what is the
third wave of psychedelics?

The 1st Wave was indigenous use of psychedelics for thousands of years.

The 2nd Wave was the use of psychedelics during the counter-culture of the 60s and 70s

Now, the 3rd Wave is upon us – brought about by recent developments in cannabis legalization and psychedelic research – and it will change the way mainstream culture perceives psychedelic use.

To find out more about The Third Wave, read our manifesto. It details everything you need to know about responsible psychedelic use in the 21st century.


Our mission at The Third Wave is to change the way in which mainstream culture perceives psychedelic substances.

The Third Wave is a new era of psychedelic use.

It is an era of psychedelic use defined by practical, measured use for specific purposes.

It is an era, not for ‘dropping-out’ and rebelling against society, but for integrating psychedelics into our mainstream culture.

It is an era, not to fear psychedelics for their possible negative repercussions, but to embrace psychedelics for their tremendous upside.

Here at The Third Wave, we plan to contribute to this new era by providing reliable, well-researched information about psychedelics; incubating online and in-person psychedelic community; and working within mainstream culture through constructive conversations with thought-leaders across all major fields and disciplines.

“Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important—creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.”

– Steve Jobs




Paul is committed to changing the cultural conversation about psychedelics through his platform, The Third Wave.

Part social entrepreneur, part psychedelic advocate, Paul pushes accepted norms to develop more effective systems in which we, as a society, live. Specific to the psychedelic world, the “Science-first” narrative has driven psychedelic policy for the previous ten years. Paul believes it is time for the conversation to evolve beyond science and research.

In doing this, he is working to answer one of the most pressing questions in the psychedelic community: how do we legitimize psychedelic substances from a cultural perspective?

When not advocating for community building in the psychedelic space, Paul enjoys traveling, reading, and hiking.



Community Manager

Born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dania has witnessed how stigma surrounding substance use negatively affects people’s lives and relationships. Primarily specialized in civil society advocacy, she has been a committed advocate for global drug policy reform that is based on human rights and harm reduction principles.

Dania strongly believes that by joining the psychedelic movement, she will help promote safe, healthy, and responsible use of psychedelic substances, while contributing to an innovative form of community building that encourages individuals to connect and explore.

Sen Zhan

Executive Assistant

Sen is from Canada and holds degrees in Science and Occupational Therapy. As a former mental health care provider, she has witnessed the inadequacy of current treatments for depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Having seen the benefits that psychedelics can offer to people in these situations, she firmly believes that legality is not equivalent to morality. She sees that our prohibitive system of drug regulation needs to be overhauled with harm reduction in mind.

Sen’s intention in the Third Wave of Psychedelics is to support the spread of high quality information to paint a more accurate and positive picture of the nature of psychedelics. She backs independent thought and self-experimentation in creating a more constructive dialogue about integrating psychedelics as a powerful tool for healing and self-development.


Content Manager

A PhD student in Regenerative Medicine, Patrick writes about psychedelic research and lifestyle whenever he can.

He believes that the answer to our existence can’t be found at the end of a microscope, and lies within our own minds.

He hopes to work towards bridging the gap between science and spirituality, and wants to break down dogma at both ends of the spectrum.

Louis Greenstein


Louis is a published novelist and a playwright whose work has been produced in New York City and across the United States. Earlier in his career Louis contributed to the Emmy-winning television show Rugrats. He has been a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts playwriting fellowship.

Louis’s interest in psychedelics grew from his long-time meditation practice and his studies of eastern philosophy. He believes that psychedelics can help to improve the quality of life by advancing human consciousness.

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Maddalena de Beni

Graphic Designer

Maddalena is half Italian, half Tennessean. She went to SCAD where she learned the trade of graphic design. Now she lives in Brooklyn with her cat, Lil Caesar.

Maddalena has dealt with generalized anxiety disorder for most her life and knows the importance of maintaining a healthy body AND mind. She has found inner peace and enhanced creativity through responsible psychedelic use in tandem with a consistent meditation practice.

She hopes that her graphics make you feel chilled out and welcome here.



A scientist by training and traveler by inclination, Brian’s interests orbit around contentious aspects of science and society: genetic technology, food security, climate change, and psychedelics.

His interest in biology was piqued early on while experimenting with his own neurochemistry.

He recently co-created a graduate-level class, Cannabis: past, present, and future cultivation for fiber, food, and medicine.

He has an MS in Plant Evolutionary Ecology and is currently finishing a PhD.

“Thus began a third phase of psychedelic research that continues to this day. Whereas, in the first phase the participant’s experiences tended to be controlled and delimited, even if inadvertently, by the experimenter’s and the subject’s preconceptions, and in the second phase to be more uncontrolled and wide-ranging in scope, the emphasis now was on the selection of specific kinds of psychedelic experience and of specific ways to produce and maintain them.”

— James Fadiman, the Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide


Do you have a certain talent or skill that you’d like to contribute to our cause?

We are always on the look out for talented team members to join our push towards mainstreaming psychedelics.

If you have what it takes to join a high-powered team (we only bring on ‘A’ players), please contact us by clicking below.

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Our mission is to support educated and informed discourse on the topic of psychedelics, including psychedelic community, microdosing, psychedelic identity, and various other topics relevant to our mission. The Third Wave does not encourage illegal activities. Any information we provide is for education and information only. This site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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