“I am 100 percent in favor of the intelligent use of drugs, and 1,000 percent against the thoughtless use of them, whether caffeine or LSD”

Hippie drug or breakthrough medicine? A brief history and the future of psychedelics.

The ultimate proof that your mind is in fact one with your body, lies in the power of psychedelics. After all, consciousness is the emergent effect of the chemical reactions in our brain. Psychedelics reveal the inherent interaction between chemical and consciousness through their effect on our perception of reality.  Evidence exists that psychedelics have been present in ritual and religion for millenia.  And while psychedelics are most typically considered as recreational substances, and are associated with the hippie movement, researchers have been quietly discovering that these drugs are powerful allies in the fight against depression, PTSD, and many other conditions. So what is about psychedelics that makes them so useful in therapeutic settings? We’ll hear from researchers, academics, and even patients in this compelling episode that shows the future of psychedelics.

Episode Features

Brian Moraresku

Executive Director/Doctors for Cannabis Regulation

Brian Moraresku is an author, an alumnus of Georgetown Law and a member of the New York Bar with over a decade of experience practicing law internationally.

Robin Carhart-Harris, PhD

Head of the Centre of Psychedelic Research

Robin Carhart-Harris is an award-winning researcher in psychopharmacology, Head of the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London, and Director of Psychedelics Division, Neuroscape, UCSF.

Lars Wilde

Co-founder & President/COMPASS Pathways

Lars Wilde is President, Chief Business Officer, and Cofounder of COMPASS Pathways focusing on fundraising, operations and digital health solutions.

Srinivas Rao, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Srinivas Rao is Chief Scientific Officer atai Life Sciences and received his PhD in neurobiology from Yale Graduate School.

Your host

Your host

Pietro Boselli, PhD, is a mechanical engineer and teacher, specialising in Mathematical Modelling and Analysis.

He began modelling when he was discovered by Giorgi Armani at age 6, and since then has been featured by brands and magazines including GQ, Equinox Fitness, Emporio Armani EA7, Attitude, Vouge Hommes, Abercrombie & Fitch, and has been shot by photographers including Bruce Weber, Giampalo Sgura, and Ollie Ali.

Pietro’s interests in fitness led to his innovative YouTube strength training channel being viewed millions of times, and the launch of his own fitness-oriented fashion line Pietra Design.

A Facebook post by one his University of London engineering students went viral in 2015 and led to his being dubbed “the world’s sexiest math teacher”, to which Pietro replies, “I model the fluid thermodynamics of wet steam flow”.

Rational mind is the continuation of that philosophy: using the global platform he has been gifted to help millions of curious people discover more about how their world works, and how to think about it.

For RATIONAL MIND, Pietro chose to collaborate with ATOMIC ENTERTAINMENT, the Emmy-nominated creators & executive producers of BRAIN GAMES, BRAINCHILD and the WHO SMARTED? podcast. Pietro And Atomic's founders, Jerry Kolber and Adam Davis, all share the belief that critical thinking, science and enabling discovery are the keys to making the world a better place.

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