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The Future of Psychedelics: Medicalization, Microdosing, and the Mainstream


The Future of Psychedelics: Medicalization, Microdosing, and the Mainstream

Event: The Future of Psychedelics: Medicalization, Microdosing, and the Mainstream

Join us for an intimate evening of discussion as Will Siu, MD, PhilD and Paul Austin, Founder of The Third Wave, discuss the intersection of microdosing, the medicalization of psychedelics, and how these two phenomena intertwine to develop the necessary infrastructure to support a cultural psychedelic movement. 

This will be a live, recorded podcast, and include 30 minutes of Q&A from the audience.


Like never before, people of all ages and backgrounds are becoming interested in psychedelic substances. Lead by the recent resurgence of medical research on psychedelics, the cultural growth of interest in microdosing, and the publication of Michael Pollan's recent book 'How to Change Your Mind' the future appears bright for these transformative substances. 

Join Paul Austin, founder and executive director of The Third Wave, and Will Siu, MD, DPhil, a NYC-based clinical psychiatrist, for an evening of discussion, dialogue, and community as we explore the path to medicalization, the cultural role of microdosing, and how these two intertwine to help create a societal infrastructure for psychedelic substances. 

This event is also the unofficial launch of The Third Wave's '3W Nodes project', which aims to bring above-ground psychedelic community, run by social entrepreneurs, to cities all over the globe. 

Advance tickets are 30 USD, while tickets at the door are 40 USD. Those who purchase Patron tickets will have access to front-row seats and first priority for questions during the Q&A for the live, recorded podcast.

All ticket sales support The Third Wave's mission to change the cultural conversation around psychedelics. As a non-profit, your support helps us normalize psychedelic substances as medicinal and transformative tools, when used appropriately.



Will Siu, MD, DPhil: 

Will grew up in southern California, completed college at UC Irvine and medical school at UCLA. Midway through medical school, he pursued research interests at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC and ultimately completed a doctoral degree at the University of Oxford. After finishing medical school he moved to Boston to complete my psychiatry residency at the Massachusetts General and McLean Hospitals, after which he continued to work for two years while faculty at Harvard Medical School. Will then moved to New York City in 2017 where in addition to having a private practice, he is a therapist on clinical trials using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat PTSD.

Learn more about Will on his personal website

Paul Austin:

Paul is Founder and Executive Director of The Third Wave, a digital media resource focused on psychedelic literacy, and Co-Founder of Synthesis, a psilocybin retreat center in Amsterdam.

Paul's mission is to increase cultural psychedelic literacy through the lens of microdosing and well-being to prepare the way for an above-ground regulated psychedelic market. In doing so, his vision is to help facilitate our society’s transition from a competitive, zero-sum mindset to a collaborative, social entrepreneurial approach. Psychedelics - in particular, microdosing - will act as a major technological tipping point in catalyzing this transition.

Carrying the torch from ‘the godfather of microdosing’, Dr. Jim Fadiman, Paul was an early adopter of this nascent practice that has now become widespread in tech and entrepreneurial circles. Bridging the decades-old topic of psychedelics with the world of creativity and technology, Paul introduces microdosing as an accessible way to experience the tangible benefits of psychedelic substances.

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