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Podcast 392 – “MDMA and Autistic Adults: A New Research Study”


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Guest speakers: Alicia Danforth & Charlie Grob

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Today’s podcast features a 2013 Palenque Norte lecture given by Alicia Danforth in which she tells about her work with the autistic community and their use of MDMA. Following that is a recording of a conversation with Alicia and Dr. Charlie Grob, who have just begun a new study to investigate the potential of using MDMA to help ease the social anxiety that is sometimes experienced by our friends and fellow saloners in the autistic community.

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LINKS mentioned in this podcast:

Study Information: MDMA-assisted Therapy for Social Anxiety in Autistic Adults

“What Is Autism?” by Nick Walker

Exploring therapeutic effects of MDMA on post-traumatic stress

Podcast 380 – “Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate”

Podcast Archive for Gary Fisher

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy

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Podcast 388 – “Wherever You Are, Be There!”


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Guest speaker: Dr. George Greer

Dr. George Greer, M.D. delivering his 2013 Palenque Norte lecture

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by George Greer.]

“Meaning: the final addiction!”

“Meaning is suffering.”

“How do you feel your experience would be different if you ‘understood’ the universe? How would your experience be different from right now?”

“My thought about MDMA is that it blocks the fear response to a perceived emotional threat.”

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GEORGE R. GREER, MD
Co-Founder, Medical Director, Secretary of the Heffter Research Institute


Spheres & Constellations by Farthest South

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Podcast 385 – “Current Psychedelic Research”


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Guest speaker: Roland Griffiths

Dr. Roland Griffiths delivering a Palenque Norte Lecture at the 2013 Burning Man Festival

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Today’s podcast features a talk given by Roland Griffiths, who is a professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, and Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins Medicine. In addition to describing the current psychedelic studies being undertaken there, he also goes into detail about exactly what characteristics researchers consider when evaluating whether a person has actually had a spiritual experience. Among the research participant’s comments that he read, one of the most common themes was the interconnectedness of all things and beings. Also, he spoke about their research into the character of one’s personality in regards to how a psychedelic experience affected their openness to the experiences of life. Another interesting thing that his research group is investigating is the intersection of psilocybin and meditation, a discussion of which takes up a significant part of this talk.

“Psilocybin is a pharmacological tool that helps people recognize how it feels to embody the present moment. And that’s exactly the same of meditation. It’s about bringing yourself into the present moment.”
-Roland Griffiths

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Johns Hopkins University Psilocybin & Spirituality

Current Psilocybin Research Projects

Q&A with Roland Griffiths

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Podcast 384 – “Sex, Aging, and Psychedelics”


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Guest speaker: Annie Oak

Annie Oak and Alicia Danforth at the 2013 Burning Man Festival

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today we feature a Palenque Norte Lecture given by Annie Oak at the 2013 Burning Man Festival. This ground breaking founder of the Woman’s Visionary Congress continues to push the envelope of psychedelic discussion into two of the most important issues of all to humans, sexuality and aging. Additionally, Annie issues several challenges to us all as we continue to expand our own consciousnesses.

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Woman’s Visionary Congress

Consciousness, Healing, and Social Justice


The Psychological Dark Side of Gmail

Google is using its popular Gmail service to build profiles on the hundreds of millions of people who use it.


Occupy Madison builds first house in planned eco-village for the homeless


Daily Psychedelic Video


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Podcast 379 – “Divine Androgyny”


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Guest speaker: Jae Starfox

Burning Man Art – 2103

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This podcast features Jae Starfox’s 2013 Palenque Norte Lecture, which was delivered at the Burning Man Festival. In their talk, Jae provides a candid look into some of the issues that transgender people are faced with as they make their way through a sometimes less than friendly world. As more and more people are beginning to deal with their own gender related issues, this talk provides some little discussed but very important information. Following Jae’s talk I play a short segment from my interview on the Joe Rogan podcast in which we also discuss gender issues.

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ALSO SEE: Intersex women speak out to protect the next generation

Lorenzo on the Joe Rogan Experience

Joe Rogan’s Podcasts

What is the Plan?

The Plan Today

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Podcast 376 – “Coming Out of the Psychedelic Closet”


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We were saddened to learn of the untimely death of Daniel Jabbour on April 13, 2014.

Celebrating The Life Of Daniel Jabbour: An Intersection Of Psychedelics, Activism And Technology

A transcript of this podcast is being created at https://www.fanscribed.com/transcripts/7-376-jabbor-coming-out-of-the-psychedelic-closet/ — we’ll finish it with a handful of volunteers but the more who can help, the faster it will be completed.

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Guest speaker: Daniel Jabbour

Daniel Jabbour delivering his Palenque Norte Lecture at the 2013 Burning Man Festival

For anyone under the age of 30, this may be the most important podcast in the salon. Daniel Jabbor is a young entrepreneur and drug policy activist who, among many other accomplishments, and in a very short period of time, founded the now 4,000+ strong Psychedelic Society of San Francisco. Today’s podcast features two of Daniel’s talks, one from the recent Palenque Norte Lecture Series at the 2013 Burning Man Festival, and another from a psychedelic conference at which he detailed some of the successes of the SSDP, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy. No matter what your age, this is an important message for you to think about. If you know history, you know that quite often it is the young people who are the ones to change its course. These talks by Daniel Jabbor will give you more positive hope for the future than you have had in a long time.

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“The War on Drugs was started as a way to control and segregate various groups of society.”

“The drug war is increasingly a war on youth. Over 50% of marijuana arrests in this country [the U.S.] are people under 29 years old.”

“We desire to alter our state of consciousness. It’s an evolutionary thing.”

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The Psychedelic Society of San Francisco

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is the only international network of students dedicated to ending the war on drugs. At its heart, SSDP is a grassroots organization, led by a student-run Board of Directors. We create change by bringing young people together and creating safe spaces for students of all political and ideological stripes to have honest conversations about drugs and drug policy. Founded in 1998, SSDP comprises thousands of members at hundreds of campuses in countries around the globe.

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Podcast 371 – “Civil Rights In Cyberspace”


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Guest speaker: John Gilmore

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[NOTE: All quotations are by John Gilmore.]
“Marijuana, it turns out, is three-quarters of the illegal drug problem, because it’s three times as popular as all the other drugs put together. So if you can move marijuana out of the black market and into a legal and regulated market you’ve gotten rid of three-quarters of the crime, three-quarters of the violence, and three-quarters of the black market money. It changes the dynamics for the other drugs. It makes it much more of a small potatoes thing.”

“If you move away from [Google’s] free services you can move away from the part of the Net that’s the most heavily surveilled.”

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Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)Defending Your Rights in the Digital World

John Gilmore’s Home Page

Google has been secretly harvesting the passwords of all Wi-Fi devices everywhere

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Podcast 355 – “Building a Psychedelic Community”


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Guest speakers: Annie Oak, Twilight, and Bruce Damer

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Today’s podcast features a panel discussion with Annie Oak, Twilight, and Bruce Damer that took place at the 2012 Palenque Norte Lectures held at that year’s Burning Man Festival.

“Women tend to vote against drug law reforms in greater numbers than men, because they’re worried about their kids. And without the full participation of women [in the movement to reform drug laws] we will not succeed in gaining our civil rights.” -Annie Oak

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The Women’s Visionary Congress

Palenque Norte 2013 Speakers

The Tor Project

East Forest

The following videos are from the 2006 and 2007 Palenque Norte Lectures.
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Podcast 350 – “Healing Through Sound and Ayahuasca”


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Guest speaker: Hamilton Souther

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Hamilton Souther.]

“Even they [the shaman] do not know what ayahuasca is, because you’re never experiencing ayahuasca. You are always experiencing ayahuasca plus you, and that combination is not ayahuasca. That combination is you and ayahuasca. And that means ayahuasca then is undefinable, we don’t know what it is, which then always allows us to continue to explore the unknown. And it becomes an unlimited journey for us to be able to continue to go further and further and further in our understanding.”

“The shamanism becomes a guide, and the ayahuasca becomes a guide for an exploration of the purity of consciousness.”

“[When interviewing a shaman] especially look at everybody in the eyes. The eyes in ayahuasca tell you everything. If you see people with eyes that get really glossed over and become really shifty, it’s letting you know something there is going on that maybe you don’t want to become like that. Maybe that’s not why you’re there.”

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Hamilton Souther, Medicine Hunter

Blue Morpho Ayahuasca Center

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Podcast 348 – “Entheogens and Plant Medicines”


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Guest speaker: Dr. Naughtilee

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Today’s program features the 2012 Palenque Norte Lecture that Dr. Naughtilee gave at the Burning Man Festival. Natalie is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor in private practice in San Francisco. Naturopathic Medicine is a unique, holistic healthcare system that promotes a proactive, preventative approach to health and wellness, blending the science of modern medicine with the wisdom of the natural healing arts. In this engaging talk, and through interaction with her audience, Dr. Naughtilee discusses some of the foods, medicines, and poisons that we obtain from plants and helps us to better realize what a deep connection we humans have to the plant world.

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