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We interview students & professionals in the psychedelic space to better understand how they navigated the path from being curious about psychedelics to wanting to dedicate their career to psychedelics.
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Curious to Serious Psychedelic Grad

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We interview students & professionals in the psychedelic space to better understand how they navigated the path from being curious about psychedelics to wanting to dedicate their career to psychedelics.
Join the community at psychedelicgrad.com.

    Kaitlin Roberson - Women in Biotechnology | Innovative Drug Discovery | Phenethylamines for Nociplastic Pain Treatment | Cacti Therapeutics

    Kaitlin Roberson - Women in Biotechnology | Innovative Drug Discovery | Phenethylamines for Nociplastic Pain Treatment | Cacti Therapeutics

    In this episode, we talk with Kaitlin Robertson.

    She is the CEO of Cacti Therapeutics, a biotech company developing FDA-approved psychedelic therapies for chronic pain and sexual dysfunction.

    Kaitlin received her Master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and has professional experience in trauma care and business finance.

    We discuss Kaitlin's passion for helping people experience growth and transformation through the adversity of spiritual, sexual, or attachment traumas.

    Time Stamps:

    (2:10) What is Cacti Therapeutics (drug discovery, treating pain, Blackbox, the traditional preclinical drug candidate process, and *fundraising*)

    (19:00) Kaitlin Seamore Roberson and her network (how she met her co-founders at Harvard, the intellectual capital of your community, and what her current CEO position at Cacti entails)

    (29:00) Being a woman in a position of power within the biotech community and how her networking and communication skills have prepared her for this role. Kaitlin’s advice: take the leap, apply for the job, volunteer at the lab, raise your hand at the conference, and always self-advocate.

    (32:00) (brief technical difficulty) finishing 27:00 timestamp topic and moving onto innovation. How do drug discovery biotechs like Cacti influence the broader psychedelic/biotech space? Can taking 2nd and 3rd generation psychedelic compounds to clinical trials and medicalization destigmatize the landscape for plant-based or 1st generation psychedelics? What possible impacts on equity, accessibility, and education do novel compounds have on the fundamental use and medical value of psychedelic medicine in western medical systems?

    (43:00) What limiting factors or obstacles are not addressed by introducing novel compounds into the psychedelic network? We discuss 1) the time needed for western indoctrination of psychedelic medicine, 2) the shortage of policy and providers for patient care, and 3) support systems for physiological and psychological manifestations of psychiatric ailment.

    (51:00) Kaitlin advises those entering the psychedelic space or any new field: set goals and shoot for the moon. We also discuss her learning experience with podcasts, conversations, and courses (like Psychedelic Today’s VITAL program)

    (53:00) Contact information and closing messages

    Links:

    Cacti’s website: cactitherapeudics.com
    **For access to Cacti’s executive summary, please email Emma at emma@psychedelicgrad.com **

    Kaitlin's email: Kait@cactitx.com

    Kaitlin’s Instagram: @KaitlinRoberson

    Kaitlin’s LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/kaitlinroberson/

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    Music by: https://www.alexkahnmusic.com/


    Presented by Psychedelic Grad.

    • 55 min
    Sa’ed Al-Olimat - Psilocybin-Supported Care | Community Pharmacy Manager | Psychedelic Pharmacists Association | PsiloHealth

    Sa’ed Al-Olimat - Psilocybin-Supported Care | Community Pharmacy Manager | Psychedelic Pharmacists Association | PsiloHealth

    In this episode, I talk with Sa’ed Al-Olimat.


    He is the founder of PsiloHealth, co-founder and Board Director of the Psychedelic Pharmacists Association, and a community pharmacy manager at CVS. 


    In our conversation, we talk about Sa’ed’s many roles in the psychedelic space, including founding Psilohealth, an organization dedicated to education, legislation, and integration of psilocybin-supported care and his role in the Psychedelic Pharmacists Association (PPA), while also being a community pharmacy manager.


    We discuss how Sa’ed’s success in the field blossoms from past psychedelic experiences and the challenges to integrating them, and how it influenced his curiosity in psychedelics and led him to create and join many psychedelic organizations.


    Sa’ed gives us insight into his educational background in pharmacy at Duquesne University.


    Finally, Sa’ed reflects on the future role of specialty pharmacies in psychedelic care and the need for community systems of care. 
     
    Time Stamps:


    (3:35) PsiloHealth - an organization dedicated to education, legislation, and integration of psilocybin-supported care


    (5:04) What makes PsiloHealth unique from other organizations


    (6:08) PsiloHealth’s Psilocybin Peer Supporter Certificate Program


    (17:56) The Psychedelic Pharmacists Association (PPA) – Sa’ed’s role in creating it and a discussion on the role of pharmacists in psychedelic care


    (29:24) Sa’ed’s everyday Clark Kent job – a pharmacy manager


    (35:51) Sa’ed’s origin story – how he became interested in psychedelics through personal experience


    (55:15) Studying pharmacy at Duquesne University and teaching his family about psychedelics using religious and cultural frameworks


    (1:06:55) The role of specialty pharmacies in the future of care and the importance of community care systems


    (1:17:37) Contact information


    (1:18:23) Last piece of advice: “Let’s do this together”


    Links:


    PsiloHealth website: https://www.psilohealth.co


    Psilocybin Peer Supporter Certificate Program: https://www.psilohealth.co/pps
    Discount code: psychedelicgrad


    Psychedelic Pharmacists Association: https://psychedelicpharmacist.org


    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alolimat/


    To learn more about Psychedelic Grad or to join our newsletter, go to https://www.psychedelicgrad.com/


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    Music by: https://www.alexkahnmusic.com/


    Presented by Psychedelic Grad.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Heather Wickman - Executive Coaching | Horse Integration | Untethered

    Heather Wickman - Executive Coaching | Horse Integration | Untethered

    In this episode, I talk with Heather Wickman.


    She is the co-founder of Untethered with her husband, Colby. They offer unique integration services with horses and partner with organizations worldwide to offer plant medicine experiences for individual growth initiatives.


    In our conversation, we talk about Heather’s work in the corporate world as an executive coach who works with CEOs and corporate executives to help them reach their full potential as leaders.


    We discuss how Heather left the corporate world and experienced ayahuasca which reconnected her to her passion for horses and drove her to create Untethered.


    Heather offers unique life lessons and experiences on education and entrepreneurship and also speaks to what it is like working with her husband in the psychedelic space.


    Finally, Heather reflects on the future of expanded integration services for those seeking plant medicine experiences while offering the advice to follow our hearts along our own path. 


    Time Stamps:


    (3:11) What is Untethered?


    (4:53) How horses are an integral part of the integration process


    (9:46) How Untethered works with plant medicine


    (11:42) What a full retreat looks like working with plant medicine and integration


    (14:17) The pre-peak stage


    (16:04) The plant medicine retreats


    (19:35) The integration process – Immunity to Change


    (27:09) Investment for participating in the Untethered program


    (30:03) Breaking out of identity belief systems – Heather’s story from the “corporate climb” to redesigning a life she wanted to live


    (37:07) Heather’s education 


    (44:05) Additional education and Earth School


    (47:34) Advice on education for others


    (53:09) Helpful resources from Heather’s journey to Untethered


    (1:00:32) Working with her husband, Colby


    (1:06:09) The future of the psychedelic space


    (1:10:43) Last piece of advice – “Follow your heart”


    Links:


    Untethered Website: https://beuntethered.co


    Instagram: heatherwickmanphd


    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heatherwickmanphd


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    Music by: https://www.alexkahnmusic.com/


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Steven Millar - Philosophy and Psychology | Qualitative Research | Glasgow University

    Steven Millar - Philosophy and Psychology | Qualitative Research | Glasgow University

    In this episode, we talk with Steven Millar.
     
    He is a recent master’s graduate from Glasgow University and an aspiring psychedelic-assisted therapist.
     
    In our conversation, we talk about Steven’s academic experiences at Glasgow University, studying Philosophy and Spanish during his undergraduate and Psychology for his master’s degree.
     
    We also discuss Steven’s qualitative research (interviews) on integration related to psychedelic experiences and the challenges he faced in his project.
     
    Since graduating, Steven talks about finding a job as a psychosocial therapy support worker for the National Health Service in the UK. 
     
    Finally, Steven offers valuable advice to our listeners interested in getting started in the psychedelic world and reflects on his hope for the future of psychedelics. 
     
    Time Stamps:
     
    (2:43) How Steven’s interest in consciousness led him to study philosophy
     
    (5:00) How philosophy connects to psychedelics
     
    (13:08) Studying Psychology at Glasgow University
     
    (16:02) Steven’s qualitative research at Glasgow University on psychedelic integration while partnering with the Psychedelic Health Professionals Network
     
    (24:48) The value of qualitative research (interviews, observations, narratives, non-numerical data) in relation to quantitative data (surveys, numerical data)
     
    (33:06) Challenges of the master’s program and doing research
     
    (38:17) What’s next: working as a psychosocial therapy support worker with the National Health Service in the UK
     
    (43:27) The importance of networking and the Psychedelic Health Professionals Network in Scotland
     
    (46:17) The process of finding a job after graduation
     
    (49:29) Steven’s ultimate goal in the psychedelic field
     
    (51:03) Advice for others
     
    (56:01) Steven’s hopes for the future of the psychedelic field
     
    (1:02:41) How to contact Steven
     
    Links:
     
    Psychedelic Health Professionals Network: https://psychedelicnetwork.org.uk
     
    You can connect with Steven through email at stevenjbmillar@icloud.com
     
    To learn more about Psychedelic Grad or to join our newsletter, go to https://www.psychedelicgrad.com/
     
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    Music by: https://www.alexkahnmusic.com/
     
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Daniel Tarockoff - Venture Capital Funds | Psychedelic Business | Vine Ventures

    Daniel Tarockoff - Venture Capital Funds | Psychedelic Business | Vine Ventures

    In this episode, we talk with Daniel Tarockoff.
     
    He is a partner at Vine Ventures; an early-stage venture fund focused on psychedelics. 
     
    In our conversation, we examine Daniel’s work at Vine Ventures. We also talk about venture capital funds, Vine Ventures' reciprocity pledge, and their fundraising efforts for MAPS.
     
    We also cover Daniel’s journey from the Berkeley School of Business, his internship, and his eventual full-time position at Vine Ventures. Daniel offers lots of advice for networking, persistence, and finding your direction in the psychedelic space.
     
    Finally, we end the conversation with a discussion on the future of the psychedelic field and Daniel’s perspective on improved mental health treatment using a diversity of psychedelic and non-psychedelic modalities.
     
    Time Stamps:
     
    (3:06) Daniel’s role at Vine Ventures
     
    (4:31) What makes Vine Ventures different from other venture funds?
     
    (8:51) General overview of venture capital
     
    (11:12) Details on Vine Ventures’ reciprocity pledge
     
    (13:20) Fundraising for MAPS
     
    (23:45) Daniel’s journey to Vine Ventures
     
    (29:40) Advice: finding what drives you and networking
     
    (36:06) Persistence as a skill
     
    (39:42) Resources for staying updated on psychedelic-related information and businesses
     
    (42:34) The challenges and importance of finding the right working environment
     
    (49:15) The future of the psychedelic field: improving medicines and treatment protocols, accessibility, developing psychedelic and non-psychedelic related treatments
     
    (1:09:05) How to connect with Daniel
     
    Links:

    Vine Ventures Website: https://vine.vc
     
    You can connect with Daniel through email at dt@vine.vc
     
    To learn more about Psychedelic Grad or to join our newsletter, go to https://www.psychedelicgrad.com/
     
    To donate and support Psychedelic Grad: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/psygrad
     
    Music by: https://www.alexkahnmusic.com/
     
    Presented by Psychedelic Grad.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ryan “Ghenigho” Rich - Iboga Retreats | Bwiti Tradition| Root Healing

    Ryan “Ghenigho” Rich - Iboga Retreats | Bwiti Tradition| Root Healing

    In this episode, we talk with Ryan “Ghenigho” Rich. 
    He is the Founder and Ceremony and Detox Lead at Root Healing Iboga Retreats and Detox.
    In our conversation, we explore Ryan’s work at Root Healing. We talk about how Root Healing is unique by centering their Iboga retreats in Bwiti tradition while also exploring the scientific efficacy of Iboga.
    We also discuss how Ryan’s life experiences motivated him to start Root Healing and how his background in business gave him the skills to get things started. Additionally, Ryan offers assistance and advice in finding connections within the plant medicine community.
    Finally, we end the conversation with a discussion on the future of the psychedelic field and Ryan’s reflection on allowing traditional groups to control the procurement of sacred plant medicines.
    Time Stamps:
    3:02 What is Root Healing?
    3:35 What is Iboga?
    8:22 Differences between psychospiritual and detox retreats
    13:34 How Bwiti tradition, reciprocity, and equitable access make Root Healing unique
    22:04 Key research on Iboga and its alkaloids in addiction treatment
    30:34 Treating intergenerational trauma with Iboga
    36:12 Bridging Western science and traditional science
    37:26 The legality of Iboga retreats
    41:19 A timeline of Root Healing retreats
    54:33 Ryan’s motivation and journey for starting Root Healing
    1:07:38 Ryan’s formal education in business and training in Bwiti tradition
    1:10:13 Finding traditional knowledge
    1:18:42 Overcoming challenges
    1:21:25 Ryan’s advice: Trust yourself
    1:23:24 The future of psychedelics
    Links:
    Root Healing Website
    Effects of Iboga Alkaloids
    Iboga vs. Ibogaine
    Iboga Science Resources
    You can connect with Ryan through email at ghenigho@roothealing.com.
    To learn more about Psychedelic Grad or to join our newsletter, go to https://www.psychedelicgrad.com/
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    Music by: https://www.alexkahnmusic.com/
    Presented by Psychedelic Grad.

    • 1 hr 32 min

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