Mocktails and Mushrooms

Psyched 4 Media

Join Ashley Ryan and Jimmy Smrz, two psychedelic educators, as they chat about everything mushroom-related in this weekly podcast. From healing to tripping, from law to lore, they cover it all with humor and insight. Ashley Ryan is a former public school teacher and blogger at www.thenaughtyprofessor.com, and Jimmy Smrz teaches spirituality and is and founder of Yoga on the Green Denver. They record the podcast live at Tequila Blues Bar, a cozy spot in Denver that serves delicious drinks, including mocktails. You can also be part of the show by joining the live audience and interacting with the hosts and guests. Plus, you can enjoy drink specials and win prizes! Whether you’re a mushroom enthusiast or just curious, this podcast will entertain and inform you about the amazing world of psychedelic fungi. Brought to you by Psyched 4 Media, your source for quality psychedelic education. read less
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Episodios

The Bwiti Iboga Initiation with Blair Bliss
28-09-2023
The Bwiti Iboga Initiation with Blair Bliss
In this Mocktails and Mushrooms Podcast episode, we speak with Blair Bliss shortly after her trip to Gabon Africa. Blair was initiated by the Bwiti Tribe in Iboga.  Jimmy and Ashley talk to Blair her trip of a lifetime.  Here is a summary of the key points from the podcast transcript: - The guest is Blair Bliss, who was recently initiated into the Bwiti tradition in Africa through the sacred medicine iboga.  - Iboga is a shrub found in Central West Africa. Ibogaine is the pharmaceutical version made from iboga. - Blair first felt called to work with iboga after an ayahuasca experience told her she was meant to work with this medicine.  - Blair and her brother went to an iboga retreat in Costa Rica to help treat his crack addiction. The medicine brought them back to their "pre-addictive state." - Blair later got the chance to be initiated into the Bwiti tribe in Gabon, Africa. She was part of the first group of Westerners to be initiated by this particular shaman and village.  - The initiation involved ceremonial dances, music, vomiting medicine, smoke purifications, ancestor honoring, psychedelic mirror work, and 48+ hours in ceremony consuming iboga. - Iboga provides energy, stamina, truth, and healing. It "rewires" the brain and nervous system. - Blair sees iboga as her medicine and feels called to start a Bwiti church in Colorado. She aims to spread access to this healing medicine. Blair's transformative personal experience with iboga in Africa, traditional Bwiti practices, and the potential of this medicine as a treatment, while emphasizing the importance of responsible use and regulation. You can find all the videos of the Mocktails and Mushrooms Podcast on www.mocktailsandmushrooms.com
Club Karma Colorado Is Changing The Game with Josh Hudelson
22-08-2023
Club Karma Colorado Is Changing The Game with Josh Hudelson
In this Mocktails and Mushrooms Podcast episode, we speak with Josh Hudelson, a military veteran and C.E.O of Club Karma Colorado. Jimmy and Ashley talk to Josh about the new online community that provides a place to discuss all things psilocybin openly. https://clubkarmacolorado.com/ Club Karma Colorado is a new online community created to openly discuss psilocybin and provide psychedelic education and advocacy.Founder Josh Hudelson aims to help those suffering from mental health issues find alternatives to pharmaceuticals through ancient fungi and natural medicines.The website offers a membership program with educational resources, community forums, and a free "awareness kit" of supplement samples.Josh wants to build a grassroots Colorado community to influence policy and loosen the pharmaceutical industry's grip on mental healthcare.He emphasizes natural psilocybin's spiritual benefits and low harm potential compared to addictive prescription drugs.Josh shares memorable psychedelic experiences from concerts and family farms to illustrate mind-expanding capabilities.Future plans may include in-person wellness centers combining holistic services like yoga, acupuncture, and float tanks alongside Club Karma's offerings.Challenges include influencing policymakers with facts to counter propaganda and misconceptions about psychedelics.The goal is increasing access to mushroom healing through community organizing and fighting special interests trying to suppress psychedelic therapies. Overall, the episode provides an introduction to Club Karma Colorado's mission to advocate for psilocybin as a safe, natural alternative medicine through online and real-world community building.
The Psychedelic Cup: Everything You Need to Know with Jonathan Cherkoss
09-08-2023
The Psychedelic Cup: Everything You Need to Know with Jonathan Cherkoss
In this episode of the Mocktails and Mushrooms Podcast, we discuss the upcoming Psychedelic Cup in Colorado, presented by the Psychedelic Club of Denver. Jimmy and Ashley speak with Jonathan Cherkoss, the event's lead organizer.  https://www.copsychedeliccup.com/ The Psychedelic Club of Denver hosts the upcoming Psychedelic Cup on November 2 at Mile High Station in Denver, Colorado.The Psychedelic Cup will be a psilocybin mushroom growing competition where home growers can submit mushroom samples to be tested for potency and alkaloid content. There will be categories for highest psilocybin content, most average content, and others.Samples need at least 3 grams of whole fruits (cap and stem) and can be submitted to partner Altitude Consulting between August 14 and October 17. Each sample costs $40 to test in addition to an entry fee. In addition to the potency competition, there will be a mushroom beauty contest judging samples on appearance.The event on November 2 will be at Mile High Station and open to the public (21+ only). There will be speakers, music, food, and liquor, but no public consumption is allowed.The event's goals are to promote education and harm reduction around psilocybin mushrooms, bring the community together, and generate aggregate data on potencies that can be used for research.We also discuss confusion around some aspects of recent natural medicine laws in Colorado, confusion around the current public display regulations, Psychedelic Science 2023, and the need for evolution as a community as more expertise enters the policy space.
Spirtuality and Psychedelics: A Match Made in Heaven?
01-08-2023
Spirtuality and Psychedelics: A Match Made in Heaven?
Welcome to the "Mocktails and Mushrooms," podcast hosted by Jimmy Smrz and Ashley Ryan, diving deep into the mystical world of psychedelic mushrooms. Episode five, recorded live from Tequila Blues in Denver, is a captivating exploration that spans spirituality, science, history, and personal transformation. 🍄 Spiritual Connection & Historical Perspectives: Jimmy and Ashley unveil the rich tapestry of mushrooms' role in various religious traditions, from ancient Greek rites to controversial theories about early Christianity. They explore evidence of psychedelics in ancient Ireland, Hindu texts, and even the possible connection between Santa Claus and Siberian shamans. 🔬 Science & Spirituality: The episode highlights a 2021 NYU study where 80% of participants had profound experiences with psilocybin mushrooms. They also discuss the neuroscience of how mushrooms affect the brain, leading to empathy, compassion, and altered perceptions. 💞 Social Impact & Transformation: Emphasizing the positive social and emotional impacts of mushrooms, the hosts share a powerful story of a mans personal transformation through MDMA-assisted therapy. They also delve into mushrooms' potential to enhance tolerance, forgiveness, and peace. 🕊 Controversies & Insights: From artifacts hinting at the use of psychedelics in ancient cultures to controversies like "The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross," the episode engages with complex topics, encouraging an open mind. Join Jimmy and Ashley on this riveting journey through the spiritual, historical, and transformative dimensions of mushrooms. Tune in now at www.mocktailsandmushrooms.com and engage with this eye-opening exploration. Note: Content is for adults 21 and over; consult a medical professional before using any psychedelic substances.