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Code Red: Tracking and Understanding the Menstrual Cycle

A special community-led study by Mia Cosco, Dr. Molly Maloof and Psychedelic Salons.
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Does experience with substances like ketamine, MDMA, or psychedelics (e.g. psilocybin) affect premenstrual symptoms (PMS) and the symptoms related to premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)?
Participants
Participants:
Recruiting
Time Commitment
Time Commitment:
About 6 minutes to start then 12 minutes per month, up to 3 months
Study Type
Study Type:
Observational, naturalistic study
LED BY
Psychedelic Salons
Psychedelic Salons
Mia Cosco
Mia Cosco
Dr. Molly Maloof
Dr. Molly Maloof
FUNDED BY
Quantified Citizen
Why We Are Doing This Study

Code Red

Mia Cosco, Dr. Molly Maloof, and Instagram psychedelic community, Psychedelic Salons, invite you to take part in a study investigating the potential effects of ketamine, MDMA, or psychedelics on menstrual cycle-related and premenstrual dysphoric disorder symptoms.

According to the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, over 90% of those who menstruate experience physical or emotional premenstrual symptoms (PMS) such as cramps, bloating or moodiness. Some of these symptoms are mild, while some are serious enough to cause disruptions to life. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a condition that affects 6 million people worldwide, causes extreme mood shifts that are said to be correlated to hormonal change, however, the exact cause of this condition remains unclear.

This study's main objective is to investigate PMS and PMDD-related symptoms and explore if and how a range of substances like ketamine, MDMA, psychedelics, alcohol, coffee and activities like exercise and meditation affect these symptoms. The goal is to identify patterns in data that may help inform future therapies and treatments. 

Participants will be asked to track their menstrual cycle, its related symptoms and substance use over the course of three months. If you are menstruating and the age of 18 or above, we invite you to take part in this study that will benefit folks who menstruate all over the world and empower you with in-depth knowledge of your menstrual health.

Team

Psychedelic SalonPsychedelic Salons

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We are living in a psychedelic Renaissance. Psychedelic Salons hosts monthly in-person and virtual gatherings to discuss philosophical luminaries, integrate our insights with others and raise consciousness on psychedelics as medicine. They also host private medicine journeys and facilitate microdosing coaching. Join on a mission to raise $1M for psychedelic therapy.

 

2-Jul-07-2022-01-24-18-82-PM  Mia Cosco

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Mia is a writer, space holder, sound healer, branding expert and marketing strategist. She is the Creative Director of one of the first international psychedelic communities, Psychedelic Salons, named a "Renaissance woman" by the leader of the UN Santa Barbara chapter, was recently awarded an Emerging Voice by Cosmic Sister (the psychedelic feminism nonprofit).      

            

Dr. Molly Maloof

Dr. Molly Maloof

https://drmolly.co/

Dr. Molly Maloof is passionate about extending healthspan through her medical practice, personal brand, entrepreneurial and educational endeavors. She is passionate about optimizing health through food, technology, plant medicine and psychedelics. She provides personalized medicine to world class entrepreneurs, investors, and technology executives in Silicon Valley. Since 2012, she has worked as an advisor or consultant to over 50 companies in the digital health, consumer health, and biotechnology industries. She teaches a course on healthspan in the Medical School at Stanford University and is writing a book on biohacking for women with Harper Wave Books. 

 

Maggie Kiraga 

Maggie Kiraga

Director of Research

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Sarah Paschall                  

Sarah Paschall

Psychedelic Researcher

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Ahnjili Zhuparris

 

Ahnjili Zuparris

Psychedelic Researcher

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Consent

How will my privacy be protected?
All information obtained during the study will be entirely anonymous.

Who will have access to my data?
Anonymous data will be made accessible to other researchers in the name of open science.

Can I say ‘no’?
You may decline to enter or withdraw from the study at any time without any consequences or explanation.

Who should I contact for further information?
Please do not hesitate to contact our team at studies@quantifiedcitizen.com. If you have concerns about your privacy and wish to ask a question, please create an anonymous email address at proton.me. This service is free, anonymous, and encrypted.

Declaration of Consent
I have read the written study information.
I have been informed that my anonymous study data can be shared in the future with other researchers in the spirit of open science.
I am aware that my participation is voluntary and that I have the right to withdraw my consent and leave the study at any time without having to give a reason. No new data will be collected at this point.
I have been notified that the data that has already been collected will still be used in the study and cannot be deleted as it will have already been anonymized, encrypted, and saved to the servers.
The researcher has had no influence at all on my choice to participate in this study.

Privacy

All information obtained during the study will be entirely anonymous. All digital data collection will be self-administered. You will get a unique, randomly generated username and your identity will remain anonymous. Please write down this username and keep it in a secure location. You will need it to login into the app should you lose your phone as well as to access your individual data summary and aggregated data. If for any reason you no longer have access to your QC account, and you do not remember your username, QC will not be able to regenerate your account.

You will never be asked to provide your real name, address, or date of birth. Averaged group data may be published or publicly presented, but it will not be possible to identify individual participants from this data. The Quantified Citizen app will not have access to any of your personal identifying information. Quantified Citizen will only access IP addresses from server logs for security and quality control and will delete them every 48 hours to limit indirect identifiers. Only authorized QC staff can access server logs based on their role and a need-to-know basis in order to fulfill their duties. IP addresses are not included in the data that will be analyzed in this study.

All of the data you enter into the Quantified Citizen app will be encrypted and stored in perpetuity on servers located in Canada. Anonymous data will be accessible to all researchers involved with this study. The data may be accessible to other researchers in the future. Any data you have previously entered into the app regarding the microdosing study will be used in addition to any data you enter in the future.

Updates

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Resources

This is a resource portal for women's health-related conditions and symptoms by The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

An organization providing culturally competent, anti-oppressive, and feminist health care resources for health care providers, medical students, and racialized women in local Canadian communities.

A large collection of support resource contacts and organizations for menstrual health, women's sexual health and more.

This is a free, confidential, 24/7 hotline providing free mental health and substance use support. Their platform offers various services ranging from basic wellness information, to one-on-one sessions with a counselor, to participating in a community of support. 

These are 24-hour, free, support lines (via text medium) for people experiencing all kinds of crises, including suicidal thoughts. 

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.

 
FAQs

Who can participate in this study?

Eligibility criteria:

  • You may participate in this study if you are menstruating at or above the age of 18, able to give adequate informed consent, with secure access to a personal mobile device.

If you meet any of the following criteria, you will not be able to participate in this study:

  • pregnant
  • breastfeeding
  • planning on being pregnant in the next 3 months
  • under 18 years of age
  • not fluent in English
  • not able to give adequate informed consent
  • you will need secure access to a personal mobile device (cell phone or tablet) to run the app on.

What am I being asked to do?

You will be asked to go about your normal daily routines for up to 3 months. Completing brief daily questionnaires about your menstruation cycle, substance consumption (if applicable) and daily activities that should take you about 12 minutes each month. 

You will also have the option to allow Quantified Citizen to access your Apple Health or Google Fit data. Within the app, a pop-up will ask you if Quantified Citizen is allowed to access your Apple Health or Google Fit Data. This is not required to participate in the study. You may turn this off at any time in the “settings” function on your phone. There are no known additional risks to opting in to this option. None of the Apple Health or Google Fit data collected will include any personally identifiable information. 

What are the risks of participating?

Psychedelics, including LSD, psilocybin (magic mushrooms), and MDMA, are controlled and illegal substances in Canada and many other countries. Participating in this study does not make them legal. There is some risk relating to admitting to using illegal substances, especially in relation to crossing international borders. You are responsible for conforming with the laws of your jurisdiction and understanding the risks of crossing borders where laws may differ. If you are choosing to use psychedelics, you are already familiar with the practice and would be doing so regardless of your participation in this study.

All of the data you enter into the Quantified Citizen app will be encrypted and stored in perpetuity on servers located in Canada. Anonymous data will be accessible to all researchers involved with this study. The data may be accessible to other researchers in the future. Any data you have previously entered into the app regarding the microdosing study will be used in addition to any data you enter in the future.

Can I say “no”?

Your participation in this study is strictly voluntary. You may decline to enter or withdraw from the study at any time without any consequences or explanation. No new data will be collected. Data that has already been collected will still be used in the study and cannot be deleted because it will already be anonymized and encrypted.

If you choose to stop the study, you will be presented with the following message: “Thank you for your participation to date. We’re sorry to see you go, but we understand and respect your choice. Please note that all data you have previously entered can not be deleted because it has already been anonymized and encrypted.”