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Psychotropic: Where Life and Drugs Intersect

Psychotropic is a bi-weekly podcast showcasing stories that involve substance use. If you are interested in people, the drug experience and its consequences, philosophies and ideas surrounding drug-use, and how it's all laced into everyday life, then these short memoirs, told by individuals who have (or haven't) partaken, might give you some insight.

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Episode 3: Matt

Matt is a published author who lives out of an ambulance. Listen to what he has to say about mushrooms, astrology, addiction, drug use, and life in general. Featured Drugs: Psilocybin, Marijuana, OxyContin asMusic: Artist: Gilman Mom Song: Coast of Daylight Album: Revisionist History Artist: Dask Song 1: Kingdom of Dust Song 2: Abiogenesis Album: Abiogenesis Artist: Broke For Free Song: Night Owl Album: Directionless EP

35mins

21 Jun 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 21: Daniela

In episode 21 of Psychotropic, we hear from Daniela. After hitting rock bottom, she turned to psychedelics. Listen to her recount her experience involving LSD combined with Psilocybin and the realizations she had while under the influence. It’s a great story. Drugs Mentioned: LSD, Magic Mushrooms, Alcohol, Xanax. Music Featured: “Underwater” by Sara Afonso, “Inspired” by Ketsa, “Cendres” by Kai Engel, and “Space Love Attack” by Ultracat.

26mins

26 Feb 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 25: Blake

In this episode of Psychotropic, we tune in to Blake. Listen as he describes his first time under the influence of Marijuana, his introduction to LSD, and what it’s like for him to combine the two. Drugs Mentioned: Marijuana, Alcohol, LSD Music Featured: “Beautiful Bell Forest Delay Melt” by Vox Mod, “Place on Fire” by Creo, “Hit the Gas”, “Short Lived”, “Plaque”, “For Real”, and “First Class” by Yung Kartz, “Dreams Never Die” by Daniel Birch, “Bobby Drake” by BenJamin Banger, and “Passage” by Lee Rosevere.

37mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 38: Timothy T

In this episode we have a conversation with Timothy T. He talks about his initial experiences with DMT, its effects on the brain and consciousness, entity contact, and some of the characteristics of the psychedelic experience in general. Drugs Mentioned: DMT, Ayahuasca, Marijuana, Salvia, Featured Music: “Beautiful Bell Forest Delay Melt” by Vox Mod, and “Wants to Know”, “Ready”, and “17-17” by Bodysurfer

43mins

22 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 22: Hunter

Listen to Hunter, a self-proclaimed free-radical who has a very real interest in psychotropic substances, their effects, and why so many of these substances are banned. Drugs Mentioned: Flakka, Mamba, Salvia, DMT, Cocaine, LSD, Magic Mushrooms, Marijuana, Crack. Songs Featured: “Truckin” by Bio Unit Metre, “Spiritus” and “Melts into Air” by Graham Fialkiewicz, “DMT” by Glass Boy, “Outro” by Lo Urriolabeitia, “Pilgrim 2000 ID 980” by Lobo Loco, and “Aveu” by Kai Engel

33mins

12 Mar 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 39: Josh

In Episode 39 of Psychotropic, we hear from Josh. We talk about depression, psychedelics, honesty, and lessons learned. Drugs Mentioned: Alcohol, Psilocybin, Ayahuasca Music Featured: “Traffic” and “Mare” by Kai Engel, “LofRog” by Sro, and “Gaia” by Drake Stafford

23mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 33: Max

In this episode of Psychotropic, we hear from Max. Listen as he describes his journey for answers, how he found himself in a psychedelic landscape, and what he took from the resulting trips. Drugs Mentioned: DXM, Marijuana, Psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms), DMT, Crack Music Featured: “Beautiful Bell Forest Delay Melt” by Vox Mod, “The Alienist” by Drake Stafford, “Goodbye Outer Space” by Cairo Braga, “Minimal Electronic Machine Noice, Uncanny Valley” by Soularflair, “Slow Nights”, “Bring Back”, and “Clinging to Life” by Sro, “Broke for Free” by Night Owl, and “Ebb” by Nctrnm

33mins

13 Aug 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 40: Louise

In this episode of Psychotropic, we hear from Louise. She’s a dog-lover, homeowner, a lover of Pink Floyd, and a Christian. She was also drug-free (with the exception of alcohol) until, at 40 years old, she was given the chance to try psilocybin mushrooms. This is her story. Drugs Mentioned: Cigarettes, Alcohol, Marijuana, Cocaine, LSD, Magic Mushrooms Music Featured: “Beautiful Bell Forest Delay Melt” by Vox Mod and “Hlice” and “Alandmine” by Monplaisir

52mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 30: Charlie

Charlie lives in a small town that has become plagued with opioid addiction. His experiences with these substances range from funny to scary, second-hand to very personal. Drugs Mentioned: Fentanyl, Heroin, Lortab, Percocet, Oxycontin, Marijuana,  Alcohol Music Featured: “Beautiful Bell Forest Delay Melt” by Vox Mod, “Escapade” by Nctrnm, “Grasp” by Uncanny, “Slip” by Glass Boy, “Coast of Daylight” by Gilman Mom, “Night Owl” by Broke For Free, and “Heavenly Motion” by Brylie Christopher Oxley.

29mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 37: Dr. Ryan Westrum

In this episode of Psychotropic we hear from, Dr. Ryan Westrum. Dr. Westrum is a Psychedelic Integration Therapist as well as the co-author of The Psychedelics Integration Handbook. If you’re interested in the path that leads to such an amazing career, and want to know a little bit about what it entails, this is the episode for you. To learn more about Dr. Westrum and his book, check out psychedelicintegration.net. Drugs Mentioned: Psilocybin, Cocaine, opiates, Alcohol, MDMA Music Featured: “Beautiful Bell Forest Delay Melt” by Vox Mod, “Breathing Out” by Mid-Air Machine, and “Enthusiast” by Tours

1hr 7mins

8 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 31: The Gremlin

To put it as simply as possible, Lindsey found and married a bad apple. She found herself with a gremlin. Listen to her story about betrayal, lies, deception, and, in the end, what she learned from it. Drugs Mentioned: LSD, Alcohol Music Featured: "Beautiful Bell Forest Delay Melt" by Vox Mod, "Everglades ID" by Lobo Loco, "Souly Slowly" by Ketsa, "Slow Nights" by Sro, and "Abiogenesis" by DASK

35mins

16 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 41: Kam

In this episode of Psychotropic we hear from Kam. Listen as he talks about growing up in a meth house, depression, distracting himself as an escape from his depression, making the decision to never try drugs, and then eventually experimenting with them. Drugs Mentioned: Meth, Raid (huffing), Marijuana, Magic Mushrooms, Ecstasy, Music Featured: “Beautiful Bell Forest Delay Melt” by Vox Mod, “Weirder” and “The Alienist” by Drake Stafford, and “Heavenly Motion” by Brylie Christopher Oxley

38mins

2 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 43: Johna

How do you introduce someone to LSD? How do you deal with someone who’s experiencing a bad trip? In this episode of Psychotropic we hear from Johna. He recounts a couple stories that makes one consider these questions. Drugs Mentioned: Marijuana, MDMA, LSD Music Featured: “Beautiful Bell Forest Delay Melt” by Vox Mod, “Heaven Be Here” by P C III, and “Slip” by Glass Boy

35mins

30 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 24: Natalya from the Gray Sisters

Today, on Psychotropic, we speak to Natalya from the Gray Sisters. She and her sister, Meadow, have made it their mission to explore cannabis culture around the world and share what they’ve found with others. Listen as she talks about her relationship with Cannabis, what her thoughts are surrounding its use, and where she thinks Cannabis is heading in the future. There are some really awesome, well thought out, topics discussed. I hope you enjoy! If you are interested in learning more about The Gray Sisters, be sure to follow them on Instagram @the_gray_sisters. Also, thank you tunjgz, ericaenders3, and CaptainShrapnel for your generosity. I hope you know that your support is appreciated more than I can express. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Lastly, check out the now launched Psychotropic website. Using the site, you can purchase Psychotropic gear, become a patron of the podcast, download episodes, as well as contact me. Check it out at psychotropicpodcast.com. As always, be sure to rate and leave a review on iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Drugs Mentioned: Marijuana, Alcohol Music Used: “Beautiful Bell Forest Delay Melt” by Vox Mod, “Sunken Streets”, “LofRog”, “Bring Back”, “At Least Looks Green”, “Slow Nights”, “Clinging to Life”, and “Rising Heart by Sro.

57mins

9 Apr 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 23: Lord Alcohol

In this episode of Psychotropic, we hear from Lord Alcohol. Listen as he talks about his relationship to alcohol, some fun times and some dumb times he’s had while under the influence, as well as his upbringing and how his parents handled substance use, each in their own way. It’s a bit of an experimental episode, but I hope you like it. Drugs Mentioned: Alcohol, Marijuana, Cocaine Songs Featured: “Beautiful Bell Forest Delay Melt” by Vox Mod, “Melatonin IV” by Filmy Ghost, “I Am Abyss” by Damnation Reign, “Skate or Waste” by Deathtaker, “Souly Slowly” by Ketsa, “Beast But Not Least” by Xtakeru, “An Impalement in Three Acts” by Leze, “Interesante” by In De Nadfin, “Everglades ID” by Lobo Loco, “Honey” by Nctrnm, “Tribulations vs With Kitty I’ll Go” by Iliaque, and “Lord Alcohol” by Sex Dumster

36mins

26 Mar 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 32: Brian from the Nod Squad Podcast

Brian is the host of Nod Squad, a drug-centric podcast involving stories and conversation about drug-use, addiction, and recovery. He is also an addict who is in the middle of active recovery. Listen to his story about how his drug-use began, and how it progressed from an innocent, casual nature to a dangerous, controlling, life-threatening tormentor. If you are suffering from addiction and need someone to talk to, feel free to reach out to Brian at nodsquadpodcast@gmail.com. If you are interested in Brian’s story and want to check out Nod Squad, you can do so through, iTunes, Spotify, and pretty much anywhere else you get your podcasts. When you check it out, be sure to listen to episode 29. In it, you'll hear a bit about me, Phillip Johnson, as I am the featured guest. Thanks again for listening! Drugs Mentioned: Alcohol, Marijuana, various opiates including Heroin, Morphine, and Oxycontin, Methamphetamine, MDMA Music Featured: “Beautiful Bell Forest Delay Melt” by Vox Mod, “The Alienist” and “Yodelling Walmart Kid” by Drake Stafford, “Grasp” by Uncanny, “Aux Tours Dun Orval” by Jarby McCoy, “Time Train” and “Heaven Be Here” by P C III, and “Techno My EchoOo” by KidNNasty

56mins

30 Jul 2019

Rank #16

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Episode 36: Gustavo

This episode of Psychotropic is a bit different from previous ones. For this time around, listen to Gustavo’s reading about his drug-fueled experiences during a 3-day music festival. Drugs Mentioned: Alcohol, LSD, Marijuana, MDMA Music Featured: “Beautiful Bell Forest Delay Melt”, “A26ESX-W2012”, “Fave Cave”, “Switchy”, “A14ESX-U2008”, “Corrosive”, and “Wee-Ooo” by Vox Mod

21mins

24 Sep 2019

Rank #17

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Episode 35: Levi

In this week’s episode of Psychotropic, we hear from Levi. Here, he talks about his struggle with opiates and how a little known African plant, Iboga, helped him take control of, and overcome, his addiction. If you are struggling with addiction and are looking for help, or would like to learn a little more about Iboga and its ability to assist in overcoming addiction, you can do so by visiting Iboga Wellness Center’s website, ibogawellness.com. Drugs Mentioned: Marijuana, various Opiates, and Iboga Songs Featured: “Beautiful Bell Forest Delay Melt” by Vox Mod, “Heaven Be Here” by P C III, and “Rising Heart” by Sro

46mins

10 Sep 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 34: Jesse

Jesse recently found out that he experienced sexual trauma at a very early age. Having repressed the memory for a long, long time, he is currently in the process of working through it. This is his story. With he exception of this episode’s intro theme song, all music featured was produced, and generously donated, by Jesse. Look for his music on Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram @DelicJamz420 Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeTsxtGjuKi6mGyWCaj4QUg Instagram link: https://www.instagram.com/delicjamz420/ Twitter link: https://twitter.com/DelicJamz420 Drugs Mentioned: Magic Mushrooms, DMT, Marijuana Music Featured: “Beautiful Bell Forest Delay Melt” by Vox Mod, “Psychotropic Background 3”, “Transcendental Yearning”, “Everything is Related”, “Quiet Stillness”, and “The Green Fog” by DelicJamz420.

37mins

27 Aug 2019

Rank #19

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Episode 45: Trippy the Hippy

Most of us have had a first-time psychedelic experience. And we all came into it with an understanding that those handful of hours might get weird, and that we might see things that we’re not used to seeing. How weird could it get though? It’s just LSD, right? Worst case scenario; it turns into a bad trip and you just have to wait it out. What if reality shifts in ways that forever change who we are? What if that temporary shift in reality turns out to not be so temporary? Welcome Trippy the Hippy into this episode of Psychotropic. Drugs Mentioned: Marijuana, LSD, Magic Mushrooms Music Featured: “Floating Forever” and “Collapse” by Vox Mod

28mins

27 Jan 2020

Rank #20