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How Psychedelics Will Change Your Brain and Change The World

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How Psychedelics Will Change Your Brain and Change The World

Conversations with entrepreneurs, writers, investors, researchers and more.

    #10 - Peter Reitano - The Middle Ground of Psychedelics

    #10 - Peter Reitano - The Middle Ground of Psychedelics

    Peter Reitano is a serial entrepreneur and consumer marketing expert with over a decade of experience in scaling some of the worlds top brands.

    Peter has built, advised, raised for, and sold multiple ventures, including  High12, one of Canada’s top cannabis CPG companies. Most recently he founded Gwella, a wellness company with a focus on mushrooms and psychedelics.

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    Show Notes

    1:02 - What is Gwella?

    4:18 - Creating a Product Forward Brand in the Psychedelic Space

    11:11 - Building Products for the Middle Ground of Psychedelics

    19:29 - MyMyco - Grow Kits for Mushrooms

    26:51 - Why Companies Go Public Earlier in Canada

    35:40 - Experience Running a Cannabis Brand

    45:42 - Other Brands in the Gwella Pipeline

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    Gwella Mushrooms

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    Peter's Twitter

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    • 48 min
    #9 - Robbie Bent - Solving Loneliness With Ice and Heat

    #9 - Robbie Bent - Solving Loneliness With Ice and Heat

    Robbie Bent is building Inward, a company in the mental health space combining physical spaces (ice baths + saunas) and the largest library of breathwork content in the world.  Inward is building a cutting edge community for improving mental health in a fun and accessible way.

    Prior to Inward, Robbie spent 4 years leading ecosystem growth at the Ethereum Foundation, a $180 billion cryptocurrency.  He also runs a Clubhouse Show on Psychedelic Medicines, has done 4 Vipassana retreats and is an avid kitesurfer. You can learn more about him here and follow him on twitter @robbiebent1



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    Show Notes

    1:41 - Failure, Cocaine and Silent Meditation

    12:35 - Ayahuasca and Letting Go of Addiction

    24:13 - DIY Ice Baths and Building Community

    36:45 - What Makes Breathwork So Powerful

    49:38 - What's Next for Inward

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    Inward Breathwork

    Inward Instagram

    Robbie's Twitter

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    • 52 min
    #8 - Emma Chasen - All Star Players in the Plant World

    #8 - Emma Chasen - All Star Players in the Plant World

    Emma Chasen is a Plant Medicine Educator & Industry Consultant at Eminent Consulting Firm

    She has a mission to educate people on the science behind plant medicine, so that they may take charge of their own healing. After graduating from Brown University in 2014 with a degree in Medicinal Plant Research, Emma went on to coordinate Clinical Oncology trials with the Brown University Oncology Research Group. When her supervisor refused a cannabis trial in favor of another expensive pharmaceutical drug, Emma quit and headed across the country to Portland, OR.

    She found her way to Farma, the popular Portland dispensary that takes a more scientific approach to cannabis; rejecting the Indica/Sativa binary and instead focusing on chemotypes to determine effect. She began her career at Farma as a budtender and was quickly promoted to General Manager and eventually to Director of Education. In this role she was able to focus on educational efforts and create a robust training curriculum that focused on cannabis science, product knowledge and empathetic patient care.

    Emma now co-owns and operates Eminent Consulting, a cannabis consulting business that offers educational training and craft industry development for cannabis industry professionals and businesses. She helps brands develop educational marketing collateral and ongoing educational programs to further elevate their brand presence in a competitive industry. She also helps struggling and newly emerging cannabis businesses with business organization, and sets them up for success in both the competitive medical and adult use markets.

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    Show Notes

    2:03 - Getting a Degree in Medicinal Plant Research

    8:05 - Budtending 101

    10:10 - The Indica / Sativa Myth

    15:57 - How Cannabis and Psychedelics Interact with Serotonin and Dopamine Receptors

    18:01 - How Indigenous People Use Psychedelics

    20:12 - Emma's experience with Plant Ceremonies

    23:24 - Balancing Capitalism with Respect for Indigenous Culture

    29:46 - Governing bodies in Cannabis and Psychedelics

    32:51 - How Regulations May Change in the Next 10 Years

    37:44 - What Emma Would Do With an Unlimited Research Budget

    40:17 - Emma's Go-To Plant Medicines

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    Eminent Consulting

    Emma's Instagram

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    • 44 min
    #7 - Andrew DeAngelo - Storytelling Is The Glue That Holds Activism Together

    #7 - Andrew DeAngelo - Storytelling Is The Glue That Holds Activism Together

    Andrew DeAngelo is a visionary leader with a proven track record of enacting systemic social change and developing best practices in cannabis. Andrew lends his vast cannabis business and political expertise as a consultant for hire to the global cannabis community at large, including several strategic partnerships with the world's leading cannabis-centric service firms.

    Over two decades as an activist, Andrew worked on a variety of voter initiatives which legalized medical and adult-use cannabis in San Francisco, Washington D.C, and the State of California. As a co-founder and advisor to Harborside, Andrew has pioneered legal cannabis business processes and provided groundbreaking political engagement and thought leadership to the cannabis community — leading the design and development of gold-standard cannabis retail by innovating many “firsts” for the industry. This includes: introducing CBD medicines to heal severely epileptic children, implementing the first lab-testing program in the history of cannabis dispensing, creating child-resistant packaging for edibles, standardizing inventory tracking, initiating senior outreach, and successfully preventing the federal government from seizing Harborside in forfeiture actions against the company in 2012.

    Andrew began his political career as an activist while studying for his MFA in acting at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. He has starred in several films and runs an entertainment production company, DeAngelo Brothers Productions (DAB), with his brother Steve. Andrew is co-founder and Treasurer of the Board for the non-profit Last Prisoner Project (LPP) and a founding Board of Directors member of the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) where he served from 2013 to 2020. https://www.andrewdeangelo.com

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    SHOW NOTES

    1:44 - Feeling validated about changes in cannabis policy throughout the years

    8:15 - Making compromises in passing new cannabis laws

    9:50 - Why it's important to have "local control"

    13:14 - The mechanics of activism

    16:45 - Harborside, the dispensary Andrew started with his brother

    20:00 - The Last Prisoner Project

    26:44 - The plan to eventually release all cannabis offenders from prison

    33:41 - Becoming an activist in order to be an operator

    34:58 - Andrew talks about getting busted

    42:03 - What Andrew is excited about with cannabis innovation

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    Andrew's Website

    Last Prisoner Project

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    • 50 min
    #6 - Kori Harrison - There's Nothing More Alive Than Feeling

    #6 - Kori Harrison - There's Nothing More Alive Than Feeling

    Kori Harrison is Head of Product at Field Trip

    Kori is a lifelong learner, technologist, and writer. From corporate consulting in DC to building and investing in technology startups in Silicon Valley, mental health and journeys inward weren’t a priority for many years. A disciplined soul with an incessant craving for progress, she found consciousness-expanding practices at a time when softening and reframing narratives were especially needed. The improved well-being and self-discoveries she experienced with this work inspired a mission to help others find the same. This brought her to Field Trip, where Kori is now Head of Product leading Field Trip’s digital strategy to scaling psychedelic therapies globally. To learn more about her personal journey, visit www.koriharrison.com.

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    SHOW NOTES

    1:47 - On going from Type-A to calm and peaceful

    9:39 - Kori's first ketamine experience with Field Trip

    19:10 - Letting go and 5-MEO-DMT

    24:40 - Working through things in a psychedelic experience and getting release

    29:24 - On finding the right psychedelic medicine for you

    32:27 - Why psilocybin is Kori's medicine

    YouTube Clips and more info on this episode can be found at www.mindthings.co/kori-harrison

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    Kori's Website

    Field Trip

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    • 43 min
    #5 - Manesh Girn - The Psychedelic Scientist

    #5 - Manesh Girn - The Psychedelic Scientist

    Manesh is currently a PhD student 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. He is currently 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. 



    In his free time, he also runs a YouTube channel - called The Psychedelic Scientist - where he discusses the latest findings in psychedelic science in an easy to understand, but non-superficial, form.

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    SHOW NOTES

    2:01 - The Path to Becoming The Psychedelic Scientist

    5:11 - Personal Experiences with Psychedelics

    9:22 - The Case for Not Tailoring Psychedelics

    13:03 - Can Psychedelics Enhance our Ability to Learn?

    16:23 - How to Determine if Microdosing is Working

    19:36 - How the Default Mode Network Influences Our Day-to-Day Lives

    23:04 - What Inspired Him to Start The Psychedelic Scientist

    26:29 - Why Psychedelics Won't Make You a Better Person

    27:59 - Why Free Will Doesn't Exist

    31:26 - Can NeuraLink Mimic a Psychedelic Experience

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    The Psychedelic Scientist YouTube Channel

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