Smart Drug Smarts: Psychedelics: A New Perspective (Podcast)

Summary: Smart Drug Smarts interviews MAPS Director of Communications and Marketing Brad Burge to discuss the history of MAPS and the current state of psychedelics in science, medicine, and politics.

Listen to the podcast here.

Jesse is joined by Brad Burge from MAPS (the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) for an open and honest discussion about the current state of affairs with — you guessed it — psychedelics. The discussion around these compounds has been largely lopsided for a long time, with regulatory embargoes, societal taboos, political and corporate manifestos making a rational assessment difficult. But it seems like the winds are slowly changing.

And in further news from the world of neuroscience, Jesse shares some insights about the benefits of more sleep and less food.

    Episode Highlights

  • 0:39 Jesse draws the curtains back on a long awaited episode.
  • 1:52 This Week In Neuroscience: Sleep saves you from sickness.
  • 5:19 The audience interaction segment.
  • 8:26 Some background on this episode and introducing Brad Burge.
  • 10:31 A quick history of MAPS.
  • 11:48 Government regulations demystified.
  • 13:25 MDMA – Where are we now?
  • 17:06 Rick Doblin (founder of MAPS) decides to take a different approach.
  • 18:34 Psychedelic therapy and PTSD.
  • 20:39 Using LSD to treat alcoholism.
  • 21:41 After effects of therapy – a fundamental transformation.
  • 24:35 Psychedelics vs hallucinogens.
  • 27:17 MDMA and hormones.
  • 28:27 Physiological concerns – Fact vs fiction.
  • 33:38 Micro-dosing.
  • 36:27 Research costs and how you can help.
  • 37:30 Playing alternate history.
  • 41:12 Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: Eat less and live more.