DISCLAIMER: DO NOT USE ANY DRUGS OR SUBSTANCES WITHOUT CONSULTING A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. THIS IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.
“Be curious.” – Dr. Dan Engle
Martin Polanco (@Martin_Polanco7), M.D., is the founder and program director of Crossroads Treatment Center, based in Rosarito, Mexico. Crossroads specializes in helping patients conquer powerful addictions (heroin, cocaine, etc.) by using the African hallucinogen ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT, also referred to as “the God molecule.” Martin’s areas of expertise also include addiction medicine and therapeutic neurotechnologies.
Dan Engle (@drdanengle), M.D., is a psychiatrist and neurologist, who combines functional medicine with integrative psychiatry to enhance regenerative health and peak performance. His prior and relevant experience includes traumatic brain injury (TBI) and working in the Peruvian jungle with plant medicines such as ayahuasca.
In this episode, we step outside the lines of traditional medicine and discuss impulse control, introspection, and self-awareness through the use of powerful psychedelic and hallucinogenic agents like iboga, ibogaine, and 5-MeO-DMT.
We also discuss flotation tanks, which can simulate or even replicate many of the benefits that can result from the use of psychedelic and psychotropic agents. So you don’t have to be willing to experiment with these drugs to receive something valuable from this episode.
If you are interested in optimizing your psychological performance, emotional control, and exploring alternative medicine, then this episode is for you. Enjoy!
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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What other methods of alternative medicine and therapy are you interested in learning more about? Please let me know in the comments.
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Selected Links from the Episode
- More background and history about the psychedelic iboga.
- More background and history about the psychedelic ibogaine.
- More background and history about the psychedelic ayahuasca.
- Commonly prescribed benzodiazepines:
- More about traditional ayahuasca.
- Quality resources for people who want to learn more about psychedelic drugs and their uses:
- The background of 5-MeO-DMT.
- More about the brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)
- Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel
- The Cosmic Serpent by Jeremy Narby
- Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
- The Journey Home by Radhanath Swami
- Ibogaine Explained by Peter Frank
- Who by Geoff Smart
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
- If This Is a Man and The Truce by Primo Levi
- The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide by James Fadiman
- Transcendental Meditation
- True Rest Floatation Labs
- Connect with Dr. Martin Polanco:
- Connect with Dr. Dan Engle:
- Dr. Dan Engle & Dr. Martin Polanco share their background experiences that led them to be working in the field of psychedelics [08:56]
- Martin’s first experiences with psychedelics and Ibogaine [11:01]
- The primary differences between Ayahuasca and Ibogaine [14:20]
- Dan explains what happens when you experiment with Ayahuasca, and the most common characteristics during the experience [19:45]
- What most people feel during the start of an Iboga experience, and the common characteristics reported after use [23:15]
- The reasons some people don’t have visions while taking Ibogaine [26:34]
- The commonly prescribed benzodiazepines that don’t allow people to have visions taking Ibogaine [27:44]
- What happens to your central nervous system during an ibogaine experience [29:58]
- How should people view the use of psychedelics? [36:24]
- The scarier aspects of the iboga experiences, and how to prepare for them? [43:06]
- Martin explains how iboga works on a chemical level and what types of addictions it can help [46:15]
- The resources people can use to educate themselves about psychedelic drugs and current research [48:34]
- The background of 5-MeO-DMT and how it is incorporated into his program [54:48]
- Different uses for ayahuasca and 5-MeO-DMT [1:00:26]
- The relative importance of plant medicine and non-traditional treatments [1:08:36]
- How often should psychedelic treatments be used for the maximum effect [1:11:11]
- How people can use psychedelics to help with traumatic brain injuries [1:16:30]
- The first person who comes to mind when Dan and Martin think of the word successful [1:26:39]
- The books Dan and Martin have given the most as gifts [1:28:45]
- The quote or statement Dan would have on a billboard [1:31:01]
- The advice Dan and Martin would give their 30-year-old selves [1:31:49]
- Who should and shouldn’t try ibogaine [1:34:15]
- Flotation theory and other entry points for psychedelic experiences [1:35:28]
- The single ask or recommendation Dan and Martin have for The 4-Hour Workweek audience [1:44:50]
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