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Hello and welcome.

If you are reading this you are interested in learning more about what I do.

I organized my Medium stories in themes and will update this document with some selections of my work from time to time.

One of the things I enjoy talking about is my…

How our generation plans to use sacred plants and fungi as tools of self-improvement

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Cover image article about psychedelics — Photo by Dimitar Belchev

In 2019 I made the life-changing decision to pursue a career working with the responsible use of psychedelics as a means of self-knowledge and self-improvement.

Since then, I had the opportunity to work with the most reputable names in the legal psychedelic and cannabis industries and between professionals, there is…

The activity you engage in during the journey is paramount to getting what you want out of your psychedelic experience.

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Cover trip activities article — Photo by Daria Tumanova on Unsplash

The title of this article is one of the most frequently asked questions I got asked when I lived in Amsterdam working in a smartshop — a shop that sells legal psychedelics

To speak about the responsible use of psychedelics can be tricky when you don’t know well the person…

Scientists isolated nepetalactone, the active substance in catnip (Nepeta cataria), and found more than they were looking for.

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Nepeta cataria by Zoomie Garden — Illustration Belongs to Arianna Lusardi

Catnip is super interesting, you offer a little bit of this dried herb to a cat and, if they fall into the lucky percentage (30%) of felines that are sensitive to catnip, then they will reward you with some minutes of incredibly cute footage:

Example of the effects of catnip…

How One of the most Revolutionary Digital Currencies Plans To Infiltrate The Traditional Financial World.

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NANO rebranding to XNO — How it changes the price.

How Does the Nano Rebranding Affect the Price?

You may have heard of NANO, the fee-free digital cryptocurrency. If you want to know more check out their official website: https://nano.org/

The NANO (formerly $NANO, now $XNO) team announced here on Medium a drastic change in their brand in this story:

Nano is changing to better fit the international…

What are psychedelics, what are their benefits, and am I prepared for a journey?

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Benefits of tripping — Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

What Are Psychedelic Substances?

The word ‘psychedelic’ comes from two Greek words: Psyche and Delos meaning mind-revealing. Psychedelics can be defined as any chemical substance that causes changes in perception, thoughts, or feelings by acting on the brain.

It is unknown exactly how these substances work, although there are several hypotheses. It is likely…

Why is it so hard to talk about psychedelics to people who never tripped before?

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Why is it so hard to describe a trip? John Everett Millais, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Why is it so hard to describe a trip?

It is not that a psychedelic experience is hard to describe. It is rather that the person who has never had one does not have enough background information to understand what you are trying to explain.

When you try to describe something that is outside of the normal human experience…

Alexandre Porto

Pieces of the integral man. Specialist in responsible use of psychedelics.

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