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Microdosing Psychedelics, How To Use LSD, Shrooms, Iboga & Other Plant Medicines, Legal Psilocybin Retreats, Truffles & Much More With Third Wave’s Paul Austin | Ben Greenfield Fitness

Key Takeaways

  • Human beings crave spiritual connection and states that allow them to be closer to higher power or God
  • Psychedelics rid people of the need to have everything be explainable and instead opens the mind and body to a higher being
  • Microdosing does not just mean you take LSD twice a week and see what happens – integration, context, supporting modalities, and goal matter
  • Setting of psychedelic use matters tremendously because you are suggestible to whatever is coming in so need to be connected to something divine and pure instead of a pretend-guru taking advantage of a situation
  • Psychedelics can help us develop an intuition about what is good for us and live as a freer self
  • You can calibrate micro-dosing for nonmedical use depending on what state you are trying to achieve such as flow, mediation, ritual, performance, etc.

Introduction

Paul Austin (@PaulAustin3w) is a pioneer in the field of psychedelics and micro-dosing. He is the Founder and CEO of Third Wave, a company founded with the goal of changing the conversation and perception of psychedelics. Third Wave provides education, online courses, provider lists, and coaching.

In this episode, Ben Greenfield and Paul Austin discuss the background and story behind founding Third Wave, legal psilocybin retreats, and leveraging psychedelics and technology for optimal performance and being.

Host: Ben Greenfield (@bengreenfieldfitness)

Book: Microdosing Psychedelics by Paul Austin

More on Paul Austin and Third Wave here.

Psychedelic Background & Historical Timeline

  • People often come out of ayahuasca or psilocybin experiences and feel more connected to caring for the planet and other humans
  • Greeks and Romans used to use plant medicine therapeutically and ceremonially
  • When Ancient Roman Empire needed to create a widescale political system, they made Christianity the official religion and cut out plant medicine
  • Plato’s core philosophy of non-duality was informed by psychedelic use
  • In the 60s and 70s psychedelics were associated with counterculture and opposite to mainstream which combined with the political climate and kicked off the war on drugs
  • Anything outside of nicotine, tobacco, and alcohol was previously shut down
  • Current micro-dosing, decriminalization efforts, and therapeutic indications of psychedelic use is a huge study in what will happen if these drugs are available and accessible to public
  • High dose experiences are disorienting but micro-dosing is a good entry point
  • Used in the right setting, psychedelics help people get back in touch with a greater power beyond science (i.e., God)
  • Psychedelics rid people of the need to have everything be explainable and instead opens the mind and body to a higher being
  • Now we have organizations like the Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) to bring order to the chaos and experiences that can be associated with unregulated or unnecessarily high doses of psychedelic use

Context Of Psychedelic Use Matters

  • Setting matters tremendously because you are suggestible to whatever is coming in so need to be connected to something divine and pure instead of a pretend-guru taking advantage of a situation
  • Use in parallel with core values to solidify principles and create community
  • Context of micro-dosing is to connect to divinity, connect to deeper self, and integrate experiences to be better, heal addiction, depression, etc.
  • “Use these substances to actually consider our core values around the meaning of being interconnected…so much of our despair and suffering today is feeling disconnected” – Paul Austin
  • Proper use allows people to reduce feelings of despair and see a brighter future
  • If we learn to see human beings as part of a collective race, well reduce a lot of suffering and selfishness

Micro-dosing Protocols

  • Paul Austin background: started micro-dosing after learning about it on Tim Ferriss and was hoping to emulate the afterglow period following heavier doses he experienced before
  • Sample LSD micro-dosing: 2x per week 15-20 micrograms
  • Set core intentions for use – for example flow, alleviating social anxiety, attuning sensitivity
  • Microdosing is anti-inflammatory, pro neurogenesis, helps with brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) growth, mindfulness, directing attention
  • Sample psilocybin micro-dosing: 3x per week in the morning on an empty stomach
  • You can calibrate micro-dosing depending on what state you are trying to achieve for nonmedical use such as flow, mediation, ritual, performance
  • For flow state: microdose is better to maintain focus and stay grounded
  • For getting in touch with higher-level vision, aerial view: larger microdose is better
  • DMT (not 5-MeO-DMT) micro-dosing sensation lasts around 15-30 minutes and can be used for meditation and mindfulness first thing in the morning
  • Types of therapy using psychedelics
    • Psychedelic assisted therapy: what we traditionally think of; higher microdose of psilocybin, strong mystical experience, and profound healing – better for deep issues that need to be worked through
    • Psycholitic therapy: smaller, shorter microdose where ego is still present but relaxed and not rigid so the client is open to therapeutic sessions  
  • Psychedelic plays a role in accelerating therapeutic benefit – in addition to context and support of use, the client is set up for better success
  • Psychedelics activate catharsis to face deep parts of self that are shutdown on traditional pharmaceuticals
  • Psychedelics are one tool in the toolkit but you also want to work on sleep, nutrition, exercise, and other things to optimize performance and mindset

Resources

  • Entheon Biomedical in Canada is setting out to use intravenous DMT (not 5-MeO-DMT) to treat addiction
  • Paul Austin Companies
    • Third Wave represents the integration of knowledge and history of plant-based medicine with today’s cutting edge technology
    • Synthesis seeks to create new models of clinical care for real healing by creating safe, legal spaces for psilocybin and truffle use
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