The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide – Risks, Micro-Dosing, Ibogaine, and More

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DISCLAIMER: DO NOT USE ANY DRUGS OR SUBSTANCES WITHOUT CONSULTING A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. THIS IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.

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.

Called “America’s wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use,” Jim Fadiman has been involved with psychedelic research since the 1960s. In this episode, we discuss the immediate and long-term effects of psychedelics when used for spiritual purposes (high dose), therapeutic purposes (moderate dose), and problem-solving purposes (low dose). Fadiman outlines best practices for safe “entheogenic” voyages learned through his more than 40 years of experience–from the benefits of having a sensitive guide during a session (and how to be one) to the importance of the setting and pre-session intention.

We also discuss potential “training” using lucid dreaming techniques, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Cautioning that psychedelics are not for everyone, Jim dispels the myths and misperceptions. He explains how — in his opinion — psychedelics, used properly, can lead not only to healing but also to scientific breakthroughs and spiritual epiphanies.

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Plus, a bonus you might have missed — Sam Harris, PhD, on meditation, neuroscience, and psychedelics (stream below or right-click here to download):


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SHOW NOTES

These show notes were kindly provided by readers Spencer and Greg. Thanks, guys! There are two different versions, both pasted below. Be sure to also see the comments, which have great additional resources and links…

The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide
2:45 what is micro-dosing
3:20 Albert Hofmann: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Hofmann
4:45 LSD dose sizing
7:00 psychedelics are “anti-addictive”
8:25 duration of some psychedelics and micro-dosing
12:00 James Fadiman’s background
12:00 Richard Alpert AKA Ram Dass:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram_Dass
18:20 Fadiman’s thesis at Stanford: behavioral change after psychedelic experiences
23:20 aspects of psychedelics that can contribute to overcoming addictions
23:35 ibogaine: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibogaine
27:00 applications/similarities of different psychedelics
30:00 Alexander Shulgin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Shulgin
and his books: PiHKAL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PiHKAL
TiHKAL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TiHKAL
33:00 psychedelics and “integrating” the experience into life
35:30 The Psychedelic Explorers Guide:http://www.amazon.com/Psychedelic-Explorers-Guide-Therapeutic-Journeys/dp/1594774021/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1308850343&sr=8-1
37:45 guidelines for “safe and successful psychedelic experience”
41:25 qualities of a “guide” or “sitter”
44:00 revisiting “integrating” psychedelic experience into life
46:45 Kennett Roshi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houn_Jiyu-Kennett
48:20 service people and psychedelic impact
52:00 Bill Wilson: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_W.
52:00 Bill Wilson, AA, and psychedelics
55:40 problem solving and psychedelics
1:03:00 pattern recognition and psychedelics
1:07:50 lucid dreaming and dreaming in color
1:08:50 David Brown
1:09:45 stuttering and psychedelics
1:12:20 choice of one psychedelic versus another
1:13:50 MDMA and PTSD
1:15:45 “Reefer Madness”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reefer_Madness
1:18:00 depression and micro-dosing
1:19:00 ketamine
1:23:00 advancing research
1:23:50 MAPS: Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies:http://www.maps.org/
1:27:10 “The Trip Treatment” by Michael Pollan:http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/09/trip-treatment
1:30:30 Burning Man: http://burningman.org/
1:31:00 Kary Mullis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kary_Mullis
1:34:00 Roland Griffiths:http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/profiles/results/directory/profile/1311852/roland-griffiths

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James Fadiman:
Main Site: http://jamesfadiman.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jfadiman
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Psychedelic-Explorers-Guide/184770801541184
Book: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594774021/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1594774021&linkCode=as2&tag=offsitoftimfe-20&linkId=7VIQDTWH6S5VU6VC
Publisher: Inner Traditions http://www.innertraditions.com/
Additional Books from publisher
Psychedelic Drugs
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychedelic_drug
Levels of Dosage when considering LSD (micrograms)
400 – Transcendental experience, a guide is needed
200 – Used for psychotherapy and self exploration
100 – Can be used for problem solving situations (situations explained in podcast)
50 – “museum” or “concert” level
10/15 – Micro dose
Micro dosing – low enough dose that is “sub – perceptible” – you don’t notice the direct effects – “the rocks don’t glitter”. Could be a replacement for existing cognitive enhancers such as Adderall or Ritalin.
Organizations currently doing research on Psychedelics.
MAPS – http://www.maps.org/
Heffter – http://www.heffter.org/
Articles About Psychelics:
New Yorker Michael Pollan –http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/09/trip-treatment
Dr. Roland Griffiths – http://janetkornblum.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Stevenson_Mag_SprSmr2011_Griffiths-1.pdf

Alexander Theodore Shulgin aka Sasha Shulgin “godfather of Psychedelics”
Wikipedia- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Shulgin
Pihkal – http://www.amazon.com/Pihkal-A-Chemical-Love-Story/dp/0963009605
Tihkal – http://www.amazon.com/Tihkal-The-Continuation-Alexander-Shulgin/dp/0963009699/ref=pd_sim_b_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0XDHXY2AMTR7W21PJMY0
Bill Wilson – founder of AA, experienced LSDhttp://www.theguardian.com/science/2012/aug/23/lsd-help-alcoholics-theory

Posted on: March 21, 2015.

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127 comments on “The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide – Risks, Micro-Dosing, Ibogaine, and More

  1. Dear Tim,
    I just wanted to say thank you… I’ve never commented before and this is my first time. I read your post on “Some Practical Thoughts on Suicide” today. Thank you for giving your time to this and having the guts to share this information and your story for the benefit of others. I myself have not had this particular struggle but have suffered in other areas that you mention in this post and felt very much the same as you did at that time in different points in my life. This post also spoke to me in a huge way because I find myself at a crossroads professionally and otherwise. And I’ve often thought what I would give to have 15 mins of your time to ask you for advice about what I should do??? I’ve had some minor success in life (had a record deal with a rock band at 21 years old with Capitol Records in the 80s- I’m a drummer) then quit the music biz at 25 and climbed the corp ladder. Now I’ve left the corp world due to burn out and most importantly “reading your book” which gave me the courage to jump and find myself again. In any case, I want to thank you for not giving up Tim. And the value you have added to countless people’s lives in this world. And for how the information on your blog has been so impactful in my life and the lives of those I have passed the information on to. So again, thank you for using your gifts and talents to bless so many in this world. And for having the guts to care about others enough to share sensitive information in order to help so many out there.

    Take care….

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  2. Speechless Tim. I’ve followed your work, read your books, emails, blog posts and listened to your podcasts for a long time now, but I’m one of those guys whose often too lazy or “Too busy” (in my own head) to comment or offer input. This post got me off my ass. So finally, here is my deepest heart felt expression of gratitude to you brother. Not just for this post but for everything you do. You’ve inspired me, pushed me, made me uncomfortable, made me laugh (many times) and now made me cry (asshole). I love you to bits and look forward to meeting you some day down the track. Thanks again for all that you do! It’s truly valued and appreciated. Cheers

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  3. I am grateful for your post about suicide. To be honest, I almost didn’t read it. I thought to myself, “What could this guy ever know about suicide? Must be a marketing ploy.” I realized the truth in your message right away because I hi too, have been to those dark places, and worse yet, in a time span of less than two years, both my brother and my father took their own lives. Devastating. If your words can help people thinking about suicide stop momentarily to consider some of the things you mentioned, then perhaps that moment will be the one which gives them the clarity to see that there is hope. There is a way to freedom from their pain which does not include suicide. There is absolutely nothing I would not have done to prevent my brother and my dad from taking their own lives. Perhaps your words will save others. Thank you.

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  4. I think people would be amazed by how much technology has been created because due to “elicit” drug use. Some of the newer 3D and hologram technology that is being developed was sparked by LSD induced experiences. I wonder if this type of method is similar to how visualization works for athletic training? It’s a little too risky for me but I’m glad this topic was covered. The movie “Limitless” is one of my favorite movies and highlights how these types of drugs/stimulants are in the horizon.

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  5. I’m glad we have such a good reputation here in Santa Cuz. We do our best to keep it quality. I’d love you sit and talk with Dr. Fadimen! What a boss!

    Thank you both.

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  6. Aloha Tim, I had psilocybin experiances on two occassions in the past two decades. On both occassions I felt well even though I am legally disabled. I fell ill 20 yrs ago and diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), recently named Severe Exertion Intolerance Disease (S.E.I.D) by The Academy of Sciences. Generally called ME/CFS with American patients. Keep us updated if and when possible. Big mahalos!

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