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DoubleBlind Magic Hour follows host Shelby Hartman (co-founder of the DoubleBlind print magazine and media company) as she, her guests, and a cohort of correspondents cover timely, untold stories about the expansion of psychedelics around the globe — from insider baseball drama within the movement to the latest news on research, politics and beyond. We talk with the most brilliant minds and journalists we know from the psychedelic frontier about shrooms, acid, DMT, you name it, and about what hot goss they’re hearing in the field. And don’t worry, we get into whether you should trip too.

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DoubleBlind Magic Hour follows host Shelby Hartman (co-founder of the DoubleBlind print magazine and media company) as she, her guests, and a cohort of correspondents cover timely, untold stories about the expansion of psychedelics around the globe — from insider baseball drama within the movement to the latest news on research, politics and beyond. We talk with the most brilliant minds and journalists we know from the psychedelic frontier about shrooms, acid, DMT, you name it, and about what hot goss they’re hearing in the field. And don’t worry, we get into whether you should trip too.

    Deep Dive with Bia Labate: Ayahuasca, Psychedelic Responsibility, and Environmental Impact

    Deep Dive with Bia Labate: Ayahuasca, Psychedelic Responsibility, and Environmental Impact

    Shelby Hartman engages in a deep dive with Bia Labate, exploring the rich and complex world of psychedelics through the lens of culture, tradition, and societal impact. They discuss the cultural and ethical nuances of psychedelic use, highlighting the tension between traditional Indigenous practices and the intersection of psychedelics and sacred reciprocity, exploring how modern uses can honor traditional wisdom. Labate, with her extensive background in anthropology, shares insights from her personal experiences and research, focusing on the importance of respecting Indigenous knowledge and practices. The conversation spans various topics including the roles of ayahuasca in traditional and contemporary settings, the challenges of globalization of Indigenous medicines, and the ethical considerations of psychedelic therapy and commercialization. This episode not only illuminates the depth of psychedelic culture and its intersection with societal structures, but also underscores the ongoing conversation about ethical integration and cultural respect in the expanding psychedelic space.
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    Dr. Beatriz Caiuby Labate (Bia Labate) is a Brazilian anthropologist and a leading voice in the field of psychoactive substances and drug policy. Based in San Francisco, she holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. As the Executive Director of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines, she focuses on the protection of sacred plants and cultural traditions, while also serving as a Public Education and Culture Specialist at MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies). Her work emphasizes the importance of reciprocity in the psychedelic community and supports various social justice initiatives.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Deep Dive with Alnoor Ladha: Systemic Change, Traditional Wisdom, and Capitalist Modernity

    Deep Dive with Alnoor Ladha: Systemic Change, Traditional Wisdom, and Capitalist Modernity

    Shelby Hartman and Alnoor Ladha dive into the integration of psychedelics within broader societal contexts, particularly focusing on systemic inequalities and the influence of capitalist modernity. Alnoor, an activist and community organizer, articulates his perspective on how psychedelics and various indigenous practices can challenge and potentially disrupt the toxic cultural norms perpetuated by late-stage capitalism. The discussion addresses the commodification of psychedelics, highlighting the risks of them being co-opted by capitalist interests to maintain status quo rather than fostering genuine cultural change. The conversation critically examines the ethics of psychedelic patents and the cultural integrity risks posed by the commercialization of these substances. Alnoor emphasizes the importance of context in psychedelic experiences, suggesting that without a deep understanding of their cultural and economic implications, their potential to effect change is limited. The dialogue also covers the necessity of integrating traditional wisdom with the advancements in psychedelic therapy to ensure that these practices are respectful and inclusive of indigenous knowledge and rights.
    What We Covered (Shortened)
    Shelby Hartman talks with activist Alnoor Ladha about the complex interplay between psychedelics and capitalist modernity, examining how these substances can either challenge or reinforce systemic inequalities. They discuss the potential of psychedelics to bring about profound societal changes, provided they are used within an informed and ethically conscious framework.
    Guest Speaker Bio
    Alnoor Ladha is a strategist and activist who operates at the intersection of political organizing and spirituality. With a background in systems thinking and narrative change, he co-founded The Rules, a global network aimed at tackling global inequities and ecological crises. His work delves deeply into the psycho-spiritual dimensions of societal collapses and post-capitalist realities, often contributing to debates on climate change and economic transitions. Alnoor, who comes from a Sufi lineage, is also noted for his insights into the transformative potentials of social movements. He has been a vocal participant in discussions at forums like the Post Carbon Institute, and his articles have appeared in outlets such as Al Jazeera and The Guardian​
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Hot Goss with Dennis Walker: Psychedelic Conferences, MAPS, and Dangers of Corporate Psychedelics

    Hot Goss with Dennis Walker: Psychedelic Conferences, MAPS, and Dangers of Corporate Psychedelics

    This conversation between Shelby Hartman and Dennis Walker focuses on the arrival of the psychedelic trade show (think ketamine clinics and shroom gummies in a convention center), comedy as a tool for political commentary, and the corporatization of psychedelics. As a seasoned satirist and journalist, Walker discusses the "roots versus suits" dilemma in the psychedelic space, a topic he often highlights through his work at major events like the Wonderland Conference. We cover the tension between grassroots movements and the burgeoning pharmaceutical influence in psychedelics, exemplified by organizations like MAPS and figures such as Rick Doblin. We discuss how newcomers to the psychedelic world, even when well-intentioned, sometimes don’t understand the complicated dynamics within the ecosystem before leading ceremony or taking to stages as experts.. The episode finally discusses the importance of maintaining a balance between honoring traditional wisdom and embracing the potential benefits that structured psychedelic therapy can offer when integrated into Western healthcare systems.
    What We Cover (Expanded)


    Satire's role in psychedelic discourse: Dennis Walker uses satire to critique and make sense of the complex narratives and controversies within the psychedelic community, especially highlighted during his presentations at the Wonderland Conference.


    "Roots vs. Suits" debate: The episode explores the ongoing conflict between grassroots movements and the increasing influx of traditional capital into the psychedelic space.


    Commercialization of psychedelics: They critically assess how businesses are influencing the direction of psychedelic research and therapy, focusing on the commercial aspects that were apparent in discussions at events like MAPS conferences.


    Integration into Western healthcare: How psychedelics are being integrated into modern medical systems and the potential benefits and pitfalls of such integration are examined.


    Psychedelic therapy's future: Insights into the future of psychedelic therapy under the influence of both non-profit organizations and for-profit ventures.


    Mainstreaming psychedelic culture: The impact of mainstream acceptance of psychedelics and how it alters traditional and contemporary use is debated.


    Social change through psychedelics: They discuss how psychedelics could serve as catalysts for social and personal transformation beyond their medicinal and therapeutic uses.


    Preservation of psychedelic traditions: The importance of preserving traditional and indigenous practices in the face of global psychedelic commercialization is emphasized.


    Dennis Walker is a satirist and multimedia producer who is best known as the founder of Mycopreneur. He has hosted over 150 mushroom entrepreneurs from 25 countries on 6 continents for the Mycopreneur podcast. He is the co-founder of the functional mushroom chocolate brand Mycoday, and has written for platforms such as High Times and Lucid News among numerous others. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Forbes, and many other outlets.

    Dennis Walker’s Articles from the episode:
    Spiraling Down Wonderland’s Psychedelic Corporate Rabbit Hole - Lucid News
    Lykos Therapeutics Highlights the Not-For-Profit to For-Profit Pipeline in Psychedelics | DoubleBlind Mag

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Hot Goss with Mary Carreon: Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories, Matthew Perry, and Media Sensationalism

    Hot Goss with Mary Carreon: Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories, Matthew Perry, and Media Sensationalism

    The podcast features an in-depth conversation between Shelby Hartman, co-founder of DoubleBlind Magazine, and journalist Mary Carreon, exploring the complex landscape of psychedelic substances. They discuss various topics, including the misuse of drugs in clinical settings, the importance of proper drug education, and the controversial ties between psychedelics and right-wing extremism. The episode also delves into the impact of media sensationalism on public perception of drug-related incidents, like the death of Matthew Perry, emphasizing the necessity for nuanced reporting and the dangers of misinformation. Furthermore, they touch on the role of psychedelics in personal and societal healing, their potential to exacerbate conspiracy theories, and the broader implications of their use in different political and social contexts.
    What We Talk About (Bullet Points)

    Drug Misuse in Clinical Settings: Examining how psychedelics are sometimes misused in clinical environments.

    Education on Drugs: The importance of accurate drug education to prevent misuse and ensure safety.

    Media Sensationalism: The impact of sensationalized media on public perception of drug-related news.

    Matthew Perry's Death: Discussion on how media coverage can distort the reality of incidents involving well-known personalities.

    Psychedelics and Right-Wing Extremism: A look into how psychedelics can be intertwined with extreme political ideologies.

    Conspiracy Theories: How psychedelic use can sometimes lead users to embrace conspiracy theories.

    Harm Reduction: Strategies and importance of harm reduction in drug use.

    Role of Psychedelics in Healing: Exploring the therapeutic potential of psychedelics in personal and societal contexts.

    Influence of Set and Setting: How the environment and mindset affect the psychedelic experience.

    Educational and Policy Challenges: The challenges in educating the public and policymakers about psychedelics.

    Bio
    https://www.marycarreon.com/
    Mary Carreón is an independent journalist, editor, and co-founder of the Hyphae Leaks podcast. Her work has appeared in Billboard, KCRW/NPR, Insider, DoubleBlind Magazine, The LAnd Magazine, High Times Magazine, OC Weekly, (the OG) LA Weekly, and many other publications.
    Mary's written stories on pesticides; nuclear waste; local water politics; cannabis and psychedelics drug policy; the sustainability of cannabis cultivation; hemp "meat" and other alternative meats; the sustainability and conservation of Palo Santo; labor issues in the crystal trade; the collapse of California's cannabis industry; buying drugs on the internet; the emergence of new music genres for the use of psychedelic therapy; the mad honey trade; how the DEA believes it has the power to determine the legitimacy and sincerity of entheogenic religions; and much more. 
    Mary's work aims to humanize drug culture and delve into the real-world effects of policies and trends affecting accessibility and the environment. As a third-generation Mexican and Guatemalan, she's also dedicated to amplifying Latine and BIPOC voices, issues, and perspectives.
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Hot Goss with Mattha Busby: Drug Policy, Indigenous Rights, and Psychedelic Churches

    Hot Goss with Mattha Busby: Drug Policy, Indigenous Rights, and Psychedelic Churches

    Shelby Hartman sits down with journalist Mattha Busby, to discuss the evolution of psychedelic culture, the legalization and therapeutic use of substances like shrooms and DMT, and the broader implications for society and individual healing. Busby, a seasoned journalist, shares insights from his reporting on psychedelic movements, the ethical considerations surrounding the commercialization of these substances, and their biocultural significance. The conversation also touches on the challenges and potential dangers of psychedelic tourism and the corporatization of these compounds, highlighting the need for informed and ethical practices within the burgeoning industry.
    What We Cover (Expanded)


    Popularization of Psychedelics: The widespread growth in the use of substances like shrooms, DMT, and LSD.


    Psychedelic Movement and Culture: Insights into the internal dynamics and cultural shifts within the psychedelic community are explored.


    Legalization of Psychedelics: The conversation addresses the legal changes surrounding psychedelics, emphasizing their therapeutic applications.


    Commercialization and Ethics: The ethical concerns of turning psychedelic substances into commercial products.


    Psychedelic Tourism: The dangers and impacts of psychedelic tourism on indigenous cultures and communities.


    Journalistic Perspectives: Mattha shares his experiences and challenges in reporting on psychedelic topics.


    Veterans and Psychedelic Therapy: The use of psychedelics among veterans for dealing with psychological distress is highlighted.


    Church of Psilomethoxin: A story about a group claiming religious protection to use psychedelics in the U.S.


    Public Health and Psychedelics: The broader public health implications of psychedelic use and legalization are considered.


    Psychedelic Exceptionalism: The idea that not all drug users or drugs should be seen in black and white terms, promoting a nuanced view of drug policy.


    What We Cover (Shortened):

    Discussion on the increasing popularity and usage of substances like shrooms, DMT, and LSD.

    Insights into the changes and dynamics within the psychedelic community and culture.

    The evolving legal landscape surrounding psychedelics and their use in therapeutic contexts.

    Ethical concerns raised by the commercialization of psychedelic substances.

    The impact of psychedelic tourism on indigenous communities and cultural practices.

    The role of psychedelics in helping veterans manage psychological distress.

    A nuanced approach to drug policy that challenges the simplistic classification of drugs and drug users.


    Mattha Busby is a freelance journalist known for his work with The Guardian, Yahoo News UK, The Irish Times, and VICE Media. His reporting focuses on health, drugs, society, and drug policy reform. Busby explores the implications of drug use and legalization on society and has written extensively on the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. His articles provide critical insights into political and social issues, making him a respected voice in the field.
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    • 1 hr 39 min
    Hot Goss with Shayla Love: Shroom Patents and the Psychedelic Hype Bubble

    Hot Goss with Shayla Love: Shroom Patents and the Psychedelic Hype Bubble

    Did someone say shroom nasal spray? And what about an ayahuasca patch that doesn't make you vomit? There's all kinds of weird patents being filed in the emerging field of psychedelic science—and we get into it with journalist Shayla Love. 
    In this episode, Shayla Love joins us to talk about the complexities and nuances of psychedelic journalism. Shayla shares her journey from general health reporting to specializing in the psychedelic space, driven by personal experiences and a deep interest in mental health. 
    We explore the therapeutic potentials and challenges of psychedelics, emphasize responsible journalism, and get to messy topics like the ethics of psychedelic patents and the commercialization of psychedelic therapies. 
    We also get into broader societal implications, particularly in the context of recent decriminalization efforts in states like Oregon and Colorado, highlighting the need for accessible and ethical approaches in the expanding field of psychedelic medicine.
    What We Cover (Expanded)


    Shayla Love's Background in Health Journalism: We explore her transition from local news to a focus on neuroscience, psychology, and mental health influenced by personal experiences.


    The State of Psychedelic Journalism: We discuss the decline of psychedelic-focused media with the closure of prominent platforms like Vice, and the unique position of DoubleBlind.


    Ethical Concerns in Psychedelic Patents: We analyze how patents could restrict therapeutic innovations and the ethical implications within the burgeoning psychedelic industry.


    Psychedelic Research and Mainstream Acceptance: The growth of psychedelic journalism as scientific research on these substances gains more mainstream media attention.


    Personal Experiences with Psychedelics: Shayla's personal neutrality towards psychedelics, which she believes helps her maintain an unbiased perspective in her journalism.


    The Challenge of Accessibility in Psychedelic Therapy: Concerns about the commercialization of psychedelic therapies and how it could limit access to those who might benefit from them.


    Psychedelics and Mental Health: A deep dive into the potential and limitations of psychedelics as a treatment for mental health issues, including depression and PTSD.


    Legal and Societal Implications of Decriminalization: The outcomes of psychedelic decriminalization in Oregon and Colorado, focusing on public health issues and drug policy.


    Public Perception and Media Responsibility: The role of the media in shaping public perception of psychedelics and the responsibility to provide nuanced, accurate reporting.


    Future of Psychedelic Therapy and Regulation: Discussion on the future implications of FDA approvals, the role of psychotherapy in treatment, and the ongoing evolution of regulations in the psychedelic space.


    Shayla Love is a freelance science journalist based in Brooklyn, and a staff reporter for The Guardian and Psyche. She started writing about psychedelics as a senior staff writer at VICE News, and has extensively covered psychedelic research, culture, ethics, and business. Her work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, WIRED, Scientific American, The Washington Post, STAT, The Atlantic, Undark, Harper’s, and more. She has a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in science, environment, and medicine journalism, and has received a number of awards and fellowships, including The Ferriss – UC Berkeley Psychedelic Journalism Fellowship.

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    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Hazeedazee2244 ,

A refreshing take on psychedelics

The DoubleBlind Magic Hour is seriously a breath of fresh air when it comes to podcasts discussing psychedelics! I love that the host and the guests don’t shy away from addressing the broader societal implications of psychedelics, including issues of accessibility, legality, and ethical use. I’ve become not only more informed but also inspired to think critically about the role of psychedelics in modern society. Excited to continue listening in!

Luvgrtshoes ,

I learned a lot!

I’m new to psychedelics and have read articles about big pharma in the space; but didn’t know anything about how existing patents can be infringing on the ability of new startups to make psychedelics available to consumers. Don’t yawn…the episode is packed full of other topics too that were both informative and interesting. Love that someone is covering all aspects of psychedelics in a way that is both easy to understand and timely.

Amanda Syzlak ,

Good show/Bad music

The show is super informative and interesting (love everything else DB does) but the theme music is anxiety inducing and pretty annoying. Maybe it’s supposed to simulate a bad trip? It’s really distracting and repeats throughout the episode so it’s difficult to know when to fast forward. I hope they can replace it so I can listen again. For now, it’s a pass.

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