New Models: Drug Update 2022 w/ Michelle Lhooq
On a research trip to Berlin, LA-based journalist Michelle Lhooq — "Rave New World" Substack and "Weed: Everything You Wanted to Know But Are Too Stoned to Ask" (Penguin, 2017) — stops by NM to share her recent findings on the state of drugs and drug culture in the EU, US, and beyond. We discuss nü party paradigms and legalization grifts, “spectrum sobriety,” emergent synthetics, and the gentrification of club drugs like K, MDMA, and 3-MMC. Plus Lil Internet fills in some context with explainers on Berlin’s Telegram drug delivery services, the global rise of Indian Tramadol, and how legalization alone may not improve Berlin’s sub-par weed.
Rave New World
Field notes from the frontier of drugs and raving, by gonzo reporter Michelle Lhooq