Podcast

The Gnostic Media Podcast with host Jan Irvin. All podcasts are available for free for 6 weeks from the date of release, after which they’re available in the “Podcast Archive”.

Chris Conrad interview – “Hemp, Lifeline to the Future” – #040

Chris Conrad Author, internationally recognized spokesperson, and court-qualified expert on Cannabis Hemp (Marijuana) Internationally known expert on the history, medical, social, economic and ecological aspects of Cannabis hemp. Chris is author of four groundbreaking books and author of the booklet Cannabis Yields and Dosage. He advocates full restoration of industrial hemp, medical marijuana with a…

Jan Irvin with Richard Grove and Lisa Arbercheski – “Healthcare, U.S. vs Peru” – #037

Today instead of the usual interview format, I’ll be speaking with Richard Andrew Grove and Lisa Arbercheski of 8thestate media and Tragedy and Hope magazine about my trip to Peru, my experience with the medical system there, and some brief, and sometimes not as in depth as they could be, comparisons regarding our two cultures.…

Prof. Benny Shanon interview – “Antipodes of the Mind – Ayahuasca” – #034

Ayahuasca is a psychedelic brew that is traditionally used by indigenous cultures in the Amazon basin. The brew is made with the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and Psychotria veridis – and other ingredients may or may not be added – including the very dangerous and deadly Datura. The brew also contains MAOIs (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) and…

Alan Piper interview – “Ancient European and Middle Eastern Drug Use, – Pt. 1″ – #030

What evidence is there of Amanita muscaria mushroom and other drug use in Afghanistan? Did the Sufi employ psychoactive substances? What are the Moroccan goat men? Is there a possible link between intoxicating sacramental use of milk and Mohammed’s landmark visionary experience through the seven heavens? How does the new evidence of prehistoric mushroom use…

Wolfgang Bauer interview- “Amanita muscaria – The Fly Mushroom” – #029

Today we’ll be discussing Amanita muscaria – the Fly-agaric mushroom. Why is Amanita so prevalent in folkloric, mythical and religious iconography? Why do Amanita mushrooms seem less ergonomic than other entheogens, and if they are less ergonomic, could they have played as prevalent a role in these ancient religions as modern scholars claim? Is there…

Dr. Dennis McKenna interview – “Plant Intelligence” – #026

Today we discuss oo-koo-he, ayahuasca, habit and novelty theory, 2012, Terence McKenna, plant communication and the future of psychedelic research. For the last thirty years, Dennis McKenna has pursued the interdisciplinary study of ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens.  He is co-author, with his brother Terence, of The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching (Seabury…

Dr. Brian Akers interview – “Sacred Mushrooms of Mexico” – #024

Today’s guest is Dr. Brian Akers the author of The Sacred Mushrooms of Mexico. What were the mushroom traditions of ancient Mexico? Was there just one “mushroom cult”? Or were there diverse practices spread across many cultures? What were some of Gordon Wasson’s most important contributions to ethnomycology? What is the importance of the mystic,…

Prof. Michael Winkelman interview – “Religious Evolution” – #022

Today’s guest is Prof. Michael Winkelman from Arizona State University. Are ritual and religion a part of human evolution? What are the benefits that religion and ritual provide humanity and society? Do other animals other than humans utilize ritualistic behavior? What part do psychedelic drugs play in human evolution? Has mankind outgrown any advantages in…

Prof. Em. Thomas Roberts interview – “Psychedelic Horizons” – #020

Do psychedelic drugs have the ability to increase or expand intelligence? What is the difference between multi-state versus single-state intelligence? Why is it important to think about thinking; and what is placebo ability? Thomas B. Roberts (Ph.D. Stanford) investigates mindbody states for the leads they provide for learning, cognition, intelligence, creativity, mental health, psychological processes,…

Ernest Werner interview – “Did Jesus Ever Exist?” – #018

What do we get when a former pastor, former assistant pastor, former minister, and former member of the Cornell University Chaplains’ Staff decides to question the historicity of Jesus and the Gospels? Ernest Werner, today’s amazing guest, argues that a non-historical Jesus cannot be disproved. Ernest has provided us a fascinating understanding of the way…

Dr. Roland Griffiths interview – “Mushrooms & Mystical Experience” – #013

In May 2006 a Johns Hopkins University study on psilocybin (the active ingredient in Psilocybe varieties of mushrooms) was published stating that the religious experience had been proven through the use of the active ingredient in psilocybe mushrooms. The article by Dr. Roland Griffiths, et al, is titled: ‘Psilocybin can occasion mystical-type experiences having substantial…

Rick Doblin, Ph.D. interview – “MAPS – The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies” – #010

What is the future of psychedelic research and what has been discovered so far? I interview Rick Doblin, Ph.D., the founder of MAPS – the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and president of MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies), which he founded in 1986. His dissertation (in Public Policy,…