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EP 39: Dr. Pamela Kryskow — An Expert’s Take On Psychedelic Therapies

Good Dudes Grow

Release Date: 09/13/2021

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Back in the ‘90s, Dr. Pamela Kryskow was a forestry firefighter in the summertime while earning her undergraduate degree in criminology. But being a first responder, she discovered, was something she had a natural affinity for, as well as something that felt like so much more than a summer gig. So, she became a firefighter in the Greater Vancouver area for the next eight years. And it was her work responding to medical emergencies, in particular, that left a mark the most.


“I witnessed a lot of stuff,” she recalls. “I saw a lot of people get really injured and hurt, not only physically, but also there’s a lot of moral fatigue and injury out there.”


Facilitating healing for others, she found, was something she wanted to dedicate more of herself to. She went back to school, this time for medicine, with a focus on the areas of health that often feel the least defined (and the most treacherous because of that) — mental health and chronic pain. Today, she specializes in family medicine and rural emergency medicine. And, as a founding member of the Canadian Psychedelic Association, she also specializes in things like ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and research on psilocybin, MDMA and microdosing.


“I started realizing that if I was really going to get a big subset of my patients better, I needed better tools,” she says. “That didn’t include giving them a drug that they’d need to take for the rest of their life. It was a contemplation of, ‘Are there medicines out there that they maybe only need once or twice to get better?”


In this episode of Good Dudes Grow, Gary and Dr. Kryskow talk about how she and other medical experts are integrating psychedelics into their functional medicine practices, and why that integration is the future of healthcare.


What You'll Learn:


  • How her criminology degree helped her to understand the war on drugs was mostly about “cultural control,” and why more people in medicine should be mad about that
  • Why a session with psychedelics is especially therapeutic for those freshly off the heels of a critical incident (hint: it has to do with your amygdala)
  • Why she calls MDMA a “no brainer” for PTSD, as well as an effective tool for couples and family counseling
  • And much more!


Favorite Quote:


“When you have a trauma, and you keep going down a pathway of reliving it and analyzing it, you get this repetitive injury pathway in your brain. Psychedelics can help you make a new pathway.”

— Dr. Pamela Kryskow


Connect with Dr. Kryskow


Roots to Thrive




Canadian Psychedelic Association


How to get involved: 

Gary Roberts is the founder and CEO of Pure Body Zen, a company based not only around creating and selling high-quality CBD products, but one that is on a mission to change the landscape on how mental health and addiction are treated. Gary has founded a non-profit called Promises Recovery Centers for those who need it as well as creating the first-ever educational training facility for Physicians, Therapists, and Mental Health advocates using innovative therapeutics like psilocybin, Mdma, and LSD.

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