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CJAD interview on drug legalization

On April 20, 2015, after a rainy 420 rally in Montreal, CJAD had me back on The Exchange to discuss why legalization might make sense for all drugs. Have a listen below!

(Note: Unlike my introduction in the interview may have implied, I am not a regular contributor to AskMen, though I did write one article for them which I spoke about with The Exchange in March.)

A Guide to MDMA Harm Reduction


One of the cool things about writing these articles is that the people around me tend to feel more comfortable talking to me about drugs, and these conversations often provide inspiration for future pieces. After I wrote my first article, a friend got in touch to ask how they could best support one of their friends who wanted to try magic mushrooms for the first time, and that conversation resulted in my article on trip sitting. Talking to several friends about how they’ve benefited from their psychedelic use led me to publish an interview on one person’s use of psilocybin mushrooms to treat anxiety issues, and if all goes according to plan I’ll do more interviews like that in the future.

The inspiration for this piece is similar. Over the past several weeks, I’ve found myself providing harm reduction information for MDMA—things like supplements, dosage, drug testing, overheating, and staying hydrated—to a number of friends. Since I’m already aware of these things, it’s easy for me to forget that these are often things people are unaware of, or are not taking into consideration when doing MDMA or other drugs. So for those who don’t know (and those who don’t know they don’t know!), I wrote this guide to MDMA harm reduction. Enjoy!

NOTE: I tried my best to be comprehensive, but you should always take what you read with a grain of salt and make sure to do your own research, especially if you have questions that remain unanswered in what you’ve read so far. Erowid’s entry on MDMA is an excellent starting point; Bluelight and other drug forums such as the MDMA subreddit tend to have a knowledgeable community and can be good places to ask questions and find information. If you still have questions and want to talk, you can always reach out to me at gonzonieto [at] gmail [dot] com.


A Psychedelic Renaissance

psychedelic renaissance Madeleine Gendreau

illustration: Madeleine Gendreau

Today I published my first article in The Link! Titled “A Psychedelic Renaissance,” it goes over the need for people to become more educated about the drugs that surround them:

The word “drug” itself often keeps us from developing a more nuanced understanding of these substances. This is a term that places cannabis, heroin and MDMA into the same category, despite their radically different effects and harm profiles.

In political dialogue, the term “drugs” is Orwellian; it’s a scare-tactic word that lumps the good with the bad and the ugly.

. . .

The mindset regarding drugs is similar to sex: if we’re not well-informed, the first thing to do is educate ourselves in order to sort the facts from the stigma and sensational preconceived notions—and to ensure our safety.

Seek out information on substances that you’re curious about; ask friends that have experience with these substances, or spend some time reading the endless trip reports that exist on sites like Erowid to get a better idea of what the subjective experience is like on a particular substance.

The article also gives a brief overview of some exciting recent and ongoing psychedelic research. To check it out, click here!

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