***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!)
This post will give an overview of what harm reduction is, and why it’s so important now, during a pandemic. We will talk about how ‘substance, set & setting’ have changed, the factors leading to increased overdose risks, options for socially distant drug deals, and how to plan for involuntary withdrawal.
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?
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
What is DMT?
- 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.