“We need to have a paradigm shift in our consciousness. If we don’t get our act together and come in commonality and understanding with the organisms that sustain us today, not only will we destroy those organisms, but we will destroy ourselves.”
– Paul Stamets
Paul Stamets is a world-renowned American mycologist, author, and advocate for medicinal fungi. He is also a huge proponent for mycoremediation, which is a form of bioremediation in which fungi-based remediation methods are used to decontaminate the environment. He has received numerous awards, including the Invention Ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Mycologist Award from the North American Mycological Association, and the Gordon & Tina Wasson Award from the Mycological Society of America.
He runs Fungi Perfecti, a family-owned, environmentally friendly company specializing in using mushrooms to improve the planet’s and its people’s health. Since 1980, the business has been dedicated to promoting and developing new technologies for the cultivation of high quality gourmet and medicinal mushrooms.
Paul is the author of six books (including Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save The World, Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms, and Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World). He has discovered and named numerous new species of psilocybin mushrooms. (paragraph from the Fungi Perfecti website)
He is one of the most sought-after speakers about the topic of mushrooms and gives lectures at conferences all over the world. I myself met him in Miami (November 2022) at the psychedelic conference Wonderland.
Paul is also a big supporter of psychedelic mushrooms. In the TedMed talk, he explains that a high-dose psilocybin experience took away his lifelong disability: stuttering. He also tells the most touching story about how a mushroom helped to save his mother’s life from cancer. It is one of my favorite Ted videos, and I highly recommend you take the time to watch it.
Funga also recommends listening to the below podcast. Tim Ferris interviews Paul Stamets on “how mushrooms can save you and (perhaps) the world.” They also discuss that Paul is the author of a new study in Nature Scientific Report, which details how mushroom extracts can greatly reduce viruses contributing to bee colony collapse.
“The great irony of having psychedelics and heroin together on the same “Schedule” is that the former has the potential to reduce the harm done by the latter— not to mention its lower-scheduled cousins — in a way that criminalization never will.”