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psychedelics

I watched this video on how psychedelics work.  Or that was the title to pull me in–it was about much more than that.  How they work was only a small part of it. I had some questions afterward. Why are these speakers all men-appearing? Isn’t lumpen about class, not lack of imagination?  (I had to… Read More »

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good girl

I was sitting in the car while Ming walked at a park.  It was a very windy day, which is why I was sitting in the car–the wind was too harsh for me to endure. Some people were flying kites.  I liked to watch.  I favored a box kite with neon pink, orange, and green… Read More »

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rest

Rest is sacred, one of the pillars of my wellness.  Is rest sacred to you?  Does is help you feel happy and able to continue?  That’s what it is for me.  Rest isn’t optional–being alone, sleep, just doing nothing. psychoactive substances I was at a Whole Foods, standing by the checkout.  I saw a display… Read More »

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narcan

Oh hey.  We have some narcan to share.  I made a graphic about it. Do you live with someone who uses opioids?  Narcan is something to have on hand before you need it.  Overdosing on opioids is easy–a person can take a double dose on accident and then be out of their mind and take… Read More »

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melatonin

I tried melatonin before, and it made me feel like a zombie.  Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate sleep.  I couldn’t get the dose small enough.  Even 1mg tabs knocked me out in a bad way. Then I had that panic attack recently and lots of trouble getting to sleep.  I needed help.  I… Read More »

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drug dealers

I saw a meme comparing doctors to drug dealers.  I found it provocative and edgy!  Also very true. So I changed the middle part and made my own meme, my own version.  The yellow background is simple, but I think it’s ok? Social support is a big factor in health outcomes and well-being, but mainstream… Read More »

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what withdrawal feels like

“You have no idea what withdrawal feels like,” I told Ming.  We were headed toward home–I’d asked if we could go out for smoothies, then a walk at the park right there.  My pumpkin smoothie was delicious. “I’m sorry you feel despair,” Ming said. “It’s not despair,” I said.  “It’s not just being sad, but… Read More »

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altered state

I had an experience where I went into a mentality different from my usual and got a message from my mom.  It was an altered state, like when people use mushrooms, LSD, peyote, fasting, or holotropic breathing to enter an altered state.  Or psychosis, delusions, visions, or other mental health experiences that are common for… Read More »

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Jamaican punch

“Jamaican punch?” I asked.  We were driving home from the snow cone shop.  I had my usual banana snowcone with vanilla ice cream inside.  “Jamaicans I’ve known are usually too high to punch you.” “What about Jamaican rum punch?” he asked. “Well, rum punch.  That’s an entirely different matter,” I said. I don’t drink, smoke… Read More »

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needle exchange

A friend did harm reduction needle exchange in the Central Valley of California.  I enjoyed seeing this video of his work there. I’d heard of needle exchange but didn’t know much about it.  This video helped me learn a little about the materials given and collected, that it could happen in a park, how police… Read More »