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 psychedelics 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; an era invigorated by the tremendous upside of responsible psychedelic use rather than paralyzed by misguided fear of their possible negative repercussions.
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.
Paul is committed to changing the cultural conversation about psychedelics through his platform, The Third Wave. Because of his work
with microdosing, Paul has been featured in Rolling Stone and Business Insider, with additional pieces in the New York Times, Playboy,
In June 2015 Paul began his first microdosing protocol. Immediately, he noticed improvements in his energy levels, creativity, and general sense of well-being.
The impact of microdosing was so profound on his life that Paul wanted to help others understand how microdosing could be used as a tool for personal growth and understanding.
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.
Strategy and Community Development
Charlie is a seasoned, multi-industry entrepreneur and passionate mental health advocate.
Charlie’s work has taken him from film production in LA to financial education and community building in NYC, and throughout it all, he’s seen the world through a prism of psychology. Drawing on extensive personal and professional experience with writers, traders, and entrepreneurs, he has a deep appreciation for the power of our thoughts and psychopharmacology to determine the course of our lives.
In recent years, transformative experiences with micro and macrodosing have underscored for him the importance of psychedelics for the future of mental health care, self-development, and cultural progress.
Charlie graduated from Duke University with degrees in English and Business. He is a newcomer to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, dedicated meditation practitioner, and probably thinking about skiing right about now.
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.
Business Systems Developer
Vlad lives in Romania with his wife and newborn child. Though a bachelor in International Economic Relations, Vlad found that path boring and set out to master what he found interesting, mainly in tech.
He self-taught himself marketing, systems design, business analysis, process design and ran stints working QA/QC, software design, sales and content marketing.
Vlad took his life-lessons from long years of meditation, long years of experimenting with various psychedelics and a lot of mountain cold.
Mercedes is a yoga teacher, healer, writer, activist, new media producer, boat-rocker and modern nomad, with a deep well of enthusiasm and reverence for the wilderness and devoted to creating safe, compassionate environments in which people are allowed the space and freedom to connect with themselves and others, to heal and play.
A deep, personal history of trauma has inspired Mercedes to educate and compassionately guide others through their healing journeys. Mercedes has seen her life and the lives of others profoundly shifted by the use of psychedelic substances and plant medicines. She will soon be a student of psychology, with a goal of training in psychedelic psychotherapy.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
The Psychedelics Explorer’s Guide
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