The first wave of psychedelics saw indigenous communities around the globe using plant medicines for thousands of years to honor nature, discover personal truths, and connect to the divine.
The second wave began with the invention of LSD in 1938, led to research into the uses of psychedelics, spurred the counterculture of the 60s, then suddenly ended when the US government made all psychedelics illegal.

Welcome to the Third Wave.

In this new psychedelic age, the focus isn’t on ‘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 civilizations who paved this path, while making way for a future where psychedelics are decriminalized. It’s a time to fuse ancient wisdom with modern-day science to spur transformation and healing—individually, collectively, and for society at large.

A range of modalities is needed to achieve this goal, from research and clinical development to education and the incubation of psychedelic community. In these ways, we can begin to shift perceptions, allay fears, and create the space to change hearts and minds.

Our Mission and Vision

As contributors to the educational process, Third Wave’s mission is to share trusted, research-based content that helps you feel safe, supported, and empowered as you follow your path towards personal transformation.

Our vision is to help co-create a global movement that embraces psychedelic use as a way to heal ourselves and our world.

We’re playing our part by building a cohesive platform that meets individual needs, offers guided support, enables integrated experiences, and fosters meaningful connections across our global ecosystem.

We invite you to join us.

Public Benefit Corporation

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.

Paul F. Austin, Founder & CEO

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, ideally 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.

Join the team

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.

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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: