Deep Dive | Cannabis & Mental Health

On October 17, 2018 (the day recreational weed became legal across Canada) I posted a blog on cannabis and mental health. I want to do a few follow-up posts offering more about research in this area and my personal experiences. Since recreational cannabis edibles became legal on October 17, 2019, the update seems (relatively) timely. …

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Deep Dive into Benzos | Part 5 | My Recovery from Ativan and Klonopin

It has been 5 months since I last took clonazepam (Klonopin), 14 months since my last lorazepam (Ativan), and 8 months since I posted a blog about my progress! Where to start after such a lengthy sabbatical? I guess I should start with a brief summary of the past many months. June and July were …

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Deep Dive into Benzos | Part 4 of 5 | Why is Ativan Worse?

This is the 4th installment in my Deep Dive into Benzos (benzodiazepines). The more I learn, the more I feel this class of medications has harmed my overall health. In Part 1, I wrote about the basics: medical uses and some of the negative consequences. Key takeaway: benzodiazepines are recommended for 2-4 weeks maximum. Part …

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Reimagining 500 Days of Women: Digital to Analog

If you follow this blog, you may wonder what has happened with 500 Days of Women (#500DOW)? This post answers that question. First, a brief reminder of the genesis of the idea. I wanted to do something to honour the lives and contributions of women, I needed to learn how to use social media and …

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The Best Advice I Ever Got About Mental Health

Of all the reading I have done about mental health (trust me, it's a lot! I'm working on compiling a list) one book deserves credit as THE most helpful mental health advice I have ever discovered. Before I tell you the title and authors, let me give you the gist of their advice. Breakdown: "A …

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Deep Dive into Benzos | Part 3 of 5 | Short-term Gain, Long-term Pain

This is the 3rd installment in my Deep Dive into Benzos (benzodiazepines). If you notice details, you may note Part 3 was to be the last post; I have decided to expand to 5 parts. There is so much to share on this topic. The more I learn, the more I feel this class of …

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