The first wave of psychedelics saw indigenous communities around the globe using plant medicines for thousands of years in sacred ceremonies to heal and connect with the divine.

The second wave began with the invention of LSD in 1938. This led to a burst of compelling research and spurred the counterculture of the ‘60s. It ended suddenly when the US government made all psychedelics illegal.

This is the Third Wave.

Our emerging psychedelic renaissance is not about “dropping out” or rejecting mainstream culture.

It’s about integrating intentional, measured, and responsible psychedelic use into our everyday lives.

It’s about paying tribute to the cultures that paved the path while working towards a future where psychedelics are decriminalized and respected. It’s a time to fuse ancient wisdom with modern-day science to spur transformation and healing—individually, collectively, and in society at large.

To achieve this goal, there is a coordinated grassroots effort that includes research, clinical development, education, culture, and the incubation of psychedelic community. Together, step by step, we can shift perceptions, allay fears, and create the space to change hearts and minds.

Our Mission
and Vision

Third Wave’s mission is to provide a trusted and reputable resource for intentional, responsible psychedelic use.

We do that by sharing research-based content and training that helps you feel safe, supported, and empowered as you follow your path towards personal transformation with psychedelics.


Cultural Awakening Through Personal Transformation

We are here to co-create a global movement that embraces psychedelic use as a way to heal ourselves and our world.

Third Wave is playing its part by building a cohesive platform that meets individual needs, offers guided support, and connects seekers to high-quality resources and providers across our global ecosystem.

This psychedelic renaissance is evolving rapidly.

Keep up with all the exciting changes,

Public Benefit

Because of the importance of trust and accountability, Third Wave is established as a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC). As a PBC, we can balance our need to scale through profits with our vision to bring about meaningful change. As part of this commitment, we’re reinvesting capital to advance research and activism in the psychedelic wellness space. For more information on why this matters to us, read a letter from our CEO or check out our Revenue Transparency Page.


Hi, my name is Paul F. Austin and I’m the founder of Third Wave.

Since Paul first founded Third Wave in 2015, he’s dedicated himself to changing the culture and conversation around psychedelics. Inspired by his own early experiences with LSD and psilocybin mushrooms, Paul’s personal mission is to help legitimize psychedelic substances through the lens of intentional and responsible use, beginning at a microdose level.

Part social entrepreneur, part psychedelic advocate, Paul drew on his early entrepreneurial experience in online language-learning education to launch two ventures in the psychedelic space: Third Wave and Synthesis.

Over the years, his work has been featured in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and WebMD. He’s also had the privilege to speak about the intersection of psychedelics, personal transformation, and professional success at several eminent conferences, including SXSW and The Next Web.

The Team

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 us.

Join The Movement

Education is the key to empowerment, and empowered people are the ones who drive change. Here are some ways to start right now, from where you are: