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# 23 A Psychiatric Pharmacist talks Psychedelics feat. Dr. Kelan Thomas
Dr. Kelan Thomas, PharmD, a psychiatric pharmacist, shares the latest clinical research on psilocybin (the active ingredient in "psychedelic" mushrooms) and other classic hallucinogens. We talk about the chemical profiles of psychedelics, the psychological benefits of these medicines, as well the potential risks and side effects. We also discuss preliminary research on micro-dosing and he shares some of the potential cardiovascular risks that might arise with this practice.
#22 Antidepressant Effects of Ketamine with Dr. Lisa Monteggia
Dr. Lisa Monteggia, a neuroscientist and Professor of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University, shares her groundbreaking research on the antidepressant effects of ketamine. In this episode, we discuss how ketamine affects the brain—she reveals the neural mechanisms it induces in the brain, how it works differently than other antidepressant medicines (like SSRIs), and why dosing is so critical. We discuss Ketamine’s ability to induce plasticity in the brain and how that could revolutionize treatment for refractory depression.
#21 Octopuses, MDMA, and Social Reward Learning with Dr. Gul Dölen
Dr. Gul Dölen, a neuroscientist and Associate Professor at the Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, discusses MDMA’s potential to reopen the critical period for social reward learning in animal research models. She shares how MDMA affects the brain’s capacity to process new social information and how long this enhanced neuroplasticity lingers. She also shares what happens to octopuses (typically anti-social creatures), when they are observed on MDMA, and the importance of pursuing science for curiosity’s sake.
#20 Does Cannabis Use Affect Athletic Performance? with Dr. Jonny Lisano
Dr. Jonny Lisano, an exercise physiologist who specializes in the field of cannabis and exercise science, reveals patterns he has observed in his research between cannabis use and exercise performance. We discuss how cannabis use affects (and doesn’t affect) anaerobic fitness, pulmonary health, and the presence of C-Reactive proteins in your blood. We also discuss whether cannabis should be considered legitimate medicine for NFL players and why using cannabis before exercise might help you feel a “Runner’s High” a little sooner.
#19 The Three Subtypes of High-THC Cannabis with Dr. Nick Jikomes
Nick Jikomes, PhD, neuroscientist and the Director of Science & Innovation at Leafly, shares what he has learned analyzing crowd-sourced data from patients/consumers on cannabis strains and products. Dr. Jikomes reveals that there are only a handful of chemical subtypes among high-THC strains and he shares the three primary chemical profiles you might find at a dispensary. We also discuss the association between certain terpenes and cannabinoids, like Terpinolene & CBG.
#18 Psychedelics to Catalyze Connection with Dr. Julie Holland
Psychiatrist Dr. Julie Holland, MD, reveals how psychedelic medicines, like cannabis, MDMA, and psilocybin can help us feel more connected to ourselves, our community, and the natural world. We discuss what happens to our brains when we take psychedelics, why we are hardwired for connection, and the difference between the recreational and medical models of using these substances.
Emily takes us deep into a different topic with each episode. It’s nice to hear passionate industry experts talk about their work advancing the science and study of plant medicine.
The content is great, but the constant “hmmm, mmmm, ok, uhmmm, yeah, mmmm, uhmmm, right, hmmmm, right, uhmmmm…” makes it really difficult to listen to. Podcast hosts should listen without making noise. It’s not a phone call or face to face when you need to let the person know you are listening and when no one else is listening. It’s a podcast. Shhhh…let the person speak.
This is a very informative podcast that covers a great amount of information and it’s easy to digest. I love that the guests have different perspectives and are all from different fields.
Thanks to this podcast I think alternative medicine is definitely a way to treat multiple illnesses, not only with Cannabis but with other natural methods.