🍄 The New Health Club #23 - JR Rahn: Can we create the “antibiotic of addiction” ?


Hi everyone, I hope this week is treating you well.

We are just working on a new newsletter concept, plus preparing our upcoming YouTube show with big names from the psychedelic world. Other than that, we would love to hear your stories and we will soon come back to you with a new format telling people’s stories, not patient stories. I don’t believe in the patient stigma any more: I believe in a much broader, new idea of mental health and wellness, that pretty much everybody should develop for themselves. Of course with the support of others. Or with the support of psychedelics. No one should be alone in this. And this is, by the way, what our community is for. 

In today's podcast , I talk with JR Rahn, the CEO and Founder of MindMed. And I learned something… according to JR, my voice apparently sounds like the German spy in Homeland, played by Nina Hoss - who would’ve known! But back to MindMed. Their work involves creating transformative medicines to address big problems in society like anxiety, ADHD and addiction. They are achieving this through the use of psychedelic inspired medicines, put to the test in clinical trials. Right now, MindMed is collaborating with the psychedelic research lab at the University of Basel. They’re working with some of the top minds in the emerging psychedelic space such as Matthias E Liechti, the University’s vice head for the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology and Kim Kuypers, an Associate Professor at the University of Maastricht.

JR and I discuss his journey from working at Uber to founding a leading psychedelic company which aims to create the “antibiotic for addiction”, as he says. We talk about JR’s investor Kevin O’Leary (Mr. Wonderful) from the TV Show Sharktank, and we discuss why prominent public figures like him could have a powerful impact on the de-stigmatisation of mental health and psychedelics. We also talk about Dopamine and why the competition to raise our Dopamine in these modern times is harmfully impacting our mental health. But there is so much more to learn from JR in this episode, so please enjoy the show!