Psychedelic Times Podcast

#3: Javier Prato Spirit Medicine Movie - Exploring the World of Psychedelic Plants

May 24, 2016

Javier Prato's brewing up something very special. Our third guest on the Psychedelic Times podcast series, Javier is in the later stages of shooting and directing a documentary about psychedelic plants called Spirit Medicine. The feature-length documentary is complete with forays around the world into the lands of indigenous cultures and their psychedelic healing traditions with Ayahuasca, Peyote, Psilocybin Mushrooms and Iboga as well as exclusive interviews with some of the leading figures in the psychedelic movement.

 

Some of those figures are Dennis McKenna (ethnobotanist), Gabor Mate (clinical psychologist and addiction expert), Claudio Naranjo (psychiatrist and author), Ralph Metzner(psychologist and consciousness researcher), Jordi Riba (pharmacologist), Rick Doblin (founder & executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies—MAPS), David Jay Brown (science writer and consciousness researcher), Daniel Pinchbeck, (author & Journalist), as well as several neuroscientists, shamans and plant medicine practitioners.

 

Show Notes

    • Javier’s introduction to plant medicines [3:00]
    • Javier's introduction to ayahuasca and first ayahuasca experience in Peru [4:00]
    • Taking ayahuasca with psychologists and shamans [8:18]
    • Javier's history with film [10:02]
    • Filming, learning, and making connections at the ibogaine conference [11:50]
    • The openness of the psychedelic community and benefits of interviewing people [15:15]
    • The primacy of content creation in media [18:50]
    • Integrating a psychedelic experience [21:18]
    • Traveling to Africa for a traditional Bwiti ibogaine ceremony [24:30]
    • Development of Spirit Medicine [31:54]
    • Interviewing leaders of the psychedelic community like Dennis McKenna [33:10]
    • Dr. Eduardo Jovel, ibogaine conservation, and the Ibogaine Conference [34:00]
    • Use of ibogaine therapy for addiction treatment [35:55]
    • Production of Spirit Medicine and Kickstarter campaign [36:50]
    • Attending traditional peyote ceremonies with the Huichol in northern Mexico [38:15]
    • Indigenous use of psilocybin and peyote in Mexico [39:05]

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