PSYCHOACTIVE

Drugs, drugs, drugs. Almost everyone uses them. Almost everyone has an opinion about them. Drug policy pioneer Ethan Nadelmann gets to the bottom of our strange relationship to drugs by talking with those who love them, hate them, and study them. We’d love to hear your stories and ideas. Send us a note at psychoactive@protozoa.com or leave a voicemail at 1-833-PSYCHO-0 (1-833-779-2460).

01:15:05 2022-05-19
Adam Strauss is an actor and comedian who created a play, The Mushroom Cure, about his own struggles with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and his attempts to cure, or at least ameliorate the symptoms, with psychedelics. Critics have described his show...
01:10:54 2022-05-12
Drug policy in Russia is -– no surprise -- highly repressive. But that was not entirely the case in the early 2000s, when dozens of harm reduction programs operated around the country and a drug liberalization law resulted in fifty thousand people being...
01:03:00 2022-05-05
When Rodrigo Duterte became president of The Philippines in 2016, he launched a drug war that was distinguished by his encouragement and approval of extra-judicial killings by police officials and their associates. Although widely condemned by foreign gov...
01:18:45 2022-04-28
Until it was supplanted by LSD in the 1950’s and 60’s, mescaline was the best known and most popular psychedelic in the world. It’s the key psychoactive ingredient in peyote, which has been used for millennia among indigenous people in the Americas ...
01:07:24 2022-04-20
Chef Nikki Steward is one of the most famous and talented of chefs who cook and bake with cannabis. She describes her brand “The High End Affair” as a traveling “infused culinary experience" and has curated large dinner parties for Snoop Dog, Dave C...
01:31:41 2022-04-14
Sam Quinones is a distinguished journalist and author who has reported on America's opioid crisis for over a decade. His 2015 book, Dreamland, examined the spread of prescription opioids and then heroin across the country. His new book, The Least of Us, f...
01:02:39 2022-04-07
Few countries have suffered the consequences of ineffective prohibitionist policies for so long or severely as Mexico.  Professors Alejandro Madrazo and Catalina Perez are among the world’s leading experts on this subject.  I wanted to know:  How did...
00:55:16 2022-03-31
I took a short subway ride from my home on Manhattan’s Upper West Side to East Harlem to visit OnPoint NYC – the first overdose prevention center, a.k.a. safe injection site or supervised injection facility, to operate openly in my country with the pe...
01:03:18 2022-03-24
Philippe Bourgois, along with his co-author Jeffrey Schonberg, spent over a decade getting to know a group of homeless people in San Francisco whose lives revolved around their injection drug use. The result of their research was one of the greatest of al...
01:05:14 2022-03-17
Do you ever wonder about the actual lives of people who sell illicit drugs – their fears and aspirations, their family lives, their business models and moral codes, and their fates once their drug dealing days are behind them? Philippe Bourgois is a dis...
00:53:09 2022-03-10
Whom do you call when you’re having a “bad trip,” or just need to process a psychedelic experience that’s now behind you? The Fireside Project is a psychedelic peer support line, co-founded by Hanifa Nayo Washington and Joshua White, that has been...
00:40:19 2022-03-03
Almost every Democratic member of Congress has voted to legalize marijuana but Republican support has remained scarce. Nancy Mace, a first term member of Congress from South Carolina, wants to change that. She recently introduced a legalization bill that ...
00:50:21 2022-02-24
Mycologists study mushrooms, and very few mycologists are household names, let alone have a Star Trek character named after them. But Paul Stamets is a truly exceptional character who has played an extraordinary role in researching, discovering and popula...
01:16:49 2022-02-17
Among the eighteen states that have legalized marijuana to date, no state has faced greatest challenges in trying to suppress the illicit market and regulate the legal one than California – and nowhere within the state have the challenges been greater t...
01:17:16 2022-02-10
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01:12:44 2022-02-03
One of the outstanding figures in the current Psychedelic Renaissance is Matt Johnson, who recently became the first researcher to be appointed to an endowed chair in psychedelic studies. He is the Susan Hill Ward Professor in Psychedelics and Consciousne...
01:02:13 2022-01-27
George Soros' Open Society Foundations has been the outstanding funder of harm reduction initiatives around the world since the mid-1990s. The brilliant individual directing that work until just a few months ago is Daniel Wolfe. We discussed the challenge...
01:37:20 2022-01-20
Hamilton Morris has been writing and making documentaries about drugs and the people who make them for over a decade, delving into the relationships between chemicals, people and society. We discussed his outstanding TV series - Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia ...
00:54:11 2022-01-13
Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is growing rapidly in popularity in the United States and abroad, both because ketamine is the only psychedelic that can be legally prescribed and because its unique properties open up opportunities for profound insight and...
00:55:20 2022-01-06
Kratom, an herbal extract from the leaves of a tree indigenous to Southeast Asia, is now used by millions to enhance mood, relieve pain and reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Dr. Kirsten Smith is a post-doc fellow at the National Institute on Drug ...
00:55:42 2021-12-30
Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in start-ups and investors developing psychedelic medicines. Simeon Schanpper is a founder and managing partner of JLS Fund, a venture capital fund investing in plant based and psychedelic medicines that aim to h...
00:51:03 2021-12-23
For decades, sports have been regulating drug use among athletes, but of course, anytime you make a rule, people break it, and today we are going to talk to one of the NBA's best-known rule breakers. Stephen Jackson played fourteen years in the NBA, and h...
01:00:16 2021-12-16
Matt Culley was an early adopter of vaping and became a prominent vaping activist. He's also worked as a product designer, consultant, and is a board member of Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association. In this episode, he explains how an...
00:42:38 2021-12-09
The first sentence to Dimitri’s Wikipedia entry describes him as “a harm reductionist, activist, musician, poet, writer, anarchist, and psychedelic practitioner.” He spent years using large amounts of heroin and cocaine, then put that all behind hi...
01:05:14 2021-12-02
Maia Szalavitz is among the most brilliant thinkers and writers about psychoactive drug use, addiction, treatment, altered states of consciousness and neuroscience. Her book, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, was widely ...
00:41:30 2021-11-25
As a holiday bonus episode, here's an interview I did with the podcast Ephemeral. To listen to more Ephemeral go to https://www.ephemeral.show or subscribe to the Ephemeral podcast. Let me know what you think. Our number is 1-833-779-2460. Our email is p...
00:54:59 2021-11-18
Fifty million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Most of us know what happened when pharmaceutical opioids were over-marketed and overprescribed in the United States but few people appreciate how far the pendulum has now swung in the opposite direction, ...
00:47:10 2021-11-11
Afghanistan has produced most of the world's opium and heroin since the 1990s. With the Taliban's recent return to power, I was eager to talk with the world's leading expert on this subject, David Mansfield.  I wanted to know why Afghanistan has occupie...
00:38:00 2021-11-04
Few people can explain harm reduction therapy better than Patt Denning. She’s a clinical psychologist who has played a pioneering role in developing the field, teaching and training thousands of health professionals. I talked with Patt about her own evo...
00:53:43 2021-10-28
Carl Hart is one of the bravest academics I know.  His specialty is neuropsychopharmacology. He's the Ziff Professor of Psychology at Columbia University. He's published hundreds of scientific articles on psychoactive drugs, including many which chall...
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