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A show discussing the important academic and other research in the field of Psychedelics. We discuss how psychedelics relate to human potential and healing.

A show discussing the important academic and other research in the field of Psychedelics. We discuss how psychedelics relate to human potential and healing.


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A show discussing the important academic and other research in the field of Psychedelics. We discuss how psychedelics relate to human potential and healing.




PT240 - Ralph Blumenthal - The Truth Is Out There

In this episode, Michelle and Joe interview Ralph Blumenthal, 45-year New York Times contributor and author of The Believer: Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack (which inspired one of our more popular recent blogs). They talk about John Mack: legendary Harvard professor who did breathwork with Stan Grof at Esalen and became interested in the mystery of alien abduction, which led him to write 2 bestselling books, appear on Oprah (who is probably an alien*), become a...


PTSF55 - Creativity, Group Ceremony, and Astral Projection

In this week's Solidarity Fridays episode, Kyle, Joe, and Michelle start out with what's turning out to be a weekly legalization update (what a time to be alive!), this week highlighting New Mexico and Virginia's recent legalization of cannabis and Maine representative Anne Perry filing a bill to decriminalize the possession of all drugs. Vacationland, indeed! They then talk about a recent study that proved scientifically that psilocybin increases creativity, and another that analyzed...


PT239 - Richie Ogulnick - Ibogaine, Unicity, and Beneficence

In this episode, Joe interviews returning guest Richie Ogulnick, a facilitator/guide who has been helping clients through ibogaine experiences for 26 years. Ogulnick talks about how ibogaine works, why he prefers working with the whole plant (iboga), why the flood doses he used to recommend weren't as effective, and the importance of allowing his clients to spend as much time as they want on intention-setting before their session. And of course, he talks about the session itself, which...


PTSF54 - Theft, Patents, and Ethical Psychedelic Companies

In this week's Solidarity Fridays episode, everyone's back and so is the news. They cover California Senator Scott Wiener's SB 519 bill to decriminalize psychedelics statewide (which is the first time a decriminalize bill has been put through and passed by lawmakers instead of ballot initiatives), a 3rd Massachusetts city decriminalizing psychedelics, an article pointing out how the various flaws in our capitalistic world also thrive in the psychedelic world, and a TIME magazine article on...


PT238 - Kile Ortigo - Integration and Existential Exploration

In this episode, Joe and Kyle interview Palo Alto-based Ph.D., author, clinical psychologist, and "integration specialist," Kile Ortigo. From what he's learned at his time at the Grady Trauma Project, the National Center for PTSD, VA work, hospice work, and his own practice, he talks about the flaws of active intervention models of therapy and why what can be most healing for someone is often just letting them be and bearing witness to their experience. And he talks about burnout in...


PTSF53 - Psychedelics and Creativity, with Laura Dawn

In this week's Solidarity Fridays episode, technical difficulties lead to a week off from the gang reviewing the news, and instead, Joe interviews microdose & mindset mentor, entrepreneur, author, public speaker, retreat leader, and voice of the Psychedelic Leadership podcast, Laura Dawn. Dawn talks about her path from Montreal to building a retreat center by a volcanic hot spring in Hawaii, only to see that dream end with the volcano's eruption. But due to an ayahuasca experience that fed...


PT237 - Dena Justice - Finding the Frequency of Safety

In this episode, Joe interviews Dena Justice, who uses her unprecedented 4th appearance on Psychedelics Today to not talk a whole lot about neuro-linguistic programming or ways to beat anxiety. Instead, she blasts out of the psychedelic closet and opens up like few guests have before, taking us on the harrowing and life-changing journey of the last 6 years of her growth. She talks about how her first MDMA experience made her realize how many limiting beliefs, insecurities, and issues with...


PTSF52 - Start Low, Go Slow

In this week's Solidarity Fridays episode, Kyle, Joe, and Michelle start out by reflecting on the awesome conversation with Dr. Carl Hart from earlier in the week and everything it made them think about concerning the drug war, society's framing of addiction, how different drugs have been vilified in different eras, privilege, and how greed is keeping the truth from us. They then launch into the articles, which really run the gamut: Nebraska's governor saying cannabis will kill your...


PT236 - Dr. Carl Hart - Drugs: Honesty, Responsibility, and Logic

If you're a regular listener of Psychedelics Today, you know how much Joe loved Dr. Carl Hart's newest book and testament to responsible, out-of-the-closet drug use: Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear. In this episode, Joe and Kyle get to sit down and talk with the man himself for nearly 2 hours. This one's in the "can't miss" department, folks. Hart's main points echo many of ours: that the drug war is doing exactly what those in power created it for, that drug...


PTSF51 - Miracle Cures, Money, and Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

In this week's Solidarity Fridays episode, Kyle, Joe, and Michelle first discuss an article from that illustrates the flaws behind psychedelics being continually hailed as a miracle cure: has everyone just replaced the oft-criticized model of selling a “miracle” pill with selling the narrative that a few psychedelic sessions can cure anything? And inspired by Lenny Gibson, they point out that this rabid focus on medicalization is a direct result of these substances being made...


PT235 - The Entheo Society of Washington - Dismantling Power Systems Through Decriminalization

In this episode, Joe interviews the most guests he's ever had on at once- 5 people from the Entheo Society of Washington: Leo Russell (Executive Director), Monique Bridges (Head of the Female Battalion and Head Guardian of the Santo Daime Ayahuasca Church), Malika Lamont (Director of VOCAL Washington), Tatiana (a lot of day-to-day duties that sound like project management), and Solana Booth (promoter and teacher of traditional Native American healing techniques and modalities). The Entheo...


PTSF50 - Microdosing and the Placebo Effect, with Balázs Szigeti and David Erritzoe

In last week's Solidarity Fridays episode, Kyle, Joe, and Michelle talked a lot about a landmark new trial to study microdosing and the placebo effect. And this week (the big SF50!), they're joined by 2 key members of that very trial, lead researcher Balázs Szigeti and principal investigator David Erritzoe. Szigeti and Erritzoe explain all the factors of the trial in great detail: how participants blinded themselves and the complications with capsule weight (and burping?), what substances...


PT234 - Christopher Solomon - Salvia as a Therapist

In this episode, with his recent salvia experience in mind, Kyle interviews creator of the salvia pipe, and somatic salvia guide working to bring mindfulness to salvia use, Christopher Solomon. To many of us, the word "salvia" conjures up images of one or both of the following: smoking salvia with friends and having a panicked, out-of-body experience that (rightfully) scared us away from ever doing it again, or watching Youtube videos of people filming themselves doing the same. Solomon's...


PTSF49 - MDMA For Alcoholism, The Placebo Effect, and Ceremonial Magicians

In today’s Solidarity Fridays episode, Kyle, Joe, and Michelle once again meet through the airwaves to discuss recent news articles and see where that takes them. They first talk about a North Wales police boss who wants to give prisoners controlled amounts of cannabis as a way to combat violence and drug addiction and how that questions the notion of prisoners being expected to suffer. Then, they head to "Missurah," where a bill was just introduced to remove their established provision...


PT233 - JR Rahn of MindMed

In this episode, Joe interviews the founder and CEO of MindMed, JR Rahn. This one's a bit different and plays out perhaps unsurprisingly, as Joe's well-established talking points against the drug war and DEA, legalize-everything stance, and all-inclusive focus on the many branches of drug-use (medical/therapeutic use, religious use, celebration/partying, inner work and exploration, and creative problem-solving) meet an addict businessman whose life was saved by psychedelics and who doesn't...


PTSF48 - Decriminalization, Embracing the Mystical, and a Plea for More Ethical Exploration

In today’s Solidarity Fridays episode, Kyle and Joe are joined once again from Mexico by Michelle Janikian, and let's take a moment to do what wasn't done last week: welcome Michelle to the podcast, as she will be joining the guys on SFs for the foreseeable future, and possibly on other podcasts soon as well. Welcome to the revolution, Michelle! As you’d expect, they discuss the news: Norway's plan to decriminalize personal drug use based on recommendations from the U.N. and W.H.O. and why...


PT232 - Dr. Ryan Westrum - Who We Are Without Medicine

In this episode, Kyle interviews clinical psychologist focusing on sexual trauma, health, and identity, and author of The Psychedelics Integration Handbook, Dr. Ryan Westrum. Westrums' biggest focus and conversation with clients right now in our age of Covid concerns who we are without medicine- how we fill the liminal states between our sessions or rituals. He talks a lot about the work people can do on their own now: learning to listen to our inner healers, honing and sharpening what we...


PTSF47 - Covid, Ketamine, and Human Rights

In today’s Solidarity Fridays episode, Kyle and Joe are joined from Mexico by freelance journalist (who has been featured here several times) and writer of Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion, Michelle Janikian. They first get into an email from a listener in Costa Rica highlighting a problem Michelle has seen in Mexico (and that mirrors last week's discussion about ayahuasca gatherings): expats' disregard for Covid safety protocols showing an egotistical disrespect for the communities that...


PT231 - Dr. Hassan Tetteh - Human Care Over Health Care

In this episode, Kyle interviews board-certified heart and lung transplant surgeon and author, most recently of The Art of Human Care, Dr. Hassan Tetteh. Tetteh talks about his book, a "manifesto of sorts" about what human care is in relation to what we traditionally see in standard health care and how the model is rooted in empathy and listening, and was inspired greatly by both his near-death experience with bacterial meningitis (and seeing what it was like to be a helpless patient) and...


PTSF 46 - Patents, Prohibition, Health, and Happiness

In today’s Solidarity Fridays episode, Kyle and Joe cover several news stories, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison creating a Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation masters program, a non-profit called the Healing Advocacy Fund being created to implement therapeutic-use psilocybin in Oregon, legislature in Hawaii filing a new bill to legalize therapeutic-use psilocybin and psilocin (and remove them from their Schedule I controlled substances list), Cambridge, Massachusetts...