On this episode, Ronan sits down with Stephanie Simbari and Elizabeth Kott, the hosts of “That’s So Retrograde” to discuss the importance of being okay with where you are. Then, what keeps them curious about wellness, how to follow your intuition, and why psychedelic therapies can play a cosmic role in your life. Plus, the three discuss how astrology has influenced Stephanie and Elizabeth’s business relationship, the ever evolving idea of self, and compare traditional mental health treatments to psychedelics – like psilocybin and ketamine.
Trusting your instincts can often provide more clarity than any outside source. Dr. Michael Verbora felt this sensation after prescribing his first patient CBD. At the time, it was frowned upon, but Dr. Verbora knew it was the right thing to do. A check up later, the clinical results validated his hypothesis, leading him towards a new path in his medical profession. Today, Dr. Verbora works exclusively on researching and advocating for cannabis and psychedelic-based medicine. On this episode of Field Tripping, he sits down with Ronan to discuss his journey to challenging the medicinal status quo, his thoughts on the current North American medical system, the results he’s seen from psychedelic usage, and how psychedelics can change medicine by normalizing an integrative approach. Learn more about Dr. Michael Verbora here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mverbora
Ben Greenfield is an internationally-known biohacker, human body expert, and brain performance coach who takes a holistic approach to health. In this episode he sits down with Ronan to discuss his approach to biohacking, including Ben’s personal usage of psilocybin and cannabis alongside wellness programs like PMF, sound, and massage. Throughout their conversation, Ben gets personal, opening up about how his overdeveloped sense of self-worth from childhood led to tying his value to performance and ultimately, affecting his mental health in adulthood. Learn more about Ben’s work at https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/.
Amanda Fielding is one of the most prominent pioneers in psychedelic research. A champion of psychedelic science for 45+ years, she is widely recognized for her contributions to global drug policy reform. Amanda details her initial interactions with psychedelics and how she recognized their capabilities for healing, while opening up about her thoughts on today’s psychedelic renaissance, the ethics behind the movement, and even her experiences with trepanation. Amanda is the Founder of the Beckley Foundation, an organization that initiates, directs and supports psychedelic science. Learn more about her work at https://www.beckleyfoundation.org/.
BJ Miller is a palliative care cancer centre physician. His TED Talk detailing his own near-death experience has been viewed over 12 million times. Now, BJ is on a mission to redesign how we die with a clear-eyed view of morality. He believes grief is something to metabolize as a transformation of love, from one form to another. BJ views separation as an illusion; that everything is life, and death is a construct to help us digest reality. Plus, ‘Field Tripping’ Producer Conrad Page joins the conversation to discuss the recent loss of his Mother – and share how his own grief has taught him to value the grief of others. Then, BJ tells Ronan about his ego dissolution with 5-MeO-DMT and how it revealed our ‘invented existence’. To learn more about BJ Miller – visit mettlehealth.com and watch his inspirational TED Talk ‘What Really Matters At The End Of Life’.
After returning home and retiring from service, former Navy SEAL Marcus Capone – and his wife Amber – faced a crisis of anxiety, depression, and neurological damage. After discovering Ibogaine as a therapeutic healing tool – Marcus found his way back to life and saved their marriage. Now, they’re psychedelic advocates and founders of VETS, Inc. (Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions), a resource, research, and advocacy non-profit. They join Ronan to tell their heroic story of service, marriage, and traumatic brain injury – plus talk about what maintenance looks like. Then, we discuss Marcus’s trip on Ibogaine, along with other positive treatment outcomes for U.S combat veterans – and their families. To date, VETS has proudly helped over 250 soldiers – and they’re just getting started. To learn more about their initiatives visit vetsolutions.org
Alan Cross is a radio broadcaster and music historian. He joins Ronan to make keen observations on the genre of psychedelic music – and its role as an undercurrent in counterculture. Then, they discuss how new technology produced unique studio sounds – which formed new attitudes and captured an entire generation. Plus, Alan defines ‘straight-edge’ and reveals that he’s never used psychedelics – though his views are shifting. Finally, we ponder medically regulated psilocybin access for end-of-life treatment – and give thanks for progress. For more Alan Cross, check out ‘The Ongoing History of New Music’ anywhere you listen to podcasts.
Rick is the founder and executive director of MAPS. He’s a pioneer of psychedelic research and the therapeutic advancement of psychedelics. In the second part of his conversation with Ronan, Rick discusses the origins of drug prohibition, the early days of MAPS, and some of his most impactful trips on LSD, DMT and MDMA – including one trip where Rick observed a Hitler rally and it showed him the path to truly helping others. Then, we discuss how memories can heal – even if they’re manufactured. Finally, Rick predicts how the future of humanity can feel interconnected.
Rick is the founder and executive director of MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) – a non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics. In the first of our two-part discussion – Rick talks about his upbringing and education and how he was first introduced to psychedelics. Then, the moment Rick dedicated his life to the study and advancement of psychedelics – which he views as the path for mass mental health in a better world – and a fundamental right. Plus, how MAPS plays a unique role – much like a public utility – to align drug policy reform with drug research and advocate for healing and justice. Finally, Rick agrees to chat more with Ronan in part two.
Jackee Stang is President and Founder of Delic Corp – an umbrella brand for psychedelic community and wellness. Jackee talks with Ronan about coping in a world that’s seemingly on fire – and how ketamine helps her break the bubble of anxiety to create space for hope. Plus, we talk epigenetics, neuropathway memory, and finding the right substance to be present. And while on ayahuasca, Jackee recalls how she reconnected with religion to realize that Jesus is Psychedelic. Finally, we confront what thought leadership actually looks like.
Dan Boeckner and Devojka are members of the band Operators – and they’re also life partners. They join Ronan – along with Field Trip’s Chief Psychologist Dr. Dominique Morisano – to talk music, revelations from pandemic life, and using psilocybin to deal with anxiety. Then, Dan details what it’s like to feel interconnected through the dissolution of self – and how to apply trips to our communal experience. Plus, Devojka talks about being a product of the D.A.R.E program and her first trip – or lack thereof. And Dr. Dominique encourages us to accept the trip that you need – not the one that you want.
Tom Eckert and Sheri Bessi-Eckert are professional counselors and life partners leading a historic campaign to legalize Psilocybin Assisted Therapy in their home state of Oregon. They join Ronan to discuss why they believe in the power of psilocybin, share views on the nature of consciousness, and why measure 109 could become a breakthrough initiative for millions. Then, we talk about the connection between healing and wholeness – and how we're the authors of our own next chapter.
Edible Dee, known as The Happy Chef, is a veteran cannabis chef, herbalist and holistic healer. Her third cookbook 'Delic Dishes' is a guide to cooking with psilocybin as the main ingredient in recipes like salad dressing, hummus, sushi and chocolate mug cakes. Dee chats with Ronan about her origin into the space – from underground edibles to large-scale production. Then, Dee shares how psychedelics helped her cope with the sudden loss of her sister Amber. Then, things get spicy as Dee shares her thoughts on how to explore psychedelic sex. Follow Dee on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @edibledee, and check out her cookbooks at her website http://edibledee.com
Retired MMA fighter Ian McCall and his partner Irena Marin fight trauma with psychedelic therapy. After an addiction to pain killers, Ian discovered psilocybin as an alternative medicine to heal trauma. Now, Ian considers himself the first psychedelic integration coach for high level athletes. Irena used psychedelics to help heal her own childhood trauma – and today – works with clients as a psychedelic integration coach. Together – Ian and Irena use psychedelics, science, and their own experiences to help others accelerate healing, enhance athletic performance, and even be more present as parents. Follow Ian on Instagram and Twitter @unclecreepymma, follow Irena at @mycostoic on Instagram and learn more at fieldtripping.fm
Shelby Hartman and Madison Margolin are co-founders of the psychedelic print magazine ‘Double Blind’. They join Ronan to discuss how psychedelics create a positive ripple effect on society when they heal the individual. Then, Madison shares how her first trip was the most impactful – and Shelby says psychedelics showed her what it means to be human. Psychedelics can heal, but they are not a magic bullet; that’s why it’s important for us to be candid about our experiences.
Humble the Poet’s instinct for rhyme and rap helps him reveal to heal – and encourages others to live outside their comfort zone. Humble shares insights and mementoes from a few psilocybin and ayahuasca trips, with an appreciation for the tough lessons that cleared an emotional blockage and ultimately let the love in. Today, Humble is ready to receive the rose, rather than tear it out. And his evolving view to honour love has shifted his focus towards helping those he cares for to chase their own dreams too.
Director of the hilarious and star-studded Netflix documentary ‘Have a Good Trip’, Donick Cary joins Ronan to talk psychedelics. Donick sees psychedelics as tools that tether us to human connection, and believes that exercising empathy for others will let you love yourself. Then, why humor helps us all – and what it’s like talking to a dancing armadillo on Ayahuasca.
Dr. Weil believes consciousness is the fundamental reality of the universe. Animals, plants, and even rocks are all alive with energy – and psychedelics can help us connect. Then, what it's like to pet a bumblebee – and why you should try it. Plus, Dr. Weil prescribes a dose of advice to live your best life. And we examine how the resurgence of psychedelics could be the counter-balancing factor to holistically heal – and transform society in the process.
Director X joins Ronan to share his experience as a victim of gun violence and how meditation strategies can better ourselves – and those around us — for positive change. We explore the intersection of violence, trauma, and primal behaviour inherent to the animal kingdom to understand how psychedelics can hold the keys to empathy and healing ourselves. Learn more at fieldtripping.fm
Alex Ikonn shares his experience with Ayahuasca and details how the trip opened his eyes to the world around him – and fundamentally shifted the way he understood himself. Now, he accepts that there is nothing inherently good or bad, sees that life is an emotional experience – and, most important of all, believes we all have the power to create our own reality. Learn more at fieldtripping.fm
In our premiere episode, Ronan speaks with author Don Lattin on the renaissance of psychedelics and the nature of addiction. We’ll examine how research – instead of ideology – is leading the way to explore what the spirit of the 60s can offer us today. Then, how to deal with a ‘bad trip’.