Donick Cary uses celebrity psychedelic experiences to tell hilarious stories and mind-opening anecdotes about tripping in the documentary ‘Have a Good Trip’. Donick joins Ronan to discuss the resurgence of psychedelics, how they create human connections, and why these powerful tools need to be approached responsibility. Then, what it’s like to talk with an armadillo from the jungle, and how loving others will let you love yourself. Plus, Donick shares his formative experience writing on ‘The Simpsons’ and reflects on a few of his favorite episodes.
In this episode we discuss:
- Psychedelics are like rocket ships – and there is sufficient preparation needed before launch. Question yourself beforehand and ask what you want to get out of it.
- Donick talks about his ayahuasca trip deep in the jungle – where animals came out to speak with him, including a dancing armadillo.
- If you can see the world through the eyes of others, you can automatically treat them better. Loving and empathizing with others allows for self-love; these outcomes go hand-in-hand.
- How psychedelics can create human connections and keep you tethered to the world.
- Donick cautions that psychedelics are not for everyone – don’t take a handful and go on the subway! Be safe and smart about the set and setting for your trip.
- Donick grew up in the ‘just so you know’ era and how that anti-drug message was a silly and ineffective deterrent, which ultimately contributed to the misinformation around psychedelics that we cope with today.
- The making of ‘Have a Good Trip’ as an 11-year project for Donick – and what’s next for him.
- Why mental health needs new therapies. Addiction, depression, homelessness, and other outcomes are all interconnected. New tools – administered by professionals coupled with methods to integrate psychedelic insights into your life – are worth exploring.
- How humor makes tough topics more approachable and digestible – and why this is important to Donick. Getting people to laugh about psychedelics is a way to break through and de-stigmatize the conversation. But there is an important place for science in it all and psychedelics are not the answer to the world’s problems…but maybe a start.
- What it was like to be a writer on ‘The Simpsons’ and how it was a special space to let his imagination run free – plus some of Donick’s favorite episodes.