Dear Flow Hacker Nation,
This one's to the point: We are sponsoring a first of its kind new study with Dr. Matthew Johnson at Johns Hopkins University (one of the lead psilocybin researchers behind all of the studies you've been hearing about) on the impact of breathwork on PTSD and we need your help!
We are raising $15K for the first phase of their study design, and will be continuing to contribute our research and findings into the project as it matures.
And right now, we're going to match dollar for dollar funds from this community to try to get to that number as fast as we can. Here's how you can contribute. We believe in the team that Psykia Institute (founded by the amazing neuroscience PhD student who organized the first psychedelic conference at Harvard in 50 years) has put together, and we know that our community is about as aligned and active in this space as any––so we're stepping up to lend a hand.
Why, you might ask, with all of the super cool findings coming from psychedelic research would we be interested in something as basic as breathing?
Here's our answer––if you remember as far back as Stealing Fire, the case we made was "what's really revolutionary here, is less the specific way people are getting into non-ordinary states, but rather, what each approach can tell us about the knobs and levers of our bodies and brains."
We've been saying that about psychedelics and our understanding of the serotonin system. We've been saying that about meditation and EEG, and about cannabis and the endocannabinoid system too. It's less the key, than the door it opens that's really interesting.
Same goes for breathwork. In the same way that MDMA PTSD therapy is having such life saving impact for so many suffering trauma––the ability to alter our neurochemistry through deliberate breathing protocols could be a game changer for people in need.
(stay tuned next week where we're gonna lay out the plan for getting this research to 5M kids in need around the world--but first, we need to get the phase I part of the study greenlit).
Because the crazy thing is––even with breathwork––holotropic, pranayama, Wim Hof––being all the rage, and with decades of profound anecdotal impacts––no one has ever validated the science behind it in this way.
That's what this new Hopkins research is about––providing solid evidentiary support so more communities, clinics, schools, prisons and hospitals can cut through red tape and resistance and begin mending their people with simple tools that anyone can master.
Open Source. Scalable. Free.
If we're to start any kind of revolution beyond fleece wearing, Allbirds kickin', microdosing techbros, it's gonna have to have those elements built in. Plus, Schedule I substances are still highly subject to regulatory shutdown--no one can outlaw breathing!
To make it even cooler, we're going to be working with Dr. Stanislav Grof, the granddaddy of research into Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness (NOSC)––he even coined the term. He was part of the first psychedelic revolution back in the early 60's doing government sanctioned research at Hopkins and NIH––so to have him steering this project is an incredible honor.
So that's it––if you've ever suffered from trauma, anxiety or depression, and want to support the movement to get beyond SSRIs--please consider supporting this project.
If you've ever had your life changed by a psychedelic and wished that people you love could share that experience, but know they won't or can't get beyond the Pale––support this project.
And if, after a frothy cup of cacao, you've huffed and puffed and hyperventilated during a soundbath crystal healing ceremony, felt all tingly and saw sparkles out of the corner of your eyes and got in touch with your inner dolphin––fuck you (*and support this project* :)
Every dollar you give, we'll match. Double the impact. Half the time.
The way things are heading, PTSD isn't going away anytime soon. Starting now, and sharing these learnings as far and wide as possible, feels like the right thing to do. So we are, and we hope you will too.
Thanks for stepping up and lending a hand,
Jamie and the FGP team
PS. Please mention FGP upon donation so we can match your awesome contributions.