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Juya Podcast


Mar 9, 2023

In this episode, we explore the fascinating world of plant-based medicine and the amazing healing power of psychedelic medicine with Richard Meloff, co-founder of Nushama. Richard shares his journey of leaving his legal practice in New York after three years to pursue his passion for plant-based medicine, and how his experience in the legal cannabis industry led him to discover the unbelievable healing power of psychedelic medicine.

We dive deep into the limitations of cannabis and how ketamine can be a better solution, despite its mixed reputation and varied effects at different doses. Richard explains how ketamine facilitates the dissolution of ego and can help people who struggle to give up control, and how it can be safely taken while on SSRIs. We also discuss how ketamine therapy at Nushama can open the door to healing, but it's up to the individual to walk through it.

Richard shares his thoughts on the alignment of mind, body, and spirit, and how traditional medicine often neglects the spiritual aspect of healing. He also discusses the importance of stories in overcoming fear and stigma around these substances, and how being out of alignment with our purpose or passion in life can result in physical symptoms of disease.

Join us for an insightful conversation on the wonders of ketamine, spiritual medicine, and legalization with Richard Meloff, a passionate advocate for the therapeutic and life-saving benefits of psychedelics.

Highlights:

  • Why Richard left his legal practice in New York after three years (4:11)
  • The work Richard was doing in the legal cannabis space (4:30)
  • The concerns and limitations around cannabis as plant medicine (4:44)
  • The intersection of science and law and other legally available remedies (6:35)
  • The mixed reputation of ketamine and its myriad effects at varied doses (6:57)
  • How ketamine facilitates the dissolution of ego at the right dose (7:24)
  • The complexities of modern medicine and the limitations and potential downsides of relying solely on medication to treat illness (7:42)
  • The experience of ketamine therapy at Nushama (9:15)
  • Exploring the use of ketamine therapy, drawing inspiration from the work of renowned psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Stanislav Grof (12:27)
  • How traditional therapy can sometimes leave individuals feeling stuck in the same narratives or stories (14:09)
  • Ketamine can open the door but you still have to walk through it (15:27)
  • How stories help people overcome their fear or stigma around these psychedelics (18:40)
  • How traditional medicine doesn’t address the alignment of mind, body and spirit (25:00)
  • How being out of alignment with our purpose or passion in life can result in physical symptoms of disease (26:30)
  • Challenging the common notion that science and spirituality are opposing forces, and exploring how psychedelic therapy can be both a scientific and spiritual solution to mental health challenges (27:50)

 

Guest Bio: 

Meet Richard Meloff, co-founder of Nushama, a company focused on the healing power of psychedelic medicine. Richard's interest in plant-based medicine began when he joined the cannabis industry in early 2019, where he led commercialization and sales teams at a licensed producer, creating exponential revenue growth. During the pandemic in 2020, Richard began researching the unbelievable healing power of psychedelic medicine and knew this was the future of mental wellness. After speaking with his longtime friend Jay Godfrey, who was also a passionate advocate for the therapeutic and life-saving benefits of psychedelics, Richard knew he was being called to this field of work, and thus, Nushama was born. With over fifteen years of management experience in the food and cannabis industries, Richard brings valuable expertise to Nushama. As a former senior executive, he's always been drawn to entrepreneurship, even co-creating a course on management called "Getting It Done" while pursuing his JD/MBA at the University of Toronto. His entrepreneurial spirit extends to such eclectic pursuits as starting a synagogue for young professionals in Toronto and bringing the first slurpee machine to downtown Montreal while he was a student at McGill University. While Richard's achievements in business are impressive, his greatest accomplishment is being a husband and father to three beautiful children. When he's not working, Richard is passionate about community, food, and baseball. Join us as we dive into Richard's journey and learn about the incredible potential of psychedelic medicine.

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