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The Trip Report is a podcast and newsletter about the business, science, and policy developments of the evolving psychedelic field. While the main organizing theme is psychedelics, it is really about the many different domains that are converging to bring about this field and the assembly of what many believe to be a “New Paradigm” in science, medicine, and our understanding of the human experience. Our goal is to foster an educated and informed psychedelic ecosystem, and to do that, we will feature in-depth conversations with scientists, entrepreneurs, investors and stakeholders at the forefront of the psychedelic renaissance.


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The Trip Report Beckley Waves

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The Trip Report is a podcast and newsletter about the business, science, and policy developments of the evolving psychedelic field. While the main organizing theme is psychedelics, it is really about the many different domains that are converging to bring about this field and the assembly of what many believe to be a “New Paradigm” in science, medicine, and our understanding of the human experience. Our goal is to foster an educated and informed psychedelic ecosystem, and to do that, we will feature in-depth conversations with scientists, entrepreneurs, investors and stakeholders at the forefront of the psychedelic renaissance.


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    #27 Joanna Kempner: Psychedelic Outlaws

    #27 Joanna Kempner: Psychedelic Outlaws

    Welcome back to The Trip Report Podcast, a production of Beckley Waves, a Psychedelic Venture Studio.
    Today, I am speaking with Joanna Kempner, PhD, a medical sociologist with deep expertise in the healthcare system’s approach—and shortcomings—to treating chronic illness. 
    Joanna is well known for her research on the social dynamics of medicine and has written extensively on the topic of migraines and chronic pain.
    She also just published a fantastic book, Psychedelic Outlaws - The Movement Revolutionizing Modern Medicine, which tells the story of Clusterbusters, a patient support group of people suffering from cluster headaches, one of the most punishing and debilitating neurological disorders there is.
    Clusterbusters pioneered the use of low-dose psychedelics as an effective treatment for  Cluster Headache.
    Psychedelic Outlaws chronicles the group’s fight for access to lifesaving medication and their innovative approach to real-world research.
    Joanna shares her journey into the field of medical sociology, inspired by her personal experiences and observations of gaps in the healthcare system. 
    She discusses the challenges faced by patients with chronic illnesses, particularly those with chronic pain, and how these individuals often become experts in understanding what medicine doesn't know.
    In this episode, we discuss:
    * Joanna's background and her journey into medical sociology
    * The challenges faced by patients with chronic pain and the concept of "ignorance" in medicine
    * The story of Clusterbusters and their discovery of psychedelics as a treatment for cluster headaches
    * The political and scientific hurdles in studying and legitimizing treatments for chronic pain
    * The potential of psychedelics to push the boundaries of biomedical research and pain management
    * And much more.
    And now, I bring you my conversation with Joanna Kempner.
    Listen to the episode on Substack, Spotify, Google or Apple.
    Credits:
    * Hosted by Zach Haigney 
    * Produced by Zach Haigney, Erin Greenhouse, and Katelin Jabbari
    * Find us at thetripreport.com
    * Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube
    * Theme music by MANCHO Sounds, Mixed and Mastered by Rollin Weary


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.thetripreport.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #26 Brandon Kapelow: ‘An Act of Service’- A Journey Through PTSD and Ketamine Therapy

    #26 Brandon Kapelow: ‘An Act of Service’- A Journey Through PTSD and Ketamine Therapy

    Welcome back to The Trip Report Podcast, a production of Beckley Waves, a Psychedelic Venture Studio.
    Today, in honor of PTSD Awareness Month, we are speaking with filmmaker Brandon Kapelow, the writer and director of the short film titled An Act of Service which was published under the New York Times Op-Docs banner in the Spring of 2024.
    This powerful documentary explores the journey of a fire captain from Idaho as he navigates life with PTSD and treatment through ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.
    I reached out to Brandon because I was taken by the film’s beauty and impact.
    In a field where hyperbole reigns, An Act of Service conveys the challenge of mental illness and the potential of recovery in a soft-spoken but powerful way.
    Brandon's dedication to mental health advocacy is deeply personal. 
    His path began with the loss of his father to suicide when he was just 12 years old. This set him on a course of mental health advocacy and, eventually, filmmaking. 
    His work has appeared in prominent outlets such as Time Magazine where he highlighted the issue of suicide in the Western United States.
    In this conversation, we discuss:
    * The inspiration and development of Brandon's film An Act of Service
    * The unique mental health challenges faced by first responders and the role of psychedelic therapy in their healing
    * The intricacies of capturing real-life therapy on film while maintaining the integrity and privacy of the therapeutic process
    * The broader implications of psychedelic therapy for mental health, especially in conservative and rural areas
    * Brandon's personal journey with ketamine therapy and how it has informed his work and advocacy
    Brandon's film not only sheds light on the transformative potential of psychedelic therapy but also provides a sober, nuanced portrayal of its impact on real lives. 
    His thoughtful approach to storytelling offers a hopeful and optimistic view of the future of mental health treatment.
    And now, I bring you my conversation with Brandon Kapelow.
    Listen to the episode on Substack, Spotify, Google or Apple.
    Credits:
    * Hosted by Zach Haigney 
    * Produced by Zach Haigney, Erin Greenhouse, and Katelin Jabbari
    * Find us at thetripreport.com
    * Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube
    Theme music by MANCHO Sounds, Mixed and Mastered by Rollin Weary


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.thetripreport.com

    • 54 min
    #25 Christof Koch: Exploring Consciousness and Perception

    #25 Christof Koch: Exploring Consciousness and Perception

    Welcome back to The Trip Report Podcast, a production of Beckley Waves, a Psychedelic Venture Studio
    Today, we have the honor of speaking with distinguished neuroscientist and researcher of consciousness, Christof Koch, Ph.D.
    Christof is the Chief Scientist of the Tiny Blue Dot Foundation and Chief Scientist and President of the Allen Institute for Brain Science. 
    He has been a prominent figure in the study of consciousness for over 40 years. His work includes collaborations with Nobel laureate Francis Crick and pioneering research in understanding the neural correlates of consciousness.
    Christof recently published a memoir of sorts titled Then I am Myself the World, where he discusses his profound experiences with psychedelics, including a near-death experience induced by 5-MeO-DMT. These experiences have significantly influenced his perspective on consciousness and the nature of reality.
    In our conversation, we explore:
    * Christof's journey from a devout Catholic upbringing to becoming a leading neuroscientist in the study of consciousness
    * His transformative experiences with psychedelics
    * The implications of these experiences on his understanding of consciousness and reality
    * The research and initiatives of the Tiny Blue Dot Foundation
    * The role of psychedelics, breathwork, and other techniques in expanding our perception and understanding of consciousness
    * The importance of integrating compassion, curiosity, and mindfulness in both personal and professional contexts
    Christof’s insights offer a unique blend of scientific rigor and personal exploration, providing a fascinating perspective on the intersection of neuroscience and psychedelics.
    And now, I bring you my conversation with Christof Koch.
    Listen to the episode on Substack, Spotify, Google or Apple.
    Credits:
    * Hosted by Zach Haigney 
    * Produced by Zach Haigney, Erin Greenhouse, and Katelin Jabbari
    * Find us at thetripreport.com
    * Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube
    Theme music by MANCHO Sounds, Mixed and Mastered by Rollin Weary


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.thetripreport.com

    • 1 hr 13 min
    #24 Manesh Girn Ph.D. - Exploring the Psychedelic Brain and Human Potential

    #24 Manesh Girn Ph.D. - Exploring the Psychedelic Brain and Human Potential

    Welcome back to The Trip Report Podcast, a production of Beckley Waves, a Psychedelic Venture Studio.
    Today, I am speaking with Manesh Girn, Ph.D, a prominent researcher and science communicator in the field of psychedelics and neuroscience. 
    Manesh is a postdoctoral researcher at UCSF in Robin Carhart-Harris's lab. His fascinating background bridges psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience.
    Manesh's journey into the world of psychedelics began in his late teens through an interest in meditation and spirituality. 
    A profound experience with psilocybin during his undergraduate years ignited his passion for exploring the therapeutic and cognitive potentials of psychedelics. 
    His work has taken him from the University of British Columbia to McGill University, where he completed his PhD focusing on the default mode network and its role in human cognition and behavior.
    In this conversation, we discuss:
    * Manesh's introduction to psychedelics and how his early experiences shaped his academic and research career.
    * The intersection of meditation, psychedelics, and the default mode network
    * His extensive research on the default mode network and how psychedelics affect it.
    * The concept of neurophenomenology and its significance in linking subjective experiences with brain dynamics.
    * The ambitious projects at UCSF, including the most comprehensive psychedelic brain imaging study to date.
    * His involvement in a large-scale international psychedelic brain imaging data-sharing consortium.
    * The future of psychedelics in enhancing human potential and creativity, particularly through the work of the Center for MINDS.
    Manesh is passionate about leveraging psychedelics to help people not just recover from mental health issues but also to thrive and reach their fullest potential.
    And now, I bring you my conversation with Manesh Girn.
    Listen to the episode on Substack, Spotify, Google or Apple.
    Credits:
    * Hosted by Zach Haigney 
    * Produced by Zach Haigney, Erin Greenhouse, and Katelin Jabbari
    * Find us at thetripreport.com
    * Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube
    Theme music by MANCHO Sounds, Mixed and Mastered by Rollin Weary


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.thetripreport.com

    • 50 min
    #23 Dennis Walker: The Court Jester of Psychedelics

    #23 Dennis Walker: The Court Jester of Psychedelics

    Welcome back to The Trip Report Podcast, a production of Beckley Waves, a Psychedelic Venture Studio.
    Today, I am speaking with Dennis Walker, AKA the Mycopreneur.
    I don’t know about you, but I am always flummoxed by the seriousness of the discourse among stakeholders in the ‘psychedelic renaissance.’
    My guess is that this earnestness is the result of a few things:
    * a reverence and respect for the medicine
    * an attempt to extend objective scientific rigor to human communication and 
    * the don’t-rock-the-boat-formality of the biopharmaceutical industry to avoid regulator scrutiny.
    But whatever it is that has led to such formality we can be grateful that The Cosmic Joke will reliably appear on the timeline, thanks to Dennis.
    I imagine that many Trip Report subscribers are familiar with Dennis as the Court Jester of Psychedelics through his satirical video shorts and articles with titles like “Netflix Announces America’s Next Top Shaman” and “Drake Enters MDMA-Assisted Therapy after Kendrick Traumatizes Him”.
    But in addition to lighthearted satire, Dennis and Mycopreneur are also focused on mushroom entrepreneurship beyond psychedelics in areas like myco-materials, mycoremediation, mycofiltration, and mycelium-based food products.
    It turns out that mushrooms have many, many potential and emerging uses in the modern economy.
    In this conversation, Dennis and I discuss:
    * The Origin and Evolution of Mycopreneur
    * The potential impact of Mushroom-based-technology
    * The importance of community in the mycological industry
    * The redefinition of the 'legacy market' versus the 'black market' for psychedelics
    * The gap between the demand for and the legal supply of legal psychedelic experiences 
    * And much more
    And now, I bring you my conversation with Dennis Walker.
    Listen to the episode on Substack, Spotify, Google or Apple.
    Credits:
    * Hosted by Zach Haigney 
    * Produced by Zach Haigney, Erin Greenhouse, and Katelin Jabbari
    * Find us at thetripreport.com
    * Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube
    * Theme music by MANCHO Sounds, Mixed and Mastered by Rollin Weary


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.thetripreport.com

    • 1 hr 6 min
    #22 Bruce Damer: Catalyzing Scientific and Creative Breakthroughs

    #22 Bruce Damer: Catalyzing Scientific and Creative Breakthroughs

    Welcome back to The Trip Report Podcast, a production of Beckley Waves, a Psychedelic Venture Studio.
    Today, we have the privilege of speaking with Bruce Damer, a distinguished astrobiologist from the University of California, Santa Cruz. 
    He is also the Director and Chief Scientist at the BIOTA Institute and the co-founder and president of the Center for MINDS, which stands for the Multidisciplinary Investigation Into Novel Discoveries & Solutions.
    Bruce is most well known for the Hot Spring Hypothesis for an Origin of Life. This groundbreaking theory challenges the conventional belief that life on Earth began in the oceans, suggesting instead that it emerged from hot springs. 
    Important for our conversation today and for the work that the Center for MINDS is initiating, the hot spring hypothesis came to Bruce during an Ayahuasca ceremony.
    The Center for MINDS is a non-profit organization co-founded by Bruce and colleagues to investigate the potential of psychedelics and mindfulness practices to catalyze states of creativity for innovative problem-solving in science, engineering, leadership, design, and other fields. MINDS is sponsoring the research and development of new protocols, facilitating public discourse, and supporting community education, with the goal of finding solutions to some of humanity's greatest challenges.
    This project is inspired by research that was abruptly halted in the 1960s—which was studying the use of mescaline for promoting technical breakthroughs—along with Bruce’s own experience with the hot spring hypothesis.
    In this conversation, we discuss:
    * Bruce’s introduction to psilocybin from none other than Terrence Mckenna;
    * How his Ayahuasca and breath work experiences revealed to him the biochemistry of the origin of life;
    * The Center for MINDS origin story;
    * The practice of set, setting, and set up—where set up is the crucial ingredient for creative breakthrough;
    * The research programs and community building he is spearheading with the Center for MINDS; 
    * Endotripping: a term Bruce coined to describe the exploration of the mind without drugs; 
    * And much more.
    And now, I bring you my conversation with Bruce Damer.
    Listen to the episode on Substack, Spotify, Google or Apple.
    Credits:
    * Hosted by Zach Haigney 
    * Produced by Zach Haigney, Erin Greenhouse, and Katelin Jabbari
    * Find us at thetripreport.com
    * Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube
    Theme music by MANCHO Sounds, Mixed and Mastered by Rollin Weary


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.thetripreport.com

    • 1 hr 11 min

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Interruptions

Really like the content, choice of guests and the questions the host asks but I hope this is received as intended (as constructive criticism aimed at improving): the constant “mm-hmm” “uhh” and another affirmative responses from the host while the guest is talking is very distracting and really breaks up the flow of the conversation. Makes it seem like the host can’t wait for the guest to finish so they can get a word in.

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