Today I’m talking with my dear friend and New York Times bestselling author Tucker Max. While today’s topic might be a little controversial, I wanted to share the information so it can help anyone looking for additional types of therapy. Tucker devotes a large portion of his time to helping connect people with the resources they need to use healing psychedelics.
I’ve mentioned before how MDMA psychotherapy was an important part of my healing journey. I was able to unlock key emotions that were having a major impact on my physical health (even though at the time I didn’t know they were). All of the weird health symptoms and the stubborn weight finally started to go away after addressing the mental/emotional aspect of previous trauma and events.
Our talk today centers around MDMA assisted psychotherapy, which is a gentle (yet powerful) introduction for beginners and experienced users alike. Clinical trials are showing an unheard of 80% healing rate for severe PTSD, even for those who have already tried everything else. It’s not for everyone, but I hope you’ll look into this powerful resource and see if it’s a good fit for your journey too.
So let’s dive in!
Episode Highlights With Tucker Max
- How Tucker went from “fratire” and party boy to helping people through trauma
- Why he credits psychedelics with helping him become a better husband and father
- What MDMA assisted therapy is and how it helped him and many others
- How certain substances can be a tool to drastically improve therapy outcomes
- The clinical trials in PTSD and the dramatic results including an 80% total cure rate
- Why this might be the most significant finding in psychology
- The stigma around drugs and how/why these things were originally banned
- What integration is and why it is so important with this type of therapy
- Why guides are important and how to find a good one
- The reason this works specifically on trauma so well
- Ketamine, a legal option, that is used specifically for pain and suicidal thoughts
- The differences between different types of psychedelics and how they work differently in the brain and body
- Important cautions and preparation
Resources We Mention
- The Beginner’s Guide to Psychedelic Medicine by Tucker Max
- Tucker’s Psychedelic Medicine Q&A
- Tucker Max website
- A Dose of Hope: A Story of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy by Dr. Dan Engle
- How to Do the Work: Recognize Your Patterns, Heal from Your Past, and Create Your Self by Dr. Nicole LePera
- The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
- Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine
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