The neuroscience of psychedelics and mental health
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Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers
The neuroscience of psychedelics and mental health
Jun 14, 2022 Episode 53
Steve Thayer & Reid Robison

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison discuss the neuroscience of psychedelics and mental health. Introduce basic neurochemistry, discuss the major neurotransmitters implicated in mental health, explore how psychotropic medicines affect neural circuits, and talk about how psychedelics affect neural circuitry.

(0:54) Positive review for the podcast
(2:07) The story of Phineas Gage
(7:15) Are we just meat machines? Biological reductionism
(12:13) Reid and Steve discuss their professional and personal journeys with psychedelics
(18:11) How to Change Your Mind, by Michael Pollan
(19:07) The ineffability of the psychedelic experience
(21:51) Default Mode Network
(28:54) What do psychiatric medications actually do?
(31:26) Non-medicine neurological interventions
(32:45) The Huberman Lab Podcast
(33:25) The electrical properties of physiology and mental health
(37:00) Serotonin and SSRIs
(38:56) Dopamine
(41:52) "feel good" and "negative" neurotransmitters
(46:20) The Art of Impossible, by Steven Kolter
(46:50) Oxytocin
(53:20) What are SSRIs doing?
(58:40) The Body Keeps The Score, by Bessel van der Kolk
(01:00:10) SSRI vs psilocybin
(01:05:46) LSD and DMT
(01:07:50) MDMA and neurotoxicity
(01:14:11) Roll Safe Kit
(01:17:14) Ketamine 
(01:21:25) Critical learning periods opened by psychedelic medicines

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