The High Guide Podcast - All Episodes

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Embark on a journey of self-discovery and holistic wellness with The High Guide. 


Here they are, all the episodes of The High Guide podcast hosted by April Pride.  The podcast episodes cover a variety of themes with a woman-first approach to the subjects (all men welcome as well!).  Psychedelic entheogen medicines such as Psychedelic Mushrooms, Cannabis/weed, and Ketamine are featured in various series/seasons of the podcast.  Additional episodes include a focus on psychedelic assisted therapy, progress towards decriminalization and political news updates, featured women working in various capacities in the industry, music and activities in the culture of psychedelics and journeying.

Let’s dive into the term “strain” in microbiology, cannabis, and mycology, and uncover genetic, environmental influences, and terminology debates in species subpopulations.
Dive into the world of psychedelic experiences as Natasha Lannerd of iconic edibles brand 1906 shares recent encounters with vaping DMT, a psychoactive molecule also found in ayahuasca. Explore the key to a profound journey: deep breathing to reach the ultimate BLAST OFF!
Explore the fascinating world of MDMA, and uncover the empathogen’s rich history, effects, and cultural impact. Listen to the experiences of an MDMA couples therapist and insight from the therapist of a long-time listener.
Explore the fascinating world of MDMA, and uncover the empathogen’s rich history, effects, and cultural impact. Listen to the experiences of an MDMA couples therapist and insight from the therapist of a long-time listener.
Adrian Grenier movies and TV shows couldn’t prepare him for fatherhood, but meaningful use of psychedelic medicine helped the actor get ready to play his best self in his most important role.
Discover the transformative journey of Stephanie Wang, CEO of KA!, as she shares insights on plant medicine, consciousness, and founding KA!. Explore the impact of Kanna, the essence of KA!’s mission, and Stephanie’s quest for a holistic, empathogenic approach. #PlantMedicine #ConsciousLiving
The kanna plant is revealed in this insightful podcast episode with Stephanie Wang, CEO of KA! Stephanie shares her transformative journey involving plant medicine and consciousness exploration with nature’s love drug, Kanna plant.
Investigate the debate of CBD vs. THC for sleep in this episode. Gain insights into how cannabis compounds interact with the endocannabinoid system to influence sleep cycles. Discover strains promoting relaxation and sedation, explore CBD’s potential as a sleep aid, and hear real-life experiences to fine-tune your approach for better sleep.
Explore the world of kanna, nature’s ancient “love drug,” in this episode featuring Stephanie Wang, CEO and founder of KA!. Learn about KA!’s 30-Day Kanna Microdose “Journey Into the Heart” group experience, centered around the transformational power of daily kanna with facilitation and activations. Discover the benefits of kanna, its potential to combat isolation, and how it’s being used for improved focus, creativity, and patience. Use code HIGHGUIDE for a 10% discount on KA!’s products.
Dive into the world of CBD, often referred to as “the cannabis that won’t induce a high.” Understand how CBD works within the body to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and manage stress. Explore firsthand accounts of individuals benefiting from CBD and learn about various CBD products and dosing strategies for optimal results.
Join us in this captivating episode as we explore the art of dosing shrooms. Learn about responsible dosing, creating a safe environment, deciphering characteristics of different psilocybin mushroom strains, and why post-trip integration is key to maximizing the benefits of your psychedelic experiences.
Embark on an enlightening journey to understand the enigmatic phenomenon of Penis Envy mushrooms. Explore its origins, debunk misconceptions, and gain insights into its complexity. Delve into discussions about gender and identity, challenge stereotypes, and hear personal stories that emphasize the importance of embracing uniqueness for a more inclusive world.
Host April Pride engages in a conversation with David Drapkin, Director of Education & Training for Psychedelics Today, to review the report titled “The Emerging Psychedelic Workforce” released by Vital, a psychedelic facilitator training program. Gain a better understanding of how individuals trained in psychedelic-assisted therapy are incorporating their skills into various careers, the role of personal experiences in career choices, and the intention to serve diverse communities.
In this episode of the High Guide podcast, host April Pride discusses the beloved Golden Teacher mushroom. Learn about its historical and cultural use, its ease of cultivation, and its mild yet profound effects. Discover the visuals, enhanced colors, and personal growth it can promote, and get insights on dosing recommendations for beginners.
Join us as we delve into the fascinating world of identifying psychedelic mushrooms. Unlock the secrets behind these extraordinary fungi, demystify their identification, and unravel the profound experiences they can offer. Discover distinct visual cues and features for identifying psychedelic mushrooms, gain insights into their ecosystems, and learn the critical aspects of distinguishing them from non-psychedelic counterparts and potential toxic look-alikes. Explore the array of resources available for aspiring mushroom identifiers.
Delve into the world of microdosing cannabis, where small doses of this versatile plant are used to achieve subtle yet impactful effects on well-being and functionality. Explore the fundamentals of microdosing cannabis, its potential benefits (e.g., creativity, focus, reduced anxiety), and real-life experiences of individuals who have embraced this practice. Get actionable advice on starting your own microdosing journey, including dosing strategies, product selection, and important considerations.
Join us on a captivating journey as we deeply dive into the mesmerizing world of Psilocybe cubensis, a fascinating species of magic mushrooms. Explore the ancient cultural and spiritual significance of these mushrooms, their geographical distribution and habitats, and the various strains and varieties of Psilocybe cubensis spores. Dive into personal accounts facilitated by the right Psilocybin cubensis identification, unraveling the secrets and nuances of these magical fungi.
Curious about the effects of LSD? Join us on a captivating journey as we explore the mind-altering revelations brought forth by this iconic psychedelic substance. Delve into the intricacies of LSD’s effects, from heightened perception to profound introspection. Learn about its physical effects, interactions with the brain, duration of effects, and the profound experiences it can induce.
Embark on a profound journey into the enigmatic realms of Ayahuasca vs. DMT, two powerful and transformative psychedelic substances. Dive deep into the differences and similarities between these mystical gateways, shedding light on their unique paths to expanded consciousness. Discover their historical roots, cultural practices, chemical structures, and personal stories of individuals who have undergone Ayahuasca ceremonies or DMT trips. Explore the significance of integration after a psychedelic experience.
Delve into the crucial elements of preparing for a psychedelic experience, focusing on the importance of the Setting in this insightful episode. Learn how to set intentions for a meaningful and safe psychedelic journey. Discover techniques for curating an optimal environment that ensures comfort and safety during the experience. Explore the significance of mindset and emotional state when preparing for a psychedelic journey and how the setting can enhance the overall experience.
Embark on a transformative journey into the groundbreaking realm of using psychedelics to heal trauma in this episode. Explore the ancient origins of psychedelics for trauma healing, backed by groundbreaking studies and brain science. Hear personal accounts from individuals who have experienced profound healing through psychedelic therapy. Uncover the potential of these powerful substances to address and heal deep-rooted trauma.
In the final episode of our series with guest Jennifer Chesak, author of “The Psilocybin Handbook for Women,” delve into the intricacies of sex, consent, and boundaries. Explore sensitive topics in a safe and informative space, addressing sexual abuse in some psychedelic communities and the nuances of consent while in an altered state. Learn effective communication of boundaries before ingesting psilocybin and other mind-altering modalities, emphasizing enthusiastic and ongoing agreement. Discover how increased knowledge about sexual health, consent, and boundaries can boost confidence, decision-making, and relationship fulfillment.
Join host April Pride in a heartfelt conversation with guest Jennifer Chesak, author of “The Psilocybin Handbook for Women,” as they explore motherhood and psilocybin. Gain a raw and authentic perspective on the highs and lows of motherhood. Dive into discussions about consent in intimate relationships, effective communication, personal boundaries, and their impact on well-being. Learn valuable insights for navigating challenging discussions around sex, consent, and boundaries with partners, ultimately fostering growth and understanding.
In this enlightening conversation with guest Jennifer Chesak, author of “The Psilocybin Handbook for Women,” delve into the world of psilocybin for women’s health and well-being. Explore the potential influence of cannabis and psilocybin on various hormonal systems, including the endocrine and reproductive systems. Uncover their role in addressing menstrual discomfort, hormonal imbalances, and aging, backed by the latest evidence-based research. Gain insights into women’s hormonal health relative to cannabis and psilocybin, distinguishing between scientific knowledge and speculation.
Host April Pride engages in a thought-provoking discussion with Steve Rolles, Senior Policy Analyst for Transform Drug Policy, recorded at the MAPS Psychedelic Conference. Gain unparalleled insights into the global policies that Steve has helped shape over 20+ years. Explore the significance of clearly labeled unit dosage, the potential speed of psilocybin regulations changing, the prevalence of recreational psychedelic use, and real-world case studies on the societal impact of legal magic mushrooms.
Join us as we report from the MAPS Psychedelic Science 2023 conference in Denver. Natasha Lannard and Susan Robb share valuable insights from the largest psychedelics conference ever held globally. Explore the latest scientific and medical updates in psychedelic medicine presented by researchers. Gain knowledge about key organizations that have been safely supporting psychonauts for decades and uncover the potency of the magic mushroom strain Enigma.
Dive into the realm of the Ghost mushroom, also known as “Ghost True Albino Golden Teacher,” a rare and powerful variety of Psilocybe cubensis. Discover its unique features, including caps with slight ripples along the edges and a distinctive metallic blue bruising when touched, indicative of its high potency. Explore the dose, duration, and intentions supported by this remarkable shroom strain while delving into Carl Jung’s concept of the shadow self and its connection to magic mushrooms.
Investigate the fascinating topic of whether magic mushrooms lose their potency over time with host April Pride’s Trip Report of Thrasher PE, a variety of the Penis Envy mushroom. Explore the reasons behind the potential loss of psilocybin mushroom potency and learn the best practices for storing magic mushrooms to retain their effectiveness. Distinguish between online reviews of shroom strains and personal Trip Reports while unraveling the mysteries of the shroom strain Thrasher PE.
Join us as we delve into the intriguing world of Blue Meanies mushrooms and how the presence of the color blue can influence the potency of your psychedelic experience. Discover two distinct Blue Meanies mushroom varieties, one consistently reported to be more potent than the other. Explore the relationship between cannabis and shades of blue to purple, and unravel the significance of mushroom oxidation blue for potency. Plus, gain insights into high-potency magic mushroom dosing.
Explore the Liberty Cap, referred to as “the world’s most widespread psilocybin mushroom.” These mushrooms have been identified in 18 different countries globally. Learn about their long, thin stems, golden, pointed caps, and their status as one of the most familiar psychoactive mushrooms. Gain insights into questions such as how many liberty caps you need, how many grams are appropriate for beginners, and tips on identifying Liberty Caps.
Uncover the intriguing history of the Albino Penis Envy (PE) psilocybin mushroom strain, renowned for its exceptional potency. Dive into the story behind these “penis mushrooms” and their reputation for being significantly stronger than other psilocybin-containing mushrooms. Learn about the potential risks and exercise caution when seeking Albino Penis Envy cubensis. Explore Seattle events where gifts and donations are accepted.
Delve into the world of the Golden Teacher psilocybin mushroom variety, known for its moderate potency and ease of cultivation. This episode serves as an excellent introduction to this gentle yet profound entry point for psychonauts. Learn about the dose, duration, intentions supported by this shroom strain, and the defining physical characteristics of Golden Teachers.
Explore the Ecuador strain, a classic variety of psilocybin mushrooms believed to have originated in the Andean region of Ecuador. Discover its distinctive appearance, including a short stem and broad, bell-shaped cap. Dive into the world of this sought-after strain, and gain insights into its history, the High Guide to Psilocybin Q&A in Seattle, magic mushroom whole fruit bodies, and Seattle’s decriminalized status.
Join host April Pride as she dives into the ongoing debate about whether it’s technically incorrect to refer to different types or varieties of magic mushrooms as “strains.” Discover the scientific meaning of the term “strain” and explore the factors influencing genetics and variations in psilocybin mushroom varieties. Gain insights into what properties make a variety unique and whether “strain” is the correct term for psilocybin mushroom diversity.
We discuss the role of integration work in reinforcing the neuroplasticity of ketamine, emphasizing its significance for effective psychedelic-assisted therapy and offering insights into best practices for post-treatment integration.
Dive into the importance of integration work in reinforcing the neuroplasticity created by ketamine. Hear from experts, including Wondermed Lead Clinician Lauren Swanson and Field Trip Health’s Seattle ketamine clinic director Dr. Bridget Carnahan, as they discuss the role of integration in psychedelic-assisted therapy. Discover practical post-treatment integration best practices, consistency, and its role in bringing intentionality to the psychedelic experience.
Gain a better understanding of treatable conditions and their impact on brain function. Explore the factors to consider when choosing between different types of ketamine-assisted therapy, such as potency, price, and integration protocols. Learn about various ketamine administrations and formulations, including IV, IM, sublingual, and nasal therapy clinics, along with insights into insurance options and cost.
Host April Pride shares her post-pandemic personal journey, highlighting her change of heart regarding ketamine-assisted therapy. Discover how ketamine treatments transformed her post-divorce depression and helped address daily cannabis dependency. Gain insights into the conditions ketamine successfully treats, its dissociative qualities, and the potential for abuse.
Delve into the African Transkei or SAT psilocybin strain with host April Pride. Gain insights into the potency, auditory and visual hallucinations, therapeutic dosing, and the origin of this rare African strain as April shares her personal trip report during a challenging period of her life.
Host April Pride opens up about her personal experience with depression and cannabis dependency, triggered by the dissolution of her marriage. Explore the symptoms of Cannabis Use Disorder, harm reduction tools, and the overlooked signs of high-functioning depression.

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