Covid19 & Connecting (Holiday Edition)

Winter is upon us and whatever holidays you celebrate or markers of time passing you acknowledge, there is usually an element of traditions, gathering with loved ones, special food and gift or token giving involved. All of that will look somewhat different this year, there’s no doubt about that, and there are still many options for connecting with each other and reflecting on the previous year.

What are some Activities you can do with low/no risk?

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Nutmeg Challenge, Cheap Thrills or Vibe Kills

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History/Intro

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.

Safety/Dosing

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).

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The Low-down on Low-mood – Harm reduction for Mood Supplements

When we have a headache, it’s easy to grab a pill for the pain. But what do we do when we’re in a bit of a slump? Some people swear by supplements reported to boost serotonin (the happy chemical) and your mood, but even herbal supplements have risks. Most of these supplements are unregulated or poorly regulated, and are not considered “drugs”. They can have mild to severe side effects, and dangerous interactions with prescription pharmaceuticals as well as recreational party drugs. There are many of these supplements available on the market, but we’re going to look at a few common ones in this blog: St. John’s Wort, 5-HTP, and valerian root.

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***Please note that this is an informational overview on the interactions between SSRI and SNRI medications with recreational substances. You should always tell your doctor what recreational substances you use when considering treatments for depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. There may be additional risks and side effects not listed here!***

SSRI and SNRI?

SSRI’s (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) and SNRI’s (Serotonin-Norepinephrine Re-uptake inhibitors) are widely known antidepressant medications that are also prescribed for many other conditions. They can be prescribed by your doctor for anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), fibromyalgia and nerve pain syndromes, and even conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and premature ejaculation. Because they are prescribed for a wide variety of conditions, some folks may not be aware that they are taking antidepressant medications! This is important because there are significant risks associated with taking SSRI/SNRI medications and using recreational drugs, which is why you should always ask your doctor or other healthcare professional if there are any interactions between the drugs you use and the drugs they give you – every time! Even after talking to your doctor, it’s a good idea to take charge of your health and do your own research (such as reading this blog!)

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Boofing Safety

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!

How does it work?
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Trip! Project’s Harm Reduction During Covid Workshop Series

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.

Register here!

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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!

 

Edibles

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.

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