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Plant Medicine Podcast with Dr. Lynn Marie Morski

Curious about the possible therapeutic benefits of plant and psychedelic medicines? The Plant Medicine Podcast with Dr. Lynn Marie Morski has you covered with the latest in scientific research, medical practices, and legal developments involving these substances and their incredible therapeutic potential. Covering the full range of plant/psychedelic/entheogenic therapies, including CBD, cannabis/marijuana, MDMA, psilocybin, ketamine, LSD, ayahuasca, ibogaine and more, this podcast serves as an auditory encyclopedia of information for anyone interested in learning about the safe, therapeutic uses of these medicines.

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Welcome to the Plant Medicine Podcast with Dr. Lynn Marie Morski

Welcome to the first episode of the Plant Medicine Podcast with Dr. Lynn Marie Morski. This episode discusses the aims of the show - which are to demystify and destigmatize the use of plant and psychedelic medicines. Hemp-derived CBD is now legal in all 50 states, cannabis is legal for at least medical use in more than half of the states and in various countries around the world, psilocybin (magic mushrooms) were just decriminalized in two American cities and there are several ballot measures and groups aiming to increase that number, and MDMA and psilocybin have been given 'breakthrough therapy' status by the FDA. But as a medical doctor, I know that we weren't taught anything about any of these substances in medical school. So when patients come to doctors for advice, those doctors are often unaware of the non-pharmaceutical options available to treat some of the toughest conditions, like chronic pain, addiction, PTSD, and depression. This show aims to educate both the medical establishment and interested patients on the scientific research into the powers of these medications to help with various conditions, as well as the safe use of these substances. NOTE: This show is not medical nor legal advice and should not be construed as such. It is also not suggesting you participate in any illegal activities. The show is for education purposes only.


9 Aug 2019

Rank #1

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Ayahuasca Scientific Research with Dr. Dan Engle

Dr. Dan Engle is a physician experienced in psychology and neurology. His clinical practice combines functional medicine, integrative psychiatry, neurocognitive restoration, and peak performance methods. He lectures and consults globally and is the medical advisor to Onnit Labs, True REST float centers, and several international treatment centers using indigenous plant medicines for healing and recovery. Dr. Engle shares how he sees ayahuasca and other plant medicines as a bridge between traditional medical practices and contemporary medicine. This is particularly the case in the field of psychology. Ayahuasca can have the ability to create visionary states that lend insight into what individuals find most important at a deep subconscious level. There are ongoing efforts to understand the possible uses of ayahuasca as a tool in integrative therapy. Dr. Engle has particular experience applying it in TBI therapies. He describes what he has observed in how ayahuasca can create synaptic genesis and stimulate the growth of brain cells. This has huge implications for treating neurodegenerative conditions.  Dr. Engle goes on to describe some of the scientific research surrounding ayahuasca. Its ability to treat a number of conditions has been closely examined in recent decades. This includes its effects on such a large range of issues including chronic inflammatory bowel conditions, addiction, depression, and brain injury.    In this episode: The potential of ayahuasca to lend insight into unconscious desires Uses of ayahuasca in integrative psychology and TBI treatments What ayahuasca is and the active chemicals it contains Known contraindications of ayahuasca  The findings of many of the research projects focusing on ayahuasca  Ayahuasca’s potential to treat addiction The lasting positive and negative effects of ayahuasca use   Quotes: “The opening that happens when medicines are facilitated well is orders of magnitude more powerful than the opening that I had experienced in talk therapy.” [6:30] “If you have brain trauma, or a neuro deficit or hypoactivity, many people feel like their brains come back online.” [19:16] “We started studying it. But we’re still in our infancy of understanding, whereas the traditional cultures have been working with this medicine for thousands of years.” [31:14] “The medicines are not here to save us. They aren’t here to fix us. The medicines are here to show us truth in our path. It’s still our work to do.”  [50:05]   Links: The Concussion Repair Manual “Fantastic Fungi” DMT: The Spirit Molecule “Embrace of the Serpent” Fellowship of the River Takiwasi Center Revive Centers Being True to You The Third Wave Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui This program is for general informational purposes only, so you can understand more about the brain and body and how they heal, it does not constitute the practice of medicine or other professional healthcare services, including the giving of medical advice. No doctor/patient relationship is formed. The information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. It is not a prescription; you must talk with your own primary doctor for that. There are a variety of factors that contribute to your healing process, your body is complex and your circumstances are unique. For questions or more information about working privately with us contact the Managing Director at info@halotrustorganization. Copyright © HALO Trust Organization. All rights reserved. All information, records, recordings, meetings, conversations are held in and protected by private trust agreement.


26 Feb 2020

Rank #2

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Psilocybin Scientific Research with Dr. Albert Garcia-Romeu

Today’s episode is the first in our series focusing on psilocybin’s potential uses as medicine. You are going to hear from one of the premier researchers into this drug, how he runs his studies, and what he has discovered concerning its effects and uses as a medicine. Dr. Albert Garcia-Romeu is a member of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Guest Researcher at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Neuroimaging Research Branch. There, he studies the effects of psychedelic drugs in humans with a particular focus of psilocybin as a potential aid in the treatment of addiction. Dr. Garcia-Romeu explains the biochemical effects of psilocybin in the human body. He delves into what his research has uncovered about the drug’s potential to treat addiction disorders. What is noteworthy about his research is that is has shown that psychedelic treatments have been able to help some people make lasting changes in regard to alcohol and nicotine addiction. Dr. Garcia-Romeu also discusses psilocybin’s use in treating anxiety and depression. The research has shown that psilocybin has the potential to help patients with life-threatening and terminal illnesses cope with the psychological burdens of their disease. He also explains some of the ongoing research into the efficacy of psilocybin to have a lasting impact on depression in general.   In this episode: How psilocybin works at a biochemical level What the research is saying about the uses of psilocybin to treat addiction disorders Possible reasons why some people respond more significantly to psilocybin treatments than others Psilocybin’s effect on treating mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression Safeguards to avoid possible adverse effects during psilocybin studies   Quotes: “Administering high doses of drugs like psilocybin and LSD seemed to really help people make some breakthroughs into having greater insight into their alcohol abuse and having more plasticity in their ability to change their behavior going forward.” [7:06] “The more mystical effects that people are having, the better outcomes you’re seeing.” [23:25] “These were real improvements in the quality of life that were measurable, statistically significant, and enduring.” [28:42]   Links: Get 20% off everything at Octogon Biolabs with coupon code 'plantmedicine’ Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic & Consciousness Research clinicaltrials.gov Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui


6 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Ketamine Patient Experience with Michael Bledsoe

Today’s episode explores the patient’s experience of using ketamine in a clinical setting. As a very health-conscious person, Michael was curious about how ketamine, applied at a clinic through an IV drip, could address issues with his overall health. In this episode, Michael describes what these experiences have meant to him.  Michael shares his reasoning behind his decision to try ketamine and how he prepared mentally and physically for the experience. He walks us through the experience at the clinic getting his infusions and what it’s like from the patient’s perspective. These ketamine treatments have had a number of effects for Michael. He describes how they helped him gain clarity on a number of topics ranging from his business to the grieving of a friend’s death. These six treatments were very impactful for Michael, and he describes how he processed them immediately afterward and how he continues to think about them.   In this episode What led to Michael’s decision to use ketamine What was involved in preparing for his initial treatment How ketamine compares to other psychedelics in Michael’s experience Common protocols around ketamine infusion treatments   Quotes “You can cover a lot of ground. It’s really up to the person how much they’re willing to investigate in themselves.” [10:25] “I closed my eyes and it was a really easy experience to let go into because it’s a tranquilizer, you know.” [14:29] “They made it sound like I was going to be able to work the same day [as the treatments]. Definitely not the case! Really give yourself some space for the rest of that day.” [34:24]   Links Get 20% off everything at Octogon Biolabs with coupon code 'plantmedicine’ Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui


2 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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Ayahuasca Patient Experience with Heroic Hearts Project Founder Jesse Gould

Today, Jesse Gould, the founder of Heroic Hearts Project, is here to share his story... Jesse is a former Army Ranger with a background in finance. After struggling with mental health issues stemming from his military career and finding little support at home, Jesse left it all behind and went to Peru. Hoping to find the answers he was searching for, Jesse discovered the therapeutic uses of ayahuasca.   Jesse describes how his search for help eventually pointed him towards ayahuasca. While in Peru, Jesse spent a week at an ayahuasca retreat. He found that, although he was nervous and the process was difficult, the therapeutic supports throughout helped bring a new sense of clarity. In the end, Jesse found that the whole experience gave him useful tools for handling the anxiety that he previously found crippling. Once he came home, Jesse was inspired to share this experience with others like him. He started the Heroic Hearts Project with the intention of helping other veterans connect with reputable ayahuasca retreats and support their path towards healing. Over the past few years, Jesse has worked with many veterans who have experienced profound results from ayahuasca therapies.   In this episode: The struggles that Jesse experienced as a veteran seeking mental health support  What to expect from a week-long ayahuasca retreat The lessons of learning to surrender and give over control Helping veterans take advantage of ayahuasca therapies What many veterans are saying about the use of psychedelics to help treat PTSD   Quotes: “I knew it was a big change. I knew the small changes I was making weren’t having an impact. I might as well try something and I’m glad I did.” [8:51] “You just come to the realization that you are not in control and that’s okay.” [11:13] “The psychedelic process can bring profound changes and some answers. But the person still has to implement these changes and make some hard life decisions for it to fully take effect.” [22:35]   Links: Save 20% at Proper Hemp Co with the code “plant medicine”. Heroic Hearts Project Follow Heroic Hearts Project on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui


19 Feb 2020

Rank #5

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Psilocybin Patient Experience with Dr. Lynn Marie Morski

Today I'm sharing with you the psilocybin patient experience. Disclaimer: I’m not coming to you as a doctor, lawyer, or researcher in this episode, but simply as someone who has experienced psilocybin and is talking about the experience for educational purposes. This was my first (and to this date only) experience with a curated psilocybin ceremony, involving intention setting, a playlist specifically-designed for the journey, and a well-planned environment. It was actually that experience that ultimately led me to start this podcast. I describe how this psilocybin experience helped convey certain messages and led me into a sense of clarity through new introspection. During my psilocybin journey, I was able to deeply reflect on episodes in my life in ways that gave them the closure I hadn’t even been aware that I needed. It helped me gain perspective on my anxiety and actually be grateful for its source. I have since been able to carry some of the clarity of this experience forward with me in other aspects of my life. As a bonus, I discuss a bit about how a microdose of psilocybin led me to finally quit practicing medicine.   In this episode: Setting intentions as part of a psilocybin ceremony The messages that the plants can convey during an experience The clarity that is imparted by psilocybin How psilocybin has affected my sense of anxiety The possible delayed introspective effects of psilocybin microdosing   Quotes: “A lot of times the people who are guiding these ceremonies have a certain intuition to them.” [7:58] “Especially during this psilocybin journey, I felt like the plants were speaking to me. Not necessarily in a language but in very clear senses in what they were trying to convey.” [10:40] “When you’re in the effects, things seem so dramatic and real and you feel this sense of calm and oneness. It’s hard to realize that that’s going to wear off.” [16:39]   Links: Get 20% off everything at Octogon Biolabs with coupon code 'plantmedicine’ Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui


13 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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Ayahuasca Practitioner Methods with Dr. Joe Tafur

In today’s ayahuasca practitioner episode, Dr. Joe Tafur shares his vast experience learning about this plant medicine. For the last decade, family physician Dr. Tafur, author of The Fellowship of the River, has been exploring the role of spiritual healing and modern healthcare. In Peru, Dr. Tafur learned how the ceremonial use of ayahuasca could be used to heal the emotional body, and in turn, the mind and physical body. He is co-founder of Modern Spirit, a non-profit organization dedicated to demonstrating the value of spiritual healing in modern healthcare.  Dr. Tafur describes the traditional origins and uses of ayahuasca. Throughout the Amazonian basin, hundreds of tribes and religious groups incorporate ayahuasca in their healing and sacred practices. This naturally has led to quite a diversity in how this plant medicine is used. Many of these traditions stretch back countless generations and researches are still learning about their processes. There is a vast range of ailments that ayahuasca has been used to address. To treat these, ayahuasca is seldom used in isolation. With the diverse vegetation found in the Amazon, ayahuasca is often combined with specific plants to treat specific conditions. This has made it very versatile in its traditional uses.  Related to his work with ayahuasca, Dr. Tafur explains what is meant by the emotional body. He has recognized many spiritual healing techniques that have value beyond plant medicine treatments. Dr. Tafur explains that addressing the emotional needs of the individual can have a profound impact on many of their physical ailments.    In this episode: The traditional origins and uses of ayahuasca in South America What to expect during various traditional ayahuasca ceremonies The important role of music and communication during ayahuasca  ceremonies The many different conditions that ayahuasca has been used to treat Addressing the emotional needs of the patient in order to treat their physical conditions   Quotes: “In the wide world of nature, the plants, and tribal culture there’s a lot of variation. It’s very much dependant on the individuals.” [15:04] “It’s a very present practice. That’s part of the key to the engagement and the energy.” [28:29] “What the psychedelic therapeutic experience opens up for a lot of people is an opportunity to work through the emotional and spiritual dimensions of their health.” [44:50]   Links: Modern Spirit The Fellowship of the River “From Shock to Awe” Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui

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4 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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Ketamine Practitioner Methods with Dr. Steven Mandel

In today’s ketamine practitioner episode, Dr. Steven Mandel describes some of the modern applications of ketamine. Dr. Mandel is the founder and president of Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles and a founding member of the American Society of Ketamine Physicians. As an internationally recognized pioneer in the use of ketamine infusion therapy to treat depression, suicidality, PTSD, and chronic pain, Dr. Mandel has made numerous media appearances and has personally administered thousands of ketamine infusions. In this episode, Dr. Mandel recounts some of the history behind ketamine’s use in treating conditions such as PTSD and depression. While its use originated on the battlefield, an increasing number of physicians, including Dr. Mandel, soon discovered its other uses for anesthesia and psychological treatments. Dr. Mandel describes what goes on in his clinic and the common conditions that he uses ketamine infusions to treat. This ranges from depression to PTSD and even chronic pain. Dr. Mandel goes into what the research is saying concerning ketamine’s effects on these conditions and how he uses it to treat his patients.   In this episode: The history behind ketamine’s use as a treatment for PTSD and depression The other therapies that should go alongside ketamine use in order to achieve lasting effects Common psychological conditions that ketamine may help to address Ketamine’s use in treating chronic pain The importance of priming a patient’s mindset in preparation for and during therapy Some of Dr. Mandel’s favorite success stories   Quotes: “Ketamine very quickly became the darling of the battlefield medical community because ketamine in sub-anesthetic doses could very rapidly make a wounded soldier numb enough to participate in his own evacuation despite his wounds.” [8:35] “Ketamine is not a cure at all. It’s a treatment. It doesn’t fix anybody permanently.” [12:30] “You can go to very dark places with ketamine. Ketamine is a fuel. It’s a great enhancer of resilience but particularly the first experience with it can be offputting.” [28:04] “Ketamine can help you to become more open, more resilient. Your sense of worthlessness and helplessness goes away. Your ability to give yourself permission to experience pleasure gets much better.” [34:43]   Links: Get 20% off everything at Octogon Biolabs with coupon code 'plantmedicine’ Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles American Society of Ketamine Physicians Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui


9 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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BONUS Episode: Integration 101 with Dr. Ryan Westrum

In today’s special bonus episode, we’re discussing integration with Dr. Ryan Westrum. Many guests on this show talk about the importance of integration as part of a psychedelic journey. However, integration is not always understood for what it is. As you’ll hear, it can serve as important scaffolding for a psychedelic experience, making it more meaningful than it might be otherwise. Dr. Westrum is the co-author of The Psychedelics Integration Handbook and an internationally recognized psychedelic integration expert. For more than fifteen years, his primary focus has been working with individuals and groups to facilitate experiential therapy and integrate psychedelic journies into healing and personal transformation. In this conversation, Dr. Westrum explains exactly what an integration therapist is. Simply put, they help prepare the patient for the psychedelic experience and assist in processing it afterward. What they do not do is actually administer the drug itself. In this role, what an integration therapist does can actually vary greatly. Whether they’re doing dream-work, CBT therapy, or even yoga, the integration therapist provides a degree of support and interpretation to make the experience more effective and meaningful.   In this episode: What integration is and what an integration therapist does How an integration therapist helps tailor a specific experience to a particular patient’s needs Some of the factors that contribute to psychedelic experiences Some integration exercises that help make meaning of a psychedelic experience The importance of intention setting and mindset in a psychedelic journey Considerations for group versus individual experiences   Quotes: “We’re not trying to put a square peg in a circular hole. We’re trying to individualize it.” [6:30] “Psychadelic experiences can bring out a tremendous amount of information that we’re not necessarily aware of. So any preparation is going to support that.” [9:14] “All experiences are challenging; they’re not bad. But if you invite yourself to compare and do the appropriate preparation within integration, you’re going to get something fruitful out of it.” [22:53]   Links: Get 20% off everything at Octogon Biolabs with coupon code 'plantmedicine’ The Psychedelics Integration Handbook Psychedelic Integration Healing Souls Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui


27 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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MDMA Patient Experience with Steven

In today’s patient experience episode, Steven tells us about a therapeutic use of MDMA that you may not have heard of. A medical practitioner himself, Steven understands his own condition of IBS very well and what standard treatment is. However, when all these failed to produce results, Steven took the chance and set out to discover how he could better treat his condition. It was finally a decision to address the emotional and spiritual side of his health with his therapist that led Steven to try a guided MDMA experience. As a potent compound, MDMA can lead to significant psychological effects. Steven describes what it was like for him and how it led to significant improvements with his constant pain within a day of his initial experience. Steven explains how he found somebody to lead his journey. Because of legal issues, he had to use an underground network that his therapist pointed him towards. Steven shares how he vetted his guide and what he did to feel safe and supported throughout the experience.   In this episode: What compelled Steven to take his health into his own hands Addressing past trauma with the guided use of MDMA to get a handle on physical health Why Steven ultimately decided that MDMA was the right psychedelic for him What an experience of a “heroic dose” of MDMA is What to look for in someone to lead an MDMA journey The value of having an integration session after the experience The protocol Steven followed before during and after his MDMA journey   Quotes: “The human body, just because it’s not a machine, doesn’t make it any different. There’s a bunch of inputs and outputs. It’s kind of like electrical engineering systems.” [2:27] “For the first time in my life, I could feel bloating. It’s not that the bloating went away; it was that the pain associated with the bloating went away.” [10:06] “It’s a breakthrough therapy. It’s what the mavericks are doing.” [34:23]   Links: Get 20% off everything at Octogon Biolabs with coupon code 'plantmedicine’ Healthy Gut Company MAPS Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui


11 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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Cannabis Scientific Research with Dr. Karyemaitre Aliffe

Dr. Karyemaitre Aliffe is a multi-lingual physician and scientist who brings life to science and vitality to our concepts of medicine. He has over 35 years of experience as a researcher in natural products. His work has taken him across the globe from the biotech hub of Silicon Valley to some of the remotest corners of the Amazon, Australia, and Africa. Today’s episode explores some of the latest scientific research into medical THC. When it comes to examining the medical uses of cannabis, there is a lot more anecdotal evidence than clinical evidence available. Dr. Aliffe explains the value he sees in this anecdotal evidence and why it should not be overlooked in terms of scientific value. Dr. Aliffe explains what he knows about how THC actually interacts with the human body. There is still much to be discovered about this, but he describes what is known about the biochemical response that happens when THC and other cannabinoids are introduced into the body. Dr. Aliffe talks about a number of recent discoveries covering topics ranging from THC’s role in athletic training to managing stress factors. Since the endocannabinoid system helps modulate the emotional reaction to various circumstances, it has a number of implications in high-stress situations.  With the many variations in cannabis products and individual physiology, it is very difficult, if not impossible, for studies to determine what is optimal for each person. Dr. Aliffe explains what he believes the role of an individual, as well as their physician, could be in this matter. In this episode: The important distinction between pharmaceuticals and botanical medicines The value of examining anecdotal evidence What is known about how THC actually interacts with the human body The impact of cannabis on the human response to high-stress situations The challenges of determining optimal dosing with THC The potential role of cannabis in treating aspects of PTSD, anxiety, and depression The implications of cannabis’ anti-inflammatory properties Quotes: “For me, anecdotal evidence is useful because medical practice is all anecdotal; it’s not a controlled trial.” [8:27] “There’s ample evidence that shows that when you have a person who’s relaxed but present and very centered, that’s when they have their optimal mind-body performance and cognitive athletic function.” [20:24] “The challenge is for people to feel comfortable to know how to proceed with a well-produced and well-documented product that actually does have the amount of THC and CBD and other components that it says on the label.” [34:54] “There’s all this conflicting physiology going on and the endocannabinoid system is trying to find that sweet spot of homeostasis in there where everything goes well in life.” [45:13] Links: Get 20% off everything at Octogon Biolabs with coupon code 'plantmedicine’ Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui


11 Sep 2019

Rank #11

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Decriminalization of Psilocybin with Attorney Sean McAllister

In today’s episode, Sean McAllister explains the history of psilocybin’s legality in the United States and what its legal status is today. Sean is an attorney working for decriminalization efforts in California and Colorado. He was general counsel for the decriminalization movement in Denver and is a key figure in legalization efforts in California. Sean walks us through the history of psilocybin in the country over the past half-century. He explains how psychedelics became demonized in popular culture and politics. Throughout the sixties and seventies, psilocybin was branded as a dangerous drug and its use and sale were criminalized in the Controlled Substances Act of 1971. Sean explains how recent cultural shifts have opened up the possibility of looking at psychedelics such as psilocybin for their possible health benefits. He describes what went into decriminalizing psilocybin in Denver through a voter initiative and where it stands there legally at the moment. In many places, psilocybin’s legality occupies a gray area. Though decriminalized, it still remains technically illegal. Sean explains just what this means in the actual legal landscape and how there are still limits to what one can do with psilocybin. We also discuss some very current events. Only a few weeks ago, the effort to collect signatures to legalize psilocybin in California began. Sean has been instrumental in drafting the language for this initiative. He tells us where the effort is at the moment and what it would accomplish if passed.    In this episode: The history of the study and use of psilocybin in the United States The efforts that led to the decriminalization of psilocybin in Denver The distinction between decriminalization and legalization The current state of legalization efforts in California and Oregon   Quotes: “It’s nice that this renaissance is about a cultural and paradigmatic shift towards looking at drug use as a public health issue, not an incarceration issue.” [3:14] “What these elections do is they create so much positivity and hope because it proves that when people come together and when the message is right, the voters will do the right thing, even on a complicated topic like this.” [11:51] “It’s a very complex issue that we’re really only now beginning to unpack. The next five years are really going to be an amazing time to be involved in psychedelic reform. That’s why its the psychedelic renaissance right now.” [41:55]   Links: Get 20% off everything at Octogon Biolabs with coupon code 'plantmedicine’ Decriminalize Nature SPORE Drug Policy Alliance MAPS Decriminalize California Chacruna Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui


4 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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Cannabis Practitioner Methods with Dr. Adam Abodeely

Dr. Adam Abodeely is the founder and CEO of Reserve:MD as well as a double board-certified surgeon specializing in gastrointestinal diseases and cancer. He is the chairman of the Dispensary Review Committee for the Association of Cannabis Specialists and is the author of A Surgeon’s Perspective on the Science & Truth of Cannabis. Dr. Abodeely recommends cannabis-based therapy for over one hundred different conditions. His journey with medical cannabis began when his patients started telling him about how they were benefiting more from cannabis than they were from the pharmaceuticals he prescribed for them. Since then, Dr. Abodeely has been conducting exhaustive research into the medical uses of cannabis. In this interview, Dr. Abodeely describes what he takes into consideration when deciding if a patient is a good candidate for medical cannabis. We examine some of the many medical conditions in which Dr. Abodeely has found cannabis, and specifically THC, to be helpful.  As a GI specialist, Dr. Abodeely takes us on a deep dive of how THC and other cannabinoids specifically affect people with various gut issues. He describes the various ways in which THC can be administered and the benefits and drawbacks of different methods. We examine how cannabis can best be delivered and how to determine proper dosage. In this episode: Guidance to give patients when certifying them for medical cannabis Some of the conditions that Dr. Abodeely has found are treated well with medical cannabis How the various properties of cannabis can impact people with certain GI diseases If depression can be considered a form of chronic pain and be treated with cannabis Why different people respond differently to THC Whether or not cannabis can react negatively with other medications Quotes “What I realized is that patients were actually really benefiting from it. They were coming to me to receive care and my care was providing them with sub-optimal outcomes. But they were receiving great benefits from cannabis.” [5:50] “My goals are to at least minimize or reduce the opioid consumption or get rid of it all together [13:33] “Cannabis medicine is a very personal experience. Our bodies are all genetically different. We all have our unique cannabinoid receptors and genetic polymorphisms which means there’s differences in how my cannabinoid receptors may be compared to yours and how you’re going to respond.” [21:31] “Doses that are too low or too high tend to be non-therapeutic. There’s a sweet spot.” [29:57] Links Get 20% off everything at Octogon Biolabs with coupon code 'plantmedicine’ Reserve:MD Adirondack Gastrointestinal & Surgical Group Association of Cannabis Specialists A Surgeon’s Perspective on the Science & Truth of Cannabis by Dr. Adam Abodeely Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui


18 Sep 2019

Rank #13

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Iboga Patient Experience with Eamon Armstrong

In this week’s iboga patient experience episode, we hear from Eamon Armstrong. He is the creator and host of the Life is a Festival Podcast, promoting a lifestyle of adventure and personal development through the lens of festival culture. Eamon’s belief in the transformational power of psychedelics led him to take part in a traditional Bwiti initiation in Gabon. He has since become a trained sitter with MAPS’ Zendo Project. Eaman describes how his desire for personal metamorphosis led him to seek out an iboga experience in Africa. However, he doesn’t recommend that others go to Gabon to do what he did. Rather, a more clinical setting is much safer. At any rate, he found that it was a truly transformational journey. Eamon describes what he went through during his ten-day experience and how it led to new and important insights. Eamon’s journey revived many forgotten memories. These memories brought back some suppressed fear and trauma. He feels that it was a very healing experience overall. Eamon found that iboga led him to recognize the source of his traumas which ultimately helped him deal with addiction.   In this episode: Why it is safer to have an ibogaine experience in a clinical setting rather than elsewhere Preparation to take before an iboga journey The various steps to a traditional iboga experience How an iboga journey is a very personalized experience  The important role that an integration coach can play in any psychedelic journey The distinction between iboga and ibogaine   Quotes: “My pursuit of iboga had to do with certain aspects of myself that I wanted to transform. I wanted to transform them by going to the root.” [6:02] “It felt healing. I felt like I was moving through chunks of things that I had been carrying and holding inside me. It was hard work.” [26:28] “What iboga teaches you is that there is no such thing as addiction in the way that you think there is. There is only deep trauma and pain and patterns that you create to avoid them. Iboga goes to the root of that trauma and pain and shows you what it is.” [36:15]   Links: Life is a Festival Podcast Zendo Project Iron John by Robert Bly Ayahuasca Scientific Research with Dr. Dan Engle Ibogaine Scientific Research with Thomas Kingsley Brown, Ph.D Unlimited Sciences Maya Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui


1 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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Ketamine Scientific Research with Dr. Jason Wallach

This week’s episode delves into the science behind ketamine therapy with Dr. Jason Wallach. Dr. Wallach has a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology and is an instructor at the University of the Sciences. His research focuses on the analytical and pharmacological characterizations of psychoactive drugs with a focus on dissociatives and the serotonergic classical hallucinogens. Dr. Wallach explains what the research says about the biochemistry of ketamine and how it actually works in the body. There’s still some debate about how ketamine’s various biochemical effects are involved in its therapeutic effects. Dr. Wallach shares what his research has discovered and the questions that he is still trying to answer. Specifically when it comes to examining the potential uses of ketamine to treat depression, Dr. Wallach sees a lot of promise for the drug. He explains some of what the research has shown with ketamine’s use as an anti-depressant and how its effects differ from other treatments. There has also been a lot of research into the difference between racemic mixtures of ketamine versus left-handed or s-ketamine. While racemic, which contains both the right and left-handed molecules, is what’s most widely used in the United States, new information is coming out regularly about the more targeted approach of s-ketamine.   In this episode: What the current research says concerning ketamine’s biochemical effects in the body The connection between ketamine and glutamate receptors and what this could mean for its anti-depressant effects Studies into ketamine’s use as an anti-depressant and what this suggests about its efficacy Ketamine as a treatment for various chronic pain conditions The difference between racemic ketamine and s-ketamine The future of ketamine trials   Quotes: “What ketamine does is it blocks the NMDA receptor preventing that flux of information from outside the cell to inside the cell.” [5:46] “Most existing anti-depressants have a delay in their onset. They take several weeks before you see any effect. Whereas with ketamine they can be observed within 40 minutes and peak within a day or so.” [10:45] “I suspect that maybe for a subset of people with depression, maybe even PTSD, chronic pain, or OCD, those experiences might have additional efficacy above and beyond what is occurring with the sub-hallucinogenic doses of ketamine that are currently being used.” [24:41]   Links: Get 20% off everything at Octogon Biolabs with coupon code 'plantmedicine’ Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui


16 Oct 2019

Rank #15

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BONUS Episode: Sharing Stories of Healing with the Founders of the #ThankYouPlantMedicine Movement

Today we have another bonus episode so that you can hear from the founders of the #ThankYouPlantMedicine movement. David Griot and Jonathan Glazer are two of the leaders of this movement which aims to remove the stigma around the use of plant medicine. On February 20, 2020, there will be an important event for people who have been affected by the power of plant medicines to come out and let the world know of their experiences. David and Jonathan strongly believe that, like so many other social movements, this can be instrumental in leading to progressive change. David and Jonathan believe that this is a crucial time for this movement because it seems that more people are using plant medicines than ever. However, the legal and pharmaceutical landscape still doesn’t support this. To that end, we talk about how to delicately approach this topic in circles where it might not be totally accepted. David and Jonathan explain the phases of their project and how many different people are coming together to make it happen. They are bringing in individuals and organizations from all around the world to make this a truly grassroots movement that reflects the diversity of all plant medicine users.   In this episode: What the #ThankYouPlantMedicine movement is The implications of the gap between pharmaceuticals and psychedelics The connection between plant medicine and spiritual development The power of pant medicines to unite people around the world Addressing the need for discretion when discussing the use of plant medicine How people can get involved in this movement   Quotes: “It’s time for the communities to unite and get out of the hidden spots and just tell the truth as it is.” [10:16] “The real underlying why in this for me is to create a change in consciousness on a global level to try to create a more collaborative, joyful, and pleasant world.” [17:26] “There’s no pressure -- it’s an invitation. Only people who feel comfortable with it and are not in legal risk should participate. This is going to be the beginning of what we hope to be a multi-year movement until we reach the point where people are not jeopardized by talking about it.” [22:34]   Links: Find Thank You Plant Medicine online Find Thank You Plant Medicine on Facebook | Instagram The 5 Most Common Mistakes People Make when Trying Plant and Psychadelic Medicines World Ayahuasca Conference Chacruna Envision Festival Global Drug Survey Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui


15 Jan 2020

Rank #16

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MDMA Practitioner Methods with Shannon Carlin

Shannon Carlin is the associate director of training and supervision at the MAPS Public Benefit Corp. In this role, she oversees the development and implementation of the programs that prepare mental health and medical professionals to deliver MDMA assisted psychotherapy in approved clinical settings.   Today Shannon is sharing what the clinical and legal landscape currently is for MDMA trials. The discussions with the FDA are currently evolving, but Shannon is very optimistic about the direction things are going in. She also talks about the current model of trials that they are conducting and how this promises to yield innovative and tangible results. Shannon describes how these trials are conducted and what participants can expect throughout the process. Shannon acknowledges that its a complex and tedious process, but stresses that everything is done to ensure both the safety of the participants and the proper scientific gathering of data. To that end, she explains how they are currently running tests and how they are preparing to change once approval for expanded trials happens.   In this episode: The current FDA regulations of MDMA The types of practitioners who are participating in ongoing studies What trial participants can expect as they prepare for an MDMA trial What takes place during a clinical trial with MDMA  The importance of mindset for both the practitioners and the clinicians during trails How dosing is determined during clinical studies   Quotes: “I really enjoy being in the therapy room with somebody who doesn’t have my same professional background because it broadens the competence that the two of us have together.” [7:21] “To me, it really does feel ceremonial. There is a certain amount of ritual or sacredness about it.” [13:25] “There’s a symbolic gesture. It’s subtle, but we don’t give the medicine, we don’t administer the medicine, we offer the medicine.” [19:13]   Links: MAPS MDMA Therapy Training Program Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui


2 Jan 2020

Rank #17

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BONUS Episode: How to Help Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions through Plant and Psychedelic Medicines

Marcus and Amber Capone are founders of a nonprofit organization, VETS, Inc., which provides resources, research, and advocacy for U.S. veterans seeking psychedelic-assisted therapies. Marcus served 13 years as a Navy SEAL, and when the post-military challenges became seemingly insurmountable, Amber became intent to save him by pursuing unconventional treatment modalities. Marcus attributes psychedelic-assisted therapies to saving his life, and now the couple is determined to drive profound change in the veteran healthcare system as a whole. Marcus and Amber describe how they came about finding their way into getting Marcus into Ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT treatment and the immense changes that have come about as a result of that therapy, both in Marcus’s own healing journey and now in their desire to help other veterans through their foundation, Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions (VETS). In this episode: How traumatic brain injury was leading to neurologic symptoms that were treatment-resistant The experience of undergoing an Ibogaine session What it was like to do 5-MeO-DMT after the Ibogaine and why that sequence was helpful How Marcus keeps his symptoms at bay How the VETS nonprofit is aiming to spread the healing


26 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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Cannabis Patient Experience with Leanna

When Leanna was finishing up college she began experiencing severe nerve pain in her back. To help her deal with the pain and sleep through it better, Leanna turned to using medical cannabis.  In today’s THC patient experience episode, I talk with Leanna about how she used THC to help her cope with this recurrent back pain. She even shares how her grandmother used it help with all sorts of pains and to get her more active than she had been in years.  Not wanting to take potentially addictive opioids, Leanna started asking questions about cannabis as a possibly safer alternative. She soon found that THC was helping her feel better than she otherwise thought she could. Leanna and I talk about how she, as well as her grandmother, found their preferred forms of administering THC and why it’s different for everyone. She explains why using cannabis at different times of day helped her get out of bed in the morning and sleep better at night. In this episode: Coming to the decision to use cannabis to treat chronic pain How to deciding which form of THC to take Determining one’s ideal way of taking THC to maximize the results and minimize the side-effects Discussing the use of medical cannabis with family members How patients can talk with medical practitioners about their use of THC products Quotes “At the time I was just looking for other ways that I would feel safer than taking [opioids] long-term.” [6:08] “I had struggles with anxiety in the past and [cannabis] was something that always helped me with it a little bit too. Whereas I have friends who say it gives them even more anxiety.” [14:03] “So my grandma was someone who was able to handle THC better than a lot of people my own age.” [18:40] Links Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui Get 20% off everything at Octogon Biolabs with coupon code 'plantmedicine’


4 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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LSD Patient Experience with Arash

In today’s LSD patient experience episode, Arash tells the story of how he has interacted with this particular drug. He describes what led him to his decision to try LSD for the first time and the events that helped get him into the proper mindset to proceed with it. Arash explains what type of effect it had on him and why he decided to continue using LSD afterward. LSD experiences have helped Arash make sense of many things that he had previously ignored or took for granted. He explains the insight that this compound has given him and how it has brought him to what he feels is a greater understanding of human behavior and his own identity. Having been using LSD for some time now, Arash reflects on how it has changed his perspective on many things. He has created stronger inter-personal bonds that he feels he was not capable of before. Furthermore, LSD has also lent him new insight into many things that he feels most adults fail to see.    In this episode: Arash describes why he first decided to use LSD The helpfulness of having someone to guide an LSD experience How an LSD experience helped Arash have more confidence in social situations The bonding power of psychedelic experiences How LSD has allowed Arash to see old things with new eyes   Quotes: “The little ego-check was what I needed so that I went into LSD having relaxed some of my guard and I went in with more of a clear slate.” [9:12] “Before my trip, I was in this more insecure, scared, and vulnerable place. And then I felt completely confident in my body. I felt strong and experienced. I was finding myself taking more of a leadership role in interactions with people.” [21:17] “The assistance of psychedelics took my spirituality from a dial-up modem and upgraded it to highspeed cable wifi.” [36:22]   Links: The Burner Podcast Follow Arash on Instagram Check out the full episode post Keep up with everything Plant Medicine related here Porangui


22 Jan 2020

Rank #20