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Oct 28, 2023

Acacea Lewis is our guest for this episode of Adventures Through The Mind.

Our interview explores a number of vignettes into her scholarly explorations of psychedelic mushrooms throughout human history, and especially in various African traditions. But the two main thematic arcs we travel in the interview are the work of the late Kilindi Iyi and the value and potential of high dose psilocybin experiences as a form of marital arts, primarily through the lens of Acacea’s personal experiences.


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Episode Breakdown

  • (0:00) Episode sponsor
  • (1:11) Opening and guest bio
  • (4:32) Patron Thanks
  • (6:48) Interview begins
  • (8:09) Acacea’s journey into high doses of psilocybin
  • (14:25) Acacea’s journey with Kilindi Iyi
  • (18:57) We see what we are interested in
  • (22:54) The African use of psychedelic mushrooms (Egypt and Maasai)
  • (30:20) The history of African martial arts, and the role of psychedelic states in martial arts practice
  • (33:25) Debunking pseudoscience can backfire
  • (30:08) An outline of Acacea’s first banned talk
  • (37:24) High dose psilocybin as a martial arts form
  • (40:03) The value (and dangers) of taking high doses of psilocybin
  • (43:44) Psilocybin mushrooms in the Aztec traditions
  • (45:51) The value of high doses is exploration (of self and of reality)
  • (56:05) Learning to be our authentic self through battle with the trained self
  • (1:01:04) The importance of healthy community during high dose explorations
  • (1:06:28) The challenges and opportunities of being stereotyped as a black woman in public advocacy of psychedelics
  • (1:17:32) Considering the potential harms of “accidentally promoting” high doses | there will always be ignorance in the world
  • (1:24:37) Psilocybin mushrooms can be harsh, just like mother nature can be harsh
  • (1:26:12) A quick run down of the lectures Acacea will be giving at the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference.
  • (1:27:05) Crystals as a technology for psychedelic experiences
  • (1:32:23) Connecting with Acacea on social media, and her online school
  • (1:35:20) Outro