• Ray Christian

PODCAST #014 Richard Skaife: Reframing recreational psychedelics


Summary:

We talk with Richard Skaife — cofounding partner of The Conscious Fund — about new science on recreational psychedelic use, choosing companies to invest in, and personal experiences on MDMA.


Richard talks about Elon Musk's take on psychedelics, how some of our greatest minds benefited from psychedelics, and getting a psychedelic "contact high" at concerts.

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Highlights:

— NUGGET and a NOODLE: California referendum vote; psilocybin for amputees (0:50)

— The chutzpah to launch a psychedelic VC fund (3:01)

— Elon Musk, some of our greatest minds on psychedelics, and raves (12:10)

— The profound positive energy of psychedelics in recreational settings (18:41)

— An experience combining psilocybin and MDMA (20:31)

— How the paradigm on psychedelics can change (26:27)

— SOUL SEARCH: do we have free will? (27:39)

— SLAP and a CLAP: Psychology leaders and MAPS (29:58)



Richard Skaife

Co-Founder & Partner, The Conscious Fund: Over a decade of experience in venture capital, assessing and executing deals in the UK and Europe with a focus on early-stage tech.


He was also CEO of a startup incubator which served as the mobile studio and partner for brands such as Aston Martin, Virgin Atlantic, and Ferrari.


He is a pioneer in mental health: he was the creator of Digipill, a multi-million downloaded mental wellness product; co-creator of the world’s largest dreaming experiment - Dream:ON - alongside Professor Richard Wiseman; and an investor and advisor of sleep wellness company OTTY.


He is also co-founder of Hive, the European center of excellence for clinical trials and novel therapeutics.


Find Richard here:

Twitter — @tokenrichard

Website — https://theconscious.fund/



See the inspiration behind the Psychedelic Diaries here.