2021-2022 season drug checking report is live!

Our drug checking report for the 2021-2022 season has been published. We’ve had our busiest season yet, in terms of the numbers of events and clinics that we run, showing the demand for more drug checking as people become more proactive about drug safety. The report shows KnowYourStuffNZ tested 1,611 samples at 40 events betweenContinue reading “2021-2022 season drug checking report is live!”

Yet another synthetic cannabinoid – Aotearoa’s first finding of MDMB-5Br-INACA

We sometimes call them MWP – mystery white powders. This sample was brought to us in the central North Island as “MDMA” but someone who took it reported extreme and rapid anxiety. That doesn’t sound like MDMA. Testing indicates that this MWP isn’t a mystery any more. This one is MDMB-5Br-INACA. What the hell isContinue reading “Yet another synthetic cannabinoid – Aotearoa’s first finding of MDMB-5Br-INACA”

Psychedelics and research part 2: Why psychedelics and why now?

This is part two of a two-part blog series by our guest author Associate Professor Fiona Hutton, teacher and researcher of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington. We posted part 1 What’s all the fuss about psychedelics? last week Due to the sustained efforts of a number of organisations and individuals such as the BeckleyContinue reading “Psychedelics and research part 2: Why psychedelics and why now?”

Psychedelics and research part 1: What’s all the fuss about psychedelics?

This is part one of a two-part blog series by our guest author Associate Professor Fiona Hutton, teacher and researcher of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington For those of you who enjoy the recreational use of psychedelics you might have been a bit surprised by the ‘psychedelic renaissance’ that is happening in mental healthContinue reading “Psychedelics and research part 1: What’s all the fuss about psychedelics?”

Drug and Substance Checking Legislation Bill passes into law

Volunteer drug checking organisation KnowYourStuffNZ welcomes the news that drug checking will become permanently legal, with the passing of the Drug and Substance Checking Legislation Bill through its third reading. Aotearoa New Zealand is the first country in the world to have explicitly legal drug checking. “The Act will provide permanent legal standing for ourContinue reading “Drug and Substance Checking Legislation Bill passes into law”