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The Bigger Picture: Implications of Mainstreaming Psychedelics Through The "Clinical" Lens w/Alexander Beiner –64
Episode 6428th July 2023 • The Psychedelic Leadership Podcast • Laura Dawn, M.Sc
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The primary narrative paving the pathway for the emergence and acceptance of psychedelic compounds into Western society is the narrative surrounding Psychedelic Therapy; psychedelics as a clinical treatment for mental illness.

But what are the implications of viewing psychedelics through this lens? Laura Dawn speaks with Alexander Beiner about The Bigger Picture and not only the impact that lens has on our personal experience but on the culture at large.

Alexander Beiner is a journalist and author of the book: 'The Bigger Picture: How psychedelics can help us make sense of the world'.

In this episode of the Psychedelic Leadership Podcast we explore:

  • The hidden and far-reaching implications of mainstreaming psychedelics through a “medicalized” and clinical lens within a capitalistic model. 
  • Why “Psychedelic Therapy” is the dominant narrative and why we need to widen our frame. 
  • What is "The Psychedelic Trojan Horse"? And why is flawed? 
  • Power dynamics surrounding who makes decisions around psychedelics. 
  • Why the names and labels we use to describe psychedelic compounds matter. 
  • Why psychotomimetic might still be an appropriate word given our pathological cultural framework
  • How do we avoid the mainstreaming of psychedelics becoming an elitist movement, the importance of access, and “the virtuals vs the physicals”.

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