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: 

  • 00:00:00 - Introduction
  • 00:04:05 - Psilocybin produces meaningful mind-altering effects 
  • 00:12:52 - Psilocybin can treat depression and anxiety in people with life-threatening cancer 1
  • 00:22:53 - Psilocybin rewires the brain, preferentially breaking fear-based circuits 
  • 00:28:11 - Meditation and psychedelics quiet neural activity of the default mode network
  • 00:34:09 - "The hard problem of consciousness" may not be solved by neuroscience
  • 00:40:16 - Psilocybin helps people quit smoking (80 percent abstinence at six months post-treatment) 2
  • 00:47:08 - 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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