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Dr. Rosalind Watts - Psychedelic Medicine: How DMT & LSD Treat Addiction & Anxiety


Clinical psychologist

Dr. Rosalind Watts is the clinical lead of the Psilocybin for Depression study at Imperial College London. She trained as a clinical psychologist and practised psychotherapy for six years before joining the The Centre for Psychedelic Research (run by former London Real guests, Dr Robin Carhart-Harris and Professor David Nutt) as a therapist ‘trip sitter’. She has developed a psychedelic therapy model “Accept, Connect, Embody”, and a psychometric measure of “connectedness” – which her qualitative research identified as a potential mechanism of therapeutic change in psychedelic approaches.

Cutting-Edge Drug Science

Dr. Rosalind Watts is at the forefront of psychedelic medicine.

A scientist, TED Speaker, and clinical psychologist, Dr. Watt’s groundbreaking research utilises psychedelic medicines (such as LSD, magic mushrooms, and DMT…many of which are still illegal) to treat debilitating diseases such as depression, addiction, and anorexia.

The Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London

Along with Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris and Professor David Nutt at The Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London, she has developed a therapeutic framework for the challenging “integration” process involved when using psychedelics.

I absolutely loved talking to Dr. Rosalind Watts and think the work they are doing will change our world. If you’re a fan, or even if you’re a skeptic, of the power of psychedelics, this episode is a must-watch.

Join us as we discuss:

  • The effects of psilocybin on depression and anxiety
  • Ayahuasca, the NHS, and antidepressants
  • The therapeutic use of psychedelics and your default mode network
  • Imperial College of London, childhood trauma, and epigenetics
  • Self-preservation, fight or flight, and burnout
  • Dr. Gabor Maté, John Joseph, and pharmaceuticals
  • Psychological flexibility, San Pedro, and ecological restoration
  • Dynamic meditation, Rupert Sheldrake, and the climate crisis


00:00 | Trailer.
02:45 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
04:24 | Brian’s introduction.
05:01 | Why Rosalind devotes her time to research work with psychedelics and why they are important.
07:52 | How she first became interested in psychedelics.
13:59 | What depression is.
19:30 | The fight or flight mode of today, needs to be addressed for the sake of our mental health.
23:48 | Returning from a transforming psychedelic experience requires good integration back in society.
24:34 | Trauma from birth and into childhood is quite common.
26:15 | What happens in psychedelic treatment, how it differs to taking anti-depressants.
37:38 | The six stages of psychological flexibility practised on the day prior to the psychedelic session.
50:56 | What happens on the day of the psychedelic session.
1:00:49 | The integration period.
1:07:54 | The current study results and what might be in the future.
1:20:58 | The psychedelic experience enhances people’s connectedness to nature.
1:26:53 | Rosalind’s opinion on the legal status of Psychedelics in 10 years time.
1:32:21 | What she thinks of people who want to make a business out of the psychedelic experience.
1:39:25 | What is next in research studies at Imperial College London Centre for Psychedelic Research
1:40:42 | How to donate to support that research.
1:42:27 | Besides her work, what is important to Rosalind.
1:45:27 | What is her superpower.
1:46:10 | The best and worst days of her life.
1:49:10 | What scares her.
1:52:05 | What keeps her awake at night.
1:53:02 | Success secrets.
1:53:39 | Brian’s summing up.


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