SEASON FINALE — Aug 18, 2022
...to the viewers
Your support throughout season 1 meant the world... especially the "Nugget and a Noodle" references.
...to my producers
Gio Favretto (and Adedayo Adekunle) did an incredible job making the show look good.
...to the wonderful guests
We were able to get some of the biggest names in the industry and they didn't disappoint. The guests were bold & brilliant, candid & creative... thank you for everything.
This was a labor of love. My goal was to help the psychedelic industry (which I think we did) and connect with psychedelic leaders (definitely did).
I'm off to Medellin for an extended break followed by a digital nomad stint. Hopefully there'll be more Nuggets & Noodles in the future.
Speaking of which, one more for the road:
NUGGET: California dreaming
The California psychedelic decriminalization bill was neutered. SB-519, promoted by state Senator Scott Weiner, has been "gutted" of all its important decriminalization components.
NOODLE: MDMA as training-wheels for psilocybin trips
The first few big trips on magic mushrooms can be tough for a couple reasons:
(1) You’re getting familiar with a novel subjective experience
(2) You may have to clean out your closet
A small dose of MDMA alongside may be the solution, and there appears to be a growing trend with underground guides.
I’m hearing of trip sitters adding MDMA to de-risk the first few potentially tough psilocybin trips.
I’ve personally seen what the experience is like: the psilocybin incited its usual introspection, but the MDMA added a pleasant filter to the thoughts and physical sensations.
That filter may make MDMA the ideal “training wheels” for the budding explorer.
July 28, 2022
NUGGET: DEA staying busy
The DEA is being sued for "right to try" access again, and they just backed off their controversial plans to reschedule 5 DMT analogues.
NOODLE: If you can't commit to 5 large trips, don't bother with 1
It’s a process not an event.
Doing it once and expecting a panacea is like going to the gym for one massive workout and expecting to get shredded.
Thankfully, you don’t need to engage psychedelics 2-3x a week. But multiple trips are needed for real change.
Additionally, the first trip can unlock things that REQUIRE more work.
That 1st trip can be the equivalent of spreading Ajax on your bathtub.
It will go to work and loosen up some of the gunk… but you still need to scrub & rinse with water to get squeaky clean.
The follow-up trips are that "scrub & rinse."
I'm still learning on my deep journeys and it feels like the trips feed off each other... like compounding interest.
It's a process of rediscovering yourself, your purpose, and a sense of joy.
So how do we build an elegant structure for numerous trips over the course of months and years?
Something to noodle on...
July 21, 2022
Nugget and a Noodle Special Edition: Trip Notes
Psoirée members often share notes and takeaways from deep trips. The trip notes newsletter is typically members-only, but this special edition is going to all subscribers.
14 grams — solo
"I see the true nature of psilocybin now. It's not all fuzzy, comfy love and acceptance. It has a cunning, insidious side to it. The image keeps coming up - a snake eating its tail: life and death, euphoria and madness, good and evil"
Read more about Lena's journey here.
Would you like to share your notes, or hear more from other travelers? Join Psoirée here
9 grams — solo
"A sense that a higher dimension being was walking me through a museum tour of my accomplishments over the recent years. A sensation of acknowledgement and recognition for the work, sacrifices, and thoughtful decisions. This was meaningful at a level that’s difficult to describe”
Read more about Ray's journey here.
3.5 grams — solo
"This process would go on for several hours until I finally experienced my 'eureka' moment. Nearing the end of my 5 hour journey - the Mushroom spoke to me: 'don’t be lazy with your awareness.'”
Read more about Andrew's journey here.
Ready for deep work? Join the community of high-dose explorers.
July 14, 2022
NUGGET: Colorado rocking the boat
There are not one but TWO separate measures for state-wide legalization of psychedelics. Activists have the required signatures and full legalization in Colorado is in play.
NOODLE: The beauty of psychedelic uncertainty
This renaissance has incited a wide scale effort to do a “Matt Damon-in-Mars-style ‘science the shit out of this.’”
The pursuit of knowledge is noble but the psychedelic experience has inherent mystery.
The Heisenberg uncertainty principle shows we can’t know exact position and velocity at the same time.
Similarly, the deeper we go into the psychedelic rabbit hole on one aspect, the more some other aspect gets fuzzy… like a game of whack a mole.
For example: the more we study neural circuitry during a trip, the more we miss out on the subjective experience.
It also seems impossible to figure out the perfect dose, trip frequency, and pre-journey ritual.
For those that have danced w madness on a large trip, myself included, you know that the experience is not only unprovable, it can be tough to even put into words.
Mark Twain said:
“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained”
Maybe uncertainty IS the solution… that it’s better to forever surf the asymptote.
And perhaps that’s the point of psychedelics:
A reminder of the beauty of the process.
Something to noodle on…
June 23, 2022
NUGGET: How to change the world's mind Michael Pollan is releasing a "How to Change Your Mind" documentary on Netflix in July. It's based on his book (same title) that drastically accelerated mainstream psychedelics.
NOODLE: Be loud about your psychedelic experience
It’s pride month and the evolution of gay rights is a flat-out inspiration.
In 2008, the LEFT leaning President Obama was against gay marriage.
Fast forward to today and gay marriage has federal protection, we have pride parades nationwide, and corporations are tripping over themselves to show support.
All this in just 14 years.
Steve Martin once quipped:
“Be so good they can’t ignore you”
The LGBT community did just that. With their activism, parades, and social media, perhaps decided to also “be so LOUD they can’t ignore you.”
It takes chutzpah to come out: one of the few things in life that’s irreversible.
The psychedelic community could learn from the LGBT community.
If you’re a psychonaut and want to see change… lead by example and take that irreversible leap. Talk about:
(1) your experience
(2) your origin story and the changes you’ve seen
(3) your preferred compound and dosages
(4) the beauty AND the challenges
I get it… it’s hard. I spent years hiding it.
And now that I’m out as a psychonaut… there are some jobs I’ll never get.
And yet 2 things happened:
— I felt a weight lifted
— Others have shared that my story helped them tell theirs
Malcolm Gladwell wrote:
"Sometimes big changes follow from small events, and sometimes these changes can happen very quickly."
YOUR story might just be one of those “small events.”
How can you get comfortable getting loud and telling your story?
Something to noodle on...
June 16, 2022
NUGGET: Psychedelic lemons into lemonade Zide Door, the Oakland church that allows for tax free purchase of magic mushrooms, was busted by the Feds in 2020. They are back up and running, with one difference:
The national exposure from the arrest has led to a 10x growth in their following.
NOODLE: You have a right to explore consciousness
No rules, regulations, or rituals are required when it comes to your mind.
You don’t need a diagnosis, a doctor, or a "dieta." You don’t need a prescription, pre-authorization, or a priest.
Some may want hand-holding, but others won’t... I certainly didn’t.
White, black, brown, indigenous, medical, conservative, liberal… NOBODY gets authority over your consciousness.
The real magic of psychedelics is that they unlock what’s already inside you.
If you use them haphazardly, yes, you may not be ready when you uncover unpleasantness within.
On the other hand, if you approach with intention, in a way that’s meaningful for you, it can unlock profound beauty within:
Curiosity, creativity, calm.
It can help you discover your purpose, your connection to everything, your creator.
So what’s the best way to help the masses explore consciousness?
Something to noodle on...
June 9, 2022
NUGGET: Maryland — more than just crab cakes and football My home state, Maryland, has enacted a bill to fund psychedelic research.
The bill provides free psychedelic treatment to veterans with PTSD and victims of traumatic brain injury.
NOODLE: who gets jurisdiction over magic mushrooms?
Psilocybin is a different thing to different people.
To the party goer, sure, it’s recreational. To the sick, sure, it’s medicinal.
But to the healthy intentional user that goes inward, it’s something much more. It’s not medicine, it’s a portal.
And what you see in that portal fundamentally changes your relationship with reality.
The problem with the medical community is the same as with the person holding the hammer: everything starts looking like a nail.
Mushrooms do heal, so the medical community wants jurisdiction…and who could blame them?
We all love power... plus when the cool new pretty girl transfers to your high school, you want her in your friend group.
But the portal dwarfs the significance of medical assays and clinical trials. Even "Mother Nature" seems to be thumbing her nose at any notion of jurisdiction:
Magic mushrooms literally grow all around us, and you can grow them yourself in a neat little 2 ft container in your living room.
The tech sector is also helping decentralize power: we can now trip remotely "together."
DEA, NIH, FDA, Health Canada, religious leaders, tech designers — does anyone get jurisdiction?
Something to noodle on...
June 2, 2022
NUGGET: 2022 BC British Columbia, Canada has decriminalized all drugs.
There is a fly in the ointment: it won’t take effect for another 18 months and they have a low allowable limit... but, another sign of incredible progress.
NOODLE: There is no such thing as a bad trip
… but there can be a “reckoning.”
When traveling on high doses of psychedelics, you may have some excavating to do.
A face-to-face dance with ALL your fears and insecurities at an embodied and visceral level isn’t exactly the ideal Disney ride.
That type of reckoning can be painful and scary… but so can a trip to the dentist. Both are an important part of your health.
2 things make make the tough trips unpleasant:
You have some rough clean-up work to do: like when Succession’s Logan Roy had dead raccoons in his chimney
While on a large trip you’ll have the adversity skillset of a 10-year old
Unpleasantness + the thin-skin of a child can result in a tough journey
Plus it’s similar to the dentist visit: the longer you wait… the more work you may need.
But just like when that achy tooth is FINALLY fixed and your pearly whites are squeaky clean, the feeling when you’ve completed your mental work on a psychedelic trip… is splendid.
So how do we reduce the fear of tough trips?
Something to Noodle on…
May 26, 2022
NUGGET: Psilocybin spike The wife of Canadian senator, Larry Campbell, spiked his coffee for weeks.
No, she didn’t slip him a mickey… she put a microdose of magic mushrooms in his morning cup of joe, unbeknownst to the Senator.
The ethics: dubious. The results: delightful.
He overcame a 20 year battle with depression and says he hasn’t felt this good in years
NOODLE: Oregon Trail-blazing
I’m on location in Oregon and has me reminiscing on the classic 90's "Oregon Trail" computer game.
This state is a hotbed of public debate on psilocybin in advance of its magic mushroom legalization this January.
Just like with a software "v1.0” launch, the rollout won’t be perfect, but it will be staggering progress.
It may also be a bellwether for the rest of the psychedelic world.
The hottest debate topic:
One example: a submission to the Oregon Health Authority by the “Entheogenic Practitioners Proposal” would allow sacred use, including the allowance for:
religious organizations to produce and deliver magic mushrooms
community peers and volunteers to facilitate deep sessions
I’m not a religious person but might be finding Jesus in the near future.
It feels like the state leaders value access for all… not just the wealthy or those with a prescription.
Accessibility means a program where the marginalized, the sick, and the “healthy-but-dissatisfied” will ALL be able to easily engage.
Will it be a clunky wagon ride for future Oregonians, or will there be a smooth path?
Something to noodle on...
May 19, 2022
NUGGET: needling the NIH US senators Cory Booker and Brian Schatz sent an official letter to NIH to essentially figure out what’s the hold-up with psilocybin?
Keta therapy was assigned breakthrough status in 2016, then legalized in 2019... three years later.
Psilocybin — which has less risk of addiction and arguably more impact on mental health — has been in breakthrough status for 4+ years now, since 2018.
NOODLE: when laws can't keep up
Thomas Jefferson said:
“If a law is unjust it’s not just your right, but your DUTY to break it”
We’re in the midst of a mental health crisis, an addiction epidemic, and we’re JUST starting to see the eye-opening science around psychosomatics (e.g. how much mental health impacts physical health)
It's starting to get to the point where it feels amoral to NOT take the “scofflaw approach” to psilocybin prohibition.
Lucky for us, growing your own mushrooms isn’t difficult, and remote tripping is now a viable path.
Elon Musk, while pondering a future Mars colony, quipped:
"It should be easier to remove a law than create one"
If the process of removing dumb laws remains as convoluted and unpleasant as watching a sausage get made, maybe it’s time for those laws to get the "Jefferson treatment."
Something to noodle on...
May 12, 2022
NUGGET: fed up with the Feds Psychedelic activists protested DEA offices this week. The DEA is blocking the terminally ill from accessing psilocybin despite profound evidence AND “right to try” laws.
The "right to try" laws stipulate that terminally ill patients should be able to try experimental treatments.