On Ethnography, Truffle Retreats, and Tracking Transformation

Episode 82

Greg Ferenstein

Greg Ferenstein is a nerd. And damn proud of it. In many ways, he is a modern-day Richard Evans Schultes, having explored the frontier of modern-day psychedelic use through his forays into legal psilocybin truffles in the Netherlands. But he’s also a maverick microdoser, tracking his every use with numbers, voice transcriptions, and specific integration practices.

It was a pleasure to have Greg over to my old office in Emeryville. We went for a short walk, found a comfortable place to sit down, and then proceeded to have an insightful and entertaining hour-long conversation.

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Podcast Highlights

  • Learn why Greg Ferenstein is the modern-day Richard Evans Schultes, an ethnobotanist whose work in the early 20th century informed much of the modern movement around ayahuasca
  • Why data only persuades if emotions agree – and how this relates to the microdosing phenomenon
  • Greg’s easy-to-follow tracking routine for psychedelic use and how he integrates it for continued learnings and insights

Reader Interactions


  1. AvatarRobert Cameron says

    Fantastic! First listen. Been doing all your stuff since around 1985. The pronunciation of the name is Richard Evan Shul-teez, Not Schultz. Buying your alternative to my morning caffeine fix. Love,

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