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The JoeLo Show

Apr 14, 2020

Michelle Janikian is the author of “Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion” (Ulysses Press, 2019), the down-to-earth guide that details how to use magic mushrooms “like an adult.” As a journalist, she got her start writing about cannabis for publications like High Times, Rolling Stone and Herb. Now, she writes a column for Playboy on all things drug related and also contributes regularly to DoubleBlind Mag, MERRY JANE, Psychedelic’s Today and others. She’s passionate about the healing potential of psychedelic plants and substances, including cannabis, and the legalization and de-stigmatization of all drugs. Find out more on her website: 


Three key takeaways:

  1. Go into a psychedelic journey with an intention, rather than a plan.
  2. Due to some overlapping serotonergic and dopaminergic pathways in the brain, psychedelics may offer the brain a reset. 
  3. Many people report hearing or realizing many of the same universal lessons during a psychedelic journey, suggesting the presence of inherent wisdom in various plant medicines.


We also talk about:

  • The evolution of the psychedelic culture over the last fifty years, and what to expect from the current renaissance.
  • How psychedelic practices in Mexico differ from those in the United States.
  • The importance of short-term and long-term set and setting.
  • The benefits of group ceremony vs. individual healing work.
  • The differences between a psychedelic journey and micro-dosing.
  • Using psychedelics to brea down interpersonal and intra-personal barriers.
  • Things to keep in mind when planning a trip, like: intention setting, technology, music, trip sitters, etc.
  • How to integrate a magic mushroom journey and where to find proper resources to help.


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