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.
Vlad and his family live on the outskirts of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest. Vlad experimented with psychedelics for a number of years, before deciding to focus his energy on building business systems. By an interesting turn of fate, psychedelics entered his work when he met The Third Wave’s founder, Paul.
If you’re not talking about drugs, Ros would rather be talking about drugs.
Coming to psychoactivism from a literary background, (English BA at Oxford University and an MA in Shakespeare from King’s College, London) she is fascinated by contrasting fictional representations of drug use with (the often equally or more fictive!) portrayals in the mainstream media.
She is the publicist for the independent journal and publishing house The Psychedelic Press and co-directs drugsand.me, a platform which offers students accessible, unbiased and scientific information about drugs via its website and workshops. Previously Communications Officer at the Beckley Foundation, Ros has words in The Guardian, VolteFace, Psymposia, and Talking Drugs.
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 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.
Maddalena de Beni
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.
Xavier was born in India, grew up and studied in Serbia and has traveled and lived in many countries that called out and welcomed him. With a background in research psychology, he has orientated himself towards working with people and words, maintaining an empirical reasoning perspective in teaching and writing.
Witnessing the astounding variety of life we know and that which is beyond had both a humbling and empowering effect on Xavier. It directed him to spread the understandings he has absorbed and help facilitate change in perspective to curious souls.
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.
Eden studied philosophy, ethics and public policy, and writing in University. He explores and writes about the many ways in which people can improve their relationship with the environment, their communities, and themselves.
One of these ways, Eden believes, is through psychedelics. Since much of the existing conversations have cast these substances in a negative light, he wants to promote a new way of viewing and using them — responsibly, openly, and free from stigma.
Ed’s writing is scattered around the web (and in a few obscure books).
Having been involved in campaigning for drug policy reform in the past, he likes to think a saner approach is just around the corner. And as an anthropology graduate, he sees himself as a synthesiser of information, drawing on the findings of various disciplines to present as complete a picture as possible – which is pretty much essential when it comes to psychedelics.
Josh Lipson is a digital nomad, most recently based in San Francisco. He graduated Harvard in 2014 with a degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, but the most important part of his education was serotonergic. Josh is a published poet and historian, and an aspiring psychologist. You can find his writings on philosophy, technology, and cognition at Whitmanic.
“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
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