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Infinite Loops

Aug 25, 2022

Dennis McKenna is the founder of the McKenna Academy and has conducted research in ethnopharmacology for over 40 years. He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, and was a key investigator on the Hoasca Project, the first biomedical investigation of ayahuasca.

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Show Notes:

  • ESPD 55 conference
  • Goals of the McKenna Academy
  • How psychedelics affect our relationship with nature
  • Bridging the gap between ancestral and moderns scientific knowledge
  • Psychedelics on the safety scale
  • Nixon’s war against drugs
  • Fear of persecution in the medical community
  • LSD being really responsible for the birth of modern neuroscience
  • DMT reopening the door to clinical research
  • Using psilocybin for end of life applications
  • Psychedelics are not just “band-aids”
  • Dissipation of knowledge among indigenous tribes
  • Reality hallucination
  • Therapeutic utility of psychedelics
  • Future of psychedelic research
  • Making psychedelics more accessible
  • Protecting endangered plants
  • Forming alliances with indigenous communities

Books Mentioned:

  • The Immortality Key; by Brian Muraresku
  • How to Change Your Mind; by Michael Pollan
  • Psychology and Alchemy; by Carl Jung