Welcome to MIND CURIOUS, a weekly podcast that explores the underlying theme of existential dilemma and where psychedelics play a role. Why have psychedelics risen again like a phoenix from the ashes of a global mental health crisis? Are they the elixir?
This podcast is designed for therapists, health optimizers, curious psychonauts, and those looking to explore the potential of psychedelic compounds. We dive deep and test our understanding of what consciousness is, while talking to experts in the field who are no strangers to tapping into the curiosities of the mind.
Lessons from the Land: Psychedelics and the Environment
Full, unedited conversation with Leia Friedman, also known as the Psychedologist. This conversation focuses on the relationship between psychedelics, individual healing, and holistic ecology. Leia shares her own healing journey and how psychedelic work has catalyzed and deepened her relationship with the earth.
Check out her website: https://thepsychedologist.com/
Intro (0:00 – 1:37)
Life on a Farm (1:38 – 2:25)
Settled vs Nomad Life (2:26 – 3:34)
Lessons from the Land (3:35 – 6:08)
Psychedelics and Her Relationship to the Land (6:09 – 8:37)
Integrating with Nature (8:38 – 10:52)
Environmental Justice (10:53 – 14:33)
Psychedelics’ Role (14:34 – 16:48)
Balancing Psychedelics with Capitalism (16:49 – 20:51)
Pros and Cons of Synthesized Ibogaine (20:52 – 26:02)
Regenerative Solutions (26:03 – 28:45)
Pleasure as Healing (28:46 – 31:11)
End (31:12 – 31:57)
Customized Care & Precision Medicine in Psychedelic Treatments
Precision Medicine is a new field that uses data to tailor specific medical interventions to the needs of an individual body. MINDCURE has been pioneering a precision medicine tool, iSTRYM. I asked the experts about how they use large data sets to customize care and what that might mean for the emerging field of psychedelic-supported treatments. Our guests, Dr. John Brownstein and Dr. Ty Tashiro are experts in innovation & big data and mental health-related data science respectively.
Intro (0:00 – 2:24)
First Guest: Dr. John Brownstein (2:25 – 10:30)
What is Precision Medicine?
From Large-Scale to The Individual
Data From Regular Interactions
Data and Psychedelics
From Company to Clinician
The Tools’ Components
Second Guest: Dr. Ty Tashiro (10:31 – 19:12)
Natural Language Processing
Understanding Oneself Better
iSTRYM and Psychedelics (19:13 – 25:27)
The Mystical Aspect and the Data
The Clinician Experience
End (25:28 – 26:27)
Can We Heal Desire with MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy?
Persistent, recurrent problems with sexual response, desire, orgasm, or pain — that distress you or strain your relationship with your partner — are known medically as sexual dysfunction. The most common sexual dysfunction among women is low sexual desire - a lack of sexual interest and willingness to be sexual. A nationally representative sample of 2207 American households found that the prevalence of low sexual desire ranged from 26.7% among premenopausal women to 52.4% among naturally menopausal women.
MINDCURE is embarking on a clinical trial to test the possibility that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy will effectively treat low desire in women.
Dr. Sherry Walling talks with three experts about the potential that psychedelics may hold for helping to heal desire, including two of MINDCURE's advisors, as well as the company's founder and CEO.
Dr. Anita Clayton
Ending Opioid Addiction with Ibogaine
In this uncut episode, we return to our conversation with Fawad Kalsi to give you his full ibogaine experience, from opioid addiction to hardships to discovering ibogaine, and finally, to recovery.
Intro (0:00 – 1:31)
Intro to Fawad (1:32 – 3:03)
The Start of Fawad’s Addiction (3:04 – 11:20)
Finding Out About Ibogaine (11:21 – 22:42)
Fawad’s Experience with Ibogaine (22:43 – 33:28)
Integrating with Faith (33:29 – 38:10)
His Advice to Others (38:11 – 42:09)
Breaking Religious Stigma (42:10 – 46:23)
Community Pushback (46:24 – 48:03)
End (48:04 – 51:05)
Sex, Drugs, and Therapy: Healing Sexual Trauma with Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy
Sexual trauma has the power to destroy well-being. Sexual violations are among the human experiences most likely to cause long-term psychological distress and mental illness.
Sexual trauma has the power to destroy well-being. Sexual violations are among the human experiences most likely to cause long-term psychological distress and mental illness. Psychotherapy is incredibly intimate and, when combined with psychedelics, can have significant power to help heal past experiences of sexual violation and restore a sense of pleasure and healthy sexuality. One concern among many clinicians is the potential that these tools have in increasing the risk of sexual or romantic transference between clinician and client, and this could leave people vulnerable to new instances of abuse. This episode discusses the power to heal and the potential for harm when interweaving the worlds of sexual trauma and psychedelics. Welcome special guests, Dee Dee Goldpaugh and Laura Mae Northrup.
Intro (0:00 – 1:49)
First Guest: Laura Mae Northrup (1:50 – 11:23)
The Spiritual Component of Sexual Trauma
Shaking Up the Healing Process
Second Guest: Dee Dee Goldpaugh (11:24 – 19:23)
Psychedelics’ Potential for Sexual Trauma Survivors
The Potential to Step Backwards
Laura Mae Northrup 2.0 (19:24 – 24:06)
Bringing Stories to Emotions
Dee Dee Goldpaugh 2.0 (24:07 – 30:09)
Laura Mae Northrup 3.0 (30:10 – 34:17)
Potential Sexual Trauma Treatment Complications
Dee Dee Goldpaugh 3.0 (34:18 – 38:51)
Navigating the Choice to Do Psychedelic Therapy
Laura Mae Northrup 4.0 (38:52 – 41:08)
Building to Becoming an Empowered Sexual Being
End (41:09 – 42:27)
Sustainability, Reciprocity, & Regenerative Strategies for Psychedelic Research
The enthusiasm about psychedelic-assisted therapies has a dark side: without intention and caution, the psychedelic community risks repeating the colonial sins of the past. We are in danger of taking the resources we want and value without concern for, and often to the detriment of, the people and ecosystems who have grown and preserved those resources for a millennium. Today’s far-reaching conversation touches on the people and plants that have long held sacred medicine. It is an invitation for all within the curious community to carefully consider how to support sustainability, reciprocity, and regenerative strategies to honor the medicine keepers.
Intro (0:00 – 1:55)
First Guest: Leia Friedman (1:56 – 5:05)
The Meaning of Ayni
Second Guest: Joseph Mays (5:06 – 9:15)
The Indigenous Reciprocity Initiative
Leia Friedman 2.0 (9:16 – 16:30)
Her Take on Synthesizing Psychedelics
Joseph Mays 2.0 (16:31 – 24:54)
The Stories of the Communities
How Ayahuasca Is Cultivated
A Message to the Capitalists
End (24:55 – 26:11)
This is such a great podcast. Super insightful and the host is amazing.