Podcast 302 – “The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide”


Guest speaker: James Fadiman

Gary FisherWe are saddened to report that long time friend of the salon and psychedelic research pioneer extraordinaire, Gary Fisher has gone on to his next adventure.

Archive of podcasts featuring Gary Fisher

The Gary Fisher Page


“There is so much more psychedelic use in this country than any of us, even those of us who think we know a lot, are aware of. . . . According to [the government], 23 million Americans have used LSD since it became illegal. And that figure, because I’ve been tracking it, goes up 600,000 a year, pretty much rain or shine. So there’s 600,000 people this year who are going to be taking, and that just deals with LSD, that doesn’t deal with ecstasy or ayahuasca or anything else. But there’s this growing, continual large number of people, and they tend to be better educated and brighter, and we do have research on that. So what I’m doing a lot with this book is say, ‘Hey, it’s OK to admit what is true, which is the person next to you at your work probably had some acid in their background just as you did.” -James Fadiman


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The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys By James Fadiman

The Other Side of Haight: A Novel

Meeting the Divine Within
A Manual for Voyagers and Guides and Supplemental Information

Documenting the Complex Relationship Between Humans and Psychoactives

BOOKS By Matt Pallamary

Myron Stolaroff and Gary Fisher talk about the legendary Al Hubbard

Posted in Autism, Books, Consciousness, Creativity, Culture, Education, Imagination, James Fadiman, LSD, Psilocybin, Psychedelic Research, Psychedelics.


  1. @Lorenzo – What I was trying to illustrate from my comment was that only some people might deeply suffer from it and those on the lower end of the spectrum (or those trying to support them) might consider it more of a disease… and yes it can be terrible for them… other than that it can be definitely manageable and might be considered more of a syndrome rather than a disease.

    If you want to know a little more about autism I highly recommend checking out these films:

    1. The Horse Boy – documentary about a boy with low functioning autism receiving healing from horses and shamans in Mongolia.

    2. Temple Grandin – HBO film starring Claire Danes closely based on Temple Grandin’s life.

    3. TED Talk by Temple Grandin herself: http://www.ted.com/talks/temple_grandin_the_world_needs_all_kinds_of_minds.html

    “If you were to get rid of all the autism genetics, there would be no more Silicon Valley.” – Temple Grandin

  2. Can you kindly share the link to the free section of his book mentioned where he posted information on guiding and taking psychedelics?

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: . . . 🙂 I already did. It is above, just under the images of Jim Fadamin’s two books. See:

    Meeting the Divine Within
    A Manual for Voyagers and Guides and Supplemental Information”]

  3. Lorenzo, I am a HUGE fan of the podcast though I have one point of contention with this particular episode; it was with your quip that autism was a terrible disease that needed a cure.

    To simply state that all autism is some sort of terrible disease is offensive. Autism as you may not know is usually referred to as the Autism Spectrum Disorder and so people who need the most help are generally lower functioning. It is possible sometimes, thanks to therapy and treatment, to become higher functioning.

    Being on the spectrum myself I regard my autistic traits and insight as gifts and believe in neurodiversity.

    Nonetheless I am definitely appreciative of Gary Fisher’s amazing work and that hopefully one day thanks to the many hours of research him and others have done it may improve the lives of all those on the autistic spectrum.

    Also worth noting is Alicia Danforth’s current research with MDMA and High Functioning Autism in adults.

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: I apologize for having offended you with the word ‘terrible’. Of course, I was referring to a disease and not to the people who suffer from it. In truth, I now have no idea what adjective to use in regards to this or any other dis-ease.]

  4. What an absolutely amazing podcast, and a wonderful job by Mateo. Fadimin delivered so many impact-full statements; it was truly magical to listen to his perspective and insights. This podcast could be a game changing tool for some of the situations us psychonaughts face.

    I was also blown away by Lorenzo’s commentary after the interview. There was something about it that hinted of an alien intelligence guiding the conversation. Maybe it wasn’t intentional, but it seemed that multiple philosophical layers were carefully woven into the commentary.

    Thank you very much Jim, Mateo, and Lorenzo.

  5. Dear Psychedelic Society

    This is meant as a self-congratulatory note:

    We who think of ourselves as part of the tribe which I address in the headline, seem to be highly occupied with getting these messages of greater consciousness and clarity out into the culture, as memes or as more elaborate creations. An important part of that work is to inform people about what many of these things they think of as illegal drugs, really are.

    All of a sudden I find my self writing a book, which is for my “hometown” called Norway. That means it’s in norwegian and is specifically meant for people of a Scandinavian mind set, particularly for those of them who have an open mind but just haven’t connected to the input channel yet. It’ll talk about psychedelics through talking about what the psychedelics talk about.

    The point is I feel it’s going well, even though I’m still just in the starting phase, and I owe a lot to this cyber community we have going on right here now.

    I see people becoming more creative every day, which really is synonymous with seeing our tribe growing, allowing more and more fruits of its great effort to ripen. (I mean, just check out this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOCQvPyzl1Y His name is Micah Buzan, and he makes incredible music and animation, seriously, check him out!)

    This podcast reassures me of the point and purpose in what I do. It’s such a huge inspiration to know that there are so many more who tune in to hear it, that there is this diverse group of people uniting in synchronized glee every time a new Psychedelic Salon podcast trickles into their global-connectedness-device!

    Thank you tribe for giving me hope and energy!

    Thank you Lorenzo, Mateo and Jim for being such great keys at unlocking the doors to greater connectedness and deeper understanding!


  6. Lorenzo,

    Great Show! I’m interested in your Tinnitus comment. You say that for you, it went away with psychedelics. That’s great! Afterwards, does it come back gradually, full-blown or diminished (and which ones, natural or synthetic?). I too suffer from a certain amount of Tinnitus and have never heard of this reaction before. Anyway, thanks again for all of the great podcasts, and keep searching for those “lost” McKenna tapes!

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: It usually comes back over a period of several hours. And I’ve noticed that effect with both natural and synthetic substances.]

  7. Fisher’s low dose problem solving findings kinda makes me wonder of CIA figured this out too, maybe earlier than Fisher did.

    Maybe they started giving low dose LSD to general officers for problem solving in military matters. There has been some interesting, out-of-the-box language and doctrine coming from the mouths of our latest crop of generals lately. For example: “Getting inside the enemy’s decision box”, implies a tactical use for the “soft” emotion of empathy.

    High costs of American scientific breakthroughs have a history of being justified because they can first be weaponized to maintain American dominance.

    It would also be militarily useful to DENY the cognitive advantages of low dose LSD to persons who are not “real” Americans, especially that liberal hippie trash.


    Don’t mean to bring darkness here. But..hmmmm.

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: I assume that where you said ‘Fisher’ you meant ‘Fadiman’. In my conversations with Gary Fisher he told me that he mainly used high doses, but his work was always therapeutic.]

  8. What an informative, inspirational, and exciting podcast! We listeners are very fortunate to have the ability to learn from such wise and caring people. I am a “child of the sixties” who still remembers the media assaults on LSD and any mind-altering experiences. How ironic that in today’s society allopathic doctors now urge us to take more and more pharmaceutical drugs to chase side effects that actually cause more harm than good. They have given new meaning to the term “gateway drugs”! This podcast shares a vision of hope and healing for those of us who choose to think for ourselves and broadens our perceptions of who and what we are. The suggestion of “responsible guidance” is invaluable and we are reminded that trust and love are the best medicines of all. Thanks for a wonderful podcast.

  9. Great job, Lozo,

    You even got the cover of Jim’s “The Other Side of Haight”.


    Thanks for posting mine too!


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