About the show

The new MAPS Canada podcast aims to highlight influential scientists, historians, and other eminent researchers at the front lines of the psychedelic renaissance. We’ll explore some of the most central debates in psychedelics literature, dive deep on the early psychedelics research conducted throughout Canada starting in the 1950s, and offer insight on the modern role of psychedelics in the treatment of mental health disorders.

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  • #5 - Gender and Women in the History of Psychedelics with Dr. Erika Dyck

    July 19th, 2021  |  1 hr 7 mins

    This episode concludes Season 1 of the MAPS Canada Podcast. Dr. Erika Dyck joins us for an interview with Jaipreet Mattu to discuss her 20 years of research on Canada’s past with psychedelic psychiatry, the growing awareness of the role women played in the development of psychedelic therapy, Indigenous use of psychedelic plants and protecting their cultural rights, and lastly, the global future of psychedelic plant medicine.

  • #4 - Bonus History Interview with Ross Crockford: Part I

    June 25th, 2021  |  32 mins 58 secs

    For this bonus interview, we’re joined by Canadian lawyer turned historian and journalist, Ross Crockford. Ross was the editor of Monday Magazine, an alternative weekly paper in Victoria, BC and has over two decades of experience researching Canada’s past, present, and future with psychedelics.

  • #3 - Canadian History of Psychedelics: Part I

    June 21st, 2021  |  25 mins 24 secs

    This is the first episode in our two-part series on Canada’s captivating history with psychedelics. Join us as we take a trip down memory lane...

  • #2 - Self-blinded Microdosing with Dr. Balázs Szigeti

    May 17th, 2021  |  54 mins 59 secs

    This episode features our interview with Dr. Balázs Szigeti. Dr. Szigeti is a neuroscientist from Imperial College London who recently published a study with his team investigating the placebo effect in psychedelic microdosing. In this interview, we talk about how this unique ‘self-blinding’ microdose study was designed, the benefits of using a citizen science approach in psychedelics research, and ultimately what his findings reveal about microdosing. We even discuss how the effects of microdosing might be similar to the positive experiences reported with homeopathic medicines.

  • #1 - Introduction to MAPS Canada & Psychedelics

    April 19th, 2021  |  23 mins 20 secs

    Welcome to the first episode of the MAPS Canada podcast. This episode introduces listeners to MAPS Canada, it’s mission, goal, and future vision for the safe and beneficial use of psychedelics to treat mental illnesses. This episode also provides an introductory overview of what psychedelics are and how they came to be. You’ll also get a brief history of the role psychedelics have played in early religions, the use of psychedelics in scientific research, and lastly, the neuroscience behind it all. This episode was brought to you by a dedicated team of diverse volunteers with MAPS Canada. The Podcast Committee would like to thank the entire team of researchers and other individuals who helped with promoting the podcast, and lastly, we’d like to thank journalist and historian, Ross Crockford, for his contribution to this episode.

  • #0 - Introducing the MAPS Canada Podcast

    April 15th, 2021  |  3 mins 57 secs

    Whether you're curious about psychedelics, skeptical of their benefits, or even an experienced psychonaut yourself - this podcast will aim to highlight everything you need to know to navigate their role in our society. Hit subscribe! We'll be releasing new episodes every third monday of the month starting on April 19th.