Science of Psychedelics &
AN IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
PHOENIX AZ | APRIL 28-30TH 2023
Our psychedelic conference is designed to educate, inform, and enlighten the public for healthier outcomes. Together let's shift the culture around psychedelics through science.
DEDICATION. EXPERTISE. PASSION.
Hand-picked speakers at the forefront of their respective fields. Our conference is designed to help spread knowledge and learnings for people to make informed decisions about their health and well-being.
PhD, Founder of MAPS (Multi-Disciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies)
Topic: The Past, Present & Future of Psychedelic Medicine
Psychedelic Research has shown us highly promising results for the treatment of PTSD, Depression, Social Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Alcoholism & Suicide. In this fascinating dive into the science of psychedelics, Rick will explain the history of Psychedelic Medicines, Where we are now and how we go forward with drugs like LSD, psilocybin & MDMA. He’ll discuss how they affect your brain — and show how, when paired with psychotherapy, they could forever change the way we treat PTSD, depression, substance abuse, anxiety and more. Rick will also touch on studies that show MDMA can more than double the efficacy of PTSD therapy from 23 percent without MDMA, to up to 66% effectiveness with MDMA.
PhD, "Father of Microdosing", Researcher
Topic: Microdosing and the Fadiman Protocol
James Fadiman is an American writer known for his research on microdosing psychedelics. He co-founded the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, which later became Sofia University. Dr. James Fadiman is known as the “Father of Microdosing” for his pioneering explorations and scientific studies on microdosing. Since 2010, he’s been collecting reports from thousands of people around the world who have tried microdosing. Many of them followed his suggested microdosing routine of one day on, two days off—coined the Fadiman Protocol. The reports are full of stories of people that overcame their insecurities, anxiety, depression, and stress, as well as migraines, cluster headaches, and menstrual complaints. This leaves Dr. James Fadiman convinced that microdosing can have enormous psychological and health benefits while hardly having any risks.
Host of Vice's Hamilton's Pharmacopia
Topic: Uses and Efficacy of Lesser Known Therapeutic Substances
Morris is a well-known advocate in the psychedelics space. In addition to being a scientific researcher, a journalist and a filmmaker, he has the television show Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia, in which he investigated the chemistry, history, and cultural impact of various psychoactive drugs. He is a correspondent and producer for Vice on HBO, as well as a contributor to Harper's Magazine. Morris frequently consults with media on the subject of psychoactive drugs and conducts pharmacological research at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia with an emphasis on the synthesis and history of dissociative anesthetics.
Experimentalist, Human Optimizer
Topic: Psychonautics: Maximize Your Human Potential
Aubrey Marcus, Host of the Aubrey Marcus Podcast (80 Million downloads), Founder of the Mega Lifestyle Brand Onnit. As a Human Optimization Thought Leader, and Founder of a multi hundred million dollar lifestyle brand, Aubrey’s personal & professional mission rests on a single question: How can we get the most out of our body and mind on a daily basis? Psychonautic experiences have been a vital key to his success and personal development.
Aubrey will explore the power of psychedelic & psychonautic journeys in unlocking inner parts of our psyche to maximize our human potential. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of the leading voices in the field of human optimization and wellness. Discover powerful ways to attain a more resilient Mind, Body & Spirit. This eye opening talk is for anyone looking to enhance their experience of living on the planet.
Founder, Black Therapists Rock, NYT Bestselling Author
Topic: Reversing Racial Trauma Through Collective Healing
Deran Young is a licensed therapist specializing in racial trauma and legacy burdens. She is also a Co-Author of the New York Times Best Seller, You Are Your Best Thing, a retired military officer, & founder of Black Therapists Rock and a Psychedelics accessibility advocate for marginalized communities. Black Therapists Rock is a non profit organization with a network of over 30,000 mental health professionals committed to reducing the psychological impact of systemic oppression and intergenerational trauma. Her passion for culture and people has led her to become a highly sought after diversity and inclusion consultant working with Facebook, Linked In, and YWCA and Brene Brown.
Host of MAPS Podcast, Author, Facilitator at Evolution Retreats
Topic: Psychedelics in the 21st Century and How to Use Them
After spending many years as a digital marketing expert for some of the worlds largest brands, Zach had a wake up call over 10 years ago that thrust him back into the center of the psychedelic cyclone thanks to the influence of his primary teacher and mentor, Ram Dass. Since, then he has found his own unique voice and method in being able to contribute to the revolutionary new psychedelic movement we find ourselves in. As a health and wellness facilitator, integration coach, guided session therapist and seeker of all things mystical – Zach has worked to help heal many people with the assistance of psychedelic medicines. Zach currently hosts The MAPS podcast and is a facilitator at the Evolution Retreat Center in Negril, Jamaica. As an author, Zach’s first book “And Now, The Work Begins – Psychedelics in the 21st Century and How to Use Them” will be published by SoundsTrue in late 2023.
Founder Heroic Path to Light Church, USMC Veteran, Former FireFighter, Psychedelic Facillitator
Topic: Veteran's and First Responder Access to Psychedelic Medicine
Justin, an advocate for veteran and first responder mental health, is a Marine, Entrepreneur, former City of Austin firefighter and a facilitator of psychedelic medicines. Justin is the Founder and President of Heroic Path to Light, a non-dogmatic Entheogenic Church in Austin TX serving the veteran and first responder communities. He is a founding member of the Veteran Mental Health Leadership Coalition and a member of the Psychedelic Medicine Coalition. He credits psychedelic medicines for successfully recovering from his MTBI and c-PTSD from war and the catalyst in saving his life after a failed suicide attempt in 2018.
CEO and Chief Editor of Doubleblind Magazine, Psychedelics Reporter
Topic: Unlocking the Healing Potential of Psychedelic Mushrooms from Dosage to Integration
Shelby Hartman is Co-Founder and CEO of DoubleBlind, a media company at the forefront of the psychedelic movement. Her work has appeared in VICE, Playboy, Quartz, LA Weekly, the Huffington Post, Thrillist, and Rolling Stone, among others. Shelby has spoken and written on topics like psychedelics in the media, the ethics of mainstreaming psychedelics, and others at SXSW, Horizons: Perspectives in Psychedelics, Harvard Law School, and more.
From a brief history to modern therapeutic resurgence and current landscape, in this talk we'll explore the world of psychedelic mushrooms and their potential for healing and personal growth as well as the landscape of potential use. Well known for treating migraines, pain, depression, PTSD and other mental health conditions, we’ll also look at groundbreaking use in treating alcohol addiction, eating disorders, end of life fears and other uses.
Dr. Lia Jiannine
PhD, Host of Sex Talk on PBS Florida
Topic: Sex and Psychedelics Panel: Discover How Psychedelics are Enhancing Sexual Experience, Healing Sexual Trauma & being used to Strengthen Relationships and Communication
Dr. Lia Jiannine is the Co-founder of INTIEM. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Florida’s College of Health and Human Performance. She holds a Ph.D. specializing in Sport Science with a cognate in Public Health. Dr. Jiannine’s research interests focus on physical fitness, supplements, sexual functioning and psychedelics. Dr. Lia Jiannine has made it her mission to cure HSDD as well as other disorders with the use of pharmaceuticals and sex therapy. Lia has been invited to be present on a variety of sexual health topics both nationally and internationally. She is the host of “Sex Talk with Dr. Lia,” which is the top South Florida Program on PBS.
Award Winning Director of Fantastic Fungi
Topic: Visual Healing: The Ideal Settings for Your Psychedelic Journey. PLUS: Psychedelics & Creativity
Louie Schwartzberg is the director of the breathtaking box office sensation Fantastic Fungi, the #1 documentary on Apple TV, with 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This film has been a major catalyst for the psychedelic renaissance over the past several years. Louie’s Visual Healing, currently being use in psychedelic journey’s at Pacific Neuroscience Institute are stunning immersive films that seamlessly bring nature and music together to deliver positive physical, emotional, and psychological benefits in healthcare, hospitality and psychedelic journeys. The Visual Healing program is used to transform spaces into life-like natural environments.
US Army Vet, Psychedelic Integration Coach, Breathwork Practitioner, and Founder of NeuIntention
Topic: Veterans Access To Psychedelics
With a background in entheogenic medicine, transpersonal psychology, somatic therapy, metaphysics, energy medicine, mysticism, and shamanic healing, Nathan has worked with professional athletes from the NFL & PGA, 7 & 8 figure companies, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, veterans, and elite coaches on how to awaken their inner wisdom, heal from trauma, and build an unshakeable nervous system using The NeuIntention® Method.
Topic: Unity Consciousness and Egoic Liberation with the World's Most Potent Psychedelic
5- MEO-DMT has been called The God Molecule, the Toad, and the Power. The Magnitude of Experience as a psychedelic is unparalleled & when taken at a regular dosage produces extraordinary states of unity consciousness and ego dissolution. This can lead to a deep unraveling of trauma stored in the nervous system, consciousness expansion, and feelings of unconditional love. But this substance is not for the light-hearted and also carries risks as well as often requiring thorough integration. Stephen Kerby has both experienced and facilitated hundreds of 5- MEO journeys and mentors other facilitators and is a Trauma Informed Psychedelic Facillitator. He'll discuss the experience, the science, screening criteria, harm prevention and safety protocols as well as Toad Conservation and synthetic 5- MEO-DMT. Get up to speed, on the world's most powerful psychedelic substance.
Joe Tafur MD
Founder, Medical Researcher
Topic: Ceremonial Healing Meets Medical Science
Dr. Tafur is trained in both allopathic and traditional medicine, and works to integrate Western medicine and spiritual healing. He spent years working at a traditional healing center in the Peruvian Amazon, working with medicinal plant ceremonies and traditional techniques. In the Amazon, Dr. Tafur saw hundreds of people find help for problems that Western medicine was unable to heal. Drawing from his first-hand experience as a Shipibo-trained healer and Medical Doctor, Dr. Tafur has learned about the importance of acknowledging the emotional body and its role in disease. Spiritual approaches can be used to heal the emotional body which, in turn, promotes healing in the mind and physical body. Modern research supports the concept that improvements in spiritual well-being can facilitate this deeper emotional healing. This has been shown in traditional healing approaches in the Amazon and in clinical research with modern psychedelic psychotherapy.
Former MMA World Champion
Topic: Healing Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) & Long Term Pain with Psychedelics
Ian McCall is a Former Mixed Martial Arts MMA World Champion and UFC star. He is a Psychedelic Researcher, and Psychedelic Integration Coach for Professional Athletes and High Level performers.
He credits psychedelics for successfully recovering from many traumatic brain injuries and beating his decades long dependence on pain medication.
Since his retirement, he has become one of the most prominent advocates for the decriminalization of plant medicine and their safe use in professional sports. Ian is currently doing research with The McCall Method and Dawn Scientific as well as studying the performance benefits of psilocybin for all parts of life. He is also the director of psychedelic advocacy for BetterU ketamine. He has been featured in Forbes magazine twice, graced the cover of LA weekly and been on HBO’s Real Sports with Brian Gumball.
San Pedro/Huachuma and Peyote
Topic: How Mescaline-containing Plants Heal Your Emotional Body Through the Opening of the Heart
Iván has facilitated over 400 journeys with mescaline-containing plants over 10 years. With a background in chemistry, he is the author of an exciting upcoming book on plant medicine facilitation and healing work. He'll enlighten us on the effects of using mescaline-containing plants from a psychological, scientific, chemical and spiritual lens, understanding better in which ways these plants have a more masculine energy, historical context, the meta analysis, as well as the differences to Ayahuasca, LSD, and Mushrooms. He'll also discuss conservation, adapting its usage to a modern western context and the benefits of integrating these experiences when used in conjunction with Ayahuasca.
CEO, Neurobiologist, Drug Engineer, PhD, MBA
Topic: Psychedelics For Chronic Pain Relief: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Headaches, IBS, Back or Pelvic Pain, and Many Other Forms of Pain
David Roberson received his PhD in Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School. He is co-founder of 4 pain-focused biotech companies & supervises an active research program at Cacti Therapeutics developing next generation psychedelics for treatment of pain, headaches, & central nervous system sensitization.
Most people are aware of the benefits of Psychdelics in alleviating Mental & Emotional disorders however, very few are aware that approximately 40% of US adults suffer from Chronic Pain. Dr. Roberson will give an overview of how Psychedelics may provide lasting relief for chronic pain issues such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Headaches, IBS, Back or Pelvic Pain, and many other pain issues. Join us to hear one of the few cutting edge researchers uncovering the use of Psychedelics for pain management and relief.
Campaign Manager for Oregon's Legalization of Psilocybin Therapy
Topic: Government, Policy and Reform: The Future of Psychedelic Advocacy and Access
Sam Chapman is the Executive Director of the Healing Advocacy Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting safe, high quality, and accessible state-regulated psilocybin services, beginning with Oregon and Colorado. Sam was the campaign manager for Oregon’s successful Measure 109 campaign in 2020, to permit licensed service providers to administer psilocybin-producing mushroom and fungi products to individuals 21 years of age or older--the first of its kind in the United States. In 2013 Sam co-authored House Bill 3460, the Oregon law that legalized medical marijuana dispensaries.Sam has 13 years of experience advocating for progressive drug policy reforms at the local, state, and national levels.
Juan Pablo Cappello
CEO, Co-Founder of Nue.Life, Ketamine Telehealth
Topic: Psychedelic Telehealth: The Next Frontier
As Co-Founder and CEO at nue.life Juan Pablo’s goal is to help one million people address the root cause of their depression and anxiety leveraging AI, personalized medicine and the healing power of psychedelics. Juan Pablo was exposed to the indigenous plant medicine traditions as a young child in his native Chile, and he helped bring the Sumak Kawsay Native American church to South Florida a decade ago. In another life Juan Pablo built the first online bank in Latin America which he helped sell to Banco Santander for $700 million.
Founder of Decriminalize Nature DC
Topic: Women Are Welcome in Psychedelics Panel Discussion
Melissa Lavasani is the founder of the Psychedelic Medicine Coalition, and Former Chairwoman of Decriminalize Nature DC lobbying for psychedelic medicine at the Federal, State, and local levels of government.She's been featured in the hit Netflix Documentary "How to Change Your Mind" produced by Michael Pollan, The New York Times, Wall St. Journal And Rolling Stone. Having utilized psychedelics to heal her severe postpartum depression, Melissa led the Decriminalize Nature DC campaign to the largest ballot initiative victory in the history of our nation’s capital. Melissa advocates for policies that support research and safe, equitable access to psychedelics.
Founder of Regenerative Brain Protocol
Topic: Boost Your Microdose
Functional Medicine & Ayurvedic Expert Awais Spall, creator of the Regenerative Brain Protocol, was a member of a research team examining the abilities of botanicals and adaptogenic brain boosters to be utilized with Psylocibin to speed up brain-healing in soldiers recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury. How does microdosing improve cognitive performance and what botanicals, adaptogens, peptides can be used with or without microdosing to boost your brain? Join us to get answers.
CEO Cacti Therapeutics
Topic: Sex and Psychedelics Panel
Kaitlin is CEO of Cacti Therapeutics, a biotech company developing FDA-approved psychedelic therapies for chronic pain and sexual dysfunction. Kaitlin received her Master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and has professional experience in trauma care and business finance. Her passion is helping people experience growth and transformation through the adversity of spiritual, sexual or attachment traumas.
Veteran’s Need Access to Psychedelics Panel
Topic: Army Special Forces Veteran and Intelligence Operator
Derek is a former Special Forces soldier and Intelligence Community professional experienced in business development and strategy. Derek is active in helping special operations veterans integrate their healing of trauma and war-based moral injury using psychedelics. He holds a BA in Political Science from Yale University and an MA in International Affairs from UCSD’s School of Global Policy & Strategy. He resides in San Diego with his daughter enjoying politics, philosophy, & the arts.
President Ketamine Taskforce, CAPT, USAF, Retired
Topic: Using Ketamine As A Modality For Pain Treatment
Capt. Kimberly Juroviesky is a disabled Air Force veteran and Nurse Practitioner. She was injured on active duty and developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. She began ketamine infusions which saved her life. She decided to start a 501c3 organization called the Ketamine Taskforce when she realized there was an issue with patients unable to afford infusions and insurance companies refusing to cover treatment claiming that it was experimental or off label use of the medication. Kimberly is working through the Taskforce on getting insurance to cover ketamine fully for both mental health and pain. She is also working to advocate for patients and make sure that everyone has access to this important medicine. Kimberly also is the author of Ketamine Infusions A Patients Guide. She also recently published her new book, Ketamine Journey’s a Journal for Integration of Ketamine experiences, both available on Amazon.
Founder/CEO of Flow State Micro
Topic: The Wonderful World of Microdosing: The Basics of Mushrooms, LSD, Aya, Iboga Mescaline & Cannabis
Microdosing educator Adam Bramlage will be discuss microdosing best practices, protocols and dosages for safe and effective microdosing as well as the ancient use of microdosing through time from Stoned Apes to Silicon Valley. Bramlage has coached thousands of people including professional athletes & Olympic Gold medallists to successfully utilize microdosing to improve performance, mood, creativity and aid in easing anxiety and depression. For the last three years, Bramlage has worked closely alongside Dr. Jim Fadiman PHD., the Father of modern microdosing, educating & sharing the positive benefits of microdosing around the world. This talk will cover the basics, best practices, history and different substances that can be used to microdose.
Expert in the Field of Functional Mushrooms
Topic: Boost Your Microdose with Brain Nootropics
Founder & CEO of Mycroboost a Functional Mushroom Company, Robert has worked in the nootropic supplement space since 2008, and has built up a wealth of knowledge around plant-based medicine, and supplements including numerous beneficial pharmaceutical grade products in cannabis, hemp, kratom and mushrooms, including the first softgels on the market.
Nadeem Al Hasan
Psychoactive Breathwork Facilitator, Psychonaut, Cannabis Industry Pioneer
Topic: Out of this World Mystical Experiences with Psychedelics
Traveling to other dimensions, profound healings, meeting beings from a different world? People's experience with psychedelics is often not just healing but healing because they are profound. As much as there is a science, mystical experiences with psychedelics are normal but less talked about. Seeing Heaven and Hell, Angels, Aliens or other dimensions is not uncommon. What do they signify? Discussion of extraordinary psychedelic experiences and the implications to us all. Nadeem is the Chief of Operations for Somatic Breathwork and has a team of more than 700 practitioners globally. An avid psychonaut, Nadeem enjoys exploring the depths of mystical experiences - whether through psychedelic substances or induced breathwork practices. A lover of learning, Nadeem speaks passionately about happiness, business, and how to live a life by design.
MD, Cardiologist, Author of Forthcoming "Livestream to God"
Topic: Extraordinary Mystical Experiences with Psychedelics
Dr. James is a cardiologist and Heart Rhythm Expert with a special interest in the spiritual dimensions of human physiology and experience. An introduction to psilocybin mushrooms in Oaxaca Mexico elicited an extraordinary and exquisitely detailed tour of hell and heaven, which he now calls "the god space" and details in his upcoming book titled "Livestream to God".
Jay & Cory Fiset
Founders The Connection Experience Psychedelic Retreats
Topic: Love Sex and Psychedelics: MDMA and Relationship Healing Experiences
High school sweethearts in a relationship for over 30 years, but for Jay & Cory the all too typical impact of kids, business, caring for aging parents, and burying 3 out of 4 took their toll and had them leading parallel lives. Just prior to their 25th Wedding Anniversary, they were unsure their marriage would last. But a powerful MDMA journey became the opening door for reinvention & healing including: renewing their marriage vows, transforming their sex life in many ways, losing 60 lbs between them and most significantly being the most loved and loving in their lives. Since then they created the Connection Experience Retreats for couples in all stages of relationships, utilizing a variety of psychoactive modalities and the results have been profound. Find out how psychedelics can benefit healthy relationships and the Do’s & Don’ts of these types of experiences.
Dr. Melanie Icard
Ketamine Therapist, Founder Butterfly Holistic Center/Phoenix Anti-Aging Center
Topic: Ketamine for Brain Health: A Safe, Gentle & Effective, Mental-Emotional Reset & Pain Reduction Tool
Ketamine is a legal dissociative anesthetic that you can legally use in clinical settings. When used properly, it's proven to create neurogenesis and shown to be highly effective in alleviating depression, addiction, PTSD, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. More recently it's shown benefits such as acute or chronic pain reduction, prevention or reduction of symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and other brain protective qualities, benefits for better sleep, and a better mood for those that are healthy. While classical psychedelics can be an intense and challenging multi-hour journey, ketamine sessions are much milder and can last from 20 minutes to 2 hours. Dr. Melanie Icard is the creator of Ceremonial Ketamine Therapy. She is a pioneer in the combination of transpersonal therapies with ketamine for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and alcoholism.
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