🍄 #63 - Ronan Levy from Field Trip Health talks about Demi Lovato singing about mental health, agnostic molecules & Ketamine Clinics.

  
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Hi everyone!

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Will you be the person checking out a Ketamine walk-in clinic one day? What question would you have and how would you like your treatment facility to look like? How would you like to feel? Like in a chic hotel or in a clinic? 

This is one of the topics, Ronan Levy, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman from Field Trip Health in Toronto and I are talking about. Field Trip’s mission is to bring the world to life through psychedelics and psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy. Especially the opening of Ketamine Clinics, in the meantime in seven locations from Toronto to Amsterdam, has made Field Trip Health last year one of the most important forces in the field, and last year the company even went public. Ronan, a lawyer by training, is also a partner at Grassfed Ventures, a venture capital, and advisory firm focused on the cannabis and biotech industries, and is Chief Strategy Officer and Member of the Board of Directors for Trait Biosciences Inc., a leading biotech company in the hemp and cannabis industries.

It was fun to have Ronan on the show again and catch up, also because the world of psychedelics is changing every day. This time, next to Ketamine, we talk about if Ketamine Clinic should look like Soho House, if there is something like an agnostic molecule, we talk about Demi Lovato's video “Dancing with the devil'', where she shows herself overdosing and addressing her addiction. 

We talk about the exact meaning of “California Sober”, an approach to recovery that includes drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis in moderation and we discuss if biotech or the recreational side of psychedelics will win the race. So enjoy the show with Ronan and the birds singing in the background, while we are talking.

The (fast) week in psychedelics is here. Take a look. 

Fast Company says “New clinical data show that MDMA-assisted therapy can have a significant impact on PTSD, paving the way for FDA approval and commercialization”

Plus: think about that. Psychiatry may never be the same, because of psychedelics, says the New York Times. Exactly what I talked to Ben Sessa about last week. 

Also in the NYTimes, “a new study shows that MDMA, known as Ecstasy or Molly, can bring relief when paired with talk therapy to those with severe post-traumatic stress disorder”. We celebrate the MAPS Founder Rick Doblin for this. 

Check out Daniel Carcillo. Now-retired hockey player Daniel Carcillo’s brain damage was so bad he was contemplating suicide—until a high dose of psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, led to a miracle,” says Fast Company on Daniel Carcillo.

Daniel is special to us, he was on the show last year and I loved the way he told his story. 

Talk soon!

Anne & Christoph