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Colorado and Oregon continue to lead the way on psilocybin therapy

Colorado and Oregon continue to lead the way on psilocybin therapy

One of several positive midterm election stories that have emerged is that voters in two states embraced the idea of psychedelics as a more viable treatment for various forms of mental illness. It comes at a time when psilocybin in particular has been gaining traction to treat severe depression, PTSD and substance abuse. Oregonians greenlit …

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Insurance coverage for psychedelic treatments a bold move forward

Insurance coverage for psychedelic treatments a bold move forward

The thought of having health insurance cover psychedelic treatments sounds pretty out there. But the idea was floated at a recent conference – and for good reason. There are now clinical trials on psilocybin and MDMA with very promising early-stage results. Given at low doses, these hallucinogenic substances are solving the most difficult to treat …

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How meditation can open the mind to paranormal experiences

How meditation can open the mind to paranormal experiences

I recently came across a fascinating study of 3,684 people suggesting that meditation might actually serve as an opening to paranormal experiences. The conclusion was that avid meditators are more accepting of the unknown or unseen, and they’re more likely to have experienced paranormal activity compared to non-meditators. The research hit close to home. I’ve …

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VC embrace of psychedelics comes with caveats

VC embrace of psychedelics comes with caveats

Psychedelics are serving as a new frontier for venture capitalists. I have some friends who are a part of psychedelic companies that are looking to exponentially grow much like a Silicon Valley unicorn. Two such firms have already gone public: COMPASS Pathways and MindMed. This isn’t surprising. Psychedelics offer better a solution for depression and …

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Study finds LSD very effective at reducing anxiety and depression

Study finds LSD very effective at reducing anxiety and depression

A new study published in Biological Psychiatry has found that LSD therapy was strikingly effective in reducing anxiety and depression. A team of Swiss researchers administered 42 participants with microdoses of LSD as part of a Phase II clinical trial under the supervision of trained therapists who used scientifically validated questionnaires. The most interesting thing …

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Why coaching is all the rage for businesses and beyond

Why coaching is all the rage for businesses and beyond

Coaching is now all the rage. It started to become prevalent in the ’90s, mainly with what they call “life coaches,” and then that extended out to executive coaches. Now it’s more relevant and common than ever before. Many companies are investing in group and organizational coaching, as well as one-on-one coaching, for their employees. …

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Fatwa shows how Iran is ahead of the West on psychedelics

Fatwa shows how Iran is ahead of the west on psychedelics

Given my Persian background and cultural heritage, I was really intrigued in learn from a recent LinkedIn post that as far back as March of 2014 the Grand Ayatollah Rohani from Iran issued a legal ruling, known as a fatwa, that allows Shia Muslims to use entheogens and psychedelics for treatment and spiritual growth. He specified …

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How and why my time at Burning Man was so transformational

How and why my time at Burning Man was so transformational

Fresh from Burning Man, an experiment in deconstructing social constructs. I found the experience to be transformative, psychedelic and magical. Attending the latest incarnation of this annual event in the Nevada desert was physically challenging following massive dust storms. The main structure at our camp collapsed a few days in and was never rebuilt. Depriving …

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How Ayahuasca Helped Fuel an MVP Season for Aaron Rodgers

How Ayahuasca Helped Fuel an MVP Season for Aaron Rodgers

I recently listened to an interview that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had with Aubrey Marcus. Aubrey is a well-known podcaster who is very involved in the psychedelic community and a proponent for the healing and expansive qualities of psychedelics. The controversial QB, who last summer misled the press about his vaccination status, talked …

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