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’ of society, but for integrating psychedelics into the mainstream. It is an era, not to fear psychedelics for their possible negative repercussions, but to embrace psychedelics for their tremendous upside.
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.
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.
Writer & Contributor
Eden believes that people should experience incredible things. It’s healthy, he thinks, to be proven wrong, rendered speechless, or left deeply convinced, or not convinced, about one’s beliefs.
He also believes that psychedelics are one of many vehicles out there that offer such profound experiences.
So he works for the psychedelic cause as an un-tarnisher of tools that can bring on life-changing moments.
Head of R&D
Vlad is a firm believer in the self-organizing nature of universal systems.
He sees psychedelics as a gift from the universe, a tool and blessing, helping us reveal and heal our deepest fears and hurts.
His work and pleasure is in understanding natural and man-made systems, appreciating them and finding ways in which they may be improved.
A biology PhD student, 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.
“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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