Psychedelic Healing & Diaspora with Omar Thomas

Psychedelic Healing & Diaspora with Omar Thomas

In todays show, we are joined by the wise and wonderful Omar Thomas. He has extensive experience with psychedelic healing and is dedicated to introducing this therapy equitably and responsibly in Jamaica. As a retired US army veteran, person of color, and unique origins, Omar’s navigation in life has brought him to do the important work he does today. With a focus on empowering and healing African diaspora (people who are dispersed from their original homeland), his organization offers mushroom ceremonies, affordable education on self sustaining practices, and so much more. Omar shares his experiences and realizations from his deep work with mushrooms and mindfulness, and eloquently describes what it means to Be Here Now. He also speaks about being an African diaspora and offers wise words for reconnecting and healing to fellow diaspora.

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Omar is the founder of Diaspora Psychedelic Society.

His heritage of Jamaican and Panamanian ancestry led him to search for non-traditional answers to his own PTSD and trauma issues in the early 90s. His search eventually took him to Mexico where he underwent 30 days of fasting, isolation, and intensive sacred mushroom work under curandero guidance. Now with over 20 years of mushroom experience he is returning to Jamaica to collaborate with a variety of organizations on projects that promote responsible, sacred medicine use and equitable access to plant-based therapies for all. 

Through Diaspora Ministries, Omar offers private coaching, sacred medicine guidance, and integration services that focus on the daily practical application of the psychedelic experience, mindfulness, and overcoming generational trauma as it applies to members of the African diaspora of Caribbean, Latino, and African American descent.


Show notes:

https://dps-links. com/

https://www.diasporapsychedelicsociety.org/society

Psychedelic Healing & Diaspora with Omar Thomas

Meditation & Psilocybin with Vanja Palmers

This blissful episode covers the synergies between meditation and psilocybin and features a conversation with Zen monk and entheogen devotee— Vanja Palmers. Vanja has contributed to the first, and currently only, scientific paper on the effects of psilocybin on experienced meditators. We talk about their key findings, metrics, and mechanisms. We also discuss some tips and tricks for how you can introduce psilocybin into your meditation practice, and the many benefits that this notable pair can offer.
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Vanja Palmers was born in Vienna, Austria,  and grew up in Switzerland. He practiced Zen for over 30 years with 10 years of traditional training as a Zen monk, and is the co-founder of a retreat center in Puregg, Austria and Felsonter, Switzerland. He is also a lifelong animal rights activist, a member of the Swiss Medical Association for Psycholytic Therapy, and is a father of a grown up daughter.

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Show notes: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1UfCdiem6I3bWfTB2M88730yy916zlpFS?usp=sharing

Psychedelic Healing & Diaspora with Omar Thomas

How to Cook Mushrooms with Jim Fuller

As a chef and mycologist, Jim Fuller is the expert on how to cook mushrooms. His background in chemical engineering has played a crucial role in understanding culinary mycology— from sautéing, pickling, fermenting, cultivating, foraging and more. Jim has traveled the world with renown chefs and mycologists, and shares some of his most entertaining moments with us. This episode is full of new and useful tips, tricks and factoids!
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Jim Fuller is a co-founder of Fable Food Company, a vegetarian mushroom-based meat leveraging the unique characteristics of various fungi to re-create the taste and texture of meat. Jim is also a chemist, chef and mycologist. He has a degree in chemical engineering from San Antonio, then after a few years of working in a spawn lab at Gourmet Mushrooms Inc. in the North bay area of San Francisco  (with David Law, Feb 11,2020 podcast), moved onto the University of Melbourne to study Agricultural Science with a focal point in mycology. His specialties have brought him far and wide.
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Show notes: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xKHvl54R74e5sWBQfUgjbraxUgAr0tjN?usp=sharing

Psychedelic Healing & Diaspora with Omar Thomas

Mushrooms in Nigeria with Jones Omage

Mycology is an emerging science, and today we joined by one of Nigeria’s few mycologists to talk about this emergence in Nigeria and West Africa. We cover a wide range of topics from folklore, Jones’ research on Calocybe indica (aka the Milky Mushroom), innovative cultivation tech with local resources, and more.
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Jones Omage is a Laboratory Technologist at the African Centre for Mushroom Research and Technology. His love for mushrooms started some years ago as an undergraduate student years, and he has a master’s in Mycology and Plant Pathology from the University of Benin in Nigeria.
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Show notes: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1wW9tfszLcyzo3eIIxLeOKLnlywI4Bxh8?usp=sharing

Psychedelic Healing & Diaspora with Omar Thomas

Fungi, Radiation, & Outer Space with Graham Shunk & Xavier Gomez

If humans ever travel to Mars, we will need fungi to help. We are joined today by two young researchers whose experiment was welcomed aboard the ISS in 2018, where a melanized fungus was sent to space to observe the effects of cosmic radiation on the organism’s health, as well the attenuation of radiation. The results are exciting— future exhibitions to Mars and beyond could team up with melanized fungi to grow shields that protect humans from life-threatening radiation. Melanin is an abundant pigment that is responsible for some fungi’s ability to thrive in highly radioactive environments, including the Chernobyl reactor no.4, and now, outer space.

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Graham Shunk is a high school senior in the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. He is a finalist in the NASA Grow Beyond Earth competition, and has designed one of 5 winning prototypes of dense-agriculture systems for sustainably growing food in microgravity. is goal is to continue pursuing impactful research that will help get humans to Mars by solving decades-old problems that astronauts will face in deep space. In his spare time, Graham enjoys flying Cessna aircraft, conversing in Russian with peers, and leading his school’s Rocketry Team.

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Xavier Gomez  is a sophomore Levine scholar at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, he is studying to get his bachelor’s degree in systems engineering. Coming from a biomedical engineering background with an internship at Duke University, he is now exploring a variety of interests ranging from radiotrophic fungi to research on gentrification in migrant foodscapes. He is looking to get into sustainable and ethical supply chain management focusing on creating lasting relationships between well-compensated producers and ethically-minded consumers, building a more equitable and sustainable global economic playing field. During his free time he volunteers for sustainability and the smart growth nonprofit Sustain Charlotte, runs competitively, and plays the saxophone.
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Show notes: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10qDh3DO9hx0qRrKMh7KbkVSZuX4lF_5i?usp=sharing

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Photogenic Fungi with Steve Axford

Your favorite mushroom photography is likely thanks to the work of our delightful guest, Steve Axford. The beauty and scientific accuracy of Steve’s work has captivated national & international media, fungi experts, and anyone with an affinity for the odd and the beautiful. Steve shares his tips and tricks for capturing fungi on film, the unique places he’s traveled to, and some unexpected observations of fungi that are only made possible with time-lapse photography.
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Steve Axford is an ambassador for Sony Australia and has an international reputation as a specialist in nature photography with a particular passion in macro fungi photography. He also has a unique expertise in time-lapse photography of fungi. His work has been featured in BBC Planet Earth, National Geographic, Guardian Observer, Daily Mail UK, and more.
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See a movie trailer for Steve’s upcoming movie, Plant Fungi!
https://www.planetfungi.movie/

 

 

Psychedelic Healing & Diaspora with Omar Thomas

The Microdose Study with Zachary Walsh

Microdosing is a trending practice, but the science is far behind. Today we are joined by Zachary Walsh, a leading researcher in the Microdose Study. We discuss the objectives and hurdles in conducting a study like this. It is the first of its kind— a mobile, correlational study collecting data on the effects on cognitive performance and mental health of microdosing with psychedelic substances.
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Zachary Walsh is a Professor at the University of British Columbia Department of Psychology and registered clinical psychologist whose research has been supported by a number of institutions including the Canadian Institute of Health Research and American Psychological association. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2008, and completed a clinical internship and research fellowship at the Brown University Centre for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. Zach currently sits on the advisory board for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, otherwise known as MAPS.
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http://blogs.ubc.ca/walshlab/
https://microdose.me/

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Game of Shrooms with Atta

Look up. Look down. Finder’s keepers.
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“Game of Shrooms” is a scavenger hunt where hiders make and seekers score. On August 15th 2020, many cities and towns around the world will participate by creating mushroom themed art pieces, strategically placed to be discovered and treasured by the lucky finder. We welcome the artist behind the hunt, Attaboy. We learn about his eclectic career, how Game of Shrooms came to be, and the impact this simple idea has had.
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Attaboy is an artist and co-founder of Hi-Fructose Magazine. With a commitment to creating and curating surprising forms of visual art, Atta has forged a varied career, often fusing subversion with disconcerting whimsy. In June of last year, Atta inadvertently created an international underground holiday called Game of Shrooms Shroom-drop scavenger hunt.

https://yumfactory.com/gameofshrooms/

Psychedelic Healing & Diaspora with Omar Thomas

Chemistry of Functional Mushrooms with Dr. Anna Sitkoff

Join us in visualizing the biomechanics and physiological effects of mushrooms in the body with our knowledgable guest, Dr. Anna Sitkoff. We cover the unique chemical profiles of fungi, optimal extraction methods, administration, philosophies and more. Following along may require some preliminary understanding of functional mushrooms. For beginner learning, check out episodes #4, #6 and #11.

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Dr. Anna Sitkoff is a Naturopathic Doctor, avid researcher, botanical medicine enthusiast, and exceptionally curious applied mycologist. During her studies at Bastyr University she did laboratory research on the rosy polypore mushroom, exploring the anti-cancer and immune-modulating properties of different extraction methods. For the last six years she has taught medicinal mushroom classes in the Pacific Northwest geared towards the identification and utilization of local mushrooms as medicine. A lifelong student of medicine and the human body, her greatest interest is how mushrooms and their constituents interact with human physiology. Her blog is a platform for public education about her findings in the literature that empowers readers to make their own mushroom medicine. She will be working as a primary care physician in Port Townsend, Washington beginning in October 2020, and is currently a scientific advisor for North American Mushroom Extracts (NAMMEX).

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https://reishiandrosesbotanicals.com/

 

Psychedelic Healing & Diaspora with Omar Thomas

Fungi & Animal Mutualism with Todd Elliott

How do animals interact with fungi? Mutualism between fungi and animals emerge in unexpected ways. With Todd Elliott’s global lens, we discuss the interesting yet under researched relationships between vertebrates and fungi in the natural world. This episode is full of fun myco-factoids and anecdotes from around the world such as truffle-eating birds, poisonous box turtles, myco-medicinal bird nests and more.
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Todd Elliott is a naturalist, ecologist, and fungal enthusiast who loves sharing his passion for the natural world. He has been involved with research projects exploring biological diversity on six continents and has discovered and described mushroom species that are new to science. Todd lectures and occasionally appears in TV programs sharing his passion for the natural world, fungi, ecology, and conservation. He is also an author and award-winning photographer with hundreds of his images appearing in books, magazines, scientific journals, and newspapers.

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https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S1wB_lXYq7LaL6joXHHpBOTMwib_JlAk0Vl_O-JWS_Y/edit?usp=sharing

 

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