#025 Ronan Levy: discovering joy that's hiding in plain sight
Psychedelic Diaries episode summary:
We talk with Ronan Levy — executive director of Field Trip Health — about the cost of acting with principle, knowing when to take risks, and finding joy.
— NUGGET AND A NOODLE: New York bill to legalize psilocybin; is it better to have some people NEVER do psychedelics (0:37)
— Surprises in the psychedelics industry (3:19)
— Convincing psychedelics skeptics (5:19)
— How a psychedelic experience helped to launch Field Trip (8:07)
— Ronan discusses his struggles with self-worth (15:02)
— Dangers of tying self-worth to external factors such as money (17:46)
— Do people know what they want? (25:47)
— How his law degree helps his entrepreneurial career (27:36)
— Helping people see the world through another person's eyes (35:36)
— SOUL SEARCH: Which mind-altering substance on a desert island (32:33)
An entrepreneur and a visionary, Ronan is one the founders of Field Trip – with a mission to bring the world to life through psychedelics and psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy. Concurrent with his work at Field Trip, he is a partner at Grassfed Ventures, a venture capital and advisory firm focused on the cannabis and biotech industries and is Chief Strategy Officer and Member of the Board of Directors for Trait Biosciences Inc., a leading biotech company in the hemp and cannabis industries. Prior to his current roles, Ronan co-founded Canadian Cannabis Clinics and CanvasRx Inc., the latter of which was acquired by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) in 2016, after which he served as Senior Vice President, Business and Corporate Affairs for Aurora. A lawyer by training, Ronan started his career as a corporate lawyer at Blake, Cassels Graydon LLP and Legal Counsel at CTVglobemedia Inc. (now Bell Media Inc.) He holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from the University of Toronto.
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