044: Interview with Dr. Rosalind Watts, Clinical Psychologist in the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London by Joe

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It’s April 2, 2017, and we are talking with Dr. Rosalind Watts, Clinical Psychologist at Imperial College London, working alongside Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris.

  • Joe’s story of psilocybin on his first “date” with his now-wife, and psilocybin’s role in their engagement

  • The Couples Using Magic Mushrooms as Relationship Therapy

  • Kevin’s regular practice of taking psychedelic medicine with his wife

  • How Ros came to study psychedelic therapy after initially becoming disillusioned with the limits of talk therapy for the treatment of anxiety and depression; her initial skepticism about psychedelics based on their negative legacy

  • The importance of the patient-therapist relationship

  • Some guidelines from one of the father figures of psychedelic therapy, Bill Richards: “We prepare people to welcome whatever they may encounter – no picking and choosing. Sometimes you have to go through the dark night to get to the top of the mountain and the sunrise. If the inner dragon or monster appears, look him in the eye – go straight towards him. If you look the monster in the eye and go towards it, ask it what it wants – there’s always resolution, transformation, and new knowledge. When you run from it, you get into panic and paranoia, like a typical nightmare – and then you say, ‘I’ve had a bad trip.’”

  • Although psychedelics including psilocybin tend to be considered non-addictive, there are examples of people using them habitually

  • Ros mentions some examples of people in the psilocybin study for depression giving up addictions and habitual behavior

  • To help fund this important research, visit the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London

Holiday Gifts for Psychedelicists - Need Your Vote! by Joe

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Since starting our Patreon campaign, we've earned close to $100 – and we're just getting started! In the spirit of the holidays, we want to use the funds to spread some cheer in the psychedelic community.

To start it off, we're getting Allyson Grey a subscription to Broccoli, the brand new magazine for women who love cannabis. (Check out our interview with Allyson and Alex Grey at Burning Man for the reference!)

And we're asking our patrons to help us decide: who should be the next Psychedelicist on the list?

Vote for your favorite over at Patreon.com/Entheogen!

Listener Update and Season 3 Trailer by Joe

We're excited to be back after our summer hiatus!

Over the coming months, we'll post our in-depth review of Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work, a National Bestseller by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal.

November 2017 listeners

Meanwhile, just as we resume from a six month break, we've broken 13K!

If you enjoy the show, would you mind writing us a review on iTunes? It really helps people "find the others" (in the words of Tim Leary).

Thanks everyone for listening to Entheogen – and please tell your friends!

043: The LSD-assisted Dock Ellis No-Hitter by Joe

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It’s March 5, 2017, and we are discussing the famous LSD-assisted Dock Ellis No-Hitter.

Links:

Other Notes:

  • “I’m high as a Georgia Pine”

  • Dexamyl - 90% of the league was using

  • Benzedrine - also heavily consumed by pros

    • Lady in San Diego with the gold pouches

  • “They knew I was high but they didn’t know what I was high on.”

  • Dealing with the fear, the fear of losing, the fear of winning

042: Interview with Dr. Neal Goldsmith on Psychedelic Healing by Joe

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It’s March 12, 2017, and we are discussing psychedelic healing with Dr. Neal Goldsmith.

Topics:

  • Neal’s book Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development provides copious discussion points for our conversation today.

  • Neal's therapy practice, and how his use of psychedelics has informed his practice of psychotherapy

  • Imago therapy

  • LSD is a tool: Charles Manson becomes more Charles Manson; Richard Alpert becomes Ram Dass.

  • The substitution of the eucharist as a proxy for the original psychoactive sacrament. Can we please go back to the active version? What are the consequences of inactive substitutes in religious ceremonies? How have alternative spiritual practices sprung up in the absence of sanctioned Entheogenic rituals?

  • George Carlin’s Modern Man.

  • Are we in the midst of McKenna’s Archaic Revival? Is this another way to internalize the unfolding ecological apocalypse?

“If we’re going to be post-post-modern, if we’re going to be integral, we can’t have a fight between tribalism and modernity. We can’t have a fight between spirituality and the material world.”

  • Meditation, mindfulness, yoga, breathing…

  • Deep breathing to expel carbon dioxide in addition to inhaling oxygen.

  • McKenna’s conjecture that it’s possible to get to the same state of consciousness that psychedelics provide access to, using meditation or chanting or drumming, but who has time for that?

  • What do you recommend to listeners who might be interested in some form of psychedelic therapy, present company included?

  • The dichotomy of tribalism vs. modernism: our human ancestors living naturally but for shorter time, vs. modern humans living longer but disconnected from nature. Spiraling up vs. retreating to tribalism.

  • Spirituality vs. science. The concept of rational mysticism. Einstein quote via Rick Doblin: “There's no real conflict between science & religion; there's a conflict between bad science & bad religion.”

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