Tom Shroder – Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal


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Tom Shroder Joe and Kyle talk about Tom’s great book titled “Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal”. Tom is an editor, and author of a number of books as well as the former editor of the Washington Post.
Interviewing Tom was real fun and we appreciate him joining us for the show.

We get into some great topics including

  • Tom’s interesting connection to Rick Doblin
  • The history of Rick’s rise to influence
  • The story of the Mithoefers transitioning from emergency medicine and sailing to Holotropic Breathwork and MDMA research
  • The book and this interview also follow the story of a US Marine who came home with treatment resistant PTSD and was then treated by the Mithoefers with MDMA as part of their research.

The book is amazing and well worth your time if you want to get familiarized with the hopes and history of psychedelic research.

Links

Tom giving a talk in Berkley covered by CSAPN

Tom Shroder

Wiki

Acid Test on Amazon

Dimitri Mugianis- Iboga, Psychedelic gas-lighting, and Structural Criticism


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In this episode we speak with Dimitri about a ton of interesting subjects including:

  • Iboga
  • Addiction
  • Bwiti
  • Dana Beal
  • Structural Criticism
  • Problems with giving psychedelics to the current medical system
  • Psychedelic Anarchy
  • Non-hierarchical organizing – making the group the parent instead of making a person the parent
  • Peer programs
  • Alexandre Tannous
  • Century of Self documentary

“Be hurt, forgive and organize”

Blessings of the Forest – Give back to Gabon

Links

Dimitri’s site
Instagram
Facebook

Brian Normand – Psymposia, Events, And How To Get Involved


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Featuring Brian Normand, Co-Founder of Psymposia.
Bio from Psymposia’s site. 

Brian Normand is Co-Founder of Psymposia, greenthumb, and occasional
trouble maker, focused on creating spaces and projects to teach people about plants and drugs.

He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BS in Plant, Soil, Insect Science, & Sustainable Horticulture, Magna Cum Laude. He lives in Baltimore.

In this interview, we discuss a lot, but here are some highlights.

  • Brian’s introduction to psychedelic art.
    • Music and plants informing Brian’s interest.
  • The genesis of Psymposia at a more academic conference.
  • The stuffiness of the academic world and it not being suitable for everyone.
    • Yet how important the academic work in top schools is.
      • Rick Doblin, David Nichols, Mithoffers and Grifiths and Dennis McKenna are individuals who prove how important it is to have top academic credentials.
  • The Psymposia Afterparty at this years Horizons: Perspective on Psychedelics Conference
    • This year’s after party includes guest speakers such as Duncan Trussell and Rick Doblin.
  • The legal status of psychedelics in the USA and internationally.
    • Some loose discussion about Portugal.
  • Leveraging the globe for legal research on Psychedelics.
  • John C. Lily’s LSD, Ketamine and float tank research.
  • How to get involved in Psychedelic work of different kinds.
  • Speculation on how to take advantage of different legal systems globally to move research forward.
  • Singing to the plants – Steve Beyer

If anyone would like to submit a story to the magazine at Psymposia you can do so by submitting your story to — hi@psymposia.com

Take a list and let us know what you think!

Brian Normand