Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance Season 2 – Episode 15 – Psilocybin Mushrooms vs. Psilocybin: The Dialectic Between Nature vs. Synthetic

In the season finale of Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance, join Paul Stamets for a discussion on the history of psilocybin and our knowledge of its medicinal value. Psilocybin mushrooms serve a societal need that remains unaddressed by conventional medicine. Paul champions the therapeutic benefits of psilocybin and will outline why, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the need for natural antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication is now of paramount importance.

Date: Tuesday, December 29th

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM PST (8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST)

About Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets is a perhaps the world’s most eminent mycologist, as well as a medical researcher, author, and entrepreneur. His academic work illuminated how mushrooms benefit the planet and its people, creating the foundation for family-owned Fungi Perfecti, a company dedicated to promoting the cultivation of gourmet and medicinal fungi.

In addition to discovering and naming several new species of psilocybin mushrooms, Paul has written six books, including Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms and Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World. His prominence in the space is so revered that he was recently immortalized in pop culture, with an Astromycologist in Star Trek: Discovery carrying his name.

In this episode of Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance, Paul will analyze the use of synthetic psilocybin instead of psilocybin mushrooms in clinical settings. Psilocybin is synthesized for clinical application as natural products are fundamentally at odds with Health Canada and FDA compliance. Shunning psilocybin producing mushrooms, in favour of a man-made replica, could have unforeseen consequences as we struggle to integrate entheogens into a rigid pharmaceutical framework.

You can read more about Paul Stamets here.


Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance – Season 2 has three different price points , starting from $75.00 for the full 15 episodes. Single episodes are available for $15 each, with discounted rates for students, seniors and those affected by COVID-19. If cost is a barrier for your participation, please email webinar@mapscanada.org for a complimentary ticket. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mapscanada.org/webinar.

Edited by Russell Cafferty

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