Psychedelics


Episode 153 – Carlos Tanner – Healing Trauma/PTSD – Plant Medicine, Ayahuasca

Carlos Tanner is the Director of the Ayahuasca Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Iquitos, Peru In 2017, Carlos opened the Risobo Ayahuasca Research Center, a research and healing center which will study the effects of ayahuasca and plant medicine on such issues as childhood trauma and chronic pain, PTSD, abuse and many others. In this conversation we talk about healing trauma with the use of these sacred medicines.

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Episode 147 – Dr. Christopher Bache – Navigating the Mind of The Universe

Dr. Bache is a professor, researcher and author who has been teaching and writing about consciousness, philosophy and religion for more than thirty years. Christopher received his PhD in Philosophy and Religion from Brown University and went on to be a professor of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University. Christopher has written a number of books: Lifecycles: Reincarnation and the Web of Life, Dark Night, Early Dark: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind, and his latest, LSD and the Mind of the Universe: Diamonds from Heaven which for the most part we’ll be covering this evening.

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Episode 135 – Dr. Peter Sjöstedt-H – Metaphysics, Science, Consciousness and Psychedelics

Dr. Peter Sjöstedt-H is a philosopher and author of Noumenautics, a book in which he looks at the interplay of psychedelics, philosophy, consciousness and metaphysics.

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Episode 134 – Dr. Richard Louis Miller – The Healing Power of Psychedelic Medicine

Dr. Miller has been a Consultant to the U.S Department of Justice, an Advisor to the President’s Commission on Mental Health and has also held a Faculty position at the University of Michigan and Stanford University. In this conversation we explore the history, legislation, health and consciousness benefits to psychedelic medicine.

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Episode 123 – A Drink With Dr. Dennis Mckenna: Plants, Ecology, Ayahusca

Dr. Dennis Mckenna is one of the most warm hearted human beings on this planet and his work is pioneering the field of Plant Medicine. McKenna received his post-doctorate fellowships in the Lab of Clinical Pharmacology at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and in the Department of Neurology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He recently completed a project, funded by the Stanley Medical Research Institute, to study the Amazonian ethnomedicine for the treatment of schizophrenia and cognitive deficits. This episode was nothing short of hilarious, where Dennis and I both have a beer together and get into the trenches of science and plant ecology. This is an absolutely phenomenal, information-packed episode which you will LOVE!

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Episode 98 – Hamilton Morris on Chemistry, obscure compounds and working with VICELAND

Hamilton Morris is a chemist, explorer, documentary filmmaker and scientist. He studied anthropology and science at the University of Chicago, and at The New School, a private research university in Lower Manhattan. As a sophomore, he began writing Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia, a monthly column for Vice Magazine. That evolved into a series of articles and documentaries for VBS.tv, an online network founded by filmmaker Spike Jonze, and is now owned by Vice dot com. Vice brought the series to HBO and Viceland TV. He is also the science editor for Vice Magazine, and a Vice correspondent. In this episode we discuss drug policy, esoteric compounds, clandestine labratories, we cover all things vice as we discuss drugs, their potential to help and everything in-between. You’ll love this episode!

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Episode 91 – “A Drink With Dr. Dennis Mckenna” (Plant dynamics, Macro-Ecology)

Dr. Dennis Mckenna is one of the most warm hearted human beings on this planet and his work is pioneering the field of Plant Medicine. McKenna received his post-doctorate fellowships in the Lab of Clinical Pharmacology at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and in the Department of Neurology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He recently completed a project, funded by the Stanley Medical Research Institute, to study the Amazonian ethnomedicine for the treatment of schizophrenia and cognitive deficits. This episode was nothing short of hilarious, where Dennis and I both have a beer together and get into the trenches of science and plant ecology. This is an absolutely phenomenal, information-packed episode which you will LOVE!

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Episode 89 – James W. Jesso – Psilocybin, Plant Medicine, Deconstructing the Ego & Surrender

Modern-day shaman, James W. Jesso, embraces his difficult mission in life as a conscious explorer, seeking, learning, growing, and educating others on what it’s like on the other side. His method for self-understanding and individuation is a deeply personal and profound one. It’s unconventional and not quite mainstream — yet, but it is gaining validity in the scientific community. His “guru” is psilocybin mushrooms, or magic mushrooms. Healthy conversation here with James W. Jesso regarding the nature of plant medicine and psilocybin and their role in the development of human consciousness! Thank you for listening!

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Episode 85 – Caveh Zahedi – Actor/Director/Film Maker

Caveh Zahedi, 56, is an American film director and actor of Iranian descent. His obcure, whimsical films have earned him a devoted underground following. He began making films while earning his BA in philosophy at Yale University. Caveh is one of the most interesting film makers/actors in the industry and in this conversation we cover a span of ideas including the human condition, success in film and so much more.

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Episode 81 – Daniel Pinchbeck – How Soon Is Now?

Daniel Pinchbeck, 50, journalist and author of fascinating works on entheogen and shamanism, penned a highly-anticipated, thought-provoking, must-read book due for a February 2017 release: How Soon Is Now?The book is an expansion of a 2013 TedX talk entitled The Planetary Initiation, which draws on extensive research to present a compelling argument for the need for change on a global basis.According to Pinchbeck’s WikiPedia page, the book’s thesis is that the ecological crisis is a rite of passage or initiation for humanity collectively, forcing us to reach the next level of our consciousness as a species.

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Episode 47 – Simon G. Powell

    Simon G. Powell is Author of: The Psilocybin Solution (2011), Darwin’s Unfinished Business (2012) and Magic Mushroom Explorer In this episode we briefly touch on the neurological benefits of psilocybin. We cover aspects of the global consciousness system, nature;  as an intelligence system and its role in our history and culture as a species. We talk about ways to reconnect with this intelligence and how we can further this re-connection by realigning with the “inner” part of ourselves. eviews of Simon’s Work: “Simon G. Powell has crafted a magnificent, multifaceted argument for the reintegration of psychedelics into science, culture, psychotherapy, and religion to inspire our unbalanced species before we ‘push […]

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Episode 43 – Rick Doblin Ph.D

Rick Doblin, Ph.D is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Rick Doblin received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master’s thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. He currently resides in Boston with his wife and three children. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. […]

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Episode 40 – Dr. Rick Strassman – DMT: The Spirit Molecule

RICK STRASSMAN M.D. holds degrees from Stanford University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He took his internship and general psychiatry residency at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento and he spent ten years as a tenured professor at the University of Mexico he performed the first new human studies with psychedelic drugs in the US in over 20 years. His research involved the powerful naturally-occurring compound, DMT – N,N-dimethyltryptamine. Led to this substance through his earlier study of the pineal gland as a potential biological locus for spiritual experiences, he administered several hundred doses of DMT to approximately 60 volunteers between […]

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Episode 35 – Dr. James Fadiman

JAMES FADIMAN, Ph.D., did his undergraduate work at Harvard and his graduate work at Stanford, doing research with the Harvard Group, the West Coast Research Group in Menlo Park, and Ken Kesey. He is the author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide. From the back cover: “The publication of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide could not be more timely; it coincides with a major renaissance of interest in psychedelic research worldwide. The information that it provides will thus be useful not only for the hundreds of thousands of people involved in self-experimentation but also for the new generation of psychedelic researchers.” –Stanislav Grof, M.D., author of LSD: Doorway to the […]

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Episode 29 – Dennis Mckenna Ph.D.

Dennis Mckenna P.hD. has been doing research in the field of ethnopharmacology for over 30 years. He is a researcher, scientist, author, lecturer and founding board member of ethnopharmacology at the Hefter Research Institute. Dr. McKenna received his Master’s degree in botany at the University of Hawaii in 1979.  He received his doctorate in botanical sciences in 1984 from the University of British Columbia, where he wrote his dissertation entitled: “Monoamine oxidase inhibitors in Amazonian hallucinogenic plants: ethnobotanical, phytochemical, and pharmacological investigations”. Dr. McKenna then received post-doctoral research fellowships in the Laboratory of Clinical Pharmacology, National Institute of Mental Health, and in the Department of Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine. Dennis and […]

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Episode 21 – Rak Razam

Rak Razam is the world’s leading ‘experiential’ journalist, writing about and helping shape the emergence of a new cultural paradigm in the 21st century. Author of the critically acclaimed book Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey and the companion volume of interviews, The Ayahuasca Sessions (www.ayathebook.com), he is a frequent lecturer on ayahuasca and the shamanic revival sweeping the West. He wrote, produced and co-directed the groundbreaking new visionary documentary Aya: Awakenings (www.aya-awakenings.com) and he leads ayahuasca retreats in Peru:  http://www.aya-awakenings.com/retreats He has been hosting dynamic speaking engagements, panel facilitation and lectures across Australia and North America at conferences, transformational festivals and other events for the past five years, weaving together […]

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Episode 6 – Brad Burge – MAPS

Brad Burge earned his B.A. in Communication and Psychology from Stanford University in 2005 and his M.A. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego in 2009. His graduate work focused on the political, scientific, and cultural changes required to make illicit drugs into legitimate medicines. He has also interned for the Drug Policy Alliance and has a longstanding interest in drug policy reform and activism. He began working with MAPS as an intern in 2009, joining the staff in January 2011. Brad is also a consultant, writer, and editor for organizations and individuals working in psychedelic and medical marijuana research, drug policy, and psychedelic therapy. He […]

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Episode 4 – Tom Shroder – Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal 8

Tom Shroder has been an award-winning journalist, writer and editor for more than 30 years. His book editing projects include two New York Times bestsellers; Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time (2014), by Brigid Sculte; and Top Secret America (2012), by Dana Priest and William Arkin. As editor of  The Washington Post Magazine, he conceived and edited the story, Fatal Distraction, which was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. He also  edited  and contributed to Pearls Before Breakfast, which was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. In addition to being an author and editor of narrative journalism, Shroder is […]

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