Global Drug Survey 2015

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Last year almost 80,000 people from around the world shared their experience and expertise with us by participating in the Global Drug Survey (GDS), which resulted in the guides pre- sented in this edition of ILLEGAL. We are expanding the project and we need your help. At a time of unprecedented change in the world […]

A guide to CANNABIS

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Usual dose 50–250 mgTime to onset 2–10 min Time to peak 20–60 min Duration of action 2–8 hrs. There are many types of cannabis. Regardless of whether you use herbal (pot/skunk), oil or resin (hashish), the things that increase the risks of harm the most are smoking and mixing cannabis with tobacco. The study by […]

A guide to ALCOHOL

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Usual dose 20-40* gTime to onset 15-30 min Time to peak 1-2 hrs. Duration of action 3-6 hrs. *g of pure alcohol. Amount depends on the person and the drink. Other than drink less, don’t mix your drinks (especially brown spirits and red wine), and don’t take loads of stimulant drugs (or caffeinated energy drinks) […]

A guide to MDMA

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Usual dose 80–100 mgTime to onset 30–60 min Time to peak 2–3 hrs. Duration of action 6–8 hrs. MDMA comes as pills/tablets or crystal (powder). According to Global Drug Survey, most people seem to prefer crystal MDMA to tablets because it is easier to adjust the dose. However, the uncertainty about what both tablets and […]

1 – TAKE A TEST DOSE

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How to deal with a lack of quality control? Knowing how strong your drug is can help you adjust your dose so hopefully you get the effect you want. Take a ‘test dose’ by taking a quarter of a pill or a tiny fraction of the assumed dose and wait at least 60–90 minutes before […]

A guide to NEW DRUGS

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Usual dose Don’t knowTime to onset Don’t know Time to peak Don’t know Duration of action Don’t know New drugs, aka mystery white powders, refer to very diverse compounds. But the principles remain the same: if you don’t know how the drug ‘drives’ — go easy before you put your foot down. Regardless of the […]

13 – FINELY CHOP POWDER

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Finer powders go further (maybe). Finely grinding/chopping up your cocaine, may allow for better interaction with the nasal lining, better dose management, easier snorting action, reduced waste and nasal damage. It might also make your drugs last longer. Many people seem to consider this an important strategy. GDS is not completely convinced by the evidence […]

10 – CLEAN NOSE AFTER USE

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All stimulant drugs (like cocaine, amphetamine and mephedrone) work in much the same way. They all cause the release of chemical transmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. As they draw from the same source, using more than one will lead to more rapid exhaustion. Combined use also seems to lead to an increased risk of […]