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Entheogen focuses on psychedelics used in therapeutic, medicinal, sacramental, and recreational contexts.

Entheogen Joe, Brad, Kevin

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Entheogen focuses on psychedelics used in therapeutic, medicinal, sacramental, and recreational contexts.

    049: Leafly.com – Interview with William Hyde, Senior Subject Matter Expert

    049: Leafly.com – Interview with William Hyde, Senior Subject Matter Expert

    How much pot do you have to smoke to become a Senior Subject Matter Expert?
    Controlled dosing and increased access to various methods of consuming cannabis has been a benefit of legalization, which has allowed entirely new populations of people to be introduced or re-introduced to it, including Kevin
    Great resources available at leafly.com - start by checking out the Recent News section
    Check out podcast ‘What Are You Smoking?’ Hosted by Will
    Another benefit of legalization and increased access: the quality of cannabis products are higher than ever
    More accessible formats of cannabis, like edibles, have in a sense pulled us out of the “dark ages of cannabis”, from the xenophobic associations of weed / drugs / drug paraphernalia / etc.
    What new forms / formats of cannabis that have emerged over the past 5-10 are the most exciting?
    Purported potential populace pleasing pro-pot politics
    Will hangs with the Broken Lizard crew and Cheech Marin! Cannabis has been Will’s “number one networking tool”
    Weed can bring people together, or bring people closer together - get high with your folks
    This is an industry ripe with puns, a blessing and a curse; this brand humor doesn’t resonate with everyone
    Cannabis: it’s fun, it can heal you, it’s a social justice issue
    “If Trump gets re-elected, I’m moving to Cannabis.”
    Thank you, Will, for hanging out and chatting with us!

    048: Live at Burning Man 2018

    048: Live at Burning Man 2018

    This is a very special episode recorded live at Burning Man on Thursday, August 30, 2018, in front of a live audience!

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    047: Stealing Fire, Part 3

    047: Stealing Fire, Part 3

    Part Three: The Road to Eleusis
    Chapter 8 - Catch a Fire
    Chapter 9 - Burning Down the House
    Chapter 10 - Hedonic Engineering

    Burning Man: it’s a unique thing, and hopefully Donald Trump doesn’t know it exists
    How important is Burning Man after the event is over?
    For the individual, it’s akin to the idea of an ayahuasca ceremony where people often say, “the real work is after the ceremony.” Integration of the inspiration is the “work”.
    What about for the community or society at large? Burners without Borders, Black Rock Solar, and other indirect influences.
    Mount Hugmore
    Because Burning Man is so inaccessible and inhospitable, attendance requires effort, planning, and intention, which fosters a grateful and positive community.
    Summit Series: ski trip for the ultra successful
    Mindfulness: it’s big business!
    Yoga is bigger than football
    The internet is doomed to be a tool of hegemony
    Consequentialism vs. Intentionalism
    Social media’s ability to divide populations in half in order to increase the marketable population of consumers, even more effective than 24 hour cable news
    The term “conspiracy theory” was invented by the CIA
    Weapons designed to turn us all into masturbating monkeys
    Hedonic Engineering: get high with intention, and on a schedule that works best for you
    “After the ecstasy, the laundry.”
    Wabi Sabi - Japanese concept that values transience and imperfection
    “The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” - William Butler Yeats
    “Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack, a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in.”
    - Leonard Cohen

    046: Stealing Fire, Part 2

    046: Stealing Fire, Part 2

    Demystifying mystical experiences and the democratization of information, language, practices, and substances
    Alexander Shulgin, the “Johnny Appleseed of Psychedelics”
    Etymology of the phrase “hocus pocus” and its unexpectedly religious roots
    Regarding communion, specifically, consuming the body of christ, “That’s not a nice thing to do to Jesus.” - Kevin
    “I used to be a Catholic until I reached the age of reason.” - George Carlin
    Someday soon you will be able to use a 3D printer to print your drugs at home- weighing the possible benefits and risks
    What’s up with Landmark?
    “Capitalism is one amplifier for different movements.” - Joe
    Dangers of capitalism: proliferation of crap music and crap writing
    Are there aspects of psychedelic experiences that are anti-capitalistic?
    Sipping the soup of capitalism
    “When your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” - Abraham Maslow. How does this idea relate to capitalism? How does this idea relate to our neurobiology? “Every issue we encounter we try to solve by thinking.”
    The gut-brain axis - do you know where most of your neurotransmitters are?
    Farting in yoga class
    Sugar addiction is addiction
    How much sugar is in a two-liter bottle of Coca-cola? 216 grams of sugar = 54 dang teaspoons!
    The Flow Dojo- get high on gravity! ...shake your snowglobe!
    Inventory of animals’ psychedelic-seeking behaviors and their respective preferred substances
    Closing montage of goats braying. You’re welcome.

    045: Stealing Fire Part 1

    045: Stealing Fire Part 1

    This is Entheogen. Elevate the Conversation.

    Today is November 5, 2017, and we are discussing Stealing Fire, a book by Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal.

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    INTRODUCTION

    In more contemporary terms, the Eleusinian Mysteries were an elaborate nine-day ritual designed to strip away standard frames of reference, profoundly alter consciousness, and unlock a heightened level of insight. Specifically, the mysteries combined a number of state-changing techniques—fasting, singing, dancing, drumming, costumes, dramatic storytelling, physical exhaustion, and kykeon (the substance Alcibiades stole for his party)—to induce a cathartic experience of death, rebirth, and “divine inspiration.”

    Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann and Harvard-trained classicist Carl Ruck argued that the barley in kykeon might have been tainted with an ergot fungus. This same fungus generates lysergic acid (LSA), a precursor to the LSD that Hofmann famously synthesized in his Sandoz pharmaceutical lab. — Excerpt from Stealing Fire

    PART ONE - THE CASE FOR ECSTASIS

    Chapter 1: What Is This Fire?
    Chapter 2: Why It Matters
    Chapter 3: Why We Missed It

    “The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing.” —David Foster Wallace

    Entheogen’s take on the book: “We like it.”
    Debate on how to pronounce the word ecstasis
    Why does “fire” need to be stolen? Why does access to altered states need to be banned?
    How the Navy SEALs train for dynamic subordination, another kind of altered state
    Partying with Eric Schmidt at Burning Man
    Finding “flow” and why it matters
    Signature characteristics of ecstasis: selflessness, timelessness, effortlessness, richness (STER)
    An examining of the word “pale”
    The “state sanctioned triad” of mind altering substances: caffeine, nicotine, alcohol -- what makes these special? What ends does accepting these particular substances serve?
    The institutions that create / endorse stigma: the church and the state
    Are humans already cyborgs? What is truly “unnatural” anyway? If humans are beings of nature, is anything that humans create also natural?
    How altered states are directly related to evolution of humans as well as certain plants and other animals (like French Bulldogs)
    The current and historical balance of individualism vs. collectivism, and its impact on the proliferation and acceptance of certain types of altered states

    044: Interview with Dr. Rosalind Watts, Clinical Psychologist in the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London

    044: Interview with Dr. Rosalind Watts, Clinical Psychologist in the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London

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    It’s April 2, 2017, and we are talking with Dr. Rosalind Watts, Clinical Psychologist at Imperial College London, working alongside Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris.

    Joe’s story of psilocybin on his first “date” with his now-wife, and psilocybin’s role in their engagement
    The Couples Using Magic Mushrooms as Relationship Therapy
    Kevin’s regular practice of taking psychedelic medicine with his wife
    How Ros came to study psychedelic therapy after initially becoming disillusioned with the limits of talk therapy for the treatment of anxiety and depression; her initial skepticism about psychedelics based on their negative legacy
    The importance of the patient-therapist relationship
    Some guidelines from one of the father figures of psychedelic therapy, Bill Richards: “We prepare people to welcome whatever they may encounter – no picking and choosing. Sometimes you have to go through the dark night to get to the top of the mountain and the sunrise. If the inner dragon or monster appears, look him in the eye – go straight towards him. If you look the monster in the eye and go towards it, ask it what it wants – there’s always resolution, transformation, and new knowledge. When you run from it, you get into panic and paranoia, like a typical nightmare – and then you say, ‘I’ve had a bad trip.’”
    Although psychedelics including psilocybin tend to be considered non-addictive, there are examples of people using them habitually
    Ros mentions some examples of people in the psilocybin study for depression giving up addictions and habitual behavior
    To help fund this important research, visit the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London

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