I specialize in emergency medicine, addictions and mental health, as well as research appraisal. After four years of working as a paramedic I expanded into addiction and mental health and social service work. This has prompted a journey of learning about the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis and psychedelic healing, through evidence-based research. I currently work at two Supervised Injection Sites in Toronto, assisting clients with harm reduction, social services, basic life support, and low-barrier access to medical cannabis. I also consult first responders on using medical cannabis effectively for their symptoms of stress-related injuries.

This page will hold the research and literature appraisal I have been doing on these topics. Many of these were research projects towards my Addiction and Mental Health Worker diploma, while others are more recent initiatives to inform my evidence-based practice.

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.) who research, 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 healthcare workers are using cannabis and psychedelics to explore who they are, prevent stress-related illness, or to heal from previous psychological 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!

From Shock to Awe after-screening Panel (September 11, 2019):
– Dr. Brian Rush worked for over 38 years as a mental health and substance use research scientist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He will share how he was introduced to Ayahuasca and psychedelic medicines, as well as how he sees them fitting into addiction and mental health treatments.

– Debbie O’Neil has been a Firefighter with the City of Toronto since 2006. In 2015, Debbie experienced a health crisis by way of autoimmune disease and PTSD. She will share how ayahuasca benefited her healing as a first responder, and how she sees it helping others!

– Matt Chorny spent over a decade as a police constable with the OPP. After years of responding to traumatic emergencies he began to experience symptoms of PTSD. After finding conventional treatments unable to resolve his suffering, he discovered an ayahuasca retreat in South America. He will share his experiences and how he feels ayahuasca helped him with his healing.

– Jake Mitchell is a paramedic who has now transitioned to working at a supervised injection site and building mental health training programs for workplace and communities.
From Shock to Awe after-screening Panel (September 11, 2019):

In this clip, the panel answers a wide spectrum of questions on the history and efficacy of psychedelic therapies. The audience had great questions to help us dive deeper into why and how these psychedelics are important tools for first responders, veterans, and healthcare workers to be able to access and heal their traumas. We had a wide range of topics covered and share many stories and insights into where we see psychedelics heading in our society. Learn more about the cultural/religious uses, the medicinal uses, and historical implications of psychedelic plant medicines and cannabis!
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