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#057: When Crypto & Psychiatry Meet – Dr Prash Puspanathan

By Jordan Michaelides

Dr Prash Puspanathan ( @drprash ) is a medical doctor & Neuropsychiatry Fellow at The Alfred Hospital Melbourne, Founder and Managing Director of Cryptocurrency Broker Caleb & Brown, and a clinical advisor to the Australian Psychedelic Society.

A medical doctor by training, with years of experience in the field of psychiatry, Prash was first drawn to psychedelics through his philosophical beliefs and the power they’ve shown to impact your mind. This in turn, exposed him to the world of cryptocurrencies.

Prash is a unique combination of a conscientious (crypto) & creative (psychedelics) individual, drawn to both areas of work. Both crypto & psychedelic research worlds are just at the beginning of the great leap forward, and I’m certain that Prash will be at the forefront of that here in Australia.

In this slightly longer episode we covered many topics including:

  • Life, politics and formative experiences
  • Dealing with racism
  • Psychiatry vs. psychology
  • The state of psychedelic research
  • MDMA assisted treatment for PTSD
  • Crypto and decentralisation
  • Advancements & uses of technology
  • Caleb & Brown, & how he evaluates digital assets

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SHOW NOTES:

00:55 – Introduction
03:44 – Toblerone
05:33 – Life and politics in Singapore
13:59 – Japan
16:11 – Singapore & dealing with racism
20:49 – Lessons learned from his parents
23:09 – What he wants in life and how he plans to achieve it
26:53 – Benjamin Franklin
28:08 – Why he chose to study in Australia
30:32 – Psychiatry vs. psychology
33:42 – The psychedelic paradigm and psychedelic therapy
40:11 – Researchers and the state of psychedelic research
43:23 – On ‘Psychonauts Onymous’
47:12 – MDMA assisted treatment for PTSD
52:28 – How to conduct safe and effective research
56:18 – Resources for self-learning psychology
01:00:57 – Crypto and decentralisation
01:07:40 – Advancements & uses of technology
01:15:27 – Caleb & Brown & how he evaluates digital assets
01:21:20 – Venezuela, the petro currency & liquidity providers
01:23:02 – Advice on how to start investing
01:24:14 – Going back in time, what he would do
01:25:23 – Morning & evening rituals
01:27:37 – What he’s reading at the moment
01:30:42 – Meditation and best purchase under $200
01:31:25 – What seems obvious to him but not to others
01:33:28 – What music he’s listening to
01:34:02 – Where he would have a billboard
01:36:01 – Final word

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