Field Trip Health
My name is Ronan Levy, and I’d like to invite you to join me on a field trip. Tune in each week as I speak with the scientists, entrepreneurs, artists and athletes exploring the limits of the human mind. Learn how psychedelics, meditation and self-discovery practices have changed their lives and can help YOU live a happier, healthier, more inspired life.
Todd Herman, the author of the WSJ and International Best Selling Book, “The Alter Ego Effect: The Power of Secret Identities to Transform Your Life,” joins Ronan to discuss Todd’s experiences with MDMA assisted therapy to overcome sexual trauma, the power of alter egos, and whether there exists a one true authentic self. He is also a speaker and coach focused on mental toughness, leadership, and peak performance, and has been featured on NFL Films, Fox Sports, PBS, Entrepreneur, and the Today Show. His training programs have been delivered to over 2 million people and have won numerous awards and his coaching systems are used by teams in the NFL, NBA, and NHL, as well as major companies around the world. Todd just launched his own shoe line, and his work has even inspired the new FOX TV show, Alter Ego!Feel free to leave Ronan a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello! https://www.speakpipe.com/fieldtripping or write us an email at email@example.com. And please check out our Field Tripping YouTube channel where you can watch the show!Follow us! Official Website: fieldtriphealth.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fieldtriphealth/Facebook: facebook.com/fieldtriphealthTwitter: twitter.com/fieldtriphealthInstagram: instagram.com/fieldtriphealthGuest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/todd_hermanDownload our app: tripapp.co
1 hr 15 min
Jon Hopkins, a highly acclaimed musician and electronic music producer, joins Ronan from across the pond to discuss the inspiration and creative process for his new record “Music for Psychedelic Therapy,” his own journey with psychedelic medicine, posthumously collaborating with Ram Dass, and more! Jon’s works have been Grammy and Mercury Prize nominated, he has done film scoring, and has collaborated with the likes of Brian Eno, Imogen Heap, Coldplay, Purity Ring, and previous Field Tripping guest East Forest. “Music for Psychedelic Therapy” (which is out now, available at https://smarturl.it/MFPT/) signifies a seeming departure from Jon’s trajectory as a more techno/club-centered act. The album’s first single, Sit Around the Fire, features the words of Ram Dass from a 1970’s recording as well as contributions from collaborator East Forest. To check out the music mentioned by Jon in this episode, visit:www.instagram.com/mattheis_www.ishq.orgFeel free to leave Ronan a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello! https://www.speakpipe.com/fieldtripping or write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please check out our Field Tripping YouTube channel where you can watch the show!Follow us! Official Website: fieldtriphealth.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fieldtriphealth/Facebook: facebook.com/fieldtriphealthTwitter: twitter.com/fieldtriphealthInstagram: instagram.com/fieldtriphealthGuest Instagram: www.instagram.com/mrjonhopkinsDownload our app: tripapp.co
1 hr 2 min
Sanjay Singhal joins Ronan to discuss his personal journey through his bipolar disorder diagnosis, what excites him about the changes and research emerging in the psychedelic industry, and what a better world looks like to him if all the hopes around psychedelics come to fruition. He gives some really sound advice on how to find happiness for yourself and the people in your circle, plus some tips on how to make decisions in your life without regret. Sanjay is a tech entrepreneur, author, and one of the leading psychedelic philanthropists. He founded (and sold) Audiobooks.com, created the 500 Startups Canada fund and is currently an investor in over 20 startups. Sanjay launched the Nikean Foundation in 2019 with a mission to fund mental health research focusing on novel psychedelic therapies to treat mental disorders including anorexia, depression, and PTSD. Sanjay is a committed supporter of psychedelics for mental health; his deep and eloquent discussion in this episode is not one to be missed.Feel free to leave Ronan a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello! https://www.speakpipe.com/fieldtripping or write us an email at email@example.com. And please check out our Field Tripping YouTube channel where you can watch the show!Follow us! Official Website: fieldtriphealth.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fieldtriphealth/Facebook: facebook.com/fieldtriphealthTwitter: twitter.com/fieldtriphealthInstagram: instagram.com/fieldtriphealthSanjay's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ssinghalDownload our app: tripapp.co
1 hr 15 min
Jesse Gould joins Ronan to discuss his path into the Army and his difficulties of leaving the military, how psychedelics can assist the mental health of military veterans, and how the war on drugs restricted medicines that could have helped heal the traumas of countless servicepeople. After three deployments in Afghanistan as a US Army Ranger, Jesse Gould encountered a myriad of challenges in re-acclimating to civilian life, as do many war vets. Struggling for years with severe anxiety, he decided to try an ayahuasca retreat in Peru having been drawn to its cultural and ceremonial properties. Jesse was profoundly moved by this and soon after he founded the Heroic Hearts Project in 2017 with a mission to spearhead acceptance and use of ayahuasca therapy as a means of addressing the current mental health crisis among veterans. Since its launch, Heroic Hearts has raised over $350,000 in scholarships from donors including Dr. Bronner’s and partnered with the world’s leading ayahuasca treatment centers, as well as sponsoring psychiatric applications with the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Georgia.Feel free to leave Ronan a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello! https://www.speakpipe.com/fieldtripping or write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please check out our Field Tripping YouTube channel where you can watch the show!Follow us! Official Website: fieldtriphealth.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fieldtriphealth/Facebook: facebook.com/fieldtriphealthTwitter: twitter.com/fieldtriphealthInstagram: instagram.com/fieldtriphealthJesse's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heroicheartsprojectDownload our app: tripapp.co
1 hr 23 min
Greg Ferenstein joins Ronan to discuss how psychedelics can make you a better co-worker, his field research in Silicon Valley, mental health advocacy, psychedelic policy reform, and more! Greg is a scientific consultant to mental health programs and psychedelic startups through his firm, Frederick Research. He’s also currently a scientific advisor on psychedelics and gathers research on how people use medicines such as psilocybin and LSD to improve their health, relationships, and careers. He is also the research director for Tech4America, a non-profit organization that looks at how access to mental health services impacts low-income individuals seeking to get into high-tech careers. His research has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Guardian.Feel free to leave Ronan a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello! https://www.speakpipe.com/fieldtripping or write us an email at email@example.com. And please check out our Field Tripping YouTube channel where you can watch the show! Follow us! Official Website: fieldtriphealth.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fieldtriphealth/ Facebook: facebook.com/fieldtriphealth Twitter: twitter.com/fieldtriphealth Instagram: instagram.com/fieldtriphealth Guest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ferensteinDownload our app: tripapp.co
1 hr 17 min
On this episode we are joined by guests Zak Williams, son of the late actor/comedian Robin Williams, and the founder of the MINDS Foundation, psychiatrist Dr. Raghu Appasani. They discussed their service and advocacy for mental health, their own mental health journeys, psychedelics, the importance of nutrition, and more! After Zak’s father’s death in 2014, Zak’s anxiety became extreme, leading to severe depression and alcohol/substance abuse. While he thankfully got sober, it didn’t solve everything. Through extensive research, he discovered the wealth of botanical adaptogens and amino acid complexes to help recalibrate and heal his mind and body, which led to opening PYM (“Prepare Your Mind”) - his company which produces “mood chews” - which he co-founded with his wife. He hired psychiatrist, neuroscientist, mental health advocate, and entrepreneur, Dr. Raghu Appasani as the Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Raghu also founded the MINDS Foundation, a mental health nonprofit committed to eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness through education, training, and providing access to cost-effective, high quality care. This is a very important episode you don’t want to miss! Feel free to leave Ronan a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello! https://www.speakpipe.com/fieldtripping or write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please check out our Field Tripping YouTube channel where you can watch the show! Follow us! Official Website: fieldtriphealth.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fieldtriphealth/ Facebook: facebook.com/fieldtriphealth Twitter: twitter.com/fieldtriphealth Instagram: instagram.com/fieldtriphealth Guest Instagram: Zak: www.instagram.com/zakpym ... Raghu: www.instagram.com/rappasaniDownload our app: tripapp.co
1 hr 25 min
Internationally renowned shaman, best-selling author, and host of the Ceremony Circle Podcast, Alyson Charles (aka Rock-Star Shaman), joins Ronan to discuss the powerful awakening and transformation into her current identity, her healing experiences with plant medicine, her unique and powerful relationship to the animal kingdom, and more! She went from being a national champion athlete runner, and radio and daytime television host, to finding her true calling as a shaman. Alyson has devoted her life to preserving ancient wisdom by bringing sacred rituals and shamanic teachings to the mainstream in unique ways. Alyson is an animal medium; her new book, Animal Power: 100 Animals to Energize Your Life and Awaken Your Soul highlights our spiritual interconnectivity to animals and how it’s something we can all tap into.Feel free to leave Ronan a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello! https://www.speakpipe.com/fieldtripping or write us an email at email@example.com. And please check out our Field Tripping YouTube channel where you can watch the show! Follow us! Official Website: fieldtriphealth.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/fieldtriphealthFacebook: facebook.com/fieldtriphealth Twitter: twitter.com/fieldtriphealth Instagram: instagram.com/fieldtriphealth Alyson’s Website: https://www.alysoncharles.com/Alyson's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamalysoncharlesDownload our app: tripapp.co
1 hr 22 min
Krishna Trevor Oswalt (professionally known as East Forest), joins Ronan to discuss what "psychedelic music" is, his time spent with Ram Dass, changing his name, the notion of “channeling,” and more. East Forest is a multidisciplinary artist who has devoted his life to his music, spirituality and mindfulness. His records combine elements of electronic music and natural field recordings and are highly acclaimed for their meticulous intention and psychedelic influence. His forthcoming album IN: A Soundtrack for the Psychedelic Practitioner, Vol. II currently lives exclusively on the Trip app. Feel free to leave Ronan a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello! https://www.speakpipe.com/fieldtripping or write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please check out our Field Tripping YouTube channel where you can watch the show!Follow us! Official Website: fieldtriphealth.comLinkedIn: linkedin.com/fieldtriphealthFacebook: facebook.com/fieldtriphealthTwitter: twitter.com/fieldtriphealthInstagram: instagram.com/fieldtriphealthGuest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eastforestDownload our app: tripapp.co
1 hr 10 min
Mike “Zappy” Zapolin has been referred to as a “psychedelic concierge,” who has dedicated himself to the expansion of human consciousness. He is an entrepreneur and trend-spotter of internet domain names, cannabis, and now the psychedelic economy. As a film-maker, his documentary film, “The Reality of Truth,” explores his ayahuasca experience in Peru, and features Deepak Chopra and actor Michelle Rodriguez. He also directed “Lamar Odom: Reborn,” a documentary that features NBA star Lamar Odom, and his path to recovery through psychedelics. Zappy joins Ronan to discuss how his early psychedelic experiences inspired him to go deeper later on in life, how the psychedelics industry could be the next big tech boom (but which could also really help people), his utterly jaw-dropping experiences with ayahuasca and ketamine, and more! Feel free to leave Ronan a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello! https://www.speakpipe.com/fieldtripping or write us an email at email@example.com. And please check out our Field Tripping YouTube channel where you can watch the show! Follow us! Official Website: fieldtriphealth.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/fieldtriphealth Facebook: facebook.com/fieldtriphealth Twitter: twitter.com/fieldtriphealth Instagram: instagram.com/fieldtriphealth Guest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zappyzapolinDownload our app: tripapp.co
57 min 16 sec
Dr. Matthew W. Johnson is one of the world’s most published scientists on the human effects of psychedelics, and has conducted seminal research in the behavioral economics of drug use, addiction, and risk behavior. Based on a thorough review of known risks of psychedelics, Dr. Johnson helped to resurrect psychedelic research by publishing psychedelic administration safety guidelines in 2008. He’s also an advisor to Field Trip on the development of the novel synthetic psychedelic molecule, FT-104. Dr. Johnson joins Ronan to discuss his experience of conducting blind studies of psychoactive substances (including salvinorin A), his favorite new and classic psychedelic books, what makes a good trip guide, and more! Dr. Johnson is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.Please Follow Us:Field Trip Website - https://www.fieldtriphealth.comInstagram - @fieldtriphealthFacebook - @fieldtriphealthTwitter - @fieldtriphealthGuest Website: hopkinspsychedelic.org Twitter: @Drug_Researcher Feel free to leave Ronan a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello! https://www.speakpipe.com/fieldtripping or write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please check out our Field Tripping YouTube channel where you can watch the show!
1 hr 15 min
Dr. Andrew Weil has been a leader in the field of integrative medicine for decades, and is an accomplished author, researcher, and founder of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He is an internationally recognized expert on medicinal plants, alternative medicine, and the reform of medical education. Dr. Weil joins Ronan to discuss integrative mental health, the application of psychedelics in our future, the war on drugs, and more. Plus, he shares insightful lessons from the past that could benefit the success of the modern psychedelic movement. Please Follow Us:Field Trip Website - https://www.fieldtriphealth.comInstagram - @fieldtriphealthFacebook - @fieldtriphealthTwitter - @fieldtriphealthGuest Website: www.drweil.com / www.integrativemedicine.arizona.edu IG: @drweil Twitter: @drweil Feel free to leave Ronan a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello! https://www.speakpipe.com/fieldtripping or write us an email at email@example.com. And please check out our Field Tripping YouTube channel where you can watch the show!
58 min 28 sec
Dr. Alberto Villoldo is a Medical Anthropologist, researcher, and student of the shamanic healing practices of the Amazon and Andes for over 25 years. He is the founder of the Four Winds Society, an organization dedicated to the bridging of ancient shamanic traditions with modern medicine and psychology. He joins Ronan to talk about his study of medicine, shamanism, mysticism, brain science and how they all connect to recent developments in psychedelic research. Please Follow Us:Field Trip WebsiteInstagram - @fieldtriphealthFacebook - @fieldtriphealthTwitter - @fieldtriphealthAlberto's Website: thefourwinds.comFacebook: @AlbertoVilloldoInstagram: @albertovilloldo_thefourwinds Feel free to leave Ronan a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello! https://www.speakpipe.com/fieldtripping or write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please check out our Field Tripping YouTube channel where you can watch the show!
1 hr 11 min
Thomas is a husband, father, and the first Canadian in 50 years that received permission to use psilocybin legally for medical purposes for end-of-life distress due to terminal cancer. Never having used medicines like cannabis or psychedelics prior to his condition, he has found profound value in these alternative therapies and hopes to reach as many people as possible with his story. He joins Ronan to talk about his diagnosis, treatments, what ultimately led to his decision to try psychedelics, and how they led him into advocacy. Please Follow Us:Field Trip WebsiteInstagram - @fieldtriphealthFacebook - @fieldtriphealthTwitter - @fieldtriphealthFeel free to leave Ronan a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello! https://www.speakpipe.com/fieldtripping or write us an email at email@example.com. And please check out our Field Tripping YouTube channel where you can watch the show!
1 hr 39 min
Keith Ferrazzi is an American entrepreneur and recognized global thought leader in the relational and collaborative sciences. His books include 'Who’s Got Your Back' and 'Never Eat Alone' and most recently – 'Leading Without Authority' – which came out last year. After his own life-changing experiences, he shifted his priorities to dedicate 30% of his time to psychedelic companies. Keith's mission is to elevate businesses while navigating how to create a world that integrates psychedelics. Keith joins Ronan to discuss his experience as a business coach, the problem of business communities who continue to stigmatize psychedelics, his own journey with psychedelics, coming out as a gay Republican man, and how he's finally discovered happiness.Please Follow Us:Field Trip WebsiteInstagram - @fieldtriphealthFacebook - @fieldtriphealthTwitter - @fieldtriphealthWebsite: keithferrazzi.com / ferrazzigreenlight.comIG: @keithferrazziTwitter: @ferrazziFeel free to leave Ronan a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello! https://www.speakpipe.com/fieldtripping or write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please check out our Field Tripping YouTube channel where you can watch the show!
1 hr 16 min
Growing up with an incarcerated father and a mother who struggled with mental illness and substance abuse, Deran gained knowledge and experience of discrimination, poverty, and social services at a very early age. She created Black Therapists Rock and her current professional areas of expertise include International Social Work, Gender Issues and Trauma/Anxiety Disorders. She joins Ronan to discuss her military experience, transitioning into civilian life, the socio-economic inequities within drug research and therapies amongst African American communities, and her exploration of psychedelics and cannabis. Please Follow Us (to be linked):Field Trip WebsiteInstagram - @fieldtriphealthFacebook - @fieldtriphealthTwitter - @fieldtriphealthBlack Therapists Rock Official SiteBlack Therapists Rock FacebookBlack Therapists Rock InstagramDeran Young's FacebookFeel free to leave Ronan a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello! https://www.speakpipe.com/fieldtripping or write us an email at email@example.com. And please check out our Field Tripping YouTube channel where you can watch the show!
1 hr 7 min
Mr. Michael Dow is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author. Well-known as “America’s Go-To Doctor,” Dr. Mike has hosted shows on TLC, VH1, E!, Investigation Discovery, and Logo, and is part of Dr. Oz’s core team of experts. He has admirably brought consciousness expansion and mindfulness to the forefront of mainstream culture. He joins Ronan to talk about his experiences with losing his brother at an early age, his study of sexology and mindfulness, his spiritual evolution, traditional therapy vs psychedelic therapy, growing up as a gay person of color, how genes can impact our mental health, and more!Please Follow Us (to be linked):Field Trip WebsiteInstagram - @fieldtriphealthFacebook - @fieldtriphealthTwitter - @fieldtriphealthDr. Mike's IG - @drmikedowFeel free to leave Ronan a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello! https://www.speakpipe.com/fieldtripping or write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please check out our Field Tripping YouTube channel where you can watch the show!
1 hr 10 min
Bri Emery an art director in Los Angeles and the founder of the lifestyle blog Designlovefest. She has designed products for companies such as Target and Keds, ranging from fashion to interior design. Bri recently went through our ketamine-assisted therapies in New York City. She joins Ronan to discuss how she used those experiences to handle the Covid lockdowns, how they applied to her various businesses, the perils of social media, our addiction to work, and why "Fantastic Fungi" is her favorite movie.Please Follow Us:Instagram - @fieldtriphealthFacebook - @fieldtriphealthTwitter - @fieldtriphealthField Trip WebsiteBri's IG - @designlovefestFeel free to leave Ronan a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello! https://www.speakpipe.com/fieldtripping or write us an email at email@example.com.
1 hr 10 min
For Dr. Julie Holland, psychedelic medicine connects biology with the soul. She is a psychopharmacologist, psychiatrist, and author who has dedicated her career to novel psychiatric wellness as an influential advocate of psychedelic medicine. In this episode, Julie sits down with Ronan and Field Trip’s Chief Psychologist Dr. Dominique Morisano to discuss her thoughts on the stigmatization of the ‘soul’ in medicine, what it means to create successful relationships, the imbalance between yin and yang energies in our society, and implications of the current psychedelic renaissance we’re experiencing today. Show Notes: 2.20 - Why Julie identifies as an “MD”3.30 - How Julie integrates biology with the spirituality and emotions in psychiatry5.06 - The stigmatization of the word “soul” in the medical profession6.54 - Julie discusses the debate between dualist vs. materialist - whether our brain comes from our soul or our soul comes from our brain. 9.14 - Julie describes the adolescent brain and how it relates to her psychedelic advocacy.10.50 - Dominique discusses the impact of the soul in her work. 13.30 - Julie discusses profound experiences and psychedelics’ ability to promote dishabituation.15.00 - Julie shares her thoughts on Ketamine.16.46 - Dominique chimes in with her thoughts on Ketamine therapy.17.46 - Julie opens up about how it feels to see cannabis and psychedelic medicines come to the spotlight.19.18 - Julie’s perspective on dyad relationships and couplehood. 20.34 - Julie discusses the feedback she received from her book title “Moody Bitches” and explains yin and yang energy. 24.48 - The implications of the imbalance between yin and yang energies in today’s society. 26.28 - Ronan’s reflection.29.30 - Julie shares what she will likely be focusing on next in her research.31.39 - Julie discusses her thoughts on today’s psychedelic renaissance. 34.00 - Dominique shares her thoughts on today’s psychedelic renaissance. 35.29 - Ronan, Julie, and Dominique discuss the need for equitable access to psychedelic therapies. 37.34 - How labels create narratives about who a person is. 38.54 - Dominique explains how trauma responses work. 39.33 - Julie shares her thoughts on the trauma COVID-19 is creating and the difference in reactions.42.00 - How Julie has dealt with the pandemic.43.05 - The awarenesses that have come up for Dominique during the pandemic. 45.35 - Julie’s most influential lessons from psychedelic experiences.47.02 - Dominique’s most profound consciousness-expanding experiences. 50.37 - Ronan’s key takeaways.
52 min 53 sec
On this episode, Ronan sits down with Ted Moskovitz and Matt McKibbin, co-founders of tech advisory and investment firm, DeCentraNet, and AMMA Healing to discuss the subjectivity of the human experience, why decentralization can be such an enlightening prospect to reimagine constructs like economics, spirituality and science – and how psychedelics can provide new ways for each of us to experience the universe. Then, Ronan, Ted and Matt discuss cryptocurrency to consider how it intersects with psychedelics and personal liberty. 1:59 - How Ted went from working as a lawyer to discovering a different purpose and eventually becoming an entrepreneur4:03 - Ted explains the only tech that matters: The Human OS4:38 - Matt’s story of how he came to work in decentralization07:48 - How quantum physics defines reality and consciousness11:26 - How psychedelics shifted Ted’s mindset14:11- What is blockchain, and what does it have in common with psychedelics? 22:17 - Is decentralization of psychedelics at scale actually something we want?24:41 - Why Matt and Ted think decentralization is important29:36 - Discussion about the modern concept of currency and the balance the benefits of crypto like the decentralization of power with the disadvantages like inefficiency34:28 - Ronan’s reflections how blockchain technologies are enabling our societies to remove power from a centralized, aggregated few, and what the future holds37:43 - Matt and Ted talk discuss their thoughts on an ideal future and the mindset needed to get there40:29 - Matt, Ted and Ronan discuss how they think the psychedelic movement is going to evolve44:28 - Ronan’s thoughts on his relationship with the Earth45:48 - Ted’s first psychedelic experience on LSD47:57 - Matt’s first DMT experience
54 min 38 sec
In this episode, Ronan sits down with Stephanie Simbari and Elizabeth Kott, the hosts of “That’s So Retrograde” to discuss the importance of being okay with where you are. Then, what keeps them curious about wellness, how to follow your intuition, and why psychedelic therapies can play a cosmic role in your life. Plus, the three discuss how astrology has influenced Stephanie and Elizabeth’s business relationship, the ever-evolving idea of self, and compare traditional mental health treatments to psychedelics – like psilocybin and ketamine. Check out “That’s So Retrograde” here:Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/5xZA5H8yIe0gQrK6Pdhbv7?si=tvC9L-4QTZGNTQL6jPkd6g&nd=1Website: https://www.thatssoretrograde.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soretrograde/ Show Notes: 1.51 - Where Stephanie and Elizabeth got their interest in astrology. 3.27 - How Stephanie’s astrology chart helped make sense of her traits and characteristics. 5.11 - How Stephanie and Elizabeth use their birth charts in their working relationship and their self-discovery. 8.30 - The intersection between pop culture and astrology.10.05 - How Stephanie and Elizabeth got to where they are today. 16.26 - The effects of motivation by fear, especially amongst entrepreneurs. 17.37 - How Elizabeth transitioned into entrepreneurship. 19.50 - Stephanie’s struggle to let go of the identity associated with her past career. 21.45 - The difficulties and necessities of letting go.25.07 - How your mindset affects your healing process.28.28 - What Stephanie and Elizabeth have seen evolve in the wellness space over the past six years. 30.41 - Why Elizabeth believes there is such a hype around cannabis.32.31 - Stephanie’s theory of why alcohol is accepted, but consciousness-expanding drugs are not. 34.00 - Stephanie’s take on ketamine. 36.50 - Following your instincts when it comes to psychedelics. 39.30 - Stephanie’s thoughts on Western medicine’s approach to mental health treatments. 40.56 - Elizabeth’s perspective on psychedelics. 43.00 - The effects of micro-dosing.
49 min 1 sec
Trusting your instincts can often provide more clarity than any outside source. Dr. Michael Verbora felt this sensation after prescribing his first patient CBD. At the time, it was frowned upon, but Dr. Verbora knew it was the right thing to do. A check-up later, the clinical results validated his hypothesis, leading him towards a new path in his medical profession. Today, Dr. Verbora works exclusively on researching and advocating for cannabis and psychedelic-based medicine. In this episode of Field Tripping, he sits down with Ronan to discuss his journey to challenging the medicinal status quo, his thoughts on the current North American medical system, the results he’s seen from psychedelic usage, and how psychedelics can change medicine by normalizing an integrative approach. Learn more about Dr. Michael Verbora here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mverbora Show Notes:2.19 - How Michael started working in psychedelics.3.44 - Michael’s initial thoughts and trials with cannabis and psychedelic research. 6.00 - Why Michael went to medical school in the first place. 7.40 - Michael expands on the culture of medicine and its incongruence with his values. 9.00 - Ronan discusses the similarities between his and Michael’s story. 10.03 - The risk of falling outside the norm in medicine. 12.48 - The challenges within the North American medical system. 13.32 - The “patient-centered” medical system. 15.16 - Why psychedelics are more effective for treating mental health disorders. 18.24 - What happens when you take psychedelic molecules. 20.37 - Michael’s take on the materialist vs. dualist debate. 25.02 - Michael’s experiences on psychedelics. 30.21 - Michael’s inward experience with ketamine. 33.35 - What can we do to advance the conversation about psychedelics in a medical context. 35.50 - What impact Michael has seen psychedelics have on today’s mental health challenge. 40.30 - How psychedelic medicine is going to change medicine by normalizing an integrative approach.
45 min 44 sec
Ben Greenfield is an internationally-known biohacker, human body expert, and brain performance coach who takes a holistic approach to health. In this episode he sits down with Ronan to discuss his approach to biohacking, including Ben’s personal usage of psilocybin and cannabis alongside wellness programs like PMF, sound, and massage. Throughout their conversation, Ben gets personal, opening up about how his overdeveloped sense of self-worth from childhood led to tying his value to performance and ultimately, affecting his mental health in adulthood. Learn more about Ben’s work at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/. Show Notes: 3:25 - Ben’s path growing up and how he got to where he is today.4:30 - Ben’s ego death ceremony. 8.15 - How Ben has been has been influenced by plant medicine.8.40 - Ben’s psilocybin experience and how it inspired him.10.05 - How Ben started to use psychedelics and other plant medicines. 11.50 - Ben’s current micro dose schedule of psychedelics and other plant medicines.14.05 - Ben’s micro dosage amount for psilocybin. 14.35 - Ronan’s reflection.18.30 - The body work does Ben do in addition to his microdose schedule.20.50 - Ben’s therapeutic use of melatonin, PMF, sound therapy and their potential benefits.24.22 - Ben’s psychedelic massage therapy ritual.27:10. - Audience Question: Is there a sabbatic explanation for tears and coughing up mucus when taking psilocybin.29.00 - Why Ben does what he does. 30:20 - The importance of identifying your life purpose.31:52 - The conflict between Ben’s faith and his work.33.32 - Audience Question: How do you see the health game evolving in the next 5 to 10 years?35.33 - Ronan’s key takeaways.
38 min 42 sec
Amanda Fielding is one of the most prominent pioneers in psychedelic research. A champion of psychedelic science for 45+ years, she is widely recognized for her contributions to global drug policy reform. Amanda details her initial interactions with psychedelics and how she recognized their capabilities for healing, while opening up about her thoughts on today’s psychedelic renaissance, the ethics behind the movement, and even her experiences with trepanation. Amanda is the Founder of the Beckley Foundation, an organization that initiates, directs and supports psychedelic science. Learn more about her work at https://www.beckleyfoundation.org/. Show Notes: 2.50 - Amanda’s first interaction with psychedelics. 4.27 - Amanda’s discusses her initial experiences with LSD and her thoughts on its healing powers.6.28 - Amanda reveals that she lived on LSD everyday to psychoanalyze herself and walks Ronan through her observations. 9.30 - Amanda talks about her upbringing and family’s reaction to her use of psychedelics. 10.52 - Amanda discusses what being a part of the first psychedelic movement in the 60s was like. 12.15 - The movement’s focus on psychedelic integration, Amanda’s use of art to express psychedelic benefits. 14.22 - Amanda’s perspective on the war on drugs and its effect on her research. 16.30 - How Amanda feels about the psychedelic renaissance we are experiencing today. 19.21 - Ronan and Amanda discuss today’s relationship between science and spirituality. 23.31 - Ronan’s reflection.25.05 - What psychedelics actually do and the mechanisms that underlie them.28.39 - Amanda’s experience with trepanation. 31.48 - Why psychedelics should be available to everyone, not just for specific conditions. 33.22 - Ronan and Amanda discuss our relationship with governments and regulation.35.00 - Amanda talks about psychedelics and the mental health crisis. 38.36 - How Amanda feels about the uprising of the psychedelic industry. 43.44 - Ronan’s key takeaways.
46 min 6 sec
David Bronner is the Cosmic Engagement Officer (CEO) of ‘Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps’ and a massive advocate for psychedelics – as both an activist and donor. David joins Ronan to share how using medicine with intention helped change his perspective – and why psychedelics for the masses is his ultimate goal. Then we talk about family legacy, generational trauma, origins into light and love, and how to build a better world. Plus, how to follow ‘cosmic principles’. Finally, David shares stories of his most impactful trips – including ‘ReFoamation’.Show Notes:David details his own profound experiences with psychedelics and his family’s origin story of ‘Dr. Bronners’ Soap Company (2:20)David discusses his exposure to cannabis and how it was his first time reconciling with the war on drugs (5:10)David talks about his personal growth using psychedelics’ as a young adult (7:43)David reveals how faith traditions have helped him tap into the divine – and using medicines with intention (10:00)What does it mean to be a ‘Cosmic Engagement Officer’ (13:00)Ibogaine experience and images of his father, grandfather, and his childhood home (14:00)David talks about his support for Tom and Sheri Eckhart and Measure 109 in Oregon to bring safe and well-structured access for psychedelic healing with professional standards and safety programs (19:00)Addiction is not a crime – it’s a health problem with underlying trauma. Jail will not help someone sort out their lives (22:40)What it means to ‘spiritually by-pass’ (23:30)David shares his hopes for Washington State: beyond decriminalization and toward legal safe supply – but it’s a complicated issue. Other advocated groups and strategies are discussed. (25:00)David discusses his essay ‘Death & Life’ and creating the ‘ReFoamation’ experience at Burning Man 10 years ago (29:30)
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BJ Miller is a palliative care cancer centre physician. His TED Talk detailing his own near-death experience has been viewed over 12 million times. Now, BJ is on a mission to redesign how we die with a clear-eyed view of morality. He believes grief is something to metabolize as a transformation of love, from one form to another. BJ views separation as an illusion; that everything is life, and death is a construct to help us digest reality. Plus, ‘Field Tripping’ Producer Conrad Page joins the conversation to discuss the recent loss of his Mother – and share how his own grief has taught him to value the grief of others. Then, BJ tells Ronan about his ego dissolution with 5-MeO-DMT and how it revealed our ‘invented existence’. To learn more about BJ Miller – visit mettlehealth.com and watch his inspirational TED Talk ‘What Really Matters At The End Of Life’.Show Notes:BJ talks about take aways from his near-death experience. How serious illness and trauma are universal experiences of need – and it puts us in touch with others. (3:10)Ronan highlights that we all live like we’re not going to die. BJ says ‘autonomy’ and ‘ego’ is an illusion. (5:00)BJ just celebrated the 30 anniversary of his accident from when he was a sophomore at Princeton University. BJ tells the story of the night of his accident as he watched parts of his body die. Electricity arched to his watch from the electric line above the commuter train he climbed with his friends. (6:00)When you’re not prepared for death, you suffer more in your last minutes (7:16)Lessons from death are similar to lessons from psychedelics: tune into how unimportant you are – and how incredibly important you are. You're both inconsequential and amazingly consequential. (8:00)How Ketamine therapy can help some people understand death (9:00)BJ talks about his memories from his ICU, what it felt like, and his ‘conscious life coming back online’ (9:30)The horizon of death felt ‘matter of fact’. Most people who BJ works with find it to be a peaceful zone. (11:20)Conrad joins to talk about watching and helping his mom in the ICU, and how gratitude found him within the trauma. (13:10)BJ talks how grief ‘blows out our capacity’ to feel it all (16:00)BJ talks ironically about how he’s almost become a ‘fan of grief’ because it opens people up (17:30)BJ talks about the limitation of language, and how ‘strength’ can be misunderstood (21:00)Grief helps us metabolize reality. Acknowledging what we’re losing is part of the process and shift the focus from what's gone to what you have. (22:00)BJ talks about how he shortcut his own metabolic process of grief when his sister passed away 20 years ago (23:30)Conrad talks about how he is metabolizing the loss of his mother – and trying to exist with it all (26:00)BJ talks about how religion played a role in his early life. (30:30)Even rationally, we are actually stardust. When we die, our bodies transfer energy (31:00)BJ tells Ronan about his experience of ego dissolution with 5-MeO-DMT and how it revealed our ‘invented existence’ (33:00)‘Death ‘ is not on the design brief in medical treatment approaches centers (40:00)Strategy should be to name death as an experience in order to reframe it (41:00)
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Alan Cross is a radio broadcaster and music historian. He joins Ronan to make keen observations on the genre of psychedelic music – and its role as an undercurrent in counterculture. Then, they discuss how new technology produced unique studio sounds – which formed new attitudes and captured an entire generation. Plus, Alan defines ‘straight-edge’ and reveals that he’s never used psychedelics – though his views are shifting. Finally, we ponder medically regulated psilocybin access for end-of-life treatment – and give thanks for progress. For more Alan Cross, check out ‘The Ongoing History of New Music’ anywhere you listen to podcasts.Show notes:Alan has not used psychedelics before, but seems open to them, particularly as the regulatory system advances towards access and legalization (2:00)Alan talks about the origins of psychedelic’s influence on music and how psychedelic music began as a genre in 1956 (4:00)The impact of technology on music: studios, outboards, amps, keyboards, etc. and how this altered the status quo (6:00)How LSD impacted a few major mainstream bands, but also lead to a group of ‘psychedelic pretenders’ (8:30)Alan provides a few examples of music shaped by psychedelics, including The Beatles, who inspired people to ‘immerse themselves in music’ with headphones (9:40)The impact of distortion on psychedelic music – and how it became a foundation of psychedelic rock (14:30)How the idea of ‘the bad trip’ permeated and coloured people’s perspective on psychedelics use (17:20)Alan reveals a close friend of his tried psychedelic therapy – and it did not go well. And also shares how his sister participated in an ayahuasca ceremony and came out with mixed feelings (19:30)Alan has never used psychedelics, though recently started using legal cannabis edibles for anxiety and sleep issues (22:00)How the Regan-era war on drugs and anti-drug messaging has suddenly changed, and could impact musicians (27:00)Straight edge’ music was an internal rebellion within the scene against psychedelic music. (28:00)Alan provides some examples of modern bands making new music inspired by psychedelics. Plus, what constitutes ‘neo-psychedelic sounds’ (29:00)Alan reveals for the past three years he has been going to Thailand for week-long vegan, meditation, and deep breathing retreats as an overall detox treatment (31:00)Ronan and Alan ponder why doctors are able to provide palliative care medications, but not medications that could help people be more open and comfortable – in life, and for end-of-life (35:00)
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After returning home and retiring from service, former Navy SEAL Marcus Capone – and his wife Amber – faced a crisis of anxiety, depression, and neurological damage. After discovering Ibogaine as a therapeutic healing tool – Marcus found his way back to life and saved their marriage. Now, they’re psychedelic advocates and founders of VETS, Inc. (Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions), a resource, research, and advocacy non-profit. They join Ronan to tell their heroic story of service, marriage, and traumatic brain injury – plus talk about what maintenance looks like. Then, we discuss Marcus’s trip on Ibogaine, along with other positive treatment outcomes for U.S combat veterans – and their families. To date, VETS has proudly helped over 250 soldiers – and they’re just getting started. To learn more about their initiatives visit vetsolutions.orgShow Notes:Marcus talks about his experience becoming a Navy SEAL and the implications of 9/11 on his combat tours (2:15)In 2010 Marcus started to feel different and not himself: burnout, stressed out, anxiety, alcohol abuse. The family decided to relocate to San Diego for a fresh start – but things got worse (4:30)Prescribed medications we not working, and treatment-resistant depression became one of several challenges – including brain trauma. (7:00)His wife Amber found a small treatment center in Mexico, focused on using ibogaine as a therapeutic healing tool (7:30)Amber talks about witnessing Marcus’s evolution as his partner and his journey after enlisting in the military. She provides context into their story, lifestyle, and implications of joining the service. In hindsight, Amber views it as vital to their lives (10:00)After a friend passed, their MRI was released and showed a pattern of blast injury and CTE. Instantly, Amber found deep compassion for Marcus, and decided to fight for and with him (14:15)In October 2017, Amber found one last possible treatment for Marcus as a last effort to save their marriage. Ibogaine saved Marcus (18:00)Amber and Marcus looked to research and testimonials to get accustomed to using psychedelics as treatment. They are both from a conservative and Christian background (20:00)Marcus realizes how telling his story can help so many others (23:00)Amber discusses how her foundation of faith helped her fight back. No pity party anymore; solution and positivity focused (26:00)Amber shares how her support of the psychedelic movement serves a higher purpose (29:00)Marcus talks about his Ibogaine experience in detail. He understood why he started fighting (32:30)Amber reveals that childhood trauma is a common thread in Vets who have gone through these psychedelic treatments (36:00)Marcus talks about maintaining his mental health with ketamine, psilocybin, and DMT (38:00)Amber found 3 main outcomes with treatment: 1) deep psychological purging 2) addiction disruption 3) return of neurological function (38:30)How VETS has partnered with Stanford University to research Ibogaine therapy to help others (41:00)They believe in the power of psychedelic healing and VETS provides grants for legal treatments in the USA (using ketamine), but also for other treatments, including ibogaine, DMT, psilocybin, MDMA, and ayahuasca in countries where these treatments are legal (43:40)The pillars of VETS: 1 ) resources 2) research 3) advocacy. To date, they have proudly helped over 250 soldiers (44:00)The SEAL community and the gift of healing; getting the narrative right (46:00)
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Rick is the founder and executive director of MAPS. He’s a pioneer of psychedelic research and the therapeutic advancement of psychedelics. In the second part of his conversation with Ronan, Rick discusses the origins of drug prohibition, the early days of MAPS, and some of his most impactful trips on LSD, DMT and MDMA – including one trip where Rick observed a Hitler rally and it showed him the path to truly helping others. Then, we discuss how memories can heal – even if they’re manufactured. Finally, Rick predicts how the future of humanity can feel interconnected. Rick talks about how heartbreaking it was to see the DEA administrator criminalize the therapeutic and recreational use of MDMA as Schedule 3 – which lead to Rick's creation of MAPS in 1986. Criminalization was a highly political decision and escalation of the drug war (1:00) The drug war was political, and not intended to reduce drug abuse – it was an effort to persecute minorities, take away the right to vote, and create a vague enemy to blame. Rick traces the origin of drug probations in the United States (3:36) Toxicity studies of MDMA in dogs and rats as the initial studies for the FDA were performed by MAPS – while the rhetoric and hysteria of MDMA neurotoxicity escalated from some scientists and became a premise for the FDA to reject the studies (6:00) Rick discusses how he got a spinal tap as part of initial MDMA research, where he completed his Masters and PhD from the Kennedy School of Government. He applied for the Presidential Management Internship – and got a job at the FDA to understand how it worked (11:00) In 1992, the FDA opened the door to MDMA research, and MAPS started with a safety study, but the neurotoxicity hysteria continued to gain momentum. Since psilocybin was less controversial, research with this substance began (13:00) MDMA research began to be rejected from IRB’s (independent review boards) – despite the compelling science and mounting evidence. Rick jokes about the one time he felt discouragement in his work, so he repainted his house, and felt productive and accomplished (18:00) Rick describes the work that he does, and the healing of trauma, is a response to the holocaust, to people dehumanizing others, and fundamentalism (21:50) Rick discusses some of his psychedelic experiences, and how they have been reaffirming to his work. He took a large dose of LSD to celebrate his 21st birthday, and tried to cram life into a few remaining minutes before a perceived atomic bomb. Then he noticed nature and its vibrancy – seeing the world for the first time (25:30) The combination of LSD with the awareness of death helped Rick to have a deep appreciation of the world – and the loss of this hyperawareness as he came down has always stayed with him. Carlos Castaneda says: “be aware of death over your left shoulder” (30:00) Psychedelics can provide experiences, but they are filtered through our own subjectivity, and should not necessarily be taken as Truth. People can recall deep memories during therapeutic trips – and they can be profoundly symbolic – even if they are more symbolic in nature rather than truthful (35:00) Rick talks about another trip on LSD after a tough breakup and he spent 17 hours in a water flotation tank and had a personal realization about self-hatred and self-acceptance (38:00) Rick talk about his first time smoking DMT, and how he had a sense of universal connection. He communicated with the deepest part of himself, and realized that he is part of everything, including Hitler, which was tough for him to accept. Later that day, when doing Ketamine, Rick has vision of a Hitler rally, to see "the one combining with the many, and the many combining with the one: a vibration of energy". Rick used breath work to get control of his emotions. (43:00) The only way to get Hitler to open up was that "he needed to be willing". Rick realized Hitler was getting more out of it than any other who were giving their power to him – so Rick’s strategy is "to change the many, not the one. Help them process so they won’t give away their power." (46:00) Before MAPS started, Rick realized that mass mental health would become the goal of MAPS, and it would need a dual track strategy for the medicalization of psychedelics and drug policy reform so people could have access to healing (47:00) Rick’s prediction: over the next 50 years, the bulk of humanity will realize technology can help build a better world for everyone, and we can then relax enough to feel our interconnectedness (48:00)
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Rick is the founder and executive director of MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) – a non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics.In the first of our two-part discussion – Rick talks about his upbringing and education and how he was first introduced to psychedelics. Then, the moment Rick dedicated his life to the study and advancement of psychedelics – which he views as the path for mass mental health in a better world – and a fundamental right. Plus, how MAPS plays a unique role – much like a public utility – to align drug policy reform with drug research and advocate for healing and justice. Finally, Rick agrees to chat more with Ronan in part two.Show Notes: Rick discusses his entrance into the psychedelic space – and how both the holocaust and his heritage influenced his upbringing (3:05)Rick had a sense of possibility during his childhood that was coloured by immigrant stories of his family (6:00)Initially, Rick believed all the anti-psychedelic propaganda and discusses his approach to resisting the draft – including the implication of a felony conviction, mass incarnation, and the drug-war (7:20)Rick immersed in Russian language to learn about ‘the other’. It’s where his underground career first started when a book was given to him which was partially written under the influence of LSD (11:30)Palmcourt parties were psychedelic parties at college, and it was Rick’s first exposure to psychedelics – and nudist colonies. It was the first time he saw the underground in the open. (14:20)Rick’s first few times with LSD were both emotionally difficult and remarkable (15:20)Rick loves Mescaline – “the most important psychedelic not being studied” (16:40)In 1972 Rick’s guidance counselor gave him an early copy of Stan Grof’s book – which was fortunate (18:00)The moment Rick realized he wanted to work on psychedelics for the rest of his life (20:00)As an 18-year-old, Rick wrote to Stan Grof – and to his surprise – Stan wrote back! That was the genesis for Rick, and he remains his mentor to this day (22:30)Rick describes a pivotal and influential dream he had – which continues to guide him (23:41)Rick discusses some of the accomplishments of MAPS and how it can operate as a non-profit and public-benefit corporation mix. MAPS has a role to play – and part of a national health care approach around the world. It has built public value – and is leading the way in regulatory systems and a credentialing of therapists (30:00)How do we get this covered by national health care – and demonstrate cost-effectiveness? (33:40)Rick views ketamine clinics in different ways: those who offer a pharmacological treatment and those who offer treatment in conjunction with talk therapy – which is much more durable for the patient (35:30)The difference between drug policy reform and drug research – and how they can be aligned (39:00)Ronan apologizes for some public comments he previously made that were misunderstood regarding his views on underground therapy – and Rick talks about a Martin Luther King statue and quote about “those who violate an unjust law to educate others on the injustice have the most respect for the law” (43:20)Rick agrees to join Ronan for a second chat in Part #2 to talk more about the work of MAPS (48:00)
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Jackee Stang is President and Founder of Delic Corp – an umbrella brand for psychedelic community and wellness. Jackee talks with Ronan about coping in a world that’s seemingly on fire – and how ketamine helps her break the bubble of anxiety to create space for hope. Plus, we talk epigenetics, neuropathway memory, and finding the right substance to be present. And while on ayahuasca, Jackee recalls how she reconnected with religion to realize that Jesus is Psychedelic. Finally, we confront what thought leadership actually looks like.Show Notes:Jackee talks about life during a pandemic as ‘strange and scary’ and how it has exposed the cracks in society – which is important to acknowledge (1:55)Jackee describes using psychedelics and ketamine to help break the bubble of anxiety to create space between her default neuro-network. (6:10)Jackee talks about how her anxiety is related to epigenetics, and her hope for psychedelics to study the phenomena (9:10)Because the brain is powerful and stubborn psychedelics help Jackee explore her thoughts –while staying on top of her mental health (11:10)Jackee talks about her first experience with ketamine as a club kid, and her rediscovery many years later with IV ketamine in a clinic. It was ‘legitimately impactful’ (13:00)Ketamine is a life hack, that allows her to quiet the doubt monster and create a new neuropathway. Concepts of death and consciousness consume her thoughts while on ketamine (16:30)In the psychedelic conversation, understanding your personal tether is important during exploration. It is what you want it to be, and you can play with it (20:00)Jackee talks about her religious upbringing, and how it helped her realize that ‘Jesus is Psychedelic’ while on an ayahuasca journey; reconnecting and reconciling without shame (23:00)Jackee describes working with Dave Asprey at Bulletproof during her early career as one of the most fun experiences of her professional life (27:20)Jackee talks about creating and running Delic Corp – and how she’s comfortable in the driver’s seat after leaving ‘High Times’ (29:50)How the pandemic has forced Jackee to confront what thought leadership actually looks like and what it’s really about. (33:30)
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Dan Boeckner and Devojka are members of the band Operators – and they’re also life partners. They join Ronan – along with Field Trip’s Chief Psychologist Dr. Dominique Morisano – to talk music, revelations from pandemic life, and using psilocybin to deal with anxiety. Then, Dan details what it’s like to feel interconnected through the dissolution of self – and how to apply trips to our communal experience. Plus, Devojka talks about being a product of the D.A.R.E program and her first trip – or lack thereof. And Dr. Dominique encourages us to accept the trip that you need – not the one that you want.Show Notes:The lines between work life and home life have been erased by the pandemic and has forced many to be a more consistent self (1:25)Devokja discusses how the pandemic gave her immense relief. She was deeply depressed beforehand, and found some relief – as others around her were also forced to slow down (3:20)Dr. Dominique talks about how the pandemic has shifted her practice and the increased demand of patients looking for professional counselling (7:00)Ronan talks about how he prefers to microdose – and his experience of reliving a childhood memory during a heroic dose last year (10:00)Dan talks about his first experiences with psychedelics – including ‘dirty biker acid’ – starting at the age of 15. Growing up in a small community on Vancouver island – Dan acknowledges the desire to ‘travel without travelling’ and a ‘need to escape’ drove this behaviour (13:17)Dan and Devokja talk about their recent psilocybin trip. While observing bugs on a log, Dan realizes ‘it’s their house, man’.(15:34)Dr. Dominique discusses typical themes she’s seen – and how patients using psychedelic-assisted therapy can yield profound personal impacts. And consider that it’s also a connected experience – not necessarily an individual one. Plus she encourages us to look for opportunities to integrate personal realizations (16:50)Dan talks about their latest album ‘Radiant Dawn’ and working closely with Devojka on the record was a unique experience. For him, the act of performing on stage, gives him emotional catharsis. On psychedelics, he feels interconnected and can process facts that are exposed to him. A fantastical wonder. (21:20)Devojka talks about being a product of the D.A.R.E program and her first trip – or lack thereof. (24:30)Dan talks about the appeal of psychedelics, and Devojka talks about how her point of view on psychedelics started to shift with microdosing (28:10)Dr. Dominique encourages us to accept the trip that you need – not the one that you want. And understand that no one experience will be the same as the next. Her advice: trust, let go, and walk towards it. Set and setting are very important (34:36)Dan talks about his trip from a few days prior – where he realized that the psychedelic renaissance needs to be contextualized historically (36:40)Ronan asks who do Dan and Devojka think could use a good trip – and Ronan suggests their next album title (42:20)
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Tom Eckert and Sheri Bessi-Eckert are professional counselors and life partners leading a historic campaign to legalize Psilocybin Assisted Therapy in their home state of Oregon. They join Ronan to discuss why they believe in the power of psilocybin, share views on the nature of consciousness, and why measure 109 could become a breakthrough initiative for millions. Then, we talk about the connection between healing and wholeness – and how we're the authors of our own next chapter.Show Notes:Sheri and Tom discuss how they discovered – and then began to advocate for – Psilocybin Therapy (2:33)Sheri and Tom talk about their effort over the last 5 years in bringing together a ballot initiative with the Oregon Legislative Council (5:35)Tom details the origins of the Oregon Psilocybin Society (9:30)Tom and Ronan discuss the FDA process (11:00)Details on Measure 109 and how it could create access to psilocybin assisted psychotherapy – and what that entails (11:55)Sheri highlights some of the strict parameters and safety considerations built into the law – and protections of over-commercialization – to maintain a community-based service (13:00)Sheri discussed how the Psilocybin Service Initiative (PSI) aims to be inclusive, rigorous and will legitimatize practitioners with essential training programs (15:00)How we bring about drug reform and learn as an industry from the errors of the 60s (17:00)‘But What If We’re Wrong?' – and what does the narrative look like (20:00)What the throws of transformation can look like – and how important the history of these plant medicines really are for us to know and pay attention to (21:20)Consciousness as a final mystery – and the relationship between consciousness and reality. The subject/object split that physics brings into question and how these exact questions are intrinsically healing. And they seem to be related to positive therapeutic outcomes (23:10)Sheri believes it's important for individuals to have their own genuine experience. We are all our own best guru’s. We can experience awe – and even the cosmos (26:00)Sheri shares her personal experience with psychedelics, and how her view towards them evolved – from conservative to advocate. Psychedelics helped her see the emotions that were stuck within her – called ‘memory trauma’ (30:20)Tom talks about his experience with psychedelics and how they helped him cope with the loss of his father (32:50)Sheri adds how her and Tom experience the universe together when on psilocybin. “It’s a wonderful thing for a marriage” (34:38)To heal is to become more whole – and suffering is estrangement from the whole. A psychedelic experience can bring the whole together, and to recognize that you are not separate from the cosmos itself (38:00)Once expanded – you can never go back to your original shape. And for Sheri – that is the work of psychedelics. And for Tom, this idea of neuroplasticity is important; flexibility away from rigid mental loops. (39:00)Sheri talks about how she challenges the men she works with to ‘sit with their beliefs, and ask themselves: why they believe what they believe?’ (45:30)Tom discusses the identification of meaning, and how looking forward is a blank page for all of us. You are free to be the author; can be called 'reality creation' (47:00)
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Edible Dee, known as The Happy Chef, is a veteran cannabis chef, herbalist and holistic healer. Her third cookbook 'Delic Dishes' is a guide to cooking with psilocybin as the main ingredient in recipes like salad dressing, hummus, sushi and chocolate mug cakes. Dee chats with Ronan about her origin into the space – from underground edibles to large-scale production. Then, Dee shares how psychedelics helped her cope with the sudden loss of her sister Amber. Then, things get spicy as Dee shares her thoughts on how to explore psychedelic sex.Follow Dee on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @edibledee, and check out her cookbooks at her website http://edibledee.comShow notes:2:00 - How Dee became known as The Happy Chef and why she adopted a number of different aliases in order to protect herself. Ronan and Dee dig into the idea of living behind a different name and how that affects the way a person walks through life.5:00 - The origin of Dee’s first cookbook and how a music partnership started it all.7:10 - Dee delves into how people are never taught on how to deal with death, and this was really apparent to her around her sister’s untimely passing. She turned to drinking and stopped eating — but what helped her through it was a set of cannabis brownies that she had made with her sister. That changed her for, what she feels like is, the better and found hope & inspiration out of tragedy and turned that into a career.12:40 - The impact of pumping patients full of man-made medications and how we can shift our healthcare system to be more in touch with healing the root cause of issues instead of being centred around symptom-relief. Do people in the modern Americas have the tools & space to process their emotions properly, or is our working climate not conducive to this?15:30 - Ronan breaks down the meaning of one of his favourite phrases, the “metaphysical outlaw"17:15 - Dee “dishes" on how she transitioned from strictly focusing on cannabis-containing edibles to encompassing psychedelics into her recipes as well, and how that opening-up changed her workflows, her employee relationships and her life as a whole. She started off microdosing psilocybin — in an effort to optimize her productivity — and goes into detail about her regimen and thought process behind how this works best for her.21:50 - Dee tells Ronan about her life-changing ayahuasca journey in Las Vegas, that helped her heal from a tremendous loss and get in touch with herself in a much deeper way.25:00 - Her attachments to the world around her diminished Dee’s self-love, and had a tough time coming to terms with the concept of “loving yourself,” which she has done with the help of psychedelics & mindfulness.27:30 - Celebrate! Dee and Ronan talk about how to be your own biggest fan, and how important it is to ’take pictures’ of those moments.29:10 - Find out where 80% of your body’s serotonin comes from, which is very apropos for Dee’s work.30:20 - Sex! Dee details the chapter in her latest book that talks about her intimate adventures while on a psilocybin journey and how that can foster connections in a deep & meaningful way. She compares MDMA- vs psilocybin-assisted intercourse and outlines the differences in her own experiences.
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Retired MMA fighter Ian McCall and his partner Irena Marin fight trauma with psychedelic therapy. After an addiction to pain killers, Ian discovered psilocybin as an alternative medicine to heal trauma. Now, Ian considers himself the first psychedelic integration coach for high level athletes. Irena used psychedelics to help heal her own childhood trauma – and today – works with clients as a psychedelic integration coach. Together – Ian and Irena use psychedelics, science, and their own experiences to help others accelerate healing, enhance athletic performance, and even be more present as parents. Follow Ian on instagram and twitter @unclecreepymma and learn more at fieldtripping.fmShow Notes:Ian details how he got interested in martial arts, his experience growing up, and how he found success as an MMA fighter. (2:00)Ian discusses how he used diet and exercise to help heal his young daughter’s rheumatoid arthritis – along with cannabis oil to control her symptoms. After witnessing her progress, Ian realized how psychedelic substance could help him heal himself. (2:40)Irena discusses her upbringing in the former Yugoslavia – and recalls her grandmother – who would harvest and use mushrooms for their healing properties. (7:45)While studying psychology Irena began to have childhood trauma flashbacks and discovered the depth of PTSD, trauma and sexual trauma she was carrying. (9:40)Irena began to look for answers and found the power of psychedelics to help heal – which changed her view on traditional psychology. (12:40)Irena realized that the root of her trauma could not be denied: her sexual trauma had pushed her into sexually compulsive behavior – which limited her ability to authentically engage emotionally with relationships. (14:40)Ian discusses ‘The McCall Method’ (19:20)The implications of trying to perform and what it means to be the first ‘psychedelic integration coach for high performance athletes’. (28:50)Ian discuss the importance of positive male figures in his life, including various coaches, and his father. (31:50)As parents, learning to ‘be here now’ through psychedelics is an example of a simple lesson that can be used for integration. (34:00)
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Shelby Hartman and Madison Margolin are co-founders of the psychedelic print magazine ‘Double Blind’. They join Ronan to discuss how psychedelics create a positive ripple effect on society when they heal the individual. Then, Madison shares how her first trip was the most impactful – and Shelby says psychedelics showed her what it means to be human. Psychedelics can heal, but they are not a magic bullet; that’s why it’s important for us to be candid about our experiences. Show Notes: Shelby Hartman and Madison Margolin are changing the narrative around psychedelic drugs with their print magazine ‘Double Blind’ that covers stories about psychedelics from around the globe. Before the magazine – the two worked with notable publications including Rolling Stone, HERB, Vice Media, High Times, and LA Weekly.Connecting with psychedelics from a young age – both Shelby and Madison are focused on a mission to educate people about the potential of psychedelic experiences – and to assist them with their own healing and personal growth.They join Ronan to discuss how psychedelics create a positive ripple effect on society when they heal the individual. Then, Madison shares how her first trip was the most impactful – and Shelby says psychedelics showed her what it means to be human. Psychedelics can heal, but they are not a magic bullet; that’s why it’s important for us to be candid about our experiences.Learn more at doubleblindmag.com, follow Shelby Hartman on Instagram @shelbyannehart or Madison Margolin on Instagram @ madisonmargolinThe origin story of ‘Double Blind’ and the role of science in our approach. (3:30)Psychedelics are not about just healing the individual – they help the community and society at large – creating a ripple effect of globally conscious citizens. (7:03)Madison’s first trip was one of her most impactful – and she took inspiration from seeing the book cover ‘Be Here Now” by Ram Dass. Psychedelics can be used as an inspiration for daily sober living. (10:10)Integration is the real work – and psychedelics help you reintegrate as a whole. (12:40)For Shelby, her first time on ayahuasca was one of the most profound experiences. It shaped her outlook on the world – and provided clarity on her understanding of what it meant to be human. (13:50)Afterwards, she felt much peace. But on the second night, Shelby spent her trip resisting what was happening. Some of the best advice she relied on: “if you’re melting – melt” and “the only way out – is through”. For Shelby, seeing a psychedelic integration therapist after the experience would have been helpful. (17:00)Shelby and Madison are passionate about the potential of psychedelics to heal – but not a magic bullet and not for everyone. That’s why it’s important we are candid about our experiences. (19:00)Why the mainstream needs to become more psychedelic. (25:00)‘Double Blind’ and ‘Field Trip Psychedelics’ are both organizations who are deeply passionate about the therapeutic potential of psychedelic and we are working towards a world where people who can heal from them in a safe and compassionate context. (26:30)Shelby would love to see her Dad take a trip one day – and since COVID hit – she thinks he is finally coming around. (32:40)Psychedelics aren’t just about healing one person. Once one person starts on a path to healing, they start everyone around them on a path to healing. Psychedelics can help you to re-integrate yourself as a whole. (35:10)
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Director of the hilarious and star-studded Netflix documentary ‘Have a Good Trip’, Donick Cary joins Ronan to talk psychedelics. Donick sees psychedelics as tools that tether us to human connection, and believes that exercising empathy for others will let you love yourself. Then, why humor helps us all – and what it’s like talking to a dancing armadillo on Ayahuasca. Learn more at fieldtripping.fm.
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