interview – Psychedelic Frontier make the most of your dose Fri, 11 Jan 2019 12:00:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 48719013 Acid Drops: An Interview with Andy Roberts Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:02:49 +0000 Acid Drops: An Interview with Andy Roberts

Andy Roberts is an historian of Britains LSD psychedelic culture and author of Acid Drops: Adventures in Psychedelia, as well as Albion Dreaming: A Social History of LSD in Britain. He first fell down the rabbit hole in 1972 and has been exploring the labyrinth of passages ever since. His views on the psychedelic experience are (basically) You take a psychedelic and you get high. What happens after that is largely the result of dosage, set and setting.

Andy, thanks very much for joining me, I’m looking forward to hearing more about your book.

Acid Drops is billed as “a collection of essays, interviews, and fiction”, along with “frank accounts” of your own LSD use.

Continue reading Acid Drops: An Interview with Andy Roberts at Psychedelic Frontier.

]]> 0 4834
From “X” to Rx: Discussing MDMA with Rick Doblin Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:00:27 +0000 From “X” to Rx: Discussing MDMA with Rick Doblin

The following is excerpted from Dr. Richard Louis Miller’s excellent new book,  Psychedelic Medicine.

MDMA: Heart Medicine


Substance: MDMA (3,4- methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), aka Molly, Ecstasy, “X,” “E”, “XTC”, ADAM

Schedule: I (No recognized medical use and high potential for abuse)

Rick Doblin, Ph.D.: Drawing a Map from “X” to Rx
March 5, 2013 (with excerpts from August 18, 2015)

Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist.

Continue reading From “X” to Rx: Discussing MDMA with Rick Doblin at Psychedelic Frontier.

]]> 1 4284
“Getting Higher”: A Conversation with Author and Occultist Julian Vayne Tue, 30 May 2017 11:00:21 +0000 “Getting Higher”: A Conversation with Author and Occultist Julian Vayne

Julian Vayne is the author of Getting Higher: The Manual of Psychedelic Ceremony — a guide for exploring the use of psychedelic substances in the contexts of spirituality, self-transformation and magic. It’s out now, via the incredible independent publisher, Psychedelic Press UK.

I caught up with Julian about why, exactly, psychedelic explorers would want to get even higher, and what it means to be a warlock in the information age.


Hi Julian, thanks very much for joining me. I know I’m not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I have to say Getting Higher looks fascinating.

You’re a self-described “occultist.” What exactly does that mean? How do you practice magic in the modern era?

An occultist is someone that is interested in the Mystery, the limits of human experience, extra-ordinary experiences and states of awareness.

Continue reading “Getting Higher”: A Conversation with Author and Occultist Julian Vayne at Psychedelic Frontier.

]]> 1 4007
Veteran Explains How MDMA Therapy Helped Him Overcome PTSD Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:43:51 +0000 Veteran Explains How MDMA Therapy Helped Him Overcome PTSD

In a recent “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit, Iraq War veteran Tony Macie opened up about how he overcame his treatment-resistant PTSD through experimental MDMA-assisted therapy. Here’s his introduction:

My name is Tony Macie, and I am a retired Sergeant of the U.S. Army. I spent 15 long months in Iraq during the surge in 2006 and 2007. When I returned home from the war, I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting from a lot of issues ranging from what I experienced during combat and some of the disconnect with my brothers in arms when I transitioned out of the military.

My symptoms of PTSD became “treatment-resistant” after the medication and psychotherapy that the Veterans Affairs provided was ineffective. I began to search for alternative treatment methods, and that’s when I heard about the trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat PTSD.

Continue reading Veteran Explains How MDMA Therapy Helped Him Overcome PTSD at Psychedelic Frontier.

]]> 2 3002
My Interview with Rick Doblin, Psychedelic Pioneer Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:33:02 +0000 My Interview with Rick Doblin, Psychedelic Pioneer

I recently had the good fortune of meeting my psychedelic hero, Rick Doblin, the founder and president of the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies. What’s more, he graciously agreed to an on-camera interview. I asked him about the origins of MAPS, the Russian ban of methadone in Crimean addiction clinics, New Zealand’s new regulatory framework for legal highs, MAPS’ recent partnership with the military to research MDMA as a treatment for PTSD, and much more.

My favorite part is when Rick tells the story of taking LSD on his twenty-first birthday. He heard a siren and became convinced that the Russians were bombing Tampa, and that he was about to die. The story of what he decided to do with his remaining time on Earth is both hilarious and touching. You can find that clip in text format at the bottom of the page, or in the video at 42:30.

Continue reading My Interview with Rick Doblin, Psychedelic Pioneer at Psychedelic Frontier.

]]> 2 3018
Bungee Jumping Into the Godhead Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:30:56 +0000 Bungee Jumping Into the Godhead

The vine has spread her tendrils across the world and a genuine archaic revival was underway. My bags were packed, South America beckoned, and the ancient mysteries of the rainforest awaited. I wanted in on it…

Rak Razam

I sat down with Rak Razam, the writer, producer, and main subject of the new film Aya: Awakenings, for a 45-minute interview covering everything from the legacy of Terence McKenna to the intense 5-MeO-DMT trip that occurs at the climax of the film.

The documentary, an adaptation of the book of the same name, covers the ayahuasca tourism phenomenon through the lens of Rak’s personal experiences in Peru.


The Interview

Stream it here or download the mp3.

Rak describes his film as an etheogenic journey for the audience:

There’s this synesthesia that happens in the film, where because of the narration taking you on the emotional left-brain journey, and the soundscapes and the visuals, it hits all the right spots of our sensory modalities and triggers a shamanic reaction.

Continue reading Bungee Jumping Into the Godhead at Psychedelic Frontier.

]]> 0 2100
“Ask Me Anything” Reddit Interview with Rick Doblin & MAPS Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:33:14 +0000 “Ask Me Anything” Reddit Interview with Rick Doblin & MAPS

Yesterday, Rick Doblin and ten other MAPS staff members engaged in an online “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit. The turnout was phenomenal. Questions ran the gamut from personal (“Have you ever tried psychedelics?”) to political (“Will the legalization of psychedelics will come next after marijuana?”) and much more.

Several posters asked about minimizing the risk of MDMA toxicity, while others were curious about treatments for cluster headaches, depression, autism, and other conditions. A couple people even asked if MAPS accepts Bitcoin (as of yesterday, they do). As you might expect, the answers from MAPS staff were incredibly informative and insightful.

It can be a hassle to sift through all the replies on Reddit, so I have copied the questions and arranged them by topic below. This was a live online interview, so please excuse any typos made in the questions and answers. My omissions and minor changes are indicated in square brackets.

Continue reading “Ask Me Anything” Reddit Interview with Rick Doblin & MAPS at Psychedelic Frontier.

]]> 2 1791
Forbes: Meet Dread Pirate Roberts, the man behind Silk Road Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:27:01 +0000 Forbes: Meet Dread Pirate Roberts, the man behind Silk Road

The Semptember issue of Forbes has a very interesting interview with the Dread Pirate Roberts, which is available online for free.  The whole thing is worth a read, but here are some highlights.

Competition and Publicity

Despite the giant DEA crosshairs painted on his back and growing signs that the feds are probing the so-called “dark Web” that Silk Road and other black market sites inhabit, Roberts spoke with FORBES in his first-ever extended public interview for a reason: As with physical drug dealing, a turf war has emerged. Competitors, namely a newly launched site called Atlantis with a real marketing budget and a CEO with far less regard for his privacy, are stealing Roberts’ spotlight.

“Up until now I’ve done my best to keep Silk Road as low profile as possible … letting people discover [it] through word of mouth,” Roberts says.

Continue reading Forbes: Meet Dread Pirate Roberts, the man behind Silk Road at Psychedelic Frontier.

]]> 0 1329
Radio interview with psychedelic pioneer Jim Fadiman Fri, 31 May 2013 16:15:00 +0000 Radio interview with psychedelic pioneer Jim Fadiman

Public radio show “To the Best of Our Knowledge” interviewed psychedelic pioneer Jim Fadiman. The full 45 minute interview can be downloaded or streamed from their website.

Jim Fadiman is one of the original psychonauts – a friend of Richard Alpert and Ken Kesey in the Sixties – who went on to do pioneering research on psychedelics and creativity, and helped found the transpersonal psychology movement. In this EXTENDED interview, Steve Paulson talks with Fadiman about a lifetime of unconventional thinking.

The interview covers a variety of topics, from Fadiman’s days as a graduate student in the psychedelic golden age of the Sixties, to his friendship with Merry Prankster and author Ken Kesey, to the modern renaissance in psychedelic research.

Speaking about the US government’s prohibition that halted all psychedelic use, including research, Fadiman says:

Predominantly the fear in the establishment was not of young people hurting themselves, but of young people coming home and criticizing their parents’ lifestyles and their reasons for existing.

Continue reading Radio interview with psychedelic pioneer Jim Fadiman at Psychedelic Frontier.

]]> 0 805
Interview with Oliver Hockenhull, Director of “Neurons to Nirvana” Mon, 20 May 2013 21:53:38 +0000 Interview with Oliver Hockenhull, Director of “Neurons to Nirvana”

I am very excited to share with you my conversation with Oliver Hockenhull, director of the new documentary film Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines.


About the film

Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines is a richly-illustrated feature documentary about the resurgence of psychedelics as medicine. Through interviews with the world’s foremost researchers, writers, psychologists and pioneers in psychedelic psychotherapy, the film explores five powerful psychedelic substances (LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, Ayahuasca and Cannabis) and their previously established medicinal and psychotherapeutic potential.

The film is finished but needs funding for marketing and distribution. If you are interested in learning more about the project and bringing this film to life, please check out the Kickstarter page! [UPDATE: The Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded and this film will be marketed and distributed soon! Stay tuned!]


About Oliver

Oliver Hockenhull is an artist, screenwriter, communication theorist, stand-up philosopher, essayist and lecturer who works in film, video, hyper media installations, writing, and design. 

Continue reading Interview with Oliver Hockenhull, Director of “Neurons to Nirvana” at Psychedelic Frontier.

]]> 2 577