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Flight Of Thoughts

The hub that connects emergency medicine, mental health, psychedelic research, harm reduction, and education.

Who I am:

Primary Care Paramedic (AEMCA)

Addictions & Mental Health Worker (AMHW)

Harm Reduction Worker (Overdose Prevention)

Certified Instructor for C.P.R., First-Aid, & Mental Health First-Aid 

Cannabis Health and Wellness Consultant

Host of the Flight of Thoughts podcast

 

Flight of Thoughts - Instagram Page

Follow me on Instagram @jake_flightofthoughts for ongoing updates on the podcast and new content on these topics! 

To suggest topics, guests or to reach the show, e-mail flightofthoughts.podcast@gmail.com or message me on Instagram.

 

The Psychedelic Society Of First Responders and Emergency Workers

The Psychedelic Society of First Responders and Emergency Workers is active and thriving on FaceBook!  Like and follow our page for first responders and emergency workers (i.e. paramedic, firefighter, police, military, nurse, doctor, crisis worker, counsellor, etc.) that use, or support the use of cannabis and psychedelics; for healing, or enhancing quality of life. This page is both for evidence-based education, harm reduction, and community support networks. Clinical research has shown that cannabis and psychedelics can be powerful tools for healing, when used correctly.

A growing number of first responders and emergency workers are using cannabis and psychedelics to explore who they are, prevent stress-related illness, or to heal from previous acute or accumulated trauma.  Join our psychedelic community if you work in a related field (or support those that do); and wish to connect, exchange information, and share experiences with others like you! Click the link in the title or e-mail psychedelic.frew@gmail.com  for more information. 

Flight of Thoughts - YouTube Channel

Click here to watch my lesson to First Responders on effectively managing patients who are experiencing acute psychosis or an emotional crisis.  I presented this as Continuing Medical Education for Paramedics in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  It outlines two intense calls that I attended where we were able to use psychological harm reduction and crisis intervention techniques to help patients experiencing two different forms of altered states.  These techniques prevented police from having to use lethal force, allowing us to get the best outcomes possible for the patients involved.  Feel free to use this information or the techniques I teach in your daily life to help others!
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Oct 26, 2020

Many people are experiencing "pandemic fatigue" or work-related burnout.  What have you been doing to maintain optimal physical, mental, social, and emotional resiliency?  Preparing yourself for stressful challenges or chaotic situations is an ongoing process that is different for each person.  Watch your sleeping and eating habits as well as your use of substances during times of stress, to keep control of them.

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On the frontlines of the opioid crisis we are seeing many atypical drug overdoses due to the unpredictable street supply, caused by the war on drugs.  We have been seeing more signs/symptoms of benzodiazapines and carfentanil leading to more severe emergencies.  Here I talk about "fentanyl rigidity" and "flail reactions".  I also discuss training new first responders during a pandemic without putting your compassion fatigue on them.  Teach your new colleagues how to thrive in chaos by being a calm and patient mentor, allowing them to grow and challenge themselves.
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I finally go into some of the latest research surrounding psychedelic microdosing (LSD and psilocybin).  Dr. James Fadiman has a lot of clinical information on the subject and I share his microdosing guide with you all.  There are risks that can be avoided with simple harm reduction advice.  Microdosing is not for everyone and is not yet fully regulated in North America.  Many have seen cognitive benefits and flow-state activity with proper use, although some have felt anxiety or uneasy when doing it without proper guideance.  I hope to explore this topic more in my the episode.

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This podcast is uncensored and covers many topics considered “taboo” or difficult for some individuals. We do not condone any illegal activities, as this is a platform for harm reduction and open dialogue.  Although the ideas are mostly evidence-based and honest, the lines of reality and comedy may be blurred at times...this is your trigger warning!