Psychedelic Upgrade: Finding the Right Dose & Approach
Dr. Phil Wolfson & Dr. Julie Holland
In this Episode of The Human Upgrade™...
…two psychiatric research pioneers open up about the benefits people experience from psychedelic treatments. From mental health conditions to crucial social connections, there’s a dose and approach that can work for you and with your own brain chemistry.
Psychiatrist and psychotherapist Dr. Phil Wolfson, creator of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, leads patients through psychedelic psychotherapy sessions, guiding them through their past and present in an open, altered state of mind. His invaluable work is the result of an intense, many-decades-long clinical practice. He focuses on new pathways for healing depression, PTSD, addiction and other conditions.
“There’s really no right or wrong with psychedelics,” Dr. Wolfson says. “It’s about how do we integrate our lives and relationship in this very difficult time with people and in our beings, and what practices we bring to this whole thing. So, it’s not just about substances.”
Psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist Dr. Julie Holland explains in her book, “Good Chemistry: The Science of Connection, From Soul to Psychedelics,” why you need connection, how you’ve lost it, and how you might find it again. She believes psychedelics can help. Taken under the direction of a trained psychiatrist, they can catalyze a connection with the self, nature, or the cosmos.
Dr. Holland’s research—with a focus on the parasympathetic nervous system—dives into how you can “turn on” and “tune in” to the brain chemistry that supports connection. At the same time, you can tamp down the fight or flight mode that derails sleep, metabolism, libido and much more. She’s leading new understanding about how your behaviors are driven by the hormones and neurotransmitters that make up good (and bad) brain chemistry, including testosterone, estrogen, dopamine, serotonin and most crucially, oxytocin.
If you liked this special episode with Phil and Julie, you’ll learn even more from listening to their full podcasts on these topics:
“A lot of these psychedelics really do enhance neuroplasticity.”
Dr. Julie Holland, Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist
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- Dr. Julie Holland looks at the science of connection, why we need it, how we’ve lost it and how we might even find it again. – 1:49
ketamine is originally an anesthetic and an analgesic put together off of PCP analog research in the late 1960s. – 4:20
People are awake, alert. They want to talk, they want to connect, they want to dig. – 7:30
There’s really no right or wrong with psychedelics. They have special properties. For instance, the property of ketamine that’s most useful is it’s a time out. – 11:11
I would also make a plug for CBD, which I think it doesn’t have the sort of edginess and the pushiness of the stimulants, but it does lend sort of a calm focus. – 13:52
In the clinical practices that were evolving like MAPS and Usona and our groups, we are really careful about prescription. We have never had a ketamine dependent person yet. – 15:49
The first chapter of “Good Chemistry,” I just tell people like, “Get in your body. Become embodied. Feel your body.” – 20:29
Lights come in all kinds of capacities. Some lights are dim, some lights are out, some lights are vibrant and we want to light up lights in connection. Indra’s Net is about connection. – 27:31