In this episode, Joe Moore interviews Erica Rex: writer and participant in one of the first ever clinical trials using psilocybin to treat cancer-related depression. She talks about her complicated path to becoming part of the study, the study itself, and how integral communication, community, and integration were toward her healing. And she tells 3 different stories of spontaneous mystical experiences; tears in the fabric of her universe where the lines between reality and dreams were blurred, including one where a friend’s deceased mother (who she had never met) spoke to her in a dream about her own family. This leads to a discussion about the DSM, psychiatry, and how we don’t know anywhere near enough about schizophrenia or these strange brushes with the mystical.
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