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

By Jordan Michaelides
March 13, 2018

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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

Enjoy the episode! 






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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