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Re-up Nov. 20: It’s Not All Bad News…Some of It’s Rosin Hash. The “Don’t Knock or the Cops Will Come” Edition

Re-up Nov. 20: It’s Not All Bad News…Some of It’s Rosin Hash. The “Don’t Knock or the Cops Will Come” Edition

This entry opens on a somber notice, and then moves up in degrees of positivity and uplifting news. Hang in there. Is Canada about to Decriminalize Drugs?  Opioid Poisoning Crisis in Toronto - Update [NOVEMBER 5, 2020]While there has been a decrease in calls to Toronto Paramedic Services during the pandemic, there has been an overall increase in calls resulting in fatalities. Paramedic data reveals that 132 people died of suspected opioid overdoses between April 1 and …

29 Quotes about Living and Loving on MDMA from the Book, “Listening to Ecstasy”

29 Quotes about Living and Loving on MDMA from the Book, “Listening to Ecstasy”

From what it feels like to what it does for one’s mental state, author and psychotherapist Charley Wininger gives some compelling reasons to try MDMA. Here are some of our favourite quotes from his book, “Listening to Ecstasy: The Transformative Power of MDMA.” Purchase the book from Amazon or Simon & Schuster. On November 13th, come to the virtual book launch—it's free and it's going to be fun and illuminating. Attend the Listening to Ecstasy Zoom Book Launch featuring …

Bleak New World, Report Confirms COVID-19 Restrictions Are to Blame for Canada’s Increasing Depression

Bleak New World, Report Confirms COVID-19 Restrictions Are to Blame for Canada’s Increasing Depression

Actions to control the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing and shutdowns did the job to help flatten the curve of rising caseloads. However, those same measures have led to the deterioration of the population's overall mental health, according to a new study recently released by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) that confirms that the pandemic's health consequences wouldn't end at the virus. The detailed PHAC report paints a gloomy picture of a …

Re-up October 30: How Will the US Election Affect the Psychedelics Industry?

Re-up October 30: How Will the US Election Affect the Psychedelics Industry?

These past two weeks Alan Aldoua has been grateful to share some positive news (for a change) while attempting to shout above the negative din of the US election. Most pressing we are eager to get lovers of psychedelics, as well as the "psychedelic-curious", to join Charley Wininger's virtual interactive zoom booklaunch, November 13. Charley and a group of special guests, including Sarah Rose Siskind, will welcome the arrival of his new book "Listening to Ecstasy: …

How could establishing “connection” via psychedelic medicine help 4 Canadian cancer patients?

How could establishing “connection” via psychedelic medicine help 4 Canadian cancer patients?

There is mounting evidence that establishing connections via psychedelic medicine like psilocybin mushrooms can help palliative care patients with end-of-life dread. Psilocybin is a psychedelic compound in multiple species of mushrooms and, although the evidence is mostly anecdotal, experts are confident in it's use for terminally-ill patients. TheraPsil, a non-profit coalition of health-care professionals, patients, and advocates who are working to gain legal access to the psychedelic medicine, psilocybin, on compassionate grounds, and they've spent the last …