Jen Burke lost her full-time job as a clothing store manager because of COVID-19, but says the pandemic has been the most peaceful time in her life.
“There’s so many people who were struggling and having a hard time with it. But I felt great,” the 30-year-old biology student says from her home in Edmonton.
As facilitator of the group, Burke says she has seen an increasing number of participants in online monthly group discussions about the psychoactive or hallucinogenic drugs.
Members talk about exploring substances such as DMT, psilocybin, LSD and MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy or molly.
“They come from all ages and backgrounds, people you wouldn’t expect, like one woman … she’s 75 years old. There’s nurses that come out, like a lot of nurses, and people from different trades.”