An Urgent Plea to Users of Psychedelics: Let’s Consider a More Ethical Menu of Plants and Compounds

An Urgent Plea to Users of Psychedelics: Let’s Consider a More Ethical Menu of Plants and Compounds

This is a blog post I wish I didn’t need to write.

I have personally invested years and millions of dollars into non-profit psychedelic research around the world (one example in the UK, one in the US, and one in NZ) because A) I believe it has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of mental health and addiction, and the data are increasingly proving this to be true. B) I’m a case study. Psychedelics have saved my life several times over, including helping me to heal from childhood abuse.

"Trip of Compassion"  — The Most Compelling Movie I've Seen In The Last Year

"Trip of Compassion" — The Most Compelling Movie I've Seen In The Last Year

“I felt like I went through 15 years of psychological therapy in one night.”  – Actual patient featured in “Trip of Compassion” This post is about the most compelling movie I’ve seen in the last year. I first watched “Trip of Compassion” about six months ago, when I was sent a link to a private …

Stan Grof, Lessons from ~4,500 LSD Sessions and Beyond (#347)

Stan Grof, Lessons from ~4,500 LSD Sessions and Beyond (#347)

“I realized people were not having LSD experiences; they were having experiences of themselves. But they were coming from depths that psychoanalysis didn’t know anything about.” — Stanislav Grof Stanislav Grof, M.D., (stanislavgrof.com) is a psychiatrist with more than 60 years of experience in research of “holotropic” states of consciousness, a large and important subgroup …

Paul Stamets — How Mushrooms Can Save You and (Perhaps) the World (#340)

Paul Stamets — How Mushrooms Can Save You and (Perhaps) the World (#340)

“The war against nature is a war against your own biology.” — Paul Stamets Paul Stamets (@PaulStamets) is an intellectual and industry leader in the habitat, medicinal use, and production of fungi. Part of his mission is to deepen our understanding and respect for the organisms that literally exist under every footstep taken on this …

Hamilton Morris on Better Living Through Chemistry: Psychedelics, Smart Drugs, and More (#337)

Hamilton Morris on Better Living Through Chemistry: Psychedelics, Smart Drugs, and More (#337)

“It’s good to take things seriously. You don’t want to be afraid, but it’s a serious experience. I would say it’s no less serious than being reborn.” — Hamilton Morris Hamilton Morris (TW: @hamiltonmorris, IG: @hamiltonmorris) is a writer, documentarian, and scientific researcher who currently studies the chemistry and pharmacology of tryptamines at the University …

Michael Pollan — Exploring The New Science of Psychedelics (#313)

Michael Pollan — Exploring The New Science of Psychedelics (#313)

“Psychedelics, used responsibly and with proper caution, would be for psychiatry what the microscope is for biology and medicine or the telescope is for astronomy.” – Stanislav Grof This might be the most important podcast episode I’ve put out in the last two years. Please trust me and give it a full listen. It will surprise …

Discipline, Sex, Psychedelics, and More — The Return of Drunk Dialing (#306)

Discipline, Sex, Psychedelics, and More — The Return of Drunk Dialing (#306)

This episode is a rare exception to the rule — unlike my usual long-form interviews, this is a drunk-dialing Q&A with you guys, which I’ve done a few times in the last few years, including for the celebration of the 100th episode of this podcast. In preparation for this episode, I solicited phone numbers from …