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Sunshine, Sassafras, and MDMA

Sassafras: the Root of MDMA Sassafras, a plant native to Eastern North America and Asia, has long been known for its medicinal properties. Among the Kituwah (Aniyvwiya) people of the Southeastern US, it serves as a traditional remedy to treat skin conditions, fevers, and urinary issues. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Asian varieties of Sassafras are … Continued

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The Potential of Coca 

Coca has been used as a medicine for over 4000 years in what is now Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. Often misunderstood due to its association with illicit substances, coca offers numerous benefits beyond its popular reputation. From traditional medicine to modern nutraceuticals, the coca leaf has several applications. The coca plant has potential for enormous … Continued

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Cocaine use rising in Canada, new data suggests, as researchers link stimulants to drug deaths

StatsCan report shows overall rise in wastewater levels Lauren Pelley · CBC News · Posted: Nov 02, 2023 1:00 AM PDT | Last Updated: 10 hours ago More Canadians are using stimulants such as cocaine, new federal data suggests, and experts warn the trend is contributing to a high percentage of drug-related deaths. In most municipalities studied, cocaine levels … Continued

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Illicit drugs killing First Nations people at 5 times the rate of B.C.’s general population

Brenna Owen · The Canadian Press Indigenous people, especially women, are dying from toxic drugs at disproportionately high rates in British Columbia as the overdose crisis continues “unabated,” nearly seven years after the province first declared a public health emergency, said the top doctor for the First Nations Health Authority. Dr. Nel Wieman, the acting … Continued

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Mythbusting with Sunshine Labs

Innovative solutions are crucial to addressing the complex challenges surrounding the overdose crisis, and Sunshine Labs hopes to be a beacon of evidence-based progress in the area of Safer Supply. However, There are some misconceptions about us that we want to acknowledge and clarify. In this article, we will challenge these myths, shedding light on … Continued

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Destigmatizing Substance Use Disorders

What does “PWUD” Mean? PWUD is an acronym of “People Who Use Drugs.” This term is used in discussions and studies concerning drug use, addiction, and harm reduction. It acknowledges the humanity and complexity of individuals dealing with substance use disorders (SUD) and highlights the need for compassionate approaches to addressing these issues. This term … Continued

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Cocaine as a Safe Supply Medical Intervention

The scope and breadth of the opioid crisis and the unfathomable numbers of opioid deaths seen across the continent, has forced a shift in how scientists, medical professionals and politicians have viewed substitution therapy and specifically “safe supply.” The recent successes and broader acceptance of heroin, hydromorphone, and fentanyl safe supply programs have experts now … Continued

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