Integrating Psychedelic Experiences

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.

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V A P E S

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

All About DMT

What is DMT? 

Summary:

  • DMT is a psychedelic drug that is similar to mushrooms, both chemically and in terms of its subjective effects, but known to be far more intense due to its availability in smokeable form.
  • DMT used to be quite obscure, but has been increasing in popularity lately.
  • Usually available in smokeable form as a powder or crystal that is white to yellow and has a distinct aethereal smell. The Ehrlich reagent can be used to detect the presence of tryptamine psychedelics.
  • Have somebody else light your tokes for you! It is very dangerous to be holding a hot pipe full of liquid DMT while you are tripping your face off!
  • DMT is not physically harmful, but like other psychedelics, it has very intense mental and spiritual effects that are to be taken very seriously.
  • DMT is one of the few psychedelics that can be smoked, and the quick and extreme peak of smoking a psychedelic leads to a very sudden and intense subjective experience compared to the usual doses of orally ingested psychedelics like LSD and mushrooms.
  • DMT trips only last about 10 minutes, with a come-up that is less than a minute and a similarly fast comedown, but one should still take time to process the experience despite the short duration.

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Cosplay & Consent

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! 

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Using Cannabis for the First Time

 

First time trying cannabis?  We will be discussing what to expect on your first high!

Cannabis has recently been legalized in Canada. Even though cannabis may now be legal, it can still be tough for youth to find helpful information about it. The info on the Canadian government websites might be confusing. It also doesn’t give solid info on what to expect when you eat edibles or smoke cannabis for the first time. But never fear – we got you!

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Getting High on Booze

Do you like to drink? Do you drink to get drunk? Sometimes it’s easy to forget that alcohol is a drug, and drinking is a form of getting high. Most conversations about drug use encourage users to keep dosage in mind, and to think about the timeline of a specific drug. For example, if you take MDMA, you know you’ll be high for around 4-6 hours, and if you choose to do more during that time you will be high for a longer period of time.

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House Party Harm Reduction

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With many of Toronto’s beloved venues shutting down, more and more youth are partying at home. And why not? A house party can be a safer space for folks to use drugs, be silly, hang out with friends and make it a night to remember. House parties also give you the power to make the rules about what goes and what doesn’t. Whether you’re partying or hosting, we can all have a blast by using some simple harm reduction tips:

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Tips for Out of Towners in Toronto Party Scenes

Raving can be a great way to gain amazing friends, interesting people, hear some new tracks, and meet people from all over, but not all of us are lucky enough to just head down the street to a party and get home the same night. Some of us live outside of Toronto and have to travel quite a ways to get to a party.

We have done our fair share of these treks and have learned tricks to survive those long missions out and back home. Travelling from out of town can be scary and intense if you’re not use to it, but it can also be really fun! So here are some tips for SURVIVING A PARTY OUT OF TOWN. DUN DUN DAAAAA!

Getting there (and Back)

The first thing you need to think about is how you are gonna get there (and how your gonna get back). There  are several different options, though not all of these will be available to everyone.

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Valentine’s Day Consent Tips

Valentine’s Day can be a time for lovers, pals or new experiences – whatever makes your heart flutter, make sure to think about consent.

Consent isn’t just for sexy times! You can give/get consent for hugs, cuddles, to tell someone’s story, to buy a cool person a drink or flirt. Consent means that folks know the whole picture of what’s going on and they’re stoked about it. Talking about consent can seem scary at first, but it’s essential for everyone to understand what consent is, and is not.

Disclaimer: In this post we will talk about sexy times with partners, fuck buddies, playmates and other folks, but feel free to use whatever language feels right for you. Continue reading