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The Psychedelic Podcast connects you to the leaders and pioneers of the psychedelic renaissance. From deep healing to creativity, leadership to spirituality, business, health, human performance, relationships, sexuality, and even culture itself—every aspect of our world is being transformed by psychedelic medicines. Get an inspired, informed, balanced look into how these powerful medicines are already being safely and responsibly used to catalyze both personal and collective transformation. Whether you’re just curious or a seasoned psychonaut, or somewhere in between, you’ll get insightful, practical, cutting-edge conversations from the forefront of the psychedelic movement. Join us as we explore how psychedelics can be integrated into culture for the evolution of humanity.
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Jul 31, 2023

In this episode of the Psychedelic Podcast, Paul F. Austin welcomes Dr. Sarah Abedi to share her journey from conventional emergency medicine to psychedelic healing and advocacy.

Find episode links, summary, and transcript here: https://thethirdwave.co/podcast/episode-206-sarah-abedi-md/

Dr. Abedi discusses the need for a paradigm shift in modern healthcare, incorporating indigenous and integrative modalities to create a holistic healing approach. She highlights TREAT California, a citizen-led ballot initiative aimed at funding an expansive psychedelic ecosystem with $5 billion. Dr. Abedi explores the initiative’s focus on research, education, access, and treatment, emphasizing its potential to bring psychedelic healing into the mainstream zeitgeist.

This thoughtful conversation delves into the distinctions between Western medicine and psychedelic wisdom, envisioning a new healthcare model that bridges the gap and guarantees access for all.

Sarah Abedi, M.D.:

Sarah Abedi, M.D. is an emergency medicine physician and facilitator of psychedelic clinical research trials.

She is the Chief Medical Officer and Advocacy and Impact Officer for TREAT California, an initiative aimed at creating a $5B funding agency in the state to support research, education, training, and access. As a psychedelic facilitator, Dr. Abedi is also part of Pacific Brain Health’s Treatment & Research In Psychedelics Program (TRIP). She has completed training at the Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and is certified as a Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) MDMA-Assisted Therapist. Dr. Abedi is the co-founder of the integrative mental health institute Onea.

Highlights:

  • Dr. Abedi’s journey from conventional medicine to psychedelic healing.
  • The TREAT California ballot initiative.
  • TREAT Initiative's path to holistic healthcare in California.
  • Dr. Abedi’s experience as a facilitator of psilocybin clinical trials.
  • The opportunity to bridge old institutions with new psychedelic paradigms.
  • Nature’s role in modern healing.
  • Exploring low-dose psychedelics for healing & spirituality.
  • Dr. Abedi’s work with TREAT.
  • Envisioning an integrated psychedelic healthcare model.
  • Dr. Abedi’s desire to do healing work in her homeland of Iran.
  • How to connect with Dr. Abedi.

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Jul 24, 2023

In this episode of the Psychedelic Podcast, Paul F. Austin reunites with renowned author Steven Kotler to dive deep into the realms of peak performance aging and flow states.

Find episode links, summary, and transcript here: https://thethirdwave.co/podcast/episode-205-steven-kotler/

Kotler's latest book, Gnar Country: Growing Old, Staying Rad takes center stage as they explore the profound impact of continuous learning, experiences in nature, and adventurous pursuits throughout life. With Kotler's expertise in human performance, the conversation uncovers the secrets to maintaining optimal mental states and staying active in later life.

Listeners will embark on a thought-provoking journey into the possibilities of thriving in aging as Steven decodes the neurobiology of flow.

Steven Kotler:

Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. He is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance.

Steven is the author of eleven bestsellers out of fourteen books, including The Art of Impossible, The Future is Faster Than You Think, Stealing Fire (part of the curriculum in the Psychedelic Coaching Institute’s Coaching Certification Program), The Rise of Superman, Bold, and Abundance. His work has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes, translated into over 50 languages, and has appeared in over 100 publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, TIME, and the Harvard Business Review.

Alongside his wife, author Joy Nicholson, he is also the co-founder of The Buddy Sue Hospice Home for Old Dogs, a canine elder care facility, and Rancho de Chihuahua, a dog rescue and sanctuary.

Highlights:

  • Steven’s motivation to write his newest book on peak performance aging, Gnar Country.
  • Steven’s favorite adult development models related to healthy aging.
  • Decoding the neurobiology of flow and establishing a solid scientific foundation.
  • Examining flow from ancient Eastern and Western philosophical perspectives.
  • Steven’s reflections on bringing flow into corporate environments.
  • Why older employees could be the dream workforce of the 21st century.
  • Steven’s flow principles of aging successfully & maintaining cognitive function.
  • Exploring the surprising benefits of action sports for peak performance aging.
  • Skills cultivation, nature experiences, & the importance of “leisure activities” in old age.

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Jul 17, 2023

In this episode of the Psychedelic Podcast, Paul F. Austin welcomes Jaiya, somatic sexologist and creator of the Erotic Blueprint Breakthrough™.

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Jaiya shares the extensive experience and research that led to the creation of the Erotic Blueprint, a framework that helps individuals discover and express their authentic erotic selves. The conversation explores the five Erotic Blueprints–Energetic, Sensual, Kinky, Sexual, and Shapeshifter–highlighting their unique qualities and shadow aspects. The conversation emphasizes that sexual expression, compatibility, and consciousness are learnable skills anyone can cultivate. 

As the episode unfolds, Paul and Jaiya explore ecstatic states while drawing parallels between sexuality and psychedelics as inherent life forces.

Jaiya:

Internationally recognized, award-winning sexologist and best-selling author (Red Hot Touch and Cuffed, Tied & Satisfied), Jaiya is the creator of the Erotic Blueprint Breakthrough™ and the Erotic Blueprint™ Quiz. Through more than two decades of client observation and clinical research, she discovered a map of arousal that reveals your specific erotic language of turn-on. This revolutionary framework helps you create deeper connections and total sexual satisfaction.

Highlights:

  • The five Erotic Blueprints and their unique sexual expressions.
  • Jaiya’s journey to becoming a somatic sexologist.
  • The role psychedelics played in Jaiya’s healing, transformation, and sexuality.
  • Psychedelics for healing sexual trauma and facilitating full sexual expression.
  • The importance of safe containers and consent when it comes to sex and psychedelics.
  • Cultivating ecstatic literacy.
  • Finding cosmic union through Tantra.
  • The Erotic Blueprint coaching certification program.
  • What Jaiya is working on next.

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Jul 10, 2023

Dr. Evan Cole Lewis, VP of Psychedelic Neurology at Numinus, joins The Psychedelic Podcast to delve into the world of psychedelic neurology and its potential to revolutionize medicine.

Find episode links, summary, and transcript here: https://thethirdwave.co/podcast/episode-203-evan-cole-lewis-md/

Dr. Lewis & Paul F. Austin take us deeper into the underlying mechanisms of psychedelics and their impact on neurological networks. The conversation explores how psychedelics like MDMA, ketamine, psilocybin, and LSD can manipulate and reorganize those networks, leading to tailored treatment approaches for people with neurological conditions. From Dr. Lewis’s perspective, precision psychedelic medicine is poised to provide breakthrough treatments for traumatic brain injuries, concussions, functional seizures, cluster headaches, migraines, and mental illnesses.

With cautious optimism, Dr. Lewis and Paul envision a future where psychedelics offer transformative solutions for today’s most challenging conditions.

Evan Cole Lewis, M.D.:

Dr. Evan Cole Lewis is a neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist with expertise in pediatric neurology and epilepsy. He is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto.

Dr. Lewis is the founder and medical director of the Neurology Centre of Toronto (NCT), Chief Medical Advisor for the Jamaican Medical Cannabis Corporation and VP of Psychedelic Neurology at Numinus, a Canadian company focused on research and therapeutics with psychedelic medicines.

Dr. Lewis has extensive clinical experience in the utilization of medical cannabis for the treatment of neurologic conditions in both adults and children. His practice focuses on brain network disorders, including concussion/persistent post-concussive symptoms, headache and migraine, and functional seizures.

He has a special interest in treating brain network disorders with psychedelic therapy. He has delivered many national and international educational seminars, talks, and lectures on brain network disorders, medical cannabis, psychedelic therapy, and the intersection of psychedelics and neurology.

Highlights:

  • Why Dr. Lewis chose to work at Numinus.
  • Exploring how psychedelics bridge the gap between psychiatry and neurology.
  • Why psychedelics challenge neurology to adopt a complex-systems approach.
  • How psychedelics counterbalance neural rigidity with harmony & flexibility.
  • Psychedelics’ potential to treat traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
  • Ketamine’s role in activating & strengthening dormant neural pathways.
  • How plant medicine helps people unlearn old habits & experience child-like awareness.
  • The mystery of functional seizures.
  • Dr. Lewis’ belief that psychedelics will enhance neuroscience & precision medicine.

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Jul 3, 2023

Scott Omelianuk, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. Business Media, joins the Psychedelic Podcast to examine the intersection of entrepreneurship, mental health, and psychedelics.

Find episode links, summary, and transcript here: https://thethirdwave.co/podcast/episode-202-scott-omelianuk/

Scott and Paul F. Austin emphasize the importance of supporting founders' mental well-being and how psychedelics can play a role in reducing stress and enhancing mindfulness. Scott openly shares his personal struggles, revealing the profound impact of psychedelic therapy that surpassed years of talk therapy. By embracing mental health challenges, Scott believes leaders can overcome pressures, uncertainties, and isolation, enabling them to become their best selves.

The conversation envisions psychedelics as tools to foster human connection and long-term thinking, ultimately cultivating a more conscious and compassionate mindset among entrepreneurs.

Scott Omelianuk:

Scott Omelianuk is the Editor-in-Chief of Inc. Business Media. He has built a reputation for defining culture and using it to the advantage of clients and benefit of consumers.

Honored with the Ad Age A-List, Idea of the Year award, and a Media Vanguard Award, Scott is known as a marketing and branding expert and champion of entrepreneurial thinking within the enterprise and small business.

A professor of marketing and innovation and an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Stevens Institute of Technology, a U.S. News & World Report “Top 25 Innovation School,” Scott has repositioned Inc., the preeminent voice of entrepreneurship, to reflect the needs of today’s founder, with inspiration, information, and instruction, as well as community.

As an author, investor, founder, and patent holder, Scott has been profiled or served as an expert source for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Ad Age, AdWeek, CNN, the BBC, NHK, NPR, CNBC, MSNBC and dozens of other newspapers, blogs, and broadcast outlets around the world.

Highlights:

  • Scott’s personal drive to explore psychedelics.
  • Inc.’s reason for writing about leadership struggles & mental health issues.
  • Lessons psychedelics can teach business leaders.
  • Scott’s professional path to becoming Editor-in-Chief at Inc.
  • The challenges of maintaining a long-term vision in a capitalist world.
  • Scott’s reflection on the state of the psychedelic renaissance.
  • The importance of keeping a beginner’s mind in the early stages of the movement.
  • Scott’s take on microdosing vs. macrodosing.
  • Scott’s personal and professional outlook.

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