Melissa Dawn is a psychedelic scientist, a mycologist, a mental health advocate, and a true believer in the power of psychedelics.
In this episode, we discuss: – Melissa’s powerful healing story about how she was on the brink of suicide before an LSD trip that saved her life. – Her perspective of science and spirituality, and how these two things can live in harmony. – With the sciences dominated by men, Melissa discusses her vision for an all-female psychedelic research facility. – What is harm reduction? Why is it important? What resources can you use at home?
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Manesh Girn is a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at McGill University specifically focusing on psychedelic research. Not only do we cover a variety of topics around the current psychedelic research, Manesh also shares his vision for the future of psychedelics and some of his philosophy on life and mental well-being.
During the ep, we talk about mystical experiences (from the research perspective), the brain under a psychedelic, psychedelics for physical healing, and what he feels is currently being underserved in the current psychedelic research.
From beginning to the very end, this conversation is fun, engaging and informative. Be sure to check out Manesh’s YouTube channel The Psychedelic Scientist to learn more about the science of psychedelics made for people like me — non-scientists who want to be informed!
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More About Manesh: Manesh is a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at McGill University and has been lead or co-author on over a dozen scientific publications and book chapters on topics including psychedelics, meditation, daydreaming, and the default-mode network. His PhD dissertation focuses on the default-mode network and he is also conducting research on the brain mechanisms underlying LSD, psilocybin, and DMT in collaboration with Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris and others from the Imperial College London Center for Psychedelic Research.
Calling all MMA fans! I had such a good time speaking with retired MMA champion & UFC Fighter Ian McCall about his incredible healing journey using psychedelics and other mindfulness practices to help aid in his recovery from PTSD and addiction to painkillers. Ian is now a psychedelic integration coach (@themccallmethod), a psilocybin advocate, a stand-up comedian and podcast host. He just launched a new adult puppet show all about weed & psychedelics called The Puffets. Ian also made an appearance the HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: “Psychedelic In Sports”. (If you haven’t seen it, that’s also a must!)
About Ian: Ian McCall is a Retired American Mixed Martial Arts World Champion, Psychedelic Research Advocate, Decriminalize California Event Director, Psilocybin Advocate, Performance Coach & Mentor.He is an Elixicure Ambassador, also known for his podcast, “Story Time with Uncle Creepy” and has recently started a new podcast, “Intellectual Giants”. Ian is also a Stand-Up Comedian and has just released a new adult puppet show about weed and psychedelics called The Puffets.