“Ten Commandments” of safer drug use
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People are dying because of ignorance. They are dying because unremitting propaganda is denying them essential safety information. They are dying because legislators and the media are censoring the science, and are ruthlessly pushing an ideological agenda instead. They are dying because the first casualty of war is truth, and the war on drugs is no different.
1. Research, research, and research … Know as much as is reasonably possible about the chemical or botanical you intend to use well before you do so. 2. Source carefully … How confident are you that the substance is exactly what you expect it to be? Is it likely to have been cut with something undesirable? Could it be something close to, but not exactly what you ordered? Could something have gone wrong during manufacture or transport? Does your source have any sort of reputation? When you have obtained the substance itself, the safety process has barely begun. Don’t succumb to temptation to shortcut any of the following steps. 3. Test it*. If you are less than 100% certain regarding the content or purity of your substance, testing it is an absolute must-do. 4. Invest in, and use, some milligram (0.001g) scales. It should be obvious that dosing is a central issue, and that many chemicals are extremely dose sensitive, including at low levels.You shouldn’t scrimp on or bypass this matter under any circumstances. 5. Properly and rationally consider the dose. Always remember that you can take more if you need to, but you cannot un- take what you have already taken. This is something I cannot emphasize enough. 6. Perform allergy tests. The risk here may appear to be small, but in some cases the impact of a serious allergy could be fatal. 7. Ask yourself if you are feeling okay. Delay or abandon the experience if there are any doubts or concerns. 8. Plan the experience, and its parameters, so that you don’t take rash decisions under the influence. For all psychoactives, bear in mind that your judgement and functionality may be severely impaired, which could be a significant factor if you are likely to find yourself in a public place, or indeed, any location in which you may be subjected to risk or danger. 9. Have the contact details of help services to hand in case of urgent need. Write down what you are dosing and place the note in a prominent place on your person. In the worst scenario, this may assist the emergency services. 10. Give your body plenty of time to recover and your mind due time to assimilate the experience. In other words, if you are [person who uses drugs regularly], take a break between psychoactive sessions, and a long break between sessions using substances from the same class.