THIRD WAVE PODCAST

Healing War Trauma Through Ayahuasca

Episode 96

Jesse Gould

In this podcast, Paul F. Austin, founder of Third Wave, and Jesse Gould, founder and President of Heroic Hearts Project, discuss the role of ayahuasca in treating veterans’ mental health. As an army ranger deployed three times to Afghanistan, Gould overcame his own PTSD through ayahuasca therapy, and is now dedicated to helping other veterans do the same.

After healing his own PTSD through ayahuasca therapy, Jesse Gould founded the Heroic Hearts Project, a nonprofit focused on the acceptance and use of ayahuasca for veterans working through trauma. He has been recognized by Cause Artist as a Social Entrepreneur To Watch For In 2020, and has spoken internationally about psychedelics and mental health.

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Podcast Highlights

  • A holistic definition of “mental health”.
  • Upcoming research on ayahuasca’s effect on gut health.
  • The interconnectedness of physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being.
  • Microdosing ayahuasca.
  • Successfully treating veterans with PTSD through ayahuasca therapy.
  • The benefits and limitations of talk therapy, and how psychedelics facilitate talk therapy.
  • Overcoming negative thought patterns and habits.
  • COVID’s role in bringing mental health to the forefront.
  • Spreading the message about the benefits of psychedelics.
  • The impact of group dynamics at an ayahuasca retreat.

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