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In this two-part blog post, I’m comparing two papers studying the psychological effects of Salvia divinorum consumption. Last week I summarised the findings of Gonzalez et al (2006), who analysed self-report questionnaires from 32 Salvia users. This week I’ll look at a slightly different study, where only four subjects are used, but the administration of Salvia is in total control of the authors. Comparing the two papers might shed some light on Salvia divinorum and the best method of studying its hallucinogenic effects.

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Comments | Posted in Scientific Research By RJ Patrick Smith

In this two-part blog post, I’m going to compare two papers studying the psychological effects of Salvia divinorum consumption. One is an analysis of self-report questionnaires, and one is a very controlled administration of Salvia to a small group of experienced hallucinogen users. Although in both cases the authors rely on self-reporting to determine the psychological effects of the drug, the latter study has more control over the administration of the drug. Both studies are informative; but which is stronger? Is it better to have a large number of participants, or a large degree of control?

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Comments | Posted in Scientific Research By RJ Patrick Smith

Recent statistics show a neglegible rise in the number of legal highs deaths, and everyone loses their minds!

The numbers have JUMPED up from 51 in 2011 to a whopping 68 in 2012. In response to the usual outrage when this sort of thing is reported, I have prepared a graph, putting these numbers in their rightful place:

 

Note: I couldn't find alcohol stats for 2012, so I averaged the previous years. If anyone can find me the right number, I'll update the graph.

A slightly more interesting note: "Legal Highs" is actually referring to "New Psychoactive Substances". A co-author of the report mentions that 80% of "legal highs" deaths shown in this graph are actually related to chemicals that have already been banned.

Make of that what you will!

Comments | Posted in News By John Clarke

Huge February Competition

3 Feb 2014 13:54:27

We're running a massive competition this month to give away 10 whole entire grams of squidgy black! My god! If you want in, head on over to our Competition page. It's so easy to enter, you don't even need to get dressed.

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Comments | Posted in News By John Clarke

Pile of RAM

Behind The Scenes: Nerd Stuff

20 Jan 2014 15:34:10

Pile of RAM

I got back off holiday earlier this month to discover our site had been down for several days. Anyone with any experience running websites will know just how much of a pain in the arse dealing with a server can be. Well, I’ve been working long and hard since we’ve been back to fix the problem, make sure it doesn’t happen again and speed things up a bit.

As a higher IQ is associated with drug use, I hope you can forgive the departure from the usual topics found on our blog while I talk about some nerdy server-related stuff for a bit!

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Comments | Posted in News By John Clarke

Legal Highs

Your Drug Dealer Sucks

17 Dec 2013 13:16:25

Legal Highs

“A new review of "legal highs" could lead to sweeping changes to UK drug legislation, the Home Office has said.” - BBC News

It looks like the government will be reviewing its ridiculously-out-of-date drug laws in the spring of 2014, possibly introducing new legislation  to ban legal highs that are “substantially similar” to already illegal substances. If they can pull it off, it just might work. Well, it will work in the sense that it will make it difficult to buy legal highs online and in headshops, which seems to be the intended goal. What it won’t do is make anyone safer. Far from it!

Read on to find out why this law is a bad idea and why your drug dealer totally sucks!

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Comments | Posted in News By John Clarke

Good news, everyone! We now offer international shipping to a handful of countries within the EU!

At the moment, we can now ship to the following countries: UK, France, Spain, Poland The Netherlands, Jersey, The Isle of Man and Gibraltar

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Comments | Posted in News By John Clarke

A new reseach paper, published on 19th August, compared 21,967 users of "psychedlic drugs" with a representative sample of the population (130,152 total) to determine the effects of LSD, psilocybin and peyote on mental health.

Have a guess at what they found...

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3 Comments | Posted in Scientific Research By John Clarke

Salvia Extracts

Is Salvia Legal?

16 Aug 2013 11:40:37

Salvia Extracts

Of course Salvia is legal! We're a legit UK limited company who specialise in selling salvia extracts - we wouldn't break the law!

Still, it would be good to give some clarification to the issue of Salvia divinorum legality in the UK by at least mentioning some authoritative sources, so let's have a look...

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Comments | Posted in Advice and Information By John Clarke

Pub ExteriorIt feels like this country's youngsters are constantly in hospital after tangling with legal highs. Every day, there's another story in the news. Or rather, a rehash of the same couple of stories. Still, if it's all over the media, it must be important, right? Kids today are spiraling out of control and legal highs are to blame! We must obviously ban them!

Pub ExteriorIt feels like this country's youngsters are constantly in hospital after tangling with legal highs. Every day, there's another story in the news. Or rather, a rehash of the same couple of stories. Still, if it's all over the media, it must be important, right? Kids today are spiraling out of control and legal highs are to blame! We must obviously ban them!

Well, not quite.

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Comments | Posted in News By John Clarke

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