80 episodes

Drugs, drugs, drugs. Almost everyone uses them. Almost everyone has an opinion about them. Drug policy pioneer Ethan Nadelmann gets to the bottom of our strange relationship to drugs by talking with those who love them, hate them, and study them.
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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 113 Ratings

Drugs, drugs, drugs. Almost everyone uses them. Almost everyone has an opinion about them. Drug policy pioneer Ethan Nadelmann gets to the bottom of our strange relationship to drugs by talking with those who love them, hate them, and study them.
We’d love to hear your stories and ideas. Send us a note at psychoactive@protozoa.com or leave a voicemail at 1-833-PSYCHO-0 (1-833-779-2460).

    Chris Kilham - "The Medicine Hunter" - on Kava

    Chris Kilham - "The Medicine Hunter" - on Kava

    Kava is a psychoactive beverage from the South Pacific that has a growing international market. Chris Kilham is “the Medicine Man,” an author, educator and TV personality who has conducted medicinal plant research in over 45 countries. We discussed the scientific evidence behind claims that kava is effective at reducing anxiety , alleviating pain and addiction, helping with sleep and generally improving mood and clarity of thought while presenting few risks to health. Chris also talked about his time in Vanuatu and other South Pacific islands, where he learned about kava’s history, cultivation, culture, and its potential to compete international with coffee, tea, alcohol and other psychoactive beverages.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ellen Scanlon on Women & Cannabis

    Ellen Scanlon on Women & Cannabis

    Ellen Scanlon started a weekly podcast, “How to do the Pot,” in 2019 for women interested in cannabis. She’s used it to give advice about how best to incorporate cannabis into one’s life, whether to relive stress or pain, enhance sex, help with sleep, or just generally lead a healthier, happier and more productive life. We talked about pregnancy, nursing, parenting, menstruation and menopause, as well as autoimmune diseases, migraines and ways in which marijuana can enhance performance. I was curious about differences between men and women, and why she recommends particular strains for women.
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    • 55 min
    Bonus Episode: How to Do the Pot

    Bonus Episode: How to Do the Pot

    This is a bonus episode of PSYCHOACTIVE. The next episode of PSYCHOACTIVE will be my interview with Ellen Scanlon. She’s the host and creator of the podcast, 'How to Do the Pot,” a weekly podcast for women, by women, that tries to demystify cannabis for people looking to learn safe and trustworthy advice about a topic they might know little about. In advance of my interview with her, we're giving you an episode of her podcast called “Weed Words."
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    • 20 min
    Hattie Wells on Ibogaine Treatment

    Hattie Wells on Ibogaine Treatment

    Many people have achieved remarkable success in overcoming a longstanding addiction through ingesting ibogaine. It is a powerful psychedelic drug derived from the iboga shrub, which can be found in the West African country, Gabon, and its neighboring regions. Unlike most other psychedelics, ibogaine can dramatically reduce withdrawal symptoms and craving. Hattie Wells is a psychedelic practitioner, ethnobotanist and drug policy reform advocate who was an ibogaine treatment provider in Britain for several years and is now working on clinical trials involving ibogaine. We discussed similarities and differences between ibogaine and other psychedelics, the details of ibogaine treatment, why aftercare is crucial but typically lacking, ongoing clinical research into the plant, uses of ibogaine for conditions other than addiction, and much else.
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    • 56 min
    Martin Lee on CBD: It's a Molecule, Not a Miracle

    Martin Lee on CBD: It's a Molecule, Not a Miracle

    CBD has exploded in popularity over the past decade. I talked about the power and promise of this cannabinoid with one of the world’s leading experts on the subject: Martin Lee, author of two highly acclaimed books, Acid Dreams and Smoke Signals, and co-founder and director of ProjectCBD.org. We covered topics including what is CBD and how does it work, what is its relationship to THC and what’s the evidence for its medical and health benefits, what role is the FDA playing in regulating hemp and what’s going on outside the United States? 
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    • 59 min
    Chelsea Handler on Drugs

    Chelsea Handler on Drugs

    Chelsea Handler is the famous comedian, author, talk show host, documentary maker and activist whose millions of fans relish her revealing and humorous stories about sex, drugs, relationships and politics. Our conversation focused, of course, on drugs: on how getting in trouble with drugs launched her career in comedy, on why she prefers marijuana to alcohol, on what she has learned from her experiences with psychedelics, on which drugs help with creative writing, and on why she considers herself a “pharmacological intuit.”
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
113 Ratings

113 Ratings

dcauchon ,

Most interesting, informative podcast on drugs

This podcast covers all aspects of psychoactive drugs. Ethan Nadelmann, the host, knows more about the subject than anyone anywhere…yet he takes a light hand, steering the podcast in a thoughtful direction while letting his guests take center stage and share their specialized knowledge. This is the best podcast ever on the the social, chemical, legal, historical issues related to drugs.

hmmm yea farout, wow ,

It’s not a recovery show

Having said this is not a recovery show doesn’t mean it’s not good it’s very insightful and informative other drugs that it covers and the experiences of the guests are teaching and learning experiences that listen to just looking for recovery because you’re not gonna find it but that’s not what is here for enjoy it is worthy of the stars that I gave it

Hasil F ,

Soooo Interesting!

I am on my fifth episode -picking randomly & really enjoying the host/guests & subjects.
Interesting on alot of levels-its like a history/psychology/drugs mix.Whats not to love about that!?

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