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A science podcast that trips into the realm of psychedelic psychiatry, as hallucinogenic mushrooms go on trial in South Africa.

A science podcast that trips into the realm of psychedelic psychiatry, as hallucinogenic mushrooms go on trial in South Africa.
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South Africa

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A science podcast that trips into the realm of psychedelic psychiatry, as hallucinogenic mushrooms go on trial in South Africa.

Twitter:

@P_nauts

Language:

English

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+27834432988


Episodes

The Psychonauts Voice Diary 5 Accessing psychedelic medicine in South Africa

5/28/2018
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Many South Africans are seeking out psychedelic medicine and retreats, even though it's illegal. In the interests of harm reduction, this Voice Diary looks at how to put medical support in place for those who decide to try this therapy process through the underground community. And it considers how the medical community can prepare itself for when this form of medicine becomes legal and mainstream.

Duration:00:15:35

The Psychonauts Voice Diary 4 Ibogaine

3/6/2018
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The South African government has already opened the door for psychedelic-assisted therapy: in 2016, it allowed the potent psychedelic, ibogaine, to be prescribed as a medicine. If one psychedelic is legal for medical use, why not all of them? This short voice diary considers what this means for the legal challenge to decriminalise psilocybin mushrooms here in South Africa this year.

Duration:00:14:46

Psychonauts Episode 6: 'Bad' Trips & Bogeymen

12/22/2017
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One of the oldest myths about psychedelics is that playing with them is like a game of Russian roulette: for every few fun trips, there’s a bad one loaded in the chamber and waiting to flip you into a kind of madness. The truth is far less ghoulish, although there’s still a lot of mystique surrounding these substances in popular culture: because psychedelics have been forced underground for nearly five decades, there’s too little research to get a true reading of just how often people have...

Duration:00:47:23

The Psychonaut Voice Diary 2 - a model for bringing psilocybin assisted therapy to South Africa

10/20/2017
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A voice diary insert that lays out how the South African public health care system could roll out this form of therapy to the communities most in need of mental health support.

Duration:00:13:30

Psychonauts Episode 4 - Bottom of the Bottle

9/13/2017
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As recently as the 1960s, the hallucinogen LSD showed promise in treating alcoholism and heroin addiction. But then the moral panic at the Flower Power generation got psychedelics frogmarched into the shadowy company of a suite of illicit drugs. For four decades, research stopped. But now scientists are back at the drawing board, testing to see if psychedelics can put the brakes on certain addictive spirals. In this episode, a man in his mid-50s goes down the rabbit hole, in search of the...

Duration:00:49:43

Psychonauts Episode 1 - Tripping the Blues

8/11/2017
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Some neuroscientists are confirming what their colleagues were discovering in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s: that a few deep psychedelic ‘trips’, supported by conventional psychotherapy methods, may be able to unlock some crippling mood disorders and addictions. But because psychedelics are illegal everywhere, the growing movement of people in South Africa who are using them therapeutically must rely on an underground movement of traditional healers and ‘journey guides’.

Duration:00:36:53

Psychonauts Welcome - An introduction of sorts

7/26/2017
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Cape Town-based science writer Leonie Joubert introduces The Psychonauts, and explains why she's departed from her usual written form of storytelling.

Duration:00:10:28