For centuries nutmeg has been used as a psychoactive drug, falling in and out of popularity. It is often selected because it is cheap and easy to come by, (there might be some in your kitchen spice rack right now). Nutmeg is sometimes used to ease symptoms when experiencing opiate/ opioid withdrawal.
Since the 12th century people have used nutmeg as both a drug with medicinal properties and a seasoning. French astrologer, Nostradamus, was said to have induced his prophetic visions by ingesting large quantities of nutmeg. Malcom X is even quoted noting “a penny matchbox full of nutmeg had the kick of three or four reefers,” in his autobiography.
A drug with such a rich history is sure to peak some people’s interest and curiosities, especially being so cheap and easy to access. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of the dangers and risk of harm when ingesting nutmeg in high quantities. Currently there is a recurring “Nutmeg Challenges” trend on social media sites like Facebook and TikTok where people (especially teens and young adults) are filming themselves after consuming 2-4 tablespoons of nutmeg.
Light to moderate doses for ground nutmeg range from 5-20g, (roughly 1-5 teaspoons), with strong doses being from 20-30g, (roughly 5-7 teaspoons).
Boofing, also known as “hooping”*, “booty-bumping”, “butt-chugging”, “shelving”, “stuffing”, “plugging” or “alcohol enemas”, is when you put alcohol or another drug into your rectum. These terms will change depending on who you’re with, or where you’re using. For example, the terms ‘hooping’ or ‘hoopers’ is also used in party scenes to refer to the act of hula hooping or the people who hula hoop. In some places “boofing” is slang for smoking weed. Make sure that everyone is on the same page to avoid embarrassing mix ups!
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Black Lives Matter. All the time. In harm reduction. In nightlife. In art. In policy. In drug using communities. In LGBTQ2s+ communities. In activism. In crafting communities. In mental health. In feminism. Black Lives Matter.
The Trip! Project presents Harm Reduction 101, with an emphasis on harm reduction during Covid. This workshop series is free, and open to all including community members, service providers, or anyone that wants to learn about this topic.
In Part 1 of this workshop (Friday June 26th, 3PM) we will discuss: Drug use trends during Covid; Harm reduction & drugs with a focus on party drugs; overdose prevention strategies & and transmission risk reduction strategies when meeting dealers or picking up drugs.
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Part 2 (Tuesday June 30th) will explore more in-depth topics related to withdrawal and returning to use after Covid; mental health, and safety at online parties as well as a longer question session for anything from either of these 2 workshops.
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Please REGISTER, you will be sent the info before the workshops begin!
Stay tuned for: Relationships during Covid workshop, coming early July 2020!
Cannabis edibles have been made and enjoyed by many people for many years. Since legalization of cannabis, weed infused edibles are becoming increasingly more common. However, supply of legal edibles is limited, and the dosage may be lower than some users would want. With the black market options vast in dosage and flavours, some users turn to black market brands or homemade. Black market or homemade edibles are unregulated though. A study of edibles across Canada showed that products contained 1/5th to ½ of the THC labeled on the package. What can make edibles even more unpredictable is the number of servings in each edible product (such as a brownie or gummy bear) can change from product to product. Here are some tips on how you can be safe and have fun while ingesting edibles.
It’s easy to quickly get caught up in the flow of regular life again after a profound experience, allowing the deep insights to be replaced with to-do lists and schedules. Coming back to reality can be shocking as well. Here you are, having had this profound experience, yet the people around you may have no idea. How do you process what you learned and discovered on your trip and incorporate it into your everyday life? This is where integration comes in. Alex Theberge, a therapist who specializes in plant medicines and psychedelic experiences, describes integration as: “the process by which the experiences that occurred during ceremony, or during a psychedelic experience, translate into actual changes in your life”. The Psychedelic Times says that “Integration is arguably the single most important factor in what gives a psychedelic experience lasting therapeutic and personal growth value, rather than being a wild ride that sweeps you up for a few hours before fading away into memory”. This blog has some suggestions for how you can begin to integrate your psychedelic experience into your life.
Vaping is a recent harm reduction alternative to smoking cigarettes or tobacco. There are various misconceptions and myths about vaping that not many people have heard about. Vaping has been found to be a healthier alternative to smoking because it burns at a lower temperature and exposes you to less harmful contaminants than a conventional cigarette.
Many adults worry that younger folks could be attracted to it due to its tasty flavours such as peach, cotton candy, fruit loops, strawberry cream, churros, and even “nerdz” candy. Even when e-cigarettes and vaporizers are outlawed for anyone under 19, keep in mind that teens from all generations have gotten access to cigarettes, and will most likely continue to vape in this generation as well. The best thing to do now is to educate yourself and others about vaping so you’re in the know. Continue reading
As many of you know through every day life, not to mention various media scandals, and the #metoo campaign, “no means no.” To some, this movement could come off as new wave feminism that puts very confusing restrictions towards people. In reality, consent is everywhere. Whether it’s for sex, physical contact, or even to take a picture. This brings us to the big question…
What is consent?
Consent is an active agreement for something to happen (sexual or otherwise) or to do something between two or more people. It is an ongoing process that often needs a little added reassurance to guarantee comfortability towards everyone. But what does consent look like? Making sure you ask to do something whenever necessary to ensure people’s comfortability, safety, and needs. That doesn’t mean that you have to ask every 5 minutes! Consent can come through various ways throughout your normal day-to-day life through things like:
- Physical interaction such as hugging, high fives, shoulder taps, handshakes, etc.
- Bringing people over to private personal spaces
- Sharing personal information and/or things
- Taking photos
- Posting online
- Forming new relationships
- Privacy terms on social media
Why consent is important
Simple; it’s just being a decent human being. It’s important to be able to respect one another and especially to respect each other’s boundaries, whether the person is a stranger, a really close friend, or your partner. Besides, you don’t want to end up in a problematic situation simply because you didn’t want to ask! We are all a part of creating a community where people can feel safe and included without fear of harassment, shame, exclusion, and judgement.
How to ask for consent
Consent doesn’t have to be awkward or forward. It can be fun and sexy too! Here are a few examples of asking for consent in casual conversations:
- “Do you like that?”
- “Do you want me to____?”
- “Is it okay if I____?”
Some ways you can ask for consent from your partner or someone you’ve already been talking to about sexy times :
(do NOT use these for strangers – they are kind of harassy!)
- “Should I get a condom?”
- “Let’s get these clothes off ;3”
- Making suggestive humping movements and going “eehhh??” ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
It’s super important to be able to accept a “no” in response to any of these, and even thank the person for having good boundaries!