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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 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  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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Jul 8, 2020

Paramedic and podcaster, Chad Bartalone, joins me from Indiana  to talk about some of the more surreal and heavy topics surrounding emergency medical services.  We talk about how to take away the negative stigma of inevitable death, learning to appreciate and embrace it instead of fear it.  How do we normalize the conversation and bring more education and autonomy to patients?  Our discussion also covers how to bring order to chaos through radical acceptance and preparation for challenges.  We talk about how emergency services can do more for mental health training and integration of spirituality.  As healthcare providers and first responders we must challenge our own trauma and biases to reduce stigma, and systemic discrimination.  We also talk about The Big Lebowski and Chad's podcast that references how to use the ideals presented through the character, The Dude, to better handle the stressors and challenges that life throws at you.
Chad Bartalone is a board certified and state licensed Paramedic in South Bend, IN. He has been practicing emergency medicine for 16 years, 10 of which as a firefighter/paramedic for the fourth largest fire department in the state of IN. He is a former adjunct faculty member for Ivy Tech Community College, the largest in the state, and the former program chair of the health science department at South Bend Community School Corporation.  During his time as a student at university, his focus was towards human behavioral psychology and that has informed his position in education, medicine, and advocacy.
Chad is the host of the Abiders Urban Achiever Podcast, loosely based on the “Dudeism” following and more closely related to the tenets of Daoism and old animist tradition.
Boots On The Ground is a 24/7 peer support service for first responders.  Visit their website for resources and more information:

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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!