Microdose would like to thank New Wave Holdings Corp. for sponsoring the next phase of our exciting documentary, “The World on Drugs”. 

 

The emerging psychedelic medicine industry has profound implications on reshaping global drug policy and healing from the damage caused by the war on drugs. Scientific research and the current legal framework surrounding drugs are diametrically opposed, severely limiting personal freedoms and fundamental human rights in the pursuit of better mental healthcare and a more prosperous world. We have the opportunity to reconcile science and policy with an inclusive, evidence-based commentary that is produced and broadcasted in real time. Follow the Microdose team on an international journey as we explore how we can heal together. 

An International Approach: Mexico 

 

Mexico plays a unique role in our story as one of the most deeply affected nations by the war on drugs. Also, home to an increasing diversity of entheogenic plant medicines, Mexico is in the unique position to radically transform drug policy and pave a brighter, happier future for the world at large.  This documentary will feature several key players and thought leaders on the ground who are boldly pioneering this movement.

The World on Drugs Mexico We Can Heal

Pepe Rivera – Plantón 420 –Capturing Cannabis Protests Outside Mexican Senate

 

Cannabis has played a fundamental role shaping global drug policy since the beginning-especially in Mexico. Our team joins cannabis activist, Pepe Rivera, in a stunning display of public protest where he and his crew have planted 420 cannabis plants on the steps of the Mexican Senate. Join us as we explore the demands of these frontline activists in the fight to reform cannabis legislation at this historic site–the first not to be labeled “clandestine” by the government.

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Asha & Rocky – Dream House Ibogaine Clinic –Exploring Radical Hope in Addiction Treatment 

Drug addiction has evolved into a public health crisis of epic proportions. The fallout from the opioid epidemic highlights the need for better long-term strategies to tackle this crisis worldwide. Lately, significant public attention has been drawn to an indigenous African shrub called Ibogaine that is revolutionizing addiction treatment. Our team visited Ibogaine facilitators Rocky & Asha at Dream House in San Miguel de Allende to learn about how they are using this powerful plant to offer new healing alternatives. Join us as we explore Rocky’s powerful story of personal transformation and recovery using Ibogaine to overcome a harrowing drug addiction. Learn more about how this experience inspired him and his partner Asha to help others in their journey towards healing.

Pioneer Psilocybin Activist Pier G. Coppe Hernandez & Mexican Psilocybin Society CoFounder Eros Quintero 

Psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, has garnered overwhelming public support in recent years for its ability to revolutionize mental healthcare. Promising research validating the clinical potential of psilocybin is in stark contrast with current drug policy–stymying progress and preventing access to this groundbreaking treatment. Join us as we interview pioneer psilocybin activist Pier G. Coppe Hernández and biologist Eros Quintero, cofounder of the Mexican Psilocybin Society, about how they are working to reform psilocybin legislation in Mexico. Our deep dive explores the intersection of compelling clinical research and strategic litigation to reformulate drug policy and expand access to psilocybin for Mexico and the world at large.

Read Microdosing Psilocybe Cubensis: A Scientific Review in the Modern Psychedelic Renaissance. 

Eros Quintera Mexican Psilocybin association

Joël Brierre –The Entheogenic Yogi –Deep Insights Into Death, Rebirth & 5-MeO-DMT

The death of old ideas and the birthing of new ones is a core element of the discussion surrounding psychedelic medicine. 5-MeO-DMT, the psychoactive secretion from the bufo alvarius toad, is considered one of the most powerful psychedelic drugs on earth and is the focus of Joël Brierre‘s work. Don’t miss this powerful sunrise interview exploring how Joël synthesizes ancient Eastern philosophies with contemporary Western practices in the psychospiritual application of this powerful medicine. We examine how Joël utilizes 5-MeO-DMT to help his clients relinquish limiting beliefs and unlock their true potential.

Armando Loizaga –Sacred Plant, Substance Abuse & Drug Policy Expert

The multidisciplinary investigation of the therapeutic potential of sacred plant medicines, such as Peyote, is a fundamental element in the drug policy debate. Sacred plant, substance abuse and drug policy expert, Armando Loizaga, shares his dedicated efforts in transforming drug policy at the global level, including his work with the United Nations. In this interview, Armando explores how these psychedelic plant medicines have become “collateral victims” in the war on drugs in a riveting on-site discussion at the Institute of Intercultural Medicine of Neirika, where he currently serves as president. Be sure to catch this exciting segment where Armando shares unique insights gained from his frontline work to transform drug policy on the world stage.

Dr. Carlos AlvearLopez –Medical Doctor & Natural Medicine Specialist 

Successfully integrating psychedelic and natural plant medicines into a comprehensive and holistic treatment model is critical in establishing a better paradigm for modern healthcare. Clinically trained by the Mind Body Herbert Benson Institute of Harvard University, Dr. Carlos AlvearLopez shares stunning insights with our team from his years of clinical experience in using medicinal herbs and sacred plants. Founder of the Inscape Recovery project and Yolitia Wellness, Dr. Carlos provides remarkable commentary on the need to shift drug policy based on years of applying holistic and herbal methods to treat a variety of conditions, such as drug addiction, depression and anxiety. From the therapeutic use of ayahuasca at Inscape Recovery’s ibogaine aftercare addiction treatment program to the study of neurotransmission and its clinical relevance in mental healthcare, this interview with Dr. Carlos is a powerful addition to our story.

“The World on Drugs” Phase 2: Vancouver

The next phase of our dynamic documentary filmmaking journey was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia and spotlighted world-famous icons impacting the psychedelic medicine space and global drug policy. From the renowned physician and Numinus advisor, Dr. Gabor Maté, to psychedelic dignitary, Dennis McKenna, and world famous mycologist, Paul Stamets, this next leg of our journey was truly incredible. Here are some notable highlights this phase of the project.

Numinus Laboratories – Exploring Groundbreaking Scientific Advancements in the Magic Mushroom Space

It is without question that the team at Numinus is one of the pioneering players in the psychedelic space. After recently completing Canada’s first ever legal magic mushroom harvest, they were gracious enough to host us at their dynamic laboratory in Vancouver. Here are some exciting shots of the Microdose team filming with the Numinus team!

Read PsyCap Recap: 3 Key Takeaways From the Numinus Presentation at Psychedelic Capital 

Spotlighting the Important Work by Psychedelic Canadian Advocacy Group TheraPsil

There is no doubt that the tireless advocacy efforts of the Canadian psychedelic advocacy group, TheraPsil, have been instrumental in the progress of the modern psychedelic renaissance. Most notably, their efforts were recently recognized for helping the first four Canadians with terminal cancer to get approved for psilocybin assisted psychotherapy. We were definitely grateful to chat Dr. Bruce Tobin and TheraPsil CEO, Spencer Hawkswell during our trip.

The Microdose Team Meets With World Renowned Physician and Addiction Expert, Dr. Gabor Maté

You truly can’t have a discussion about mental illness, in particular, addiction, and psychedelic medicine without referencing the powerful contributions of world renowned physician Dr. Gabor Maté. Indeed, his compelling postulations about childhood trauma being the underlying cause for a host of serious illnesses, including cancer and addiction, have profound implications on the emerging space. We are truly grateful to have met with Dr. Maté and want to thank the Numinus team for helping make this legendary addition to our documentary possible.

Microdose Meets Dana Larsen at His Classy New Coco Leaf Cafe

Formerly the editor for Cannabis Culture magazine, Dana Larsen’s colorful experience as an author, politician and cannabis rights activist is a powerful addition to our storyline. We had the pleasure of meeting with him at his new Coco Leaf Cafe on East Hastings in Vancouver. They are known to serve a specialty coca leaf tea, a beverage made from the coca plant–a medicinal herb revered for its medicinal qualities in South America.

The Dynamic Dr. Evan Wood of Numinus Shares Deep Insights About Magic Mushrooms and Drug Policy

As our journey continued, we had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Evan Wood, a key member of the Numinus leadership team. The exciting work taking place at Numinus right now was the perfect addition to our story and we are grateful for all their contributions to this important project.

An Insightful Visit With Rama – Canada’s Only Advanced Kambo Practitioner 

While not psychoactive itself, the frog medicine Kambo is deeply revered by the indigenous tribes for it’s powerful detoxifying properties. Relevant for it’s immune boosting properties (particularly during this pandemic), the kambo ritual plays an important role in the plant medicine community. We had the pleasure of meeting with Canada’s only advanced kambo practitioner.

Dennis McKenna – Expert Commentary From A Notable Icon in Psychedelic Medicine 

Another incredible addition to our documentary was our meeting with the world-renowned ethnopharmacologist Dennis McKenna. The well-known brother of psychedelics proponent Terrence McKenna, Dennis still actively shares his deep insights across the world to help the burgeoning psychedelic renaissance. He will also be a keynote speaker at our upcoming Mushroom Conference–a dynamic virtual event you won’t want to miss!

Jerry Martin – The Man Behind “Green Philanthropy” Is Now Supporting Psychedelics 

We are incredibly grateful to have met with dynamic cannabis philanthropist, Jerry Martin. He is now the founder of Mindtech, an innovative team dedicated to legalizing Lysergic Acid Diethelmide (LSD) and Psilocybin for medicinal and therapeutic use at microdose levels in Canada.

Microdose Meets Mark Howard – Featured Iboga Practitioner From the Documentary “Dosed”

We were thrilled to have met with renowned iboga practitioner Mark Howard. Released on the heels of the decriminalization movement in Vancouver, the documentary “Dosed”, which features Mark, provides a compelling account of the opioid epidemic and the promising potential of psychedelic medicine in treating it.

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Spotlighting Powerful Female Voices in Psychedelic Medicine – Amanda Seibert and Susan Chapelle

From inventive leaders in science, business and politics to bold journalists and writers in the space, the psychedelic renaissance is replete with powerful female voices. We are incredibly grateful to have met with dynamic cannabis writer, Amanda Seibert, and Havn Life Executive Vice President, Susan Chapelle, on this leg of our journey.

Microdose Meets the World-Renowned Mycologist Paul Stamets 

In a strong finish for our incredible Vancouver journey, the Microdose team had the great fortune of meeting with world-renowned mycologist, Paul Stamets. From his notable appearances on the Joe Rogan Experience and The Tim Ferris Show to his numerous novels on the magical world of mushrooms, Stamets is making a historic impact on the psychedelic movement. We are grateful he shared such deep insights with us on our journey and are excited to share them with the world.

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The Journey Continues

With footage captured in both Mexico and Vancouver, the Microdose team is eager to continue our international expedition in hopes of capturing compelling voices from around the world. We plan to head to Portugal where full drug decriminalization provides fascinating insight into a new, more progressive way forward. Additionally, we hope to travel to Jamaica, another iconic location in the War on Drugs and the psychedelic renaissance.

Do you want to learn more about our exciting journey? We’ll be providing a LIVE Update at the upcoming Mushroom Conference: A Molecular Masterclass. Get your tickets here today and join us for a deep discussion about the mushrooming field of fungi featuring leading experts, such as Dennis McKenna. We’ll be providing a real time update