whole Shulgin's-worth of substances to cover and there's no reason why our "essential reading" shouldn't grow and grow into a library - penned by EADD's finest.

Click on one of the links below and you'll be taken to that substance's section, or browse through the sections below.

This has now also been updated to include a list of megathreads which you may find useful. Megathreads consolidate information and are an excellent resource, as well as being a good place to ask questions. This section is currently under development.​



MEGATHREADS:

aMT Megathread (version 2)
version 1

Benzo Discussion Megathread (version 3)
version 1, version 2

Cocodamol, Codeine and Dihydrocodeine (DHC) Megathread


Cold Water Extraction Megathread by monstanoodle

Desoxypipradol (2-DPMP) Megathread

GBL/GHB megathread (version 5)
version 1, version 2, version 3, version 4.

GBL/GHB Addiction & Withdrawal Megathread (version 2)

version 1

MDA Megathread


[URL="http://www.bluelight.ru/vb/threads/605204-Mdai"]MDAI Megathread[/URL]
archived MDAI thread

Mephedrone Megathread (version 11)

version 1, version 2, version 3, version 4, version 5, version 6, version 7, version 8, version 9, version 10

Mephedrone Addiction v2

Mephedrone Addiction v1

Methoxetamine aka "roflcoptr" HR Guide by Vader
archived MXE megathread

New (or relatively new) RCs in the UK Megathread (volume 5)
volume 1, volume 2, volume 3, volume 4.

Synthetic Opioid Megathread



CHAPTERS:

GHB and GBL

Ketamine

LSD

Magic Mushrooms

MDMA / Ecstasy

2C-B

Codeine

Opium

Amphetamine / Speed

AMT

 
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GHB and GBL


OVERVIEW:

  • Bluelight FAQ: GHB/1,4B/GBL
    The mother of all GHB and GBL threads! This covers just about everything you'll need to know, from the substance effects, dosage, addiction potential, contra-indications, side-effect profiles, substance chemistry, overdose advice and a meaty section on harm minimisation techniques.

  • General GBL advice for the new user
    This thread covers the basics of GBL use from a new user's perspective: discussions around dosage, dilution ratios, dose 'bumps', administration techniques and the inevitable anecdotes about passing out.


USAGE:



WITHDRAWING:
  • Current GHB/GBL Addiction & Withdrawal Megathread - v2
    Self explanatory. What happens when you experience withdrawals and how do you know it's happening? The thread also revisits the basics of G usage, looking at dosage and frequency to prevent withdrawal from occurring. Lots of fantastic HR information in here and a good place to start if you have a query about GBL withdrawals.

  • GHB/GBL Addiction & Withdrawal Megathread - v1
    Previous version of the addiction and withdrawal thread.

  • The GHB/GBL withdrawal Thread
    Very interesting thread. Written from a personal perspective, the poster extrapolates theories about how GBL/GHB withdrawal happens at a neurological level. Discussions around this theory follow.

  • Zopiclone for GBL WDs
    Does it work? Short discussion around Zopiclone's high affinity for GABA receptors and it's potential to offset GBL withdrawals. No information around safe use.


STORAGE:
  • Using GBL in public/storage (taking GBL to the pub)
    Following on from the above discussion is another thread examining methods of using GBL in public which, inevitably, leads onto questions about the ideal storage container for GBL, and the chemical compounds that prevent GBL from 'eating' through particular plastics.


CONTRAINDICATIONS & COMBINATIONS:
  • Mixing GBL with Benzos
    CNS depressants really shouldn't be mixed. But if you intend to pursue this avenue, this thread gives an overview of people's experiences, experimented dosages and techniques to protect themselves. This is a touchy subject!

  • GBL as THC solvent?
    Can GBL be used as a solvent for extracting the THC from marijuana/hash? Suggestions are offered on how to do this effectively. The OP reports back with their extraction method and brief report on effectiveness.

  • How safe is taking GBL after BZP?
    Is this a safe combination? Subjective experiences of people who have used the two substances in this manner.

  • GBL and 2CB
    Discussion about this combination, with subjective experiences.


GENERAL DISCUSSION:
  • GHB for me!
    General discussion around GHB use, comparisons made to GBL and anecdotal reports of differentiating effects.
 
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Ketamine


OVERVIEW:
  • Bluelight FAQ: Ketamine (external thread)
    This FAQ will cover the basics of ketamine use. It looks at the drug's effects, dosages, preparation of liquid ketamine, routes of administration, side effect profile and discussions around ketamine's usefulness as a psychedelic.

  • General ketamine advice
    First time using? You'll want to read the Bluelight Ketamine FAQ (linked above), but this thread also covers the main points of ketamine use from a first-time user's perspective. Administration routes (including nasal and intra-muscular), the potential benefits of pre-lining your stomach Vs dropping on an empty stomach when using oral administration, and some 'walkthrough' advice on how to get most out of the experience.

  • Ketamine
    What is it... exactly? Overview of ketamine, links to other sources and information about administration methods, dosages, safe usage and things/substances to avoid mixing with. Thread also develops into a discussion of personal preferences of ket use.

  • Ketamine - what does it look like?
    Thread that covers general descriptions of quality ketamine, what to look out for and what to avoid. Contains pictures for identification purposes.

USAGE:
  • How much does it take for you to k-hole?
    A thread that looks at how much a person needs to k-hole and what factors will influence dosage: body weight, acquired tolerance, frequency. Also provides some subjective opinions and experiences on how dosage varies, along with links to external sources providing accurate dosing information.

  • Smoking Ket?
    Worthwhile route of administration? Probably not.

  • IM Ketamine
    This thread covers the main principles of aseptic technique when converting crystallised ketamine into it's liquid form, and the best possible practice when administrating an intra-muscular injection.

  • Oral ketamine
    Thread covers the advantages and potential down sides of this administrative route, descriptions of onset, and some crossover discussion about IM routes.

  • Ketamine Liquid to Ketamine Crystal ratio
    Following on from the techniques in the above thread, this topic discusses the amount of crystals one should expect from a set amount of 'cooked' Ketamine liquid, and also outlines the various yields people have had when 'cooking' their ketamine. Reasons for this variation are offered.

CONTRAINDICATIONS & COMBINATIONS:
  • Ket & coke?
    Straightforward thread asking for people's experiences of mixing cocaine and ketamine.

  • Ketamine and opiates
    This thread covers the possibility that ketamine's efficacy may be affected when used either in conjunction with opiates, or taken after prolonged opiate use. Possible neurological reasons for this phenomena are discussed.

  • Doing ketamine while on Prozac?
    Again, a straight-forward question. Should ketamine be taken while using an SSRI?

  • Ketamine and Valium?
    Thread requesting subjective experiences of this combination.

  • Piracetam/nootropics & ketamine
    Thread looking at the effects of nootropics in an attempt to reduce the side-effect profile of ketamine. Thread discusses techniques and ideas of how to manage these effects and which nootropics may be most effective or ineffective.

GENERAL DISCUSSION:
  • Ketamine Dangers (external thread)
    A single post in the FAQ section, detailing a user's perspective on the possible dangers of ketamine use, looking at both short-term and prolonged usage. The post also covers the possibility of neurological damage from ketamine use.

  • Ketamine and Depression
    Short discussion around the results of a study suggesting that ketamine could have potential use in treating depression.
  • Worried about visual distortions after K-hole
    A discussion about a phenomena of visual distortions and perceptual effects (stars, shifting colours, fuzziness) after a K-hole.
 
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LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide)


USAGE:
  • Set & Setting & LSD
    A really great thread to read through. The main points are all covered in how to maximise the beneficial aspects of your trip, how to avoid the dangers and how one should mentally prepare for the experience. Much of the advice applies just as equally to other psychedelics.

  • How to tell 5-MeO-AMT from LSD?
    Discuusion about the possibility of 5-MeO-AMT and other substances being applied to blotters in the absence of LSD, and how to tell the difference between the two.

CONTRAINDICATIONS & COMBINATIONS:
  • About 2CB / LSD & cross tolerance
    Interesting thread exploring why the effects of 2CB and LSD appear to be diminished when used in close succession, and also whether a similar phenomena is observed with concurrent use of MDMA.

GENERAL DISCUSSION:
  • The ACIEEEEEEEEEED!!! Appreciation Thread
    An appreciation of all things acidic. A very large thread, but it contains some general discussion around experiences, first-time use, low-dose tripping, etc. Again, use the search function to search the thread for keywords.

  • Stupidest shit you've heard about acid trips
    A gloriously bad-tempered discussion around the truth about LSD hallucinations. Debate centres around whether hallucinations are merely 'perceptual errors' or whether acid has the potential to produce all-encompassing hallucinations.

  • LSD availability in UK?
    Ongoing discussion about the quality of blotters in specific areas of the UK. Feel free to bump.

  • LSD could it turn our shitty society around
    The thread title says it all. An interesting thread coving whether acid can actually benefit society as a whole. Areas covered include: the effect of acid on the user, whether there is a pre-determined value to a substance, individualistic Vs community change... A huge thread, but well worth reading.
 
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Magic Mushrooms


OVERVIEW:
  • The Big & Dandy Mushroom Thread (external thread)
    A fairly old and general thread in the Psychedelic Forum. When viewing the thread, it might be easier to search the individual thread (see the option, top-right above the opening post) for the information you want. Covers administration routes, degradation and potency loss, storage, side effects and a variety of random questions.

  • The Shroomery (external link)
    Pretty much THE place to go for all your mushroom needs. The Shroomery is dedicated to "providing accurate information about magic mushrooms, so people can make informed decisions about what they put in their bodies."

USAGE:
  • Mushroom Dosages
    Provides links to online mushroom dosage calculators, where dosage can by determined by mushroom strain, etc. Brief comments about the accuracy of such calculators.

LEGAL DISCUSSION:
  • Current Mushroom laws in the UK
    Following the change to UK laws pertaining to magic mushrooms, this thread attempts to discuss the laws around both mushrooms, growkits and spores. Good thread, lots of detail.

  • Could mushrooms become legal again?
    An optomistic thread on the possibility that EU law could supersede UK law banning magic mushrooms. Rumours abound...

  • Growing Mushrooms?
    Similar to the first thread in this section, this thread discusses (in brief) the laws around growkits and spores, but further discusses wild mushroom picking.

STORAGE & DRYING:
  • Mushroom storage
    An other old thread centring on appropriate methods of storing fresh mushrooms. Inevitably, the discussion also covers methods of preserving and drying mushrooms and what methods are storage are appropriate for mushrooms in dried form.

GENERAL DISCUSSION:
  • Picking mushrooms in the UK
    General discussion on picking wild mushrooms, varieties available, common locations, excellent links to harm reduction sites offering photos of commonly-ingested poisonous mushrooms, and a discussion about Fly Agarics. Useful thread.

  • Growing mushrooms
    Another general thread offering links and advice on spores and mushroom growing methods.
 
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MDMA / Ecstasy


OVERVIEW:
  • Pillreports.com
    Bluelight's sister site, Pillreports is a global database of Ecstasy pills based on both subjective user reports and scientific analysis. "Ecstasy" is traditionally the name for MDMA based pills, however here we also include closely related substances such as MDA, MDEA, MBDB. Pills sold as "Ecstasy" often include other, potentially more dangerous, substances such as methamphetamine, ketamine and PMA. Pillreports is dedicated to identifying dangerous adulterants, and performs a vital harm reduction service that can prevent many of the problems associated with "Ecstasy" use before they happen.

  • MDMA Crystals - what do they look like?
    Another discussion about what constitutes good crystals. Descriptions, debates over colour and pictures are provided. Worth a quick read.

USAGE:
  • Crystal MDMA - how much do you take?
    A thread discussing the accurate dosage of MDMA crystal. The thread covers the best first-time dosage, the use of 'bumps' or 'follow up' doses, and the use of high doses.

  • Dissolving pills/MDMA into a solution
    This thread starts by asking about the feasibility of dissolving pills into champagne, but develops into a discussion about administration routes (parachuting/bombing, plugging) with a few anecdotal reports of the effects of taking a pill in the form of a solution, slowly, over the course of an hour.

CONTRAINDICATIONS & COMBINATIONS:
  • MDMA and alcohol?
    A worthwhile combination, or something that merely dulls the MDMA experience?

  • Piperazines and MDMA???
    Short thread with link to larger discussion in Ecstasy Discussion.

  • Is 2c-c safe with MDMA?
    Anecdotal suggestions around the safety of this combination.

  • Bluelight FAQ: Using Viagra with MDMA to facilitate erections in Males (external thread)
    Very important read. Packed full of facts and harm reduction advice, the FAQ covers the basics of why the two substances are consumed, the experience of mixing the substances, the side effects, dosing and titration, and tonnes of other harm reduction advice. Worth reading if you plan to combine MDMA with Viagra.

  • Vaccinations and MDMA
    Given the possibility of weakening the immune system, is it such a great idea to use MDMA having received a series of vaccinations?

  • MDMA and PPI's (lanzoprazole)
    A short discussion about whether lanzoprazole is safe to use alongside MDMA.

GENERAL DISCUSSION:
 
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2c-b


OVERVIEW:
  • 2CB Advice
    A thread started by a first-time user in advance of their trip. There's a decent amount of advice in this thread: dosages, settings, safe drug combinations, empty stomach Vs full stomach, administration methods, some excellent anecdotal reports of people's experiences (so you know what to expect) and suggestions for improving the experience of your trip.

USAGE:
  • 2CB: What's a good starting dosage?
    Personal recommendations of what dosage is appropriate to use on your fist 2CB trip.

  • 2CB two nights in a row?
    Opinions about people's experiences of re-dosing the day after. Opinions on tolerance, "losing the magic" and some suggestions for enhancing the trip.

STORAGE:

CONTRAINDICATIONS & COMBINATIONS:
  • About 2CB / LSD & cross tolerance
    Interesting thread exploring why the effects of 2CB and LSD appear to be diminished when used in close succession, and also whether a similar phenomena is observed with concurrent use of MDMA.

  • Methylone appetiser followed 2C-B for main course
    Short thread on the merits and experiences of this combination.

  • Gbl + 2cb =
    Thread that discusses whether this is a useful combination, examination of any risks and subjective opinions on it's effectiveness.

GENERAL DISCUSSION:
  • 2C-B
    Some interesting background reading on 2C-B. The thread covers dosage, "purity" and side effects.

  • 2CB side effects
    Subjective discussions on numerous reported side effects: perceptual problems, tunnel vision, stunted emotions...

  • 2CB and alcohol and headaches
    Anecdotal reports of headache after 2CB usage. Discussions around interaction with alcohol, seriousness of the complaint and likely causes.

  • Just how trippy is 2c-b for you?
    This thread asks how strong 2CB's 'mental component' is, whether it has any greater dimension than purely visual entertainment and how it compares to other psychedelics in it's class.

  • 2CBliss, 2CBad Trip, 2CBugger All's Happening
    A thread looking at the differing effects of 2CB. A generalised thread that touches on dosage, effect curve, diminishing effects over long-term use, side-effects, etc.
 
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Codeine


OVERVIEW:
  • Erowid Codeine FAQ (external link)
    Useful page of the Erowid site. Covers legality, common sources of non-prescription codeine, effects, side-effect profile, dosages, extraction methods (CWE) and possible drug interactions.

USAGE:
  • Is filtration in a CWE necessary?
    Straightforward question. Alternatives to coffee filters are discussed.

  • Nurofen+
    Is it a myth that Nurofen+ can be split length-ways in order to separate the ibuprofen from the codeine?

  • So fucking itchy!! - Codeine
    A discussion about the inevitable side effects of high-dose codeine use: itching, histamine release and the dreaded constipation. Suggestions for safe methods of reducing these side effects are discussed.

GENERAL DISCUSSION:
  • Brands of codeine
    What brands are available, what is their codeine content and what are the advantages of extracting codeine from an ibuprofen-based over a paracetamol-based medicine?

  • Solpaflex, like Nurofen Plus?
    Short discussion about the contents of a specific brand.
 
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Opium


USAGE:
  • How long till physical opiate addiction? (using opium)
    Brief thread on opium addiction, and the possibility of GBL being used as a tapering substances to reduce withdrawals.

  • Poppy Tea
    Starts off slow, but develops into a discussion about the best methods of making the tea and possible 'sweetners' to make things more palettable. Dose variability is also discussed.

CONTRAINDICATIONS & COMBINATIONS:

LEGAL DISCUSSION:
  • Poppy Tea in Europe?
    Discussion regarding the legal status of poppy seeds in Europe (or the UK), the limits of how the law interprets the posession of poppy seeds, and the availability of such materials online.

GENERAL DISCUSSION:
  • The return of the opium season
    Short thread covering poppy cultivation, some efforts at plant/genus identification, and a short discussion about extraction methods.

  • Growing poppies
    Thread covering some basic cultivating tips, dosage and preparation methods.
 
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Amphetamine / Speed


OVERVIEW:
  • Bluelight FAQ: Amphetamine (external thread)
    Written some time ago by BigTrancer and Renegade, but still as relevant today. This covers just about everything you need to know about amphetamine use: forms of speed, method of action, administration routes, recommended dosages, how to avoid the dangers, discussions about the chemical structure and a look at freebasing the substance.

  • What to look for in European speed?
    Covers the basics of what's available, in what form and (roughly) how to identify it. Discussion also covers theories on purity and extraction.

  • Base and Speed
    Very interesting thread that initially attempts to decipher what differences there are between the two, but develops into a discussion around terminology, the chemical and physical differences between the two forms, and how they may have been produced. Worth reading.

  • Effects of speed
    Again, a question asked by a new user to the drug. The thread covers the main effects of speed, comparisons of effects in different forms of 'speed' and amphetamines and suggestions for further reading around the subject.

USAGE:
  • Safer use of stimulants (external thread)
    Useful guide to reducing the risks of stimulant use, looking after your neurotransmitters, use of supplements and other pharmaceuticals to minimise the effects of emotional comedown and physical side effects.

  • Harmreduction.org's guide to IV injection (external link)
    Pretty much THE best online guide to IV administration. Covers the basics of aseptic technique, the risks and methods of safe injecting. Worth reading.

  • Bluelight FAQ: Intravenous and Intramuscular Injection (external link)
    Bluelight's own guide to injecting, written by Orlando. Covers the risks of injection, methods of making injecting safer, the supplies needed to do so, and a step-by-step guide to both intramuscular and intravenous methods. Although the guide gives common methods of filtering substances,it should be stressed that you should always attempt to use micron filters when performing any injection.

CONTRAINDICATIONS & COMBINATIONS:
  • SSRIs and amphetamines?
    Can SSRI's be combined with amphetamines - specifically, dopaminergics? This thread provides links to information on the subject, brief discussion of side-effects and subjective experience of mixing specific SSRI's with specific dopaminergics.

GENERAL DISCUSSSION:
  • I've burnt my speed!
    Left your speed on a cooker for some strange apparent reason? Does burnt speed work? Is caramelised phet worth the bother... and is it safe to take?
 
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OVERVIEW:
  • Erowid AMT Vault (external link)
    The usual overview from Erowid.

  • AMT
    Very general appreciation thread on AMT. Briefly covers effects, combinations, dosages and legality.

USAGE:

CONTRAINDICATIONS & COMBINATIONS:
  • Mixing AMT and MDMA?
    Straightforward question with a complicated answer. Discussions around the potential risks of this combination.

STORAGE:
 
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