Charles Raison on Psilocybin's Potential in Psychiatry and Research on Compassion

Our founding Director, Charles Raison, MD, is back to share his latest research on pyschedelics - specifically psilocybin, this once-controversial psychoactive fungi's emerging potential as a treatment for major depression and other mental health issues. Also explored in this conversation, psilocybin's potential role in expanding compassion and a rare and special meeting with Richard Alpert (aka Ram Dass).

Charles Raison, MD is a psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health as well as the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor with the School of Human Ecology in Madison, Wisconsin, and is the founding Director of the University of Arizona Center for Compassion Studies. Dr. Raison is also director of clinical and translational research for Usona Institute, a nonprofit medical-research organization conducting studies on psilocybin.