Psilocybin: history, uses, and research

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison discuss the most fantastic of fungi, psilocybin mushrooms. They we explore ancient and modern history, therapeutic and ceremonial uses, current research, and more. Whether you’re new to psychedelics or an experienced psychonaut, there’s’ something in this episode for you.

(1:00) Maria Sabina
(4:02) Gordon and Valentina Wasson
(5:37) How To Change Your Mind on Netflix
(6:30) Hapé podcast episode
(7:12) Fantastic Fungi and Paul Stamets
(8:16) How To Change Your Mind, by Michael Pollan
(9:37) Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert on "set and setting"
(10:40) The "Good Friday" Marsh Chapel psilocybin experiment
(13:19) Do psychedelics change your spiritual beliefs
(15:35) Psilocybin made illegal
(17:34) Is psilocybin harmful or addictive?
(19:46) Psilocybin therapy for substance use disorders
(22:09) Psilocybin dosing
(24:08) Placebo controlled trials
(29:25) Episode with Paul Austin about microdosing
(34:16) Difficult psychedelic experiences and combining medicines
(37:13) Possible applications for psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy
(39:54) REBUS and what's happening in the brain with psilocybin
(48:00) How psilocybin is different from traditional antidepressants
(51:00) Is the chemical imbalance theory of depression accurate?
(55:22) What can we learn from the brain from psychedelics?

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