Cannascopic 14: Ben Malcolm, PharmD. Deep dive discussion into antidepressants vs psychedelics.
In this deep dive into psychedelics we explore how psychedelics compare to traditional psychotropic (antidepressant) medications. In this fascinating conversation Dr Malcolm compares and contrasts the efficacy and side effect profile of several psychedelics (psilocybin, ayahuasca, mescaline, LSD) to major classes of psychotropics (SSRI and SNRIs). Dr. Malcolm is uniquely qualified to have this in depth conversation into the clinical considerations of psychedelics and antidepressants due to being a board certified psychiatric pharmacist (BCPP) with a special interest in psychedelics. Clinically, he provides specialty services in psychiatric pharmacy at Emanate Health’s Intercommunity Hospital to psychiatric inpatients. His research interests include traditional psychotropics, complementary and alternative therapies, as well as the emerging and experimental psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies. Additionally, he writes academic blogs, speaks, and provides private consultation services for psychedelic drugs via his website: spiritpharmacist.com. Dr. Malcolm earned his bachelor’s degree (BS) in pharmacology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, prior to his Masters in Public Health (MPH) and Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) at Touro University California. He then completed post-graduate residencies in Acute Care at Scripps Mercy Hospital and Psychiatric Pharmacy at the University of California at San Diego Health. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Western University of Health Sciences' College of Pharmacy. For more information you can visit: spiritpharmacist.com