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Join Lex Pelger on his weekly quest to decipher the ways people are biohacking their bodies and minds with topics like cannabinoids, psychonautics, and more. Spanning traditional healing to the newest scientific breakthroughs, experts reveal their insights into how we can engineer our lives through a better understanding of the world around us. Brought to you every Monday by CV Sciences.
 
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In this special bonus episode, here’s a lecture that Lex gave at the UK Psychedelic Society explaining the biochemistry of cannabis through the metaphor of Moby-Dick. The human brain is an ocean. The endocannabinoids are whales. The phytocannabinoids are elephants. Neurons are gigantic & complex underwater cities. And anandamide is our Great White …
 
Dr Nick Herbert is one of the original bad boys of quantum physics. Today he explains quantum reality, quantum tantra, and his pursuit of the riddles of consciousness. He also reads his quantum poetry and explains the history behind David Kaiser’s book “How the Hippies Saved Physics.” Nick's Blog: "your one-stop site for sex, drugs and quantum phys…
 
Where does consciousness come from? It’s one of the oldest problems in human thinking – and new tools were brought to bear on it with the advent of the quantum mechanics revolution a century ago. Dr. Harald Atmanspacher began his career as a physicist but is now more of a synthesized across various realms trying to formulate solutions to problems l…
 
Dr. Marjorie Woollacott discusses her book, “Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind.” She is a neuroscientist who embraces mysticism, meditation, and supernormal experiences. She reviews the scientific evidence to suggest that consciousness might be more fundamental than matter and that phenomena such as near death experiences, ener…
 
For our first ever video interview, Dr. Kim Penberthy shares practical wisdom on living mindfully. She’s a clinical psychologist and the author of “Living Mindfully Across the Lifespan: An Intergenerational Guide.” It’s an excellent book for exercises and anecdotes about how to improve your mental health, your stress response and your relationships…
 
Dorion Sagan is a science writer, philosopher, magician, and the son of Carl Sagan and biologist Lynn Margulis. This interview explores the meaning of biological life, the evolution of sexuality, the genetic basis for aging, sleight-of-hand magic, and his collaborations with his mother. He brings a unique perspective to everything he touches so you…
 
The diversity of human life requires a diversity of human care. Courtney Watson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who understands the unique challenges facing BIPOC, Trans & Queer communities, and what it takes to help them through their struggles. This conversation explores the different faces of mental and emotional health, how to embra…
 
Wade Lightheart is a vegetarian bodybuilder who competed for Mr. Universe. He began as a scrawny kid with a dream – and he followed it with determination. In sharing his life story, he also tells us the story of the human body and how to keep it operating in top condition. He explains the benefits of enzymes, probiotics, and regular exercise, as we…
 
This is the perfect personal guide to magic mushrooms. Michelle Janikian is an experienced drug journalist who talks about ingestion methods, mystical states & the dangers of sexual abuse by providers. She’s the author of “Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion,” a grounded resource for any adventurer heading into the world of psychedelics. Her site wh…
 
Dr. Efrem Nulman is a seasoned psychologist who works in harm reduction. His goal is the overall health of the patient, rather than obsessing over curing some particular symptom. This conversation offers a fresh perspective on mental health, a look at the history of psychiatric medication, and practical advice for balancing your own behaviors.…
 
Dr. Daniele Piomelli explains the endocannabinoid system: how our bodies use our own cannabinoid chemistry to regulate healthy functioning. Dr. Piomelli is a distinguished professor of anatomy and neurology at the University of California in Irvine, Director of the Institute of Cannabis Research and a researcher with countless papers on the endogen…
 
Alexandre Tannous goes deep into the mystical and psychedelic powers of sound as he explores the role of music in spiritual practices and societal structures. He is an ethnomusicologist, sound researcher and sound therapist who studies sound for its esoteric powers and deep human meaning. We can shape our relationship with the world by nurturing ou…
 
Dr. Julie Moltke teaches a dynamic response to the problem of stress. Her holistic arsenal includes yoga, meditation, and cannabinoids. She teaches, she sees patients, and she carries out research on holistic health from her Mindfulness Manor in Sweden. Listen in to hear how you can use her methods to manage your own stress. Her book: 'A Quick Guid…
 
Dr. Ede Frecska is bringing shamanism back into medicine. As psychologist, a psychopharmacologist and a scientist trained in the Western tradition, he posses a unique angle on the history and relevance of shamanism. This episode explores initiation rites, spiritual journeys, the power of images, ayahuasca trips, the role of shamans in society and t…
 
When a soldier brings back trauma from the battlefield, there’s no single reliable way to help them integrate back into society. Everybody needs a different approach. For Ian Benouis, he rediscovered the power of plant medicines after his exit from the military and as he was working his way through law school. It led him on a path to introduce othe…
 
Are you afraid of your own mind? If you silence your thoughts, do you dread what you’ll see behind all that clutter? If you can face those fears what you might find is bliss, peace, and radical acceptance. It’s not easy, but apparently, it’s worth it. Spring Washam teaches mindfulness meditation. She trains people in everything from daily practice …
 
Prof. Jeffrey Kripal explores the unexplainable phenomena that are the sparks that might spawn entire religions. His intellectual journey includes receiving his books as information streams from the future, his early years at a loving Catholic seminary, exploring the supernormal at Esalen, and how we are all conduits for the huge cultural stories w…
 
After an ‘abyss’ caused by his acquaintance with psychedelics, the economist Dr. Bennet Zelner switched the focus of his studies towards the 'Pollination Approach’ to the design of psychedelic wellness centers (and economic organizations in general). Join us today to hear what it was like to realize that everything he had studied in economics helpe…
 
Can something that appears to the outside world as a psychotic break also be regarded as a legitimate religious epiphany? Maybe the difference lies in how you respond to it, or whether your peers and your therapist know how to help you integrate the experience. Through his teaching and writing, Dr. David Lukoff helps his patients and the wider ment…
 
Elizabeth Nielson researches psychedelic therapies for PTSD, addiction, and mood disorders. She also co-founded Fluence, which offers courses on psychedelic integration, ketamine therapy, and much more. Fluence: https://www.fluence8.com/ Her article 'Group Therapy for Psychedelic Integration' https://chacruna.net/group-therapy-psychedelic-integrati…
 
The history of drugs & religion is important – and often fraught with controversy. In the history of Hinduism, tens of thousands of pages have been written speculating about the identity of the legendary soma – a psychoactive substance that was also a god. But Hinduism & Buddhism have a long & complicated history, as you’ll hear today from our gues…
 
Laura Northrup helps people heal their trauma with somatic psychotherapy and she knows much about how psychedelics can help strengthen the mind-body connection. In somatic psychotherapy the body is seen as a place to process trauma, emphasizing awareness of our physical embodiment as a way to live a healthier and more fulfilling life. If you keep i…
 
Heather Hargraves discusses neurofeedback therapy and its ability to let you observe your own brainwaves. You can train yourself to maintain a healthy brain state or to repair past wrongs. It’s used by athletes, and by doctors to treat patients with stroke, ADHD, addiction, depression, trauma, and more. And Heather has even more exciting ideas abou…
 
Charley Wininger guides us through using MDMA and other psychoactives to strengthen our relationships. He is the author of “Listening to Ecstasy: The Transformative Power of MDMA” and he’s a therapist specializing in relationships. This is a beautiful chat with lots of great advice. The site for his book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/List…
 
Mary Porter co-founded the Looking Glass Peyote Church. She helps people reach higher dimensions of thinking... if they’re ready. The Looking Glass Peyote Church contact: peyotechurch.oforegon@gmail.com Two meditations she recommends: Winter Solstice 2020 Transmission - https://youtu.be/OlHhX9e2n-Q The Rainbow Bridge Transmission - https://youtu.be…
 
After a brief recap of Season 1, Lex will share about the trip that led him to writing his cannabinoid graphic novels based on Moby-Dick. “Call me Jasper.” And then he’ll walk us through the first 50 chapters – which covers the Amerikan history from the Golden Age of Cannabis after the Civil War up until the approval of Prop 215 in California legal…
 
For today’s bonus double feature episode, we interview two professionals on cannabis business and law. Lex talks with the lawyer Alex Buscher about how cannabis law has changed over the years and then with business consultant Emily Fata on what makes businesses thrive in this rising industry and how business can be harnessed for the power of good. …
 
Dr Peter Grinspoon discusses how doctors are susceptible to addiction, and what resources are available to help them recover. Medical workers have high stress jobs, easy access to drugs, and could lose their licenses if they get caught. Grinspoon’s memoir “Free Refills” depicts his own journey through addiction and recovery. His site: http://www.pe…
 
One of our most important episodes so far: the I Ching or, how to work with the Oracle, with our guest Fred Hatt. We learn about this historical importance of this ancient Chinese book of divination, how it influenced mathematicians and artists of the West, and how it can make your life better right now. After Fred explains about the I Ching, join …
 
Alexis Turner is a historian of science at Harvard with a dissertation titled ‘Lost Souls Delivered: LSD, Technopolitics, and the Battle for the Spirit of a Nation’. Today’s discussion covers the early history of LSD, from its discovery by Dr. Albert Hoffman, the first therapists to start using it in their practices, and the dark obsession with it …
 
Rafael Lancelotta, a therapist and psychedelic researcher, discusses his studies and therapeutic experiences with 5-MeO-DMT – often referred to as the God Molecule. A powerful psychedelic extracted from toad venom or synthesized in a lab, 5-MeO-DMT seems to be particularly potent for helping people with trauma as well as other mental illnesses. He’…
 
Today’s episode is a special. Years ago, I hosted an open-mic storytelling tour that traveled around the country that we called ‘The Blue Dot Tour’. Anyone was welcome to share their stories involving psychoactive experiences – and things got real. One of the best stops was in Chicago, where I met last week’s guest, Aaron Paul Orsini. I’ve never se…
 
Aaron Paul Orsini has built an impressive body of work. His book is ‘Autism on Acid’ about his life-changing experiences with LSD. It’s deeply researched, written with heart – and filled with disclaimers to not try this at home. He charted his own path into this world when an LSD experience in his 20’s changed everything about his relationship to b…
 
In 2019 Decrim Nature Oakland helped to pass a measure that made plant medicines the lowest priority for the police force and defunded enforcement. Their legislative victory has sparked others – and now there are dozens of branches of this movement sprouting throughout the world. And Carlos Plazola was there from the beginning. Today he tells Lex a…
 
If you don't know anything about UFOs, this is the episode for you. If you know a whole bunch about UFOs, this is definitely the episode for you. And if you're curious how the great Erik Davis can turn the question itself into the Hero's Journey, you should listen now. With a PhD in religious studies focusing on gnosticism, esotericism and mysticis…
 
Physician Dr. Harry McIlroy has trained in many fields. Besides getting his medical degree in Western medicine, he’s a licensed acupuncturist, a nutritionist, an osteopath, a functional medicine practioner, and an authorized teacher of Ashtanga Yoga, which he learned in India directly from the holder of the lineage. Besides his medical practice, he…
 
One of the most important relationships that human beings have with plants is changing our consciousness. Dr. Mark Ferrara discusses this in a recent essay and in his book, “Sacred Bliss: A Spiritual History of Cannabis.” It’s about peak experiences and psychological health, how this relates to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and how the history of th…
 
Yarelix Estrada straddles many drug worlds. With a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins, she works in New York City as a city research scientist studying harm reduction. On the activism side, she founded a chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. On the nightlife side, she’s volunteered as a lead for DanceSafe in DC. As an organizer, sh…
 
Colonel Doctor Michael Lewis is a physician, a researcher, a soldier, and an author. He’s an expert on nutritional interventions for brain health, particularly the prevention and rehabilitation of brain injury – including being on the advisory board at CV Sciences. He also was a virus hunter for the US military during the SARS pandemic. He’s had a …
 
Britta Love is a somatic sex educator and healer. She talks about the spiritual side of sex, the oppression of sex workers, and she shares great advice on how to bring the sacred into your own practices or how to build sensual trust with a partner. Sex is an altered state. This episode celebrates pleasure and will help you use pleasure for healing.…
 
Dimitri Mugianis discusses the popularity of the iboga root for treating problematic drug use, his critique of the so-called Psychedelic Renaissance and the beautiful radical anarchy of the 12 Steps and the 12 Traditions. He treats addiction as a dynamic state and ever since an experience with iboga and an initiation into the Gabon tradition of Bwi…
 
The Reverend Danny Nemu is the author of Neuro-Apocalypse. In this chat he examines the gospels and psychedelic drugs. He joins the researchers who see an entheogenic origin to some of the Biblical stories. The psychedelic mindscape and the world of mythology may go hand-in-hand. This is the fungal essence of your daily bread. His site: Nemu’s End …
 
Dr. Nicholas Powers is a poet, a journalist and a college professor who explores the racial dimensions of psychedelia. He co-hosted the long running New York City College Poetry Slam at the Nuyorican Café. Today he discusses decriminalization, positive action, and how the psychedelic renaissance can help the poor.  And we didn’t even get a chance t…
 
Dr. Julie Holland, a psychopharmacologist and psychiatrist in New York, talks about what happens in our bodies when we are connected with people - and the damage that occurs when we’re disconnected. Today she talks about her book, ‘Good Chemistry – The Science of Connection from Soul to Psychedelics’ and how various drugs, therapies, and changes of…
 
Elan Sudberg is a microscopist and the CEO of Alkemist Labs. They’ve been doing plant-identification and chemical analysis on supplements since the 1990’s. Herbs, medicine, and science all run in the family for Elan. He explains how a small lab has had such a big impact on the world of supplement testing. https://www.alkemist.com/…
 
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by all the options at your local dispensary? Andrea Sparr-Jaswa is here to help. She’s a budtender and cannabis educator who really knows her stuff. Andrea was the Director of Education at Farma, a science-focused dispensary in Portland, Oregon, for 2 years before heading back to the Midwest to become the science edit…
 
Some people know ketamine as a street drug. Anesthesiologists know it as one of the safest ways to knock out children and old people for surgery. But in the psychiatric community, it’s one of the most exciting new options for the treatment of depression, PTSD, anxiety, and as a catalyst for healing trauma. Marcela Ot'alora is a psychedelic therapis…
 
Yoga and Cannabis: Two tools for healing that respond to our physical and emotional sides. Martha Triantafillides combines both in her personal and professional life. Today we learn how to approach this synthesis in our own personal way and how she advises people on adding cannabis to their yoga practice. Marthahas studied interior design, she ran …
 
Today’s interview happened while Kyle Boyar worked for Medicinal Genomics, the cannabis kit testing company working to democratize cannabis testing. They sell kits to identify your plants’ gender, as well as good and bad microbes. Kyle Boyar explains the science behind the tests, the intricacies of cannabis genetics and microbiota, and the daily li…
 
Cellular & Molecular Biologist and Cannabis Expert, Dr. Anna Schwabe, talks about variations within cannabis strains, epigenetics, identifying strains through their smell, and why it takes training to draw proper pictures of pot plants. Her site: Behold the beauty of her botanical illustrations at her new and improved website: https://www.annaschwa…
 
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