Mindrolling – Raghu Markus – Ep. 311 – DoubleBlind with Madison Margolin and Shelby Hartman

Mindrolling – Raghu Markus – Ep. 311 – DoubleBlind with Madison Margolin and Shelby Hartman

Shelby Hartman and Madison Margolin, founders of the psychedelic focused magazine DoubleBlind, join Raghu on the Mindrolling Podcast for a conversation about their work covering the renaissance of psychedelics in our culture, politics and daily lives.

DoubleBlind is a biannual print magazine and media company covering timely, untold stories about the expansion of psychedelics around the globe. Find unique articles and learn more about DoubleBlind at doubleblindmag.com.


Madison and Shelby speak with Raghu about their motivations for creating DoubleBlind. Reflecting on the major ways that psychedelics have made their way into the realms of culture, politics and science. They both share where their passion for all things related to psychedelics comes from.

“Right now we are in what a lot of people are referring to as a psychedelic renaissance. There is FDA approved research happening. MDMA and psilocybin are slated to be psychedelic-assisted therapy tools by 2021. We have a psilocybin decriminalization campaign in California. Denver and Oakland have also passed measures around psychedelic decriminalization. There is a lot of momentum.

There needs to be an outlet right now that is focused on covering this movement in a thoughtful nuanced way. Asking questions about the psychedelic industry, the culture, the science, where it is going,  and how can we keep the movement and the industry accountable.” – Madison Margolin

The Function of Awe (10:25)

Shelby, Raghu and Madison talk about some of the articles featured by DoubleBlind. How can psychedelics be used to treat issues related to the trauma caused by systemic racism? What role do psychedelics play in shifting our focus towards something bigger than ourselves?

“I think the reason that we are so committed at DoubleBlind to covering psychedelics is not just because we think psychedelics are an incredibly powerful tool. But also because psychedelics are a powerful jumping-off point for talking about these much larger conversations. Conversations around how we can be empowered to become the best versions of ourselves. Using mechanisms that might not be readily available or discussed in our culture.” – Shelby Hartman

Make Sense of Your Last Trip (27:10)

Madison and Shelby share some of the most impactful experiences they have had while covering stories related to the world of psychedelia. They discuss the emerging field of psychedelic integration therapy. A field of therapy that provides a set of protocols for preparing for a psychedelic trip, taking the trip and then processing it afterward.

Explore the science behind psychedelics with Dennis McKenna on Ep. 20 of the Be Here Now Network Podcast

Mindrolling – Raghu Markus – Ep. 311 – DoubleBlind with Madison Margolin and Shelby Hartman

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