Dr. Roland R. Griffiths

Dr. Roland R. Griffiths is a clinical pharmacologist at Johns Hopkins and has been researching mood-altering compounds for over 40 years.

As an unusually prolific scientist, having published over 360-times, he's also responsible for having started the psilocybin research program at Johns Hopkins nearly 2 decades ago.

In this podcast, you'll discover: 

  • (00:00) Introduction
  • (04:05) Psilocybin produces meaningful mind-altering effects 
  • (12:52) Psilocybin can treat depression and anxiety in people with life-threatening cancer 1
  • (22:53) Psilocybin rewires the brain, preferentially breaking fear-based circuits 
  • (28:11) Meditation and psychedelics quiet neural activity of the default mode network
  • (34:09) "The hard problem of consciousness" may not be solved by neuroscience
  • (40:16) Psilocybin helps people quit smoking (80 percent abstinence at six months post-treatment) 2
  • (47:08) The risks of psilocybin include bad trips and psychiatric problems
  • (01:02:00) Meditation delivers similar benefits to psilocybin without the risks
  • (01:07:18) Sauna use improves mood Salvinorin A
  • (01:10:23) Salvinorin A, ayahuasca, and other psychedelics

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