In this episode acclaimed research pharmacognosist, Dennis McKenna shares his professional and personal stories on the interdisciplinary study of ethnopharmacology and natural psychedelics.
In this episode we discuss:
- Healing our relationship with the natural world
- Non-ordinary experiences and hallucination
- Dennis and Terrence McKenna’s experiences at La Chorerra
- Is reality a hallucination?
- The culture, the historical, and the societal context of psychedelics
“The great utility of psychedelics, both therapeutically and as tools to understand and explore consciousness, is the fact that they temporarily disable the reality movie you're constructing.” -Dennis McKenna
You are not going to want to miss this episode. McKenna dives deep into indigenous wisdom, plant knowledge, and the eschaton, or the end of time. Non-Ordinary experiences and psychedelics going over fungi, neurotransmitters, amino acids. - Listen in now!
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- Dennis McKenna on Twitter: @dennismckenna4
- Book: Super Natural: why the unexplained is real by Whitley Strieber and Jeffrey Kripal
- Book: Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks
- Book: True Hallucinations and the Archaic Revival by Terrence McKenna
- Book: Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss by Dennis McKenna
- Paper: Virola as an orally active DMT - the paper that sparked the journey in La Chorrera
- Books: The Black Mass and the Myth of Utopia by John Gray
- Book: Super Natural by Jeffrey and Whitley
- Book: The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley
- Book: Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World by Tyson Yunkaporta
Dennis McKenna has conducted research in ethnopharmacology for over 40 years. He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, and was a key investigator on the Hoasca Project, the first biomedical investigation of ayahuasca. He is the younger brother of Terence McKenna. From 2000 to 2017, he taught courses on Ethnopharmacology and Plants in Human affairs as an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. He emigrated to Canada in the spring of 2019 together with his wife Sheila, and now resides in Abbotsford.
Since 2019, he has been working with colleagues to manifest a long-term dream: the McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy, a non-profit organization founded in the spirit of the ancient Mystery Schools and dedicated to the study of plant medicines, consciousness, intelligence in nature, preservation of indigenous knowledge and a re-visioning of humanity's relationship with Nature. Dr. McKenna is author or co-author of 6 books and over 50 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.