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  • Pottery from 14th century BC points to first opium use

    09/26/2022 8:53:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    UPI shoo pie Hupaj Siupaj Hupaj Siupaj Dana ^ | September 20, 2022 | unattributed
    A joint study by the Israel Antiquities Authority, Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science has discovered the world's earliest evidence of opium use from pottery that was unearthed during an excavation in Tel Yehud, Israel. The pottery was collected and photographed at the Israel Antiquities Authority lab in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
  • Afghan Taliban launch campaign to eradicate poppy crop

    06/03/2022 8:09:27 AM PDT · by Salman · 19 replies
    AP (on their own site) ^ | 06-02-2022 | ABDUL KHALIQ
    WASHIR, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have begun a campaign to eradicate poppy cultivation, aiming to wipe out the country’s massive production of opium and heroin, even as farmers fear their livelihoods will be ruined at a time of growing poverty. ... During their first time in power in the late 1990s, the Taliban also banned poppy cultivation and with a fierce campaign of destroying croplands nearly eradicated production within two years, according to the United Nations. However, after the U.S.-led invasion that ousted the Taliban in 2001, many farmers returned to growing poppies. Over the next nearly 20...
  • Russia's Vladivostok celebration irks Chinese diplomat, says 'in the past it was our Haishenwai'

    07/05/2020 5:39:55 PM PDT · by libh8er · 16 replies
    TimesNowNews ^ | 7.3.2020 | Sidharth Shekhar
    A video posted on Chinese microblogging website Weibo by the Russian embassy of a party held today to celebrate the 160th anniversary of Vladivostok sparked online outrage with Chinese diplomats, journalists and users referring to the city by its old name ‘Haishenwai’. Vladivostok which once used to be part of China’s Qing dynasty and was known as Haishenwai was annexed by the Russian empire in 1860 after China’s defeat by the British and the French in the Second Opium war. Reacting to Russian embassy’s tweet, Shen Shiwei, a journalist working with the state-owned broadcaster CGTN, tweeted: “This “tweet” of #Russian...
  • Man From Opium-Smoking Village Imprisoned Not For Drugs But For His Conversion To Christianity

    11/30/2021 5:40:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Christianity Daily ^ | NOV 29, 2021 | Anton Carillo
    A man from an opium-smoking village in Vietnam was imprisoned for more than two years not for drugs but because he converted to Christianity. Mission News Network reported that Thuan, not his real name, was arrested by the police a few months after he converted to Christianity. Thuan grew up in a village renowned for smoking opium and excessive drinking but was invited to the nearby village two years ago to have dinner with a local missionary named Pastor Dang, also not his real name. The leader of the said ministry, whose name was not disclosed, told Mission News Network...
  • Norway study links mental illness to drugs

    05/01/2015 6:54:25 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 4-27-2015
    A new Norwegian study has shown that alcohol and drug abuse is much more common among patients suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression than in the population at large. The study, conducted by the Norwegian Institute for Public Health, looked into the extent of drug and alcohol dependence among Norwegians diagnosed with serious mental health disorders. Every fourth patient with schizophrenia and every fifth with bipolar disorder also suffered problems with substance abuse.  One in ten people who were severely depressed also had problems with alcohol or drug-related health problems.  It is estimated that one in forty Norwegians indulge...
  • Jungle Drug Ayahuasca Could Revolutionize Psychotherapy

    12/15/2013 3:24:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | Thursday, Nov 21 2013 | Olivia LaVecchia and Kyle Swenson
    Tracy James knew the drug she'd just swallowed was working when her old injuries from high school started twitching with new life. Pressure throbbed from a forgotten busted knee. Her ankle tingled. The fingers she'd sprained roller-skating decades back began to ache. Whatever the 37-year-old had just taken, it shot feeling back into the long-gone ailments. "When I did vomit, it was one of the most amazing moments of my life." For the past 45 minutes, the hut had been dark and silent, the air dripping with jungle moisture. James and nearly 20 others were sitting cross-legged on ornate rugs....
  • "Magic" mushrooms mystical for many: study

    07/11/2006 4:36:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 540+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/11/06 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - "Magic mushrooms," used by Native Americans and hippies to alter consciousness, appear to have similar mystical effects on many people, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday. At least one team of doctors is already testing whether using them can help terminal cancer patients come to terms with their fates. More than 60 percent of volunteers given capsules of psilocybin derived from mushrooms said they had a "full mystical experience." "Many of the volunteers in our study reported, in one way or another, a direct, personal experience of the 'beyond,'" said Roland Griffiths, a professor of neuroscience and psychiatry...
  • Supreme Court OKs Hallucinogenic Tea

    02/21/2006 7:42:06 AM PST · by AntiGuv · 164 replies · 2,861+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 21, 2006 | Gina Holland
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that a small congregation in New Mexico may use hallucinogenic tea as part of a four-hour ritual intended to connect with God. Justices, in their first religious freedom decision under Chief Justice John Roberts, moved decisively to keep the government out of a church's religious practice. Federal drug agents should have been barred from confiscating the hoasca tea of the Brazil-based church, Roberts wrote in the decision. The tea, which contains an illegal drug known as DMT, is considered sacred to members of O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal, which has...
  • Dr. Ecstasy (NYT puff piece on hallucinogenic chemist)

    01/30/2005 6:15:56 PM PST · by wagglebee · 111 replies · 1,537+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/30/05 | DRAKE BENNETT
    Alexander Shulgin, Sasha to his friends, lives with his wife, Ann, 30 minutes inland from the San Francisco Bay on a hillside dotted with valley oak, Monterey pine and hallucinogenic cactus. At 79, he stoops a little, but he is still well over six feet tall, with a mane of white hair, a matching beard and a wardrobe that runs toward sandals, slacks and short-sleeved shirts with vaguely ethnic patterns. He lives modestly, drawing income from a small stock portfolio supplemented by his Social Security and the rent that two phone companies pay him to put cell towers on his...
  • Survey: Teen drug use, smoking up slightly

    09/04/2003 11:25:57 AM PDT · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 71 replies · 297+ views
    CNN ^ | Thursday, September 4, 2003 | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- Illegal drug use and cigarette smoking among sixth- through 12th-graders increased slightly during the last school year compared with the year before, says a new survey. Alcohol use remained at the same level during both years.</p> <p>Nearly one-fourth, or 24 percent, of these teenagers reported using illegal drugs -- marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and others -- at least once in the 2002-2003 school year, compared with 22 percent the year before, according to the private study by Pride Surveys.</p>
  • Stone Age man took drugs, say scientists

    10/20/2008 6:31:46 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies · 615+ views
    Telegraph ^ | October 19, 2008 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    ...researchers have found equipment used to prepare hallucinogenic drugs for sniffing, and dated them back to prehistoric South American tribes. Quetta Kaye, of University College London, and Scott Fitzpatrick, an archeologist from North Carolina State University, made the breakthrough on the Caribbean island of Carriacou. They found ceramic bowls, as well as tubes for inhaling drug fumes or powders, which appear to have originated in South America between 100BC and 400BC and were then carried 400 miles to the islands. While the use of such paraphernalia for inhaling drugs is well-known, the age of the bowls has thrown new light...
  • Russian Archaeologist Says Merv Was Origin Of Zoroastrianism

    06/10/2006 3:16:44 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 1,380+ views
    Mehr News ^ | 6-10-2006
    Russian archaeologist says Merv was origin of Zoroastrianism TEHRAN, June 10 (MNA) – Russian archaeologist Victor Sarianidi believes that Merv, a province in southern Turkmenistan, was the cradle of Zoroastrianism, the Persian service of Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported here Saturday. According to Sarianidi, his archeological team has recently discovered some Zoroastrians’ temples in the region. Each has two fire temples -- one was presumably used for religious ceremonies and one for cooking, he added. The temples date back to some 3,000 years BC, estimated the archaeologist. Sarianidi had already named the legendary land of Margush as the origin...
  • Archaeologist Tells Of Digs In Central Asia (Greeks)

    05/19/2005 3:13:36 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 661+ views
    Kathumerini ^ | 5-19-2005 | Effi Hadzioannidou
    Archaeologist tells of digs in Central AsiaVictor Sariyiannidis has spent his life searching for traces of Greeks Findings from the royal Bactrian graves. A statuette of a goat, exquisitely fine work cast in gold, a gold ring engraved with a seated Athena and an inscription, and a gold clasp . These are just some of the 20,000 ancient pieces of jewelry Sariyiannidis unearthed at the site of Tilia Tepe in 1979 in what is now Afghanistan. By Effi Hadzioannidou - Kathimerini When Victor Sariyiannidis discovered the 20,000 pieces of gold jewelry in 1979 in Tilia Tepe in Afghanistan — an...
  • archaeologist Says Central Asia Was Cradle Of Ancient Persian Religion

    03/19/2005 8:59:31 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 1,743+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 3-18-2005
    Archeologist says Central Asia was cradle of ancient Persian religion Fri Mar 18, 6:24 PM ET Science - AFP ATHENS (AFP) - The mysterious Margianan civilisation which flowered in the desert of what is now Turkmenistan some 4,000 years ago was the cradle of the ancient Persian religion of Zoroastrianism, Greco-Russian archeologist Victor Sarigiannidis claimed here. He said the theory would provoke controversy amongst his fellow archeologists, but said his excavations around the site of Gonur Tepe have uncovered temples and evidence of sacrifices that would consistent with a Zoroastrian cult. The religion was founded by Zarathustra, a Persian prophet...
  • Drug Use in Ancient Greece and Rome

    09/18/2021 12:36:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 17, 2021 | toldinstone
    The Ancient Greeks and Romans used opium, marijuana, and other narcotics to relieve pain and induce sleep. They may have also enhanced rituals and enlivened banquets with hallucinogens.Drug Use in Ancient Greece and Rome | September 17, 2021 | toldinstone | 23:03
  • Taliban Move to Ban Opium Production in Afghanistan

    08/31/2021 6:37:32 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 71 replies
    Wall Street journal ^ | 8-28-21 | Sune Engel Rasmussen, Zamir Saar and James Marson
    <p>In recent days, Taliban representatives began telling gatherings of villagers in the southern province of Kandahar, one of the country’s main opium-producing regions, that the crop—a crucial part of the local economy—would now be banned.</p><p>This followed a statement by Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid at an Aug. 18 news conference in Kabul that the country’s new rulers won’t permit the drug trade. Mr. Mujahid at the time didn’t offer details of how the Islamist group intends to enforce the ban.</p>
  • Mexico’s government studying opium poppy growing

    03/08/2021 10:57:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    ktla ^ | Mar 8, 2021
    Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday the government is studying what to do about growers of opium poppies who have been hit by competition from synthetic opioids, suggesting that some sort of legalization scheme might be possible. Asked about legalizing marijuana production — a bill for which is now before Congress — López Obrador said the question also involves opium poppies grown illegally in some parts of Mexico to make heroin. “As far as commercializing marijuana and opium poppies, the decision has been made to undertake a thorough study of these crops,” López Obrador said.
  • Chinese Restaurant Operator Uses Opium To Get More Customers (No MSG)

    09/08/2020 3:19:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    A Chinese Restaurant Operator is in big trouble after he laced his noodles with Opium drugs in an attempt to keep customers coming back. Chinese Guangxi Province-based restaurant intended to get patrons addicted and increase the chances of them coming back for more. The restaurateur’s dirty trick was uncovered by mistake, after someone who ate at his local in Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County tested positive for morphine, the active component in opium, during a police inspection. The shocked man insisted that he had not willingly taken drugs, and told investigators that the only thing he had ingested that he couldn’t...
  • Traces of opiates found in ancient Cypriot vessel

    10/08/2018 11:40:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Eurekalert ^ | October 2, 2018 | University of York
    Researchers at the University of York and the British Museum have discovered traces of opiates preserved inside a distinctive vessel dating back to the Late Bronze Age. Vessels of this type, known as 'base-ring juglets', have long been thought to have links with opium use because when inverted they resemble the seed head of the opium poppy; they are known to have been widely traded in the eastern Mediterranean ca. 1650 - 1350BC. Researchers used a range of analytical techniques to study a particular juglet housed in the British Museum, which is a sealed vessel, allowing the contents inside to...
  • ONDCP Releases Data on Poppy Cultivation and Potential Opium Production in Afghanistan

    02/07/2020 4:50:11 PM PST · by ransomnote · 11 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | February 7, 2020 | White House
    Today the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released the results of the annual U.S. Government estimate measuring poppy cultivation and potential opium production in Afghanistan.The U.S. Government estimate of “Afghanistan Poppy Cultivation and Potential Opium Production” found poppy cultivation decreased in 2019 compared to 2018, but potential pure opium production increased.  Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan declined 28 percent, from 221,000 hectares in 2018 to 160,000 hectares in 2019.  Conversely, potential pure opium production increased by 21 percent, from 5,550* metric tons in 2018 to 6,700 metric tons in 2019.  Low opium prices at planting time drove the...