#20 Do No Harm | Dr. Michael Verbora

April 6, 2021
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2.19 - How Michael started working in psychedelics.

3.44 - Michael’s initial thoughts and trials with cannabis and psychedelic research. 

6.00 - Why Michael went to medical school in the first place. 

7.40 - Michael expands on the culture of medicine and its incongruence with his values. 

9.00 - Ronan discusses the similarities between his and Michael’s story. 

10.03 - The risk of falling outside the norm in medicine. 

12.48 - The challenges within the North American medical system. 

13.32 -  The “patient-centred” medical system. 

15.16 - Why psychedelics are more effective for treating mental health disorders. 

18.24 - What happens when you take psychedelic molecules. 

20.37 - Michael’s take on the materialist vs. dualist debate. 

25.02 - Michael’s experiences on psychedelics. 

30.21 - Michael’s inward experience with ketamine. 

33.35 - What can we do to advance the conversation about psychedelics in a medical context. 

35.50 - What impact Michael has seen psychedelics have on today’s mental health challenge. 

40.30 - How psychedelic medicine is going to change medicine by normalizing an integrative approach.  



About Ronan

An entrepreneur and a visionary, Ronan is one the founders of Field Trip – with a mission to bring the world to life through psychedelics and psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy. Concurrent with his work at Field Trip, he is a partner at Grassfed Ventures, a venture capital and advisory firm focused on the cannabis and biotech industries and is Chief Strategy Officer and Member of the Board of Directors for Trait Biosciences Inc., a leading biotech company in the hemp and cannabis industries. Prior to his current roles, Ronan co-founded Canadian Cannabis Clinics and CanvasRx Inc., the latter of which was acquired by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) in 2016, after which he served as Senior Vice President, Business and Corporate Affairs for Aurora. A lawyer by training, Ronan started his career as a corporate lawyer at Blake, Cassels Graydon LLP and Legal Counsel at CTVglobemedia Inc. (now Bell Media Inc.) He holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from the University of Toronto.