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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.




PTSF58 - Liberty, The Power of Therapy, and Mushrooms in Maine

In today’s Solidarity Fridays episode, Michelle, Kyle, and Joe discuss Maine’s proposal for legal psilocybin therapy, MAPS’ Phase 3 MDMA trial, therapy, money, and a recent "100 Most Influential People in Psychedelics" list.


PTSF57 - New Compounds, Psychedelic Business, and Neurogenesis

In this week's Solidarity Fridays episode, a power outage keeps Michelle from joining in, but Joe and Kyle pick up the slack, going old-school SF style for the week. They talk about new drugs: Cybin investigating using their proprietary psychedelic compound "CYB003" for alcohol use disorder, and scientists using a technology called psychLight to identify when a compound activates the brain's serotonin 2A receptor (in hopes of activating the biological benefits of psychedelics without their...


PT241 - Tyler Chandler and Nick Meyers of “Dosed”: Iboga and The Opioid Crisis

In this episode, Joe interviews Nick Meyers and Tyler Chandler, the makers of the documentary that has made a lot of waves over the last year (and been praised on this podcast): "Dosed." They first visited the podcast last year, a few months after the film's release, and are back to talk about the response it's received and their progress on "Dosed 2: Psilocybin and the Art Of Living," which will follow the journey of one of the patients granted legal palliative psilocybin therapy by...


PTSF56- Data vs. Spin, with Tim Cools of Psychedelic Experience

In today’s Solidarity Fridays episode, Joe, Kyle, and Michelle are joined by Tim Cools of They talk about 5-MeO-DMT and how even medical journals can put a spin on their published studies.


PT240 - Ralph Blumenthal - Alien Abductions and The Believer

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...